Too Long, Too Fast

Immigration Bill An ‘Abomination’

Posted: April 26, 2013

Peter Kirsanow apparently knows a thing or two about immigration. Otherwise he would not have been one of but two people called to testify before the Judiciary Committee on the Senate’s immigration “reform” bill last Friday.

Mr. Kirsanow, who currently serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, also knows a thing or two about Senate hearings, having testified at confirmation proceedings for no less than four current Supreme Court justices.

So, when he calls the process fast-tracking the Gang of Eight’s legislation toward the finish line an “abomination,” it’s best to pay heed.

Here’s a bill “poised to profoundly reorder our society, both economically and sociologically,” Mr. Kirsanow wrote earlier this week on National Review Online, that was drafted into legislative language 48 hours before the scheduled hearing — and he was expected to read it, digest it and compose cogent testimony?

“There was hardly time to absorb more than the title and preamble,” he said. Remember, this bill is not only 844 pages long, but also chockablock with so many “moving parts” and constitutional tentacles that it would take someone with “an IQ of 150” simply to wade through it once, at a pace promoting genuine comprehension, Mr. Kirsanow told radio talk-show host Bill Bennett on Wednesday morning.

A mess, to be sure, but then, it’s not as if we haven’t been through this before. We were, if you recall, told we had to pass ObamaCare just so we could “see what’s in it.” Huge, unwieldy pieces of achingly complex legislation are now the order of the day. Fast-tracking them only makes it worse.

From time immemorial, the Senate has been hailed as “the world’s greatest deliberative body.” If the procedural machinations surrounding this bill offer any indication, “deliberative” no longer applies. And “greatest” is left open to question as well.

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