The phrase ‘immigration reform’ sends pulses racing and
blood pressure skyrocketing of people on all sides of the issue. Like most
Americans who have families and businesses to nurture, I am not able to keep up
with every detail or to give this political matter, along with dozens of other
important ones, the attention it deserves. Very few people can, including
Senators and Congressmen who routinely vote on legislation that they have not
read and don’t understand.
Here is why my position doesn’t need me to spend hours
analyzing details like border security and benefits. Imagine this scenario:
A husband and wife have been going through a rocky time.
Recently, she has presented him with restaurant receipts, phone bills and other
items that suggest that he is not spending his time in an upright manner. In
addition, his business partners are asking questions that imply that they are
not comfortable with how he has been handling corporate finances. At this point
the husband approaches his wife to get her signature on documents that will
invest a great deal of their savings in an opportunity that he swears he has
vetted and one that will bring them wealth and security.
When the wife brings up the topic of her suspicions about
him as well as the concerns of his partners, his response is, “Of course, we
need to discuss those things. But this opportunity can’t wait. Trust me.” Would
any intelligent human being tell her to sign those documents?
Yet, that is what our legislators and many pundits are
urging us to do. They want us to support a huge change in law based on their
promise that it is a good idea. Here’s the funny thing about trust. You need to
earn it and your track record matters. Quite frankly, I am waiting to receive
many more answers and to see consequences including resignations and jail
sentences for individuals in affairs starting with, but not limited to,
Benghazi and the IRS politicizing its iron fist. I’m waiting to see a diminution
of power for agencies that have proven themselves too large to be appropriately
managed. I’m waiting to see the impact of health legislation that hangs
menacingly above us. Until then, I would
not trust either the Executive or the Legislative branch of the government with
declaring anything more important than proposing a national baseball day.