immigration: where there’s smoke …

Every so often paths actually run parallel for a time before splitting off — that is, before the true nature of the ones traveling those paths shows up. Case in point: immigration legislation. A few pioneers in the U.S. House of Representatives are attempting to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in favor of the consumer. The resulting bill, named the Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship Act of 2007 (H.R. 1201), or Fair Use Act for short, was introduced by representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and John Doolittle (R-CA.)

I am in favor of striking a balance between the rights of copyright owners and users of copyrighted material — but that balance is being called into question. The right to bypass code for non-viewing of advertisement or suggestive material for minors is one thing, but the right to backup or archive copies of copyrighted material is another. This is where we part company in our opinions – Mr Doolittle is fully aware that what he has proposed is a no-win waste of effort, except for the face-time it gets him and credibility it buys with consumer groups — that is, until the “reveal,” and it turns out that what he is in favor of is H.R.4032, a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to Remove the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to expedited removal under section 235(b)(1)(A)(iii)(I) as well as to amend the Truth in Lending Act to prohibit issuance of residential mortgages to illegal aliens.

As one reporter put it, the result is ‘fair use’ legislation that works like garlic to ward off the vampiric effects of illegal aliens. How? The bill being proposed would keep aliens from using tax id numbers (TIN’s) in place of social security numbers to obtain credit cards and mortgages. Doolittle has legislation pending that would make use of TINs against the law for mortgages. Without the ability to obtain property or credit, Illegals would (the theory goes) have to remain in a permanent underclass, be confined to an underground economy, or simply go back from whence they came. Took a quick look at the Co-Sponsors none from IL. Maybe the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association or Illinois Mortgage Brokers might want to share some information. There are an estimated 3.2 million illegal immigrants in Illinois alone. And btw, California has never come up with anything that really benefited anyone, except Reagan.

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