The Amnesty Magnet

Unidentified illegal immigrant / AP

Unidentified illegal immigrant / AP

The Washington Post reports on a “new urgency” to cross the southern border illegally:

Lazaro Limon, 44 and recently deported for the fifth time, was back at the migrant shelter in Tecate this past week, waiting for rain. Border Patrol agents do not like to get out of their warm SUVs in a downpour, Limon figured, at least not to chase a solitary migrant.

“My family called yesterday,” he said. “My daughters told me, ‘Go for it, Dad.’ ”

Limon was one of a few here who had heard the talk in recent weeks of U.S. immigration reform, on Telemundo newscasts or secondhand, and he said it had added extra urgency to get back into the States. The finer points of the faraway debate were not particularly relevant. But if the Americans were finally going to change their laws and offer a chance to stay, no one wanted to be stuck on the wrong side of the border.

Which would seem to confirm the idea that the prospect of amnesty encourages future illegal immigration. But hey, I’m sure Lazaro Limon is ready to pull the lever for Marco Rubio in 2016. Limon seems a nice enough guy, after all. He’s “spent the past 21 years cutting grass and clipping topiaries in the beach towns south of Los Angeles.” And it’s not like criminals will be drawn to America by the amnesty magnet … oh wait:

Some openly admitted to drug addiction. One said he was a former meth user and gang member in Los Angeles who fled to Guadalajara two years ago to lay low. He wants to return, he said, because those who were trying to kill him are in prison.

Ah, the American dream.