Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Regular readers know that I am a bit of a dove on the immigration debate, which tendency no doubt irritates many of you no end. If, however, I were to convert to the build-the-wall opposition, it would be because people like Harry Reid are trying to eviscerate the very idea of American citizenship. Referring to illegal aliens as "undocumented Americans" is both insidious and asinine, and will backfire.
Build a fence? Sounds like racist xenophobia to me. We must fight this sort of divisive, Hitlerian action.
Seriously, you have said you can't really get worked up about the whole immigration imbroglio. Why would you care about a fence? If self-directed immigration is so beneficial to America, shouldn't we want more of it?
Reid's remarks? They are right up there with Rosie O'Donnell's "terrorists are parents, too."
Voting patterns of hispanics show they vote about 30/40% Republican and 60/70% Democrat. Historically, this is not unusual for a new immigrant group.
When tens of millions of these folks start voting, they will mostly be voting Democrat. This will result in the marginalization, if not the destruction of the Republican party. This is very much an intended consequence of the Democrat supporters of the bill. Why so many Republicans are baring their throats for this legislation is a mystery to me. Both parties hope the new hispanic voters will vote for them. At least no one can say the Democrats are delusional.
These people are unindicted felons and should not be allowed to vote. I think if the amnesty bill recognized that and accounted for it, our congress would lose their artificial sense of urgency rather quickly.
Two comments: The wall? The broader idea behind this is that it will keep out terrorists as well as Illegal Aliens. With that logic in tow, are we prepared to build a 3,700+ mile wall on our Northern boarder too? How about our water borders are we ready to a barricade around the 5,000+ miles of ocean front? If there is a will there is a way and that goes for finding a better place to live with greater opportunities.
Point #2: Yes the first wave of immigrants will probably vote Democrat, however as home and business ownership increase so will the number of new Republican voters. Assuming those same people are not so put off by the nativist speak of too many of our Republican leaders.
Hey, TH- how do you like this? The Senate in its majesty has decided NOT to exclude felons and those under court order for deportation from legalization. But, in a gutsy move, they did vote to exclude "some" gang members and sex offenders. I feel safer already! We are well on our way to throwing out the baby and drinking the bathwater.
From Yahoo news: June 6,2007.
WASHINGTON - The proposed immigration overhaul narrowly survived a potentially fatal challenge Wednesday as the Senate turned back a Republican bid to limit the illegal immigrants who could gain lawful status.
The close vote on a proposal by Sen. John Cornyn (news, bio, voting record), R-Texas, to bar felons — including those court-ordered to be deported — from legalization reflected the delicate position of the contentious immigration bill, which remains under threat from the right and the left.
The vote was 51-46 against the amendment. Democrats succeeded in pulling support from Cornyn's proposal by winning adoption of a rival version that would bar a more limited set of criminals, including certain gang members and sex offenders, from gaining legalization. The Senate backed that amendment 66-32.
Do you realize that any jihadi Muslims who sneaked into the country before January 1, 2007, will be legalized as well, and will come under the full protection of US law? Another good idea comes to fruition!
The Senate in its majesty has decided NOT to exclude felons
Expect Mariel V2.0 when Fidel empties all his prisons and ships'em over here. Between wet foot/dry foot and this retard bill, we'll be compelled to accept them.