May 17, 2007
Announced today, the latest non-amnesty amnesty deal is being surprisingly embraced by many on Capital Hill. That a majority of American citizens oppose it seems to go ignored by supporters in Washington D.C., including President Bush.
America passed a previous amnesty bill for illegal immigrants back in 1986, followed by a flood of additional illegal immigrants, primarily from Mexico. I hold no special animus against Mexican Nationals, knowing that many are very hard working and upstanding people. Most that fit that category come here legally and work to contribute to our society.
Those that break our laws to come here in the dead of night and undercut unskilled, low wage workers who are citizens, are the ones who will benefit from this proposed legislation, at the cost of the rest of us.
Several senators, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez negotiated behind closed doors to come up with this proposed legislation, which isn’t even public yet. Disturbing is to hear that pro illegal immigrant groups as National Council of La Raza, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the National Immigration Forum were heavily involved in these ‘negotiations’ with virtual veto power.
No representatives of the common American citizen were present, other than the ‘bi-partisan sell-out’ Senators.
Eric Gutierrez, lead lobbyist for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said, "There's a real sense that the Latino community is key to the solution in this debate, so now they are reaching out to us more than ever, neither party wants to make a misstep politically."
Señor Gutierrez, both parties just made a very major misstep!
According to this ‘proposal,’ illegal immigrants will be granted a new ‘Z Visa,’ allowing them legal residency for eight years. During the eight years, the head of an undocumented household would have to temporarily return to their home country to apply for permanent U.S. legal status for their family. Z Visa holders would then have to pay a fine, back taxes, undergo a criminal background check and begin to work toward citizenship.
Although enforcement is mentioned, nowhere is that enforcement listed. Even if it were, what leads us to believe that they really mean they would enforce the law …. this time? Government didn’t enforce immigration laws in the past and illegals didn’t follow the established law either. No, we are supposed to just accept that this one will be enforced?
I know, I know, they mean it this time!
Do we really need millions more unskilled low-income workers draining the system we are supposed to have to help citizens? Should those that broke our laws be rewarded by being given amnesty, oops, it’s not amnesty, and allowed to remain, given that many advocate reclamation of the West Coast to Mexico?
Even though this proposal would predominantly benefit Mexican’s in our country illegally, others would benefit as well that we wouldn’t want here. Three of the group now known as the Fort Dix Six were here illegally.
Not all think this non-amnesty amnesty deal is good. Former Senator, Fred Thompson said, “With this bill, the American people are going to think they are being sold the same bill of goods as before on border security. We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway.”
Representative Tom Tancredo says, “Senator McCain and his allies seem to think that they can dupe the American public into accepting a blanket amnesty if they just call it ‘comprehensive’ or ‘earned legalization’ or ‘regularization.’ Unfortunately for them, however, the American people know amnesty when they see it. The President is so desperate for a legacy and a domestic policy win that he is willing to sell out the American people and our national security.”
Senator Byron Dorgan, (D.ND), issued a statement saying he is opposed to the guest worker program, saying it would bring millions of new immigrants, taking jobs away from Americans workers, and "The last thing they need now is to have an inflow of millions of more immigrants competing for their jobs at substandard wages."
I’ll go Senator Dorgan one better. Why should we have a “Temporary worker” program while we pay millions of our tax dollars every year in unemployment benefits? I see no reason that our own unemployed cannot perform those jobs Americans won’t do part-time while drawing unemployment compensation and hopefully, seeking gainful employment.
Representative Duncan Hunter (D. Ca) responds on Chris Matthews Hardball. (You Tube video)
Others chimed in trying to camouflage the intent of this proposal, ignoring the very polls they use to justify other votes and stances on the War on Terror.
President Bush says of the deal, "This proposal delivers an immigration system that is secure, productive, orderly and fair." Really, Mr. Bush? Fair to whom? Surely not to those immigrants that followed our laws and worked very hard to get here to become U.S. Citizens. Surely not to those Citizens who voted you into office and stood by you as your poll numbers slipped lower and lower as opponents attacked you. Frankly, Mr. Bush, we are feeling put upon right about now.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D. Nv), has said he wants to complete a bill before Memorial Day, and President Bush says he wants to sign one by summer's end. Wouldn’t it be great if they were as intent as this on getting funding to our Troops fighting in the War on Terror?
Ted Kennedy (D. Ma), considered to be the driving force behind this capitulation, err, compromise, said, "I believe we owe it to the American people to stop talking about immigration and start acting." Senator, a good start might be to build the fence voted on and passed last year by many of the same Senators and start enforcing existing immigration laws.
Senator Arlen Specter (Rino Pa), says the bill "is not amnesty and will restore the rule of law." He adds, "When the objections are raised as to amnesty, the question is returned, what more can be done with these 12 million undocumented immigrants? What more hurdles can be placed to be sure that we do the maximum to avoid the charge of amnesty? And we are still open for suggestions. But the consequences of not moving to a solution on this issue is we have anarchy. We have uncontrolled borders."
Rewarding those “12 million illegal aliens” for violating our laws “restores the rule of law?” How? What more can be done, Senator? How about enforcing existing laws? Why should we trust that new laws will be enforced when historically, existing laws are not?
John Trasviña, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said, "At least they are paying attention to us."
Yes, señor Trasviña, they are paying attention to you and your hoard of illegals. Too bad they aren’t listening to the American citizens that voted them into office.
UPDATE : If you desire to let your voice be heard over this and are not sure how to contact your Senators, Representatives and even President Bush, this link will help you find your Representatives. Congress.org
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May 17, 2007
Posted by Lew Waters at 10:47 PM