U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hackett told a Toledo crowd this week that he'd deport all illegal immigrants if the national budget permitted, stirring another controversy over his candor — this time among Democrats.Yes, that's right: the Toledo Blade is trying to get him to apologize for opposing illegal immigration. The blog report here provides the background that that newspaper does not. See also this. And, many DUmmies are on the right side.
Several local Democrats said they disagreed sharply with Mr. Hackett's statements, made Wednesday night to a group at the University of Toledo...
Mr. Hackett said in a telephone interview yesterday that many immigrants are "exploited" by American corporations, and laws must be changed to help them. He did not elaborate, except to say he opposes amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally.
Asked if he stood by his statements, Mr. Hackett said: "Illegal immigration is illegal. It's that simple."
...Asked about illegal immigration, Mr. Hackett said the Bush Administration "is willing to let illegals come in and take the jobs of Americans." When an audience member asked Mr. Hackett if he would deport illegal immigrants, the candidate replied, "If we can afford to, yeah."One wonders if the Dems will try to undercat Hackett's pro-American views and drum him out of the party. After all, supporting illegal immigration is practically a requirement for being a Democratic politician.
Several Democrats in attendance said the comments surprised or disappointed them.
Frank Szollosi, a Toledo city councilman, said Mr. Hackett appeared "to the right of Pete Wilson" — a conservative Republican and former California governor — on immigration...
Help me understand this. Won't a "sensible amnesty program" just lead to more illegal immigration, just as all those other amnesties have?
After all, if you start looking "easy", people come to take advantage of your offers, right?
Word spreads quickly: "the U.S. is giving an amnesty!", "the U.S. will give you an amnesty if you just wait long enough!", etc. etc.
So, millions more illegal aliens will come here to take advantage of future "sensible amnesty programs".
That will result in more of those border deaths that you decry. And, it will result in more worker abuse, more corruption, more corrosion of our laws, more power for the Mexican government inside our country, etc. etc.
OTOH, if you start enforcing the laws the word about that will spread, resulting in less illegal immigration.
That will result in no need to future "sensible amnesty programs", fewer deaths on the border, and less worker abuse.
It would also be Hackett's job as an elected representative to support the laws of the land rather than try to undermine them.
Immigration · Mon, 01/23/2006 - 03:54 · Importance: 1