The article "Congress open to passing bill on immigration" doesn't exactly live up to its ominous headline, offering only a few quotes, including this from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT):
"Years of dawdling have worsened our border security and made it harder to fix this broken system... We should not let partisan politics and intolerance continue to delay and derail effective reform... This past May, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported and then the Senate passed bipartisan versions of comprehensive immigration reform to bring people out of the shadows while strengthening our borders... I look forward to building on that work next year and making progress on a bipartisan effort that improves security, supports our economy and respects the dignity of all people."
Obviously, opposition to a massive illegal alien amnesty is a separate issue from those he claims.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says the Dems will pass amnesty, but Rep. Tom Tancredo isn't so sure, thinking they'll only be able to block funding for the recently-passed border fence bill. We're informed that various GOP leaders are weak on the issue and might support amnesty. It also has some of their grades from Americans for Better Immigration:
Rep. John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House Republican leader, has a "D"; Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the House Republican whip, scores a "C+." Incoming House Republican Conference Chairman Adam H. Putnam of Florida, who has co-sponsored legislation that many view as amnesty, scores an "F-" from the group on the issue.
It might not be so bad if the Dems and some Republicans try to push "comprehensive reform", just so long as it generates a debate and a large number of complaints from their constituents and is then scrapped. If along the way some of the pro-amnesty pundits, reporters, and others are discredited that would be a nice bonus.
Immigration · Mon, 12/04/2006 - 12:02 · Importance: 1