In March 2006, the dean of massive immigration, Senator Teddy Kennedy, said that his "comprehensive immigration reform" proposal offered "[d]oubled Interior Enforcement" and "authorizes state and local law enforcement officers to investigate, apprehend, arrest, detain or transfer to aliens to federal custody" and had "[a]dditional Worksite Enforcement" (preview.tinyurl.com/2vdhsd).
Unless someone lives in a magical place full of elves and faerie sprites, all that enforcement is going to mean raids, and it's going to mean that illegal aliens caught in those raids are going to get deported. Will those who support "reform" support those raids?
Let's take a trip to a magical place (up north) to see what very special far-lefties say now, and use that as a guide to what they'll say in the future.
Last week, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued a statement regarding ICE's "Return to Sender" sweeps, which picked up a very small number of fugitives and criminal aliens, including many who were already in jail:
"These raids jeopardize the public health and safety of the city by instilling fear in those who may come forward to report information about a crime or those who are in need of medical treatment. In the future, I urge ICE to take that factor into consideration when deciding to undertake raids across the United States."
If "reform" passes, isn't Newsom simply going to repurpose that whine when post-"reform" raids are conducted? Isn't it clear that he supports no enforcement in his city at all?
"It would help make parents safer when they take their children to school, when they go to the grocery store to buy milk and when they go to their jobs."
Post-"reform", illegal aliens will still be going to the store on the wholesome-as-apple-pie task of buying milk. Does anyone foresee Bergman supporting raids at that time?
"The fact that they're a federal agency, it causes me to pause very thoughtfully about what we can do ... given the fact that we don't have authority over them."
Likewise, Redwood City Mayor Barbara Pierce also isn't entirely stupid:
On the one hand, said Pierce, the city wants to show support to its illegal residents, but on the other hand, "you also have people who have lived here perhaps a long time.. who might have other opinions about what should be done."
Yes, citizens as "old-timers".
Immigration2007a · Mon, 02/19/2007 - 04:32 · Importance: 1