The Los Angeles Times offers the unsigned editorial (perhaps written by Andres Martinez) "Off the fence", which discusses New Mexico governor Bill Richardson's immigration speech. They call it "thoughtful" and a "rebuke to Republican immigrant bashers". Obviously, that's muddled thinking, but that's what you expect from the LAT.
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...
... incomplete polls do show support for "comprehensive immigration reform". The latest such poll is crowed about by Reuters, which is your first clue that there's something wrong:
Most Americans believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to become guest workers and eventually U.S.
... assured the president-elect that comprehensive immigration reform is something I believe needs to happen."
Under the Bush plan, the U.S. will move its security perimeter to Mexico's southern border.
"Bush Conservative" is the new, not-nearly-as-pejorative name for what is refered to in the literature as "Bushbotism". One of the chief symptoms of this affliction is a very strong ability to believe strongly in an idea despite massive contradictory evidence: Bush is a down-home Texas cowboy despite being a part of the Northeast liberal elite, Bush has secured or will secure the border despite...
The Boston Herald offers a canard-laden editorial called "Time to resolve immigration reform" (link). Like others, they cautiously think this is a good opportunity for the Democrats and Bush to find common ground:
But many Democratic leaders do share with the Bush administration a vision for a temporary guest worker program for the people who keep the wheels of our shadow economy moving - while...
... the clearest arguments against "comprehensive immigration reform" (aka a massive amnesty) is that the new laws would be enforced in the same manner as the current laws: only when necessary and unwillingly so. This amnesty will fail in the same ways as the 1986 amnesty, and the same forces that oppose enforcement now will continue to oppose enforcement, and they'll have even more power as a...
... Hayworth losses = support for "comprehensive immigration reform" post, but, because it contains some more in-depth analysis in addition to the meme it's in its own post. ...Republicans were unable to turn the immigration issue into a winner on Tuesday thanks in large part to their opponents' abilities to support comprehensive reform and yet still cast themselves as "me-too border hawks" who...
... unique opportunity [to pass 'comprehensive immigration reform']," said Rep. Howard L. Berman, California Democrat, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and a leader on the issue.
Berman also signed on to the Graf/Hayworth meme. Then, they quote Rep.
... Arizona mean that voters want "comprehensive immigration reform".
The quickest example of how that's wrong is presented by the fact that no less than four anti-illegal immigration propositions in Arizona passed by wide margins. And, in Graf's case he got shafted by the national GOP (whose contributors would have lost money if he'd won).
... Democrats' win would enable "comprehensive immigration reform" came in and weren't favorable. Announcing Donald Rumsfeld's resignation/"resignation" earlier today, this is what our lame duck president had to say (whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/11/20061108-2.html):
Q Thank you, Mr. President. On immigration, many Democrats had more positive things to say about your comprehensive proposal than...
... president will be pushing for "comprehensive immigration reform". Will the Dems go along? Not too many Dems came right out and said they were for amnesty. Some basically lied and played word games. Despite the siren calls from TV pundits like Fareed Zakaria and others, most Dems probably realize that most Americans do not want amnesty. And, the Dems will want to maintain their power past 2008.
... indicates voter support for "comprehensive immigration reform".
The only problem was he looked like he knew he was lying. In fact, he looked like a paid shill who had been given a certain line to read.
If terrorists are able to infiltrate the U.S. and carry out attacks, few other issues on the table in this election will matter. Every proposal that groups of voters support - from lower taxes to universal healthcare - is predicated on the internal security of the U.S. Protecting the U.S. from attacks at home should be the first priority of all of our political leaders, but unfortunately it is...
Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey delivered the Democratic Hispanic Radio Address today, and here's part of what he said:
Good morning. This is Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey. This coming Tuesday, November 7, Latinos can make the difference in elections across the country. We have the ability to make our voices heard and vote for those who respect our rights and will look out for our best...
... Burridge has this to say:
We need comprehensive immigration reform. This means strict enforcement of illegal hiring practices. Also, employers should have access to Internet-based technology to verify the identity of those they hire. When we get unlawful activity out in the open it is easier to regulate and enforce our borders.
"Comprehensive" reform means a bit more than that: it's simply a...
This site reprints a press release from the Michigan Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement.
On May 18, 2006 Senator Debbie Stabenow cast the deciding vote to kill an amendment, No. 3985, to the McCain-Kennedy Amnesty Bill S.2611. That amendment would have prevented illegal aliens from collecting Social Security benefits on wages earned using fraudulent numbers.
Our president George Bush has signed the "Secure Fence Act", which might result in 700 miles worth of fencing on the Mexican border. A White House fact sheet is at whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/10/20061026-1.html
In case it wasn't clear already, that "fact sheet" shows that the fence is just an excuse to get what Bush really wants.
Bill Winter is running for Congress against Rep. Tom Tancredo. Like other Democrats, he supports the Senate amnesty, and thus everything said about that horrible bill applies. Moreover, his page on immigration has several questionable or misleading statements:
1. His page twice refers to the "INS", an agency that hasn't existed since March 2003.
... Durbin said in a statement. "Only comprehensive immigration reform can permanently remedy this situation."
Obama made took a similar line. "I don't feel comfortable carving out an exception for one person when there are hundreds of thousands of people just in the Chicago region alone who would want a similar exemption," he said in a speech.
One of the major problems with the recent border fence bill is that supporters of "comprehensive" reform will hide behind the fence in order to push through their "reform". They'll say something like, "now that you've got your fence, give us our amnesty".
Or, for instance, they'll say something like, "Real immigration reform will vault over border fence".
The Democrats have various plans for different races: "A New Direction for __African-American____ Families", "A New Direction for ____Asian-Pacific Islander-American__ Families", "A New Direction for ___European-American__ Families", er, scratch the last one.
Their latest race-based plan is called "Compromiso Democrata con el Pueblo Latino: A New Direction for Latino Families".
From their press release:
FreedomWorks Foundation sponsored a luncheon for Capitol Hill staffers to discuss immigration reform that will balance both security and economic concerns. In particular, the forum will examine options for strengthening our borders while establishing procedures that provide law-abiding workers a legitimate path to the American workplace.
FreedomWorks chairman and...
A court hearing is scheduled this coming week for arguments in what could be one of the biggest decisions ever in the United States' battle over the integrity of its borders.
...The legal action seeks "to force the Los Angeles Police Department to drop its politically-correct 'sanctuary' policy [Special Order 40] and resume enforcing our nation's laws against illegal immigration,"...
The authors of the failed 1986 illegal alien amnesty, former Rep. Romano L. Mazzoli (D-KY) and former Senator Alan K. Simpson (R-WY), offer "Enacting Immigration Reform, Again". Their article is little more than a bad and pathetic joke:
Since illegal immigration continues nearly unabated today, legitimate questions can be raised about the effectiveness of [1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act...
California's Bush- and Kennedy-controlled governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, offers "Keep the Immigration Debate Civil". My summary: "A protest vote for Phil Angelides might wake me, Maria, and my Bush handlers up to the realization that I'm on the wrong path."
1. The title will be read by most as a challenge to those opposed to illegal immigration.
... belongs to the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform; their board of directors includes several interesting groups, such as:
* Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA, allegedly has collaborated with the Mexican government)
* Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights (in addition to what's at that and previous links, in March or April 2006, the president...
Immigration protests that drew hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators to the nation's streets last spring promised a potent political legacy a surge of new Hispanic voters.
"Today We March, Tomorrow We Vote," they proclaimed.
But an Associated Press review of voter registration figures from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Atlanta and other major urban areas that had large...
The four border governers (Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Rick Perry of Texas, Janet Napolitano of Arizona, and Bill Richardson of New Mexico) have sent a letter House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist urging them to pass "comprehensive" immigration "reform". While Perry says they aren't endorsing either the House or the Senate bill, they are in fact endorsing the...