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Thursday, May 17, 2007

More On Immigration Reform

Hugh Hewitt and Michelle Malkin are hopping mad, but they are not the only ones. The editors @ NRO sum up their thoughts succintly as thus:

“The fight over legalization, or ‘amnesty,’ is all but over,” exults the Manhattan Institute’s Tamar Jacoby, and the “yahoos” who oppose it have been routed. She is right about who has won, at least as far as the Senate is concerned. The Bush-Kennedy immigration “reform,” which is now expected to win broad bipartisan support in that chamber, provides legal status for an estimated 12 million illegal aliens. In exchange for the massive, unpopular amnesty, Senator Kennedy is willing to engage in a little “border dressing” that purports to beef up enforcement of current laws barring illegal entry and the employment of illegal workers. As in the past, supporters of border and workplace enforcement will get the rhetoric, illegal aliens the prize, and taxpayers the huge tab.

The WaPo describes it like this:

Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration laws that would offer virtually all of the nation's 12 million undocumented workers a route to legal status while shifting migration preferences away from the extended families of citizens toward more skilled and educated workers.

Breitbart has a similar take:

Republican and Democratic senators huddled Thursday trying to close in on an immigration compromise to grant quick legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants while fortifying U.S. borders against new ones.

And while all of this is going on, the Washington Times has an interesting addition to the story, and one that no one is picking up:

Meanwhile, pressure from interest groups is driving the two sides even further apart, making a deal less likely.

Conservative groups say Republicans are caving on principles, while immigrant rights groups say the Democrats have already given up too much -- and let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hear about it yesterday morning. The Nevada Democrat said he arrived at his office to find "a bunch of phone calls from people around the country quite disturbed about a number of things in this proposed piece of legislation."

President Bush has dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to try to broker a deal, but yesterday Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott said as many as 10 "sticking points" remain.

Democrats say Republicans are asking for too many restrictions and checks on illegal aliens before they can get on the path to citizenship, and object to restrictions on future guest workers, who under Republicans' plans would have limited chances to become citizens.

Meanwhile, Republicans say they have made a major concession in accepting that many illegal aliens will now have a path to citizenship, and argue that the program should be stringent to weed out fraud and abuse.

Regardless of how you look at this, and which side you happen to be on, this deal is a mess. And if Senator Lott thinks there are "ten sticking points" then there should be no deal until those points are addressed. Why are the Republicans caving into this. In the Breitbart report, it is stated that if this deal does not make it, the Democrats are bringing their deal up from last year they tried, and failed miserably, in passing. Republicans said they would block that one, again, if it were pushed by the Democrats. It is worse than this one.

But this one is no gem. The editors at National Review are right. The people who violated our law will win the prize, and we, the taxpayers, will be stuck with the check, and there is no guarantee that this will end illegal immigration. Notice that in Thomas's post yesterday about this deal, he noticed the severe drop in enforcement related provisions, including a reduction in the size of the fence.

So I must ask that if the reductions have already occurred in the perceived deal, how can we believe that these yahoos will be serious about implementing tham. We cannot accept that at face value, nor can we believe that they do mean to put security first. That, we will recall, is one of the so-called "sticking points;" that security and enforcement come first, and regularization comes second. But, at this rate, we cannot even believe that would happen.

Thomas has been on the phone since he woke up. I will be on it this afternoon. CALL YOUR PEOPLE IN DC. Tell them to end this charade. And put a little "iron in the glove" when you remind them that their careers are at stake as much as national security. We have alreadsy pledged that the RNC, the NRSC, and the NRCC will receive no money from us. But if this goes through, in 2008, we will be backing and contributing to those challenging any GOP representative or senator whose name appears on the final roll call of this bill. Call them now: 202-225-3121 and remind them that a surrender to this bill is a surrender in 2008, and that is one they can ill afford. With twenty-one seats up for reelection in the Senate, supporting a measure like this will, as Thomas so eloquently put it yesterday, condemn the GOP to walk in darkness for decades. And the leadership needs to know it. Call the number above, and ask for Mitch McConnell, John Kyl, and Trent Lott. They are the GOP leaders in the Senate. Tell them to end all negotiations, and if not, stop it when it comes to a vote.



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