New Congress to Grant Immunity to Illegal Aliens
Most conservatives call the Bush/McCain/Hagel/Martinez “guest worker” program amnesty. And it looks like the new Congress will approve of such a program this January.
Democrats in both chambers say they will start with some form of legislation first drafted by Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, which was the basis for the bill that was approved earlier this year by the Senate.
“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,” Mr. Leahy said. “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.”
This is not good, people.
Then again, Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) says it won’t be all that easy:
Rep. Tom Tancredo, the Colorado Republican and a leading critic of amnesty, was initially dejected by November’s elections, fearing that Democrats would ram through immigration reform. But a recent congressional trip with conservative-leaning “Blue Dog” Democrats changed his mind.
They don’t want to touch the issue, he said, after seeing fissures already develop among Democrats’ base voters on the issue. Illegal-alien advocacy groups think the Senate bill is too harsh on illegal aliens because it imposes fines on all and excludes others with criminal records. Those groups also insist future workers have a direct path to citizenship — a requirement that labor unions fiercely oppose.
“I think it’s going to be much more difficult for them to do than I had thought the day after the election,” Mr. Tancredo said.
Most likely, he said, Democrats will succeed at undoing plans to build 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The thing that’s in the greatest jeopardy right now is the fence, because they do have the appropriations process and that’s probably the one they can stop,” Mr. Tancredo said.
This is all the more reason to write, fax, and call your Congressanimals and to tell them to say NO to a guest worker program.