Senator Dole came out of the gates quickly in dismissing the amnesty bill, and it is good to see that she still feels the same way
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole looks at the immigration debate consuming the Senate this week and faces a quandary.
She likes the idea of letting in more farm laborers and high-skilled workers. But then, there’s language that could let illegal immigrants obtain green cards and legitimacy. That, Dole said this week, amounts to amnesty.
"That’s a show-stopper," she said in an interview in her Senate office.
As Washington debates the immigration issue, a pivotal question is how to handle the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants — including an estimated 300,000 in North Carolina. The key word is amnesty.
No matter what those who support the bill say, it is about illegal immigrants. Yes, we would like the legal ones to speak English, and be willing to be part of our culture while they are hear for years, but, when all is said and done, it is about the illegals. However, let’s not forget that approx 1/3 of all illegals are people who overstayed their visas.
Senator Richard Burr could not be reached by the News and Observer. Shocking! Well, not really. He has been a waste as a Senator. Might as well still be John Edwards sitting in that seat.
A recent statewide poll found that 56 percent of North Carolinians believe undocumented Latino immigrants are a "burden." In North Carolina, 65 percent of residents also consider the immigration issue "very important" to them, according to an April statewide poll by Elon University.
"North Carolinians don’t have a favorable opinion of undocumented immigrants," said poll director Hunter Bacot.
No, we do not have a favorable view of illegal aliens, who suck up our tax money, commit crime, and affect our lives negatively. And legal immigrants, both temporary and long term, of Hispanic descent, heck, American citizens of Hispanic descent, should be upset, since the illegals make the legals look bad. I know liberals, hard core, who say that their first thought when a Hispanic is involved in say, a traffic stop, is "are they here illegally?" I do the same.
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey conducted Monday and Tuesday night shows that just 26% of American voters favor passage of the legislation. Forty-eight percent (48%) are opposed while 26% are not sure…..The measure is opposed by 47% of Republicans, 51% of Democrats, and 46% of those not affiliated with either major party.
The enforcement side of the debate is clearly where the public passion lies on the issue. Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters say it is Very Important for “the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration.” That view is held by 89% of Republicans, 65% of Democrats, and 63% of unaffiliated voters.
If the Senate was smart, they would can the bill, and start strictly with enforcement, then work on the other issues one by one. Won’t happen, though. This bill should go down in flames. Let’s hope.
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