Demotivation Monday: Immigration Backers Optimistic

And a Happy Monday to all. Harry Reid has said all is lost, so it is time to take it down a notch, get in the wrong frame of mind for the work week, be prepared to do your least and worst, or at least your bare minimum

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Yes, there is good news from the world of "immigration reform"

(Washington Post) After a week at home with their constituents, the Senate architects of a delicate immigration compromise are increasingly convinced that they will hold together this week to pass an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, with momentum building behind one unifying theme: Today’s immigration system is too broken to go unaddressed.

Congress’s week-long Memorial Day recess was expected to leave the bill in tatters. But with a week of action set to begin today, the legislation’s champions say they believe that the voices of opposition, especially from conservatives, represent a small segment of public opinion. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who led negotiations on the bill for his party, said the flood of angry calls and protests that greeted the deal two weeks ago has since receded every day.

First, it is too broken to go unaddressed. Perhaps if Congress would mandate that existing laws be, well, implemented, it wouldn’t be so bad. And perhaps Congress would worry more about protecting the borders and getting tough with illegals, and had been doing that for decades, since the last amnesty bill, it wouldn’t be so bad.

Second, I have to wonder, how many Senators were actually available for their constituents over their break? Or did they run off to the beach or a wherever for the week? How many understood the BS formatted calls from automated callers, especially when they were coming in speaking Spanish?

Third, the flood of angry calls, emails, protests, etc, probably did recede, as the people who were making them, particularly Conservatives, do not think that they have to continue to say the same thing again and again: they expect Senators to listen the first time.

Face it, Senators: the base of both parties is dead set against your shamnesty. If y’all would sit back, think, and do away with most amnesty provisions, you might get some support. Legalizing people who’s first action was to break the law when coming to the USA is dead wrong; small fines and penalties do not make it right. Allowing people to come to the US and become Medicare and Social Security recipients immediately, without having paid a dime into the system, is not a good idea either. Fortunately, here come the ammendments!

Republicans in the coalition will be expected to oppose amendments that put them in equally difficult positions. One, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), would expand the list of crimes making illegal immigrants ineligible for legalization. Cornyn has emphasized infractions such as gang activity and "aggravated felonies."

Democrats say the list would virtually wipe out the legalization program by barring undocumented workers who ignored deportation orders, overstayed their visas or otherwise evaded immigration authorities.

Looks like Dems want to add the law breaker contingent to their voter base.

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One Response to “Demotivation Monday: Immigration Backers Optimistic”

  1. 1389 says:

    I linked to your post from http://moblog1389.blogspot.com/2007/06/why-its-vitally-important-to-keep-up.html but was unable to get the trackback to work. We’re trying to urge US citizens to keep contacting their senators, and we’re giving them advice on how to get in touch with them. Also see: http://moblog1389.blogspot.com/2007/05/no-its-not-too-late-to-stop-immigration.html

    Thanks, and keep up the good work!

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