Lost that battle, but not the war. That’s one way to look at what happened in the Senate today. Today they managed to get the 60 votes needed for cloture (64 yes, 35 no, 1 did not vote) of the bill to end the accepting of amendments. On Thursday, after the proposed amendments are ‘debated,’ there will have to be another cloture vote to end debate and put it to the Senate floor for a vote with or without the amendments submitted. If it goes that far, then the bill will go to the House of Representatives where, I hope it will never be seen again. Not in its present form anyway.
The point is, it ain’t over yet. Let your Senators know once again, or a few more times, before Thursday afternoon that you want the border SHUT first. Forget about a comprehensive anything unless they’re talking about a comprehensive border lock-down. Tell them that no manner or level of a comprehensive solution will serve our country or will even have a chance of serving our country if the flow if illegals and terrorists is not stopped first. In other words, the comprehensive solution must not include the continuing flow of millions more coming across the border. PERIOD. Make sure they hear from you.
I live in Florida, you can bet that Mel Martinez already got the last vote he’s going to get from me. Makes me proud to live close to Alabama, whose senators Sessions and Shelby actually serve their legal constituents and put America first. Martinez and Nelson are both wrong in supporting this bill. They are bi-partisan fools out to pimp the Latino voting block at the expense of our nations safety and security. But not all Latinos, just Mexicans. That’s where the numbers are.
Mel, Bill, I’ll remember you both come election day. For the rest of you, I strongly suggest you check this roll call vote, and the one that will take place on Thursday if it passes, to see if any of your senators voted to pass this bill, then act accordingly.
It’s a good thing this hasn’t spread to the global warming crowd. About 16 years ago it was predicted that the earth would be toast by now. Algore gave it 10 years in his book. The Nepalese are an even more curious lot, compared to people in The West. There, Bishweshwor Chaudhari, a self-proclaimed holy-man had predicted that a massive earthquake would kill 300,000 people and it was to have begun last week. When it didn’t occur, people went to his house and beat him up. Talk about tough fans. He may get the last laugh though because the period of activity was to continue until July 10th.
When Friday came and went without the slightest tremor, angry residents of the city rushed to Mr Chaudhari’s house and beat him up, declaring him a charlatan and demanding that he be punished. Police intervened and detained him for disturbing the peace.
And this food-for-thought, quite topical but in a different context, illegal immigration.
The incident illustrates how deeply superstitious much of Nepal remains and how easy it is for the unscrupulous to exploit the millions of Nepalis who have little access to basic education and healthcare.
Doing what the Federal Government hasn’t the will to do, States are taking on the illegal immigration problem themselves.Â Â So when the President and Trent Lott say that you don’t understand the immigration problem and are not in tune with mainstream America on this subject, you can be assured that by virtue of the States taking matters into their own hands as they are,Â that it is the President and Trent Lott who are not in the mainstream of American thought.
What have you done to stop this immigration bill lately? Last week went well, but Washington is going to try to push it through again this week. Forget about last week. They still haven’t gotten the message. Or rather, they still refuse to believe you. Or they have begun not listening to you any more since the country is now run by talk radio. What? Well, according to Trent Lott anyways. Call your senators again this week, right now, tell them what you support and what you don’t.
There is not one compelling reason to not close the border first. They’ve already approved and appropriated money to build a border fence. And it is the only provision in the bill that virtually everyone has voted for. But there is no will in Washington to follow through with it. Which is exactly why they include it in this immigration bill. They are twisting your arm to get you to accept automatic legalization (some call it amnesty) of millions of illegal aliens in order to close the border. That’s why the insistence for a comprehensive bill. NO, I think we need to close the barn door first.
This bill, if approved, aside from granting legal status to millions, including convicted criminals and those who were deported and came back, or never left, will also change the demographics of this country into something more resembling Americo than America. And they don’t seem to have a problem with that.
That, and you’ll have to live with the fact that those wanting this bill will characterize you as being “anti-immigration.” That slur could not be further from the truth. It is illegal immigration that most Americans do not approve of.
Both are counting on the Latino vote. Aside from being ridiculous, because they would overwhelmingly vote democrat, not republican, what we have here are democrats and republicans putting politics ahead of our country. And us citizens and legal immigrants will pay for it. Watch it happen or take action now.
NYT: Senate Leaders Agree to Revive Immigration Bill
It looks like those geniuses in Washington got an earful from y’all on this immigration bill. Thankfully, enough of our representatives were dragged kicking and screaming to vote against cloture of the bill. So, although it is not going for a vote at this time, it is not dead. Harry Reid is still adamant that he is going to find a way to “pass this bill.” What he is actually saying is that you are just too stupid to know what you are talking about in the immigration bill, in fact, what you want to do will make it worse, so I’m going to get this to become law by hook or by crook. For him, it means doing what comes natural. For Trent Lott, it means he’s lost his mind.
I don’t want a bill passed in desperation that was basically written in secret, and with no (zero) senators in the committee that had an opposing view. They, like Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Al) were not allowed to participate. And I definitely don’t want a bill that is sold to us as “it’s the best that we can do”. I don’t doubt that this bill may be the best that they could do, which is why they need to retire. Their priorities are weighted more for Americo than America. Well, actually their priorities are to import as many ignorant voters as they can and guarantee majority party status for decades, even if it means the building of Americo out of America.
Now, lets bring this bill out in the open. Show it to the American people piece by piece, and enact the will of the people, piece by piece, one at a time, and in logical order. And this time show us the effects the bill would have on our economy and be honest about it. I don’t want a bill that was hastily and secretly dreamed up by old politicians the likes of Ted Kennedy and John McCain.
You have to ask yourself why was the bill drawn up in secret, without any knowledge about it by the American people? Like the part where illegals who were also convicted felons in the United States, and illegals who have been deported and were caught in this country again, would gain legal status, as if the slate was just wiped clean. Isn’t that what you would call amnesty? Yet the President and Mel Martinez want to scorn you for using such a word. They’re acting more like democrats every day. If you can’t handle the truth, just delegitimize the opposition.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R) released a list today of 20 loopholes in the current immigration bill. Watch how little attention this gets in the MSM. But first, check out Session’s press release where he lists the 20 loopholes.
Then get on the phone or email your representatives. Never mind that you may have already done that. Do it again.
Continue reading 20 Loopholes In Immigration Bill
I don’t know how my senator, Mel Martinez, can possibly say with a straight face that this immigration bill will amount to a net increase of $70 billion over 10 years. Martinez says . . .
For those concerned about the fiscal impact associated with border security and immigration reform, the Congressional Budget Office reported on May 23rd that the solution we have drafted “would result in a net increase in revenues of $70 billion to $75billion over the 2008-2017 period.”
Bruce Kesler at the Democracy Project has the latest CBO numbers on the fiscal impact of this legislation if passed as proposed. It goes into the tens of billions per year in the red, not surplus as Sen. Martinez, who is also the Chairman of the Republican Party, claims. What’s wrong with this picture?
A republican democrat (what?) just won a third term as Mayor in a city rife with illegal immigrants. Contrary to the McCain, Kennedy, and Martinez crews’ assertions, these American people put America first. Read how a republican won re-election with democrats voting for him as a write-in. He got over 90% of the vote which obviously includes democratic voters. Now there’s bi-partisan support. Someone please tell Sen. Kennedy.
The Hazleton, Pa., mayor who launched a war on the impact of illegal aliens in his city was warned that his future political career would be “haunted” by the decision, but now Louis J. Barletta has won not only the GOP nomination for mayor, which he was seeking, but the Democratic nomination by virtue of 1,200 write-in votes.
There isn’t a bigger, more blatant example of the disconnect between what the politicians and the media think the people want and what the people actually feel about illegal immigration. The Hazleton election is a ‘poll’ no one can dispute. And the only one that counts.
more: Immigration Watch
Mayor wins both GOP and Democrat primaries
In defense of his position on the immigration bill which will be voted on in the Senate this week, Sen. Martinez, who doubles as chairman of the Republican Party, said the ‘fiscal impact’ of this immigration bill will be a net increase in revenues of over $70 billion. The lie by omission here is the fiscal impact once all 20 million illegals become ‘legal’? And then add to that the fiscal impact of the chain migration effect of bringing families of those illegals here into the United States and making them ‘legal’ too? Are we still in a profit situation Senator? Why didn’t you mention that in your ‘defense’ Senator? That omission is fatal to your credibility. How can you represent all of the people with half of the facts? It’s been estimated that it will actually cost over $80 billion a year. From his website. . .
For those concerned about the fiscal impact associated with border security and immigration reform, the Congressional Budget Office reported on May 23rd that the solution we have drafted “would result in a net increase in revenues of $70 billion to $75 billion over the 2008-2017 period.”
Then he speaks to me with this attitude . . .
To those who choose to ignore the problem, call any effort to address it “amnesty,” or politicize potential solutions, I would say, provide a solution; provide an idea for securing the borders, bringing 12 million people out of the shadows, and answering the labor needs of our nation.
Let’s split hairs shall we? If I want to call making all 12-20 millions illegals ‘legal’ as amnesty, then what do you call it? I see, if you have a different solution to the problem than he, then you’re ignoring the problem. I think we need to get more specific as to what the problem is. The problem is not how to get all those illegals to vote for my party. The problem is how to stop illegal immigration. Then the problem becomes what to do with those here illegally. Then there’s the problem of politicians, like yourself, who see illegals as employees (whether they work or not) with rights.
The solution is simple, and it won’t change the demographic of America into something else.
- Finish the 700 mile fence. Only 2 miles have been built so far, and you seem to be satisfied with building “at least 370 miles” of it in the short term, which is what this bill calls for. In other words, your first step has a gaping hole in it.
- Start building infrastructure necessary to temporarily house illegals for distribution to either prison or their home country. That doesn’t mean go round them up, it means deal with them as they come up either at the border or at a traffic stop.
- You don’t confer ‘legal’ status to illegals. The working illegals, those without criminal records, should remain ‘illegal’ until they have gone through all the hoops to become a citizen and not a second sooner. What will bring them out of the shadows is the hope of being able to become a citizen. If they’re only here to use the country then they’ll either go home or go underground, where they are now.
- Biometric ID, also required to cast a vote in elections.
- Take out the welcome mat. Provide employers tools to insure they’re not hiring illegals, and fine those who are intentionally breaking the law.
- Restrict the wire transfer of money outside of the United States to U.S. citizens.
- The free market, Senator, will meet the labor needs of our nation. The market will make the adjustment, and life goes on. Interfering with the free market is counterproductive. As an immigrant yourself, no one should know the value and potential that freedom brings more than you. Don’t try to artificially manipulate it.
The Dept of Justice has a role to play here also. The practice of ‘sanctuary cities’ has to be stopped. It amounts to a ‘don’t ask’ policy that is not only dangerous but it signals the breakdown of law and order. Recognizing that it is law and order, coupled with individual freedom, that made this country the greatest in the world in less than 200 years, and that made America “America,” it would be a destructive act to allow that to break down. Sanctuary cities is another welcome mat that needs to get pulled.
Other than the war on terror, the next dangerous situation to America is illegal immigration and its effects on The Melting Pot. The “solution” to this was the result of no input from ‘the American people’ on the the major aspects of the immigration bill in Congress. It is the beginning of the pot melting. The best presentation of what this bill actually does, as opposed to what proponents say about it, is this Heritage In Focus video by former AG Edwin Meese.
related: Is America Worth Keeping?