Senators and lobbyists are putting the final touches on a comprehensive immigration-reform bill that includes an easier citizenship path for illegal aliens and weaker enforcement provisions than were in the highly criticized legislation that the Senate approved last year.As at odds as last year's Hagel-Martinez CIRA bill was with the public, which so consistently and emphatically opposes increased immigration (irrespective of illegality), this furtive bill is blocking out virtually all of the GOP Senate, excepting the 'maverick' McCain. The list of key stakeholders consulted for the construction of this new bill, to be introduced by Ted Kennedy as early as next week, reads like a who's who list of open border extraordinaires:
The invitation listed six such "stakeholders," including the chamber and EWIC. The other groups attending the meeting, according to the e-mail, were the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center, the National Council of La Raza and the Service Employees International Union.In its original conception, the CIRA would've possibly allowed more than 200 million legal migrants into the US, most as 'temporary' workers (Orwellian speak for permanent peasants). This one may be even worse. Senator Sam Brownback, an indefatigable paladin battling for the Agro-business cause, was even held out of the discussions. Apparently this favorite of moral conservatives (of whom the Catholic Church is trying to woo by painting the Hispanic tidal wave as in need of magnanimity), with an immigration report card grade of D, doesn't have a sufficient enough hostility for national sovereignty to be made part of the formulations. When even Brownback is skeptical of a proposed amnesty grant, you know it's really disastrous. Oh, Arlen Specter was left out as well.
The Senate majority and the White House are colluding against the American public. But the House may be able to serve as a rendezvous point for the majority opposed to the US becoming conglomerate of feudal manors undergoing perpetual dumbening. Where the politicians are closest to the people, we can still strike back.
The mid-term elections were a sort of referendum against the war in Iraq. Republicans supporting immigration restriction fared relatively well, as members of Tom Tancredo's Immigration Reform Caucus suffered casualties at one-third the rate of non-caucus Congressional representatives. Victorious Democrats overwhelmingly spoke out against illegal immigration, strongly censuring the GOP-controlled Congress and Bush Administration for failing to curtail it. At least in the House, both parties are less receptive to the idea of unfettered Hispanic immigration than they were in October of '06. Now is the time to hold their feet to the fire.
Get out in front of Kennedy's bill. Let your House rep know that increased criminality, pollution, overcrowding, disease, infrastructure strain, wealth transfer, wage suppression, and cultural balkanization are not things you embrace. Rail against the deleterious effects continued underclass immigration are having on the US economic and intellectual competitiveness. You can find and contact your representative here.