Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Tide turning against S1348 disaster

To those who called, faxed, and emailed your Congressional representatives: Good work!

The disastrous S1348 has been pushed back out to sea. It won't be voted on until next month (instead of next week), and it's already being assaulted by amendments in the Senate, the chamber generally more supportive of unfettered open borders:
The Senate voted Wednesday to slash the number of foreign workers who could come to the U.S. on temporary visas as part of a broad bipartisan immigration bill.

A new guest worker program would be capped at 200,000 a year under the proposal, which passed 74-24 over strong opposition by the Bush administration.
The original bill would've actually allowed for 600,000 "guest workers", contingent upon the economy's "need" for them.

The longer it takes for a vote, the greater the chance the bill won't even make it to the House. Keep letting your representatives you want to know more about this proposal, that you're opposed to amnesty, and that you want restricted, merit-based immigration policies that benefit natives.

++Addition++The public is strongly opposed to the Senate bill:
Initial public reaction to the immigration proposal being debated in the Senate is decidedly negative.

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.
Greater numbers of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents oppose the bill than support it.

Americans are concerned about border enforcement. They do not buy the non sequitur that immigration restriction is somehow impossible without first dealing with the illegal population already in the US:
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.
While Bush wants a massive demographic reshaping of the US as part of his Presidential legacy, the public, which is consistently more supportive of an enforcement-only bill, sours on him even more every time "comprehensive" reform is in the news:
These survey results are consistent with other recent polling data showing that most Americans favor an enforcement-only reform bill. Support drops when a “path to citizenship” is added to the mix. President Bush’s Job Approval ratings dip every time comprehensive immigration reform tops the news.
Stay vigilant. Many of our leaders want to replace you with more docile, obsequious warm bodies who will enable them to increase their political power while undercutting the power of an independent middle class. But they don't want you to know what they're trying to do. And when the spotlight is shined on them, they feign to represent you once more.


Anonymous said...

I had read that Senators were claiming nobody was calling, faxing and e-mailing about this piece of shit bill. Of course that was a lie.

Audacious Epigone said...

To the extent that it was originally true, it was because few people knew what was going on behind close doors (although if you looked hard enough you could see that something was making its way down the pike).

It's heartenning to see such a groundswelling of opposition to this disaster. Leaders who've crafted it may try to lie, saying no one cares about the issue, but that's blatantly untrue.