Skip to comments.GOP Committing Political Suicide
Posted on 04/07/2006 7:58:29 AM PDT by rob777
In the rush to get an immigration bill out of the Senate, the Bush administration appears willing to cave into the Democrats on the issue of amnesty.
The latest burst of bipartisan enthusiasm came when a strange marriage of Republican Sens. John McCain and Bill Frist joined with Democratic Sens. Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid in proclaiming that only those illegal aliens who are in the United States five years or more will be allowed to stay.
Suddenly, every "undocumented migrant" you ask will claim to have been in the United States five years or more. How is anyone going to prove different? In the thriving market in forged documents, we find in major cities such as Los Angeles and New York, any reasonably enterprising illegal alien should be able to get a Social Security number and produce a driving license for any name it takes to prove they have been in the United States five years or more.
We are witnessing remarkable statements from the likes of Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who said of the recent compromise, "While it admittedly is not perfect, the choice we have to make is whether it is better than no bill, and the choice is decisive." This sounds uncomfortably familiar.
What we are likely to get out of the compromise is new language promising to secure the border, but without building a fence. We're probably going to be sold that electronic sensors are just as good. So why don't we just build an electronic surveillance force? All this is nonsense. We already have good immigration laws on the books that we don't enforce. How long will it take to put the electronic surveillance force in place? How many illegal immigrants will the electronic fence actually prevent from getting into the United States anyway? Will we add enough Border Patrol agents to make sure the electronic fence is working?
Why won't the Senate and President Bush just come clean on what is really going on? Senate Republicans do not have enough votes for a tough enforcement law and the president is not going to push for tough enforcement. Besides, President Bush is basically in favor of amnesty, as long as we can find the right euphemism, such as "guest worker." Certainly, no Republican wants to be accused of offering a "guest illegal" program, even if that's what the "get out of jail free" card after five years here actually means.
Maybe no bill at all would be better. Why is President Bush so determined in his second term to commit political suicide? Conservative Republicans want "guest worker" amnesty and "electronic surveillance" fences no more than they wanted Harriet Miers to be on the Supreme Court.
Probably, what it will take to wake the White House up is the massive defeat in the 2006 congressional elections that is brewing right now. Maybe if enough Republican senators and congressmen bite the dust in November, Karl Rove will realize that courting future "illegal immigrant" voters to expand the Hispanic base of the Republican Party is probably a very costly strategy, especially if in the process the growing conservative majority turns hard against the president.
The immigration bill that is being hammered together will certainly be proclaimed as a "great solution," a "comprehensive bill." In the end, this new immigration bill is not really intended to stop illegal immigration. The bill is just intended to sound like we are going to stop illegal immigration.
In another few years, we will have not 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, as the administration claims we have now, but maybe 25 million. But, of course, in five years from now, all we have to do is wave the magic wand again, permitting Congress to declare once more that everybody is legal, as long as they have been here five years or more. Why don't we just do this every five years? That should make the problem go away altogether.
A good question.
He's not running for re-election.
This is the real GWB.
He wants to ensure that a fellow one-worlder gains control of the White House after he is gone. Hillary is his best hope, after that McCain.
Some people that immigration benefits America.
Wonder what Nov., 2006 will bring?
Wow, so if I rob a bank and hide out for 5 years does that mean I can get off free?
IMO, the repubs are done. They have no backbone to run this country. Never have and never will.
Dems are also done. They are nothing mroe than race baiting liars that want to give this country away for a vote.
Unless something dramatic happens, our country will move closer to a civil war so the people can take back what is theirs. The COUNTRY.
The GOP deserves a thorough ass-kicking in November. They've forgotten who sent them to DC and why.
"Some people that immigration benefits America.
Most people believe immigration benefits America.
We're not talking about immigration, we're talking about ILLEGAL immigration.
It's not just the GOP committing Political suicide, there are a lot of democrats unhappy with this amnesty bill.
I for one will NOT vote for anyone who supports it. I live in Arizona and am furious that anyone in congress would vote for this bill.
My hope is that it will be DOA in the House where we have more sensible people in power. If they come to some agreement when it goes to conference and amnesty is part of it, I will be pushing for some REAL and TRUE AMERICAN to run for office against McCain.
What every US citizen needs to do is sign up for this amnesty when they finally shove it down out throats. Imagine 280 million people clogging up the system. Better yet, let's all claim to be seeking 'political amnesty' from a tryanical government.
LEGAL immigration, may benefit in some ways but this is ILLEGAL that is being discussed.
I'm willing to help push the RINOs' on this by pushing them over a cliff. Seems we're going to have to hand things over to the dems for awhile to allow more conservatives back in office.
As a result, the DIMs were allowed to be too big for their "britches"
The result is that now, there really is a coalition government.
2006 will change that (not for the better, on our side).
It is only illegal since some bean counters say we can only have x number of legal immigrants. The numbers of legal immigrants allowed in has been way too low for many years. To me, the difference between legal and illegal is arbitrary.
The cross out the 'IL' and make the legal. Problem solved.
IMO, the repubs are done-- because the party has been infiltrated and corrupted by people who have used the power and the bank account of the party to radicalize it and put people into power that would not otherwise have been able to achieve it.
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