Skip to comments.Duncan Hunter Opposes Immigration Deal
Posted on 05/18/2007 8:04:44 AM PDT by kellynla
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a GOP candidate for president in 2008, vowed to oppose immigration legislation approved by the Senate on Thursday.
Hunter said the new immigration deal rewards lawbreakers and does little to stem the flow of illegals across U.S. borders.
"This Senate bill is bad for Americans, bad for our workers, bad for law enforcement and, most importantly, bad for national security," Hunter said.
The new legislation was drafted and supported by Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
It would provide new immigration benefits to millions of immigrants who are in America illegally.
"This package will confirm to the world that the U.S. does not really mean what it says when it comes to immigration enforcement," said Hunter. "As a result of the citizenship benefits included in this legislation, and despite the fine print, we will see a stampede across our borders as people seek to attain legal status in the U.S."
Hunter was a leader in the opposition to the 1986 Amnesty Act saying it provided benefits to those who had broken U.S. laws. He also contended that the 1986 act would draw even more immigrants to America who were seeking citizenship. Hunter said he was, "fiercely disappointed in seeing history repeat itself with another law that lawmakers have no intention to enforce.
"Amnesty is not the answer," he said. "Border enforcement must come first and it must be comprehensive. To do otherwise is to repeat the mistakes of the past."
According to Hunter, the Democratic controlled Senate is demanding legitimate enforcement policies, but what they are offering is a vast new amnesty and expansive guest-worker program.
"I suspect the program will be filled with fraud and abuse, and will ultimately lead to millions of low-skill workers relying on our public assistance programs," Hunter said.
The Senates decision to blatantly ignore the 2006 Secure Fence Act is yet another failure of this legislation, said Hunter. That act was signed into law last year and requires construction of 370 miles of fence, as opposed to the 854-miles mandated by the law.
"The San Diego border has proven that fencing works," Hunter said. "The time has come to quickly implement the Secure Fence Act, not retreat from its mandates."
The Democratic Party should have a HUGE CELEBRATION,,,,
they have just guaranteed MAJORITY STATUS AD INFINITUM!!!
The amnesty should be titled,,,
"THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MAJORITY ACT OF 2007"
P.S. No wonder Ted Kennedy and all the democrats are laughing!
This piece of legislation smacks of arrogance on the part of that old drunk Kennedy and McCaniac.
It matters not what Americans want it only matters what satisfy’s a few privileged asshole and their good buddy supporters in congress.
“Border enforcement must come first and it must be comprehensive”
I’m guessing that’s not what the RINOs mean when they use the word “comprehensive”.
I wouldn’t worry about it. The democrats won’t be in power for more than a decade or two. After that the scales will have tipped and we’ll be a latin American nation with a marxist government.
Not that bad, but we could end up like Argentina or Chile. Argentina was once a great nation but when it started to slide it went fast.
At the time, I didn’t think there could be a worse vote pandering law than Motor Voter. I was wrong.
Good for HUnter. Let’s see what the RINO candidates have to say.
Why do you think they voted for it? The Republicans that went along with it are delusional to think they will get any or secretly plan to switch parties when the time comes.
As long as Pres Bush supports it, too,,,,,,GAME, SET, MATCH! What chance do we have to stop it?
The democrat politicians realize that this is the MOTHER LODE of future democratic voters.
“Someone needs to nail down each of the GOP candidates RIGHT NOW on where they stand on this bill.”
well the bill comes up Monday, so we should start hearing some of their blathering next week...of course the only ones who are concerned are the ones up for election in 2008...the rest could care less about what you, me or anyone else who isn’t in their back pocket thinks.
Yes, and only a short time back he was hailing the Bush immigration plan as the greatest thing since sliced bread.
[snip] The Wall Street Journal February 6, 2004 Welcome to America
Fifteen authors offer this "Conservative Statement of Principles on Immigration":
President Bush has proposed a new legal path to work in the U.S. through a temporary worker program that will match willing workers with willing employers. We applaud the president and believe his approach holds great promise to reduce illegal immigration and establish a humane, orderly, and economically sensible approach to migration that will aid homeland security and free up border-security assets to focus on genuine threats. The president has shown courage by calling on Congress to place reality over rhetoric and recognize that those already working here outside the law are unlikely to leave. Congress can fulfill its role by establishing sufficient increases in legal immigration and paths to permanent residence to enable more workers to stay, assimilate, and become part of America. Immigrants are crucial to our competitiveness and future labor and economic growth, as well as our military strength. Our country's welcoming attitude to immigrants will permit the U.S. to grow and prosper, as the populations of many other nations stagnate and decline.
Co-authored by Stuart Anderson, Jeff Bell, Linda Chavez, Larry Cirignano, Cesar V. Conda, Francis Fukuyama, Richard Gilder, Newt Gingrich, Ed Goeas, Tamar Jacoby, Jack Kemp, Steve Moore, Grover Norquist, Richard W. Rahn and Malcolm Wallop
Duncan Hunter = cajones grande
“President Bush has proposed a new legal path to work in the U.S. through a temporary worker program that will match willing workers with willing employers.”
The Bush mantra.....
No need for American workers anymore. 250,000 American construction jobs(many are Veterans) no longer have a job, because of “willing workers(illegals) and willing contractors(whores)”.
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