Skip to comments.Change on Immigration Turns Senator Kyl Into Lightning Rod
Posted on 05/28/2007 5:25:38 PM PDT by Baladas
WASHINGTON, May 25 Angry calls poured into Senator Jon Kyls office this week by the thousands, expressing outrage beyond anything he said he had witnessed in his 20-year political career. The callers were inflamed by Mr. Kyls role in shaping the bipartisan immigration compromise announced May 17, which lawmakers continue to debate.
Yes, I have learned some new words from some of my constituents, Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican, said at a news conference on Thursday, drawing titters from those in the room.
Mr. Kyl, 65, who garners top ratings from conservative groups every year, is the unlikely lynchpin to the fragile alliance of Democrats and Republicans trying to push the sprawling immigration bill through the Senate.
An ardent foe of the immigration bill that passed the Senate last year but was later stymied by House Republicans, Mr. Kyl is seen as essential to attracting conservative Republicans to the new proposal. As his partys conference chairman, Mr. Kyl is the third-ranking Republican in the Senate and a fervent spokesman for conservative principles.
Although the bills backers have praised Mr. Kyl for his political courage, his about-face was not ushered in by either a high-minded refusal to demagogue on the issue or a conscious summoning of historic compromises from the Senates past.
A technocrat who has labored in Arizona in the shadow of his much more visible colleague, Senator John McCain, Mr. Kyl has traditionally shunned the spotlight and worked behind the scenes immersed in the details of legislation. It was that affinity for working in the trenches on policy, and pragmatism about the art of legislating, that led him to become a legislative partner of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who has been a major voice for immigration overhaul.
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At what point do the politicians realize that the people overwhelmingly oppose immigration?
From what I gather, he deserves the outrage for his switch. Keep pouring it on........
Brains baking in the sun out there or what?
I think it turned him into a different kind of rod. I’ll elaborate no further. =)
Lol! He drew titters?? You’re pretty good at that too, from what I hear!
The media can keep repeating this all they like, if the GOP did not want a Kennedy bill to pass they could filibuster it. Kyl is going along with it because he supports amnesty and guest worker programs and not because he didn't have a choice.
I believe the majority of the senators have dementia, as they apparently cannot remember what happened in the 64 and 86 immigration solve all bill by orchestrated by Senor’ Kennedy..I am not working tomorrow and am going to call all day starting at 6 am...
You are soooo bad.....
They knew even before they wrote this bill,obviously they just don’t honor the concept of representative government.I think the fix was in a long time ago,he’s been bought and paid for.
Get it? Whenever you surrender to the Communists, it's "pragmatism".
No dementia,they know exactly what they are doing.Once again,special interests trump the will of the American people.
At what point do the politicians realize that the people overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration?
Fixed it for you.
The politicians seem to have viewed taxpayers as mere unpleasant field slaves for so long, they just might actually be sincere in being shocked that we are not.
And that we don’t want a new class of slaves here.
We want the illegal alien slave trade ended, not given a new “designation”.
Enforce the laws already on the books against the US employers who hire illegal aliens, and build the fence around the border.
Pics, pics, and if they’re that good, more pics!
Someone on another thread speculated that he had been offered a post as a federal judge if he did this for Bush.
I don’t know whether that was speculation or based on knowledge of some kind. But I doubt whether Kyl suddenly turned stupid. Evidently he was working very hard as a point man for one of Bush’s pet projects.
I heard a radio talkshow host(sorry I forgot his name) point something out about the bill that I haven’t heard anywhere else and its important to take in. If all these illegal immigrants get visas then they wont be hireable for the jobs they are currently doing. They are hired for the very reason that they ARE illegal. Businesses don’t want to pay them as much as legal immigrants and they don’t want them on the books like they have to do with legal immigrants and citizens. Having them on the books means the IRS can calculate the payroll budget and see if its in line with gross revenues. If its not, audit time. So even if the illegals get visas, the demand for illegals wont go down. Either the newly legalized immigrants will be told that their pay will have to continue to be “under the table” like its always been or a flood of fresh illegals will step in to take their place.
Yes, thank you, Arizona. Just what do we American have to do to get the idiots we alledgedly elected to do the right thing? We are getting robbed, raped and murdered out here. Our jobs are going south and it’s all on our own nickel that we pay in taxes. We can’t afford to go to work anymore because gas is so high and I take the bus. We can’t afford to do anything. This is America and this is not what it should be.
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