Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Comprehensive Immigration Bill is Extortion

Here’s the thing…What to do with the illegal immigrants that are in this country is one issue. How to stop more from coming in is something altogether different. The demand by the President and the Senate for a comprehensive immigration bill amounts to extortion in my book…

'Accept amnesty for illegals or we are going to let more of them in.'

Besides President Bush, the following Republicans seem to be taking the same position:

Roll Call Vote

The 40-55 roll call by which the Senate rejected a measure by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to make allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the United States contingent on first securing borders against new undocumented immigrants.

Shelby – Alabama
Murkowski – Alaska (Perhaps we could send them to Alaska)
Stevens – Alaska (see above)
Martinez – Florida
Craig – Idaho
Lugar – Indiana
Brownback – Kansas
Collins – Maine (RINO)
Snowe – Maine (RINO)
Coleman – Minnesota
Hagel – Nebraska (I think he wrote the bad bill)
DeWine – Ohio
Voinovich – Ohio (Tears kept to a minimum)
Specter – Pennsylvania
Chafee – Rhode Island (RINO)
Graham – South Carolina (One Term Wonder)
Bennett – Utah
Warner – Virginia (This one hurts)

Didn’t have the guts to vote:

McCain – Arizona (No Surprise, also loves the Amnesty plan)
Cochran - Mississippi (Its something about Katrina)
Lott – Mississippi (Surprise, see above)
Gregg – New Hampshire

Before anyone gets any bright ideas about Democrats being the answer, let's state that 36 of them also voted against this bill. I just don’t care about them enough to post them.

Now, the second point; Bush stated in his speech:

‘Some in this country argue that the solution is to deport every illegal immigrant -- and that any proposal short of this amounts to amnesty. I disagree. It is neither wise nor realistic to round up millions of people, many with deep roots in the United States, and send them across the border.’

I have heard this logic used not only by the President, but by just about everyone that favors Amnesty. I would like to do a bit of comparative analysis. Which sounds more wise and realistic?

Option 1: Round up 11 million illegal immigrants, put them on buses, and ship them south.

Option 2: Round up 11 million illegal immigrants, put some of them on buses and ship them south. Then take some more of them, walk them to the border, make them step into Mexico, let them back into the US, and then give them amnesty. Then take yet a third group, give them a biometric card and then give them amnesty.

Now, can anyone tell me why option 2 is realistic and wise while option 1 isn’t? Half the problem with this entire debate is that the politicians have been addressing the populace as though we are a bunch of idiots, and can't understand what is right in front of our collective face. Oh, and by the way, they want us to support these people out of our own paychecks. The Mayor of Herdon had to learn the hard way. John Warner, Lindsey Graham, you may be next.

Timothy Birdnow has an interesting take on the speech.