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Fix Legal Immigration First (Sen. Ben Nelson)

June 28th, 2007

I felt that the problem of illegal immigration exists side by side with the problem of legal immigration. You have to solve the problem with legal immigration, which will give you the visas and give you temporary workers, and solve the problem of securing the border and enforcing border security before you can deal with the 11-12 million people who are here illegally.

So I think it’s a two-step process. You can combine them, but you can’t solve the problem of illegal immigration first, and that’s what this bill seems to do.

A Crushing Defeat for the Immigration Bill (Sen. Jeff Sessions)

June 28th, 2007

It was a surprisingly strong defeat for this bill’s advocates, and I think it was really a crushing defeat. It exceeded my expectations, although I thought it might shift — I felt a shift in the air — but I was surprised by the strength of that surge against the bill.

By Ala. GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions | Sen. Sessions’s Website(s)

 

‘Modest increase’ in calls crashes Senate phones – By Kelly McCormack

Many Senate office phones were down Thursday morning due to a “modest increase in call volume,” according to an e-mail from the Senate assistant sergeant at arms and the chief information officer.

Opponents of the bipartisan immigration reform bill that stalled in the Senate after a 46-53 cloture vote this morning said foes of the bill had flooded Senate offices with phone calls.

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46-53, immigration bill goes down in defeat – By Klaus Marre

The comprehensive immigration reform bill that has dodged attacks from the left and right for weeks, survived “poison pill” amendments, and was once pulled from the Senate schedule failed its most important test Thursday. Passage of the legislation now appears unlikely.

The bipartisan coalition that had shepherded the measure through so many obstacles failed to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. The final vote was 46-53.

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June 28, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | 2 Comments

Happy No Amnesty Thursday


We beat it…AGAIN!! More to follow.

Live Blogging the Senate Immigration Amnesty Bill: UPDATE–CLOTURE FAILS!!!!!!!!—Roll Call Added.

Go to Spree’s place for the full deal!!

Michelle Malkin:

Roll Call:

Hot Air:

Captain’s Quarters:

Sniveling and whining moron Reid:

7:59am-Reid is deliberately tring to tie legal immigration in with ILLEGAL immigration, intellectual dishonesty at its best as only Baghdad Reid can do it!!!!!!!! He is pleading at this point.

8:03am- I have to show you what Malkin had to say about Reid, cause it is amusing.

10:48am Eastern. Well, here we go. It’s sniveling Harry Reid: “Is immigration a problem? Of course it is. But is immigration a problem limited…to border states, big cities? No. Immigration is a problem all over America.”

 

Another Sherlock Holmes!

Told y’all we would defeat this again!!

International Tribune is whining:

 

June 28, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | 6 Comments

Interesting Angle On ILLEGAL Immigration


Assume Congress was considering a “comprehensive” plan to reduce wages for the poor, increase crime in minority neighborhoods, further diminish already failing pubic schools, and seriously strain an overburdened health care system.

June 27, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | 7 Comments

Where Are We Going?


And when will this all end? Can we hold onto our Federal Republic? Or will it take blood in the streets of America…again?

Let’s Cut to the Chase on Amnesty

Written by JB Williams

©2007 USA

 

Yesterday, despite a historic volume of dissenting voter phone calls, emails and snail mails, which caused most members of the U.S. Senate to shut down their systems in order to completely ignore their constituents and proceed to move forward on illegal amnesty, the senate voted 64-35 to proceed against the vast will of the American people.

This means that 64 senators chose to ignore their “legal” constituents entirely, in pursuit of potential “illegal” voters they hope to pick up at some point in the near future.

In case you are still trying to figure out who really supports the legalization of illegal immigration and amnesty for invaders, 40 of the 64 are Democrats and the other 24 are Republicrats.

Note that four Democrat traitors and three Republicrat traitors hope to be elected President in 2008…

Here is a list of those 64 senators, in all their glory!

YEA’s – 64

40 Democrats 24 Republicrats

Akaka (D-HI), Bennett (R-UT), Biden (D-DE), Bond (R-MO), Bingaman (D-NM), Brownback (R-KS), Boxer (D-CA), Burr (R-NC), Brown (D-OH), Coleman (R-MN), Cantwell (D-WA), Collins (R-ME), Cardin (D-MD), Craig (R-ID), Carper (D-DE), Domenici (R-NM), Casey (D-PA), Ensign (R-NV), Clinton (D-NY), Graham (R-SC), Conrad (D-ND), Gregg (R-NH), Dodd (D-CT), Hagel (R-NE), Durbin (D-IL), Kyl (R-AZ), Feingold (D-WI), Lott (R-MS), Feinstein (D-CA), Lugar (R-IN), Harkin (D-IA), Martinez (R-FL), Inouye (D-HI), McCain (R-AZ), Kennedy (D-MA), McConnell (R-KY), Kerry (D-MA), Murkowski (R-AK), Klobuchar (D-MN), Snowe (R-ME), Kohl (D-WI), Specter (R-PA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Stevens (R-AK), Leahy (D-VT), Voinovich (R-OH), Levin (D-MI), Warner (R-VA), Lieberman (ID-CT), Lincoln (D-AR), Menendez (D-NJ), Mikulski (D-MD), Murray (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Obama (D-IL), Pryor (D-AR), Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV), Salazar (D-CO), Schumer (D-NY), Webb (D-VA), Whitehouse (D-RI), Wyden (D-OR)

If you are still thinking that you can stop amnesty before it leaves the senate, this is the list you will have to focus all of your attention upon.

The seven on this list who want to be president, should soon collide with an abrupt end to their fantasy bid to lead this country into an era of One World Order in some North American Union under international democratic socialism.

The rest will come up for re-election sooner or later, and they should find themselves on the unemployment line by then, if not sooner.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Our Declaration of Independence and claim to self-governance.

Most of us are familiar with these words, but have forgotten what they mean and why they were written. The founders were sure to remind us repeatedly…including in the phrase that immediately followed the above.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Our founders were so extreme in their words. Or were they?

You decide! Have we yet endured enough?

Is there anything left to discuss?

June 27, 2007 Posted by | Congress, Constitution, Illegal Immigration | 11 Comments

Sage Maxine Says…


Maxine–3 Problems, 3 Solutions–NEXT!

Our idiot congress could learn a lot from this lady! Thanks Betsy!

Maxine’s Three Problems:

–Illegal Immigration

–Hurricane Recovery

–Alligators Attacking People in Florida

Maxine’s Three Solutions:

–Dig a moat the length of the Mexican Border

–Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levees

–Put the Florida Alligators in the moat along the Mexican Border

Any other problems you’d like Maxine to solve for you today?

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | 5 Comments

Diversity…the Forgotten Evil


City Journal: (uh oh! shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! don’t tell the leftinistra)

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, is very nervous about releasing his new research, and understandably so. His five-year study shows that immigration and ethnic diversity have a devastating short- and medium-term influence on the social capital, fabric of associations, trust, and neighborliness that create and sustain communities. He fears that his work on the surprisingly negative effects of diversity will become part of the immigration debate, even though he finds that in the long run, people do forge new communities and new ties.

Putnam’s study reveals that immigration and diversity not only reduce social capital between ethnic groups, but also within the groups themselves. Trust, even for members of one’s own race, is lower, altruism and community cooperation rarer, friendships fewer. The problem isn’t ethnic conflict or troubled racial relations, but withdrawal and isolation. Putnam writes: “In colloquial language, people living in ethnically diverse settings appear to ‘hunker down’-that is, to pull in like a turtle.”

In the 41 sites Putnam studied in the U.S., he found that the more diverse the neighborhood, the less residents trust neighbors. This proved true in communities large and small, from big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Boston to tiny Yakima, Washington, rural South Dakota, and the mountains of West Virginia. In diverse San Francisco and Los Angeles, about 30 percent of people say that they trust neighbors a lot. In ethnically homogeneous communities in the Dakotas, the figure is 70 percent to 80 percent.

Diversity does not produce “bad race relations,” Putnam says. Rather, people in diverse communities tend “to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity and work on community projects less often, to register to vote less, to agitate for social reform more, but have less faith that they can actually make a difference, and to huddle unhappily in front of the television.” Putnam adds a crushing footnote: his findings “may underestimate the real effect of diversity on social withdrawal.”

Neither age nor disparities of wealth explain this result. “Americans raised in the 1970s,” he writes, “seem fully as unnerved by diversity as those raised in the 1920s.” And the “hunkering down” occurred no matter whether the communities were relatively egalitarian or showed great differences in personal income. Even when communities are equally poor or rich, equally safe or crime-ridden, diversity correlates with less trust of neighbors, lower confidence in local politicians and news media, less charitable giving and volunteering, fewer close friends, and less happiness.

Putnam has long been aware that his findings could have a big effect on the immigration debate. Last October, he told the Financial Times that “he had delayed publishing his research until he could develop proposals to compensate for the negative effects of diversity.” He said it “would have been irresponsible to publish without that,” a quote that should raise eyebrows. Academics aren’t supposed to withhold negative data until they can suggest antidotes to their findings.

Nor has Putnam made details of his study available for examination by peers and the public. So far, he has published only an initial summary of his findings, from a speech he gave after winning an award in Sweden, in the June issue of Scandinavian Political Studies. His office said Putnam is in Britain, working on a religion project at the University of Manchester, and is currently too busy to grant an interview.

Putnam’s study does make two positive points: in the long run, increased immigration and diversity are inevitable and desirable, and successful immigrant societies “dampen the negative effects of diversity” by constructing new identities. Social psychologists have long favored the optimistic hypothesis that contact between different ethnic and racial groups increases tolerance and social solidarity. For instance, white soldiers assigned to units with black soldiers after World War II were more relaxed about desegregation of the army than were soldiers in all-white units. But Putnam acknowledges that most empirical studies do not support the “contact hypothesis.” In general, they find that the more people are brought into contact with those of another race or ethnicity, the more they stick to their own, and the less they trust others. Putnam writes: “Across local areas in the United States, Australia, Sweden Canada and Britain, greater ethnic diversity is associated with lower social trust and, at least in some cases, lower investment in public goods.”

Though Putnam is wary of what right-wing politicians might do with his findings, the data might give pause to those on the left, and in the center as well. If he’s right, heavy immigration will inflict social deterioration for decades to come, harming immigrants as well as the native-born. Putnam is hopeful that eventually America will forge a new solidarity based on a “new, broader sense of we.” The problem is how to do that in an era of multiculturalism and disdain for assimilation.

John Leo is the editor of the Manhattan Institute’s mindingthecampus.com.

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Diversity, Illegal Immigration, Multiculturalism | 102 Comments

History of Immigration Laws


Compiled in 2000:

Rapid Immigration:

Three Decades:

Michael Cutler:

Americans for Immigration Control:

Dobbs:

50 years of lies:

102 articles on Toad:

Captain’ Quarters:

Majority against:

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | Leave a comment

Proclivities To Disaster


From Renew America:

Illegal immigration: Senate’s desires trump American people (imagine that)

In recent history it has it never been so patently and painfully obvious that the wants of our elected officials supersede those of the US electorate. The Illegals’ Immigration and Amnesty Bill has not only brought to the forefront our senators’ House of Lords proclivities and behaviors directed against the will of their own communities but, is now being used to smack their constituents in their faces. Firmly and finally our senators – along with our president – have now told we-the-people that only their desires, wallets and pocketbooks count. We-the-people can either accept their increasingly totalitarian dictates – or leave the country. Illegal Aliens are now the important class of people. US citizens and their needs and desires are no longer important. The latest scuttlebutt is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Whip Trent “I hate conservative talk radio” Lott (RINO-MI) have come to agreement on one of their back-door deals. They plan to push through their ‘amnesty for everyone except legal US citizens and those trying to enter the country legally’ in spite of the rising voices of the American people against it.

Read the rest.  And don’t give up the fight and don’t believe the trolls,  either.

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | Leave a comment

The LIARS of Shamnesty


70% of Americans Want Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants!
Written by JB Williams
©2007 USA

(NOTE: link is not yet available for this article…received in email…will post link later)

According to Republican polling and strategy firm The Tarrance Group, currently engaged in strategic polling for Rudy Giuliani, 47 house members, 10 senators and 5 governors, – more than 70% of Americans support the current Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform efforts, referred to by most Americans as “amnesty”.

Once again, we learn that it’s all in how you frame the question

When CNN recently asked if we favored or opposed the senate immigration reform bill, 47% said they oppose, 30% favored and 22% remained unsure, proving mostly that CNN viewers just aren’t that bright. (Just kidding – but 22% unsure?)

The point is, – the Tarrance Group poll must have asked questions that no other polling firm asked in order to come up with the answers they are reporting to your senate Republicans.

According to The Tarrance Group, “When we walked through the series of measures that are being proposed, we got 77 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of Democrats, and 70 percent of independents supporting it,” says CEO Ed Goeas. “There’s not a piece of research I’ve seen that, if you explain each one of those pieces, you don’t get a majority saying they approve it.”

In other words, when not told that they were discussing the senate bill known as “amnesty”, the questions were able to be phrased in such a manner as to solicit the prescribed response, indicating public support. Shocking news, isn’t it?

Goeas continues on with his pitch for amnesty by further interpreting his poll results, – “One issue is clearly a demand and desire by voters, and I think by politicians, (think again), to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration,” he says. “The second issue is that we truly need to increase legal immigration to meet our country’s economic needs. Any economist worth his or her salt will tell you that having an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent is equivalent to 100 percent employment. Everyone else is in transition.” (No agenda driven ideology here…)

While many believe that anything short of rounding up 12 – 20 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and sending them back home is amnesty, “Amnesty isn’t necessarily a reason not to support a solution,” Goeas says.

“If you in fact are making them pay a penalty, learn English, have a job, pay taxes, and if they can’t show that they’ve been paying taxes even by a different name, to pay back taxes, to learn English, the overwhelming majority believe that that is not amnesty,” concludes Goeas. “It so often is misportrayed as amnesty.”

Well there you have it. If you tell people that it’s not amnesty, they like it! However, is this a realistic interpretation of true American sentiment on the subject of immigration reform? If so, why are so many Americans working so hard to shut the effort down in congress?

Is it true that the average American is just too stupid to know what amnesty is all about? Or, did talk radio simply wind up a bunch of racist malcontents and send them marching to Washington under the false impression that certain senators were attempting to ram amnesty for illegals through congress? Is Bush right, that average Americans just don’t understand such complex issues and the need for comprehensive solutions?

Bush wants you to know “the facts” that drive his quest for amnesty. So, the White House has issued their Immigration Fact Check: Responding to Key Myths for your consideration.

However, after writing on this subject numerous times over the last few years, and more importantly, reading tons of related reader mail and blog comments, in numbers far greater than the 400 used in the Tarrance survey, my interpretation of voter sentiment on the matter is quite different.

Allow me to summarize what I am hearing from the American people…

 

* Americans want enforcement first, period!
* Americans want the borders closed and permanently secured.
* They want the problem stopped at the 12-20 million already here before discussing anything else.

It is just that simple. This is what most Americans are saying, in case anyone cares.

Americans do understand that we now have a very complex problem. They also understand that it is a problem which was created and allowed to get out of control by the same people now trying to tell them that yet another “one-time” amnesty is the solution.

They understand that the problem must be fixed and that sooner or later, some give and take is probably necessary in order to deal with the 12-20 million already here. And, they also understand that while this solution is not in their best interest, that politicians on both sides of the political aisle are desperately trying to capitalize politically on the problem. As a result, they are angry!

They are sick and tired of Washington types who were clearly too stupid to enforce their own immigration laws over the years, now telling them that passing more laws is the solution.

Not all, but most Americans will be willing to discuss alternative measures for dealing with those already here in a reasonable fashion, once they are convinced that no more are coming! They have only a few conditions for those here illegally who wish to remain.

 

* No voting rights, EVER!
* Come out of the shadows, assimilate into American culture, leave your Mexican flag in Mexico
* Pay your fines and back taxes
* No criminal or gang activities or you are headed back home immediately
* Get temporary legal status, while you wait in line with all legal immigrants for permanent status
* No tax-payer funded benefits or assistance of any kind
* No more illegals allowed under any circumstances

These conditions mirror those of Mexican immigration laws by the way…

Most Americans will be willing to deal with decent hard working immigrants already working here illegally. But not until they know with certainty that the problem ends right here and right now.

Yes, the American people understand that their representatives in Washington completely failed to uphold their single most important duty of protecting American sovereignty and security at our borders and now we have a complex problem on our hands as a result. That’s why they no longer trust those representatives to do it right… Americans want to keep this solution too easy for politicians to screw up again, – enforce first and then discuss the rest.

Before Washington can hope to regain the trust of the American people, they will have to do much less talking, much more listening to the people and a lot more acting on behalf of those who elected them.

They will have to stop wrangling over potential illegal immigrant votes that we will never allow them to have and start worrying about the legal American voters ready to toss all of them out of office.

Bush’s poll numbers are in the toilet, as are John McCain’s, who will soon be forced from the Republican race due to his blindly ignorant support for the Kennedy amnesty bill. Congress’s poll numbers are even worse and all of it is due to their repeated attempts to ignore the American people and ram amnesty through at any cost.

The American people couldn’t possibly be clearer on the subject. Talk to us about amnesty AFTER you stop the problem by enforcing border security. We don’t care what you have to do to stop continued illegal migration. Forget a fence that will never stop the problem. Stand our military on every mile of the border if need be, but stop the invasion and stop it now.

Then and only then, come talk to us about those already here. But don’t plan on ever benefiting from the illegal immigrant vote. Those who came here illegally and are one way or another allowed to stay will never have a vote.

Congress has a 14% approval rating, the lowest in American history. They must start listening now or start sharpening up their resume’…

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | 8 Comments

Shamnesty Lives?


Fox News:

WASHINGTON – The Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, bolstered by new language meant to quiet accusations the bill delivers amnesty, passed a crucial procedural test Tuesday that vastly improves but does not guarantee its chances of passage. The Senate voted 64-35 to bring the bill back to the Senate floor from the legislative limbo to which it had had been exiled earlier this month, when it appeared to die after a bipartisan filibuster.

Once again, no matter what color one paints a turd, the turd is still a turd.

Bill supporters needed 60 votes to bring the bill back to the floor for debate. Had that threshold been missed, it’s likely the bill would have been dead for the remainder of the 110th Congress.

The vote came just a few hours after President Bush pumped up the rhetoric in support of the legislation.

“The immigration system needs reform,” Bush said at a briefing on immigration reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

El wrongo. Passing another turd of a bill after all the other turds of bills addressing the ILLEGAL immigration bills THAT HAVEN’T worked is not the answer. The answer is getting off of your lazy asses and enforce that which we already have.

“The status quo is unacceptable. … I view this as a historic opportunity to act, for Congress to replace a system that is not working with one that we believe will work a lot better,” he said.The Senate will consider a series of 24 amendments to the bill during the remainder of the week while the White House and the bipartisan Senate leadership lobby hard for its approval by Friday and the start of a week-long Fourth of July congressional recess.

The contents of the bill is unacceptable and unenforceable. Who is it really behind the drive to pass this bill in the panic of which it is being shoved down our throats?

The bill is still vulnerable to charges of amnesty, possibly reduced by a last-minute change in the treatment of applicants for the all-important new Z-visa. This visa grants instant probationary legal status to any illegal immigrant living or working in America now.

“I know people think that the draft language is a perfect draft and believe it should somehow attain its own mythological status, but this is pretty straightforward. If an alien applies, he or she gets legal status, full travel and work authorization no later than the next day,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, an opponent of the bill.

Opponents consider the Z-visa the equivalent of granting instant amnesty because they assert it will be very hard for the federal government to deport anyone in possession of legal status.

The Z-visa provides indefinite legal status and is the first step to obtaining a green card and citizenship — an 8- to 13-year process that includes the payment of fines, processing fees, criminal background checks and representations that applicants attempted to learn English.

Under the original Senate bill, only the head of a household would have to return to his or her country of origin to apply for a Z-visa. Everyone else in the household would receive one immediately. Under the new language, any illegal immigrant 18 years or older would have to return to their country of origin and apply.

Perhaps the loop-holes as put forth by Jeff Sessions will be plugged? As we were motivated before, we will motivate once more and shoot this bill down in flames as we did before.

June 26, 2007 Posted by | Illegal Immigration | 5 Comments

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