Congress and the White House are set on "Stone-Cold Stupid"
It's not just a sad day for "legal immigrants," it's a sad day for all Americans as our country is being strong-armed, coerced, blackmailed, intimidated into accepting the citizens of another country over the objections of the majority of existing citizens.
Giving amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens won't fix the broken immigration program. Such a move will only encourage the influx of more aliens and greater lawlessnes. Let's face it: why should anyone follow the law if even the government charged with protecting us from invasion doesn't uphold laws? Making new laws won't change that fact; doing so will only set yet another bad precedent.
Senate leaders reached an agreement yesterday on immigration reform legislation that would strengthen border security but also would allow millions of illegal aliens who have been in the U.S. for two years or longer to apply for citizenship.
Derided by conservatives as "amnesty," the proposal could be amended but senators on both sides of the aisle say they doubt it will be dramatically altered.
"Senate Republicans are united in their commitment to an open and full debate on multiple amendments," said a statement from seven Republicans who represent the full spectrum of positions on immigration reform.
"We are willing to put differences aside so we can get on with the important work to be done securing our borders and grappling with the 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in our country," said the group that included Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.
"We are also in agreement that efforts to curtail the debate prematurely will only derail this process. We call on Senate Democrats to allow an open debate and votes on this complex and challenging issue," the statement read.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, with whom Mr. Frist has been negotiating for weeks, said he "welcomed" the return of the thorny bill to the floor.
"America's immigration system is broken, and our national security depends on Republicans and Democrats finding common ground to fix it," he said yesterday. "The assurances I have received from Senator Frist make me hopeful we can finally move forward on real comprehensive reform."
While yesterday's agreement will unstick the Senate bill, high hurdles remain in the House, which last year approved a much tougher bill that dealt only with strengthening the border and enforcing the federal immigration laws already on the books...
Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, said yesterday's developments did not bode well.
"By caving in to the Democrats this morning, Bill Frist pushed the Senate towards the biggest illegal alien amnesty in American history," he said. "It is a sad day for legal immigrants who embrace this country by following our laws, and it is a sad day for all Americans who are concerned about our national and economic security. Frist has put the Senate on a collision course with the House."
The executive branches of both the U.S. and Mexico applauded the deal.
"We congratulate the Senate on reaching agreement and we look forward to passage of a bill prior to Memorial Day," said an optimistic Dana Perino, White House spokeswoman.
Mexico's foreign secretary told reporters in a statement that the agreement was a "positive step toward the approval of a migration accord."
Well, at least Bush and Fox are happy.
Perhaps we should contact those whose names are highlighted above while there's still time.