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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

McCain Lacks Votes for Guest-Worker Plan

Source: YahooNews

This is good news, I suppose...
WASHINGTON - Supporters of a guest worker program that would let illegal immigrants stay in the United States said Tuesday they don't have enough Senate votes to overcome objections from conservatives who oppose the measure on grounds it amounts to amnesty.

As negotiators worked on a compromise to let those who have been here longest remain, Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., said a majority in the 100-member Senate support his and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (news, bio, voting record)'s proposal to provide green cards to illegal immigrants after they've worked in the U.S. for six years.

But it takes 60 senators to overcome opponents' parliamentary tactics, and McCain said he doesn't have that many.

More than 11 million illegal immigrants are believed to be in the U.S., and Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., said he and Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting record), R-Neb., are pushing a "fallback" plan that would put those who have been here the longest on a track toward citizenship but treat more recent arrivals differently. A similar approach was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week but it was revived Monday night during a meeting in Majority Leader Bill Frist's office.
I've always thought the game plan for this year was to punt on this issue. I never thought any meaningful bill would pass. This is why it's important to keep the pressure on, they're just waiting for us to go back to sleep so they can do whatever they please. This is Kabuki theater, all sound and fury with people voting on bills that will play well with the rubes at home but with no intent to actually do anything about it.

A final thought. When I hear people say we cannot possibly remove 12 million illegal aliens do you know what crosss my mind?

We used to be a can do nation. Back in '53 Ike saw a problem with illegal immigration and addressed it. We sent a man to the moon for no more purpose than doing it, we played a major role in defeating smallpox. Yet this problem for some reason is unsolvable?

I don't think so. I think people are scared of this problem. I think some people hope to profit off this problem either financially or politically, but it can be solved.

Let me reiterate my desire. I want citizens in this country, not low wage slaves or half-caste serfs. Everybody in this country should enjoy the benefits and fruits of citizenship. To say that our agricultural needs require us to deny people the benefits of citizenship should disgust us as Americans.

Even more so the idiot debate held by our favorite low IQ retards like Lindsay Graham and Mayor Bloomberg that illegals help your golf game.

I think there is a debate to be had over how many legal immigrants we can take. Common sense dictates it cannot be an unlimited number, but it's a debate long overdue, and that's been driven for too many years by those who profit from the problem, race hustlers, immigration lawyers and the like.

All you hard headed pragmatists out there calling for a renewal of what amounts to slavery? Do you really feel good about this? Can't we figure out a way to bring the crops in without grunts who have no hope of becoming Americans, no hope of fair pay, benefits, or participation in the greatest nation on earth?

Because if we can't, I don't think we should be so proud of ourselves anymore. One of the distinctive things about America was our forward motion, getting rid of slavery, the civil rights battles. Now it feels like the clock is turning backwards.

President Bush sells his amnesty on the promise that our new low wage slaves will be denied participation in this great country. Ironically that's the most disturbing part to me. Another true American distinction was that every person, no matter how low their station in life, had a say in their governance.

Now that applies to everyone except the guy who picks your peaches? How is this a good thing, exactly?

I want us to remove every illegal alien in our midst. If you come on here and huff and puff about how we'll do this I'll be more than happy to answer you, it's not particularly difficult. It requires two things, a respect for the rule of law, and a willingness to enforce it even when the owners of big businesses whine and pule like little bitches.

How about we remember our greatness as we have this debate. How about we recall those things that set this nation apart, instead of tacitly approving the new and improved slavery.

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