Is Amnesty A Sure Thing?
New faces, same debate on ‘amnesty’This is pretty much what I've been saying. I don't think things have gotten any easier for amnesty supporters even though Democrats control the house.
On election night, Tom Tancredo thought “it’s all over with.” The fight, that is, to rid America of millions of illegal immigrants.
The Colorado congressman who staked his career on getting tough with border crossers saw some of his staunchest GOP allies, including U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun of Kansas, bounced at the polls. Tancredo won another term, but the Democrats took Congress, and he assumed “amnesty,” as hard-liners label it, was just around the bend for the undocumented.
Even President Bush spoke the next day of seeking “some common ground with Democrats” on at least one of his priorities — granting guest-worker status and a path to citizenship to immigrants now confined to the shadows.
But Tancredo had not read the Web site of Ryun’s Democratic rival, Nancy Boyda:
“Crack Down on Illegal Immigration — When American corporations knowingly or negligently hire illegal workers, they lure immigrants into America, weaken our borders, and create unfair wage competition for American workers. This is unacceptable.”
Last spring’s boiling debate is far, far from settled.
“On further reflection,” says Tancredo, “I’ve the distinct impression … there’s no enthusiasm at all for a guest-worker or amnesty plan.”
In Kansas’ 2nd District, “they don’t want something that even looks like amnesty,” said Boyda, who said she would oppose a guest-worker program as outlined in the so-called “McCain-Kennedy” Senate bill, rejected by the House GOP. *snip*Many Democrats ran on a strong anti-immigration platform in a classic example of co-opting your enemies tactics, so we'll see if they can run on border enforcement then simply turn around and vote amnesty. My Magic Eight Ball sez...no.
This one line made me despair of the whole notion of objective journalism...
Some groups were hoping Washington might finally accommodate the 12 million illegal immigrants who help keep the economy ticking.Do journalists even know what a "fact" is anymore? In a rare moment of sobriety could they pick a fact out of a line up. I tend to doubt it.
Need a laugh? Read the comments here. I'd say this is fairly indicative of what I see every time comments are allowed after a story like this. Still think Americans don't care?
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