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Posted: May 31 2007, 03:46 PM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 2-May 07
White House Tricked Senate Negotiators on Immigration Bill
Thursday May 31, 2007
The truth is that opponents HAVE read the Senate immigration bill and are frightened at what they see. President Bush claims that S. 1348 does not grant amnesty to illegal aliens, "because the illegal immigrants would have to pay for their actions first." But if the result is that the illegals end up getting what they came here for, i.e., jobs, then it's ultimately an amnesty bill. And if they end up getting the right to live permanently in the United States, then it's an amnesty with a reward.
Look at it this way: If I steal a brand new car and am caught, and the only "punishment" is to pay $5,000, and then I get to keep the car, I'd be stealing every new car I could get my hands on, and so would everybody else!! That's why this legislation would simply lead to more illegal immigration.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions described how the White House tricked Senate negotiators, when he stated on May 23:
It is clear the people who drafted this legislation had an agenda and the agenda was not to meet the expectations of the American people.
The agenda was to create a facade and appearance of enforcement, an appearance of toughness in some instances.
When you get into the meat of the provisions and get into the bill and study it, tucked away here and there are laws that eviscerate and eliminate the real effectiveness of those provisions. It was carefully done and deliberately done. This is a bill that should not become law.
It is a bill that will come back to be an embarrassment to our Members who have supported it. I wish it were not so. I know how these things happen. You do not always have time to do everything you want to do. You try to do something you think is right, but ultimately in a bill as important as this one that has tremendous impact on the future of our country and our legal system and our commitment to the rule of law, we ought to get it right. We ought not to let this one slide by. It is not acceptable to say, let's just pass something and we will send it to the House and maybe the House of Representatives will stand up and stop it and fix it. That is not acceptable for the great Senate of the United States.
The following flaws in the bill ensure that illegal immigration will continue after the amnesty:
1. The Bush White House made sure that its Grand Compromise leaves out a requirement that a computerized entry/exit system be in place and working before any new immigration programs can begin. This ensures that if this bill passes, we will continue to have hundreds of thousands of legal visitors becoming illegal aliens each year.
2. Money for enforcement is subject to future requests for funding, which may never occur.
3. Amnesty happens before enforcement. Of course, the White House says this is not true. They point out that the part of the amnesty that puts illegal aliens on the path to green cards and citizenship doesn't start until certain enforcement triggers are met. The triggers must be met before the Z-visas are given out to illegal aliens.
But the big hole in that argument is that illegal aliens get their legal status long before the Z-visas. They get their "probationary" legal status, including a work permit and social security number, at the very beginning, as soon as the bill passes. If the Z-visas are never offered (because the enforcement triggers aren't met), the bill would allow the now-legal aliens to work and live in the U.S. the rest of their lives under the probationary status.
S. 1348 primarily gives Pres. Bush the power to do what the law already requires him to do, or allows him to do, but which he has refused to do for six years.
The bottom line is that we do not need more immigration legislation. We merely need to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books.
Posted: May 31 2007, 05:02 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 1-May 07
The lies and sabatoge just keep happening. This is very serious folks! These lies are happening everywhere in this government, and their goal is to bring this government down with all the INTENTIONAL CHAOS being created.
I've never been so serious about something in my life. YOU MUST WAKE UP!
No wonder Ron Paul wrote an article in the past few days talking about what TRUE PATRIOTISM IS. If anyone is being UNPATRIOTIC, IT IS THE BUSH ADMIN AND MANY OF OUR CONGRESSMEN WHO ARE LYING TO THIS NATION.
Please read his article: