Sunday, April 09, 2006

Update on Immigration

Specter is confident that they will be able to pass an immigration bill when the Senate comes back from the recess. However, it still seems that the Senate is focusing on immigration reform when they should first be focusing on border security. But not all is lost, since it seems some do have a clue:
"Until we begin to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws, I don't think we ought to be talking about a more comprehensive approach," said House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, on ABC's "This Week."
I couldn't agree more with the House Majority Leader. That is the kind of attitude and thinking that is missing in the Senate.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and other opponents have expressed frustration that they were unable to gain votes on proposals to toughen enforcement or to leave immigration policy unchanged until the border had been made secure.
How can this not gain support? This is the priority border control and enforcement. Again the House seems to be the one with the clear picture of the situation:
Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he would have trouble with provisions providing legal status for illegal immigrants already here. He called the Senate plan a "bureaucracy of rubber stamps" that rewards people who break the law.
And had no qualms in saying what happened in the Senate:
"The Senate, I think, was, quite frankly, intimidated by having hundreds of thousands of people in the streets waving flags, but I don't think we should pass legislation or devise legislation based on how many people you can get out into the street," he said.
I couldn't agree more. The Senate needs to show that they are adults with backbone and make the decisions that are best for the security of this country, and frankly that's starts with enforcing the law.

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