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Tuesday, March 02, 2004


Some Politicians Discover Their Testicles!

Conservatives balking at President Bush's proposal to grant illegal immigrants three-year work permits are floating a counteroffer that would hamper his efforts to woo Hispanic voters in November's election.

Great Googly Moogly! You do mean to tell me that some congresscritters finally figured out that Americans by and large HATE THE DAMNED AMNESTY AMENDMENT?!?! Who woulda thunk it?

Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and Sens. Zell Miller, D-GA., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., are conditioning their support for Bush's plan on Congress agreeing to also broaden the power of state and local police to arrest suspected illegal residents.

"If they don't have this in it, they'll pass that bill over my cold, dead political body," Sessions said of Bush's proposal.

Finally, someone who has the balls to stand up and say "THIS IS NOT RIGHT." It only took how many months?

Sessions, Miller and Norwood say they speak for thousands of conservatives who believe stronger enforcement of immigration laws must accompany any plan that would let illegal immigrants remain in the country legally.

Minor quibble, if I may. That word.. "Thousands"... should be MILLIONS. Does anyone remember the amnesty program of the 80's? Yeah, it was going to help all those illegal immigrants, we were ending a problem, yada yada yada umptifratz. What happened? Mexicans started pouring over the border. Gee, I wonder why? And can anyone else here see the problem with letting millions of unassimilated, mostly non-English speaking illegal aliens to suddenly be US citizens? Mmmm? Anyone?

Because federal immigration agents (search) are stretched too thin, they argue, 650,000 local police officers should be given the authority and resources to go after immigrants still undocumented after Bush's plan takes effect. Immigrant advocates say the distrust that would raise between Hispanics and police would erase any political advantage the president might hope to gain.

"Latinos very much support law enforcement, which is why we think making police officers immigration agents is a terrible idea," said Cecilia Munoz, vice president for policy at the National Council of La Raza (search). "If the victim of domestic violence feels she can't be calling police because they might be asking for papers, that's bad for the public safety."

OK Ms. Munoz, let take a good look at the situation here. These people are BREAKING THE DAMN LAW! They shouldn't be in this country in the first place! If they want to come to the USA, let them do it the right way!

By the way.. that National Council of La Raza.. where have I heard that term before? "La Raza". Damn, it's just ringing a bell with me.... Oh yeah! MeCha! "Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan" That's Cruz Bustamante's hispanic nazis! Bravo! Remember their little slogan? "Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada." For the Race, Everything. For those outside the Race, Nothing. I wonder how effective an Irish immigrant advocate group would be if it was "The National Council of The White"? Probably not too damn effective. But gee, "La Raza" is just peachy-keen in America!

What a load of horse-shit.

Norwood said his Clear Law Enforcement for the Criminal Alien Removal Act could actually be popular among Latinos because it targets law breakers, particularly those identified as crime suspects in a national computer database.

"If you got tough with the enforcement of our laws, I honestly believe you would get more votes from the Hispanic community," Norwood said.

Administration officials are treading carefully on the concept of local enforcement, but supporters of the Norwood and Sessions bills are interpreting some of their recent comments to mean they might be open to the idea.

Questioned by Sessions at a recent hearing, Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for border and transportation security, conceded there are not enough federal agents to go after illegal immigrants every time the police call them in.

Time to hire some new troops the, Asa. Remember Lee Malvo? One half of the DC Snipers. He's a product of the INS' "Catch and Release" program. He'd been picked up by the INS before, and released on his own recognisance. Maybe if he'd been deported like he should have been, he wouldn't have hooked up with John Muhammed and gone on his little shooting spree! Gee, ya think?!

Hutchinson then pointed out that Bush is asking Congress to double work-site enforcement, detention and removal facilities in the 2005 budget.

At another hearing, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, asked Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to consider forging "cooperative law enforcement agreements" with local police rather than spending money on training new federal immigration agents.

Ridge said Craig's idea had gotten mixed reviews on the local level, but he didn't rule it out.

"Part of the reason may be philosophical, others may be fiscal," Ridge said. "Either way, you've got 650,000 men and women in local law enforcement that should be viewed as a potential asset and resource in enforcing the new law, whatever it might be."

Craig, who is co-sponsoring Sessions' bill, is also pushing one of his own that would establish an agriculture worker program. Although he said he doesn't care whether the enforcement proposal passes first or last, he acknowledged that conservatives may block other immigration plans without it.

"In a broad-based approach of the kind the president is talking about, that linkage might be necessary," Craig said.

Look, it's very simple. Simply allowing millions of illegal immigrants to stay in this country is not going to fix the problems. Mexico is corrupt. Many of the people in Central America think that if they can just make it to America, things will be taken care of for them. Hospitals all along the Mexican/US border are being bankrupted by the massive influx of patients to cannot pay for medical care, but have to be treated in accordance with Federal law. Crime is on the rise, and a good portion of it can be traced to illegal immigrants. Unassimilated, uncontrolled, non-English speaking immigrants create havoc where ever they settle down. This cannot be allowed to continue! What needs to be done is this:

1) Seal the damn border already. Stop allowing everybody and their uncle to just walk on over the border. That's how many criminals get back into this country. That's how terrorists could get into this country.
2) Beef up the INS. Give them the resources they need to do their job.
3) Deport, deport, deport. Student visa expired? Time to go. No greencard? Time to go. Criminal activity? Time to go. I don't give a damn about any of your sob stories, and I don't care who else is up here with you. If you're an illegal alien, get out. Come back when you have enough respect for our laws to at least get a damn green card. And if you have a green card but you're in and out of jail on a regular basis, get the hell out. And don't come back. Start enforcing the damn laws in this country!

It's nice that some Congresscritters finally took at look around and saw that America is not happy with this Amnesty program. Now they need to get that message to President Bush.

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