KEEP RAISING YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE AMNESTY BILL:
The President Tells U.S. Senators to Ignore the American People
By Tom DeWeese & Kathy Lehman
You should be proud of your efforts to stop the Amnesty Bill the past two weeks. In an amazing grassroots effort, Senate offices reported hearing from more angry Americans than at any other time staffers could remember.
But, in a stunning turn of events, President Bush has publicly ramped up pressure on those Senators who stood with the American people. You may have heard news reports that President Bush offered his support for an emergency spending bill, possibly to pay for border security, to sway needed votes for his Amnesty Bill. But such a move makes little sense, unless the President is not sincere. How would an offer to fund existing law requiring border security tempt concerned Senators, when their part of the bargain would be to then vote to change the law? Interestingly, Senator John Cornyn, Ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Subcommittee, said the President did not actually commit to an emergency border security spending bill when he lunched with Senate Republicans. So what's really on the table?
From all indications, nothing has changed. This entire Amnesty Bill was crafted behind closed doors, and wasn't released to most Senators, or the public, in time to read it in advance of floor debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to maneuver to severely limit attempted amendments. And the White House, certain Democrats, and the Immigration Deal-Makers hope to ram this Amnesty Bill down your throat.
One permitted amendment is that of Senator Ted Kennedy. This amendment would enhance the Security & Prosperity Partnership and quite probably the formation of a North American Union. One critical aspect of this amendment is Section 413, which expresses the sense of Congress that "The United States and Mexico should accelerate the implementation of the Partnership for Prosperity to help generate economic growth and improve the standard of living in Mexico."
The Partnership for Prosperity is a bilateral agreement made between the President of the United States and the President of Mexico in 2001. Its purpose it to boost the social and economic standards of Mexican citizens, particularly in regions where economic growth has lagged (which is most of the country of Mexico) and emigration has increased. So not only are Americans to bear the financial burden of the illegals already here; our national government has agreed we should bear the additional financial burden needed to better the lives of those Mexicans who stay in their own country!
If this bill can truly be said to have anything to do with compromise, it is because the U.S. Senate plans to compromise your economic well-being, compromise our national prosperity, compromise our national security, and compromise our national sovereignty. Conventional wisdom says this immigration reform effort is the result of both major political parties pandering to a huge potential new block of voters. That would merely be an ancillary benefit of a much grander "vision" for America -- one in which your government intends to fleece, defraud, constrain, and otherwise abuse the American people.
Contrary to what President Bush and White House spokesmen would have you believe, this bill not only provides Amnesty for illegal aliens -- there is nothing else of substance to it -- the bill also provides instant Amnesty for every one of the 12-20 million invaders estimated to be here, plus any other illegal able to get into the country over the next year or two. This is the primary goal of this legislation, as anyone can clearly read in the very first sentence of the proposed legislation, where the drafters stated that this instant Amnesty is not subject to any "triggers" or other delays.
Section 601(h) defines the Amnesty, and states there are no fines, penalties, etc., associated with that grant of Amnesty. Immediate "probationary status" will be granted within 24 hours of any illegal's application. The government will be allowed to waive fines for any illegal proving hardship! The government will be unable to investigate every applicant within 24 hours, yet it will hand them all an ID card permitting them to stay and work in the United States until the day they die. This Amnesty bill prohibits such a card ever being recalled if a future determination of ineligibility is made, and the government has no way to retrieve any of cards once issued, even if it wanted to.
When you think about it, whether or not any fines are ever associated with the conversion of an illegal's status to lawful citizen, this Amnesty bill rewards their illegal behavior with the "fruits of the crime." To put this in clear terms, say a man rapes a woman and is convicted of the crime. Amnesty could normally keep that man from going to jail to serve his sentence. This Amnesty would give him the woman! This Amnesty bill rewards everyone who illegally breaks into this country with permanent, legal residence in this country! For our Senate to agree to this is much more heinous and immoral that just forgiving the criminal behavior!
This bill grants Amnesty to every corporation who exploits illegal labor. Illicit profits they make will not be at risk. How then, exactly, will this Amnesty bill encourage future enforcement of our immigration laws?
This bill grants Amnesty to the extremely violent illegal gang members in this nation. These are the folks who routinely decapitate or otherwise mutilate those they murder. All a gang member must do is to sign a "renunciation of gang affiliation." Even more damning is the fact that a proposed amendment that would have prohibited known felons from gaining citizenship was defeated! Has the U.S. Senate lost its collective mind, along with its moral compass? How does providing a "path to citizenship" to these monsters improve our national security or prosperity? Additionally, this Amnesty bill would immediately halt the efforts of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport these animals.
Despite the War on Terror, our nation remains at risk of terrorist attack, as was once again highlighted by the Fort Dix plot. This bill grants Amnesty to any illegal alien terrorist whose fingerprints are not on file; you should know the U.S. government does not have a database of every terrorist in the U.S.A. or worldwide. Under current law, when an Arab/Muslim illegal alien is found, he or she is immediately deported. The Amnesty bill would deprive the government of this power. The government will be overwhelmed processing the claims of 12-20 million anticipated applicants. There is no way that many people can be properly screened, when their probationary status must be confirmed within 24 hours of application. Please remember, our government approved visas for Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi six months after 9/11!
Fifty years ago, President Dwight David Eisenhower dealt with a flood of illegal immigrants by enforcing existing law. Despite his success, Congress enacted more immigration law in 1965, and then amnesty in 1986. Today, the Senate is making the same mistake, insisting our current flood of illegal immigration can only be solved by new law. This is simply not true.
NumbersUSA identifies the following Republican Senators as those being pressured to join President Bush by voting for the Amnesty Bill and against America and the American people:
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) *
Robert F. Bennett (R-UT)
Thad Cochran (R-MS) *
Norm Coleman (R-MN) *
Susan M. Collins (R-ME) *
John Cornyn (R-TX) *
Larry E. Craig (R-ID) *
Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) *
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) *
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) *
Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME)
Ted Stevens (R-AK)
John Warner (R-VA) *
(*The Senators up for re-election in 2008)
Clearly, you must turn up the heat even higher on your elected non-representatives. If this Amnesty Bill becomes law of the land, we will lose the America we have known for well over two hundred years. The de facto elimination of our borders will destroy our national sovereignty, and the financial burden of this shameful Amnesty Bill will complete the nation's bankruptcy. You must re-double your efforts and drive a stake through the heart of this blood-sucking bill, or we will lose our nation; it's as simple as that.
Contact the 19 Republican Senators listed above under pressure to change their vote.
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The foregoing article by Tom DeWeese and Kathy Lehman was originally published in the APC NewsWire, July 14, 2007.
Tom DeWeese is the Publisher and Editor of The DeWeese Report and President of the American Policy Center, a grassroots activist think tank headquartered in Warrenton, Virginia. The Center maintains an Internet website, the URL of which is www.americanpolicy.org.
Kathy Lehman, a high school librarian and Social Studies teacher, is Editor of the APC NewsWire, a publication of
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