What A Mess Of Finger-pointing
"Politics got ahead of policy on this," poked Kennedy.
"We have an agreement. It's not going away," stabbed McCain.
Specter inserted his finger, "It's not gone forward because there's a political advantage for Democrats not to have an immigration bill."
Reid was "putting a stranglehold" on the Senate, attacked Frist.
"I respect Bill Frist," lied Reid, "but his position on this matter simply defies logic."
"I call on the Senate minority leader to end his blocking tactics and allow the Senate to do its work and pass a fair, effective immigration reform bill," Bush jabbed back, as if Reid would listen.
Perhaps the lamest quote of all comes, sadly, from the President: "At its core, immigration is the sign of a confident and successful nation." Another round of amnesty in sheep's clothing may be a sign of a confident nation, but ultimately not of a successful nation.
Our success depends on successfully protecting America and what is inherently American. Rounding up and kicking out 16 million people is no more a way to protect America and its values than is awarding illegal behavior with citizenship.
A few Senators understand how to be confident and successful on immigration: Each subsquent immigration bill has to tighten the screws tighter on those who are here illegally and make it harder for illegals to enter. We need to immediately ship the convicted felons back to their own countries, and work to continuously cut benefits to all illegals, void citizenship birthrights for children of illegals, and so on, until voluntary deportation becomes the norm.
Through the finger-fog that arose with the death of the Senate's awful bill came a few clear, loud foghorns, trying to keep America on a safe course. Sen. John Cornyn:
Sen. Kyl and I have an amendment that has been pending a week and that we believe has a lot of support if we could just be allowed a vote. It simply would exclude felons, repeat criminals and absconders from this general grant of amnesty. There are other provisions that we’d like to offer to the bill and we want to make sure that process is preserved.
“We understand that majorities have a vote. But those of us who have other ideas about how this bill can be improved shouldn’t be crowded out of the process."
Who this side of A.N.S.W.E.R. would argue that the Cornyn/Kyl amendment shouldn't become law? Let's get 50 of those fingers, 60 of those fingers (depending on the procedure involved) pointing in one direction, forward, and let's get on with it.
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