Senate Judiciary Committee Prefers Amnesty To Law

27 03 2006

Amnesty. That is a pretty strong word. One that conjures thoughts of the UN, or aid in third world countries.


The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-6 Monday to pass an immigration and border security bill that would give 12 million illegal aliens a shot at U.S. citizenship without returning home first.

The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where Majority Leader Bill Frist opposes it and may advance his own bill instead. Moreover, any bill allowing “earned legalization” will face strong opposition in the House of Representatives, which passed a bill in December making illegal immigration a felony.

“The country has spoken, and today the Senate listened,” Sen. Ted Kennedy said, referring to recent rallies across the United States in support of “earned legalization.”

Americans will view the Kennedy-McCain bill as amnesty, said Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who also sits on the Judiciary Committee.

“Adding border security measures to the McCain-Kennedy bill is not enough,” Cornyn said. “Any proposal that allows every single illegal alien to remain in the U.S., pay a fine and obtain permanent residence status is not acceptable; it will simply encourage additional persons to evade our laws.”

This is simply a “custom affirmative action plan” for illegal immigrants. Teddy’s term “earned legalization”, has to signal the fact that he and most Democrats are ignoring that these immigrants broke the laws of this country to get here.

Frist, as Senate majority leader, must now decide whether to let the Judiciary Committee bill advance in the full Senate — or he may substitute his own reform bill, which would deport people who come to this country illegally.

Frist’s bill also would crack down on human smugglers and make it easier for employers to confirm their workers’ legal status.

His bill adds nearly 15,000 more border control officers over the next few years; requires new investments in unmanned aerial vehicles, cameras, and sensors; and calls for a barrier to built along the 1,951-mile U.S. border with Mexico.

“As many know, I oppose amnesty,” Frist said. “With our economy at full employment, many who break our laws come to this country to do the work others won’t so as to make a better life for themselves and their families. I honor that. America has always been the place where one can come to live out a dream of improvement and renewal. But while we welcome those who refresh and restore our American spirit, we have always done so within a framework of law.”

Barring any procedural roadblocks erected by Democrats, Frist said the Senate will now discuss ways of balancing the rule of law with the problems of illegal immigration.

Michelle Malkin gives us Numbers USA’s speculation:

On March 28, Sen. Frist will call up his bill for a vote on cloture. If successful, the vote will cut off debate and allow the consideration of amendments. Media reports have suggested Sen. Frist will keep his bill on the Senate floor for as long as two weeks. That would likely give the Senate Judiciary Committee enough time to complete action on its bill. Media reports also have suggested Sen. Frist would amend the committee-passed bill onto his.

No word is available as of this writing as to how Sen. Frist plans to proceed. Given the two-week timeframe, Senate floor action on S. 2454 may come in dribs and drabs.

There is too much weight on the taxpayers in this country to be supporting the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in health care, police, schools, and other public services, not to mention the risk we assume with increased crime levels.

Yesterday, President Bush’s statement about “living in the shadows” was not taken lightly, given all the protests over the weekend.

Michelle Malkin tells the administration to:
“Could someone please rewrite the president’s talking points to reflect reality?”

I agree. His statement was way off key. He was behind catching up with Americans on the Port deal and now this. Fortunately, the Port deal will probably be forgotten, but he needs to be more pertinant.

I have numerous friends from college that were in the U.S., legally, to study. They were limited to on-campus jobs to support themselves, and once graduating, they either had to return home or obtain a work permit or green card. The process was long and expensive. But they did it legally.

There is nothing like a good protest to get the government moving. Any new legislation will decrease the amount of red tape immigrants have to go through.

Wizbang suggests we bring back a form of indentured servitude.




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