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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Immigration, The Base, & November

In an effort to secure the remaining 14% of the GOP base and woo some independents, the GOP controlled Senate is going to move on securing the borders:

Senate set to consider fence bill

By Charles Hurt
September 19, 2006

The Senate, which has been the major obstacle to strict border-security legislation this year, will take up a bill this week that calls for constructing 700 more miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"It's time to secure the border with Mexico," Majority Leader Bill Frist said last night before filing the parliamentary motions to force the House-passed bill onto the Senate floor in a final effort to get a major immigration bill on the president's desk before the elections.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Minority Leader Harry Reid, said the move "smacks of desperation" and was a "clear repudiation of President Bush's call for comprehensive legislation."

The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was easily approved by the House last week, contains none of the "comprehensive" measures that President Bush, Democrats and some Senate Republicans have demanded. Those include provisions to grant citizenship rights to about 10 million illegal aliens living in the country and a guest-worker program that would usher hundreds of thousands more foreign laborers into the U.S.

"Mr. Frist was for comprehensive reform before he was against it," Mr. Manley said.

On the Senate floor last night, Mr. Frist said he still supports comprehensive immigration reform legislation. But, he said, because no consensus can now be reached on other issues, Congress should move ahead with border security. It's not "enforcement only," he said, but "enforcement first."

"Border security is the essential first step of any effort to enact immigration reform," Mr. Frist said. "Only when we have convinced the American people of our commitment to securing our borders will we be able to reach a consensus on comprehensive immigration reform."

No, I'm pro-immigration like the President and recommend that we improve our naturalization services. I'm in favor of a guest worker program, but would also like to see an improved naturalization service (ie, it'd be better if people were coming here to be citizens, rather than just workers).

However, I agree that the first step to take before tackling these other, more complex issues is to protect the borders of our country.

It's good to see the Democrats crying foul over the move, trying to create a split between the President and the Senate. Unfortunately for them, this just puts them in an unfavorable position with their base (who see agreeing with the President as a treasonous act) and an unfavorable with the majority of Americans (who opppose open borders).

It's almost as if some strategist is orchestrating all of these events... gas prices, national security coming to the forefront, border security. It's like some nefarious republican is managing the election from afar... say from his White House office

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler