Thursday, June 28, 2007
I'm late with this news, but I thought I'd bring it up in case you've been under a rock all morning.

The Amnesty Bill is dead...again. The cloture vote failed 53-46. Read this post by Ace and the coverage by Michelle Malkin.

The Shamnesty advocates were calling the Anti-Amnesty folks racists. Mighty nice, the level of discourse in our nation's capitol, eh?

Look, at least for me, this wasn't about race. This is about the fact that the last Amnesty failed miserably and we don't need to repeat our mistakes. This is about the fact that waving a pen and suddenly eliminating the criminality of actions taken by many illegal aliens no longer criminal, doesn't eliminate the victims or the simple fact that these actions were wrong on their faces. This was about the fact that there was no enforcement measures to speak of in the bill. This was about the fact that THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WERE AGAINST THE BILL. And that, I'm afraid, is the most important thing. And, of course, this is about the way this bill was practically force-fed to us. They don't want to discuss it, a small number of people crafted it secretly behind closed doors, and then they didn't even make the text available in a timely fashion so that the other Senators could read it before voting. That's not the way the system is supposed to work. In fact, it is a snakeoil salesman's technique and it sucks.

Your Senators and Representatives to Congress work for you. They are your employees. At the end of the day, they might try to make the case a different way, but they are supposed to act in the interests of their constituents or face their own dismissal at their bosses hands. This is the way representative democracy works. It turns out that some of those Senators decided to wake up and listen to the flood of phone calls and vote the way their constituents wanted instead of pushing through the bill that was almost universally hated.

I am glad the bill is dead and I am grateful to the leaders of the opposition who stuck to their guns. I am glad that the nay votes for cloture saw the writing on the wall too.

But, at the end of the day, we still have a problem with illegal immigration. The bill was bad, no question, but something still needs to be done. We need more enforcement - both for the country's financial well-being and for security. We need to assert our sovereignty. We need to take our country back.

And I'm serious about that.

What else do you call it when 12-19 million people invade a country? It is an attack on our sovereignty and it is our job to do the hard work of dealing with it. Like it or not, the illegal immigration problem puts significant stress in terms of logistics on small communities.

And, my sense of fairness dictates that the people who are waiting patiently in line peaceably and lawfully should be given preference to the lawbreakers who are trying to cut in line.

Anyway, Yippee!


posted by Phoenix | 12:09 PM


At 3:31 PM, Blogger The Wizard said...

Yay is right! I posted on it's defeat too! A big pat on the back to all the American people who called, mailed or e-mailed their US senators voicing their disgust and opposition!


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