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Monday, April 10, 2006

Immigration Thoughts

Senators Kennedy, Clinton, and Schumer all went out to speak at protests in New York and Washington. If I was a citizen of New York or Massachusetts I would be embarrassed for my state.


Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

Because they address the concerns of people excercising their rights? Better to make a 2 or 3 sentence comment and essentially disregard those concerns (Dubya).

Tue Apr 11, 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Oh Bush made a comment about the protests; remember he promised border security and did nothing and he is in favor of a guest worker program because big business wants a guest worker program.

Tue Apr 11, 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

In addition, I think the reaction of the media was strange. Not as much coverage as I expected( or at least not as intense). It's funny, it's almost as though more violence would've drawn more cameras. Peaceful protests aren't interesting enough to the media.

Tue Apr 11, 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well the media also wanted to talk about the Duke Lacrosse players who were wrongly accused of committing a violent act and they were busy with whether Bush was at the forefront of the CIA leak. I think both stories are significant because they first one showed that the Media already acted as judge, jury, and executioner on these young men at Duke before the evidence came out; although in a case of he-said-she-said, I still have trouble believing 1 vs. 47. In the second case it is significant because if Bush did allow or authorize or have knowledge of the leak then we as a nation will long for the days of Nixon.

Tue Apr 11, 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous spotz said...

Yeah, it's pretty shocking that Kennedy, who co-wrote the Senate Judiciary Committee's original bill on immigration reform might actually have something to say on the subject. What an embarrassment.

Sat Apr 15, 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger erinberry said...

Because they spoke about one of the hottest political issues of the moment? News flash: That's what politicians do.

Sat Apr 15, 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sure, Kennedy came out and spoke at the rally and about a piece of legislation that he helped co-write that was defeated. Funny, the last time the immigration debate came up in 1986 it was Kennedy who was at the forefront of that debate too which granted amnesty to the 5 million illegal immigrants who were in the country then. Well 20 years later and with 12 million more illegal immigrants that same problem has come back and Kennedy offers the same solution that didn’t work the first time. For most of us, failure is not an option, for Kennedy it’s a way of life.
Oh, and Erin, politicians do go out and speak on the issues of the day but that doesn’t mean they aren’t wrong.

Sun Apr 16, 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Spotz said...

"Well 20 years later and with 12 million more illegal immigrants that same problem has come back and Kennedy offers the same solution that didn’t work the first time."

Kennedy's plan didn't get passed, it wasn't amnesty.
Amnesty gets passed, and it's because of Kennedy.

Are you saying that amensty didn't work, or the plan that wasn't passed didn't work.

Isn't that the same thing?

Mon Apr 17, 02:51:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I am saying they offered amnesty 20 years ago to those who broke the law by coming to this country illegally and then allowed them all to become citizens. Because they made the law so lenient then, by offering amnesty, it didn’t solve the problem but instead made it worse because it showed that the U.S. government wouldn’t punish those who broke the law by coming here illegally and instead rewarded them by granting them citizenship.
Kennedy offered up the same solutions this time as well. Only having to pay a fine and learn English is amnesty, and by saying “well they have to go to the back of the line,” they still get to live here which still breaks the law. Kennedy wasn’t even offering a stop-gap solution all he was doing was making the situation worse because it rewards those who break the laws and encourages more to do the same.

Mon Apr 17, 05:08:00 PM  

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