Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Sunday, October 01, 2006

We got a Victory!!!!

From an email I received by being a free member of

The Senate just finished passing the U.S. House of Representative's fence bill. It will now go to President Bush who has promised to sign it. This is a stand-alone bill. It was not bundled with any compromises, any increases in immigration, any new guestworker visas or any amnesty. It deals only with making our southern border more secure and to further impede the flow of illegal workers and dependents.
This fence was barely talked about two years ago and mostly thought to be a crackpot, off-the-wall (er, poor choice of words) idea -- and it still is by most of the newspaper editorial writers of this country…
So, how could this pass so overwhelmingly?
Ever since the House passed this fence bill 283-138 earlier this month, major Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate have said they would refuse to allow this bill to come to a vote. They said passing an enforcement-only bill would take away a bargaining chip they need to pass a bill with guestworkers and an amnesty. They used all kinds of maneuvers to keep from having to vote directly on this bill. But a lot of the Senators -- such as Sen. Martinez (R-FL) -- who so vociferously spoke against this bill ended up voting for it tonight…
You can read more about the fence and this bill (H.R. 6061) at:
This bill basically is the only step forward that Congress has taken this year in the fight against out-of-control mass immigration. It is sad that this is all we got when we consider the great promise of the ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT bill (H.R. 4437) passed last December by the House.
But the Senate refused to deal with it unless it could add an amnesty and incredible increases in legal immigration.
In addition, we have to remember that the bill tonight was not an appropriations bill. The money to fund the fence must come in another bill. Money for a few hundred miles appears to be in the pipeline, but the Senate so far has not shown signs of being willing to provide all the money to build all 700 miles.
Nonetheless, there will be plenty of money to get started. As this fence begins to be erected at and near the populated settlements along the Mexican border -- and as it clearly slows the illegal traffic -- we can hope that steps of success will breed more interest and more money for more fence in Congress next year.
Just about exactly a year ago, leaders of many national groups fighting immigration insanity -- and some key staffers from Congress -- met in a private room for dinner on Capitol Hill.
We struggled to come up with the most important three tools needed to substantially reduce the illegal alien population in the U.S. We came up with three (not necessarily ranked by importance):
1. Build a fence on the Mexican border.
2. Mandate every employer to run every new hire (and eventually all existing employees) through a national computerized verification system to keep most illegal aliens out of a job.
3. Mandate that the federal government cooperate with any local law enforcement agency that calls to report having apprehended an illegal alien.
Our groups pledged to work jointly and cooperatively with each other and with our allies in Congress to reach these three goals. We were amazed when, two months later, the U.S. House passed a bill with all three.
We are sorry that only one of the three top tools got through this Congress. BUT WE GOT ONE! The effectiveness of the fence will be severely limited until we pass the other two tools. We look forward to working with you to do that in the year ahead.
In addition, NumbersUSA is pledged to three other top goals to reduce the illegal alien population:
1. Eliminate the chain migration categories that allow immigrants to choose the next immigrants by bringing in their adult relatives (other than spouse). Because this starts a chain that connects hundreds of cousins and in-laws and aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces for each new immigrant, it builds up gigantic expectations for whole communities in (usually poor) foreign countries. Although most of them must wait for years before their "number gets called," large numbers of them decide they already are entitled to live in the U.S. and just go ahead and enter the country illegally.
2. Eliminate the visa lottery that randomly picks 50,000 foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to become citizens each year. Because millions of people apply for the lottery, large numbers of them begin to believe that they may win some day and decide to just come on to the U.S. illegally and wait to win the lottery while here.
3. Eliminate anchor baby citizenship, a policy that gives automatic U.S. citizenship to any baby born of an illegal alien on U.S. soil. Most industrialized countries in the world that once awarded anchor baby citizenship have stopped because it is a huge magnet to encourage women to enter a country illegally. And the illegal aliens use their anchor babies as a tool to avoid deportation…

Akaka (D-HI)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Chafee (R-RI)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murray (D-WA)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
In red are those Senators who are up for re-election this fall.


Blogger Bobkatt said...

Thanks for keeping this issue on the front burner Publius. It was interesting that all but one of the nay-sayers are Democrats. A wall may not be the best answer but we have to do something to slow down the give away of our nations sovereignty. First the borders, then the ports, and now the super highway from Mexico to Canada, all done with almost no Congressional input and no public discussion. We have to keep the heat on these traitors.

Mon Oct 02, 03:41:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

One of the lead stories in yesterday's WaPo was "Illegal Immigrants Fearful in Herndon." Short excerpt:

Herndon's council voted last week to apply to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for enrollment in the agency's "Section 287(g)" program, which trains local police officers to determine whether criminal suspects in custody are illegal immigrants. Officers certified by the program can detain them and even begin deportation proceedings before turning cases over to the federal agency. Seven state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide have joined the program. A dozen more are seeking to enroll officers.

High time, I say!

Mon Oct 02, 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Well congrats on your "victory" there Publius. In your honor, the wife and I went out this weekend for Mexican food. We snuck in.

Mon Oct 02, 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger OLD YELLER said...

Talking and voting on a fence (election time) sounds good, but that's all it is talk. We will see another amnesty after the election and there will be a million reasons why they can't build a fence.

Local, state and federal politicians/governments have pulled another snow job on the American citizens. They have not and will not enforce immigration laws, old or new.

As long as illegals can get any benefits or jobs and not have to fear our laws they will start pouring in by the tens of millions and breed millions more that will be entitled to benefits as American citizens, under our crazy anchor baby laws.

Mon Oct 02, 09:14:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Bobkatt, what was interesting was the one Republican who voted NO won his recent primary against an opponent who said Chafee was too much like a Democrat. Meanwhile, Lieberman voted NO on this bill and he did not win his primary because the voters said he was too much like a Republican. I hope Smokin Joe wins in November.

AOW, I know that when the police pull over someone and when they ask for ID and the driver does not have one because they are obviously not a citizen, there is little most police officers can do. They are not authorized to arrest them in many areas, and instead they impound the car and issue a ticket. But, rarely does the illegal show up to court because there they could get in trouble with the immigration laws and deported. So we get a lot of police auctions and a lot of illegals who get away.

Rogue, I see it as more the first step in a long race, but you can not win without taking that first step.

Old Yeller, but the passage of this bill is important because it showed that those in Congress are finally hearing those who vote them in office. For local and state elections, a lot of people are one issue voters, such as Pro-Choice or Pro-Life voters. As long as we do not let the issue go away and keep fighting, we will continue to get more. The pro-illegal side has big business and a lot of people who can’t vote because they are not citizens, the anti-illegal immigration side has the majority of Americans and you can not get elected without them.

Mon Oct 02, 10:10:00 PM  

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