2007 In Review: Immigration Patriots Demolish Treason Lobby “Sewer Rats”


If the year in immigration reform 2007 were a
football game, the final score would be Patriots
56-Sewer Rats 7.

We, not the

NFL`s New England
version, are the Patriots. And the “Sewer
Rats
“, need I tell you, are them—captained by President
George Bush and backed up by most of the

U.S. Senate
, dozens of

ethnic identity lobbyists
,

churches
, the

mainstream media
, etc., ad infinitum—what we at

VDARE.COM
call The
Treason Lobby
.

Such is our dominance this year that, had there been fans in
the stands, ours would have been headed to the parking lot in
the middle of the third quarter while theirs would have been
throwing candy wrappers and beer bottles onto the field in
disgust.

We had a great 2007!

And especially so considering that we started on January 1st
as a twenty-eight-point under-dog to the Treason Lobby—despite
having established our strength over the last two years when we
crushed

S. 2611
and

S. 1438
amnesties in 2006 and 2005 respectively.

This year, proving that the prior two years were no fluke, we

kicked their sorry butts
up one side of the field and down
the other.

So-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” AKA, the
Grand
Bargain
“, was

throttled
in the U.S. Senate three times this summer, taking
down in flames with it the arrogant “Gang
of 12
” Sens.

Edward Kennedy
(D-Mass.),

Jon Kyl
, (R-Ariz),

Arlen Specter
, (R-Pa.) and

Mel Martinez
(R-Fl.) among others.

Finally aware by early fall that their subversive game plan
was going nowhere, the “Sewer Rats” regrouped to try to
pass amnesty one piece at a time.

Another big bomb!

First up was the

DREAM Act
—the proverbial

bad penny
of amnesty legislation that grants illegal aliens
in-state university tuition rates even though out-of-state
Americans cannot qualify for the same reduced fees.

I can`t remember a time when the

DREAM Act
wasn`t lurking somewhere. I first

wrote about it
more than five years ago. VDARE.COM editor

Juan Mann


alerted
readers about the extent of its treachery in
October
2003!

This year it`s the pet of Senate Majority Leader

Harry Reid
(D-Nev.) and Senate Assistant Majority Leader

Dick Durbin
(D-Ill.) Those two tried—unsuccessfully like all
the rest of their efforts—to bring the bill to the floor without
debate by using the obscure

Senate Rule XIV
.

Their duplicity got

Reid
and Durbin nowhere. Even a watered down version of the
DREAM Act failed.  The final adaptation of the proposed bill
made significant changes from earlier drafts, most notably by
adding an age limit of 30 for applicants.

This last-minute maneuver narrowed, but did not close, a
gaping loophole in this amnesty—because any illegal alien up to
age 30 could still walk into any U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services office, declare fraudulently that he is
eligible, and be granted amnesty with minimal documentation.

With the realization that the potential for massive fraud in
the DREAM Act still existed, in October the Senate fell

eight votes short
of the necessary 60 to obtain cloture.

After the DREAM Act defeat, California`s senior
pro-immigration crone,

Senator Dianne Feinstein
, tried again to stir up support for
her beloved AgJOBS amnesty.

Feinstein has been attempting for two years, without a shred
of success, to ram AgJOBs through either as a stand-alone bill
or as part of separate “Comprehensive Immigration Reform
measures.

Finally giving up, at least for now, Feinstein reluctantly

admitted
:

“When we took a clear-eyed
assessment of the politics of the farm bill and the defeat of
the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, it became
clear that our support could not sustain these competing
forces."

What
the suddenly “clear-eyed
Feinstein should focus on is that any kind of agricultural
worker program would doom those already picking crops to a
lifetime of poverty.

If
Feinstein would take the time to study the economic Law  Of
Supply And Demand,

understood
so fully by labor leader

Cesar Chavez
, who fought against cheap Mexican labor, on
behalf of his Mexican-American union members,  she would realize
that the more workers are available, the more stagnant wages
become.

Now,
you may wonder, how did the other side score its seven measly
points?

By
the only way possible for them—acting in the dead of night,
behind closed doors and under the cover of a 3,565-page $555
billion Omnibus spending bill—to gut the Secure Fence Act of
2006 that would have provided two-tier fencing in certain areas
along the U.S. border with Mexico.

As
cowardly as this Congressional behavior is, we weren`t doing so
well on the fence to begin with. Last year, the fence bill—at
that time calling for 700 miles to be constructed—passed
overwhelmingly in both Congressional houses.

Bush
signed the bill, with great fanfare, at the White House. But the
original 700 miles of fence was soon reduced to 370.

But
to date, only five miles have been built. Read

Michelle Malkin`s
detailed analysis of the border fence
fiasco

here
.

New
York Rep. Pete King, a sponsor of the Secure Fence Act, called
the behavior of some of his Congressional colleagues “disgraceful”
but could still find good things in the bill.

King, defending his vote to CNN`s Kitty Pilgrim,

said
:

“There was language in the bill
that`s going increase the amount of money for border patrol
agents, immigration enforcement, veteran`s benefits, things that
were needed. In my mind this balanced out 51/49.”

And King
promises to “re-start”
the fight.

Unquestionably, losing (for now) the border fence is a sour note
to end the year on.

Like
Malkin,

Brenda Walker
(who blogged on the fence

here
) and most of you, I`m not surprised. As Malkin wrote in
her column, “so totally, totally predictable.”

Honestly, I never expected that the fence would be built. I knew
it would always be some

bureaucratic nonsense
that would stall the project—environmental
concerns,

budget issues
or

destroying our “good will
” with Mexico.

We
didn`t get a shut out in our toe-to-toe with the other side. But
I certainly wouldn`t trade having the fence constructed for an
amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens.

Whatever may lie ahead in 2008, we`re well positioned to stay on
our current roll and to stave off all further efforts at amnesty
regardless of the outcome of the November election.

Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor.
In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
been writing
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive
to
VDARE.COM.