Amnesty Bill Climbing Out Of Coffin—But We Can Slam The Lid

The Bush-Kennedy

Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill
, S.1348, is

trying to climb out of its coffin
. But I believe
America can slam the lid.

Earlier this week, President Bush traveled to Capitol Hill,

hat in hand
, to make his case. Reporters on the scene
described the reaction to Bush`s visit as tepid, at best. But
now the same backstabbing Senators—still

convening in private
—have apparently revived the bill while

to convince a rightly skeptical public

border security
will be the number one priority of any final
immigration legislation.

As I file my column, the terms of the agreement are not
completely clear. Apparently, the Senate will hear a limited
number of proposed amendments from each side. [Senators
To Revive Immigration Bill
,” David Espo, Associated Press,
June 14, 2007]

contributors are divided about how the S. 1348
soap opera will play out.

Peter Brimelow
, writing that
“the moral of recent
immigration legislation history is that Washington`s insiders
have ways of making elected officials talk—and vote”

that immigration patriots must be prepared for
legislation to pass—but that the struggle for America will then
simply be fought, and won, on another, darker, plane.

I am the in-house optimist. I am convinced that even though
the other side

is relentless in its pursuit of amnesty,
only good things
can come from our back-to-back trouncings (last year`s

S. 2611
and this year, S.1348) of horrible immigration

Take comfort in my analysis. I have, if you`ll permit me, an
excellent track record on calling it correctly. See my
prediction that last year`s Senate Sell-out,

, would fail


No one can argue that popular momentum is not overwhelmingly
on our side. And we should take heart in

Steve Sailer`s
blog (read it

) pointing out that Florida`s


popularity has

Perhaps, suggests Steve, Florida residents are
less keen on amnesty than Martinez realizes. 

What may

seem the hip thing
to do on

Capitol Hill
doesn`t always play so well back home.

And Utah reader Craig Russell pointed out that three Senate
Democrats who face re-election in 2008 acknowledged by their

Nay” vote

that immigration is a huge factor in their states.
Read his letter


These examples on top of our

long string of successes
are positive proof that the trend
is going our way.

The road ahead will be long and rocky.  But the bad guys are
on their heels. They badly underestimate

the power of the grassroots

California case in point:

Senator Dianne Feinstein
For an old dame, she sure is

You would expect that the 75-year-old Feinstein, who clawed
her way to the top of

municipal government
 and then won four elections to the

U.S. Senate
, would be tougher.

With her net worth

estimated at between $43 and $99 million,
why does Feinstein
care what other people think? Feinstein is

so rich
that, according to the San Francisco Chronicle,
her 347-page Senate financial disclosure statement is “nearly
the size
of phone book
lawmakers among wealthiest
|Feinstein and Pelosi continue to
top the list of the richest members of Congress, By Zachary
June 26, 2004]

But we`ve recently learned that Feinstein is sensitive to
other`s views…especially if they are

During her post-mortem on

, Feinstein had this to say about us:

“I`ve listened

talk show hosts
drumming up the opposition by using this

over and over and over again. In 15 years in the
Senate, I`ve never received more

or more

phone calls and threats.” [
Vows To Revive Measure
, By Carl Hulse and Robert Pear,
New York Times, June 9, 2007)

Really? Feinstein didn`t take any phone
calls personally—you can be sure of that. And her staff, if I
understand the procedure correctly, simply lists the calls as “pro
or “con” and tallies them up at the end of the day.
Staffers don`t make an independent analysis of the caller`s

I can`t help but wonder if Feinstein
included my call as “racist?”

When I phoned her Washington, D.C. office,
I identified myself as a California Democrat opposed to


I added that as a resident of the

San Joaquin Valley,
the world`s

agricultural heartland,
I saw

no shortage of farm workers

In conclusion, I noted that many growers

simply use the same people who picked the crops last year
much better option than importing more

guest workers
who will bump poor people

out of their jobs
and who

will never go home.

(Aside: During my call, I conveniently
omitted the fact that I have never actually voted for Feinstein
and would have done so only with a pistol held to my head.)

The immigration reformers I know are much
too bright to call and make, as Feinstein called them,
threatening remarks. Hard to do as it is, we know that a
measured response to

the Senate`s treasonous behavior i
s better for our cause.

For sure a few hotheads also telephone.
While I wish they had minded their manners, I am nevertheless
going to rally to their defense.

Shall we say that Feinstein may have
them into

their outbursts?

In the first place, for Feinstein, a
co-author of S. 1348, to hole herself up behind locked doors
with the so-called
“Gang of 12″—
12 Senators

dedicated to destroying America
—to write immigration
legislation violates the concept of the U.S. Senate and the
democratic process.

Every Senator, especially those opposed to
open borders like

Alabama`s Jeff Sessions
and others, should have the
opportunity to participate.

If the Gang of 12`s Open Borders position
is as

popular as they claim,
why did they negotiate “in
the shadows
“— to borrow
an overused phrase.


committee hearings

Americans, according to South Carolina Republican

Senator Jim DeMint,
“…feel betrayed and violated. They
don`t trust our Congress
.” [Gang
of 12 Mulls Over Immigration Bill
, By Julie
Hirschfeld Davis, Washington Post,
May 24, 2007]

Secondly, as if her secrecy wouldn`t be
enough on its own to make an immigration reformer lose his cool,
just look at who Feinstein aligned herself with.

Among the other eleven in the Gang of 12
are: Senators

Mel Martinez

John McCain

Ken Salazar

Lindsey Graham

Jon Kyl

Arlen Specter

Edward Kennedy

As the old saying goes, you can tell a lot about people by
the company they keep. And Feinstein is cozy with some real


Never before have we been so well positioned to win. I like
where we are. Nothing could make me trade places with the other

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