Meet the Senate Judiciary Committee—Your Fate Is In Its Hands Right Now


When I sat down to write my column,
I planned to lead by saying that no United States
Senator is worse on immigration than the

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
,
Pennsylvania`s

Arlen Specter
(R).

Based on his tortured immigration
proposals this week, I thought that was a safe
statement.

Then I looked at the entire
committee roster.

Specter
has a lot of competition among the
seventeen-man group.

Specter is touting what he calls “Comprehensive
Immigration Reform of 2006,”
an as-yet unnamed bill
that is several of our worst nightmares rolled into one:

amnesty
,

guest workers
,

new worker visas
and everything but official open
borders. 

Specter`s proposal would

give amnesty
to

15-20 million illegal residents
and create 1.1
million new

green card
holders among employment-based
immigrants. Amazingly, the provision for more than 1
million employment-based green cards would renew every
year in perpetuity.

And it would generate a brand-new
American job-killer: the no cap H-2C visa for those
soon-to-be omnipresent

guest workers
.

Read NumbersUSA.com`s outstanding
analysis of the entire Specter disaster

here
.

To accompany the NUSA analysis,
VDARE.COM readers might find it useful to have the
following armchair guide that I developed to refresh
your memory regarding the individual senators`
immigration leanings.

 Meet, in all its ignominy, the
committee:


  • Orrin Hatch
    , (R-UT)
  • Charles E. Grassley, (R-IA)

  • John Kyl
    , (R-AZ)
  • Mike DeWine, (R-OH)
  • Jeff Sessions, (R-AL)
  • Lindsey Graham, (R-SC)
  • John Cornyn, (R-TX)
  • Sam Brownback, (R-KS)
  • Tom Coburn, (R-OK)

  • Patrick J. Leahy
    , (D-VT)
  • Edward M. Kennedy, (D-MA)
  • Joseph R.
    Biden, Jr., (D-DE)
  • Herbert Kohl, (D-WI)

  • Dianne Feinstein
    , (D-CA)
  • Russ Feingold, (D-WI)
  • Charles Schumer, (D-NY)

  • Richard J. Durbin
    , (D-IL)

A thumbnail profile of the
Republican bad guys:

The Worst of the Lot

  • Hatch and Brownback: Two holier
    than thou dirtbags who are beyond reach since they
    proclaim,

    Brownback more loudly
    than

    Hatch
    , that they take their direction from a higher
    authority.

    Hatch,
    Specter`s predecessor as Judiciary Chairman, voted for
    S.1545, the

    DREAM Act
    , which would grant illegal aliens in-state
    tuition rates. And he cosponsored S. 1645 that protected
    illegal aliens granted temporary resident status from
    prosecution for Social Security fraud. 

    Brownback
    co-sponsored S. 644 to increase

    asylum claims
    by creating a new special immigrant
    visa category for an unlimited number of women and

    children
    who are said to be at risk of harm because
    of their gender and age.

    Both Hatch
    and
    Brownback
    have moved sharply toward a more
    pro-immigration position in the last several years.

    Read

    Rolling Stone
    `s
    recent, unflattering Brownback
    profile here:

    God`s Senator
    .

  • DeWine: No one in the
    Senate—Republican or Democrat—has a worse immigration
    record than

    DeWine.
    Although DeWine represents

    Ohio
    , a state that has been devastated by

    job loss
    , he has backed every piece of legislation
    that promotes more illegal immigration and worker visas.

    Among the
    low points of DeWine`s recent record is that he voted to
    invoke cloture, a procedural move requiring 60 votes to
    limit debate and ensure a vote on the

    AgJOBS amnesty
    amendment for up to 3 million illegal
    aliens, introduced by Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID).

    The
    cloture motion failed, but DeWine`s attempt to force it
    revealed his sympathy for amnesty.

  • Cornyn and Kyl: Co-authors of their
    own bill,

    S. 1438 that Juan Mann
    describes as “a slickly
    packaged rehash
    ” of bad old (and failed) amnesty
    bills. The “Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration
    Reform Act”
    as S.1438 is misleadingly labeled,
    translates into amnesty and more guest workers.

    While Kyl
    was once rumored to be sensible about immigration, he
    has always promoted more foreign workers. In 2005, Kyl
    voted against the Byrd Amendment to the Budget
    Reconciliation bill, which would have stripped a
    provision to increase permanent, employment-based
    immigration by as many as 366,000 annually. 

    Cornyn, a
    first term Senator from

    Texas
    who immediately began as a

    La Raza
    bag man by talking about getting illegal
    immigrants “out
    of the shadows
    ,
    ” voted in 2005 with Hatch and
    Brownback in favor of S.1545. He also co-sponsored S.
    1387, a bill to create a temporary guest worker program
    for illegal aliens with an amnesty-on-installment
    program. 

  • Graham: As Capitol Hill insiders
    say about Graham, “Republican by day, Democrat by
    night.”
    The

    South Carolina
    Senator is another who has

    abruptly changed teams
    to join the open borders
    crowd.

    Graham is
    now a champion of more

    worker visas
    . During the current Congressional year,
    Graham has cosponsored S. 1033, the McCain-Kennedy bill,
    which would add an extra 150,000 employment-based visas
    (mostly for unskilled workers) annually. Additionally,
    it would create a brand new guest worker program that
    would bring in 400,000 unskilled workers during its
    first year.

    Many
    Capitol Hill observers think that Graham is maneuvering
    for a Vice Presidential spot on a possible McCain ticket
    in 2008.

Republicans; the Moderates

  • Grassley: The

    Iowa
    senator qualifies as a moderate by
    comparison only. His voting record is a mixed bag of
    supporting university

    tuition breaks for aliens
    and amnesty for wives
    and children of aliens legalized in 1986.

    But
    Grassley also voted not to invoke cloture on the
    Craig AgJOBS amnesty amendment. Grassley`s vote
    helped keep the amnesty off the 2005 Iraq
    supplemental spending bill.

    Interestingly,

    Grassley`s immigration voting record
    has
    improved over the last several years…unlike that of
    his colleagues.


  • Coburn:

    Another senator who runs hot and cold. No one has a
    worse record of supporting foreign-worker visas. In
    2005,

    Oklahoma`s
    Coburn even voted against increasing L-1
    visa fees that employers pay. Heaven forbid that
    employers displacing Americans with foreign visa holders
    might have to shell out a few extra bucks for the
    Treasury coffers!

    On the other hand,

    Coburn
    co-sponsored S. 2061 to
    reduce illegal immigration through increased

    border controls
    . The bill requires construction of a
    border fence along the

    U.S.-Mexico border
    ; provides for additional Border
    Patrol agents; and mandates the use of the

    entry-exit
    system at all ports of entry. 

Republicans; the one solid Senator

  • Sessions: In addition to amassing a solid
    pro-American worker and anti-illegal immigration
    voting record, Sessions also co-sponsored S. 2061.
    Since 2003, Sessions has voted against every
    foreign-worker visa proposal considered by the
    Judiciary Committee.

Unfortunately, predicting the way
the committee will vote is child`s play. Even before a
single vote is cast,

past history
as outlined above tells us that the
deck is stacked against us.

Immigration reformers can count,
with 100 per cent certainty, on exactly one vote. Only

Alabama`s
Sessions stands ready to thwart the

open borders
,

Chamber of Commerce
lobby.

Three other possible votes for our
side: Grassley, Colburn and, who knows, maybe even

Dianne Feinstein
, the notorious Democratic

immigration waffler
.

If the worst happens, lay the blame
where it belongs: on the

Republicans
.

Whatever final scheme the Senate
Judiciary Committee may come up with, the Republicans
there are the heavies…they have aided and abetted the
Democrats on immigration policy.

If the G.O.P. hadn`t turned coat,
Specter`s crazy scheme would never have seen the light
of day. But, unhappily, the

Republicans of late are just as bad as the Democrats
.

The good news is that even Specter
admits that the road ahead will be rocky. Since the
Senators are divided—each with his particular sell-out
angle—no immediate consensus is likely.

Said Specter:

I have
seen virtually no agreement on anything. Emotions are at
an all-time high." [
Immigrant
Bill Faces Tough Fight in Senate
,
Suzanne Gamboa,
Associated Press, March 2, 2006]

Thankfully, the committee`s

treasonous
work is done for this week. The next
hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 8th
or 9th.

In the meantime, Specter remains
hopeful.

As

NumbersUSA.COM
Executive Director

Roy Beck
told me,

You
can count on Specter, if he is given any chance, to do
the wrong thing
.”

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.