Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), various
Bush Administration officials pulled an all-nighter
behind closed doors on Wednesday. By noon Thursday, the
bleary-eyed politicos had concocted an illegal alien
"comprehensive immigration reform")
"It`s disappointing and even ironic
how the deal announced today skirts the democratic
processes of Congress. It was cut by a group of senators
operating outside the committees of jurisdiction and
without public hearings on key components." [A
`Troubled` Immigration Reform Proposal | President
Bush and the Democrats reach a compromise on immigration
reform, by Lorraine Woellert and Eamon Javers,
BusinessWeek, May 18, 2007]
As of early
Saturday morning, May 19, the public has not even been
shown the text of the bill. The
ultimately failed amnesty legislation
the Senate passed last year was 118,277 words long.
This may well be more complicated. A
the new bill carefully will likely take at least 10
uninterrupted hours, and quite possibly twice that, a
span of time that few Senators have readily available.
To truly understand
how the legislation would work and
what its long term implications are would take weeks
of questioning and debate.
utterly impossible for the United States Senate to
exercise the due diligence commensurate with the
importance of major immigration legislation without
pro-amnesty Senate hearings spearheaded by McCain in
early 2006 aroused tremendous opposition among the
public. Although an amnesty bill passed the Senate in
May, House Republican leaders wisely refused to be lured
into a conference committee to reconcile their
enforcement-only bill with the Senate`s diametrically
opposed bill. Instead, they held additional hearings on
immigration last summer around the country. Foolishly,
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) tried to hold his own
hearings in favor of the Senate bill, but the result of
the dueling hearings was the collapse of any chance for
amnesty last year.
From a good
government standpoint, what we are witnessing is perhaps
the most irresponsible and shameless attempt to hustle a
pig in a poke past the public in recent memory. Of
course, that`s the whole point of the exercise—to not
let us simple citizens in on the process of deciding who
our fellow citizens will be.
It`s only a
modest exaggeration to call this an attempted coup
against the American people.
the Main Stream Media finds this elite putsch admirable.
U.S. News` Political Bulletin commented on
Revels in Bipartisanship Bliss
The bipartisan process that led to the Senate
deal is being celebrated in media reports." Today`s
press probably would have spun the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact
as a triumph of bipartisan bridge-building. Who cares if
the American people have to play the role of the
obscene haste? According to the Boston Globe, [Adversaries
praise a relentless Kennedy, By Susan
Milligan, May 18, 2007] the reason is that "an
immigration pact would need to be finished by summer or
it would collapse in the heat of campaigning."
words, the government wants to
elect a new people before the people start to elect
a new government.
the increasingly out-of-touch Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
half-Hispanic governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) were
only two of the countless Presidential
candidates currently running to endorse the scheme
of the candidates appear to
lack enthusiasm in their hearts for rigorous border
control, they at least know what the voters want to
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) noted that the Kennedy-Bush
plan would "replace the current group of undocumented
immigrations with a new undocumented population … and
potentially drive down wages of American workers."
Former Senator Fred Thompson said we "should scrap
this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the
American people that we have secured the borders."[How
candidates line up on the immigration bill, By Mark
Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2007]
record of the principals behind the deal is not
reassuring. The last time Senator Kennedy and President
Bush teamed up, the result was the absurd
No Child Left Behind act, whose mandate that every
child in America be "proficient" (i.e.,
above average ) in reading and math by 2014 can be
met only by
fraud on the most colossal scale.
is successful, this will be the third generation of
Senators that the
Massachusetts Democrat has
hoodwinked into passing a bad immigration bill,
beginning with the epochally disastrous 1965 immigration
act, and continuing with the laughable
1990 Diversity Visa law. Despite (or possibly
because of) this history, the Bush cabinet secretaries
gushed about their night with Senator Ted. "He`s
awesome," exclaimed Homeland Security supremo
Michael Chertoff. Commerce Secretary
Carlos M. Gutierrez effused that it was "a real
privilege" to work with the Democratic warhorse.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has claimed
that she would only pass comprehensive immigration
reform if President Bush delivers 70 Republican House
members to her side, Slate`s Mickey Kaus
"Opponents of the
GOP cave-in on immigration
would be fools, I think, to rely on Nancy Pelosi`s House
to kill the legislation. … What are the bill`s
opponents going to do when Pelosi decides that, hey, 20
or 30 Republican votes are enough?"
before, the Age of Ideology—when the big
questions were simple ones, such as
Capitalism —is over. We live in the Age of the Fine
Print, where the devil is in the details.
We saw that
1986 immigration compromise that mandated both
amnesty for current illegal aliens and workplace
enforcement to discourage new ones from entering.
of the participants in that fiasco were reasonably
sincere—unlike now, after
21 more years of immigration
degrading our political culture —they were
confounded by the difficulty of anticipating the
consequences of their legislation. Thus they failed to
set up effective enforcement mechanisms to prevent
employers of illegals from demanding that the
to whom they gave campaign contributions
badger the INS into ignoring lawbreaking at their
factories and farms. So, due to
rampant corruption, the 1986 compromise ended up in
practice being amnesty-only.
law`s employer enforcement clauses would likely be as
ineffectual – but for even more cynical reasons.
massive and absolutely immediate response from an
outraged public will stop this week going down as one of
the most shameful in American political history.