Will Sharron Angle Use Immigration Patriot Harry Reid (1993) Against Treason Lobby Reid (2010)?


Embattled Democratic Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid is in trouble again in
Nevada, this time for clumsily trying to brush off the
Pew Hispanic Center`s estimate of the numbers of illegal
aliens in the state. (Critics
slam Harry Reid`s immigration remark
, by Scott Wong, Politico.com, July 14 2010).

Reid has a history of verbal slips.
Last year, he suffered the usual two minutes of
Politically Correct hate for

noting
that Barack Obama did not

always
use a

“negro dialect.”
 Reid was
actually praising Obama, but the use of the word
negro
was the kiss of death for the PC Left and for the usual
opportunistically unprincipled Republicans.

However, in the early to mid 1990s,
Harry Reid did more than make a verbal slip— he
advocated what is now an even more timely, but
profoundly Politically Incorrect, policy.

In 1993, Reid introduced the
Immigration Stabilization Act [S.1351]
which cracked down on illegal immigration, greatly
reduced legal immigration, and ended birthright
citizenship. He reintroduced a slightly watered-down
version (e.g. did not deal with

Birthright Citizenship
and allowed an additional
35,000 legal immigrants) in 1994. [S.1923]

Reid was virtually alone in this
fight. He got only three and four

cosponsors
for the respective bills.

While I knew the Open Borders lobby
had stolen the word
“immigration
reform”
to mean amnesty, it was not until I read
Reid`s press release from the 1993 that I realized they
also stole

“comprehensive immigration reform.”
 Reid
announced his bill as
“the first and
only comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress.”
 

Needless to say, Reid`s idea
of “comprehensive immigration reform” is quite different today.
Earlier this year, his office began circulating a
detailed “Conceptual Proposal for Immigration Reform” around the Hill. [PDF]
The differences could not be more striking.

Family
Immigration

  • Harry Reid
    1993:
    Limited family reunification to 300,000
    minus the number of refugees admitted the previous
    year. It completely eliminated all family visas for
    people other than spouses and dependent children.
    Parents, siblings, and adult children were only
    admitted if the immediate family and refugees did
    not total 300,000, in which case they could fill the
    remainder of the visas.

  • Harry Reid
    2010:
    Expanded the definition of immediate
    relatives and would issue and additional 3.4 million
    family visas over the next 8 years—that`s on top of
    the approximately 700,000 family visas we already
    issue.

Work based
immigration:

  • Harry Reid
    1993:
    Restricted high skilled immigration to
    people who are truly high skilled—those with
    advanced degrees, extraordinary ability, and
    investors—and caps that number at 40,000 people a
    year.
  • Harry Reid
    2010:
    Reid`s proposal uses the fraudulent
    concept of
    “recapturing”
    visas that are
    “unused”
    over the last 10 years. In other word adding up
    every single visa category that was below the cap
    and letting that number of people in. This will end
    up granting at least 600,000 additional work visas.
    Besides the fact that the visa ceilings are not
    minimums, all unused work visas are transferred for
    additional family reunification visas the next year.
    Additionally, the bill expands the definition of
    high skilled immigrants and lets any foreigner
    pursuing
    an advanced degree get permanent residence.

Other Immigrants
and Refugees:

  • Harry Reid
    1993:
    Eliminated the Diversity Visa Lottery, and
    restricted refugee admission to 50,000. He also
    added numerous safeguards to prevent refugee fraud.
  • Harry Reid
    2010:
    Gives expedited legal permanent resident
    status to refugees.

Birthright
Citizenship:

  • Harry Reid
    1993:
    Called for the

    14th Amendment to be clarified
    so
    that “any
    person born after the date of enactment of this
    title to a

    mother
    who is neither a citizen of the United
    States nor

    admitted to the United States
    as a lawful
    permanent resident, and which person is a national
    or citizen of another country of which either of his
    or her natural parents is a national or citizen, or
    is entitled upon application to become a national or
    citizen of such country, shall be considered as

    born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign
    country
    and not subject to the jurisdiction of
    the United States within the meaning of section 1 of
    such Article and shall therefore not be a citizen of
    the United States or of any State solely by reason
    of

    physical presence within the United States at the
    moment of birth
    .”
  • Harry Reid
    2010:
    Creates a deeper anchor for

    anchor babies
    by stating that no illegal alien
    ” shall be transferred from his/her area of
    apprehension until arrangements have been made for
    the

    detainee`s children,
    and the government has
    given due consideration to the best interest of the
    child in decisions concerning detention, release or
    transfer of a parent.:

Amnesty:

  • Harry Reid
    1993:
    The bill would have actually repealed the
    amnesty that granted the dependents of illegal
    aliens

    granted amnesty in 1986 legal status.


  • Harry Reid
    2010:
    Every single alien present, or capable of
    pretending that they were present, at the time of
    the bill`s passing will be eligible for amnesty.
    There is a phony


    “back of the line”
    provision where they are
    given “lawful
    prospective immigrant”
    status prior to becoming
    a “legal permanent resident”, but these
    “prospective” immigrants are eligible for federal benefits and
    can sponsor additional immigrants.

Benefits:

  • Harry Reid
    1993:
    Would not allow any immigrant into the
    country, including family based visas, unless they
    can demonstrate that they will are able to support
    themselves. It would have barred illegal aliens from
    any federal benefit that is not already required by
    law (e.g. reimbursements to Hospitals for emergency
    care.)
  • Harry Reid
    2010:
    Reid`s proposal gives

    in state tuition
    to illegal aliens, and does not
    include any sort of

    public charge
    requirement to get amnesty.

So what Happened to Harry?

A look at Reid`s

voting history
on immigration at Numbers USA showed
that he continued to vote against amnesty and in favor
of immigration reduction through most of the 1990s.

By 2001, however, he was
consistently showing as a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act,

245i
, and other amnesties.

In 2006, The Drudge Report dug up
Reid`s press release on the bill from August 5, 1993.
Reid did not mince his words in that release.

“Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous
burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and
social programs. The Immigration and Naturalization
Service needs the ability to step up enforcement. Our
federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal
aliens getting welfare,

food stamps
,

medical care
and other benefits often without paying
any taxes. Safeguards like welfare and free medical care
are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term
assistance. These programs were not meant to entice
freeloaders and scam artists from around the world. Even
worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by
individuals who are here illegally."
[FLASHBACK:
Dem Senate Leader Harry Reid: `Our Federal Wallet
Stretched To Limit by Illegal Aliens Getting Welfare`,



Drudge Report Archives, April 5, 2006]

Reid`s spokesman explained the
shift: “He had a change of heart on this issue brought about by several
meetings in the community with immigrants and a
conversation with his wife." [
Reid
flips on illegals
, World Net Daily, April 5,
2006]

(Reid himself has

said
he was confronted by his

wife
, whose father was

apparently a Russian immigrant
.)

This
“change of
heart,”
happened to coincide with Reid`s elevation
to Democratic Whip in 1999.

Reid should really consider having
a discussion with the community of citizens in Nevada.
The state has the

highest unemployment rate
in the Country at 14%.

According
to the
Pew
Hispanic Center
,
12.2% of the state`s workforce is illegal. California,
the next highest state is at 9.9%.

According
to the Federation for American Immigration
Reform, 20% of the population is foreign born.

Advocating for more legal
immigration and rewarding illegal aliens is not going to
win him too many friends in Nevada.

Reid`s Republican opponent

Sharron Angle
has come out strongly in favor of
Arizona`s immigration law. But she has not mentioned
legal immigration—yet.

However, when
given Numbers USA`s survey, she

responded
in the affirmative to questions about
Do
you favor reducing overall immigration numbers toward
the traditional [250,000] levels?”

Reid has given Angle a perfect
opportunity to stand up for the 14% of Nevadans who are
unemployed: simply call for 1993 era Reid proposals on
reducing legal immigration.

Will she take it?

"Washington Watcher" [email
him
] is an anonymous source Inside The
Beltway.