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
actually praising Obama, but the use of the word
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
reform” to mean amnesty, it was not until I read
Reid`s press release from the 1993 that I realized they
“comprehensive immigration reform.”
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.
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.
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
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
2010: Reid`s proposal uses the fraudulent
“recapturing” visas that are
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
an advanced degree get permanent residence.
1993: Eliminated the Diversity Visa Lottery, and
restricted refugee admission to 50,000. He also
added numerous safeguards to prevent refugee fraud.
2010: Gives expedited legal permanent resident
status to refugees.
1993: Called for the
14th Amendment to be clarified so
person born after the date of enactment of this
title to a
mother who is neither a citizen of the United
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
physical presence within the United States at the
moment of birth.”
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
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.:
1993: The bill would have actually repealed the
amnesty that granted the dependents of illegal
granted amnesty in 1986 legal status.
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
prospective immigrant” status prior to becoming
a “legal permanent resident”, but these
“prospective” immigrants are eligible for federal benefits and
can sponsor additional immigrants.
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
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,
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,
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
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
Reid`s Republican opponent
Sharron Angle has come out strongly in favor of
Arizona`s immigration law. But she has not mentioned
given Numbers USA`s survey, she
responded in the affirmative to questions about
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?
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