At first glance, Representative Steve Kagen (D-WI) looks an unlikely prospect for immigration reform patriots. A first term winner of a formerly Republican District, he joins a State Delegation with a dismal C- Americans for Better Immigration report card
. Furthermore, he is Jewish
, which means he belongs to a group notable as a whole
for a dogmatic and inflexible commitment
to heavy immigration.
But his Guest column: No more invisible borders for immigration policy Green Bay Press Gazette May 13 2007
is exemplary from a patriotic point of view
For far too long, Washington has ignored our nation`s borders and allowed uncontrolled migration outside the law.â€¦I have been listening to people throughout the 8th district, and everywhere I go, folks are asking me where I stand on immigration. Well, there has never been any doubt in my mind that we need a new and tough immigration policy â€” a national policy that stands on these three essentials: 1) secure our borders; 2) obey our laws; and 3) no amnesty or cutting in line â€” period. â€¦the proposal outlined by President Bush would create a permanent subclass of foreign workers, but we do not need to import foreign workers just to undercut the wages and benefits of Wisconsin citizens.
I was particularly impressed with the comment
The fact is our borders have been rapidly disappearing, starting with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreementâ€¦In the past decade, several presidents in Washington sold us a policy of "invisible bordersâ€¦ what followed was not only the disappearance of our borders, but our jobs as well. This unacceptable sales job even has a name â€” the North American Union â€” which would guarantee the end of the United States of America, and I am absolutely opposed to it.
NAFTA, of course was concocted
under Bush 1 but pushed through by Bill Clinton.
Steve Kagen may be uncouth
but he clearly bright
. (Could it be that his being a medical doctor by profession has alerted him to the drawbacks
of illegal immigration
?) When someone like this volunteers off of the Amnesty/Immigration Acceleration bandwagon, the Treason Lobby is in trouble. The Troops, seeing the ground, are unwilling
to fight. Perhaps Randall Burns is right
, and the Democrats will indeed take the immigration restraint issue away from the Republicans.