Saturday, June 30, 2007

Pelosi Statement on Senate Bill Crash

June 28, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi published the following statement on the Senate’s failure to invoke cloture on comprehensive immigration reform bill:

“Today, Republicans in the Senate had an historic chance to act in the interests of the American people, but chose not to. Although the immigration bill before the Senate was far from perfect, it would have served as a starting point to address this critical issue for our nation.

“During the entire process, newly elected Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate have been committed to fixing a problem that past Republican Congresses have ignored for years. The President had an obligation to the American people to persuade his fellow Republicans to pass a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so.

“Instead, Republicans in the Senate blocked a bill that attempted to fix our nation's dysfunctional immigration system. In doing so, they have failed the American people.

“Our immigration system needs to honor the promise of America and recognize the enormous contributions that immigrants make to our nation. But it must do so in a way that makes our nation safer, protects all workers, and restores the rule of law.”


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The Congressional Budget Office recently determined that the failed bill would likely increase visa overstayers by 12 percent and reduce border jumpers by 25 percent, for a net reduction of 13 percent. And this only one of the inevitable failures built into this bill. Is it no wonder why no one has any faith in the so-called "comprehensive reform" or our Senate? Once again Congress would have used the smoke and mirrors of just "doing something" regardless of its inefficacy, as a basis of claiming success. This bill is in the exact vein of what happened in 1986, when Kennedy promised that we wouldn't be in the position to give amnesty again. Get real, professor Hing. Pelosi's statement continues a heritage of deceit that's been repeated over and over, and over again.

Posted by: Horace | Jun 30, 2007 1:10:22 PM

"But it must do so in a way that makes our nation safer, protects all workers, and restores the rule of law.”

Ms. Pelosi, establishing rule of law means enforcing it, not accommodating the law breakers by changing it. It will be impossible to enforce law that isn't taken seriously. Appeasement is never a good solution to the violation of law, but only invites more violations. We should have learned that lesson after the failure of the 1986 amnesty, but it seems that some of us haven't. How long must we tolerate this cycle before declaring it insanity?

Posted by: George | Jun 30, 2007 3:05:53 PM

Ummm Horace - get your facts straight. Kennedy did not promise an end to illegal immigration in '86. Quite the contrary - he actually recognized the flaws of that bill and voted against it. If you are going to continue to spew your xenophobic garbage the least you can do is get your facts straight.

Posted by: Jason | Jun 30, 2007 9:52:29 PM

Well, Jason, I stand corrected. Too bad you're not man enough to admit the myriad of fatal and anti-American flaws of this bill. Again you use personal attack in an attempt to reduce the credibility of others. It just shows how little your side has in the way of merit to make your case for amnesty that you'll stoop to that level. Any debate with you will always result in pulling the race card or accusations of xenophobia. Poor loser!

Posted by: Horace | Jul 1, 2007 2:57:21 PM

Horace - the only factor reducing your credibility is when you fabricate facts on a topic for which you claim to have such expertise. But when facts don't fit your viewpoint I guess you justify this behavior. And if all else fails simply blame Ted Kennedy.

"This bill is in the exact vein of what happened in 1986, when Kennedy promised that we wouldn't be in the position to give amnesty again. Get real, professor Hing"

How can one possible take you seriously when you have been caught in an absolute lie. Please post your crappy source for this misinformation or did you really have the gall to suck this out of thin air??

Posted by: Jason | Jul 2, 2007 8:44:43 PM


I contend that you're advocating the importation of millions of illegal aliens from a culture that apparently acquiesces to the institutionalization of xenopobia. In supporting them you're supporting a nation of hypocritical xenophobes. Under Mexican law, the kind of treatment that the immigrant may expect from the democratically elected government of Mexico is as follows:

Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public political discourse.
Immigrants and foreigners are denied certain basic property rights.
Immigrants are denied equal employment access.
Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated as real Mexican citizens.
Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted in public service.
Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members of the clergy.
Private citizens may make citizens arrests of lawbreakers (i.e., illegal immigrants) and hand them to the authorities.
Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and without due process.

Posted by: Horace | Jul 3, 2007 2:56:40 PM

Horace why are you avoiding my question? I would like to know your source for the false information you posted. Surely you did not simply suck your Kennedy fact out of thin air??

How can you possibly expect people to pay any attention to anything you write if you provide absolutely no explanation for an outright lie? Your credibility is ruined unless you can provide a reasonable explanation for your creative writing.

Posted by: Jason | Jul 3, 2007 4:23:41 PM


What do you want Jason, for me to say that I made it up? Well, I made the mistake of quoting another blogger, one who probably got it from the same source as J.F. Meyer. Nevertheless, while I admit the mistake, I still believe that Kennedy is insane in his insistance on repeating the same mistakes as previous amnesties, which only resulted in continued illegal immigration and more amnesties. There is absolutely no reason why we should trust the politicians when they say this one is any different from prior amnesties. You may feel otherwise, but the rest of us are a bit smarter than that.

Chock one up for you Jason. Relish your little victory. I gather you don't win many arguments, so I hope this will last you for at least a year, until your next one is due.

Ted Kennedy's seven amnesties
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