Becoming real, or let us refer to it as being mature. Who really has a clue what one calls it that portion of one’s self that grows mentally, physically, behaviorally, and spiritually. For the reasons of political posturing about everything, dragging politics into everything that is intended for the Congress is to do, and last, yet certainly not least, is the fact that there is far too much corruption and graft going on today within America’s leadership.
Thirteen years ago, President George W. Bush welcomed Vicente Fox of Mexico to Washington to lay the groundwork for an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. The push included a rare address to Congress on Sept. 6, 2001, when Fox declared that immigrants “invariably enrich the cultural life of the land that receives them.”
Five days later, jetliners hijacked by foreign terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, heightening security fears and scuttling Bush’s immigration plans.
For more than a quarter century, it has never been the right time for immigration reform. And the biggest obstacle has always seemed to be concerns, primarily among conservatives, that border controls are not tough enough and must be strengthened further before anything else can be done.
“When you hear someone say the key to immigration reform is to secure the border, it tells me they either don’t understand the issue or they’re just using it as a pretext,” Carlos Gutierrez, Bush’s former commerce secretary, said in an interview last week. “If we secure the border and do not have reform or a new legal system, then the economy is really going to be in trouble.”
We would like to make sure we are “On the Record” when we say that Mr. Gutierrez’s is speaking asinine amounts of rubbish.
It is a debate that has raged since President Ronald Reagan signed the last major overhaul of immigration laws in 1986, a bipartisan achievement hailed as a solution to the crisis of 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The Immigration Reform and Control Act put 2.7 million people on the path toward citizenship, marking the largest legalization program in U.S. history.
This as well is simply an asinine and untrue statement. It appears that either our original reporter just stopped and was contented to leave the rest out or worse, the notion that he is trying to persuade readers with lies and fabrications.
Former senator Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican who helped lead the 1986 negotiations, said a proposal to include a national identification system for workers — aimed at preventing employers from hiring illegal immigrants — was eliminated over Democratic civil-liberties concerns.
“That took out the guts,” Simpson said last week in a telephone interview from his home in Cody, Wyo. Asked when he knew there were flaws in the bill, he replied: “The minute it passed.” What kind of leadership is that?
Maybe someone has matured; we are unable to say; however, there has been a brand new hurdle to immigration reform.
A new poll of Republican voters in Iowa shows why the technology industry may fail to get immigration reform – its top political goal – passed by Congress. The poll shows that 53% of Republicans in Iowa would not vote for a candidate who supported a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers living in America illegally.
God bless those folks from Iowa! Finally groups of folks that are not falling for every bit of shenanigans’ hey hear.