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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Harry's Hypocrisy

Drudge has this flashback up:

August 5, 1993

The Office of Sen. Harry Reid issued the following:

In response to increased terrorism and abuse of social programs by aliens, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today introduced the first and only comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress.

Currently, an alien living illegally in the United States often pays no taxes but receives unemployment, welfare, free medical care and other federal benefits. Recent terrorist acts, including the World Trade Center bombing, have underscored the need to keep violent criminals out of the country.

Reid's bill, the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993, overhauls the nation's immigration laws and calls for a massive scale-down of immigrants allowed into the country from approximately 800,000 to 300,000.

The bill also changes asylum laws to prevent phony asylum seekers. Reid said the U.S. open door policy is being abused at the expense of honest, working citizens.

"We are a country founded upon fairness and justice," Reid said. "An individual in real threat of torture or long-term incarceration because of his or her political beliefs can still seek asylum. But this bill closes the door to those who want to abuse America's inherent generosity and legal system."

Reid's bill also cracks down on illegal immigration. The 1990 census reported 3.3 million illegal aliens in America. Recent estimates indicate about 2.5 million immigrants illegally entered the United States last year.

"Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs," Reid said. "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," Reid said.
Read some of the provisions here.

Conservatives say this stuff, advocate these positions, and we're called racists, nativists, and all sorts of rotten names.

Now, Harry "the Undertaker" Reid is against an amendment to an immigration bill that would bar illegal aliens convicted of felonies from obtaining U.S. citizenship." More at Right Wing News (RWN has been mentioned by Rush several times the last few days. Congrats!). As John at RWN said, "Unbelievable."

Why not just let Osama bin Laden and friends come in?

Isn't it obvious that the Libs are not interested in securing America from harm? They are quite willing to do whatever it takes to allow criminals entrance! Are the votes of criminals really more important than the votes of law-abiding American CITIZENS? It certainly seems that way.

Don't be fooled. The Democrats are about as tough on Terror and Crime as marshmallows are.

Update: Over at his blog, Mark Levin posted this unofficial transcript of Harry Reid's comments on the floor of the Senate today.

Plus, Rush has more (and here: Uncivil, Mean-Spirited Pro-Illegal Movement Joins with Hate-America Crowd, Jumps the Shark

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