A Lady's Ruminations

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

They've Got Their Heads in the Sand

Really, it seems like no matter how hard patriotic Americans work, our elected "representatives" still have their heads in the sand and, thus, are deaf to our cries of outrage.

Can they really ignore our protestations against reward illegal aliens? Can they really pass laws that basically make our immigration laws pointless?

Why have laws if no one has to follow them? Why have laws if Congress can just scrap them and create something new and contrary to the first laws?

It seems like even good Conservatives, who ought to know what is what, are jumping ship for these illegal invaders. We didn't elect them for this. We elected them to represent US.

Take a look at this article from Newsweek: A Desert Sandstorm: Immigration protests roil the Arizona Senate race.---

Welcome to ground zero in the immigration wars of 2006, where even one of the Senate's fiercest immigration hard-liners is getting blamed for broken borders. In two terms in the Senate, Kyl has made immigration his signature issue: he's called for tough crackdowns on illegal aliens and criticized the White House's guest-worker plan. Ordinarily, he'd be the one in hiking boots in the desert, calling for drastic change.

But with marchers on the street and Minutemen on the border, nothing is ordinary in Arizona politics today. The state sees nearly half of the illegal crossings into the country each year, and nearly 600,000 of the 1.2 million undocumented workers arrested last year were found inside its boundaries. The crisis has taken over the Senate race, with both candidates trying to present themselves as the face of security and stability. Kyl holds a large lead, but immigration hysteria could help make it "a close race," says Arizona State University political analyst Bruce Merrill.

Other Arizona races are tightening, too. In the Eighth Congressional District, where the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe could help determine control of the House, candidates in both parties are trying to out-tough each other on immigration. Democrats are also going after GOP Rep. J. D. Hayworth, painting him as an extremist who favors vigilantism (Hayworth has defended the Minutemen but backs government enforcement). Both parties see the state's battles as a preview of the national fight to come. "This whole country is about to go 100 percent certifiable nuts over immigration," says one Democratic congressional aide who asked not to be identified so as not to speak on behalf of the party. "Arizona is already there."

Kyl thinks he has a plan to calm the waters. He criticized a Senate compromise, backed by fellow Arizonan John McCain, that would allow many currently undocumented workers to stay in the country as guest workers, saying it would reward illegal behavior. (The compromise failed, but senators have pledged to return to it.) Kyl favors a program in which illegals first go back to their home country, and then return as documented guest workers in accordance with American economic demand. Kyl, who authored a 1996 bill doubling Border Patrol personnel, bristles at Pederson's suggestion that he's failed to deliver on the issue. "There isn't anybody who has worked harder on this in Congress," he says.
So Senator Kyl is also willing illegal aliens ahead of the needs and rights of his Arizona constituents.

Has the world turned upside down? We need a government that properly represents the opinions of We the People, the ones who voted them into office.

If the Republicans continue to join the Libs and Illegal Aliens, then they better be get their vacation plans in order. They'll have lots of time on their hands after November 2006. Just who do they think will vote for them?

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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