Increasingly, King said, he hears from constituents concerned about stemming illegal immigration. The subject comes up in forums at civic centers, chats with spectators at the West Islip Memorial Day parade and in the pews of his parish church, he said.
"Last Sunday this woman turns to me and says, 'Glad to see you in church, congressman, but close our borders,'" said King, a six-term House member.
Likewise, Democrat Tim Bishop of Southampton attended town-hall meetings from Mastic to Kings Park to Selden, and discussions often developed about how immigration affects jobs, social services and the quality of the life in neighborhoods.
"It depends on where you go, but it's an issue that arises at virtually every town hall meeting I have, to varying levels of intensity," said Bishop, who was often on the receiving end of barbs about the federal government failing to address the issue.
This illustrates why the 2008 election is so important. George W. Bush will block many policy changes aimed at stopping the illegal alien influx. But a more restrictionist President in 2009 can count on a more restrictionst Congress to fashion legislation to stop and even reverse the illegal alien deluge.
Eunice Moscoso of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on signs that immigration is becoming a more important political issue.
Washington ó As gay marriage was in 2004, immigration will be a driving social issue in the next presidential election, some conservatives predict.
In California and Colorado, they have started campaigns for referendums to crack down on illegal immigrants, and groups in other states are considering similar efforts. Some are buoyed by a successful state referendum in Arizona last year requiring immigrants to show proof of legal residence before voting or receiving state welfare services.
Immigration is also becoming an increasingly hot topic on radio and television talk shows as Congress considers various proposals, including one introduced last month by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) that would allow illegal immigrants to apply for temporary work visas.
The amnesty proposal of McCain and Kennedy shows just how contemptuous the elites are toward the masses. A widespread growing desire for a halt to the illegal influx elicits yet another amnesty just as Dubya's foolish immigration amnesty proposal managed to anger the Republican base. As more lower class people become upset by the effects of immigration I expect more Democrats such as Tim Bishop to feel increasing heat on immigration from portions of their base as well.
California State Assembly member Ray Haynes has announced a proposal to create a California Border Police agency to stop the illegal alien influx over the California border.
So why not enforce federal law? Why not set up a state agency that could enforce these laws throughout the state with trained police personnel in a comprehensive and uniform manner throughout the state? At the border. In the jails. At the street corners where everyone sees them standing every day soliciting under-the-table labor for the day. It is too easy. Why didnít anyone think of it before?
Will it cost too much? It will cost about $200-300 million dollars, but it could save us $5 billion. That is worth the cost. Will it protect us? The public safety danger of not controlling our borders is obvious. The cost of doing nothing is too high. To do this, I have introduced ACA 20, which would establish the California Border Police agency. There is a simultaneous effort to place this idea on the ballot via the initiative process, which you can learn about at www.calborderpolice.com.
Haynes knows the 2/3rds Democrat California state legislature would never enact such a law. His real aim is to win enactment through the state popular initiative process. A victory for this intiative could be a pivotal event in the American immigration battle. A 2006 victory in heavily Hispanic California would be a very loud wake-up call for the entire nation and would generate enormous amounts of publicity. If California stopped illegal immigration over its border with Mexico this would demonstrate that the national government could certainly do the same over the entire border if only it chose to do so.
The creation of a California Border Police agency in 2007 would make immigration an even bigger issue in the 2008 election. Since repeated polls have shown that the majority of the American public favors a more restrictionist immigration policy elevation of immigration as a political issue works for the restrictionist side. The elites are only allowed to thwart the will of the masses because of apathy. Increased media attention mobilize opposition and the elites will be forced to shift to more restrictionist positions.
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