2007 June 21 Thursday
Kay Bailey Hutchison Decides Against Amnesty Bill
US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) has decided to vote against the Senate immigration amnesty bill.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, who has been under intense pressure from the White House and Republican leadership to support a sweeping immigration overhaul, nevertheless announced today that she will vote against reviving the legislation when it returns to the Senate floor next week.
She was joined today by the state's other senator, Republican John Cornyn, who had been expected by the bill's supporters to take such a stance. They had aggressively lobbied Hutchison in hopes of adding her vote to the 60 necessary to revive the stalled legislation.
Members of the Imperial Senate are obviously under a lot of pressure from the core population of the empire. Cornyn says he favors "comprehensive" immigration reform. That term "comprehensive" is a tip-off that he's only opposing this bill due to pressure from constituents.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he is wavering on whether to vote for this bill.
But in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, McConnell said he would not decide how to vote on the measure until a long series of amendments are disposed of next week.
``The bill on the merits is a mixed bag,'' said McConnell, who had brushed aside reporters' questions on immigration Tuesday and Wednesday. ``I'm not uniformly enthusiastic about it.''
``At the end of the process,'' he said, ``we're going to have to make a call as to whether this is an improvement over the status quo. I'm not ready to make that call yet.''
McConnell would probably vote for the bill if he wasn't afraid of what his constituents will do when he runs for reelection.
Keep the pressure on your Senators and call some House Reps too. Contact your Senators and make them switch to oppose the immigration amnesty too. Time for immigration law enforcement and mass deportations of illegal aliens.
I sent my postcards Thursday to 18 Senators, one day after the bill got its new number: S1649. Faxes, e-mails and calls are already started on.
I indicated opposition to cloture on S.1649,
asking them to honor the minimal requirements of the nation,
that we be loyal to the citizenry,
including the net taxpayers thereof,
over against the masses of foreign criminals here.
There is no rational argument for rushing in darkness
and under camouflage to let foreign criminals keep something ill-gotten,
and especially not, when literally millions of them
increase the level of aggression on our citizens by coming here.
The above should be S.1639.
Some observations copied from discriminations.us:
"... it is crucial that the issue of preferential treatment of newly legalized immigrants be addressed. Those reasons have to do with the dramatic impact the sudden addition of millions (12? 20?) of newly legal Hispanic workers, students, etc., will have on the data used to determine “underrepresentation” and thus how the need for “affirmative action” is determined and the preferences extended in its name are administered.
I have seen reasonable estimates that the new legislation would apply to as many as 24 million persons — 12 million or more illegal immigrants here now; another 8 million family members of those 12 million; an additional 4–5 million new immigrants admitted in cleaning up the current backlog of family reunion requests; plus a number of “guest workers.” Perhaps these numbers are too high. For all we know perhaps they are too low. But, clearly, if the legislation passes millions of people, primarily Hispanic, will be added to the ranks of workers and students.
With the stroke of the president’s pen (and the complicity of the Republican leadership and some followers in the Senate), the “underrepresentation” of Hispanics in higher education and elsewhere and the “underutilization” of Hispanics in many job categories will increase exponentially, and along with it pressure to cure these “disparities” by vigorous “affirmative action,” i.e., preferential treatment will increase exponentially as well. "
quoted from John Rosenberg on Discriminations.
More from discriminations, 6-23rd:
"Now comes attorney Kris Kobach, writing in today’s Washington Times, who reveals that the bill currently before the Senate specifically “allows illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition rates at public universities, discriminating against U.S. citizens from out of state and law-abiding foreign students.”
These provisions are buried deep in the Senate bill. They are part of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act section.
The DREAM Act is a nightmare. It repeals a 1996 federal law that prohibits any state from offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, unless the state also offers in-state tuition rates to all U.S. citizens. On top of that, the DREAM Act offers a fast track to U.S. citizenship for illegal aliens who attend college."