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    Tom Tancredo's Wall (must-read Wall Street Journal BS)

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    12/29/2005

    The Colorado Congressman tries to make America the world's biggest gated community.

    "We have a supply and a demand problem. The supply problem is coming across the border. We are in this bill doing something very specific about that with the inclusion of the amendment, with the passage of the amendment, to build some barrier along at least 700 miles of our southern border. I hope we continue with that, by the way, along the entire border, to the extent it is feasible, and the northern border we could start next."

    --Rep. Tom Tancredo (R., Colo.)


    So there you have it. Tom Tancredo has done everyone a favor by stating plainly the immigration rejectionists' endgame--turn the United States into the world's largest gated community. The House took a step in that direction this month by passing another immigration "reform" bill heavy with border control and business harassment and light on anything that will work in the real world.

    For the past two decades, border enforcement has been the main focus of immigration policy; by any measure, the results are pitiful. According to the Migration Policy Institute, "The number of unauthorized migrants in the United States has risen to almost 11 million from about four million over the past 20 years, despite a 519% increase in funding and a 221% increase in staffing for border patrol programs."

    Given that record, it's hard to see the House Republican bill as much more than preening about illegal immigration. The legislation is aimed at placating a small but vocal constituency that wants the borders somehow sealed, come what may to the economy, American traditions of liberty or the Republican Party's relationship with the increasingly important Latino vote.

    Besides mandating the construction of walls and fences along the 2,000-mile Mexican border, the bill radically expands the definition of terms like "alien smuggler," "harboring," "shielding" and "transporting." Hence all manner of people would become criminally liable and subject to fines, property forfeiture and imprisonment--the landscaper who gives a co-worker a ride to a job; the legal resident who takes in an undocumented relative; a Catholic Charities shelter providing beds and meals to anyone who walks through the door.





    Sponsors of the legislation, led by House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner and Homeland Security Chairman Peter King, don't stop at targeting good Samaritans. They're also forcing the business community to simultaneously create jobs and kill jobs. The bill would make it incumbent on employers to establish the immigration status of all hires and empower local police to enforce federal immigration laws. This means small-business owners soon could find themselves not only inconvenienced by a mandated hiring database system but also threatened with the prospect of bankruptcy due to repeated raids and high fines. Some will throw in the towel on the GOP.
    Perhaps the bill's most revealing feature is the one that makes it a criminal offense, rather than a civil violation, to be in the country illegally. This would effectively turn the country's 11 million or so illegal aliens into felons and automatically disqualify them from gaining legal status--ever. The provision gives lie to the claim we keep hearing from Mr. Tancredo and GOP Congressional leaders that they're open to a guest-worker program for illegal aliens so long as we first beef up the border.

    This also smears the law-abiding aliens with the lawbreakers. If a bill with this anti-guest-worker provision ever became law, millions of otherwise well-behaved people who have become integral parts of thousands of U.S. communities would have every incentive to stay in the shadows lest they be deported. As a matter of law enforcement priorities if nothing else, this is crazy. In truth, this bill in its current form has no chance of becoming law. The Senate will take up immigration reform soon and is expected to produce something more feasible.

    President Bush has said repeatedly that he'll only sign a comprehensive immigration reform bill; that means creating legal pathways for foreign labor to enter the country and fill jobs Americans simply won't do anymore. Regrettably, the White House, in a sop to the throw-'em-all-out faction, praised the House vote. By voicing no disapproval of these over-the-top provisions, Mr. Bush legitimizes the forces that will make it hard to pass useful reform. And so a highly divisive problem may fester without solution into the next elections. At some point, the president of the United States will have to get behind the Statue of Liberty or Tom Tancredo's wall.

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    hmmm...it said that the requested page was available only to subscribers...

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    Re: Tom Tancredo's Wall (must-read Wall Street Journal BS)

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaConservative
    For the past two decades, border enforcement has been the main focus of immigration policy; by any measure, the results are pitiful. According to the Migration Policy Institute, "The number of unauthorized migrants in the United States has risen to almost 11 million from about four million over the past 20 years, despite a 519% increase in funding and a 221% increase in staffing for border patrol programs."

    This also smears the law-abiding aliens with the lawbreakers. If a bill with this anti-guest-worker provision ever became law, millions of otherwise well-behaved people who have become integral parts of thousands of U.S. communities would have every incentive to stay in the shadows lest they be deported. As a matter of law enforcement priorities if nothing else, this is crazy. In truth, this bill in its current form has no chance of becoming law. The Senate will take up immigration reform soon and is expected to produce something more feasible.

    President Bush has said repeatedly that he'll only sign a comprehensive immigration reform bill; that means creating legal pathways for foreign labor to enter the country and fill jobs Americans simply won't do anymore. Regrettably, the White House, in a sop to the throw-'em-all-out faction, praised the House vote. By voicing no disapproval of these over-the-top provisions, Mr. Bush legitimizes the forces that will make it hard to pass useful reform. And so a highly divisive problem may fester without solution into the next elections. At some point, the president of the United States will have to get behind the Statue of Liberty or Tom Tancredo's wall.
    1. We tried the all guest worker amnesty and no enforcement back in 1986 and that is still in effect until this Saturday. If it is so effective, why do we have this problem?

    2. The senate will not remove the wall or the provision that makes it a crime (which it already is) to be in this country illegally. From the rest of the editorial, you can tell this is just very wishful and delusional thinking. The only thing that will stop that is if the senate adds a guest worker amnesty which will force the house of representatives to kill the bill all together, and like what was written, no solution will be obtained.

    3. It's disheartening to see the Wall Street Journal, a newpaper which many claim is conservative, write utter rubbish like this. I'm ashamed to the point where I wish I had a subscription just so I could cancel it. Jobs Americans won't do is the most repeated BS on the immigration issue.

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    The Wall Street Journal believes the nation-state is obsolete, that countries need to be controlled by the WTO. They are anti-nationalists.

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    Owners and editors of Wall Street Journal do not see THEIR wages decline as workers enter illegally.

    Owners and editors do not have to scrape by watching rents rise ever-upward as MILLIONS of illegals drive rental costs upwards.

    Owners and editors assuredly possess enough wealth to distance themselves and their famolies from an invading culture that destroys so many neighborhoods.

    Owners and editors apparently desire an underclass to serve them.

    Owners and editors have no empathy for the masses of American working poor who bear the brunt of the ongoing invasion.

    And, Bush had the nerve to publically proclaim while campaigning that the is "...no class warfare in America."

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    Quote: At some point, the president of the United States will have to get behind the Statue of Liberty or Tom Tancredo's wall.

    We can't let President Bush not sign something. Illegal immigration and our immigration laws must be clarified.

    If he doesn't sign something I believe there will be trouble in this country, and no matter which way he goes the potential for trouble still exists.

    What are we going to do ? All we can do is to fight in every legal way we can. We have to fight hard, and we have to convince the Bush Administration that they MUST go with the will of the American people.
    If they don't it will be worse than a sad day in America. I don't even want to think about it.
    We all know if he doesn't sign anything that it will be the SAME as if he were to reward those who believe it is "okay" to break the law in America. How sad could that be for our country ??
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    obbop, the rent issue and declining wages is so true. We pay $650.00 for a two-bedroom place, this is about 800 square feet then our electric bill averages $180.00 (my husband nets $1500.00 a month). These places are falling apart. How do we fit in here? Since ours is a duplex and it has a garage, my husband and I have put up a temporary wall within the garage to use as our "bedroom". I know of many people doing the same. Then I'm sure people at the Wall Street would say this situation was our own doing, I beg to differ. No one wants to be broke all the time and sleep in a converted garage.
    These are the same people that say the jobs illegals take are jobs no American would do, thats garbage, as my husband and brothers all have done those kinds of backbreaking jobs. As kids, we grew up working in the fields in the summer time for extra money, mostly it was to get school clothes out parents could not afford. But the lesson we learned is that there is no job below us and if you want something bad enough, you'll do what it takes. That has been taken from Americans.
    Too many people are struggling too hard to make ends meet, but they cannot make the ends meet, even with two incomes. We know a couple that have two young children and both work. Once they pay taxes, insurance, rent, electric, daycare, alot for gas for the next 2 weeks and phone bill, they usually end up with about $100.00 to spend for food for the entire month. Thye do not qualify for any help, as the government says they make too much!!!(????) They are both working, but starving. This is not right.
    This wall and enforcement along with deportation will begin to free up jobs and affordable housing options for American citizens. Once jobs become vacant and businesses realize that in order to get a good employee they have to actually pay a livable wage, they will do it. Then citizens can look forward to being able to pay their bills, and eat.
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    You're right AmericanElizabeth !

    I'd also like to know HOW illegals enter our country and then turn around and have $1700.00 to mail back to Mexico as I watched happen last night at the grocery store.

    It can only be the filling up of their living quarters with lots and lots of people (making the cost of housing higher for millions of hard working Americans who are barely making ends meet).

    We can't let this go on in our country one second longer than it has to.

    George Bush, deport them NOW !! Don't even TRY to talk to US about a temporary worker program. Don't even try !!!
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    In truth, this bill in its current form has no chance of becoming law. The Senate will take up immigration reform soon and is expected to produce something more feasible.
    This is what is wrong with our legislative branch. the Senate will chop the current bill up into small bits and grind it into their version of the bill..without the House's involvment. The authors of the bill may have passed something that they may object to in the end. Thus, constituants are left out in the cold while the Senators grant legality to the lobbyists who have bought them.

    There should be one body to draft and pass a bill and before its passed, the other body should do no more than investigate what the effects of the bill could have on our society before its voted on by the House. Lobbying should be banned. Everyone is entitled to the same influence, no matter how much money one may have. That's true democracy. The form of democracy that we know today (we think we know) died a while back. Back when JFK was assasinated.
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    You got that right Rockfish!

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