Monday, May 21, 2007

Good News on the Immigration Front

There are signs that Senate passage of the Bush-Kennedy-Graham-La Raza-Wall Street Journal immigration bill may be in some trouble. Let's look at a few particulars.

Ungrateful Bidness Leaders Balking at Immigration Legislation

From the article: "Employers, who helped shape a major immigration bill over the last three months, said on Sunday that they were unhappy with the result because it would not cure the severe labor shortages they foresee in the coming decade.

In addition, employers expressed alarm as they learned that the Senate bill would require them to check a government database to verify that all current and former employees — aliens and citizens alike — were eligible to work in the United States."

And there you have it. The interest of business groups is to privatize the benefits and socialize the costs of immigration.

Cheap Labor Proponent Booed

South Carolina Senator, resident McCainiac, and proponent of cheap labor Lindsey Graham was booed at the state GOP convention. Graham was one of the chief negotiators that crafted the Senate's "comprehensiveimmigrationreform" legislation. Graham defended the bill with a ringing defense: "It's the best bill I think we can get to President Bush." Sorry Lindsey, even GOP voters are smarter than that.

Immigration Proposals Split Views in U.S.

Gotta love that headline from Angus Reid. Surely the country must be evenly split over the question of amnesty. Obviously the public is crying out for more than a mere fence! But according to the Rasmussen poll cited in the article 56% of Americans would favor an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform and 62% favor adding 6,000 more border patrol agents.

Few Senators Support the Illegals Bill

From the Washington Times: "Fewer than 20 senators are publicly committed to supporting the immigration deal that hits the Senate floor today while nearly 40 are already opposed or have serious concerns, underscoring how difficult it will be for President Bush and his allies to craft a coalition that can pass the bill."

Let's hope so.

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