Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Immigration bill opponents tally their objections

"A 'comprehensive' plan doesn’t mean much if the government can’t accomplish one of its most basic responsibilities for its citizens — securing its borders. A nation without secure borders will not long be a sovereign nation. No matter how much lipstick Washington tries to slap onto this legislative pig, it’s not going to win any beauty contests. We should scrap this “comprehensive” immigration bill and the whole debate until the government can show the American people that we have secured the borders — or at least made great headway. That would give proponents of the bill a chance to explain why putting illegals in a more favorable position than those who play by the rules is not really amnesty."
Fred Thompson is an actor and former United States senator from Tennessee.
"This proposal is nothing but a massive amnesty bill that provides expedited visas for millions of illegal immigrants. This “get-out-of-jail-free” card cannot be described as a comprehensive immigration agreement. The American economy, and the American people, are not prepared to handle such a huge and immediate influx of people in the workforce. We should not reward lawbreakers – that is the wrong message to send to the rest of the world. That message was broadcast before and we saw the consequences of that – 12 million illegal immigrants who currently reside in the US. Comprehensive immigration legislation must start with securing our borders and punishing American businesses that violate the law and flaunt the will of the public by continuing to hire illegal immigrants.”
Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner

I am sympathetic to the goal of strengthening our borders and holding employers accountable when they hire illegal immigrants. What most concerns me about this legislation are the provisions that would bring low-wage workers into this country in order to depress the wages of American workers, which are already in decline. With poverty increasing and the middle-class shrinking, we must not force American workers into even more economic distress.
Wisconsin Senator Bernie Sanders

"This immigration plan is a citizenship 'giveaway, These inherited bureaucracies do not work. I also wonder why the federal government cannot track the illegal immigrants who are in our country, who are believed to number 12 million. We should allocate $200 million to send a package to every person who's here illegally. When UPS and FedEx deliver them, we'll know exactly where they are.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“I did not agree to any immigration deal and was not part of the negotiations. From what I have heard about the bill, it gives amnesty to the estimated 12.5 million illegal immigrants in this country. Each low-skilled immigrant household that gets amnesty costs the American taxpayers nearly $20,000 each year if we consider only the illegal aliens given amnesty."
Sen. Jim Bunning, Kentucky Republican and a likely opponent


  1. Look back the past of USA. How the contry is established. Frankly, you all are illegal immigrants of USA. You all grapped the native indians place and now you all are denouncing and looking down to those illegal immigrants.


  2. I do look at past of the U.S.A. Everyday, I see what a great country it is.I see how the Illegals take and not give back, They think the U.S. is the place to get a "FREE lunch". They take this country for granted, Would you defend this country like I did or would you defend your homeland, Well Guess again you would run back home in a minutie to defend it. So quit crying and GO home. We donot want you here.

  3. I have to comment on the comment made on how our country was established on illegal immigrants -NOT SO, when this country was established -there was no law, there were many different "tribes" of indians fighting for land, or to prove who was the bigger, braver people. There were many Indian groups who actually welcomed the pilgrims, settlers. And while there were many bad settlers -that was not everyone. And then when the United States united as a country there became established laws. Those who came to America after that came "LEGALLY".
    -Those of us who are fighting against ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are fighting the "ILLEGAL" part. If someone wanted to come to the USA by all means they are welcome! long as they come legally and without their drugs, violence, etc... and as long as they embrace the United States as their country and fight to protect this land, and learn the established language ENGLISH. As long as they are a good citizen -we welcome them!! As long as they are willing to work, and to pay their share of taxes and living expenses -and not live off of those of us who work to survive.... I once sat beside a table listening to 3 illegal immigrant women talking about how they came to the US just to have their babies so they could collect welfare. They were not planning on living honestly. They were not interested in making the US their country... just living off of it. We are not bias, we are just protecting our families, our homelands, and our rights all the things that we work so hard for. Over 60% of the crime is done by illegal immigrants. I not making it up -look it up if you don't belive me. Those who come legally are her because they belive in the blessing you can obtain in this country. Is it wrong for me to want to protect my country??? Don't you really feel the same way? Didn't you feel that way when we were attacked on 9/11? Did you know that the terrorists used the US/Mexican border to come in and evaluate us? Are you ok with them coming in? I love my country -LEGAL immigration I welcome, Illegal I will fight. I hope you will do the same.


Please be civil. Thank you.