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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Immigration Update from Texas Conservative Review

Here is an immigration update from former Harris county GOP Chairman Gary Polland over at the Texas Conservative Review

Senator Cornyn reports that he will not play ball with Ted Kennedy on immigration and will not agree to amnesty first but will insist on control of the borders first and believes then and only then can we discuss what to do with illegals in the country. He also reports that the Reuters story about a closed door meeting on a deal with Kennedy never happened. Please see the attached press release.

Thank you,
Gary Polland
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JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator – Texas
CONTACT: John Drogin(202) 224-0703 office, (202) 494-8472 cell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2006

CORNYN: I WILL VOTE AGAINST AMNESTY

I’ll vote against any immigration reform proposal that rewards illegal immigrants, Cornyn says

AUSTIN—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the Immigration and Border Security subcommittee, made the following statement Friday. His comments come in advance of the Judiciary Committee finishing work this Monday on border security and immigration reform legislation and the full Senate taking up debate:“I’m announcing today that I will vote against any immigration reform proposal that contains the guest worker provisions in the McCain-Kennedy bill. In my view, their proposal rewards illegal immigrants and will be considered an amnesty by Americans. It will encourage further disrespect for our laws, and will undercut our efforts to shore up homeland security.

“I have always had three goals in seeking comprehensive immigration reform: to improve our security and obtain control over our borders; to identify those now in our country without documentation and provide a route for them to return home and get into compliance with our laws; and to do this with minimal disruption to our economy.

The Cornyn-Kyl bill achieves these objectives.“Adding border security measures to the McCain-Kennedy bill is not enough. Any proposal that allows every single illegal alien to remain in the U.S., pay a fine and obtain permanent residence status is not acceptable; it will simply encourage additional persons to evade our laws.

“I remain committed to a comprehensive solution to our immigration situation, one that includes additional border security, interior enforcement, and employer accountability. And while we must address the12 million illegal aliens already here, we have to do so without granting them amnesty.”

Sens. Cornyn and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) are the authors of The Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act of 2005 (S.1438). The legislation will strengthen enforcement, bolster border security, and reform immigration laws.

To access this statement online: http://cornyn.senate.gov/index.asp?f=record&rid=237147

For more information about the Cornyn-Kyl bill:
www.cornyn.senate.gov/immigration

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Comments:
History has a unique way of repeating itself...

President Theodore Roosevelt (The Republican one) had quite a bit to say about immigration and how to assimilate immigrants into 'Americanism'. This site Theodore Roosevelt actually speaks to much of this.

Newt Gingrich speaks on 'Protecting American Civilization' .

In particular from Mr. Gingrich's speach is this:

Patriotic Citizenship

"Before we declare immigrants citizens, we need to go back and remember how to turn immigrants into citizens. For much of American history, states ran Americanization programs designed to help immigrants assimilate into American culture. In the last two generations the liberal establishment has undermined and ridiculed American values, American history, and even the idea of American citizenship. Today, the Left wants voting opened to non-citizens, including illegal aliens. The Left regards national identity as irrelevant and patriotic commitment to America as irrelevant. The Left could not be further removed from the thinking of our Founding Fathers.

Dr. John Fonte, America’s leading expert on civic education, explains the Founding Fathers’ thoughts on how to make good citizens:

First, as noted, they had to think about the young. After all, children were not born republican citizens, but would have to be taught how to become citizens. Second, they had to think about immigrants, how best should these newcomers become American citizens? Their answer was clear and unequivocal: immigrants should be assimilated into American ideas and American common culture. Hence, the Founders regularly used words associated with ideas (“principles,” “beliefs”) and words associated with the common civic culture (“habits,” “customs,” “manners,” “language,” “laws,” “our society”).

Fonte noted that George Washington worried about large numbers of immigrants not assimilating. In a letter to John Adams he wrote that “...the policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the language, habits, and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word, soon become one people.”


It is because of these Great Persons thoughts and ideals, that I have to disagree with the McCain-Kennedy bill, the Cornyn-Kyl bill, and most of the Frist bill... Personally, I would like to see H.R. 4437 that Congress passed in December, 2005, be the baseline for the Senate.
 
Daisygirl is correct, HR 4437 would be a better baseline for the senate. The summary of HR 4437 is as follows:

Sensenbrenner's Immigration Enforcement Bill Passes the House



Approval Challenges Senate to Match Effort at Protecting Homeland Security and American Workers

By a 239-182 vote the House of Representatives approved the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act, H.R. 4437, on December 16. The legislation, authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would make improvements in this nation’s ability to control rampant illegal immigration.

H.R. 4437 calls for a variety of steps to rein-in mass illegal immigration. At the southern border, the legislation authorizes construction of an additional 700 miles of security fencing, similar to the highly effective barrier already in place in the San Diego area. The bill would also require implementation of an electronic verification system to be used by all employers to ensure that the workers they hire are legal residents. Failure to comply with the verification procedure could result in fines of up to $7,000 per violation for a first offense and as high as $40,000 the third time an employer gets caught hiring illegal aliens.

Illegal aliens themselves would also face stiffer penalties for violating U.S. immigration laws under H.R. 4437. Illegal entry, now considered a misdemeanor offense, would become a felony and illegal aliens could receive jail time for immigration violations.

For further info on HR 4437, go to:
FAIR.

As long as there is no amnesty provision, it's a start.

As I have written before, amnesty rewards illegal behavior and you can't protect the homeland if you don't secure the borders.
 
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