Thursday, May 25, 2006

Why Doesn't the White House Pressure the Senate?

Karl Rove shouldn't be trying to persuade members of the House to agree to the Senate's bill -- he should be talking to people like John McCain about agreeing to the House bill.

The Senate seems bound and determined to give away the country to illegal aliens, giving them legal rights which far exceed those accorded ordinary Americans, while simultaneously stripping local law enforcement of the ability to enforce immigration law. Unarmed National Guard members -- also prevented from doing actual border enforcement -- doing desk work and fencing a small percentage of one border just won't cut it as a fair tradeoff.

"Comprehensive immigration reform" has simply become a pseudonym for no reform at all. It's a replay of the 1986 amnesty act. With each passing day we learn of more troubling aspects of the Senate's bill.

Senator DeMint lists the Top 10 Reasons to oppose the Senate's bill. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.)

Rush Limbaugh says he's never seen this level of disconnect between Congress and the American people in his 18 years on the radio. He says it's almost as though Congress doesn't think we know what they're doing, and the amount of "arrogant condescension" on the part of the Senators, in particular, is blowing his mind.

In a nutshell, I don't see how Republicans can maintain control of Congress if they pass anything close to the Senate's bill.

Update: Something else the Senate slipped into the bill at the last minute: The United States is required to "consult" Mexico before building any fence. That's right, we have to talk to Mexico before protecting our own border. It's unclear exactly what form that consultation must take.

The Senate's bill is jaw-droppingly unserious about securing our borders.


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