While the notably flawed Senate Bill 1639 died on the floor yesterday morning, the priorities that Washington should continue to embrace remain: Building the promised border, fixing the VISA nightmare and providing immigration reform that is cheaper and easier for immigrants and taxpayers to achieve.
Let us also not mistake that our job has ended with this bill’s death either. In fact, it has just begun…assuming, of course, American citizens still wish to have that border built at all and still wish to find realistic ways of ending illegal immigration and helping those who are here find a way to stay here legally.
Here is a post from RedState that should be required reading in my opinion. In the aftermath, “Who Spiked My Immigration Kool-Aid !?!?” It is a highly compelling article.
I absolutely believe the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate firmly believed the President’s final attempt to create the first reform of immigration in 20 years was doomed to fail. That is why we heard Sen. Harry Reid claim time after time, “This is not a Democrat bill — this is the President’s bill.” That is why Speaker Nancy Pelosi early-on proclaimed she would not allow an immigration bill passed by the Senate to enter the House unless she could be assured of 70% of House Republicans vowing to support it.
Not to discount the importance of defeating a world of bad in this bill and the illicit manner in which it was secretly written, hidden from review and rammed down everyone’s throats, there was at all times a grander plan afloat. By distancing themselves from its creation AND defeat, Democrats can easily place the blame for everyone’s problems in the laps of the GOP. “They” wrote it. “They” killed it. “They” trounced amnesty. “They” tried to strangle our agriculture industry. “They” are racists and xenophobes. “They” [fill in your own], ad infinitum.
Get ready for it. And every time you hear it, understand the liberals are sucking in more and more amnesty advocate voters desperately searching for another free exodus from “the shadows”…just in time for the Presidential elections in 2008.
Alas, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez claims to speak for “those people” who were denied amnesty yesterday and vows, “To those [meaning senators] who have referred to ‘those people’ in this debate, let me say on behalf of ‘those people’, that we have seen the light and we simply will not be thrust back into the darkness.” Thank you, HotAir, for posting his sermonic bloviation.
The 1,000 members of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials will convene next Saturday, July 7, in Miami to discuss this very topic, among others. All Democratic presidential contenders will be there with bells on. All but one Republican candidate (presumably McCain) have declined to attend. LaRaza holds its meeting in mid-July in Miami, with all Dems and No GOPs to attend. LULAC invited ONLY John McCain to their meeting in Chicago in July. He has yet to accept or decline, and LULAC is involved in “negotiations” with Democrat candidates.
By taking this calculated back seat and the GOP turning its head, the liberals of our country have all but guaranteed themselves stronger support than ever from Hispanics — our largest national minority — for the elections ahead. And once a liberal takes hold of our helm, to perfectly compliment their control of Congress, you can bank your former livelihood on the fact that amnesty WILL come, the borders WILL remain open and every single thing conservatives found in disfavor with this dead bill will come to pass…like paying the $2.6 Trillion bar tab to fund amnesty and its immediate entitlements to welfare, healthcare and retirements.
Now that the bill is defeated, I hope grassroots America will NOT crawl back into its dark hole of anonymity, but continue to stand up and yell for promises to be kept and reform improvements be made. And if the momentum we achieved yesterday simply fizzles out to a return of apathy, we will certainly deserve the liberal takeover of our country ahead.
Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has four crystal clear and sage points of advice for our congress that I personally will be including in my CONTINUING emails to senators and representatives. I encourage you to do the same. I just wish I possessed the clarity of thought that comes so easily from Mr. Reynolds…
(1) Make the process open, transparent, and timely, with hearings, drafts on the Internet, and no last-minute bills that no one has read;
(2) Earn people’s trust, don’t demand it, and treat enforcement like it matters;
(3) Respect people who follow the law, and make legal immigration easier, cheaper, and simpler, rather than the Kafkaesque nightmare it is now;
(4) Don’t feel you have to be “comprehensive” — address the problems you can deal with first. The trust needed to deal with other problems will come later, after you’ve shown some success and some good faith.
Personally, I’ll fight until I’m no longer on this Earth. You had better, too.