Quick history quiz. Who said the following: "This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this."?
That was Ted Kennedy on the floor of the US Senate in 1986, pushing for legislation that successfully granted amnesty to several million illegal aliens that year.
There you have a good example of why the word "amnesty" is such a hot-button with politicians and the American public. Because the only thing that bill did successfully was grant amnesty. read more »
The latest poll from ABC News re: the President's job approval takes a look at how he's viewed by conservatives in reference to how he's handling the immigration issue. The numbers aren't good.
President Bush's immigration reform package has badly damaged his ratings on the issue from his core supporters, with his approval rating for handling immigration plummeting among Republicans and conservatives.
It's no secret that the immigration issue has driven a HUGE wedge between conservatives and the White House. What seems to have made it worse is that instead of working to address the concerns of the party base, the White House has gotten more strident, and in some cases gone on the offensive against critics on the right.
This isn't good. It seems the Secret Service is running short of manpower, considering they've got so many presidential candidates they may have to eventually offer protection to, (currently about 20). As a result, they're planning to "borrow" about 2,000 immigration officers and airport screeners to help do the job. read more »