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 »
Not only has the immigration issue driven that big wedge we mentioned between the White House and the party base, but also seems to be driving a big wedge between the RNC and the pocket-books of rank-and-file Republicans. From the Washington Times: read more »
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.
Thank goodness for the House of Representatives. Specifically, the conservative Republican contingent. Faced with pressure from the White House, the Senate, the business community and the media to support legislation that would result in amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, and open the door to tens of millions more in coming decades, they have wisely opted to stick with the people that put them in read more »
Many of our politicians are suffering from an inability (or refusal) to call things by their proper names. They avoid using terms like "legal" and "illegal" and they avoid honestly discussing the nature of the illegal immigration problem and its costs to taxpayers. They avoid publicly reprimanding many of the leaders of this so-called "immigrant's movement" who claim A read more »
How is it that prayer in schools constitutes a violation of the "establishment" clause of the Constitution today when holding church services in the chamber of the US House of Representatives did not represent an "establishment of religion" to the people who wrote and ratified the Constitution?
Although it's not always obvious, the general purpose of the laws of any nation is to serve the best interests of the nation in question. In the case of the United States, it is becoming more widely understood and accepted that our nation's current policies regarding immigration don't work for us, but are actually working against us. This fact has created a political environment that is increasingly demanding solutions from those in positions o read more »
The immigration issue is a lot like Social Security. It's an issue that until recently most politicians of both parties paid very little attention to it other than tinkering around policy edges and offering occasional election year lip service. Like Social Security however, each day the problem grows worse and the hope of a solution more dim.