Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bush Shifting Immigration Stance?

Well, it probably had to happen. The NYT reports today that President Bush is backing down from his calls for comprehensive immigration reform and beginning to move toward supporting a multi-stage process that would delay implementation of any guest worker and path-to-citizenship program for several years. Joe Gandelman has much more.

I've said it before, I'll probably say it again - submit the Senate bill to a vote in the House, and it would probably pass handily with the support of Democrats and centrist Republicans. If comprehensive reform fails, it will be the fault of the ridiculous and polarizing "majority of the majority" rule enacted by the Republican leadership.

5 Comments:

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read this story about what are 3rd and 4th Generation Latino immigrants and tell me that the "comprehensive" plan is the best option.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-gangs4jul04,0,7027293.story

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger coachhollywood67 said...

Ok Anonymous,
I've read the story, and I still think "comprehensive" is the only option, certainly far and away the best. Are you so ignorant that you think one story about gangs taints a whole ethnic group? Do you want to get rid of Italian-Americans because of the Sopranos and The Godfather?
I can find links galore that show that Hispanics are a hard working group (legal or not), but I think the fact that you would post such a link and ignorantly think it proves a point simply shows how biased and prejudiced you are.

 
At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

I completely agree Mr. Coach, atleast with the comprehensive approach both sides get what they want (or are left unhappy) and to think that just one gang represents all the latino immigrants is totally ignorant and makes one look unintelligent.

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger pacatrue said...

Can anything be done with the majority of the majority rule itself? I understand why someone has to schedule votes and debates, and the idea that it is the majority party which makes such decisions is logical. However, when a majority of a legislative body supports particular legislation and yet they simply are not allowed to vote then something is wrong. It's the same thing with chairs of committees who never schedule a vote on something, singlehandedly taking rights away from all other members of the body. There must be some way to improve the rules.

 
At 8:36 PM, Blogger coachhollywood67 said...

One last word on this from me. Here's an article about a 2nd generation Latino immigrant - one Kristian Menchaca - who gave his life for his country.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/28/national/main1762154.shtml?source=RSS&attr=U.S._1762154

Regardless of one's feelings about the Iraq war, I post this as an example of the type of citizens brought about through immigration. Certainly our immigration system needs reform and our border security needs strengthening, but putting down a whole ethnic group just to try to make an anti-illegal immigration point is just low. Sorry to be emotional but that's how I feel about it.
A note of interest is that Menchaca (whose mother was born in Mexico before coming here legally) wanted to return and be a border security agent.

 

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