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May 22, 2006

Immigration Legislation Backlash May Portend Conservative Revolt

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

As Senators in Washington work feverishly to pass a so called "Comprehensive Immigration Bill" which in one form or another grants a "Path to Citizenship" to the estimated 10 - 12 million illegal aliens currently in the US, many conservative Americans increasingly feel betrayed by the White House and the Republican Party.

These Americans feel that the haste now to pass this legislation, in a Senate notorious for inaction, its inability to pass legislation, and for filibustering and obstructionism on the part of its Democratic Senators, is just a thinly veiled attempt to find a way to "dress up" palatably ramming down the throat of America legalizing those 10 - 12 million illegal aliens for vested political interests.

Most conservatives are aghast about the 18 Republican Senators who have turned their backs on the concerns over immigration of their constituencies and scurried to the other side of the aisle to sell themselves out to the corporate interests that want to keep the illegal spigot flowing as a source of cheap labor. These organizations include groups like the "Federation for American Immigration Reform," whose extensive A -Z list of participating organizations is appallingly long, and "Special Interest" groups and "Lobbyists" such as the "National Immigration Forum," the "National Council of La Raza," and the powerful Mexican Government Lobby.

The negative reaction on the part of conservative Americans to these developments is mounting, and some see in it the beginnings of a veritable Conservative Revolt!

Richard A. Viguerie, in his poignant column in entitled "Bush's Base Betrayal" goes in length into the causes and the most likely consequences, of what he perceives as a White house which has lost touch with the electorate that empowered it:

After the "Bridge to Nowhere" transportation bill, the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination and the Dubai Ports World deal, the immigration crisis was the tipping point for us. Indeed, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found last week that Republican disapproval of Bush's presidency had increased from 16 percent to 30 percent in one month. It is largely the defection of conservatives that is driving the president's poll numbers to new lows.

As Viguerie points out, the present sham about illegal immigration being pushed by the White House in collusion with the Senate, appears to be the Proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back," in this case the straw that broke the long suffering patience of the President's Conservative Base!

To add insult to injury, the President's "rhetoric" at the Photo op at the border last week, did not do much to acquiesce the concerns of many Americans about the unprecedented demographic invasion we are experiencing from south of the border, and how it will affect the fabric of America in years to come, as Diana West points out in her very pertinent column entitled "American Alien Nation" in, where she states:

We -- if I may say "we" to indicate the United States of America -- are anything but "indivisible" at this sorry point in history, and, as a perilous result, we think and we act less and less like a "nation."

A nation has borders and defends them. "We" do not. Otherwise, building a fence against an unprecedented invasion by Mexico wouldn't be considered a harsh and radical position in the political mainstream.

To which I would add, neither would "deportation," as in "enforcing our laws," would be considered such a "third rail" "bad word," as apparently it is nowadays amongst politicians in Washington all throughout the full gamut of the American political spectrum, from which even the likes of Lou Dobbs and Tom Tancredo publicly recoil in horror!

Let us see if the outcry form the voters gets finally heard in Washington. After all, aren't these run amok politicians supposed to be representing their constituencies?!?!

It appears that for some Senators, their constituencies are not the folks that elected them back home, but apparently from south of the border.

On a lighter side, no doubt all this must bring a feeling of Déjà Vu to many people who in their impressionable youth watched in fear and apprehension the film " Invasion of the Body Snatchers," wondering for days after seeing the film if it might not be true that such a thing could take place and looking over their shoulders with suspicion at the odd old lady that had just passed them down the street, lest she be one of those disguised "aliens". However, this time it's the "Invasion of the Chili Snatchers" - and now we are really being invaded... by "Aliens"!

Posted by Althor at May 22, 2006 3:33 PM

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