Cross posted from The Virtuous Republic
What Can We do to Set the Immigration Agenda?
Last week, depending upon your view, it seemed as if ordinary Americans had delivered the Senate a proverbial swift kick in the ass, via phone calls, letters, and emails and the amnesty bill seemed derailed. Unfortunately, we were aiming a little low, and to stop the amnesty bill, it is going to require repeated blows around the heads of our recalcitrant elites to get the message across that the average American opposes amnesty in any shape or form.
First, in today’s news, George Bush has abandoned what is good for the country and instead is trying to make “immigration reform” his legacy.
President Bush, in an emotional appeal, today urged Republican senators to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill that he supports.
Talking to reporters after meeting with GOP senators at the senators’ weekly policy lunch, Bush said he understands that “this is a highly emotional issue,” but he told them that “now is the time to get it done,” that “the status quo is unacceptable.”
In the days since the immigration overhaul ran aground in the Senate, the bill’s proponents, including the president, have insisted that the measure is not dead. At the end of an eight-day trip to Europe, Bush urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to take up the bill again as soon as possible.
“We made two steps forward on immigration; we took a step back,” Bush said before leaving Sofia, Bulgaria, on Monday.
Reid scowled when talking about the impasse today, complaining that “for three days I was told by the GOP leadership that they would have a list of amendments to vote on. That never happened.” But the real dilemma, he said, is that “Republicans do not support their own president’s bill.”
Saying that 80% of Democrats support the bill and 86% of Republicans oppose it, Reid said he had no intention of taking up the bill until the GOP leadership has “25 votes or so” for the legislation. “I’m not dancing that tune again,” he said.
George Bush isn’t paying attention to the party faithful and has no intention of doing so on the immigration issue. He has ignored our pleas, he has dismissed our rational arguments, and considers all those opposed to his amnesty quest racist and nativist. The Senate seemed only to come around to “our” side grudgingly.Those opposed to amnesty defeated this bill once, but if our out-of-touch elites keep ignoring the will of the people, and if they are determined enough, they will wear us down and wait us out.
So what should we do? We should try to set the agenda for the immigration debate instead of reacting to the bad policy solutions put forth by our by our leaders. We need to steer the debate towards common sense goals that most Americans agree upon and that are good for our nation as a whole.
To this end, nothing I am suggesting is earth shattering or even slightly original. The goal of our movement should be to promote a three layered agenda:
• Secure the border with Mexico first. Build fences, install electronic surveillance, and deploy more border agents. Do what ever it takes and in short order.
• Adopt a zero tolerance policy for the hiring of illegal immigrants by individuals and American business.
• Allow these policies to take effect and let’s see what they do to migration patterns.
• Only after the border has been truly secured and American business no longer attracts illegal immigrants, should we begin to discuss the fate of those illegal aliens who remain in this nation.
Each and everyone of us should urge our friends and family to call and write our Senators, our Representatives, and the President, and this time, instead of urging them to vote against something, we tell them to Secure the Borders and Enforce the Law First. Our message will be simple, unified, and loud: We want you to Secure the Borders and Enforce the Law First.
I have no idea if we can be successful. I only know that if we do nothing, our elite politicians will give amnesty to 20 million illegals aliens who have broken our laws and they will not secure our border with Mexico.
Display this image below and link it to this page which will summarize our agenda and provide a contact list for Congress and the White House.
My contact information is below. Feel free to email me with your suggestions or criticisms.
**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.