Lou Dobbs's Profits Trump Accuracy
On May 7, 2007, CNN's Lou Dobbs inaccurately reported on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that there had been 7,000 new cases of leprosy in the US over a recent three-year period, and he further suggested that an increase in leprosy was due in part to "unscreened illegal immigrants coming into this country."CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl challenged the leprosy figure citing a US Department of Health and Human Services document that reported 7,029 cases over the past 30 years — not three (please find details at SPLC here). A factual error has been made on CNN and yet no correction has been issued by CNN. Do profits trump accuracy at CNN?
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I would humbly propose as stand alone amendments, to end the 3/10 year bars, and double the EWI permanent bar (see 06/29/07 ID comment). This will avoid the need for 245(i), and will help bring millions of deserving people out of the shadows.
We have seen that the 3/10 year bars did nothing whatsoever to discourage overstays and EWI's, and by contrast, did a lot to discourage people from daring to leave the US. Not a wise policy, and perhaps the time has come to get rid of it once and for all.
Stephen Berman, Esq.
True, the bigots have won a big victory (see 06/29/07 ID comment). But if CIR had passed, they would also have won a major victory anyway by eliminating the employment based green card system and cutting back on family immigration, both of which have up to now been important avenues of legal immigration for Latinos and other minorities. The bigots would also have come out way ahead under the bill's draconian "enforcement" provisions and denials of due process. How did America get into a position where immigration reform turned into a win-win game for the racists and a lose-lose game for minority immigrants and their supporters? With regard to David Utterback's letter (06/29/07 ID), its reasonable and sympathetic comments about immigrants from the Philippines make an interesting contrast with his latest letter and some of his previous ones which, to put it mildly, do not appear to show the same degree of empathy with Latino immigrants. I do not argue at all with Mr. Utterback's letter's positive conclusions about Philippine immigrants. But, for much of our history, US nativists were saying the same thing about them that Mr. Utterback's letters have been saying about Latino immigrants. Is there a lesson in here somewhere?
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
The Senate did not have a viable plan for the immigration problem (see 06/29/07 ID comment). The attorneys and interest groups working in the field should form a panel to draft a practical settlement that will take into consideration many valid objections to legalizing 12 million undocumented aliens.
Regina Alberty, Esq.
Forest Hills, NY
While I hate to see the "bad guys" win, the "grand bargain" was so deeply flawed in so many respects that I am not saddened by its demise (see 06/29/07 ID comment). Now we can push for individual pieces of good legislation as well as drop the CIR charade. We need to advocate for amnesty and not run and hide when the right wing uses that term in a negative light. Amnesty means forgiveness. America has always been a country with a big heart - full of forgiveness. We must embrace that term and use its positive power. Amnesty has a long tradition in this country - amnesty for vietnam era deserters and draft evaders was used as means to heal the wounds that tore the country apart. We need to stop running from words that are positive and stop letting right wing idiots coopt them for their purposes. The same way we should stop running from the word "liberal", (i.e someone who is for fair wages, solvent social security, epa protection for the environment etc), we must stop running from the word amnesty. It is both the right thing to do ideologically and practically. It also does not exclude putting on conditions - it need not be a blanket free pass.
There - I said - amnesty - a means to forgive and bring our country together again.(along with increased H1B's and due process reforms from the 1996 lIRAIRA disaster).
Steven A. Morley, Esq.
I have long advocated that the bills recently brought before Congress were not "comprehensive immigration reform", but a patchwork of nonsense that in the end would once again bring the system of legal immigration to its knees and overwhelm an already-underfunded, under-staffed and over-burdened USCIS (see 06/29/07 ID comment). As to "the bigots win" in ID's editorial (06/29/2007), that statement is about as meaningless as the moniker "comprehensive immigration reform". I am no bigot, but I was opposed to the proposed legislation. At this point in time, no law is better than bad law that would subject the immigration system to hopeless backlogs. ID's recognition of the silver lining in defeated legislation being the standalone immigration benefits that had been tabled, sheds a ray of hope on the otherwise beleaguered political football the defeated legislation. What needs to be done to stop illegal immigration is simply to cut off the opportunity. Install a system of checks and balances, fine employers heavily and impose jail terms for willful offenders - and that means employers of maids and nannies and gardeners too. But America cannot live in a vacuum. It must have a supply of temporary legal foreign workers to "do the jobs Americans will not do," at least until it taps into the pool of professional welfare recipients who irresponsibly pop babies out as income producers. America has the ability to slam the door shut on illegal immigration once and for all, by simply coordinating the IRS, the SSA, the DOL and the USCIS into one well-oiled computerized machine (yes, Big Brother will be watching you). But when the door to illegal immigration slams shut, the door to legal immigration must open wide and America must welcome legal foreign workers, and must provide a path to legalization for some, but not for all.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
If you look at any realistic poll (not those referred to by NY Times and AILA), 70-80% of the American public want an end to illegal immigration - they want to see the existing laws enforced. This was recently confirmed by the Rassmussen poll after CIR went down in flames. That is an awful lot of bigots - Reublicans and Democrats. ID should apologize for using the race baiting typically used by the political left (see 06/29/07 ID comment). If ID and the immigration bar really want the 12-20 million illegals to be dealt with in a humane manner you should insist that the Federal Government finally take enforcement (border and employer) seriously. I am sure the American public will be more receptive to amnesty type programs when they see that the Federal Government is actually doing their job and in 20 years we are not dealing with a 50 million undocumented problem.
George Hayduk, Esq.
I was a strong supporter of this bill, and was disappointed about yesterday's vote. However, I have to say that ID's headline, Bigots Win," is embarrassing (see 06/29/07 ID comment). ID sounds like a sore loser desperately using the race card to justify your point. Grow up.
Davis M. Tyler, Esq.
It's like I've always maintained... there is nothing wrong with the current regulation. If only Congress would support the agencies with money and permission to do their jobs. Congress constantly passes legislation with no money to enable the agencies to acquire the resources to enforce their regs. and constant political restraints (see 06/29/07 ID comment).
The people in Washington has their heads buried in the sand. What do they think will happen by the year 2009? It will be harder to fix the system by then and it will most definitely have a larger amount of illegals (see 06/29/07 ID comment).
I am celebrating the defeat of the amnesty bill. Am I a bigot? (see 06/29/07 ID comment) I would love to see the US admit millions of honest, hard-working immigrants. Does that make me a bigot? I am opposed to immigration benefits for people who are here illegally. Does that make me a bigot? I am in favor of a sensible immigration policy that welcomes desirable aliens and bars criminals. Does that make me a bigot?
Bigots? What a bunch of sore losers you guys are (see 06/29/07 ID comment). The CIR was defeated by
patriots who love their country and want to prevent it from becoming an
overpopulated third world cesspool. The will of the American people
prevailed over the oligarchs and their immigration lawyer co-conspirators.
Defeating this awful piece of legislation was truly an extraordinary
accomplishment and a testament to Democracy in action. Despite the efforts
of fat cat corporate lobbyists and whacked-out globalists the American
people spoke, and the Senate listened.
You guys probably should get used to losing more graciously because you will
undoubtedly suffer many more defeats. Americans are onto your ruse and can
no longer be fooled by your open border propaganda.
Once we get the border under control, and drastically reduce the number of
legal immigrants that are coming into this country, expect lots of
immigration lawyers to get bumped off the gravy train. When you lose your
jobs don't expect any sympathy from us - we are sick and tired of hearing
your exhortations of worker shortages while you ruthlessly destroy our
livelihoods. Our country will definitely be a better place with fewer
immigration lawyers and less immigrants, and it will be a delicious irony to
see the lawyers who have prospered at our expense to feel the sting of
joblessness. Nothing would give us more pleasure than to see immigration lawyers
out on the street begging for their meals. Lawyers will finally understand
what arbitrage means when they have to fight for bread crumbs with the
immigrants they invited into this country and the citizens that they forced
into hopeless despair.
As a naturalized US Citizen and an immigration
attorney who is against this horrendous amnesty bill,
I find ID's comment headline ('The Bigots Win')
extremely offensive (see 06/29/07 ID comment). My clients, who are professionals and who have to jump
through numerous legal hoops and wait a long time in
order to obtain a legal entry, expressed the same
disdain for this bill that rewards lawbreakers. ID just named them bigots, too.
Also, of all the people, ID should know better that
the opponents of this bill were against illegal immigration, not immigration per se. Shame on ID for
stooping to such deceitful tactics...
The cloture failed because Americans found out was in the bill and how passage would affect our great country. Overwhelmingly we have said we don't want to change what is here now into another third world country (see 06/29/07 ID comment).
After reading ID's editorial (see 06/29/07 ID comment), I turned to my Chinese-born wife and asked: "Because I opposed the overarching CIR bill, am I a bigoted, anti-immigrationist?" She replied, "Not hardly and neither am I."
We're both Americans with over 50-years military service between us. Our careers were spent defending the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We both understand that CIR is one of those enemies. It threatens to Balkanize America still further and expand LaRaza-like sanctuary cities to vast sectors. Does "Mexifornia" ring a bell? The American idea set forth in America's organic laws (see first volume of USC) must be taught and passed on to future generations. Yes, it's the "melting pot."
America's greatness is the result of her founding truths written on the heart and enunciated in those organic laws, particularly the Declaration of Independence. It is now time for Americans to sit around the table and take heart as to the meaning of our great experiment and heed the warning of Benjamin Franklin when asked what the Constitution Convention had created, he replied: "A Republic, if you can keep it." Part of that ideological preservation is a measured immigration program and a community ready to welcome and educate émigrés to the ideas and habits which are America.
The first step, of course, is to turn down the volume on the bigot bullhorn and digest what Americans have communicated to your litigious community. It's a fine message and the hope of all mankind.
America, properly understood, is that hope.
I was surprised at the headline to ID's commentary: "The Bigots Win" (see 06/29/07 ID comment). Clearly ID has not listened, read or understood why so many Americans, particularly from immigrant roots were so vocally opposed to the CIR Bill. Many opponents, including me, were opposed because the bill was patently unfair. Immigration is indeed the life blood of America, legal immigration that is. Imagine that you have scrimped, saved, burrowed your way through all of the immigration loop holes and paper work to come to America, and while waiting patiently in line for your turn to enter the country - legally - that 12 million people who have done the work that you did, jump to the head of the line. How would that make you feel? Right now there are something on the order of about 600,000 immigrants waiting in line. It is unconscionable to make them wait any longer while millions of illegal immigrants try ro rush to the head of the line, some of whom are criminals. Not only is that not fair, its down right unAmerican.
Yes, America needs to improve its immigration policy, but that policy should not be biased in favor of Mexico at the expense of those who come from other parts of the American continent and further reaches of the world.
Yes, America needs to build a very high wall on its borders, but with a very wide gate, to allow the orderly entry or future fellow Americans from all over the world, and not just Mexico. That is not biggotry. What is bigotry is making immigration law that favors adherents of La Raza, at the expense of Asians, Eastern Europeans, Africans ... The bigots did lose today, but they were the supporters of the Senate's ill written and ill advised bill.
Mark W. Scott
To stoop to calling everyone opposed to CIR a bigot diminishes your legitimate arguments for CIR (see 06/29/07 ID comment). Name calling does not explain an argument whether from the right or left, conservative or liberal. I have seen this frequently concerning immigration issues. To insinuate that your opponents are racists and bigots certainly does nothing to encourage them to listen to your point of view.
Curtis J. Aljets
Why should illegal immigrants be entitled to any benefits from the American taxpayer? They have no right to be living in this country. Today was a great victory for American workers and taxpayers, and a defeat for the "LaRaza" racists and unscrupulous businesses (see 06/29/07 ID comment).
No amnesty. Take your law breaking selves back to whatever country you came from and come back legally. Any questions?
The American People have made it plain that immigrants are welcome, illegal aliens are not. Deal with it (see 06/29/07 ID comment).
Actually, the tax paying citizens of America win. The illegal aliens and their handlers are the big losers (see 06/29/07 ID comment).
ID is kidding with that sentiment right? (see 06/29/07 ID comment) We need to enforce the laws we have - we need to process the people who are here legally. The people that are here illegally from any country, need to be sent back to their country and try again through legal methods if they'd like to participate in our country's many benefits.
I was appalled at the thuggery involved in protests and demonstrations that wanted to reward illegal behavior. The overwhelming voice of the American people were heard by our Representatives in Washington. For ID's voice to be heard next time, become legal citizens and join the process, not try to literally break our arms next time would be the route to take.
Just because I don't want to reward lawbreakers with benefits earned by legal immigrants doesn't make me a bigot (see 06/29/07 ID comment). Further, I object to importing the Third World into our country. This was not about racism-it was about the rule of law. Last week, one the of the people you are fronting points for, crossed the centerline and killed a 9 year old girl here in Missouri. He had no license, no insurance, and was in the country illegally. He blew a .18 on the breathalyzer. Accusations of racism-the last refuge of a liberal...
I am disappointed that ID has stooped as low as the worst of the
anti-immigration forces. Saying "The Bigots Win" as ID's lead is wrong, and no better that the use of slurs by skinheads (see 06/29/07 ID comment). I was
against the bill but I am hardly a bigot. Better legislation is possible but this was a failed bill from the start. No point in
debating the points. ID makes Ann Coulter proud.
Yes, the immigration reform bill failed (see 06/29/07 ID comment). The real cause of the failure, however, was not the politicians or media, but rather the pressure placed on the politicians by constituents. Those folks, most of which do not have a comprehensive view of the issue, are simply into illegal immigration stopping, period. If they were really aware that it is impossible to stop illegal immigration, then perhaps a "compromise" on at least controlling , managing,and documenting the flow of potential illegals would be more palatable. To ignore this issue is to get more of the same--an unworkable system and an untenable situation. Something has to happen. Perhaps piecemeal legislation is the only palatable option right now. Go Agjobs.
To all the open borders lobbyists like immigration attorneys who desperately tried to help pass a shamnesty bill heard the voice of the American people today that said no to granting a free pass to illegal aliens. In other words we win and you lose and don't you forget it. (see 06/29/07 ID comment)
Although there are some bigots, both sides have plenty of them, especially the side that makes a living representing illegal aliens (see 06/29/07 ID comment). The bigots did not win, because there are not enough of them. The winners this round are the citizens who simply want the laws enforced. The Great American federal government has proven many times over the last 40 years that it can not or will not enforce many of the laws that are passed.
With the death of S. 1639 , aka the McCain-Kennedy-Bush Amnesty Bill, chalk up another victory for the American citizens and chalk up another defeat for the radical left wing, the multinational corporations who already sold out America and the open borders globalists. Immigration laws are suppose to be what's best for me and the rest of the American citizens. Not what's best for immigrants and especialy illegal aliens (see 06/29/07 ID comment).
The recent Census of 2000 was not accurate at all (06/26/07 ID comment). In the little town of Arkansas, the Census takers had a lack of communication and the mistrust of the people was prevalent. Now with this immigration overhaul the true figure of the nonimmigrant is guessed not a fact. Arkansas is one of the states that has a huge influx of nonimmigrant. Now how can the government try to have a figure if the Census is incorrect? I believe that whatever comes out of the Houses will alleviate the problem but will not "fix it".
Gladys C. Farris
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