Union Vs Confederacy
The DREAM bill failed cloture, 52-44, with 4 not voting. The four Senators that did not vote: Sen. Kennedy, Sen. Boxer, Sen. McCain, and Sen. Dodd would likely have voted yes but were not present either because of illness, natural disaster, or because of candidacy for President. Further, Sen. Specter who voted nay was quoted as saying, ... "I believe that the DREAM Act is a good act, and I believe that its purposes are beneficial. I think it ought to be enacted. But I have grave reservations about seeing a part of comprehensive immigration reform go forward because it weakens our position to get a comprehensive bill" .... - we believe there are others who share Sen. Specter's sentiment and also voted nay. Even with these additional votes, DREAM if it had passed would have just squeaked by cloture. This squeaking by does represent a reduction in support for DREAM from earlier in the year.
A count of states with unanimous votes by both Senators from each state reveals that the vote fell along the old Union/Confederacy line. 9 out of 14 states that unanimously voted no represent the original Confederate states, and 12 out of 17 states that unanimously voted yes represent the original Union states. This is the 21st century, yet sadly, we appear to have regressed back to the days of the Civil War.
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Do we have any news on Peruvian TPS? I had seen a news account that applications were to be filed with the Bush Administration.
Robert J. Dupont, Esq.
Just before reading KO's letter (10/24/07 ID) about immigration lawyers who supposedly "facilitate cheap foreign labor" I had been talking on the phone with one of my immigration clients whose annual salary is in six figures, well above the US Department of Labor's prevailing wage for the occupation in question. It seems that some immigration opponents not only want to deport millions of men, women and children, but that they are trying to deport reality as well. On another note, I want to send my best wishes for the safety all of the people in Southern California, regardless of where they may happen to be on the spectrum of immigration status and/or opinions.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
I retired from enforcement position in the old INS in 2000. Things change.
Agencies expire. As I follow the rumblings in the various immigration "reform and control" laws
pending what has not changed is the need for volumes of petitions, only now at even more
indecent & obscene fee rates.
The need for BCIS to field unarmed unsupported field fraud investigators in New York City,
apparently focusing on religious visa petition fraud suggests the ICE/BCIS "reorganization"
has in fact created a 'free fraud' policy. I feel this lackadaisical approach to managing
I have made attempts over many years in contacting my Congressional Staff. All appear
too busy to either read and/or concern themselves with the need to bolster the nuts and bolts
of the machinery of "justice" spitting out visas. None apparently heard the BCIS boss say
"My folk already have day jobs".
Could some of your readers or bloggers offer insight of the status and ability of BCIS to
(properly) process petitions for whatever leak springs out of the dike of anti-immigration
feelings? Could some comment on the volume of petitions now and in the future that
allow the ineligible to receive visas/citizenship?
I think the discord in this country comes from our elected government officials inability to do what is right for the citizens of the US. Our immigration problem stems from the basic supply and demand for cheap labor. It is very simple, money rules. Everyone wants it, from politicians to illegal immigrants. If the government wanted to halt illegal immigration, they would spend more time imposing fines on businesses that hire illegals. However we focus on building a 700 mile fence and conducting raids to show the public that the government is taking action. What really gets my goat is to watch television and see Americans in heated arguments trying to figure out what to do. Deep down inside we all know what is wrong, we just canít do anything about it. Big business feeds the politicians with millions of dollars to make sure things donít interfere with profits. The government wants to keep the public focused on the illegal immigrant that just killed someone, they want us to see illegals crossing the border. They want us to focus on the Mexican Government encouraging illegal immigration into the US. We destroyed Germany and Japan, now look at them. Why donít we have such a problem with Canada? Maybe itís the economy. If we wanted, we could replace the current government and build the Mexican economy, and we would all be happy. If we are nice to them after we create a booming economy, they may give us a little oil. Don't be so hard on each other, and remember money rules.
E. C. Villarreal
I happened to catch an interesting floor speech by Iowa Rep. Steve King, (Iowa's 5th congressional district). He was arguing against the upcoming AgJobs legislation. Why should we care about this guy? Well, he serves on both the Agriculture and Immigration sub-committees, so he will certainly have a voice in the upcoming battle to get the AgJobs bill approved. In any event, here is what we are up against. He figures that according to his research, illegal laborers account for approximately 6.9 million jobs in this country. He then argued that since these are mostly low paying, unskilled jobs, they really only should count as 2.2 million jobs, based on his assumption that since they are paid less, they are worth less to our economy. He then calculated that if the rest of us were just willing to work an 11 minutes per day, (he suggests that we all cut our morning and afternoon coffee breaks by 5.5 minutes each), then we can deport all of the illegal aliens in the country, and not even feel the effects on our economy. Well, problem solved. And it was so simple. All we needed to solve the immigration problem in our country was a little of the "new math", from one of our Congressmen. I feel better already. By the way, all sarcasm aside, and tongue removed from cheek, this guy wasnít kidding. Scary and dangerous, to say the least. Since there are only 600 or so Representatives and Senators, (which even to an "old math" guy like me is less the 6.9 million), maybe if we all agreed to work and extra 3 seconds per day, we could get rid of all of the congressmen. You know what? This King guy might be on to something after all.
I read many heart breaking stories about innocent kids facing deportation because what their parents' decision in the past. These kids only know USA as their countries and they must be sent back to anywhere they came from. I just read the story of a teenager in Boston Globe that went to Cali Columbia South America following his parents who got deported and starting new life there where homicide and drug mafia wars were common. One other teenager was from Germany brought by his American grandparents while he was a boy, apparently they never did proper immigration paperworks so he became an "illegal" immigrant and got difficulty to go to college. Congressman Tancredo who was at the same public event with this boy and found out about his story, immediately asked this poor boy got deported to Germany. He got detained for 16 days but later after interference of his state Congressman he finally got his greencard. Many of these children are smart and their parents have worked hard and paid taxes while here, I don't get it when many "conservative Christian" politicians and their supporters have such an evil hearts that want these kids deported to countries they will feel as strangers not home. It's a shame for this great nation. It's time to act for common sense and fair immigration reform, DREAM act is not an amnesty but a humane common sense solution for the innocents.
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