McCain Kennedy Reborn
If immigration is your number one political priority, what should you do
We begin with the observation that Democrats will likely consolidate and
expand their control of the Senate and the House. This is good news for the
immigration cause. However, in spite of controlling Congress for the past
two years Democrats have done virtually nothing on immigration benefits and
have continued massive spending on immigration enforcement. So, even though
most political analysts are agreed that Democrats are poised for significant
gains in the House and the Senate, that alone does not portend any
immigration benefits in the coming years.
With that background, let us examine the difference in prospects for
immigration benefits on Jan 20, 2009 if we get President Obama or if we get
If we get President Obama, Democrats are going to be euphoric on Jan 20,
2009, and rightly so - being back in the White House, at last, after 8 long
and bitter years. Democrats have not been able to pursue their priorities
for 8 years and we can expect them to act aggressively on their big
priorities immediately after a President Obama takes office. There are at
least four Democratic priorities ahead of immigration: the Iraq war,
universal health care, budget/taxes and energy policy. These are all large,
complex issues and Congress will take most of a President Obama's first term
to work on these. In such a scenario, we will not see any significant
immigration benefits in the foreseeable future.
If we get President McCain, we will still have a powerful Democratic
majority in Congress on Jan 20, 2009. This Congress will be at loggerheads
with him on all the major Democratic priorities. Democrats will want to
bring the troops home whereas Mr. McCain wants them in Iraq for 100 years;
Democrats see a health care crisis whereas Mr. McCain sees none; Democrats
will want increased taxes whereas Mr. McCain would like to cut them;
Democrats want to conserve oil and work on alternative sources of power
whereas Mr. McCain would like to drill for oil all over the map. Democrats
and a President McCain will be 180 degrees apart on all major Democratic
priorities. In this bitter fighting hardly anything will get done
legislatively, and both Democrats and Mr. McCain will be looking for
opportunities to show the country that they can work on something together.
While there are a few areas of agreement between Mr. McCain and Democrats,
immigration is the largest issue on which Democrats and McCain agree. While
the current Republican Party platform is the most anti-immigrant one in
memory, there were news reports that Mr. McCain, who has a long track record
of being pro-immigration, tried to make it more immigration-friendly and
failed. This is the issue on which he is most likely to stab his party's
anti-immigrationist wing in the back both in his political interests and due to
his own convictions (Mr. McCain had to fight his party's anti-immigrationists tooth and nail during the Republican primaries). We expect to see almost all of the original
McCain-Kennedy bill become law during the first six months of a McCain
The Bush era has been the worst in memory for immigration advocates. However
the combination of a powerful Democratic majority in Congress with Mr.
McCain as President offers the best hope for speedily obtaining desperately
needed immigration benefits.
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I agree with Bruce R. Mulraney's letter (09/16/08 ID). ICE agents should not be allowed to refuse to participate in immigration raids. While I do believe there are bounds on the human conscience, for example, the Nazi atrocities of World War II, no nation of laws can allow its federal, state or local employees determine which laws they chose to enforce, and which they do not. In a democracy, there is no "committee of one," but there is a system in which to work for change. Of course, imposing one's personal will upon the governed, especially in areas where the founding fathers never imagined to become engaged, should not be allowed, either through the passage of restrictive, violative human rights legislation, or by vigilantism. I have long been an advocate of the passage of a law called, "breach of the public trust." Such a law would prohibit any federal, state or local employee or elected official from willfully violating the mandates of their employment, cheating, stealing or lying in their official capacity, or otherwise abusing their office. A single violation would, among other sanctions, strip the perpetrator of any future right to hold any public position. Such a law would remedy the comedy of the likes of Ollie North, who after lying to Congress, ran for that political office after being released from prison. An ICE agent who refuses to enforce a valid law should lose his/her employment, just as a soldier who willfully violates the lawful and direct order of his superior is court marshaled. If those vested with the responsibility for law enforcement are allowed to unitarily decide which laws they will enforce, they show the ultimate of disrespect for their fellow citizens, whom they are charged with protecting, and without respect for the law, there is anarchy.
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In regards to the very recent comment (09/16/08 ID) from Immigration Daily, how does one approach the congress on their personal stories? Exactly who is the congress? I live in Southern California.
Editor's note: In our comment (09/16/08 ID), we urged and still urge our readers to contact their daily newspapers and local tv stations with reasons supporting increases in immigration benefits.
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