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Posted: 4/3/2006 1:35:16 AM EDT
Hill conservatives warn Bush of amnesty anger
By Charles Hurt
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
March 31, 2006


House conservatives yesterday issued a dire warning to President Bush and Republican leadership that they will pay a devastating political price if they proceed with a guest-worker program or anything resembling amnesty for illegal aliens before securing the borders and enforcing existing immigration laws.
"They will remember in November," Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican, said of voters nationwide. "And many of those who have stood with our Republican majority in the last decade are not only angry, many of them plan to be absent from the polls" this year when the entire House and one-third of the Senate is up for re-election.
Mr. Hayworth and more than a dozen other House Republicans pointed to polls that show overwhelming support for their strict-enforcement stance and advised Mr. Bush and GOP leaders in both chambers to "listen to the common sense of the American people."
One Republican, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, fired a warning shot specifically at Sen. John McCain. The Arizona Republican widely expected to be a 2008 presidential hopeful at that moment was holding a press conference across the Capitol with, among others, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
"Those elected officials who are insisting on a guest-worker program and diluting the efforts of border security and internal enforcement are telling the American people exactly whose side they are on," Mr. Rohrabacher said. "The American people now have that opportunity to make that determination, and they will. Senator McCain and others will find out about that, when they find their own career is short term."
Those sentiments were only buttressed, the lawmakers said, by the images in recent days across the country of thousands marching in opposition to tough immigration reform.
"I say if you are here illegally and want to fly the Mexican flag, go to Mexico and wave the American flag," said Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr., Virginia Republican.
Senate action yesterday was confined to a single unanimous vote to study fatalities among foreigners sneaking across the desert into the United States. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, officially introduced his committee's 471-page proposal that would fine illegal aliens but allow them to remain in the U.S. while applying for citizenship.
Although conservatives in both chambers excoriated the Specter plan as "amnesty," other Republicans said momentum was shifting toward what they called a "comprehensive" border security bill that includes a guest-worker program that provides illegal aliens with a path to citizenship.
"Among the Republican conference, I see a shift toward a comprehensive view to solve this problem," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who is among four Republicans who voted for Mr. Specter's proposal in committee. "From a Republican point of view, we need to be wise in the way we deal with this politically."
Mr. Graham attended yesterday's McCain-Kennedy press conference, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat.
"Our reforms need to reflect the realities," Mr. McCain said. "We need guest workers in this country. There are some jobs Americans are simply unwilling to do."


Link Posted: 4/3/2006 2:19:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By copenhagen:
"They will remember in November," Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican, said of voters nationwide. "And many of those who have stood with our Republican majority in the last decade are not only angry, many of them plan to be absent from the polls" this year when the entire House and one-third of the Senate is up for re-election.



That's where he's wrong.

They'll be at the polls, but they'll vote inept politicians right out of office.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 2:38:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 2:41:17 AM EDT by MTUSA]
Doing jobs Americans won't do?...McCain's an asshole.
Americans will do the job if they are compensated more.
Americans used to pick broccoli decades ago until illegals were
brought in for less wages. Get the facts right McCain.
Illegals can work for shit wages because they are not paying
huge taxes like legal citizens are. They do not own homes, paying insurance etc.
Making illegals a Felony is the way to.
First you must make the losers hiring illegals a Felony.
I'm sick of hearing this shit.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 2:48:03 AM EDT
only reason americans wont do the jobs is "well shit man we go all these damn mexicans to do it"

if they were no longer there a American will step in to do it. Always has been the case.

Fucking hate mcain.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 3:14:48 AM EDT
McCain makes Feinstein look good.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 3:21:05 AM EDT
Have any of you guys noticed how many illegals work on new housing sites? To say that an American does not want to work construction is sheer bullshit. Like you said before it is about the money. I wonder what an illegal is paid to do a carpenters work on a job.

Arlen Spector was on a radio show last Thursday and he spouted the same bullshit. I wrote him immediately after and told him there will be backlash at the polls if the party wants to stay viable they better get their fingers on the pulse of the people because they are way off base with this one....
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 3:28:57 AM EDT
Yeah, I'm going to write to my Republican senators as well.

Oh wait, I don't have any.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 3:33:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MTUSA:
Doing jobs Americans won't do?...McCain's an asshole.
Americans will do the job if they are compensated more.
Americans used to pick broccoli decades ago until illegals were
brought in for less wages. Get the facts right McCain.
Illegals can work for shit wages because they are not paying
huge taxes like legal citizens are. They do not own homes, paying insurance etc.
Making illegals a Felony is the way to.
First you must make the losers hiring illegals a Felony.
I'm sick of hearing this shit.



1000+
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 4:03:36 AM EDT
"There are some jobs Americans are simply unwilling to do."


WTF do you expect when these people be come citizens?

"Im too good to do that, after all im an American now! BTW, can you direct me to social services?"
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 4:07:10 AM EDT
I agree that something needs to be done about this issue. Making it a felony would be a start.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 4:18:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 4:34:05 AM EDT by rasanders22]
I am voting against McCain, if he is up for reelection. Mabye I will write in my own name. Politicians need to ignore these protests filled with high school student and illegals, all who cant vote. I somehow think that this issue will still cause the Republicans to loose control of the house and senate. I hope I am wrong though.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 4:47:51 AM EDT
What i don't understand is why McCain is supposedly the Republican Front Runner. This guy is not a conservative, He is not a Reaganite and he is definitely not for smaller government. Heck the ONLY reason I voted for BUSH II was because he was better than Kerry.

How can Republicans vote for McCain I will never know.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 4:50:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cragius:
What i don't understand is why McCain is supposedly the Republican Front Runner. This guy is not a conservative, He is not a Reaganite and he is definitely not for smaller government. Heck the ONLY reason I voted for BUSH II was because he was better than Kerry.

How can Republicans vote for McCain I will never know.

He isn't, it is a media love fest with him and they try to do all they can to make him look good. He will never survive the presidential primary.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 5:21:43 AM EDT
Specters plan is a load of crap. He wants to allow illegals here to apply for citizenship. Why in the HELL would we allow someone who broke the law and doesn't care to become a citizen?
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 5:30:42 AM EDT
I find myself in a curious position. I think that the issue of immigration and control over the borders of our country has become the #1 issue for me. Even higher than the 2nd Amendment and guns.

I've NEVER voted for a Democrat; I used to be a Republican, switched to Libertarian back in the mid-90s. I'm now disillusioned with the Libs, and could see myself voting Republican, if the candidate were a good one. NOW, though, I find that the Republicans are really screwing up with this issue. If we can't even control who comes and goes into our country, we don't have a country anymore. It's just a corporate holding area for the cattle who want to work here (and not stay in whatever hellhole country they're from)...

I can see myself actually voting Dem for the first time in my life (I've been eligible to vote since 1983) over this issue. Sitting on the sideline isn't an option this time. I'll vote for a known socialist asshole gun-grabber; at least I know what to expect from him and prepare accordingly. Betrayal from the Republicans is something I cannot stomach.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 5:40:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cragius:
What i don't understand is why McCain is supposedly the Republican Front Runner. This guy is not a conservative,



Coincidentally, neither is the current occupant of the WH.
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