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Uniting GOP on Immigrants

By on 4.7.06 | 10:37AM

Okay, if the congressional GOP has even a tiny smidgen of collective intelligence (which is highly questionable), it will rally around, and make a HUGE political issue out of, an amendment to the immigration bill that the Democrats oppose. I quote today's Washington Times: "A remaining sticking point is that Democrats still don't want certain Republican amendments considered, including one that would prohibit from obtaining U.S. citizenship illegal aliens who have been convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors or refused a court order to leave the country." THIS IS FLABBERGASTING! Not only is the Senate talking about what amounts to amnesty, but the Dems even want citizenship for those who break OTHER laws of our country (in addition to the immigration laws themselves). Citizenship for felons?!?! Or for repeat-offender misdemeanants? Especially those who are here illegally in the first place?!? This blows my mind. What a ready-made issue to highlight one of the few remaining differences -- that of law and order, which Republicans favor, vs. mollycoddling of criminals, which the Dems still obviously have a penchant for -- between the two big-spending congressional parties! If this issue can't be exploited by the congressional GOP, then these guys are so incompetent they make Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes. And this issue doesn't need the slightest bit of demagoguery, either: Just the bare essentials should create such a gut response that the public should respond against the Dems even if the subject is brought up in a mild, mild way.

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