The anti-immigrant Know-Nothings in the House rushed the enforcement only HR 4437 through in December.
Did they call long drawn-out hearings? Nope.
They just made sure the bill would pass by slapping the word "Antiterrorism" into the title.
I don't know about you, but if I got called to vote on a bill I never read and saw the magic word "Antiterrorism," I'd vote "Aye" and know I couldn't be accused of voting against something that was labeled "Antiterrorism."
Six months after they passed HR 4437, House Republicans are calling for "hearings" before they do the real work of hammering out a difficult compromise between their unenforceable enforcement-only House Bill and the Senate Bill (S. 2611) that provides for comprehensive immigration reform.
The Know-Nothings in the House have a chance to Do Something about our nation's broken immigration system.
Instead, they want to stall and delay and Do-Nothing.
They want hearings. The hearings are not planned for primetime TV lights in DC.
They are plannning to hold these so-called hearings back in their Districts during the summer when anyone who might attend or read about them in the paper will be away on vacation and focused on vacation.
Why did they not study immigration thoroughly before passing HR 4437?
If HR 4437 is so vital for Border Security and Anti-terrorism, how can we afford further delay?
Are the border-crossing terrorists calling a time-out for summertime hearings and lemonade back on Main Street?
Are the House Know-Nothings also shameless cynical Do-Nothings?
The undocumented Irish and their Irish-American supporters are doing something about immigration.
We know we can't afford to wait. We won't go away and let the cynical House Know-Nothings slip another horrible bill by when nobody is watching.
The only place we are going is back to Washington for a massive Lobby Day and Rally in on Wednesday June 28, 2006.
They want hearings? Well, we're gonna give them an earful next Wednesday.
Join us. Call your Congressman and tell him to stop stalling and pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.