Monday, July 10, 2006
Senate Hearing in Miami
The Senate Armed Services Committee held a field hearing on Immigrant contributions to the Military today.
Marine General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and son of an Italian Immigrant father Peter Pace testified, "My dad came here, sometimes worked three jobs, but the jobs were there for him and the opportunities were there for him." He added, "There is no other country on the planet that affords that opportunity to those who come."
The five senators who attended the hearing said the enforcement-only House bill passed in December would dishonor the immigrants who served in the armed forces because it would render as criminals some of their relatives -- parents or spouses -- who may be undocumented immigrants.
In other news, the Wall Street Journal published, not one, but two pieces in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Take an extra look at the signatories on that second piece, and you'll realize how ridiculous the House Know-Nothings sound when they try to demonize the predominantly Republican drafted and sponsored Senate Bill in favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (S 2611) by referring to it as the Reid-Kennedy Bill. The truth is that Comprehensive immigration reform is favored by the majority of Republican voters.
In all, when the Senate and House versions of the immigration legislation were fairly explained to voters -- in some detail -- Republicans backed the Senate version 75-17 but only broke even on the House bill, 47-46. Asked if the Senate bill constitutes "amnesty," the dirty word in the immigration debate, 39 percent said yes but 49 percent said no.
The fact is that Republican voters are far ahead of their Neanderthal leaders on the immigration debate. They recognize that, as The New York Times reported, three-quarters of illegal immigrants work for major corporations and have income taxes withheld from their paychecks like other American workers. What is more, this three-quarters contribute to Social Security even though they have no prospect of ever receiving benefits.