It begins: MSM slants immigration battle in favor of Senate bill

posted at 3:21 pm on May 26, 2006 by Allahpundit

The moment of truth is at hand, my friends. Will you side with the angry, hardline, doctrinaire forces of darkness? Or with those who have brought “compassion” to this benighted land?

It’s not just the New York Times, of course. Mickey Kaus catches his hometown paper engaged in the same garbage and calls them on it. Loudly. And the Chicago Tribune’s blog reports that mean old Jim Sensenbrenner is dissing the Senate. He gots to RECOGNIZE.

VDH shows how “compassionate” the Senate really is. Zealots and helots:

Zealots may chant ÁSi, se puede! [sic] all they want. And the libertarian right may dress up the need for cheap labor as a desire to remain globally competitive. But neither can disguise a cynicism about illegal immigration, one that serves to prop up a venal Mexican government, undercut the wages of our own poor and create a new apartheid of millions of aliens in our shadows…

[W]e ask too little of too many of our immigrants. We apparently don’t care whether they come legally or learn English – or how they fare when they’re not at work. Nor do we ask all of them to accept the brutal bargain of an American melting pot that rapidly absorbs the culture of an immigrant in exchange for the benefits of citizenship.

Instead, we are happy enough that most labor vans of hardworking helots stay on the road in the early-morning hours, out of sight and out of mind.

NRO weighs the possibility that the Senate will refuse to yield and concludes that, in that case, nothing’s better than something.

Update: Sensenbrenner on the Senate bill: “a non-starter.” Feel the anger. Can you feel it?

Update: Val Prieto pens an open letter to his senator, “Republican” Mel Martinez. The scare quotes are Val’s.

Update: Judge Posner addresses root causes:

Once something is identified as a problem, Americans, not being fatalists, insist that there be a solution. But there is only one worthwhile solution to this particular problem, and it is one over which Americans have little control. The solution is for Mexico and the other poor countries from which illegal immigrants come to become rich. As soon as per capita income in a country reaches about a third of the American level, immigration from that country dries up. Emigration is very costly emotionally as well as financially, given language and other barriers to a smooth transition to a new country, and so is frequent only when there are enormous wealth disparities between one’s homeland and a rich country like the United States. The more one worries about illegal immigrants, the more one should favor policies designed to bring about greater global income equality.

Update: Reuters reports on Vicente Fox’s address to the California legislature. He’s got nothing but love for the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve been forced to brave the Arizona desert by his own government’s failure to create economic opportunities.

Some Republicans boycotted the speech or wore buttons saying “No Mas,” which, according to state assemblyman Mark Leno, is just “so insulting.” Guess which party Leno belongs to.

Actually, that’s not such an easy question to answer anymore, is it?

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This is free advertisement GOP could not buy!

I always suspect the senate bill is a ploy conjured up by the GOP so they can make a grand stand at the House to score a straight flush over the Democrats!

Imagine how much we are going to love our rep after they vote down the bill! And they will be covered by the MSM!!!

The best re-election campaign at zero dollar cost!

I hope I am right!…LOL


easy87us on May 26, 2006 at 3:36 PM

As long as every person with brains e-mails their congressman and tells them any vote for amnesty will be followed by a vote for their opponent, we have a chance. I alread did that.

clyde on May 26, 2006 at 3:46 PM

Maybe we need to have a 1,000,000 man march on Washington. Protesters in the streets seems to be the only thing the government pays attenton to these days. I guess the prospect of having 15 million more uneducated hispanic political sheep to corral into their current hapless flocks is much too enchanting for them to stay on task with whats best for America and Americans.

The Senate has abandon America. Unacceptable.

Shmo on May 26, 2006 at 3:52 PM

“As long as every person with brains e-mails their congressman and tells them any vote for amnesty will be followed by a vote for their opponent, we have a chance. I alread did that. ”

clyde on May 26, 2006 at 3:46 PM

Don’t stop there clyde. Also write the rino’s like McCain that think they have a chance at the presidency in 2008. They have another thing coming!

brtex on May 26, 2006 at 3:58 PM

I hope the House stands firm. I think they will.

Enlarging the underclass in any state is suicide, pure and simple. And when the underclass rises in rage, as they inevitably do, who do you think they will target? The elites. Imagine a few decades down the road when the revolution is in full bloom and we’re treated to sights such as a ninety year old Hillary Clinton dragged kicking and screaming to the curb so the thugs can pump a bullet into her head. Maybe the scum of the earth can erect a guillotine, rename the months of the year, and make us all members of the “Brotherhood, Liberty, Equality” cult.

jaleach on May 26, 2006 at 4:15 PM


McCain’s dead in the water. I honor him for his service to the country during the Vietnam War, but he’s destroyed any political credibility with his actions in the immigration imbroglio. Too, I sincerely hope Senator Chuckie Hagel (from my state, unfortunately) plans on retiring soon. He ain’t going to be president, and he ain’t going to get another term in the Senate.

jaleach on May 26, 2006 at 4:18 PM

This isn’t something that will be solved in the near future. We’ll get some POS legislation with no teeth and find ourselves not much (but a little) better off than we are now. From there we’ll have the choice to either continue fighting not only on the national but also the state and local level or we can go belly up and all start learning Spanglish. It will be years before this ends.

Funny, am I the only one who considers this the second front of a war we’re currently engaged in? The first front being against radical Islamists. Both seemed determined to rid the world of the USA as we now know it. Some alarmists have already suspected an informal alliance and I wonder if they’re right?

SSvet on May 26, 2006 at 4:28 PM

I wonder what is up with Sam Brownback. He is usually a little too conservative for me and he is right up there with Kennedy and McCain on amnesty for the illegals. I think they are all pandering for the illegal vote. After we stop the hemoraging on the border let’s put a voter ID requirement in place and maybe we will get our country back.

bopbottle on May 26, 2006 at 4:47 PM

S.Carolina gets another smack from Graham. I moved here from NY to help get this state back on track, but good old Lindsey just keeps stepping in it. I have to say I agree with SSvet, This is an Invasion and one being supported by our Senate. The House needs to stand TALL or they will fall in Nov.

Jarch007 on May 26, 2006 at 4:49 PM

hey btex, it’s hard to e-mail congressmen or senators, for if you don’t list a zip code withing their districts, you can’t send it.

clyde on May 26, 2006 at 4:50 PM

Good boy: Senate
Bad Dog: house

Defector01 on May 26, 2006 at 5:05 PM

Not surprising, MSM.

McCain is still trying to punish the conservative GOPs for not giving him a chance at pres.

Hey Clyde-go to and send a FREE fax, then give em a donation for letting us do it.

I think the house is the good guy, the senate sucks. My House rep is great. My senators don’t care at all about this country.

NTWR on May 26, 2006 at 5:28 PM

I do recognize the sarcasm, defector.

NTWR on May 26, 2006 at 5:28 PM

As Michelle M. has chronicled on her site, send a brick to your Reps/Senators

They can’t ignore, delete or shred bricks and it creates a huge inconvenient and messy reminder. You can also personalize the frustration.

Calls/faxes and e-mails just add up but the sum-total is not visible and can easily be ignored.

Entelechy on May 26, 2006 at 5:48 PM

Hey, the newest is that the White House now compares illegal “immigration” to a speeding ticket-and Snow’s feeding this to us???

What they fail to mention is that when you get a speeding ticket, your car insurance goes up for a few years, so you continue to pay more for your past mistake. Illegals, (who generally don’t have car insurance anyway), that get caught and pay their fine and get given amnesty should forever have to pay a higher tax rate. (But they generally don’t pay any taxes anyway).

Will I ever wake up form this night and day mare???

NTWR on May 26, 2006 at 5:53 PM

The MSM should now undergo a bifurcation; for varying reasons they are all in the deep ‘illegal immigration’ pockets:

1. LSM – Left-Stream-Media (alphabet stations, CNN, PBS, papers of ‘repute’)
2. RSM – Right-Steam-Media (FOX, WSJ, Weekly Standard and a few others)

Entelechy on May 26, 2006 at 5:58 PM

Just wait until they all get their citizenship and see what both parties will start lavishing on them to keep them happy.

Speaking as someone who lives in an area with a major influx of Hispanics/Latinos/whatever, most of whom I trust are here legally, they are not assimilating.

It is also interesting to see how many “programs” start cropping up to assist immigrants, programs previously unheard of before.

Paul Atreides on May 26, 2006 at 6:09 PM

Keep one thing in mind: Since most illegals pay few if any taxes beyond sales tax, why would anyone expect a $7 an hour yard man or chicken plucker to be able to ever pay a $2,000 fine? That will end up being excused as well, for it would be infringing on the financial rights of illegal immigrants. Just watch. The first thing that will happen is the putting off of paying the fines…..

clyde on May 26, 2006 at 6:32 PM

Here is what I emailed my Senators, the RINO Domenici and the Lib Dem Bingaman.

“I am in receipt of your email on 25 May, 2006. Thanks for your reply even though it is the same as a previous reply you sent in response to my email.

Both times I urged you to vote against amnesty for illegal aliens. Yes it is amnesty, read Ed Meese III’s opinion in the New York Times. Both times you responded as to why you supported amnesty, or your version of amnesty (W.I.S.H.). Both times you expressed a view adverse to that of the majority of Americans. Today when you voted for S. 2611, the amnesty bill, you voted against the majority of Americans. You are a panderer to illegal aliens and their biggest enabler Vicent Fox. Or would that be G. W. Bush?

You have lost my respect and support.”

I also told a friend of the need to start an Anti-Incumbant Vote Campaign. Bingaman is up for reelection this year and hopefully one of his Republican opponents (primary) will be able to unseat him. I will need to research to see which one I will support in the primary. Either way one of them has my vote in November.


LurP on May 26, 2006 at 6:40 PM

Keep one thing in mind: Since most illegals pay few if any taxes beyond sales tax, why would anyone expect a $7 an hour yard man or chicken plucker to be able to ever pay a $2,000 fine?

Once they’re “legalish”, they won’t have to work illegal jobs, and they’ll be looking for better paying jobs. And when that happens, guess who’s going to mow the lawn and pluck the chickens and pick the lettuce?

Hint: They’re not here yet. And they probably won’t get amnesty until at least a decade from now.

Pablo on May 26, 2006 at 6:42 PM

You can still tell that Mark Leno is a Democrat because of his tenacious support for pedophiles.

Alex K on May 26, 2006 at 7:02 PM

Entelechy-I thought I was going crazy… I’m glad you’ve noticed the drift in the “Right wing” news media on illegals too.

I will take up your new RSM decription from here on. Thanks!

NTWR on May 26, 2006 at 7:03 PM

In regards to my above post, I did not mean to leave out Allen McCulloch, republican running in the NM primary for US Senate.

And concerning voting anti-incubant, Do US Senators think they are better than the President (whoever it may be at a certain time). Then way did they pass term limits for the presidency and think it is not a good idea for Congress? If they are better than the President, why do so many of them want to be President?


LurP on May 26, 2006 at 7:06 PM

NTWR- exactly right. But if an Illegal gets caught driving, he/she has broken a minimum of 5 laws just doing that act.
If a citizen drove without a license and no insurance in Colorado, state law puts them in jail 5 days. But Illegals walk?

This entire Illegal Immigration amnesty thing is a cancer that WILL kill off America as we know it. I promise you. Look at LA now, and they’re still illegal. Let 12 -20 million of them come out of the shadows????? We have a new Majority. There will be more Mexicans in this country than any other single country. More than the English, Irish, Germans, French, Japanese, Spaniards, Italians, Greeks, or any single country in Africa, you’re getting the picture here.
The picture IS NOT a melting pot. America will become lopsided and have a single Race majority, La Raza wins.
America sells 5 States to Mexico; headline year 2019.
We must have a wall/fence , w/out discussion w/Mexico where to put it. We must allow all law enforcement to enforce all laws and jail law breakers. Just those two obvious changes would scare 40% of Illegals back over a couple of years.
We are losing what we are at heart, America. I fear for my kids and their kids, real fear.
The melting pot has been working great, lets not lose it.

shooter on May 26, 2006 at 7:30 PM

The senate bill doesn’t even make any sense. You allow all these illegals to become legal and allow more legal immigration but then you put the prevailing wage and job security provisions for the covered immigrants. It seems to me that, given the lack of any real border enforcement in the bill, the employers are still going to be looking to hire illegals,who will still be able to easily come over the border, since it will be cheaper than dealing with the beaucracy that will spring up to manage the prevailing wage and job security provisions.

In other words you will have illegals coming in and pretending to be citizens so that the employer won’t have to go through the beaucracy and pay whatever the Labor Department sets as the prevailing wage for “guest workers”. That’s assuming of course that the Labor Dept sets the wage too high (which they will, can’t risk being called racist).

Big E on May 26, 2006 at 8:53 PM

“Update: Sensenbrenner on the Senate bill: “a non-starter.” Feel the anger. Can you feel it?”

Yep, I’ve BEEN feeling it. I’ve either been in Outlook, online, on the phone, or writing letters since I heard about this travesty of a bill passing the Senate.

These idiots just don’t realize that the American people aren’t serfs to be forced into things by their “betters” If others are as fed up with this kind of crap I think we’ll see a heck of a turnaround in the next election.

Duty Honor, Country
(in THAT order)

Rowane on May 26, 2006 at 10:54 PM

A comment posted to Prieto’s letter links to an article by Judge Posner. Here is an exerpt:

The call by some Republican to send most illegal immigrants back to where they came from seems more like political grandstanding rather than a serious proposal.

So I accept that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are here to stay for as long as they want to”

To me he is saying, American’s are having a knee-jerk response. We can’t send them back. A fine is a good solution. We need more immigrants. And from his other piece, we need to make Mexico rich, by global something or other…

There is a huge disconnect. This guy, like all the supporters doesn’t see that America has never let people buy citizenship with a stack of bills. He doesn’t see that we want to choose who we let join our country. He doesn’t see that any workers are being displaced and replaced by these job-stealers.

He makes a lot of assumptions about our motives that are bad.

He makes a lot of assumptions about the illegal’s motives that are good.

I call that contempt for the simpleton masses.

We don’t have noblesse oblige in this country. Yet.

But they are working on it.

Guess they just have to weaken the blue collar classs, and dilute the vote. Guess that will do it, and make them richer, and give them nannies all at the same time. And oh, by the way, they can subsidize the program with our Social Security fund, which is built from middle class money, not the taxes on the rich.

entagor on May 27, 2006 at 9:14 AM

Emails to your representatives is a waste of time. They do not read them!!!!!!
Letters, faxes and phone calles gets their attention though.

One note on deportation:
You can’t charge all tax cheats, theives or druggies. However, you can certainly get a percentage.
So, deporting 2 million per year should be a goal.

LZVandy on May 27, 2006 at 9:54 AM

What else could anyone realistically expect from the Liberal Stream Media? Surely we couldn’t think they would change their habits at this critical juncture? (or ever!)

Anybody catch Jorge’s speech @ West Point? Noble words, well spoken (for Jorge’s usual par) and quite a history review…

Yet, applause was noticeably subdued and tardy at almost all pauses for same. Hmmm… and in front of an expectedly “very friendly” audience?

Could it be that the conflict in these fine grad’s minds between a President who speaks so aggressively about the War on Terror and its’ aggressors, while ignoring the immediate threat that leaving our borders unsealed presents… is showing?

Happy ‘as you can make it’ Memorial Day Weekend, Patriots. God Bless and THANK our soldiers and veterans.

horsepower_1st on May 27, 2006 at 10:40 AM

Somebody, with the proper tools and connections, PLEASE investigate the real agenda of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. This is a group I never knew existed until I saw its president and CEO, Al Zapanta, on The O’Reilly Factor, last week, but I digress.

Regarding the US and Mexico, Zapanta, twinkling and smirking, repeatedly mentioned the word “merge,” without so much as a challenge from O’Reilly to specify. Weird.

Is Zapanta’s group, in league with US Chamber of Commerce and the “royals” in the US Senate and the White House, hoping to turn the Northern Hemisphere into some sort of economic counterweight to the EU? Worse?

Aunt B on May 27, 2006 at 2:56 PM

Aunt B, when the EU still had a prospect of success, the Americas were scheming of becoming one, the North, Central and South Americas. There are even rumors of one potential currency, the Amero (and no more dollar, peso, etc.)

The resurgence of socialism/communism in Central- and South-America, and the war on terror have put a damper on that grandiose dream.

Also, the EU is now what it is…it can’t even define itself – why should we bother to waste time/space here?

Entelechy on May 27, 2006 at 4:37 PM