Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Is There An Immigration Bill at The End of This Rainbow?

Michael Barone writes that in light of recent developments there is hope for a bill. Hre argues that "three developments last week may be reviving the chance immigration will be passed:"
  • The renomination of Utah Rep. Chris Cannon in the Republican primary on June 27;
  • An interview of Sen. Arlen Specter in The Washington Times on June 27;
  • The meeting in the White House of Rep. Mike Pence with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on June 28.
I agree with Barone and hope he is right.

Update: It appears the White House's willingness to compromise includes an interest in "triggers," which I have blogged about before. In essence, this is the idea, as expressed over a month ago by John McIntyre of Real Clear Politics:
Republicans need to craft a compromise that puts in place a program to shut down the illegal flow, which upon the proven success of dramatically halting illegal immigration will trigger a process that provides a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegals who have been here for years. This is the type of broad-based compromise that the majority of the American people can support and it will put the onus on the Democrats to put up or shut up about whether they are serious about halting illegal immigration. [Emphasis added.]
I hope the right people in Congress are thinking along these lines.

While I am at this, I hope the same "right people" are thinking along these lines, also from John McIntyre:
Tactically, however, Congressional Republicans should change focus in how they attack the Senate bill, away from the "pathway to citizenship" or "amnesty" issue and instead concentrate on the commitment to halt illegal immigration. This is not a small point, but rather a critically important distinction in the public relations battle.

From the Republican standpoint, the core of the argument over the next few weeks (and in this fall's election) needs to be the seriousness of stopping the illegal flow over the border, not about a pathway to citizenship. If Republicans make a pathway to citizenship the primary issue, they are making a serious mistake because this comes across to the Hispanic community as mean-spirited and anti-immigrant.
Wise words.


Blogger Harold C. Hutchison said...

I think Congressman Cannon's advisory committee got it right: The bill needs to be comprehensive. To be honest, I'm very leery of triggers or any sort of proposal that isn't moving simultaneously.

Tancredo got his immigration referendum and lost - by a fair margin, no matter how anyone tries to spin it.

A wall is just a symbolic feel-good approach that is a waste of money. They're already digging tunnels. We'll just see more and more tunnels dug. 

Posted by Harold C. Hutchison

Thursday, July 06, 2006 6:07:00 AM  
Anonymous DL said...

Compromise is the folly of those who didn't have principle behind them in the first place. Pence is amnesty lite. It is the solid right who has forced Bush and Specter to come out of hiding on this issue -they need more pressure now - it's working, not compromise. There is no urgency for "comprehensive"(a euphamism for sellout)law. Secure the border, arrest and return the illegal felons and build any case you may have for ignoring our laws, betraying legal immigrants who are waiting, and rewarded the illegals later. 

Posted by DL

Thursday, July 06, 2006 5:31:00 PM  
Blogger Harold C. Hutchison said...

So, DL, anyone who disagrees with you onthe solution is somehow "unprincipled", selling out the country, and betraying it's people.

Thank you for making your fanaticism on this issue crystal clear. 

Posted by Harold C. Hutchison

Friday, July 07, 2006 5:01:00 AM  
Blogger Pondering American said...

Please, It is quite clear that many of the people behind this whole debate want to stop all immigration period. I have been a tad underwhelmed by there solutions to making the immigration process better. Also your post shows me that the whole concept of a trigger might be false. The border could be sealed tight as a drum and I suspect that youwould still advocate to deport or starve every last on them over the border 

Posted by jh

Friday, July 07, 2006 10:55:00 AM  

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