"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Monday, June 19, 2006

Nation encourages illegal immigrants

Regarding the title in the paper - NO DUH!!!!

The AJC support comprehensive immigration reform, yet feels it wouldn't be fair to send people back due to the fact that we haven't been enforcing our immigration laws.

I wonder how fair it is to the American people that we are now stuck with this illegal immigration dilemma. If I am going to be concerned about fairness, I'll lean toward us first.

Note in the editorials reprinting of various survey questions and responses that as with most of the illegal immigration debate, legal is not separated from illegal.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway toward eventual citizenship for most illegal immigrants in the country. Citizenship should be reserved only for those willing to pay fines and any back taxes they owe, have a demonstrated work history, a clean criminal record and knowledge of English.

We believe that by consciously refusing for years to enforce our laws, this nation has welcomed illegal immigrants here to get the benefit of their labor. It would be unfair and inhumane to force them now to leave.

While we support increased efforts and personnel to improve border security, we believe the best way to stem the flow of illegal immigrants is to enact new laws on workplace hiring and aggressively enforce the laws already on the books.


Would you say immigrants are having a good or bad influence on the way things are going in the United States?

Good influence 52%

Bad influence 46%

Unsure 2%

In the community where you live, do you think recent immigrants have done more to improve your community, create problems for your community, or haven't they had much effect either way?

Improve 22%

Create problems 18%

Not much effect 58%

Unsure/Not an issue 2%

Source: AP/Ipsos Poll, May 15-17

How serious a problem do you believe the illegal immigration situation is in the United States today?

Very serious 57%

Somewhat serious 29%

Not serious at all 10%

Depends/unsure 4%

There have been several proposals regarding how to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Do you favor or oppose each of the following?

A. Increasing the number of federal agents patrolling the border to stop illegal immigration.

Favor 79%

Oppose 17%

Not sure/depends 4%

B. Allowing illegal immigrants who have jobs in the United States to apply for legal, temporary-worker status.

Favor 63%

Oppose 29%

Not sure/depends 7%

C. Trying to send as many illegal immigrants as possible back to their home countries.

Favor 55%

Oppose 31%

Not sure/depends 14%

Source: Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll, May 16-18.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**


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