Friday, March 03, 2006

Immigration Debate

Dana Milbank, one of my least favorite writers, has an interesting take on the debates going on in Congress with regard to immigration and the ports issue:

Back at the Dirksen Building, advocates of a plan to legalize some immigrant workers were having similar difficulty overcoming the fury of their opponents. Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who included a guest-worker provision in his legislation, said it is necessary to bring 11 million illegal aliens "out of the shadows."

But the very notion enraged his colleague Grassley, who called Specter's plan "a wink and a nod to amnesty" for illegals. "If it looks acts and smells like amnesty then it is amnesty," he protested, saying the program "denigrates the value of citizenship..."

It was difficult to argue against these emotional appeals. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), an internationalist, didn't really try.

In a brief speech, he said he favors the guest-worker idea. "The idea of dealing with 11 million people as if they don't exist is unrealistic," Graham said. "America needs to mature on this issue. . . . Demagoguing it is no longer an option for me."


Anonymous Latino Pundit said...

I actually thought the article was quite good. It shows how much in disarray and vagabond our lawmakers are from understanding the problems.

3/04/2006 10:52 PM  

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