As the country inexorably rolls towards a solution to the immigration mess bedeviling us for a generation, Congress is looking to Senators in the “Gang of Eight” and a House bi-partisan group to come up with Immigration reform bills that can pass.
Every legitimate survey taken shows that a huge majority of Americans support those two efforts; that majority includes a majority of Republicans polled. Here, for example, is a recent survey for Fox News that is representative of all recent legitimate surveys on legalization and a path to citizenship:
Fox News Poll by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Feb. 25-27, 2013. N=1,010 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.
Do you favor or oppose allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country and eventually qualify for U.S. citizenship, as long as they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check?
|Favor (%)||Oppose (%)||Unsure (%)||Democrats||82||16||2|
Clearly, the American people are for fixing immigration.
Opponents are trying to poison the public with lies and hysteria. Who, the usual suspects — Pat Buchanan, former Congressman Tom Tancredo, Mexican-hater Senator Jeff Sessions Republican of Alabama, the AFL/CIO’s Democrat leader Richard Trumka and Ross Perot, all veterans of the Mexican-Hating Society that opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 20 years ago.
Joining the usual suspects are Mexican-hating Teamster President James P. Hoffa and John Tanton paid employees Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Roy Beck of NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and ambulance chasing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who moonlights as a lawyer for the Tanton groups that are rooted in abortion and population control (Planned Parenthood and Zero Population Growth).
Author/columnist Ann Coulter regurgitates her decade-old opposition to immigration reform by joining the pro-abortion population control people with a message of hate at a national conservative conference (CPAC); from Politico.com:
Republicans are grasping at these suicidal policies because they’re panicked, they’re demoralized after the last election…Stop panicking, Republicans!” Coulter also said she could no long support New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2016, adding, “I’m now a single-issue voter against amnesty. So, Christie’s off the list.” Christie has supported a “common sense” path to citizenship.
This kind of short-sightedness destroyed GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Mr. Self-Deportation). He lost by a much larger margin than had been anticipated due to an avalanche 71% Hispanic vote for Obama.
Everyone knows the arguments on both sides of the issue as shown by the polls. Nonetheless Ann Coulter’s vicious words single her out as a true fanatic, a true Know-Nothing xenophobe.
Here from an officially labeled a “Hate Site” by the Southern Poverty law Center (SPLC), VDARE.com is Peter Brimelow’s opinion that Ann Coulter should run for President; this view is fueled by her vituperative anti-immigration/anti-immigrant CPAC rant:
Note especially her repeated assertion that she is now “a single-issue voter” against Amnesty—and also her informed critique of the Immigration Act of 1965, the root of all evil…Here’s the “presidential talk”: I say (in a purely personal capacity) Coulter for President! (She argues pundits shouldn’t run but could she be worse than Romney? McCain? Bush? Dole?
So writes a British immigrant to Canada and then to the US. As if he knows anything about American politics and government, LOL! He doesn’t know what “amnesty” is.
So why is there such hate in the opposition to immigration reform? They throw lies upon lies at us; make arguments based on myths and urban legends about jobs stolen by Mexicans and “high” crime rates. No mention that crime rates in California are at 40 year lows despite 2-3 million illegally present people in the state.
When one listens to the Coulter-led campaign of lies/misinformation, one hears a constant stream of thought that many young people have little knowledge about.
I’m going to make race the basis of politics in this state, and I’m going to make it the basis of politics in this country…It is very appropriate then that from this cradle of the Confederacy, this very heart of the great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum of freedom…Let us rise to the call of freedom-loving blood that is in us…In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny. And I say, Segregation today! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation Forever!
So declared Alabama Governor George Wallace 50 years ago!
Substitute “Immigration” for “race” and “xenophobia” for “Segregation” and we have what Ann Coulter and Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions (et al) are expressing – peddling – today. Is anyone listening?
Raoul Lowery Contreras (1941) was born in Mexico, raised in the USA. Former U.S. Marine, athlete, Dean’s List at San Diego State. Professional political consultant and California Republican Party official (1963-65)…Television news commentator, radio talk show host…published Op-Ed writer (1988 to present)…author of 12 books (as of 1-05-12). His books are available on Amazon.com.
Reposted from Cafe Con Leche Republicans with permission of author – original link