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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Mexico Fence Issue Again

I am going to give an update on the whole Miunteman/Minutegate monkeyshines soon. I had to tke a break from that madness for a few weeks. However, the fence issue is about to come up again. Of course the problem is that it is only the fence and not comprehensive reform.

Big Lizards has a excellent post on this issue. It is well worth the read. Big Lizards hits it dead on when he says:
Simply put, the fence is great; I'm all in favor of the fence; but there are other reforms equally vital, without which the fence alone cannot work. And here's the kicker: once we get the fence, the enforcement-first crowd in Congress will turn into the enforcement-only mob, and I am 100% convinced that they themselves will do everything in their power to obstruct and disrupt every other element of immigration reform.
The only incentive for "enforcement only" Congressmen to support other reforms is to tie those reforms to the border fence. It's a sad state of affairs for the nation -- but one that is forced upon reformers by the monomania of the enforcement-only representatives and senators. Both moderates and conservatives have immigration ideas that are vital to solving this problem; but the hard right refuses even to consider the moderates' ideas... even to the point of letting the border fence go unbuilt, if to build it means they have to accept some other reforms

I must say after immersing myself in this issue he has hit it on the nail. I am all for a fence in places being part of the solution. However, it is not the entire solution. Remember the goal of many of these anti immigration groups is to bring immigration to a vitural standstill. We have the goalpost moved constantly by the enforcement first crowd. Sorry I don't have the patience to play that game and neither do large segments of this country. This issue will kill the Republican party in the long run if we don't come up with a sensible solution. Read the whole post. Another great read.

One final note. I think we Republicans and conservatives might need to be a tad more discerning in what we are reading as to this issue. For months I have heard that the hardliner appraoch is a winning formula for the GOP. In fact it is the only winning formula to some. If that is the case, I would like to know why the heck it appears not to be panning out. Look at the Santorum Senate race in Penn. More importantly look at the Graf(r) v Gifford(d)House race in the border state of Arizona.Graf was a founder of the minutemen and was backed by Tancredo. He barely won the Rewpublican primary. Gifford favors a comprehensive approach. Guess what? She is ahead in all polls.

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Blogger SJ Reidhead said...

(I can't help myself here - LOL)

In other words the Pondering American is taking a break from football! (LOL)

This whole fence thing - the whole anti-immigration thing just gets tackier and tackier. At least anti-immigration people are getting so arrogant they are starting to expose themselves, pardon the pun.

The Pink Flamingo

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Sallyvee said...

Great post. I am so disgusted and so terribly worried about the future of the GOP. We are headed for a major trainwreck and driving potential Pubbies away in droves. I can barely stand to read the unfolding madness. Giving in to the enforcement only crowd is exactly like trying to appease terrorists.

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In other words the Pondering American is taking a break from football! (LOL)"

No, not really - there is that "moving the goalposts" line...

11:51 AM  
Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

I think it's because the average American does retain some common sense. Most of our immigrants are nice people. Okay, too much of anything is unhealthy.

You are right that a disciplined and sensible approach will win the day.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

We need to first enforce the laws that are on the books. We need to shut down illegal immigration NOW, through both real border security and hitting employers who hire illegals hard. $25k for first offense, $50k for every offense after that.

Only then can we decide the path to citizenship for the ones already here. We need to first stop the growing problem. While our Congress and President are debating this "comprehensive plan" undocumented people are still crossing our borders by the thousands. The vast majority just want to work, but others have criminal intentions, as exampled by the illegal POS who shot and killed the cop in Houston a week ago.

8:42 AM  

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