Friday, May 19

Statement By RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman On Cuban Independence Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman, Ken Mehlman issued the following statement today, in celebration of Cuban Independence Day:

“On May 20, 1902, the Cuban people victoriously concluded a long and arduous struggle against oppression and political persecution to establish a freely elected Cuban government. This passion for a free Cuba still lives in the hearts of many Cubans – many of whom have escaped to the United States to pursue freedom. The Republican Party recognizes the accomplishments and contributions Cuban Americans have made to this country, and joins them in their desire to witness once again the end of a dictatorship and the beginning of a Cuban democracy.”
Its a nice gesture.

Wednesday, May 17

The Cure for Illegal Immigration and Latin America's Economic Problems -- True Capitalism

I've written before here that the reason Latin America seems to have a distaste for Capitalism is that what they know as capitalism is really what economist Gary Becker calls "crony capitalism." Glenn Reynolds writes about this in his latest GlennReynolds.com post.

Here are Becker's thoughts:

One legitimate reason for the opposition to capitalism in Latin America is that it frequently has been "crony capitalism" as opposed to the competitive capitalism that produces desirable social outcomes. Crony capitalism is a system where companies with close connections to the government gain economic power not by competing better, but by using the government to get favored and protected positions. These favors include monopolies over telecommunications, exclusive licenses to import different goods, and other sizeable economic advantages. Some cronyism is found in all countries, but Mexico and other Latin countries have often taken the influence of political connections to extremes.

In essence, crony capitalism often creates private monopolies that hurt consumers compared to their welfare under competition. The excesses of cronyism have provided ammunition to parties of the left that are openly hostile to capitalism and neo-liberal policies. Yet when these parties come to power they usually do not reduce the importance of political influence but shift power to groups that support them. A distinguishing characteristic of Chile since the reforms of the early 1980's is the growth in competitive capitalism at the expense of crony capitalism. This shift more than anything else explains the economic rise of Chile during the past 25 years that has made Chile the most economically successful of all Latin American nations.


A while back, I reacted to news that the IADB it was going to cancel the debt to Honduras and other third world countries. Honduras This Week had reported that "fifteen Hispanic legislators of the US House of Representatives claimed that the move [would] aid development in the countries involved and help to halt illegal migration into the USA."
They added that this must be done 'without imposing economic conditions and with urgency since the delay costs lives'.
My reaction in that blog post:
What these US [House] representatives SHOULD be doing is putting pressure on third world country governments, and providing assistance, in getting rid of corruption! Debt forgiveness without reform conditions is only an incentive for further debt and corruption. These sort of policies continue to enslave the regular folks who desperately want to be able to work and provide for their families, but can't be competitive because of the corruption in the system.

Meanwhile, the Zelaya government is making the mistake of promising fuel price freeze for the next two weeks. Union bosses continue to incite strikes, putting pressure on the government to reverse common sense free market policies.

Don't tell me capitalism doesn't work when you are not really practicing free market economic policies. Don't tell me capitalism hurts the underclass, if you are going to let bully union bosses dictate economic policy, further crippling the national economy.
From Glenn Reynolds, here is the sad truth about the economic situation in Mexico:
If Mexico were to reduce corruption and cronyism, and promote openness and the rule of law, its economy would grow and the flood of immigrants to the United States would shrink to a trickle. Unfortunately, the Mexican "right" is wedded to state power, and it seems unlikely that a Mexican leftist regime would enact those sorts of decentralizing economic reforms. That's too bad, as a Chilean-style economy would solve a lot of problems on both sides of the border.
My message to the GOP is very simple:
You want more "Latino" votes? Start putting pressure on Vicente Fox, and the rest of the Central American countries, to make real strides in the fight against corruption. Start putting strong conditions on loans and handouts. Start sending common-sense economists to Central and South America so that they can experience the creation of wealth of a true free market in an environment of justice and law.
Here is part of the truth from the mouth of a leftist.

Illegal immigration to the United States is "Mexico's disgrace," caused by the government's failure to create enough jobs, the country's leftist presidential candidate said on Tuesday.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who trails conservative Felipe Calderon in polls ahead of July 2 elections, accused President Vicente Fox's administration of causing the flight of millions of Mexicans to the north, which prompted President Bush to order National Guard troops to the border.

"They are the ones mostly responsible for what is going on because there is no employment, there are no jobs in Mexico so people need to emigrate," Lopez Obrador said on his morning television show."

Becker provides great concluding thoughts in regards to the shift to the left in Latin American countries. It provides hope for those of us concerned about Venezuela and Bolivia. I'll ad to Becker's thoughts on Cuba--more than disappointment, Castro's policies have cost lives! Thousands of people are dead at the hands of a maniacal communist. Unfortunately, there is a real cost to these social experiments.
I believe that the leftward move in Latin American governments indicates only a temporary tiring of neo-liberalism. The overall trend during the past several decades in practically all countries of this region has been toward more open economies with greater competition within industries, with much more reliance on private enterprise, and with a reduced role for government mandates, government-run enterprises, and cronyism. Since these policies have provided greater benefits to all classes than the socialist policies of a Fidel Castro or a Hugo Chavez, the vast majority of people that live under such leaders will be, or in Cuba have been, disappointed by the unfulfilled promises. They are likely to come back to parties that support more market policies as long as free elections are preserved.
Of course, Glenn is right-on on the issue--not just for Mexico, but for all of Latin America.
If Mexico were to reduce corruption and cronyism, and promote openness and the rule of law, its economy would grow and the flood of immigrants to the United States would shrink to a trickle. Unfortunately, the Mexican "right" is wedded to state power, and it seems unlikely that a Mexican leftist regime would enact those sorts of decentralizing economic reforms. That's too bad, as a Chilean-style economy would solve a lot of problems on both sides of the border.

Talking about the Da Vinci Code controversy...

Something to consider.
One of the developments that’s recently disturbed me is the growing number of religious organizations in America that are constantly “against something.” Every month, I get magazines and direct mail from organizations and ministries upset about the latest movie, court decision, TV show, cartoon series, or mad at the homosexual community or some other special interest group. For a long time it’s bothered me, because as Christians – of all people – we should be known as “people who are for something.” We have the greatest story in the world to tell, but instead of focusing on that story, we continually get distracted by turning our focus on issues that are peripheral to our real calling.
I worked at a large Christian non-profit and have wondered myself. I still look forward to the possibility of working within Christian organizations. It is one thing I enjoy about working for Gran Comision Latin America--they are for action and solutions that change lives in Latin America.

It’s a real paradox that we criticize mainstream news organizations for reporting on negativity, rather than paying attention to positive stories of hope. For the networks, it’s all about ratings, and negative, sensational stories score higher ratings. But the fact is, when it comes to fundraising, Christians do the same thing. The negative, the lurid, and the evil gets a bigger response. I guess it’s just the part of human nature that makes us gawk at car accidents when we pass by on the freeway.

In fairness, it’s not just religious organizations that should be blamed. Political groups, activists, environmentalists, and others do the same thing. Demonizing an enemy gets the supporters worked up and the cash register rings.

I'm glad many churches are welcoming the Da Vinci code controversy, and using the opportunity to engage in their communities and spreading the gospel message--the true gospel message. If you are from the North Virginia area (Manassas), check out this web site.

FrontPageMag.com -- "Bush's Immigration Speech Hit All the Right Notes"

Good article over at FrontPageMag.com reacting to President Bush's speech. Check it out.

Why We Need the Marriage Protection Amendment

Read Chuck Colson's opinion column over at TownHall.com.
Instead of litigating over posting the Ten Commandments in public spaces, churches in the future will be trying to keep the state from encroaching on matters of faith and morals.

This will certainly become the case if sexual orientation comes to be seen as analogous to race, which is already the view among many elites, including some in the judiciary. If that happens, as looks likely, then all the force of law unleashed by racism charges will be brought to bear against the Church.

Schools, health-care providers—even Christian camps and, yes, maybe pastors in the pulpit—will be uncertain if they can do their jobs in a way that is both legal and consistent with their beliefs.

The best way to keep the Massachusetts dilemma from spreading is to keep the logic behind the Goodridge decision from spreading. The Marriage Protection Amendment, now pending before Congress, would not only protect traditional marriage, it would also protect the beliefs that underlie traditional marriage—beliefs that, as Gallagher has shown, may soon be treated as the equivalent of Jim Crowe.

I've Said it Before -- Assimilation is the key

Today's column from Linda Chavez reminds us again to not lose focus of a key element on this immigration debate. An element that Bush emphasized quite well! I have been writing about that here for months, and I cheered when I heard Bush say it--assimilation is the key.

This is another key reason I like the President's speech. To talk about assimilation is not politically correct, and the President did it anyway. Way to go!

From Chavez, here are the facts about Latinos and assimilation:
Fear that the newest batch of immigrants from Latin America can't, or refuse to, be absorbed into the cultural, social, and economic mainstream of American life drives much of the anti-immigrant sentiment so prevalent today.

I've mustered statistics endlessly in previous columns to demonstrate that such fears are overdrawn -- Hispanics are not only assimilating as each group before them has, but at a more rapid pace than many previous groups -- but for the moment, I want to put those arguments aside and talk about the value of assimilation. Part of the reason so many people worry that Hispanics aren't assimilating is that we've quit emphasizing the importance of assimilation in our national dialogue.
For those that might think that today's immigration challenge is unique, think again (emphasis is mine):
Almost 30 years ago, when I was editor of the magazine American Educator, I published a series on the immigrant experience in the early 20th century. It featured photographs taken in about 1913, when the rate of immigration was higher than it is today, along with a story on a Smithsonian exhibit that recreated a typical classroom in New York City at that time, including copies of textbooks and other materials.
And this is how it used to be.
In every lesson plan and schoolbook, the emphasis was on "Americanizing" the newcomers. Teachers taught children not only civics lessons, but how to dress like other Americans, and to adopt American standards of hygiene -- something almost unthinkable in today's environment, where many teachers are more worried about damaging students' self-esteem than actually teaching them how to be successful.
And the end result? Not what you would think now days...
But a look today at the descendants of those immigrant arrivals from the early 1900s reveals not an ethnic horror but the typical American.

Assimilation is the most powerful fact of America's immigration history. But it didn't happen by accident but because Americans themselves valued the concept and helped make it a reality for each new generation. We should not forget this important principle as the immigration debate moves forward.

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Tuesday, May 16

The Church resolving to care for the poor and orphans

Great resolution. Let's hope for good follow through and evidence of action in poor communities across the country. I realize many readers have had positive experience in public schools, but the anti-moral dogma, and anti-Christian discrimination that continues to grow in the public school is intolerable to many.

Whereas, churches can collaborate in providing alternatives to the government school system:

BE IT NOW RESOLVED that the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention encourages each church associated with the Southern Baptist Convention to heed Dr. Mohler's call to develop an exit strategy from the government's schools; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention urges that particular attention be given in the development of such exit strategies to the needs of orphans, single parents, and the disadvantaged; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention urges that the agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention assist churches in the development of exit strategies from the government schools and help coordinate efforts, including partnerships with churches in low income areas, to provide a Christian educational alternative to orphans, single parents, and the disadvantaged;

Hispanics most likely to have altered their religious views in response to the Da Vinci Code

Via World Magazine Blog, concerning news from the The Barna Group 's nationwide survey on Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code:
...the book has impacted millions of lives – but changes few beliefs. One out of every five adults has read the book but only 5% - which represents about two million adults – said that they changed any of the pre-existing beliefs or religious perspectives because of the book’s content.

The survey finds that the people most likely to have altered their religious views in response to the book’s content were Hispanics (who comprise 17% of the book’s readers), women (three times more likely than male readers to do so), and liberals (twice as likely as conservatives).
I recomend this resources--both in English and in Spanish--targeted at youth. It provides good answers to the questions the Da Vinci Code presents.

Immigration Reform: Good News on the Fence

*** UPDATE (5/16) ***

Via Hugh Hewitt:
I have confirmed with a senior White House source this morning that the president is for robust fencing in urban areas --as exists in El Paso and San Diego-- and for vehicle barriers in rural areas.
As usual, it seems that a major part of the problem is getting the message out.

***

Hugh's sources are saying "that Senator Sessions will move an amendment that provides for 325+ miles of fencing and an additional 500 miles of vehicle barriers. "

That's good news.
This is not as extensive a plan as that authorized by the House bill, but it gets the Senate bill on to the same page, and if the conference report comes back with immediate construction and full funding, it would represent a significant breakthrough.
I agree. Make sure to follow the coverage on the blogosphere, Hugh's radio show, and my own interview on BBC Radio Five Live.

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Monday, May 15

Immigration is one man’s burden?

Anchoress makes a great point and addresses a huge flaw on both sides of this debate! I quoted this already, but it's worth its own post.

...I just have to ask all of you people - on every side - who have decided that immigration is one man’s burden, and that every good thing President Bush has done is to be negated because he hasn’t snapped his fingers and done what YOU think is the solution to the immigration problem…what did Clinton do about immigration, what did Bush 41 do? What did St. Reagan do? What did Carter do? What has any president, congressperson or senator done about immigration for the last 30 years, except kick the issue down the road for someone else to deal with?

Reagan, if you remember, was the amnesty president. Clinton was the “borders? What’s borders, everyone is our pal” president.

Please read the whole post. Its worth it.

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The Immigration Speech--Becoming part of the problem

The Anchoress laid it on hard! I can totaly relate to her fatige with politics and the rhetoric and I agree with her. I was honestly surprised at how many conservatives discounted Bush and the speech even before he spoke. It's just not intelectually sound.
I cannot help but notice that a number of conservative bloggers - some of whom I have long-respected - have already decided that President Bush’s speech tonight will be insufficient to the task of undoing 30 years of neglect. They’ve heard a whisper here, an idea there, and decided that if he’s not going to do precisely what they want him to do - and only that - then he needn’t even be listened to. They’ve already pre-empted him.

Attention, my conservative friends - please pull back from the edge. Please take a moment to consider what has become of you: When you have reached the point that you will not even allow a man to make his speech and put his ideas out there - if you have already decided that nothing he says can be of value (or if you fear that too many might actually listen to the man and be persuaded) then you have become part of the problem.

If you cannot stop down-shouting long enough to take a breath and let a man speak, then you’ve moved beyond thoughtful analysis and constructive criticism. You have become the very sort of person you’ve said you despised - you’ve embraced the tactics of those you hate. What was it St. Paul said? “All that I hate I find I am become…”

If all you can do is scream loudly, work to drown out the president’s thoughts before he even expresses them and jumpstart the Caravan of Rage & Ultimate Defeat that you’ve been riding for a while, now…well, there is going to be a tragedy. The man has earned the right to be heard before you start stomping on him and tearing about in wild, reactionary frustration.

Maybe I need to take a break on the issue of immigration and it's politics, and start talking about other things that matter to me; like poverty, corruption, the family, marriage, and the Latino culture. Now there is a thought...

Quote of the Day

Via CitizenLink email, a good quote:
"The oddest thing about Republicans and Democrats in power is that they always know the technical facts, always know about fund raising, always know what the national committee is saying about getting turnout. But so often they don't know the message or even have a message. Which is funny, because they're in the message business. They're like shoemakers who make pretty shoeboxes but forget to make the shoes."
-- Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2006

My final thoughts on the president's speech

Final thoughts on the president's speech:

It was a good speech. Bush said mostly what needed to say. Now, the key to the whole thing is to see some action and follow through on the whole thing.

Catch and release needs to end--and it should have ended Sept. 11! He needs to do a much better job of getting out there with the message of what is being done! Enough of what we need or want to do--I want to hear about what we are doing.

Actions! Real live fences. Real deportation. Real fines and prosecution of employers knowingly hiring illegal labor.

I want to hear about solutions being implemented, not just debated and talked about. The administration has a serious credibility problem, and only actions will restore America's trust on our government.

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President Bush's 5/15 Immigration Speech -- live reactions and reflections

*** UPDATES BELOW--Scroll Down for latest.

Comments and excerpts of Bush's prepared remarks below, and updates as the day and evening goes forward. Of course, I'm going to be live blogging the speech tonight. ***

BUMPED AND KEPT ABOVE THE FOLD UNTIL AFTER THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH.

Fresh content and new posts are below this one. Scroll down for ongoing posts about immigration and the Senate debate on S. 2611.

Welcome Hugh Hewitt and TruthLaidBear readers! Scroll down for other posts related to the immigration issue from earlier in the day.



Hugh Hewitt will have extended coverage on his show tonight, so you'll want to tune in to that.

I have also been invited to share thoughts with the BBC Radio Five Live. You should be able to listen in here (You'll need RealPlayer).

Also, Truth Laid Bear will be tracking the blogosphere's reaction to the Bush speech. Feel free to email me your reactions and thoughts--I'll publish them as I get them. Updates will be published below this, as I publish.

*** Update (3:54pm): ***

LaShawn is already skeptical...it seems everyone is really skeptical.
I predict that his speechwriters will insult our intelligence and present unsustainable and bad argumentation supporting amnesty for border jumpers, including the strawman "We are a nation of immigrants!" and the claim that deporting millions of illegal criminals is impractical. He'll toss us a half-chewed border enforcement bone to throw us off the trail.
I liked that Michelle Malkin talks about a natural attrition process as a way to deal with the current illegal alien population. Again, I don't think there is such thing as "jobs Americans won't do" but our economy IS growing, and there are plenty of jobs for those seeking a better future. Let's enforce our current laws, secure our borders with a physical fence, and improve our legal immigration process so there is an incentive to do things legally. Oh, of course, we need to start providing real consequences to employers that knowingly illegally profit from illegal labor.

I wouldn't be so cynical though. You have to give the administration some credit. Simply, the president is not all powerful. It takes a while to get a large ship turned around. I sure wish they would do a better job of communicating what exactly it is that they are doing, though!!

*** Update (5:42PM) ***

Here are some excerpts of tonight's speach via RNC's eCampaign:
On Border Security:
"Since I became President, we have increased funding for border security by 66 percent, and expanded the Border Patrol from about 9,000 to 12,000 agents . . . we have apprehended and sent home about six million people entering America illegally.

Despite this progress, we do not yet have full control of the border, and I am determined to change that. Tonight I am calling on Congress to provide funding for dramatic improvements in manpower and technology at the border."
I was glad to see this in there:
On enforcing our laws:
". . . we need to hold employers to account for the workers they hire. It is against the law to hire someone who is in this country illegally. Yet businesses often cannot verify the legal status of their employees, because of the widespread problem of document fraud. Therefore, comprehensive immigration reform must include a better system for verifying documents and work eligibility . . .

"A tamper-proof card would help us enforce the law -- and leave employers with no excuse for violating it. And by making it harder for illegal immigrants to find work in our country, we would discourage people from crossing the border illegally in the first place."
I agree with the President on the importance to remember the debate is about human lives--no matter how strong my sentiments in agreement or disagreement on the various issues.
On the tone of the debate:
"We must always remember that real lives will be affected by our debates and decisions, and that every human being has dignity and value no matter what their citizenship papers say."
This, of course, does not take away from the equally important truth--breaking the laws must have consquences.

It is sad to see so many millions so desperate for a better life! But this doesn't mean we open our borders, and it does not mean we stop enforcing our laws. I'll take this moment to remind readers to get involved in making a difference in Latin America. Join your local church mission trips, AND financially support other missionaries or relief charities. Great Commission Latin America and Samaritan's Purse come to mind.

*** Update (8:15 PM) ***
Watching it here.
5 clear objectives
1. Secure the borders.
Inceases funding by 60%? Arrested and SENT HOME 6 million people who have attempted to enter illegaly.

"High tech fences", "barriers in rural areas" it "will take time" The need is urgent. During the period of transition...up to 6 thousand guardsmen.
"Instaling fences and vehicle barriers" Guard units will not be involved in direct law enforcement.
Through state and local law... GREAT! Empower the states. Reduce Federal burocracy! More training at the local level. Good. "They need to be part of our strategy to secure our borders" Every illegal immigrant we catch crossing our border is returned home. Mexicans are sent back home wtithin 24 hours.
Catch and release is unaceptable.
I want to see more action on this, but from my sources, this is a slow process that is happening. Catch and release is in the process of ending.
Expanded detention facilities. Expedited the legal process to enter legaly.
All good thoughts.
2. Temporary worker program.
"Jobs Americans are not doing" Yes!! He did not say jobs americans won't do! Its a small step forward!!
3. Hold employers to account for the workers they hire. "It is against the law to hire somebody who is in this country illegaly."
Better system for document verification. Use biometric... "Leave employers with no excuse for violating" the law.
4. "We must face the reality that Millions illegal immigrants are here already" To deport every illegal immigrant..."it is neither wise or " there is a rational middle ground between a...
Aproval would not be automatic, and would have to wait in line behind those who have followed the rules.
"5th. We must honor the great American tradition of the melting pot. "
He is going into assimilation and the importance of learning English. "Embrace our common identity as Americans." He is talking about shared ideals, "respect for the flag we fly, and the ability to speak and write the english language. " Alright! Well said.

*** Update (8:20 PM) ***
I think my stream is delayed...and my connection is not to good...

"All elements of this problem must be addressed together, or none of them will be solved at all."

Every human being has dignity and value, no matter what their citizenship.

*** Update (8:30 PM) ***
Ok. I guess the speech is done. I missed the last closing comments!! I've got a complaint for the White House web site staff!!

My thoughts: Great speech that hit it on the issues the way it needed. Realistic, and feesable. Some key quotes for me

"Instaling fences and vehicle barriers" and "barriers in rural areas" and "Hold employers to account for the workers they hire." Listen to Hugh Hewitt--he is doing a great round up of reactions to the speech. Like Hugh said it, "It's not nativism" I'm glad.

*** Update (8:32) ***

LaShawn, I would have expected more from you! I'm sorry you just didn't feel this was worth your time. But, I am still looking forward to your thoughts in the days to come.

The thing I don't understand is why are so many conservatives wanting Bush to take some sort of "direct" action on this? Are we not for limited government, and check & balances?

Bush is not king!! He cannot simply legislate from the oval office. More thoughts from the Anchoress.

...I just have to ask all of you people - on every side - who have decided that immigration is one man’s burden, and that every good thing President Bush has done is to be negated because he hasn’t snapped his fingers and done what YOU think is the solution to the immigration problem…what did Clinton do about immigration, what did Bush 41 do? What did St. Reagan do? What did Carter do? What has any president, congressperson or senator done about immigration for the last 30 years, except kick the issue down the road for someone else to deal with?

Reagan, if you remember, was the amnesty president. Clinton was the “borders? What’s borders, everyone is our pal” president.



He did the right thing--outlined 5 important issues that need to be addressed, and called on the House and Senate to come together and do what THEY are elected to do!! I am VERY glad to hear him talk about empowering the states and local governments. They should have been doing this a long time ago.

I would have liked to hear more about the consequences for being in the country illegaly. He talked about taxes, learning English, but those are things we all do. I want the message to be clear--there are going to be tough consequences for entering the US illegaly. Are the fines going to be tough? What if an illegal immigrant can't pay the fines? Will he or she be returned to their country of origin? What about those that avoid these penalties? What about current illegal aliens entering the country? What about increased holding spaced to be able to increase our capacity to hold illegal aliens while waiting deportation.

5 great objectives--the ball is in the Senate's court now.

Don't forget--I'll be on BBC Radio Five Live in 30 or so minutes. They said I would be debating someone in the "opposing" view, so I am not sure what to expect.

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Listening to Hugh -- Immigration coverage

I'm going to slow down a bit while I get prepared for the BBC interview. I'm listening to Hugh. You can listen to his extended coverage on these stations: KRLA 870 in Los Angeles, WIND 560 in Chicago, KNUS 710 in Denver or KSKY 660 in Dallas.

S. 2611 -- Have You Read it already?

I just printed out a hard copy of the Senate's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) Now, if you are going to blog about it or comment on it, I would hope you would have taken the time to read it. I know...it will take a lot of time. The darn thing is 197 pages long!! We'll see what little tidbit I find in there.

Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation has come out with a report on the effects of S.2611. I haven't read it yet, so I can't comment on what it says or whether I agree or not. Based on the headline, it does strike me as a bit sensationalist. The headline reads, "Senate Immigration Bill Would Allow 100 Million New Legal Immigrants over the Next Twenty Years"

But, generally speaking, I tend to trust the Heritage Foundation. Ad that one to tonight's reading list...my wife is not going to be happy with me.
Much attention has been given to the fact that the bill grants amnesty to some 10 million illegal immigrants. Little or no attention has been given to the fact that the bill would quintuple the rate of legal immigration into the United States, raising, over time, the inflow of legal immigrants from around one million per year to over five million per year. The impact of this increase in legal immigration dwarfs the magnitude of the amnesty provisions.

In contrast to the 103 million immigrants permitted under CIRA, current law allows 19 million legal immigrants over the next twenty years. Relative to current law, then, CIRA would add an extra 84 million legal immigrants to the nation's population.

The figure of 103 million legal immigrants is a reasonable estimate of the actual immigration inflow under the bill and not the maximum number that would be legally permitted to enter. The maximum number that could legally enter would be almost 200 million over twenty years -- —over 180 million more legal immigrants than current law permits.
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Must Read: The GOP Approaches Its "Virtual" Divide

I link and quote it in my previous post, but I want to point out this is the must read for the day. Hugh Hewitt has some serious predictions and analysis on the upcoming speech and the immigration issue.
National Guard deployments may signal some temporary tightening of the border, but the refusal to embrace the House program to extend existing fencing by 700 miles, and to do so with a crash construction effort, will be to signal unseriousness on border security of a thorough-going sort. The border-security faction within the GOP is not to be confused with the anti-regularization movement, and wants only for the party and president to be serious about stopping the next 11 million illegal entrants, not deporting the millions already here.

Immigration--The News of the Day

Of course, everyone is talking about Bush's pending speach tonight. From the Washington Post:

President Bush joins the immigration debate when he lays out his vision for the nation's immigration laws tonight at 8 on national television. The Senate, after weeks of haggling, finally gets back to work on a bill that could grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants.

The Senate got back on track last week after Republican and Democratic leaders worked out a few parliamentary disputes, but big hurdles remain. Senators will be able to add a "considerable" number of amendments to the bill when the debate starts today. And there is a desert-size gulf between the approach of the Senate and that of the House, which has passed an enforcement-only bill that could lead to illegal immigrants being charged with felonies and deported.

"Parliamentary disputes?" Right! Democrat's obstructionism is what they mean. Of course, the WAPO continues to ignore the fact that the Democrats are the ones that voted to retain the "felony" portion of the House bill. But, facts are to much of a trouble to bother in a news article.

I just saw a spokesperson talking about the send-a-brick project on Fox right now. I'll update if someone puts up the video. Not spectacular or entertaining, but certainly nice to see this gaining traction and getting mainstream attention. Born in the blogosphere, and maturing quite well!!

And while the Washington Post is eager to call the GOP divided, there is no such headline when talking about the divided illegal immigration organizers.
From immigration policy to energy to emergency spending, House Republican leaders are publicly breaking rank with their counterparts in the Senate, fearing that Senate efforts at compromise are jeopardizing the party's standing with conservative voters.
A reminder--these people don't speak for me, or for millions of others. What I don't understand is what are we still talking about legalization? I don't want to talk about anything else until I see a fence being built. The question Fox keeps asking; "What do you hope the President will say tonight?" Two basic messages I hopes comes through loud and clear:
  1. We must secure our border, and in order to do that, I will support efforts to build a fence or wall--a physical barrier that will provide a deterrent to drug and human smugglers, and other potential threats.

  2. I will provide national guard troops to support the work of our border patrols for as long as it takes.
One thing is clear. The media is getting desperate and more and more careless in its relentless pursuit to knock down the Bush administration. The truth of the matter is that within the GOP there is diversity of opinions, and that is clearly reflected in the blogosphere. But voters need to be reminded again and again--the alternative is just not an option.

No matter how much you disagree with the White House, and no matter how much we wish Bush would communicate better or more clearly, and no matter how much we wish Bush would stand up to the PC forces, the alternative--a Democrat controled House, Senate or worst, White House--is just no acceptable. So, tell you friends and tell your family members--you can't believe everything you hear and see on the TV. Get out to vote, and vote according to the conservative values that most Americans believe in. Look at the candidates carefully, and make an informed decision.

Because trust me when I say, the Democrats are not going to secure our border. Whatever you may think about how Bush is doing in this area, the left is certainly not going to improve on the situation.

Uniting Against Chavez--the time to strike at this predator is right now

A.M. Mora y Leon has the round up of links and stories from all over Latin America. Its good news for the region, and perhaps this will serve as a wakeup call to the dangers of communism.
Like a moving hurricane, a vast unified hemispheric move against the dictator of Caracas has now begun to form among many different nations.
His conclusion:
All of this says unbelievably a lot about what's happening in the hemisphere. A huge regional movement to oppose Hugo Chavez is beginning to form and take shape up and down two continents. They have never been bolder, something that probably signals that Chavez has never been weaker. Apparently, they all sense the same thing: the time to strike at this predator is right now.