Immigration: Conservatives Continue To Bash Legalization Plan

Hardbeatnews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Mar. 31, 2006: Republican Conservatives yesterday left no stones unturned in expressing their vehement opposition to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s plan to help legalize 12 million undocumented migrants living here, with some even taking jabs at President Bush and Mexicans here.

“I don’t think he (President Bush) is concerned about alienating voters, he’s not running for re-election,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado. “I wish he’d think about the party and of course I also wish he’d think about the country.”

While Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia weighed in on the protestors, especially Mexican nationals across the nation, who have been pushing for the reform. “I say if you are here illegally and want to fly the Mexican flag, go to Mexico and wave the American flag,” he stated.

Yet none put forward a realistic and financially feasible plan to deal with the millions of undocumented, a point that continues to be reiterated by Republican Senator John McCain, who has split with his party over the hot button issue and sided with Democrats.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, who joined with fellow Conservatives in condemning the bill on day two of the Senate debates, however, offered his own plan, to service industry officials who need the cheap labor that’s recommended by the guest worker plan.

“I say let the prisoners pick the fruits,” Rohrabacher stated Rep. Steve King of Iowa told fellow lawmakers, “Anybody that votes for an amnesty bill deserves to be branded with a scarlet letter A.”

The debate is set to rage on into next week and its still unclear what the consensus will be. But many immigrants and advocates are waiting with bated breaths and continuing to keep up their lobbying efforts.

Today, the Manhattan Institute and the National Immigration Forum are jointly releasing a new poll that indicates American voters would prefer a program for future immigrant workers that leads to permanent residency and citizenship, as opposed to a strictly temporary “guest-worker” program that requires immigrants to leave.

The poll, conducted by Republican pollsters, the Tarrance Group, and Democratic pollsters, Lake Snell Perry Mermin, examines attitudes towards issues at play in the current comprehensive immigration debate on the Senate floor. The poll was commissioned by the Manhattan Institute and the National Immigration Forum and was conducted March 26-28, 2006 with 1,000 registered “likely voters” nationwide. –