Liberal Lawmaker Tries to Stifle Debate on Immigration
Debate and discussion are integral parts of being a member of Congress. But according to reports, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) wants to beat down any opponents of amnesty. Apparently he thinks that is the only way he can pass a reckless comprehensive immigration bill.
He cautioned Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) specifically against (sub. req’d) “undermining the panel’s process as it seeks to take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul.”
Sen. Leahy’s letter stated:
I hope it is not your intention to discredit the process we undertake in the Judiciary Committee before we begin… I intend to proceed to comprehensive immigration reform with all deliberate speed.
In a response, Sen. Sessions replied (sub. req’d):
Chairman Leahy effectively informed Committee members that he has every intention of moving on a rushed timetable that would make it impossible for lawmakers or the public to properly assess a bill of this magnitude.
When you’re dealing with an issue of great complexity that has implications for the lives of 11 million illegal (and that’s a low end estimate) and all other Americans who are also affected by the influx if illegal immigrants, rushing through a comprehensive bill is a bad idea. In fact, it’s just as bad an idea as it was when it failed to solve the illegal immigration problem in 1986.
To be clear, legal immigration benefits our nation, as Heritage states:
From its inception, the United States of America has recognized the vital importance of lawful immigration to the nation. Such immigration brings important economic and cultural benefits both to the United States and to the immigrants.
On the other hand, illegal immigration harms taxpayers because illegal immigrants have benefited from tax credits. Illegal immigrant families have also benefited from America’s ever-growing welfare system. Amnesty for illegal immigrants would mean that the illegal immigrant population would have unlimited access to welfare benefits.
The costs do not end there. American citizens are effectively disenfranchised when our votes are canceled out by the votes of illegal immigrants. And, yes, though liberals passionately deny that this occurs, it has and will continue to occur as long as we allow it.
Remember this, folks: amnesty by any other name is still amnesty. Amnesty is an injustice to American taxpayers, to American voters, and to any immigrant who became an American citizen legally, respecting the rule of law that makes this a great place to live.
This issue is far too important for Sen. Leahy – or any elected official – to ram a bill or executive action on the American people. Any elected official who allows a rushed decision on this does a huge disservice to us.
Instead, Congress should take the Heritage Foundation’s advice seriously:
The complexities involved in encouraging lawful immigration and deterring unlawful immigration call for a measured set of approaches tailored to a wide variety of immigration issues, rather than comprehensive, all-or-nothing, and one-size-fits-all legislation.