Friday, January 26, 2007

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:House Republicans Prepare to Fight Bush on Illegal Immigration In his State of the Union Address, President Bush reiterated a plan to give millions of illegal aliens citizenship and to create a guest worker program. The applause came from the Democratic side. Republicans say no matter how the White House dresses it up, giving green cards to illegal aliens is amnesty and unfair to those who waited in line. Congressmen who believe in strong action to strengthen our borders and to stop illegal immigration are facing a tough fight, and they're offering one as well. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) said: "Once again, we see that the president is pushing amnesty, and he's doing it without any thoughts about how we're going to fix the current system." Republican Congressman Sam Johnson called the White House ideas "empty and implausible." Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) said: "They're suckers. That's the message you send when you give people who are here illegally amnesty. Even when you say you have to pay a fine and learn English. Because frankly, if that's the case, if that's the way we do it, why don't we just say, 'Wherever you are in the world, send us a check, we'll send you your card'"? Steve Camorotaof the Center for Immigration Studies said: "In the House, assuming that 80 percent of Republicans continue to oppose the president's amnesty, if they get about 40 or 50 Democrats, and they might, to oppose it as well, then it'll stop." Most Republican lawmakers feel the president is just completely tone deaf on this issues because he's pandering to special interests -- corporate America looking for cheap labor, and Hispanic activist groups pursuing ethnic interests, while both Democrats and Republicans seek Hispanic votes.