Friday, March 31, 2006

"Momma Twoop" Reports on the Illegal Immigration Issue

A couple of things:

First, check out this article Mexican illegals vs. American voters - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper written by Tony Blankley, March 29, 2006, for some interesting statistics, excerpts follow (I added the bullet points to the polling data):

"National polling data could not be more emphatic — and has been so for decades.

  • Gallup Poll (March 27) finds 80 percent of the public wants the federal government to get tougher on illegal immigration.

  • A Quinnipiac University Poll (March 3) finds 62 percent oppose making it easier for illegals to become citizens (72 percent in that poll don't even want illegals to be permitted to have driver's licenses).

  • Time Magazine's recent poll (Jan. 24-26) found 75 percent favor "major penalties" on employers of illegals, 70 percent believe illegals increase the likelihood of terrorism and 57 percent would use military force at the Mexican-American border.

  • An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll (March 10-13) found 59 percent opposing a guest-worker proposal, and 71 percent would more likely vote for a congressional candidate who would tighten immigration controls.

  • An IQ Research poll (March 10) found 92 percent saying that securing the U.S. border should be a top priority of the White House and Congress. Yet, according to a National Journal survey of Congress, 73 percent of Republican and 77 percent of Democratic congressmen and senators say they would support guest-worker legislation...."

"...The public demand to protect our borders will triumph sooner or later. And, the more brazen the opposing politicians, the sooner will come the triumph. So legislate on, you proud and foolish senators — and hasten your political demise. "

Now, consider this recent phone conversation between our own "Momma Twoop" and a representative of Senator Lugar's office. She sent me this email yesterday recounting the conversation:

We're too irrational (or maybe stupid) to know what's best for us and our country.

As you all know, I called Lugar's office in Indy this morning. The more I think about the conversation, the madder I become. I started off asking this aide, who was male, if Sen. Lugar still supported a guest worker program/amnesty in the face of hundreds of thousands of protesters marching in support of a foreign country, burning American flags and flying US flags upside down. His reply was, "Well, Ma'am those who are burning US flags and flying them upside down are only a tiny fraction of the thousands who are protesting." I said, "Why would he want amnesty for people who would do that?"

Can you guess his response? Bet you can.

You guessed it. He said, "Those marching are only a tiny portion of the 20 million (he actually quoted that number!!!) here in the country." Then he went on to say that the Senator does not support amnesty. He said they would be required to register for a NEW kind of visa, HB-5 (I think), pay a fine, show proof that they were attempting to learn English, and they had to have a job. I asked how issuing a NEW kind of visa would be any help when we couldn't even keep track of those holding visas now and I also said that anything short of sending them back home to re-enter this country legally is AMNESTY and it will encourage more to come. He said that the legislation Lugar supports would put in place 1,000 new workers each year over several years to deal with that part of enforcement. I said, "1,000 immigration employees for ELEVEN MILLION people?!" He then tried to mollify my anger by telling me that Lugar supported "strict border enforcement" by doubling border agents, beefing up border security, blah, blah, blah. I said, "Border security has allegedly been "beefed" up for the past five years and it hasn't accomplished anything. How is this going to be any different? We CANNOT keep track of those who are here NOW, either legally or illegally!"

I asked him why Lugar would support this when polls overwhelmingly show Americans, including his constituents who sent him to DC to represent their wishes, do not support a temporary guest worker program or amnesty. He get this....HE SAID:

"Senator Lugar was voted into office to do what HE thinks is best for the nation and Indiana."

There you have it folks. We don't matter. We didn't vote him in because we wanted to have a say in state matters. We might as well not even call his office, I guess. He's the Ruler of the roost. He does what HE thinks is best because he's just that damned good. We're either too stupid or, according to this aide, too "shooting from the hip" , a.k.a. too emotionally-driven, to be given any attention. I asked him, "So, you're saying that Hoosiers are too stupid to know what's best for them or the country?"

"No ma'am. I'm just saying that Senator Lugar was sent to Washington to do what HE thinks is best."

Me: " you're saying we don't matter?"

"No ma'am. I'm just saying that Senator Lugar was sent to Washington to do what HE thinks is best."

Me: That is exactly what you're saying. Americans don't matter.

Him: Ma'am, of course Americans do matter, but he isn't going to shoot from the hip. He was sent to Washington to look at the situation and do what HE thinks is right for the country.

Me: Does the Senator know that during the first half of this decade, jobs held by Americans actually DECREASED by half a million, but jobs held by foreigners, legal and illegal, actually INCREASED by 1.3 million?"

Him: Yes. I'm sure the Senator is aware of that.

Me: Then why, when it is IRREFUTABLE that Americans are being displaced from their jobs, would he support legalizing millions of illegals? Not only that, they're a NET COST to the American taxpayer as it is and they will cost us even more once they become legal. They aren't going to become magically richer. They're going to use even MORE taxpayer funded services. HOW can he support it?"

Him: They pay billions in taxes.

Me: But it's costing Americans BILLIONS MORE than the BILLIONS they allegedly pay in. Illegals are a NET COST to taxpayers.

Him: The Department of Commerce says differently. They say that if we send them all home, our economy would collapse. (Notice how he didn't argue with the FACT that they DO cost more than they bring in. He's a good little spinning top, that aide!)

Me: 80,000 Hispanic workers didn't show up for work in Georgia to protest immigration legislation and that state survived.

Him: Out of the 20 million here.

Me: And what makes you think Americans wouldn't step up to the plate once their competition left, or that other areas wouldn't survive if illegals left over time?

Him: I'll pass your comments on to the Senator. Have a nice day. ::click::

Pass this on to anyone you care to. I'm so mad right now, I could bite a nail in two. Am ringing Bayh's Indy office next.

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