December 26, 2006

THE COAL IN THE NATIVISTS' STOCKINGS:

Bipartisan Effort to Draft Immigration Bill (RACHEL L. SWARNS, 12/26/06, NY Times)

Counting on the support of the new Democratic majority in Congress, Democratic lawmakers and their Republican allies are working on measures that could place millions of illegal immigrants on a more direct path to citizenship than would a bill that the Senate passed in the spring.

The lawmakers are considering abandoning a requirement in the Senate bill that would compel several million illegal immigrants to leave the United States before becoming eligible to apply for citizenship.

The lawmakers are also considering denying financing for 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico, a law championed by Republicans that passed with significant Democratic support. [...]

The Senate plans to introduce its immigration bill next month with an eye toward passage in March or April, officials said. The House is expected to consider its version later. President Bush said last week that he hoped to sign an immigration bill next year.

The major lawmakers drafting the legislation include Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, and John McCain, Republican of Arizona, along with Representatives Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, and Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois.


Military considers recruiting foreigners: Expedited citizenship would be an incentive (Bryan Bender, December 26, 2006, Boston Globe)
The armed forces, already struggling to meet recruiting goals, are considering expanding the number of noncitizens in the ranks -- including disputed proposals to open recruiting stations overseas and putting more immigrants on a faster track to US citizenship if they volunteer -- according to Pentagon officials.

Foreign citizens serving in the US military is a highly charged issue, which could expose the Pentagon to criticism that it is essentially using mercenaries to defend the country. Other analysts voice concern that a large contingent of noncitizens under arms could jeopardize national security or reflect badly on Americans' willingness to serve in uniform.

The idea of signing up foreigners who are seeking US citizenship is gaining traction as a way to address a critical need for the Pentagon, while fully absorbing some of the roughly one million immigrants that enter the United States legally each year.


Boy, the far Right really taught Republicans a lesson, huh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2006 9:17 AM
Comments

The worry is that the far right will send themselves into the wilderness, too pure to touch the base clay, and give the democrats victory by default, like the libertarians have done.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at December 26, 2006 10:32 AM

Umm, what's this "struggling to meet recruitment" BS? Not that I mind expedited citizenship for foreign members of the US military--not at all.

Posted by: Kirk Parker at December 26, 2006 11:47 AM

Umm, what's this "struggling to meet recruitment" BS? Not that I mind expedited citizenship for foreign members of the US military--not at all.

Posted by: Kirk Parker at December 26, 2006 11:49 AM

That's nothing to worry about.

Posted by: oj at December 26, 2006 1:03 PM

Mr. Parker, the press has two stories on recruitment; failing to make quota, and struggling to make quota. The only time the press might talk about recruitment being good is when they blame a Republican President for a bad economy.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at December 26, 2006 1:27 PM

The Iraq war cost the Republicans their majority in Congress. That was not the idea of the paleocons. Mad spending also cost the Republicans votes. The Republican base is not happy with Bush or Congress. Neither are the independents. But since Bush wasn't running the people took out their frustrations on Congress. Most Americans want a reduction in immigration.

Also, Republican immigration restrictionists won reelection attempts at higher rates than Republican immigration supporters.

Posted by: Randall Parker at December 26, 2006 8:15 PM
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