February 22, 2007


Senate illegals bill near complete (Charles Hurt, 2/22/07, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Senators and lobbyists are putting the final touches on a comprehensive immigration-reform bill that includes an easier citizenship path for illegal aliens and weaker enforcement provisions than were in the highly criticized legislation that the Senate approved last year.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who ardently supports citizenship rights for illegals, will introduce the bill as early as next week, according to Senate sources knowledgeable about the negotiations. If the Senate Judiciary Committee can make quick work of the bill, it could be ready for floor action in April.

Mr. Kennedy drafted this year's bill with help from Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and outside lobbyists. Mr. McCain and the outside groups share Mr. Kennedy's support for increased immigration and leniency for illegals already in the country.

Among the most active participants have been the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both groups support giving current illegals a path to citizenship and increasing the flow of foreign workers into the country.

We're already getting the tougher border enforcement that folks want, amnesty is the other half of the deal.

More Mexican labour needed in oil patch, executives say (STEVEN CHASE, 2/23/07, Globe and Mail)

Canada and Mexico should accelerate efforts to import temporary Mexican energy workers to alleviate the skills shortage in Alberta and other provinces as oil sands development ramps up, top North American CEOs will recommend today.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2007 2:57 PM

Kennedy's new brainstorm has "weaker enforcement provisions" than in the Senate bill approved last year.

And, oj comments that "We're already getting the tougher border enforcement that folks want".

You mean like the two US border agents jailed by the federals for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler doing his thing in the US?

Kennedy & oj are on the same team here.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at February 23, 2007 12:06 AM

Over on the Powerline board, I wrote that Rudy's opponents are conspiring to had him the nomination. First we had Romney's idiotic launch from an anti-semite's museum (the Powerline guys, desperate to support Romney, couldn't even pronounce the name of the place) and crude flip-flops on high-visibility issues. He's sliding toward the Brownbacks and Hagels and other rounding errors in the polls.

Then we get Gingrich's annoying Hamlet routine. His to-be-or-not-to-be is looking a lot less shrewd and a lot more lazy, self-indulgent and scaredy-cat. Rudy has him buried by twenty in the latest Rasmussen tracking poll.

Now McCain is tying himself (let's hope not literally) to Teddy Kennedy. I happen to support broad immigration reform, with better enforcement on the border. But despite many rumors to the contrary, I'm not braindead like the Arizona grump. If I were running for the Republican nomination, I wouldn't be out front with Teddy Kennedy on an issue that GOP primary voters love to get crazy about.

A couple weeks of publicity about "Kennedy-McCain" and lovey-dovey editorials from the New York Times should give Rudy a twenty-five point lead in the polls. Rasmussen already puts him up by fourteen.

Meanwhile, Giuliani hasn't made the tiniest misstep. He's been consistently good on TV and he's approached social conservatives as if he wants their votes. Unlike McCain he's not yukking it up about the yahoos with Teddy and the NYT editorial board. He's so far out in front he can afford the play America's Mayor.

Over on the Democratic side, Hillary is locked in a surprisingly close race. That's why we're getting the steel cage match against Obama so early in the cycle. She's still ahead, but not nearly the prohibitive favorite that Giuliani is at this point.

Posted by: Casey Abell at February 23, 2007 8:23 AM


When is that "better enforcement on the border" scheduled to begin?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at February 23, 2007 10:45 AM

Yes, Ted's right about this one. of course, once we let the Irish in there was no point having standards anymore.

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 23, 2007 11:24 AM

Heightened border enforcement is widely reported to have reduced traffic on the usual trails.

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 23, 2007 11:26 AM