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Sunday, May 28, 2006

THEY'RE LISTENING: Republican members of the House are getting the message that, in the words of GOP moderate Christopher Shays,
"[i]t would be a huge mistake to give people a path to citizenship that came here illegally."
Key words: Connecticut (not a border state) and moderate (generally disposed to ignore conservatives). More and more House members are getting it, that the current Senate bill, like the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli immigration legislation, provides no effective enforcement mechanism. Both bills provide for de facto amnesty, and that is unacceptable. Now is the time for House members to hold fast and refuse to compromise America's security. When House members sit down with Senate conferees, they should simply ask this question: "What part of 'Rule of Law' do you people not understand?" And then, not to get dramatic or anything, House members should stand up and walk out of the room. It would be far better not to pass a bill this session than to pass the wrong bill. The Senate bill is substantively bad, and allowing it to become would almost certainly turn one or both houses of Congress over to the Democrats because conservative voters would take a walk in November. In the meantime, there's a fence to be built. This Memorial Day weekend, let us add our thanks to the Minutemen and other American patriots who, along with the dedicated and brave members of our armed forces, are defending and protecting the USA.