Presenting a false dichotomy of blanket amnesty vs. deport 'em all is misleading. Virtually no one outside a few internet trolls seriously advocates "rounding 'em up." Pro-enforcement groups just want the laws enforced - in the workplace, and whenever illegal aliens are found in the ordinary course of law enforcement.
Every previous reform gave amnesty up front and promise of enforcement down the road. In each case, enforcement never materialized and it lead to more and more illegal immigration.
Doing the same thing over and over is, well you know what it is. Any reform needs to do the reverse: enforcement up front (especially workplace enforcement) and a gradually phased in amnesty once enforcement is clearly in place.
Unfortunately, the reform before Congress doesn't do this. It provides blanket amnesty within 6 months. Although it's presented as "conditional" we all know that once amnesty is given it, for all practical purposes, can't be taken back. The enforcement is gradually phased in over many years. Well, we know the government's history of enforcing immigration law. There isn't any because, besides some border enforcement, the federal government doesn't enforce immigration laws at all.
Sorry, the reform currently before Congress is just more of the same: amnesty and more illegal immigration.
"Granting those who are in the country illegally some sort of legal status (with strings attached) will mostly solve the problem " I would agree to this ONLY after the border was completely secure, otherwise this just turns into "if you can make it across you're home free."
Wrong Tom! Everyone that thinks like this sucks! Learn the history of the Southwest FOOL!!
Tom you are so right on, that I would worry that this ultra lib rag will not let you write any more. Also, the line that I have heard is " You stole Soaz from us and you are the trespassers."
It's not unreasonable to forgo double negatives.
SonoranWinds----good point. Try that in NFL football. You would not get a "yellow card" or a "red card". Just think what the NFL would do. Or the players of the other team!
And what's with soccer players taking big bites out of each other?
Sorry but next to watching golf on tv soccer, while it may be fun for kids to play, is woefully
boring. I've tried but I just don't get it.
Heard something to the effect that Kobe Bryant was driving in Brazil and illegally overtook another car. When he was pulled over, the officer realized his mistake- Kobe would NEVER pass.
Tom has exhibited a rightfully (for him) earned jingoism in sports -- much as the congress of the USA exhibited when it refused to adopt the metric system of measurement. It seems we have chosen, for whatever reason, too be out of step with the world -- or apart from it.
Soccer (or more properly Football) only takes players, a ball and a flat surface for people to play. Most people do play without shinguards because they cannot afford them. Most people in the world at least get a small understanding of the teamwork involved in playing even if they do not develop mammoth muscles for the very exclusive game of what Americans laughingly call football, or demonstrate the extraordinary evolutionary trait of stratospheric height to reconsidered part of the team.
Also, like Tom I don't see soccer ever being big in the US, but because of advertising not folks disliking the game. No place in the game for advertisers to put there numerous commercials.
Well, I really don't like most sports. Soccer I kinda like but don't watch it unless I catch it flipping channels, then only a few minutes. I associate it with tiny blonde women in SUVs and there squalling brood. I did watch it when Pele played for NY, but then it was Pele. I watch baseball (live only, not on tv). Was a big fan of the Toros, which shows how long ago it was I left Tucson. I like cricket (playing not watching. That game will put you to sleep, but you have to like fielders that catch a very hard ball barehanded). For sheer brutality I like Hurling. Played in all weather with sticks used as clubs as often as moving the ball and from my observation done drunk or at least slightly tipsy. Haven't watched basketball since Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr were at UA and didn't watch it before them. Football appears to mostly be commercials and big men whining about things and patting each other on the butt.
Years ago during a discussion about high school sports a friend of mine made a great observation. He said that God invented soccer for kids that wern't good enough to play football.
Tom, your deliberate ignorance of the sport is astonishing, and your pride in that ignorance is not a good trait. I don't know where to begin. Previous posters have explained better than I can.
About taking dives: have you watched the NBA lately?
LeBron would cramp up after the first five minutes. That said, soccer is a great cure for insomnia.
Doc Leesson's comments about basketball watching are right on, when it comes to the pros. However, college basketball remains the most gripping and entertaining - as well as skill-building - sports this country has developed. Similarly, college football is more fun than the pros, by far.
There are way too many dive artists in football (soccer), Ronaldo being among the all-time greats. They oughtta give him an Academy Award for Best Dramatic Performance in a Sporting Role. The refereeing can be terrible. That said, football demands extraordinary athleticism. It is, if properly played, 90 minutes of non-stop running. NBA players can't do that. Football players probably couldn't seriously challenge NBA players on the court. Football is played outside, in all weather conditions. Basketball is played in air-conditioned arenas. Just different sports, that's all.
Give me football any day. Watching basketball is like watching paint dry. Solution to basketball- Start both teams with 100 points, play five minutes and get it the hell off the TV. Also, shorten basketball season from its current 13 months to something more reasonable, like two days.
Still love your column, Tom, and of course, I respect your right to be wrong about basketball and football.
When you're detached and don't care who wins a match or a game, it's really easy to dismiss the entire sport and focus on things that annoy you about that sport. But you have to recognize high drama when you see it. Team USA has been waiting 8 years for revenge against Ghana. Team Netherlands lost to Spain during the last world cup final and have been obsessed with revenge ever since. These moments make for riveting entertainment. The emotional level is twice what it is in Seattle's noisy football stadium.The games contain everything; national pride on the world stage, individual heroes and goats, blown referee calls, and nail biting moments when a center forward breaks out and goes one on one with the goalkeeper. This is why it is the most popular sport in the world. It has everything a sports fan could want. So, get a clue, Tom. Even Kobe Bryant was at the Brazil/Argentina match and he looked pretty excited about it. When a player dives and screams like his leg was almost ripped off, he's trying to convince the ref that the illegal contact was of a dangerous nature and the offender should be given a red card and sent off rather than a yellow card. It never works. But if you don't act that way, the other team beats the stuffings out of you and gets away with it simply because you shook it off and kept playing. In this country, we call diving like that LeBroning.
So you claim to remember reading an article nearly 50 years ago when you were what -- 8 years old? Great memory.
Please tell us ... what did you have for dinner that evening? A douche bag sandwich?
Im beginning to think that Tom might have suffered some permanent damage from the smelter smoke during his time in Douglas at Cochise College. I can't even begin to imagine those tatooed illiterates of the NBA trying to keep up with soccer players; Let's hope the capitalists don't figure out how to sell their beer and cars during a soccer match, In the meantime, I'll watch Cristiano Ronaldo.
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