Saturday, May 5, 2007
How polarized has the debate on the STRIVE Act become in Congress? We got an e-mail the other day from Don Goldwater--the late, legendary Sen. Barry Goldwater's half-wit nephew, who has tried to make himself politically relevant by scapegoating illegal immigrants as the root cause of all that is wrong with the state--that attacked U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl for selling out on the border-security issue.
Say what you will about Kyl, but he's never struck us as a softy on border security. But Goldwater warns that Kyl is--gasp!--willing to negotiate to find a way to resolve the illegal immigration mess.
Here's an excerpt from Goldwater's e-mail. The lack of spelling and grammatical errors makes us suspect it was cut and pasted from somewhere else:
Grassfire is providing this in-depth analysis of the Flake-Gutierrez "Comprehensive" immigration reform bill -- essentially a re-working of the 2006 amnesty bill. We are expecting a similar bill in the Senate sponsored by Teddy Kennedy.
Make no mistake -- this is an amnesty bill through and through. And much worse. This bill actually creates a "common security perimeter" for the U.S., Canada and Mexico -- part of the master plan of the Security and Prosperity Partnership and the move toward a North American Union. That is why the President is now calling our immigration crisis a "migration" discussion.
Then there's other side, represented by Tucson-based Derechos Humanos, which supports the nutball notion that we can have open borders, and everything will work out just fine. Check out their analysis of the STRIVE Act, from press release issued last month:
“STRIVE is not a legalization bill, it’s a detention and deportation bill. It takes the same intensive policing tactics and sweeping criminalization inflicted primarily on border communities for the past 12 years and extends these to every corner of the U.S.,” said Alexis Mazon of the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos and Tucson May 1st Coalition. “The 699 pages of the STRIVE bill actually detail how more ICE raids, mass incarcerations and deportations will be conducted, not less. STRIVE even mandates that the head of every immigrant household deport themselves,” she added.
So is the STRIVE Act too soft or too hard? We're not sure, but we're certain that listening to either of these sides is going to get us exactly nowhere.