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Both Sides Now: Impeach The Bastard – Immigration

Posted by bosskitty on June 3, 2007

Bush’s Push on Immigration Tests His Base

By JIM RUTENBERG and CARL HULSE, New York Times , June 3, 2007

Postings on conservative Web sites this week have gone so far as to call for Mr. Bush’s impeachment, and usually friendly radio hosts, commentators and Congressional allies are warning that he stands to lose supporters — a potentially damaging development when he needs all the backing he can get on the war in Iraq.

Tensions, ripple through the Republican presidential field, just as the Senate prepares to renew Immigration debate next week. Opponents seek significant changes — or outright defeat of the legislation —  raising the specter of a filibuster. The White House pits against a group that includes even Mr. Bush’s reliable supporters from his home state of Texas, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, both Republicans.

 White House Officials express frustration at what they describe as ill-informed criticism that the bill provides amnesty for illegal immigrants, when it in fact trades legal status for fines and fees — more than $6,000 for green card holders.  Polls show 66% of Republicans supported its legalization provisions.

 Karl Rove, is confident that the White House will win over its critics as it explains the details of the bill and the administration’s continuing efforts to enforce existing border control laws.  He does not think that anger over immigration within the party will affect support for the president on the war and other national security issues.

Peggy Noonan, the Wall Street Journal opinion writer and former Reagan speechwriter who has supported Mr. Bush, said, “What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them,” in a column under the heading, “President Bush has torn the conservative coalition asunder.”

Democrats have their own serious differences on immigration.  Those closely allied with labor are fearful about impact on job opportunities; others oppose any plan that allows illegal immigrants to earn citizenship. But the Democratic divisions have been all but lost in the loud and volatile clashes among Republicans.

Common Ground!

Lets do the Impeachment dance!

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