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Cornyn Looses Top Republican Supporter to Democrate Noriega

Posted by nytexan on August 12, 2007

Just another nail in the coffin of Senator do nothing for Texas Cornyn. Democratic challenger Rick Noriega has just gained the largest supporter of Cornyn and the Republican Party. Texas republicans are turning their backs on the Cornyn and taking a stand for what’s right.

From Capital Annex:

  • One of the top Hispanic Republicans in the nation says he cannot support U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the next election because of the position Texas’ junior senator has taken on immigration reform.
  • Houston businessman Massey Villarreal told the Guardian he would instead back Democrat Rick Noriega, a state representative from Houston. Noriega is exploring a campaign for the U.S. Senate.
  • “I have decided to support Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate as a Democrat. I just don’t think John Cornyn hears my community,” Villarreal said.
  • “I know he (Cornyn) supports some issues that affect my community but immigration reform is one of the defining positions in my community. I have got to support what is good for my community. At the end of the day, regardless of party, we have to come home to our community, where we grew up in the grassroots.”
  • A native of Corpus Christi, Villarreal is one of the top Hispanic Republicans in the country. Named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2002, Villarreal served as chairman of the board of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly for four terms.
  • In 2000, Massey was named national Hispanic vice-chairman of the Bush/Cheney for President Campaign and deputy vice-chairman of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000. He also served on the national steering committee for the Viva Bush Campaign.
  • Villarreal has been given state appointments, with then-Gov. George W. Bush naming him to the Texas State University System board and Gov. Rick Perry asking him to head up the Texas Department of Economic Development.
  • His company is Precision Task Group, a Houston-based systems integration firm.
  • This shows just what kind of appeal Rick Noriega has to Texans of all types. Clearly, not only Noriega’s immigration stance but the fact he actually served on the U.S.-Mexico border are resonating with a lot of people.
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Posted in Cornyn, Democrat, Election, GOP, Immigration, Massey Villarreal, News, Politics, Republican, Rick Noriega, Senate | Leave a Comment »

Texas Border Rally, “Walls of Mass Destruction!”

Posted by nytexan on July 15, 2007

I would like to say thank you to everyone that showed up and supported the Texas border rally. This was the first of several planned rallies against the Texas Mexico wall. Although the turnout may seem small to some, it was a huge first step in the opposition to the wall. This movement will continue to grow. Hopefully with help from other bloggers, Texans can get the word out on the environmental destruction and ill will this “wall of mass destruction” will create. I will continue to post all future rallies.

ROMA — About 100 people came out Saturday to the scenic bluffs overlooking the Rio Grande to demonstrate their opposition to the border fence, arguing it will ultimately be ineffective at addressing immigration and only cause grave harm to animal habitats along the river’s shores.

The event was highlighted by a trip some 40 rowers in kayaks and canoes took along the river from nearby Fronton to Roma.

The rowers’ 5-mile journey was meant to symbolize that people in the Rio Grande Valley don’t want a barrier that could interfere with the river since so many people use it for recreation and it is important to the local environment, said Betty Perez, one of the event’s organizers.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to build 270 miles of fence and 200 miles of vehicle barriers along the border by the end of next year. Of the 125 miles of fencing planned for Texas, most would be in the Valley, according to a map recently leaked to the media.

“The Valley is really united on this,” Perez said of opposition to the fence. “Nobody wants it for different reasons. We understand how stupid putting up a wall is.”

As boaters arrived in Roma, protesters carried signs with slogans such as “Say No to the Wall of Shame” and “WMDs — Walls of Mass Destruction.” They chanted “No wall!” from their perch on the bluffs, which overlook Mexico’s Ciudad Miguel Alemán.

Like many who oppose construction of the fence, John Martin said he instead supports establishing a so-called “virtual fence” that relies on technology and personnel to detect undocumented immigrants.

Martin said he understands that something needs to be done to address the threat of terrorism, but a virtual fence would be more effective than the current plan.

“This (fence) is a stone-age solution to a 21st century problem,” he said.

Nancy Brown of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it’s hard for her to have a definitive opinion on the fence since some details are unknown, but a barrier could harm animal habitats, affect their migration patterns and interfere with their genetics by splitting populations in two.

“If you’re a tortoise and you run into eight miles of fence, you have a problem,” Brown said.

Animals don’t adapt to great environmental change quickly enough to survive the changes a fence would cause, said Martin Hagne of the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco.

Posted in Border Fence, Border Patrol, Border Wall, Democracy In Action, Headlines, Homeland Security, Immigration, Mexican, Mexico, News, Politics, prejudice, Protest, Rio Grande, Roma Texas, Texas | 2 Comments »

Mexico Gets Texas Land Through Border Fence

Posted by nytexan on July 11, 2007

Everyday I wake up and think, what will our government managed to screw up today. Well low and behold they can’t even figure out the U.S. Mexico border. I suppose I shouldn’t be shock at the level of incompetence and never thinking anything through. Why that’s just part of our incompetent president and his incompetent policies.

  • McALLEN, Tex., June 15 — Antonio N. Zavaleta, a vice president and professor of anthropology at the University of Texas branch in Brownsville, saw a slight problem in the route of a border fence that federal officials displayed at a community meeting earlier this month.
  • “Part of our university,” Dr. Zavaleta said, “would be on the Mexican side of the fence.”
  • What about traffic between classes, he wondered. “Would the students need to show a passport?”

Yes our government is priceless, incompetent, clueless and band-aid fix ridden.

  • But maps like the one shown in Brownsville on June 4 by Chief David Aguilar of the Border Patrol put the route along a levee built inland to hold back flooding on the Rio Grande. That location, some here say, would in effect cede to Mexico the land on the other side of the fence up to the official international border, the middle of the Rio Grande.
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I’m sure Mexico is happy, since they’ve wanted to get Texas back for years.

  • In Brownsville, Dr. Zavaleta said, that path would cut off not only the International Technology, Education and Commerce campus of the University of Texas and Texas Southmost College, which is in a former shopping center about a mile from the main campus, but also its golf course and a national historic site, Fort Brown, where an upright cannon marks an opening skirmish of the Mexican War.
  • Even the heavily trafficked bridge between Brownsville and Matamoros, Mexico, would be on the Mexican side of the fence, Dr. Zavaleta said.

Wow, Mexico not only gets Texas land, and a full blown university, but they also get a national historical site and an American bridge. What a wind fall.

  • In Brownsville, the district clerk, Aurora De La Garza, and a county commissioner, Sofia Benavides — who emerged from a hurricane-planning visit to the Mexican consulate at the university campus that would be isolated — derided officials in Washington as not understanding family ties across the border.
  • “This is a relationship that cannot be broken by a fence,” Ms. Benavides said.
  • Representative Henry Cuellar, the South Texas Democrat who has been organizing local forums to air grievances, said the Homeland Security Department had become more responsive.

Families mean nothing to this administration. Homeland Security is just another word for failure. Way to go Chertoff.

Posted in Border Fence, Border Patrol, Border Wall, Brownsville, Bush, Chertoff, Headlines, Homeland Security, Immigration, Mexican, Mexico, News, Politics, Texas, Texas Politics, United States, University of Texas | 3 Comments »

RALLY AGAINST THE BORDER WALL IN ROMA, TEXAS

Posted by nytexan on July 6, 2007

I have been asked to get the word out on a rally in Roma, Texas to oppose the border wall.The Roma rally will be the first in a series of border wall opposition rallies.  As you know I am opposed to the Texas/Mexico border fence and I will be helping any organization in their efforts to stop the destruction of South Texas.

    • What: A community rally to oppose the building of a wall on the Texas/Mexico border;
    • When: Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 10 a.m.
    • Where: Roma Bluffs overlooking the Rio Grande just in front of Roma City Hall, 77 Convent Street, Roma, Texas.

    Everyone is invited to the first in a series of Lower Rio Grande Valley community rallies to oppose the building of a wall on the Texas/Mexico border.

    The event is scheduled for Saturday morning, July 14, in Roma, Texas. Saturday’s rally will take place at 10 a.m. on the historic Roma Bluffs overlooking the Rio Grande. To get there, just follow the signs to Roma Bluffs and the World Birding Center.

    Paddlers opposed to a wall that would limit access to the river for recreation are invited to bring their canoes or kayaks to the riverside in Fronton, Texas at 8 a.m. before the rally on Roma Bluffs. Fronton is a few miles west of Roma. This group will paddle as a flotilla to a take-out point below the international bridge between Roma and Ciudad Miguel Alemán and join in the 10 a.m. rally above. The paddle trip will take approximately two hours.

    The rally will feature speakers, including a representative from the flotilla trip who will describe their experience on the river. From Roma Bluffs, rally attendees and paddlers will walk to the international bridge and form a hands-across-the-river line to Cd. Miguel Alemán to signify the close ties between border cities along the Rio Grande.

    Organizer and river paddler, Betty Pérez, said, “We’re hoping to draw a large crowd on the Bluffs, and a large group of paddlers on the river to draw national attention to this issue. The beautiful view from Roma bluffs to the river and sister city, Miguel Alemán, and the site of a flotilla paddling down the river will hopefully do this. The idea of a wall between our countries is ludicrous, and it won’t work. Put that money into helping Roma, not making it less attractive to visit.”

    More rallies are being scheduled in the following weeks in other cities along the river, including a rally in Brownsville, Texas on Saturday, August 25.

    For more information and details about the Roma paddling trip and rally, contact Betty Pérez at 956-580-8915 or email her at bettygraceperez@gmail.com

    Posted in Border Fence, Border Patrol, Border Wall, Democracy In Action, Headlines, Homeland Security, Immigration, Mexican, Mexico, National, News, Politics, Rio Grande, Roma Texas, Texas, Texas Politics | 2 Comments »

    Awful Immigration Surprises, Who’s Next?

    Posted by bosskitty on June 24, 2007

    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — All of her life, Zoila Meyer believed she was an American. She even won election to the City Council of Adelanto.

    But now she is facing a threat of deportation for illegally voting, because she never became a citizen after being brought to this country from Cuba when she was 1 year old.

    “To be honest with you, I’m scared. How can they just pluck me out of my family, my kids?” the 40-year-old mother of four said in a telephone interview Friday.

    “If they can do this to me, they can do it to anybody,” she said.

    “the police came to me and said, ‘Zoila, you’re not a citizen. You’re a legal resident but you’re not a citizen,”‘ said Meyer

    because she was not a citizen, Meyer faced a felony charge of illegally voting in the 2004 election.

    What Meyer didn’t realize is that fraudulently voting is a deportable offense.

    On June 18, Meyer said, immigration officials showed up at her home and told her to appear at their San Bernardino office.

    Her husband drove her to the office on Tuesday, “and they handcuffed me,” Meyer said. “They put me in jail and they frisked me and processed me.”

    “I said ‘You’re doing this because I voted?”‘

    The case is unusual but immigration officials were just doing their job when they arrested Meyer, said Lori Haley, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    “People are arrested on immigration charges from all walks of life,” she said. “She can plead her case before an immigration judge, if she feels that she has reason to seek release for removal. … Everybody has due process when they’re arrested.”

    Meyer was released pending a July 18 appearance before an immigration judge who will determine whether she will be deported to Canada, the last point of entry into the U.S. recorded in her immigration record.

    Meyer said she and her parents had visited Canada and she had gone many times to Mexico without anyone ever asking her to prove her citizenship.

    Meyer said she does not support illegal immigration but she thinks immigration procedures should be changed to prevent misunderstandings.

    “It makes me feel like we’re all just numbers,” she said of her case. “I see people writing ‘this is my country.’ It really isn’t. It belongs to the government and they decide who stays and who goes … you think you’re free; you’re really not.”

     I fear this is the tip of a very UGLY iceburg.  The current issue about immigration is about new illegals vs. people who have made a productive life in this country for years.  How many of us don’t even know we’re NOT legal citizens?  It is starting to happen.  Homeland Security has a lot of power without a rational leadership or common sense.

    Doesn’t anyone realize that building walls along our borders also helps keep US Citizens from escaping when this GOP dictatorship becomes too scary?  Can you pronounce ‘BERLIN WALL’?

    Posted in civil liberties, civil rights, Democracy In Action, economics, Homeland Security, Immigration | 7 Comments »

    Texas Anger Swells Over Plans for Fence

    Posted by nytexan on June 22, 2007

    The idea of building a fence across the U.S. Mexico border is a sickening and a destructive non-solution to Texans. In Texas the fence will have an impact on endangered species, wildlife, small business, trade and families.

    For those who have never been to the Texas Mexico border or the Rio Grande, you most likely think it’s a desolate waste land with no value. Therefore, the idea of a fence means nothing and its only impact will be to keep Mexicans out. You are very wrong, my friend. Let’s look at what the Texas border really is; the people who live and own property and how they feel about the fence that all of you so desperately want.

    By the way the Rio Grande is the border and the fence isn’t going in the Rio Grande, its going on private land which will cut off access to the lake and the Rio Grande. Businesses will suffer.

    Pictures at the end of the post are the areas and business that will suffer.

    Generational Family Land:

    ROMA, Tex. — Since 1767, some 150 acres of wooded riverfront along the Rio Grande has belonged to the family of Cecilia Ramirez Benavides, land granted to her ancestors by Spanish settlers who colonized Mexico, or New Spain, as it was then known.

    Generations later, much of the Ramirez tract, with its mile of riverbank, remains undisturbed, overrun by huge mesquite and ebony trees, thick clusters of prickly pear cactus and chaparral. It is inhabited by the endangered ocelot — only 100 are believed to remain in the United States — the bright-orange Altamira oriole with its distinctive whistle and huge, pouchlike woven nests, and the green jay, with its bright-blue nape.

    Already, the modern world has intruded on this privately owned mini-nature preserve. Cecilia Benavides and her husband, Noel Benavides Sr., have given the Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Guard permanent access to their land to apprehend illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.

    “They’re going to destroy an ecosystem that took centuries and that’s never going to come back,” said Noel Benavides, an alderman in this small border city.

    But the Department of Homeland Security’s latest entreaty is where the couple have decided they must draw the line. Their tranquil piece of riverfront — owned by the Ramirez clan long before northern Mexico became Texas — lies directly in the path of the federal government’s plan to build 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Texas will get 153 miles of fence; Arizona, 129 miles; California, 76 miles; and New Mexico, 12. A map of the proposed fencing was attached to the memo.

    The documents sparked an outcry from border officials from El Paso down to Brownsville, as well as from farmers who plant vegetables, cotton and grain in the rich alluvium along the banks of the Rio Grande. Border businessmen who depend on Mexicans for a majority of their retail sales and private landowners, such as the Benavideses, were outraged, too.

    For many, the Rio Grande may only conjure up television images of illegal immigrants swimming or tubing the river from Mexico to Texas. But in South Texas, the river is the source for municipal water systems and farm irrigation districts and of recreation. It is a natural boundary between two regions whose history, families and commerce are intricately connected.

    Agriculture and Business:

    Richard Drawe is not only concerned about his water rights and access to the land he farms on the banks of the Rio Grande. He’s also worried about the prospect of the federal government appropriating his land for a fence under eminent domain.

    Drawe’s family has been farming the area since 1917, and today he grows grain sorghum, cotton and vegetables on 1,400 acres. The fence, as proposed, would cut Drawe’s farmland in half.

    “All the land south of the fence would be unusable. We would be cut off from our land, plain and simple,” said Drawe, who supports the addition of Border Patrol agents and the high-tech surveillance towers. “For somebody that’s outside South Texas, it sounds like a great idea to have a fence. You have to have controlled borders, I know that. But there’s other ways to do it.”

    Business and Ecomony:

    Farming and drinking water are not the only water issues that will have an economic impact it will also affect Lake Amistad in Del Rio. Lake Amistad has marinas and small businesses that support them. Amistad is an international recreation area on the United States-Mexico border. The Amistad Reservoir on the Rio Grande includes 850 miles of Lake Shoreline, of which 540 are in Texas. Boating and water sports highlight activities in the U.S. section of the reservoir. In addition, the area is rich in archeology and rock art, and contains a wide variety of plant and animal life.

    The Rio Grande also has water rafting, competition and recreational fishing, bed and breakfasts, horse back riding excursions and much more. All of these companies and small mom and pop business will shut down.

    Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster, who said he crosses the bridge daily to Piedras Negras, the Mexican city across the Rio Grande, said the lawmakers “that voted for this fence have never seen the reality of the border” and seen “the relationship that we have with our neighbors.”

    In Texas families that live on both sides and visit weekly, daily, on birthday and holidays. You don’t think the fence will affect these families. Think of it this way; you live in N.Y.C. and your parents live in Newark, N.J., you can’t go see them because there is a fence and Homeland Security requires documents so you can have dinner with your parents. Have you thought about this; probably not.

    Did you know that there are many employee of U.S. companies that cross the border every day to go to work and then cross to go home. No, they are not all Mexicans many Americans live across the border because it’s cheaper. This will this affect their employment and the business that depend on them. Have you thought about this; probably not.

    The Environment:

    The environmental groups that oversee a corridor of 182,000 acres of wildlife refuge along or near the river — a top birding destination whose devotees infuse the deep South Texas economy with an estimated $150 million yearly — said the region is now under threat.

    For two decades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has spent $80 million buying property along the Rio Grande, replanting the land with native vegetation to attract animals and birds and to create the wildlife corrider. That effort, environmentalists say, is now directly threatened.

    “Fencing in general creates problems for wildlife,” said Nancy Brown, a spokeswoman for the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo. “This wildlife corrider is a string of pearls [that has] 20 federally listed threatened and endangered species. This adds one more layer of difficulty.”

    Many Texans, myself included, find the whole idea of the fence a destruction to families, businesses, the environment and our way of life. If the rest of the country who so desperately wants a fence, I suggest that Texas erect the fence on its northern and western border. Then Texas won’t have to suffer the consequences of misguided and uniformed information or the hatred to our neighbors that the rest of the country has.

    How do you put a fence here without destroying Texas? You thought this was a desert we’re talking about. I’m not surprised at your main stream media awareness or lack thereof of our state.

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    Marina Lake Amistad in Del Rio

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    Border bridges: Laredo, Texas, on the right, is the nation’s busiest inland port.

    Posted in Border Patrol, Bush, Congress, DEA, destruction, economics, Education, Homeland Security, Immigration, injustice, Mexican, Mexico, National, Politics, prejudice, Rio Grande, Texas, United States | 13 Comments »

    What More Injustice Can We Do To Our Soldiers?

    Posted by bosskitty on June 21, 2007

    Wife of Missing Soldier Faces Deportation

    AP  Posted: 2007-06-21 03:18:53

    BOSTON (June 21) – The wife of a U.S. soldier missing in Iraq  could face deportation , her lawyer told a television station.  Authorities became aware of Yaderlin Jimenez’s illegal status after her husband requested a green card for her.

    There is something terribly wrong with our system! 

    Count soldier’s families as collateral damage! 

    Posted in Accountability, administration, bigotry, civil rights, Collateral, Democracy In Action, deportation, Fear, Founding Fathers, Human Rights, Immigration, injustice, Marriage, neglect, Of Interest, Patriot Act, prejudice, resonsibility, Scandal, Soldiers, United States, veterans, War, War Cost | Leave a Comment »

    Mentally Disabled? Skin A Little Dark? You’re Outta Here!

    Posted by bosskitty on June 21, 2007

    Re-Posted: Homeland Security Deports Terrorist? Oops! It’s a Mentally Disabled US Citizen! 

      Monday, June 18, 2007  FROM BLOG: All Spin Zone

     The following blog post is from an independent writer  not connected with Reuters News. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not endorsed by Reuters.com.

     

    Of course, it appears nobody will take responsibility. Pedro Guzman’s mother, Maria Carvajal, is left to walk the streets of Tijuana in search of her mentally disabled son while the Bush Administration’s Homeland Security Department does next to nothing.

    TIJUANA, Mexico (June 17) – Clutching a photo of her son, Maria Carvajal walks Tijuana’s sweltering streets searching for the mentally disabled man she says was deported more than a month ago despite being a U.S. citizen and then disappeared in this chaotic border city.

    Carvajal says she has searched hospitals, shelters and jails here looking for her 29-year-old son, Pedro Guzman of Lancaster, California, who was jailed for a misdemeanor trespassing violation, then sent to Mexico on May 11.

    . . .

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed Guzman had been deported and said the agency had done so correctly. “ICE has no reason to believe that it improperly removed Pedro Guzman,” read a statement.

    Officials at the U.S. consulate in Tijuana say they have made calls to help search for Guzman and asked other consulates in Mexico if they have information.

    At least if they’d sent the guy to Gitmo they’d know where he is. But it seems incompetence and lack of responsibility reigns in the Department of Homeland Security, just like it does in the rest of the Bush Administration.

    To be serious, they didn’t arrest the guy for terrorist charges, but assumed because he was brown and with a Latino name that he was illegal. The anti-immigration folks are calling for databases and walls and no tolerance, but if they make stupid mistakes like this, I know and you know that all those new enforcement ideas aren’t going to work with incompetent people operating them.

    When in doubt, kick ’em out!

    Don’t you feel safer now?  America’s policies regarding Mental Health are not just confusing, but totally inadequate.  When you consider this is a nation reliant on mood altering medication from St. John’s Wort, Zoloft to Prozac.  Add to this problem a system that’s PROFILE PARANOID and you have the crazies running the hospital.  Just assume anyone different from you is ONE OF THEM and you can do anything you want to get rid of them.

     The US is in bed with psychiatric pharmaceutical corporations –  but mental patients do not have a place in the big economic scheme of things unless they are official USERS of the preferred corporate drug of choiceAmerica’s policies toward the welfare of Mental Health patients are left behind at whatever hospital or system they leave behind.  Case in point, out of the mental health system and into a gun shop.  Make headline news for a few weeks, then the country forgets about it all until the next time.

    The US has sanctioned the use of PROFILING (unofficially of course) to protect the nation from real or imagined enemies.  This has opened the gate for radical bigots to soar to the top of our security system.  With an attitude of ‘I told you so’ they are now free to act with prejudice against anyone that resembles a threat.  Resemble is the operative word.  This is no longer the America our Founding Fathers created – Amerika more closely resembles NAZI Germany.

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    Pizza for Pesos?

    Posted by nytexan on June 6, 2007

    I was watching Nightline last night and saw this interesting article about a pizza chain, Pizza Patron, exchanging customer’s pesos for pizza. I thought it was innovative and a business trying to connect with the community.

    The idea of exchanging pesos for pizza began in January as a holiday promotion for customers returning from their Christmas visits in Mexico. When they returned, they could spend their spare pesos at the Pizza Patron.

    However, the idea became so popular that it now remains a regular feature at all 64 Pizza Patron outlets. The chain’s eateries are mostly in the Southwest, not necessarily along the border, but in heavily Hispanic cities like Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Additionally, the campaign has now become a lightning rod in America’s immigration debate.

    “We wanted to say to our customer, ‘Look, we understand you,'” said Antonio Swad, CEO and founder of the chain. “We understand that you might have some pesos that you want to exchange for pizza and we’re the place to do that.”

    Swad said the plan immediately attracted new customers. “Yeah, it was exactly the right thing for our customers,” he said. “It was a way for us to reach out and to do a better job of serving our customer than maybe some of our competitors do.”

    And then the bigots raise their ignorant heads: Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Immigration, Mexican, News, Pesos, Pizza Patron, Politics, Racism, World | 2 Comments »

    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!

    Posted in administration, Anti-War, Blog Stats, Bush, Congress, Cornyn, debate, Election, Fear, FEMA, Headlines, Homeland Security, Hutchinson, Immigration, Impeach, Iraq, Legacy, Noonan, Politics, President, Republican, Rove | Leave a Comment »