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Immigration: It’s security stupid!
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, May 23, 2007

For such a poll driven institution, I wonder how Congress will interpret this:
From what you know about the [comprehensive immigration] agreement, do you favor or oppose the immigration reform proposal agreed to last week?

Favor: 26%

Oppose: 48%

Not Sure: 26%
Trust me, even when that last precentage becomes more sure, it isn't all going to fall on the "favor" side.

Even more telling is this:
How Important is it to improve border enforcement and reduce illegal immigration?

Very important: 72%

Somewhat important: 16%

Not very important: 8%

Not at all important:2%
There certainly aren't any "not sures" in that group are there? And it is difficult, with 72% saying the improvement of border enforcement and the reduction of illegal immigration is "very important", to pretend it is a partisan issue as well.

So? So they're probably still try to revive this still-born "comprehensive solution" and in the end, when everyone has had their whack at it and pushed their amendment or earmark into the thing, it will go from being bad law to being awful law.

Once again, Congress - separate the security and immigration issues, deal with security issue first and use that as a basis for dealing with the immigration issue. But don't touch the latter until we see, in actual existence and functioning satisfactorily - and not just existing in writing or vague promises - the security portion of the issue.

Then deal with immigration reform and you'll probably be surprised at the support you'll have.

You know, trust, but verify.

And one more goodie just to drive the point home:
Only 29% of voters say it is Very Important for “the government to legalize the status of illegal aliens already in the United States.”
I wonder if it's sinking in yet?
 
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