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There are few issues that can claim bi-partisan support in these hyperpolitical days in the U.S, but there is one, securing the country’s southern border with Mexico. While there is disagreement between the parties about how to handle the millions of illegals already here, support for securing the border has been and remains high. A Rasmussen report from a year ago reported that “sixty-six percent (66%) of likely voters nationwide say it is very important for the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration.” A more recent poll by Rasmussen reports that 59% of Americans believe the United States should continue to build the fence on U.S.-Mexico Border despite the Obama administration’s halting funding of the project. From that poll, 69% of Republicans, 51% of Democrats, and 58% who are not affiliated with any party support continuing to build the fence. So why, with such bipartisan support, will the government not at least secure our border and then figure out what to do with those who are already here illegally?
The answer may be found in an article in the San Francisco Examiner on May 4:
Despite mounting pressures for more border security in the wake of Arizona’s illegal-immigration crackdown, lawmakers have no intention of tackling the problem at the federal level with legislation focused solely on border security.
Instead, the Democratic majority in the House and Senate plan to attempt a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for the millions who are here illegally.
The sheer size and scope of such a measure virtually guarantees it cannot be passed this year, especially with the midterm elections approaching. This leaves Arizona and the other southwestern border states on their own in dealing with the escalating problem.
“The system is broken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said recently, explaining why a comprehensive bill is needed.
Democrats know if they meet Republican demands for a narrow bill focused on border security, the chances of ever passing a citizenship program for illegals on its own will be greatly reduced. (emphasis mine)
Democrats are choosing to leave the border states on their own until legislation to provide citizenship for illegals is passed. They prefer to put U.S. citizens at risk in an attempt to garner support from legalized millions who they believe will repay them with their newly found voting power at the ballot box.
In fact, just today, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked Governor Jan Brewer (AZ) to delay the implementation of the controversial new Arizona law (S.B. 1070) for a year in order to allow the congress time to develop legislation to put millions of illegals on the path to citizenship. If Arizona’s governor agrees to this, it would leave Arizona mired in its current situation, on its own in dealing with the problems related to illegal immigration and border security with no new tools to deal with these escalating problems.
The insistence of Democrat lawmakers to include legislation for citizenship for illegals, instead of just securing the border first shows where their priorities lie. It’s simply reprehensible.