June 8, 2007
Here’s how nutty the Senate Immigration Bill is getting as it moves toward passage or defeat. On Wednesday, a majority of senators voted to allow amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have already been caught and ordered deported, but are defying a court order. They measure would preserve their path to citizenship as part of the immigration bill. Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas offered an amendment to prevent those aliens from gaining legal status. He argued they already have shown disrespect for the law and should be sent home. But Senator Ted Kennedy said they were only guilty of “common, garden variety immigration offenses” that should not disqualify them.
Senator Jeff Sessions, an Alabama republican, said “nobody has a constitutional right to demand entry into the United States. It amazes me the lack of understanding and comprehension of what it’s all about.”
What it’s all about, of course, is the Hispanic vote and members of congress will do anything, including pass a dumb immigration bill, if they think it will help keep them in office.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.