Skip to comments.Harry Reid: now and then
Posted on 04/05/2006 11:08:54 AM PDT by neverdem
Apr 4, 2006
A friend on the Hill has put together some astonishing quotes from Harry Reid. It turns out that Harry Reid's stance on immigration back in 1993 would make some Republicans of today blush.
Why the change of heart Harry?
Pasted below are Reid statements on the Senate floor from 1993 and 2006:
ECONOMY AND JOBS
NOW: Half a million people come across every year. The fact is, our economy depends on them and absorbs them. Some sectors of the economy would literally shut down without them.
THEN: …for every seven immigrants who enter the job market, one blue-collar American worker loses a job. The INS routinely issues work authorization without regard to the number of jobs the economy is creating.
In certain professions--for example, engineering--we have a surplus of labor in this country. However, the Labor Department allows American companies to bring in foreign engineers. We now admit the equivalent of a major city each year, without having the vaguest idea of how we will educate all the new children, care for the sick, provide housing, jobs, build infrastructure, or attend to any of the human needs of the newcomers or those already here. At a time of huge budget deficits and severe financial constraints, we have no idea of how these huge costs will be borne. We just do it.
HARRY REID: NOW VS. THEN Reid’s statements on the Senate Floor in 2006 and in 1993 AMNESTY AND REWARDS
NOW: One crucial element of this strategy is to provide incentives for the undocumented immigrants already in the country to step out of the shadows.
THEN: In 1986, we granted amnesty--and I voted against that provision in law--we granted amnesty to 3.2 million illegal immigrants. After being in this country for 10 years, the average amnesty recipient had a sixth-grade education, earned less than $6 an hour, and presently qualifies for the earned-income tax credit. If making it easy to be an illegal alien is not enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that, right? Guess again. If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship and guarantee full access to all public and social services this society provides. And that is a lot of services. Is it any wonder that two-thirds of the babies born at taxpayer expense in county-run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal alien mothers? Even after Congress has passed massive legalization programs, millions of individuals do not lawfully reside in the United States today, and many more continue to cheat the rules and continue to enter unlawfully. Under our immigration laws, cheaters tend to prosper. [The Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993 introduced by Sen. Reid] prohibits violators of immigration laws from filing for immigrant status.
HARRY REID: NOW VS. THEN Reid’s statements on the Senate Floor in 2006 and in 1993 NATIONAL SECURITY AND CRIME
NOW: Of course most of these eleven million pose no threat. By shifting the flow of undocumented immigrants to legal channels and creating a hard-earned path to citizenship for those already here, we can finally focus on catching the criminals and terrorists who put our nation at risk. THEN: The issue of crime and public safety is the No. 1 concern of most Americans. Immigration clearly is related to our crime problem. A quarter of all felons in Federal prisons are not even citizens of our country. Unfortunately this shocking number suggests that a disproportionate number of crimes are being committed by immigrants, many of whom are here illegally. In 48 of 50 States, illegal aliens can get a driver's license, the de facto ID document in this country, without having to prove that they are legally in this country in the first place. If you think this is no big deal, think again. Mohammed Salameh, an illegal alien and the alleged driver of the bomb-laden truck that blew up the World Trade Center, happened to live in New Jersey--illegally, of course--one of the two States that actually bothers to require proof of legal residence. So he crossed the Hudson River and got himself a driver's license in New York--very simple. He was not a legal resident of the United States. He was not a resident of New York legally or New Jersey or any State. But the State of New York handed him that vital document needed to live and work, not to mention rent a truck that he could place explosives on, with no questions asked and no proof required. And we wonder in this country why we have an illegal immigration problem.
The Mexicans are unlike previous immigrants. This definitely needs to be read by everyone at least once! It should be linked on pertinent immigration threads. Here's an interesting link about Samuel Huntington:
"Strangely enough, despite the fact that he was buddies with Henry Kissinger at Harvard, he is registered as a member of the Democratic Party, and has written foreign policy speeches for Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, and Jimmy Carter."
Harry reid, mafia bagman then, lying corrupt RAT quasi-leader mow. I can't help but wonder why the RATS keep choosing such despicable leaders. Surely they could do better that reid and pelosi. The MSM wants to worship Osama Obama so bad they can taste it.
A copy of the bill at post #5 on this thread.
Thanks for the link!
You are most welcome! : )
And Bush is stuck on OBTUSE.
Didn't Susan Sarandon say we need one who will stick to ones priciples? This sounds like her type of guy!!
Looks like Reid has been to the Kerry School of Flip-Flops!!
Sen Reid was just on C_Span 2 giving a speech about this. Someone on his staff must have been listening to Rush. All of a sudden he is full of remorse, "the mistake I made that I regret most".
What a fool he is.
Couldn't believe it when I saw it. I almost laughed out loud.
Now McCain, another lying fool, is spouting some stupidity.
I missed what Harry said because I was on the phone. Would you post a summation of what he was saying? I heard something about his wife telling him that she couldn't believe he's done this. What was that all about?
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He has no core principles whatsoever, except to be Senate Leader. If you can consider it a core principle.