Russert: What are political consequences if a Republican Congress and president don't fix this?
Hagel: There are political consequences for everything. We deferred this problem and the House wants to continue to defer it. Politics is about accountability and courage. This is a significant test.
Russert: Will house republicans accept any path to citizenship?
Sensenbrenner : That's a buzz word for amnesty. To respond to Hagel, I wasin Congress when the '86 bill was passed and I voted against it. Congress made a mistake. Those who supported it including former Senate Simpson who said the bill gave us the problem we're in.
I want to solve the problem and so do the American people but we have to do it right. Do things in the proper order. Secure the border and secure the employer sanctions law. No bill we pass unless done right will rectify the market situation that exists (paying illegals less money than citizens).
Zogby released a poll - do you prefer the Senate or House approach. 64% preferred the House approach.
Russert: Will you accept any legislation which puts illegals on path to citizenship.
Sensenbrenner: No. Talk of amnesty is increasing crossing the border as we speak.
Oh, poo. Dick Durbin is now on FNS.
Thanks Peach. I'll make it a point to watch MTP later today when it's on the internet.
If the House stands firm, the GOP base is going to become very motivated. The reward may well be extra seats and a further shift to the right.
If Hagel thinks we're at full employment now, just wait and see what happens when an industry develops to track down, prosecute & drive illegals out of our country. We will have to increase legal immigration (of course, from countries of our choosing) just to handle the work-load.