Skip to comments.On Immigration, Cannon vs. Bilbray
Posted on 07/04/2006 10:42:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SAN DIEGO -- Folks say this border city has been brazenly invaded by an unsavory and disruptive element that opportunistically puts its own interests before the greater good.
I never believed it -- until lately. But what can I say now that America's Finest City is crawling with Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who have come here to hold hearings on immigration reform?
San Diego plays host this week to the first of a series of public hearings on this combustible issue. The first hearing -- "Border Vulnerabilities and International Terrorism'' -- will be led by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., who chairs the House International Relations subcommittee on international terrorism and nonproliferation.
A second hearing is scheduled later in the week in Laredo, Texas.
These hearings -- like the one being held also this week by Senate Republicans in Philadelphia -- only have one real purpose. And it's not to hear what the public thinks. If Congress really cared what the public thought, it would hold these town hall-style meetings before considering bills, rather than after a bill is passed. The real purpose of the hearings is to make the case for the views of those who organize them, and to make mincemeat of any alternate views.
Imagine if Congress went out to the public and held town hall-style hearings every time it confronted a thorny subject that was sure to upset people. Have to vote on additional funding for the war? Hold a hearing. Feeling pressure to reform Social Security, and not sure whether to raise taxes or cut benefits? Call for hearings.
By the way, I must have missed the public hearing that was called before House members last month gave themselves a $3,300 annual pay raise to $168,500. Wouldn't you love to have had a say on that one?
It's sad. Americans used to look to Congress for leadership. But now what the institution does best is take direction from a mob.
This week, the crowds are expected to descend on a Border Patrol station in Imperial Beach, about 10 miles south of San Diego. A capacity crowd is expected inside the building. It's supposed to be first-come, first-served. But, having attended similar town hall meetings in the past, I have a hunch that preference will be given to those who prefer the enforcement-only bill approved by the House as opposed to the comprehensive bill passed by the Senate, which includes provisions for guest workers and provides illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. According to organizers, only invited speakers will be allowed to address the congressional panel.
Outside the building, there is likely to be a circus-like atmosphere with protesters facing off and screaming at each other. There is sure to be lots of posturing and finger-pointing, and very little listening. And there's likely to be the whiff of something else. It's the thing that fuels so much of the immigration restriction movement -- the cultural alarm bells that America is changing in ways that a lot of people aren't prepared to handle.
It's ugly, but at least it's honest. The movement even has its own spokesman, and he should figure prominently into the hearings.
If you can count on politicians to sometimes say dumb things, then Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif., is a natural-born politician.
First, Bilbray told USA Today that President Bush ought to be investigated for not cracking down on employers of illegal immigrants. Then he warned supporters that if the United States didn't solve the illegal immigration problem, we'd all end up living in a society where our grandchildren -- gasp -- have to learn Spanish. Then, during a radio interview on the night of his special election, he criticized his opponent, Democrat Francine Busby, not just for suggesting that one doesn't need papers for voting, but also for what Bilbray considered the real infraction -- speaking to voters who "needed an interpreter.''
Now the newest member of Congress suggests that his colleagues are deciding immigration policy based on "the Bilbray factor'' -- the assumption being that it was Bilbray's hard-line opposition to giving illegal immigrants a path to legalization that sent him to Washington.
Never mind that in Utah, Rep. Chris Cannon beat back a primary challenge fueled by opposition to his support for comprehensive reform, including giving illegal immigrant a shot at citizenship. During the campaign, Cannon repeatedly said to voters, "racism and xenophobia are not Republican virtues.''
Good for him. Let's hope that Cannon is correct -- and that the hearings confirm that.
Not far from the truth when one of the PACs aligned against him has direct links to VDARE.
As opposed to commie supporters like the author of this piece?
Cannon? Ah, just another incumbent for amnesty, taking the dollar of international business and selling his country out for short-term gain. He's even claimed to be against illegals on his website--evidently trying to sucker in those 'racists and xenophobes' prior to the primary--as he was forced to spend hundreds of thousands of multinationalists' dollars to offset those tens of thousands sent to his opponents by Americans bent on punishing Cannon for his F-, pro-illegal record. Those who claim Cannon's reelection as a mandate for amnesty, knowing Cannon had all the advantages of a 5-time incumbent (and knowing if Jacobs had exactly the same position as Cannon on illegal immigration, he'd have been lucky to get into double digits at the polls), are really putting out the spin.
VDARE is racist and xenophobic? Please, we all need to see that, so post a link to this racism and xenophobia on VDARE and expose them!
I wonder if Navarette has ever been awakened by the sounds of hustling and people speaking in a foreign language in his back yard, with 4 Border Patrol trucks parked in his drive way and agents bustling around catching the foreign intruders? I have had this happen several times.. and it is not pleasant..
Navarette probably is like Kolbe, the rump riding RINO, who remained open borders even after his cabin was broken into and trashed. True believers are blind to facts.