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The 1965 Immigration Act: Anatomy of a Disaster: When will we value our national interest?
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 12-10-02 | Ben Johnson

Posted on 12/10/2002 5:08:57 AM PST by SJackson

America's current mass immigration mess is the result of a change in the laws in 1965. Prior to 1965, despite some changes in the 50's, America was a low-immigration country basically living under immigration laws written in 1924. Thanks to low immigration, the swamp of cheap labor was largely drained during this period, America became a fundamentally middle-class society, and our many European ethnic groups were brought together into a common national culture. In some ways, this achievement was so complete that we started to take for granted what we had achieved and forgot why it happened. So in a spasm of sentimentality on the Right and lies on the Left, we opened the borders.

Born of liberal ideology, the 1965 bill abolished the national origins quota system that had regulated the ethnic composition of immigration in fair proportion to each group's existing presence in the population. In a misguided application spirit of the civil rights era, the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations saw these ethnic quotas as an archaic form of chauvinism. Moreover, as Cold Warriors facing charges of "racism" and "imperialism," they found the system rhetorically embarrassing. The record of debate over this seismic change in immigration policy reveals that left-wingers, in their visceral flight to attack "discrimination," did not reveal the consequences of their convictions. Instead, their spokesmen set out to assuage concerned traditionalists with a litany of lies and wishful thinking.

Chief among national concerns was total numeric immigration. Senate floor manager and Camelot knight-errant Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, assured jittery senators that "our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually." Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, further calmed that august body, insisting "the total number of potential immigrants would not be changed very much." Time has proven otherwise. Average immigration levels before the 1965 amendments took effect hovered around 300,000 per annum. Yet 1,045,000 legal immigrants flooded our cities in 1996 alone.

The 1965 "reform" reoriented policy away from European ethnic groups, yet implemented numbers similar to 1950's rates in an attempt to keep immigration under control. However, Congressmen managed to miss a loophole large enough to allow a 300 percent in immigration, because they did not take into account two "sentimental" provisions within the bill. Immediate family members of U.S. citizens and political refugees face no quotas. Their likely impact on the nation was ignored, presumably because aiding families and the dispossessed cast the right emotive glow.

Yet leftists could sound like hard-nosed defenders of the national interest when necessary. In urging passage of the 1965 bill, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, D-New York, wrote in a letter to the New York Times, "The time has come for us to insist that the quota system be replaced by the merit system." As if merit is the operative principle along the Rio Grande today! Similarly, Representative Robert Sweeney, D-Ohio, insisted the bill was "more beneficial to us." In fact, the 1965 bill made "family reunification" - including extended family members - the key criterion for eligibility. These new citizens may in turn send for their families, creating an endless cycle known to sociologists as the immigration chain. The qualifications of immigrants have predictably fallen. Hispanic immigrants, by far the largest contingent, are eight times more likely than natives to lack a ninth-grade education, and less than half as likely to have a college degree.

The bill did not end discrimination based on what President John F. Kennedy called "the accident of birth." (This of course begs the question of whether birth within the nation, the basis of common national community, is just an accident, but let that pass for now.) It de facto grossly discriminates in favor of Mexicans and certain other groups.

Not only has the bill failed in its stated purpose, it has realized many of its critics' worst nightmares. Concern mounted that this bill would radically change the ethnic composition of the United States. Such things were still considered legitimate concerns in 1965, in the same Congress that had just passed the key civil rights legislation of the 1960's.

Specific influx predictions that were made seem tragicomic today. Senator Robert Kennedy predicted a total of 5,000 immigrants from India; his successor as Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach, foresaw a meager 8,000. Actual immigration from India has exceeded by 1,000-times Robert Kennedy's prediction.

Senator Hiram Fong, R-Hawaii, calculated that "the people from [Asia] will never reach 1 percent of the population." Even in 1965, people were willing to admit that we have a reasonable interest in not being inundated by culturally alien foreigners, and it was considered acceptable to say so on the floor of the Senate. Try that today, even as a supposed conservative! (Asians currently account for three percent of the population, and will swell to near 10 percent by 2050 if present trends continue.)

The only remaining Congressman who had voted on the 1920s quotas, Representative Emanuel Celler, D-New York, insisted, "There will not be, comparatively speaking, many Asians or Africans entering this country." Today, the number of Asians and Africans entering this country each year exceeds the annual average total number of immigrants during the 1960s.

Yet the largest ethnic shift has occurred within the ranks of Hispanics. Despite Robert Kennedy's promise that, "Immigration from any single country would be limited to 10 percent of the total," Mexico sent 20 percent of last year's immigrants. Hispanics have made up nearly half of all immigrants since 1968. After a 30-year experiment with open borders, whites no longer constitute a majority of Californians or residents of New York City.

As immigrants pour in, native Americans feel themselves pushed out. In 1965, Senator Hugh Scott, R-Pennsylvania, opined, "I doubt if this bill will really be the cause of crowding the present Americans out of the 50 states." Yet half-a-million native Californians fled the state in the last decade, while its total population increased by three million, mostly immigrants. This phenomenon also holds true in microcosm. In tiny Ligonier, Indiana, (population 4,357) 914 Hispanics moved in and 216 native Americans departed during the 1990s. Hispanics now outnumber the Amish as the area's dominant minority.

Thirty-plus years of immigration at historic levels have also had an economic impact on America. In 1965, Ted Kennedy confidently predicted, "No immigrant visa will be issued to a person who is likely to become a public charge." However, political refugees qualify for public assistance upon setting foot on U.S. soil. The exploding Somali refugee population of Lewiston, Maine, (pop. 36,000) is largely welfare-dependent. Likewise, 2,900 of Wausau, Wisconsin's 4,200 Hmong refugees receive public assistance. In all, 21 percent of immigrants receive public assistance, whereas 14 percent of natives do so. Immigrants are 50 percent more likely than natives to live in poverty.

Ted Kennedy also claimed the 1965 amendments "will not cause American workers to lose their jobs." Teddy cannot have it both ways: either the immigrant will remain unemployed and become a public charge, or he will take a job that otherwise could have gone to a native American. What is presently undisputed - except by the same economic analysts at Wired magazine and the Wall Street Journal who gave us dot-com stocks - is that immigrant participation lowers wages.

Despite the overwhelming assurances of the bill's supporters, the 1965 Immigration Reform Act has remade society into the image its critics most feared. Immigration levels topping a million a year will increase U.S. population to 400 million within 50 years. Meanwhile, exponents of multiculturalism insist new arrivals make no effort to assimilate; to do so would be "genocidal," a notion that makes a mockery of real genocides. Instead, long-forgotten grudges are nursed against the white populace. Native citizens take to flight as the neighborhoods around them, the norms in their hometowns, are debased for the convenience of low-paid immigrants and well-heeled businessmen. All the while, indigenous paychecks drop through lower wages and higher taxes collected to provide social services for immigrants. And this only takes into account legal immigration.

These results were unforeseen by liberals easily led about by their emotions. Others were not so blind. Jewish organizations had labored since 1924 to unweave national origins quotas by admitting family members on non-quota visas. The B'nai B'rith Women and the American Council for Judaism Philanthropic Fund, among other Jewish organizations, supported this reform legislation while it was yet in subcommittee in the winter of 1965. Roman Catholics had the twin motivations of still-evolving social justice doctrine and the potential windfall of a mass influx of co-religionists from Latin America. Other organized minorities pressured for increased immigration to benefit relatives in their homelands. The ultra-liberal Americans for Democratic Action, the ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild joined the chorus. Further, the Communist Party USA supported higher immigration on the grounds that it destabilizes working Americans.

Americans must realize demographic trends are not inevitable, the product of mysterious forces beyond their control. Today's population is the result of yesterday's immigration policy, and that policy is as clearly broken as its backers' assurances were facetious. A rational policy will only come about when native Americans place the national interest above liberal howls of "prejudice" and "tribalism."

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1 posted on 12/10/2002 5:08:57 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson
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2 posted on 12/10/2002 5:15:38 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass
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To: SJackson
Yup, this is where the problem started. Put in place a varying immigration quota based on prior year usage of the system. Later discovered that everyone in Mexico is a "cousin" of everyone else so that family immigration can be utilized. Finally created a need for Teddy to formally author legislation to permit a block of Irish to immigrate since the hispanics and asians had effectively cut them out of the immigration share.

This discussion of the 1965 immigration act is about legal immigration only and does not address the shameful "look the other way" approach to the army of border crashers each year.
3 posted on 12/10/2002 5:23:53 AM PST by KC_for_Freedom
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Alouette; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
4 posted on 12/10/2002 6:09:15 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson
As bad as the 1965 "Immigration Act" was, Ted Kennedy's 1990 "Immigration Act" and signed by George Sr. was even worse. The bill raised legal quotas to nearly a million per year, established the diversity lottery which is responsible for the importing of terrorists from the Middle East, and started the H1-B program, the cause of the displacing of hundreds of thousands of native high tech workers over that of cheaper foreigners. All this while doing nothing to close the borders and stop illegal immigration.

Both of these bills have been disasters for the American people, it's obvious to most everyone. But will they ever be repealed? Not unless we stand up and make Congress do it.

5 posted on 12/10/2002 7:15:46 AM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
...........Both of these bills have been disasters for the American people, it's obvious to most everyone. But will they ever be repealed? Not unless we stand up and make Congress do it..............
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When we elect either democrats or republicans we get uncontrolled immigration. And Lord knows that we are throwing our votes away if we dare consider a third party candidate. Just ask most people here. Just how do we make congress do anything that they don't want to do?
6 posted on 12/10/2002 8:15:58 AM PST by JMP
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
As bad as the 1965 "Immigration Act" was, Ted Kennedy's 1990 "Immigration Act" and signed by George Sr. was even worse. The bill raised legal quotas to nearly a million per year, established the diversity lottery which is responsible for the importing of terrorists from the Middle East, and started the H1-B program, the cause of the displacing of hundreds of thousands of native high tech workers over that of cheaper foreigners. All this while doing nothing to close the borders and stop illegal immigration.
9 posted on 12/10/2002 8:34:16 AM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe Hadenuf
In the short term I'm a pessimist. It will take years of heavy pressure just to remove the airheaded utopians who view America as the "First Universal Nation" from their position of authority in the conservative movement. By then the Left will have the numbers to capture most of the seats of poltical power and all the GOP's talk of conservative immigrants will be proven false, leaving us in a bind.
10 posted on 12/10/2002 11:45:49 AM PST by junta
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To: JMP
Just how do we make congress do anything that they don't want to do?

Granted it's not easy, both parties want mass immigration. The only thing I can think of is ratcheting up the pressure by protesting in the streets, in Washington, getting in their faces a little bit. That's all they understand anyway besides the dollar signs.

11 posted on 12/10/2002 1:44:23 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Joe Hadenuf
George Sr.

After watching him last night, it was clear the ole boy still doesn't get it.

12 posted on 12/10/2002 1:46:02 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Tancredo Fan; Aliska; Drill Alaska; Black Agnes; Joe Hadenuf; gubamyster; F16Fighter; dennisw; ...
bttt
13 posted on 12/10/2002 3:28:19 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: SJackson
I hope we have all learned our lesson. Never vote for a President from Texas. So far Texas is batting a big zero.
14 posted on 12/10/2002 3:49:25 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
Oh, he gets it alright. For him, NAFTA and the ethnic drowning of the U.S. is exactly what he wants. The Return To Serfdom.
15 posted on 12/10/2002 3:55:54 PM PST by Regulator
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To: MissAmericanPie
Can You Change America? Part 2
16 posted on 12/10/2002 3:57:09 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: Tailgunner Joe
A better question would seem, "When will we respect our Nationality?" A nation is not a game of musical chairs. The immigration law that went into effect in 1965 deliberately ignored who Americans were as a people. That makes absolutely no sense.

One can befriend the world, but still understand that we are unique, as others are unique. Pretending that we are all the same is an insult to all of us. It demeans everyone on the planet, by denying everyone on the planet the characteristics that make each unique. One of those characteristics is one's race and ethnicity. There are other characteristics, of course, also. But many of those fit patterns that correlate with one's race and ethnicity. Why the compulsion to deny this reality?!

William Flax Return Of The Gods Web Site

17 posted on 12/10/2002 3:57:15 PM PST by Ohioan
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To: MissAmericanPie
I hope we have all learned our lesson. Never vote for a President from Texas. So far Texas is batting a big zero.

I am starting to agree. Lyndon Johnson Turned Viet Nam into a national disgrace killing a lot of our men in the process.

18 posted on 12/10/2002 4:15:01 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Regulator
Oh, he gets it alright. For him, NAFTA and the ethnic drowning of the U.S. is exactly what he wants.

Bush's one term was very productive then, because it was his policies that set all what's happening to us today in motion. He must very proud of his one world, globalist achievements.

He kept using the term last night "come together" (a song btw Lennon wrote to ridicule Ronald Reagan). What he should have been preaching was "Imagine".

20 posted on 12/10/2002 5:00:33 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
Gosh, that's so warm and fuzzy! Spookdaddy telling us all to "just get along!".

Who knew that he was really a hippie all along?!

I feel so warm and fuzzy, I plan to go right out and hug the next drug smuggler I see!

24 posted on 12/10/2002 5:38:35 PM PST by Regulator
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To: Regulator
I feel so warm and fuzzy, I plan to go right out and hug the next drug smuggler I see!

Lol, yeah they want us to all hold hands and sing "we are the world". No thanks, not for me. If I want to live in Mexico or Somalia I'll move there.

25 posted on 12/10/2002 5:52:28 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
"we are the world"

Now you've done it! That damn song will be playing over and over in my head all night! Oh NO!

Have a good night.. :^)

26 posted on 12/10/2002 6:00:03 PM PST by Regulator
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To: Ohioan
Why the compulsion to deny this reality?!

The most universal characteristic of the liberal is a sense of self-loathing. Call it low self-esteem, if you will. For whatever reason, liberal seem to hate their own race, gender, class, and nationality.

27 posted on 12/10/2002 6:20:43 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Joe Hadenuf
"Ted Kennedy's 1990 "Immigration Act" and signed by George Sr."

What is this fetish all about for Teddy the Drunk by the Bush family? The 90's debacle, and recently Dubya OKs Teddy's request of $9,000,000,000 earmarked for the socialist NEA and public schools.

Senior was the definitive RINO and Mr. 'New World Order'.

And who did he send to the Supreme Court again?? Oh that's right -- "conservative" David Souter...

Upon assessing the mere tip of the iceberg in retrospect, this "Republican" has easily wreaked untold damage to America.

28 posted on 12/10/2002 8:17:20 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The most universal characteristic of the liberal is a sense of self-loathing. Call it low self-esteem, if you will. For whatever reason, liberal seem to hate their own race, gender, class, and nationality.

I think you can include more than a few so-called conservatives to that also.

29 posted on 12/10/2002 10:37:20 PM PST by WRhine
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To: F16Fighter
And who did he send to the Supreme Court again?? Oh that's right -- "conservative" David Souter...

I'll never forget that fiasco, or should I say hoodwink. Bush Sr. obviously knew the inside dope on that "below the radar" stealth commie. This bit of Bush history does not give me much confidence that Junior, despite his pledge to nominate conservative justices in the mold of Justice Scalia, will do anything other than put forth more Souter clones.

30 posted on 12/10/2002 10:48:40 PM PST by WRhine
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To: SJackson
Americans don't realize how many immigrants used to return home, about one-third of the immigrants from Europe returned home permanently because they couldn't cut it here, we've eliminated that with welfare and all the government programs, now we keep the ones who can't find work or be self-sufficient.
31 posted on 12/11/2002 5:50:48 AM PST by FITZ
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To: SJackson
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32 posted on 01/20/2004 5:37:06 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: SJackson

BTTT


33 posted on 08/25/2004 6:42:53 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: SJackson

BTTT


34 posted on 08/25/2004 6:42:57 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Mr. Mojo

Thanks, bumps are allowed within two years, you both made it!


35 posted on 08/25/2004 7:40:09 PM PDT by SJackson (You'd be amazed the number of people who wanna introduce themselves to you in the men's room J.Kerry)
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To: Joe Hadenuf

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36 posted on 02/08/2005 6:00:09 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: SJackson
The Kennedy's (Daddy Joseph, John, Bobby, and Teddy) cumultive influence upon the United States has done what WWII, the Cold War, and a few H-Bombs could NOT do; Destroy America from within.

And they say the Kennedy family is cursed? THEY are a curse upon America.

37 posted on 02/08/2005 6:38:00 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: SJackson

America became a fundamentally middle-class society, and our many European ethnic groups were brought together into a common national culture.

** Why doesn't the author of this piece just say what he really wants to say? White people?


38 posted on 02/08/2005 6:39:33 AM PST by cyborg (Department of Homelife Security threat level is GREEN.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Good grief. This thread is old. Why are you bumping it? LOL


39 posted on 02/08/2005 6:43:10 AM PST by cyborg (Department of Homelife Security threat level is GREEN.)
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To: cyborg
Just used it for reference on another thread.
40 posted on 02/08/2005 6:46:24 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

Okay. I remember an essay very similar to this one in a much later thread. Someone must be plaigarizing or everyone is using the same basic argument.


41 posted on 02/08/2005 6:49:11 AM PST by cyborg (Department of Homelife Security threat level is GREEN.)
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To: F16Fighter
Senate floor manager and Camelot knight-errant Ted Kennedy assured jittery senators that "our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually."

Shortsighted as they were, at least the Senators back then were "jittery" upon contemplating the probable consequences of this Act. Nowadays most of the idiots in that august body (on both sides of the aisle) actually welcome the invasion.

42 posted on 02/08/2005 7:07:22 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
"At least the Senators back then were 'jittery' upon contemplating the probable consequences of this Act. Nowadays most of the idiots in that august body (on both sides of the aisle) actually welcome the invasion."

Yeah, "jittery" was at least a sign they recognized the Immigration Act was a big gamble...because it was clearly stupid.

And today? If it helps destroy the heritage and traditions of the good ol' USA, our Senators vote FOR it -- yes, from BOTH sides of the aisle...

And just today I heard on the radio in West Hollywood it's citizens want to erect a WWII memorial for the troops...Soviet troops. I kid you not.

43 posted on 02/08/2005 9:35:20 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: cyborg; Mr. Mojo
"This thread is old. Why are you bumping it?"

It's germaine in that it helps explains the genesis of the chaotic immigration problems the country are NOW addressing...

And the reinforcement that the Kennedys single-handedly have always conspired to destroy the U.S. from within.

44 posted on 02/08/2005 9:40:24 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: cyborg; JustAnotherSavage

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1343361/posts?page=3#3


45 posted on 02/14/2005 10:00:48 PM PST by Coleus (Oppose Amnesty for Illegal Aliens http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/1335643/posts)
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To: Mr. Mojo; HiJinx; Travis McGee; F16Fighter; wardaddy; hedgetrimmer; Squantos
Chief among national concerns was total numeric immigration. Senate floor manager and Camelot knight-errant Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, assured jittery senators that "our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually."

It's time to bump this thread to the top for all to see the danger lurking ahead. Now that we know Kennedy and McCain are writing a new immigration policy, we need to raise the roof to keep them from succeeding. Kennedy was wrong then, and he's wrong now.

The reason I pinged all of you is that I know you are all interested in stopping this madness! I hope it was OK. :-)

46 posted on 05/06/2005 8:15:02 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge ..)
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To: NRA2BFree

Thanks for bumping.. I'd never seen this.. Thanks. :)


47 posted on 05/06/2005 9:10:53 PM PDT by JesseJane (Close the Borders.)
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To: SJackson

bump


48 posted on 05/06/2005 9:16:30 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: JesseJane
Thanks for bumping.. I'd never seen this.. Thanks. :)

You're very welcome. Please pass it on to everyone you know, including your Congressmen or women, and especially to your Senators. We need to show them how badly the last one that Kennedy had a hand in failed! We need to stop ALL immigration now. At least until we get all the illegals deported.

49 posted on 05/06/2005 9:23:57 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge ..)
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To: NRA2BFree

Will do. Kennedy and McCain are a lethal combination IMO. Freedom of Political Speech hosed by McCain, and now, comprimising the integrity of votes via immigration policy. The American Patriot/Citizen/Taxpayer voice, will be shut down. This can not be allowed to stand. Thanks again.


50 posted on 05/06/2005 9:56:49 PM PDT by JesseJane (Close the Borders.)
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