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Nelson: 'Do Everything' Approach Won't Fix Immigration Woes
KETV News ^ | June 5, 2007 | Sen. Ben Nelson

Posted on 06/05/2007 12:17:09 PM PDT by Between the Lines

Dear Nebraskans,

The latest proposal to deal with illegal immigration puts the cart before the horse. Our borders must be secured before we deal with those who are here illegally. Unfortunately, the emphasis in the amnesty-based bill that was introduced is on those who are already here. This is the wrong approach and I cannot support it the way it stands.

I voted to allow debate to proceed on this bill, but I do not support the underlying bill. Instead, I hope we

can improve it and put the focus where it needs to be -– on securing our border first.

And judging by the hundreds of letters and phone calls I get, I believe I represent the vast majority of my fellow Nebraskans who oppose amnesty and want to secure our borders.

Do-Everything Approach is Wrong

This legislation is yet another attempt to do everything, that in the end will likely make the immigration problems we have now worse. I still do not understand why some are pushing for amnesty when our borders are not yet secured.

When the Senate debated amnesty last year, illegal border crossings in some areas went up by more than 26 percent. That's because people wanted to get here before the bill was finalized in hopes of benefiting from amnesty.

We can't solve a problem by making it worse.

A 3-Step Process

We need to pursue a three-step approach. The first step is securing our border. At the same time we need to do more to enforce workplace restrictions on employing illegal immigrants. The goal here is to make illegal immigration a less attractive option.

The second step is to reform the legal immigration process, make that a more attractive option so that we are opening the front door to legal immigration while closing the back door to illegal immigration. And we can do this second step while securing the border.

The third and final step is to deal with the individuals who are here illegally. But we can't deal with them now or else we'll simply be encouraging more illegal immigration.

I will support amendments that put border security first, but I will not support any amnesty-based reform.

Border Security Report Card

After visiting the border in Arizona last February with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, I can report to you that we are really making some good progress in securing our border. There are increased patrols, physical barriers and, of course, the virtual fencing that takes advantage of technology such as radar sensors and aerial patrols in the more remote areas but more remains to be done. Until the border is secure, we simply cannot encourage more illegal immigration by talking about amnesty.

Sincerely, Sen. Ben Nelson


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: immigration

1 posted on 06/05/2007 12:17:15 PM PDT by Between the Lines
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To: Between the Lines

Someone is getting the message!


2 posted on 06/05/2007 12:20:21 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: Between the Lines
amnesty am-nes-ty -n 1. a general pardon for offenses against a government

The Senate and liberal media are counting on you to give up and go home. When we stop calling, this bill WILL PASS, and Senior bush WILL SIGN IT.

Passage of “comprehensive immigration reform” means amnesty as it is defined by the dictionary, the law, and by common sense. Are you willing to let your government get away with a bill that will cost us $2,500,000,000,000, has no meaningful reforms for border security and no penalties for the illegals already here? That will actually increase the financial incentives for those who wish to come here illegally, and grant illegal aliens more benefits than are granted to lawful American citizens?

Keep the pressure on, because the Senate is hoping this will all just go away if they wait long enough. Write, call, email, and fax your representatives... and DO NOT STOP. If you are unable to reach your Congressional or Senate rep, try the office of El Presidente. Contact your local and state party representatives, and the Republican and Democrat National Committees. Keep building the tidal wave that we need to KILL THIS BILL!

Links and contact info:


CONTACT YOUR REPS NOW

MORE CONTACT INFO

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Mitch McConnell (R - KY) is the key to Republican support for this bill. (202) 224-2541

McConnel’s district offices:

Paducah (Western Kentucky Office) Phone: (270) 442-4554
Bowling Green (South Central Kentucky Office) Phone: (270) 781-1673 Louisville (Louisville Metro Area Office) Phone: (502) 582-6304
Fort Wright (Northern Kentucky Office) Phone: (859) 578-0188
London (Eastern Kentucky Office) Phone: (606) 864-2026
Lexington (Bluegrass Area Office) Phone: (859) 224-8286

3 posted on 06/05/2007 12:20:29 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: Between the Lines

Yes, I’ve written this before. Nelson, Byrd, Webb, Dorgan and perhaps Landrieu are with the good guys on this. Hopefully Landrieu, Johnson and Baucus will be retired next year as well.


4 posted on 06/05/2007 12:20:55 PM PDT by MSF BU
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To: MSF BU

Byrd?...really...I’m dumbfounded...I’m not doubing you, but can you give me a link that supports the statement that Byrd is against the bill?


5 posted on 06/05/2007 12:23:17 PM PDT by ken5050
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To: ken5050

I read last week that Byrd was voting against it as well.


6 posted on 06/05/2007 12:25:12 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: ken5050

He-’s been all over the p=lace against it. typ=e his name and _”immigration bill_” into any search engine. Oh, and the old coot was against last year-’s bill, too.


7 posted on 06/05/2007 12:26:47 PM PDT by 3AngelaD (They've screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, now they're here screwing up ours.)
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To: Between the Lines

Pretty much covers it.


8 posted on 06/05/2007 12:28:17 PM PDT by trimom
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To: Between the Lines
I'm all for a 60 foot (30 feet above ground, 30 feet below ground) plutonium fence running the full length of our borders and/or citizen licenses to shoot illegals as they cross.

But that won't impede terrorists at all.

(Rio Lindians: Plutonium = hyperbole.)

9 posted on 06/05/2007 12:29:12 PM PDT by Sir Clean Plate Club (Gore feels things are getting warmer because he is on his way to Hell)
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To: Between the Lines

Wow from a Democrat, times maybe a changing


10 posted on 06/05/2007 12:29:52 PM PDT by italianquaker ("blue dog democrats", that dog don't hunt)
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To: snowrip
Here is the email response I received from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison about ten minutes ago. The bold is mine.

...... As of late Friday, the actual text of the “grand compromise” had not yet been published. Major questions remain about details of the plan, and how it would work. We believe the bill – which was negotiated privately – deserves a full public airing before it’s considered......

Some of our colleagues, sensing the fragile nature of the proposed compromise, want to rush it through the Congress immediately. This would be a major mistake. It is too important and too complicated to rush. The legislation requires extended Senate debate, with full opportunity for public input and criticism, and an open process for amendments to strengthen its provisions.....

As the bill reaches the Senate floor this week, our goal will be restoring the integrity of our borders, providing guest workers with opportunity, not amnesty, and preserving our social security for all who legally qualify.

11 posted on 06/05/2007 12:34:56 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Guns don't kill people. None of my guns ever left the house at night and killed anyone.)
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To: rolling_stone

A Dem no less... but the only, half-way decent one they have.


12 posted on 06/05/2007 12:35:30 PM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Between the Lines

Thank you to the CONSERVATIVE senator from Nebraska. The other one is worthless.


13 posted on 06/05/2007 12:36:05 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Fred Thompson. AKA: POTUS 44)
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To: ken5050
Byrd?...really...I’m dumbfounded...

He knows the danger first-hand - Byrd was in the Senate when the Goths and Visigoths were granted amnesty.

Different Senate, but same Byrd.
14 posted on 06/05/2007 12:36:52 PM PDT by horse_doc (Visualize a world where a tactical nuke went off at Max Yasgar's farm in 1969.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

You got that right.


15 posted on 06/05/2007 12:38:28 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Between the Lines

Yep, this bill is so bad that even Dems can see it for the disastrous farce it is.


16 posted on 06/05/2007 12:44:28 PM PDT by AIM-54
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To: Arrowhead1952

Hutchinson is a sap. He was against it, then for it, then railed against it, now he’s cautiously for it again.

I can’t wait for the next round of primaries. I’m going to spend every spare moment of my time, and every spare dollar I can muster, to motivate others to kick these bums out of office and replace them with new conservative blood.


17 posted on 06/05/2007 12:45:50 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: snowrip

Hutchison... stupid fingers!


18 posted on 06/05/2007 12:46:47 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: snowrip
He was against it, then for it, then railed against it, now he’s cautiously for it again.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) Texas, is a she. In the last two email replies I got from her, indicate she will vote against this. I sent the links to several FR threads and told her to get her staff to check the pulse of the posters on FR.

19 posted on 06/05/2007 12:53:03 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Guns don't kill people. None of my guns ever left the house at night and killed anyone.)
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To: ken5050; MSF BU
Byrd?...really...I'm dumbfounded...I'm not doubing you, but can you give me a link that supports the statement that Byrd is against the bill?

Straight from the horse's mouth:

Senate Should Focus on Border Security, Immigration Enforcement
May 17, 2007

The United States Congress should not approve legislation granting a sweeping amnesty to as many as 12 million illegal immigrants in the country, U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said Thursday.

"We should not reward those who break our immigration laws. We should continue to hire more border agents and install the fencing and technology to close the gaps along our land borders. We should encourage employers to hire American citizens and target those companies that hire illegal immigrants," Byrd explained. "And we should not give a blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants who want to flaunt the laws of this land."

"This proposal could wave a magic wand and give as many as 12 million illegal immigrants automatic legal status. This amnesty plan is no fairy tale; it is a bad dream," Byrd said. "The proposal is a slap in the face to every immigrant who had to wait abroad to come to American shores, and to every immigrant who had to struggle and work to become a U.S. citizen."

"There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to the 500,000 aliens expected to sneak across the borders illegally this year," Byrd stated.

The White House and several Members of Congress have been in negotiations over the structure of an amnesty plan that could garner the support of President Bush. A central tenant of those discussions has been a one-time waiver of an illegal immigrant's status to legal.

Because of Senator Byrd's work, beginning with funding legislation in 2005, Congress has added 4,000 new Border Patrol agents, 9,150 new immigrant detention beds, nearly 1,400 new detention personnel, and more than 500 new Customs and Border Protection officers at U.S. ports of entry. In addition, significant resources have been added for fences, vehicle barriers, sensors, and other tools.

Last fall, in the Homeland Security Appropriations Act, $1.18 billion was added as emergency funding specifically for neglected but critical border security infrastructure activities, such as fencing, vehicle barriers, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, boats, replacement law enforcement vehicles, and border facilities. These funds will also enhance facilities for training new Border Patrol agents. In addition, using the resources provided by Senator Byrd, federal law enforcement officers have significantly expanded their efforts to identify employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. In 2002, federal agencies were involved in 25 such cases; in 2006, that figure grew to 716 cases.

20 posted on 06/05/2007 12:55:30 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Arrowhead1952

Didn’t even notice the mistake; serves me right for mailing on a blackberry!


21 posted on 06/05/2007 12:55:55 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: snowrip

emailing


22 posted on 06/05/2007 12:56:18 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: rolling_stone
Someone is getting the message!

Not completely. Steps 2 & 3 are bassackwards.

1) Seal the border.
2) Enforce existing laws and go after employers.
3) Begin deporting illegals.
4) Reform existing immigration laws.

I place #2 before #3 because by going after employers, many illegals will begin deportation on their own. If the jobs dry up, so will the illegals.

23 posted on 06/05/2007 12:59:03 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: Between the Lines

Right now I will take RATS like Byrd and Nelson over scum like McCain, Graham and Kyl. Maybe we can trade.


24 posted on 06/05/2007 1:00:15 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: horse_doc

ROFLMAO!!!


25 posted on 06/05/2007 1:00:18 PM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: ken5050

Byrd?...really...I’m dumbfounded...I’m not doubing you, but can you give me a link that supports the statement that Byrd is against the bill?

IIRC he voted against it last year and voiced his opinion on the floor against it this year. I guess he has his own reasons that may not be the same as mine.


26 posted on 06/05/2007 1:04:12 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: Between the Lines

I’ve been away and I am a little confused. Is there more than one bill? Has a bill already passed the Senate? Someone please enlighten me.


27 posted on 06/05/2007 1:05:31 PM PDT by kddid (Hillary Clinton will never be President of the United States.)
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To: Between the Lines
CALL! CALL! CALL! CALL! AND KEEP CALLING TILL THE LINES FRY!

WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! TILL YOU RUN OUT OF INK IN YOUR PEN!

Bombard the Democrats as well, especially the ones that ran on an anti illegal immigration plank and the ones in marginal districts who could be vulnerable. keep pounding on them. This is a bipartisan issue not a Conservative or Liberal issue BUT AN AMERICAN issue.

STOP AMNESTY NOW!! WE CAN DO IT!!

The best way to stop Shamnesty

28 posted on 06/05/2007 1:07:03 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: horse_doc
He knows the danger first-hand - Byrd was in the Senate when the Goths and Visigoths were granted amnesty.

Hehehe
29 posted on 06/05/2007 1:08:19 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: Between the Lines
Good going, Senator Nelson. Once in awhile you really do show some character.
30 posted on 06/05/2007 1:09:39 PM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: snowrip

I just fired off another email to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. I hope she gets the message soon. I sent several more FR thread links.


31 posted on 06/05/2007 1:21:14 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Guns don't kill people. None of my guns ever left the house at night and killed anyone.)
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To: Between the Lines

“We can’t solve a problem by making it worse.”

Big Ben!


32 posted on 06/05/2007 1:22:44 PM PDT by tumblindice (Ben makes up for the other one)
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To: rolling_stone

Ole Byrd knows that he will be drawn and quartered in WV if he votes for this monstrosity. He knows how we feel. I keep sending him letters and calling all the time. Rocky also tells me he is against the bill. I have no proof of that yet.


33 posted on 06/05/2007 1:26:03 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: kddid
Proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Senate bill 1348

34 posted on 06/05/2007 1:26:29 PM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: WVNan

Ole Byrd is undoubtedly in his last term, however. I wouldn’t be surprised if he votes against the bill, since he’s occasionally reasonable on social issues. As for Mr. Rockefeller, I wouldn’t trust anything he says. He’s a standard-brand liberal, and a standard-brand liberal from West Virginia has probably done a fair amount of lying in his career.


35 posted on 06/05/2007 1:29:52 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: unspun

Yes, I’ll give Nelson credit for this. His opposition may prove to be important, too. It’s good news for sure.


36 posted on 06/05/2007 1:31:02 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: DumpsterDiver

More good news. Thanks for sharing it.


37 posted on 06/05/2007 1:31:59 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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