Conservative Leaders and Columnists on the Senate Amnesty Bill
“This looks like the Medicare debacle all over again….The White House will twist arms to get House Republicans to abandon their principles for [Hispanic] votes that will never emerge.”
William F. Buckley, Jr.
“If Congress had begun reform by stabilizing the Mexican border, it might more credibly have gone on to elaborate residually desirable changes in the mess Congress has permitted.”
“This bill should be called the ‘Comprehensive Destroy the Republican Party’ Act of 2007.”
“To say the Senate bill is not an amnesty proposal is just plain dishonest.”
“If this bill passes, the Republican Party will not recover from it.”
“The long-term fiscal effect of the bill will be to add $2.5 trillion to the cost of our taxpayer-funded retirement system.”
“They [pro-amnestyDemocrats] don’t care if the border fence works or not, they just want the amnesty and the votes that follow.”
Victor Davis Hanson
“The more Western elites ignore their own laws, allow unassimilated ethnic ghettos…the more their own nations will begin to resemble the very places immigrants fled from.”
“Contrary to White House propaganda… it is not nativism but facts and principle that lie behind opposition to the Senate’s latest amnesty proposal.”
“Many of the same politicians who support the Senate draft immigration bill are also trying to gut the requirements of REAL ID. No doubt the proposed electronic [workplace] verification system would suffer the same fate….”
“The people who make arguments about ‘jobs Americans won’t do’ are never in a line of work where unskilled immigrants can compete with them. Liberals love to strike generous, humanitarian poses with other people’s lives.”
“The push for this bill is a disaster, Mr. President….It is a bad bill because no one believes the government can conduct millions of background checks. No one believes the bill will halt the next 12 million, No one believes [Bush] will assure the fence gets built. No one believes the employer verification system will get done or work….”
“It’s divorce. That’s what has happened between President Bush and his party over this immigration bill. And if they insist on pursuing it, I fear it is what will happen between the Senate GOP leadership and the party base as well.”
“No, Mr. President. The American people understand this issue perfectly well. We do not need ‘comprehensive’ new immigration laws; we simply need to enforce existing laws.”
“The president lacks the integrity to be trusted to fulfill any promise of future border security.
It is sad to see that most of the American people can plainly see what many U.S. Senators cannot.”
Others opposed to the bill:
Victor Davis Hanson
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Frank Gaffney, Jr.
Georgie Anne Geyer