The sleeper issue strikes againThe United States Senate yesterday failed to reach cloture on a measure that threatened to seriously undermine the sovereignty both of the United States and of each State therein when it nixed the DREAM Act, a bill that would have given amnesty to illegal aliens under the age of 30. The most dangerous provisions of the legislation were those that would have allowed for subsidized in-State tuition for the aliens in such a manner as to give them greater advantages than those who are natural-born American citizens.
Some pundits are saying that the defeat of the DREAM Act is evidence that a united Democratic majority in the Senate does not yet exist. I doubt that the lack of unity among Democrats was the real cause of defeat for this preposterous legislation. The real reason for the demise of this Act was the fact that enough of the American people called, wrote, e-mailed, and petitioned their Senators to insure this result. What the result proves is that if we take action, the process can still work for us, but the ball is in our court.
Many of the Democrats who voted against the bill are up for re-election next year, like Max Baucus of Montana, Marry Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. The angry calls many of the Senators received, not to mention the threats from many constituents to work against them during next year's election doubtless played a role in the outcome in the final hours leading up to the Senate vote.
As I said yesterday, immigration is the great sleeper issue in 2008. It is the issue that Democrats would love to buck the popular will over, and many Republicans would simply prefer to ignore it-both sides take those stated actions at their own peril.
All over America-but especially in the South-people are tired of ignoring the law where illegal aliens are concerned. Not a day goes by in our part of the country now where some illegal alien is not arrested for a serious crime, yet the proponents of open borders and amnesty want to gloss over that reality and pretend there is not a problem. Fred Thompson has figured out very quickly that it is in his best interest as a candidate not to ignore the problem, but to take action. The rest of the Republican Party would do well to follow his lead.
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