From “Harvesting Illegals” by Mark Krikorian in the Center for Immigration Studies (thanks to Rebecca Bynum):
More than 1,500 of our soldiers in Iraq have given their lives to ensure America’s safety. An emergency military spending bill to keep their comrades supplied with bullets and gasoline passed the House of Representatives last month with the addition of several important domestic security measures, including national standards for state driver’s licenses.
The Senate will debate the bill next week, and is considering an addition of its own: amnesty for illegal aliens.
I am not making this up. For several years now, Sen. Larry Craig has teamed up with Sen. Ted Kennedy to relentlessly push the AgJobs bill (the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act, currently S. 359), which would grant amnesty to most illegal alien farmworkers, and their families (plus admit many, many more through a harmful “temporary” worker program). Estimates are that as many as three million illegals could take advantage of this amnesty….
There’s so much wrong with this it’s hard to know where to start. Firstly, regardless of the merits of bill, it’s simply irresponsible to hold up an emergency spending measure for an extensive debate on something as momentous as an illegal alien amnesty — and equally irresponsible to pass such an amnesty without extensive debate….
Among the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who were fraudulently legalized was one Mahmoud “The Red” Abouhalima, an Egyptian illegal alien cabbie in New York. It was only after he got his green card in the 1986 amnesty that he had the ability to travel to Afghanistan for terrorist training and then return to help plan the first World Trade Center attack, for which he is serving life in prison. Do we really want to find out what kinds of bad guys the next amnesty will legalize, enabling them to work and travel freely, preying on our society?…
The irony is exquisite. The same measure that would enable our soldiers to defend the borders of a newly free Iraq would also undermine our own borders. Mahmoud the Red is laughing from his prison cell.