Last week I predicted that, despite hand wringing from distraught Republicans that the recently elected Democratic Congress would hand over an amnesty/guest-worker program to President Bush, no such thing would happen.
With or without Martinez, amnesty will fail.
And when Bush snubs his nose as callously toward Republicans as he did in this latest move, so much the better.
Let's look at what we have.
Summarized: it doesn't matter what Bush, et al want; Congress has to vote for it.
Despite agitating by the Hispanic activists like Armando Navarro—"But if they (the Democrats) hope to capture the White House in 2008, they better listen to us." [ Immigrant Groups Prepare Big Push for Reform, Are Hopeful Over Democrats' Ascendance, Associated Press, November 16, 2006] and regardless of the fifty-odd hard anti-American core in the Congress like Mike Pence, John McCain and Teddy Kennedy, we'll prevail.
History is on our side!
Our opponents have not moved one inch forward in more than six years of amnesty battles. We have consistently repelled them.
In 2000, Congress passed the LIFE Act, a re-instatement of the rolling Section of 245(i) for 900.000 illegal aliens. (Briefly, 245 (i) allows an illegal alien to apply for adjustment of status and pay a $1,000 fine to become eligible for a green card. Full details here.)
Since then, four separate attempts to extend 245 (i) have been voted down.
And at least three major amnesties/guest worker bills died on the vines for lack of broad-based support:
Remember that the circumstances surrounding those earlier amnesties were identical to what we face to day—ethnic lobbyists, corporate interests, churches, the MSM and the White House insisting that " comprehensive immigration reform" was inevitable.
Each time, they were wrong.
Ours is a tremendous record of resistance. The side that should be afraid of failure is theirs—not ours.
Joe Guzzardi [ e-mail him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor. In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has been writing a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.