Gail Russell Chaddock writes
at The Christian Science Monitor:
"People are going to be piling on their senators at public events, media events, and in their offices over the break," predicts William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, based in Raleigh, N.C. "They can expect large angry mobs of their constituents. I`ve never seen this degree of disparity between lawmaker actions and the electorate."Nearly half of US voters oppose the proposed reform, and only 26 percent of US voters support it, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll this week.
Basically the GOP leaders are getting the message that immigration is a hot potato. What is sad is that these "leaders" aren`t really willing to talk to the folks that have seriously studied the issue of immigration—fund raising
is a much higher priority than actual government.
If we are lucky the government will simply play dead for a while longer-and when they bring up amnesty again, it will be an even hotter issue than today.
In the long run, I fully expect that most of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas will no longer be part of the US. For many practical intents and purposes, they really aren`t now. When you consider the impact that will have on the psyche of Americans— California for much of our history was the epitome of the "American Dream"
-it is truly intimidating.