She reports of New York's Senator Charles Schumer
The immigration reform debate began anew this week, and buried in a speech given by a Democratic senator who will be a pivotal player are a few sentences that just could help transform this emotional issue. In remarks to a group of immigration policy wonks and advocates this past week, Schumer broached something that is usually reserved for Republicans: the fact that sneaking into this country over the border or overstaying a visa is wrong. And he also raised the notion of what to call people who are in this country illegally. "When we use phrases like 'undocumented workers,' we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose,'' Schumer said.
Sounds great. Unfortunately, I no longer believe in Santa Claus.
On Friday I forced myself to listen to the Webcast (on right) of Thursdayâ€™s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on S.909 â€“ The Hate Crimes Prevention Bill. Schumer appeared, (although he did not bother to interview those giving testimony) and at around Minute 90 said
â€?If we vote down this legislationâ€¦we are saying it is OK to physically harm people who you donâ€™t like because of who they areâ€?
From a member of the general public, this could perhaps be excused as stupidity. From a Harvard and Harvard Law Graduate, fully aware physically harming people is invariably criminal, the kindest interpretation is that it is a vicious lie.
So how should Patriots assess Schumerâ€™s Olive Branch?
One Old Veteran carries FAIRâ€™s wonkish but technically correct response.
Myself, I believe Schumer is a deadly enemy of the American Nation. This wheedling reflects reality: as Rahm Emmanuel says: they donâ€™t have the votes. I admit: Joe Guzzardi seems to have judged the situation better than I.
Unfortunately, this does not change the underlying reality. As I said on Friday:
The problem the Patriots have is that time is against us. By simply not enforcing immigration law, the degeneration of the country into a third-world Spanish-speaking slum will continue, and the Democrats can look forward to being permanently what Peter Brimelow called, at the end of his CPAC essay this past March
a minority occupation government.