An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

June 7, 2007

Conservatives Cheer!

Filed under: Illegals — olbroad @ 8:11

Immigration Bill Dies in Senate

No story on Fox News’ site yet.

Found something through Drudge:

Immigration Bill Fails Crucial Test Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – A broad immigration bill to legalize millions of people in the U.S. unlawfully failed a crucial test vote Thursday, a stunning setback that could spell its defeat for the year.

The vote was 45-50 against limiting debate on the bill, 15 short of the 60 that the bill’s supporters needed to prevail. Most Republicans voted to block Democrats’ efforts to bring the bill to a final vote.

The legislation, which had been endorsed by President Bush, would tighten borders, institute a new system to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers in addition to giving up to 12 million illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status.

Conceived by an improbable coalition that nicknamed the deal a “grand bargain,” the measure exposed deep rifts within both parties and is loathed by most GOP conservatives.

Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., who had made no secret of his distaste for parts of the bill, said earlier he would move on to other matters if the immigration measure’s supporters didn’t get 60 votes Thursday night.

The defeat set off a bitter round of partisan recriminations, with Democrats and Republicans each accusing the other of killing it.

Most Republicans voted against ending debate, saying they needed more time to make the bill tougher with tighter border security measures and a more arduous legalization process for unlawful immigrants.

All but a handful of Democrats supported the move, but they, too, were holding their noses at provisions of the bill. Many of them argued it makes second-class citizens of a new crop of temporary workers and rips apart families by prioritizing employability over blood ties in future immigration.

Still, they had argued that the measure, on balance, was worth advancing.

“We can all find different aspects of this legislation that we differ with,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the leading Democratic architect of the bill.

May 27, 2007

Amnesty Bill

Filed under: Borders, Illegals, Polls — olbroad @ 11:17

NewsMax.com had a poll on the so called immigration bill Congress and the President are trying to shove down our throats. I got an email this morning with the results. I can’t link to to it because, well, it was an email and they didn’t provide a link to the site.

NewsMax Poll: Just 4 Percent Favor Immigration Plan

By a margin of more than 23 to 1, Americans overwhelmingly oppose the Senate’s plan for immigration reform, an Internet poll sponsored by NewsMax reveals.

Respondents in the poll – which drew more than 100,000 participants – also said they would oppose any 2008 presidential candidate who supports the Kennedy-McCain plan.

23 to 1. Don’t you think Congress would figure out they are NOT speaking for the American people on this issue?

Here are the poll questions and results:

1. What is your overall opinion of the Senate immigration deal?

Favorable: 4 percent
Unfavorable: 95 percent
No opinion: 1 percent

I’d say 95% is a pretty overwhelming majority, wouldn’t you?

2. What should be done with the 12 million illegals in the U.S.?

Deport them: 85 percent
Offer them citizenship eventually: 11 percent
Do nothing with them: 4 percent

They keep telling us that deporting those who break the law is impossible. Are they telling us there aren’t enough buses in this country to take them to the borders? Or to the airport, or bus station, or whatever?

3. Would you vote for any presidential candidate who supported this deal?

Vote for: 5 percent
Vote against: 95 percent

I’m fairly sure that not all who took this poll were Republicans.

4. GOP candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain have expressed support for the immigration deal. Are you:

More likely to vote for them: 4 percent
Less likely: 93 percent
No opinion: 3 percent

This makes me question the overall poll numbers for Giuliani.

5. GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Tom Tancredo oppose the Senate immigration deal. Are You:

More likely to vote for them: 89 percent
Less likely: 5 percent
No opinion: 6 percent

I notice they didn’t add Fred, but since he hasn’t declared, I guess that’s ok.

6. Rate President Bush’s handling of the border and immigration issues.

Excellent: 1 percent
Good: 3 percent
OK: 8 percent
Bad: 29 percent
Very poor: 59 percent

I’m in that 59% who thinks his border control policies leave a GREAT deal to be desired.

I question people who take polls, yet have no opinion. Why bother?

May 25, 2007

ONE More Time…..For the Record!

Filed under: Borders, Crime, Illegals — olbroad @ 5:09

Let’s say you are breaking into my home (country), stealing the money from my pocket (taxes), and crapping in my living room (trashing almost every area). Am I going to shoot your sorry ass?? DAMN RIGHT I WILL!

I hope that clears things up a bit. Now, you may go back to your regularly scheduled blog reading.

May 24, 2007

What I Think

Filed under: Borders, Illegals — olbroad @ 9:07

It seems I stirred up quite a hornet’s net this afternoon with a picture I posted last night. That’s ok, sometimes ya just gotta do it. I wasn’t here the majority of the afternoon, and what time I was here, I couldn’t get near the computer due to all the dust, so things progressed in a rather interesting direction.  All in all, the comments made for an interesting read.

People are angry. I’m angry. Our nation is being invaded, mostly from the south, yet we aren’t suppose to actually DO anything. Those on the left call anyone who feels the need to defend our country from this invasion as bigots. Putting labels is much easier than trying to actually explain why we should allow millions of people to enter our country illegally, and how the drain on the economy is ok. I’m not a bigot. I am all for immigration. LEGAL immigration. (A smidge more than half of my ancestry is counted among the immigrants.  The other half was already here, long before they arrived.)  What should we do with all those who have broken the law coming here? Well, enforce the law of course. Build the fence, the WHOLE fence.  Dig deep so it’s extremely difficult to tunnel under it, put gun towers along it, razor wire, broken glass along the top…. electrify the damn thing if need be, just stop the bloody invasion.

What do we do with those here? True, there are many here who actually do pay taxes, learn the language, and generally fit in with the population. Sadly, not enough to keep most of us from being out right disgusted with the whole situation. Those who truly do want to become part of this nation, I’m sure something could be worked out. Perhaps going back to their home country, and starting the legal process would be the best idea.

No signs, ballots, any government information should be printed in any language but English. That’s what we speak here….learn it! NO bilingual education. English!  Prosecute employers who hire illegals.  Prosecute those who break the laws.  Isn’t that why we have a justice system?  Let’s use it!
I don’t advocate violence.  I do advocate self defense.  We are now in self defense mode.

May 23, 2007

What is Wrong With This Picture?

Filed under: Borders, Illegals — olbroad @ 8:39

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Mexican migrants walk near a sign that reads in Spanish ‘Danger, inhabited area’, as they start their walk to the U.S. in Sasabe, Mexico.

Petition

Filed under: Borders, Illegals — olbroad @ 9:30

Big Dog has a petition going AGAINST the Amnesty Bill.  Please, consider heading over there and signing it, just like I did!

May 19, 2007

Fred on the Immigration/Amnesty Bill

Filed under: 2008, Borders, Illegals — olbroad @ 10:02

The Immigration Bill: Comprehensive or Incomprehensible?
Fred Dalton Thompson

Most Americans know that we have an illegal immigration problem in this country, with perhaps as many as 20 million people residing here unlawfully. And I think most Americans have a pretty good idea about how to at least start solving the problem – secure our nation’s borders.

But there’s an old saying in Washington that, in dealing with any tough issue, half the politicians hope that citizens don’t understand it while the other half fear that people actually do. This kind of thinking was apparent with the “comprehensive” immigration reform bill that the U.S. Senate and the White House negotiated yesterday.

I’d tell you what was in the legislation, but 24 hours after the politicians agreed the bill looked good, the Senate lawyers were still writing what may turn out to be a one thousand page document. In fact, a final version of the bill most likely will not be made available to the public until after the legislation is passed. That may come five days from now. That’s like trying to digest an eight-course meal on a fifteen-minute lunch break.

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May 16, 2007

Large Cajones!

Filed under: Crime, Illegals — olbroad @ 4:40

Workers sue U.S. factory after immigration raid

Workers including 361 illegal immigrants were cheated of hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime pay at a factory at the center of a high-profile raid in Massachusetts, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Excuse me?????? So, now it’s the factory’s fault they got busted?

The class-action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston on behalf of 500 workers, follows a raid by federal immigration agents on March 6 that drew criticism of the Bush administration’s immigration policy and brought national attention to the perils facing undocumented workers.

If ever there was a lawsuit that should be thrown out, it’s this one.

Dozens of children were stranded when 361 workers at Michael Bianco Inc., which makes equipment and apparel for the U.S. military, were arrested by federal agents in New Bedford, a port city about 55 miles south of Boston.

If these people are so worried about the kids, then they should be with their parents….and sent back to from whence they came.

As Douglas commented on America and Proud: What part of “illegal” in illegal aliens do they not understand? And what’s with this “undocumented immigrant” junk? That’s like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist.

May 13, 2007

Illegal Aliens Lose

Filed under: Borders, Illegals — olbroad @ 8:54

FB immigration law wins easily

Farmers Branch voters’ overwhelming embrace of a law to drive out illegal immigrants – which backers celebrated Saturday as “nothing but positive” – may lead to similar measures across North Texas and the nation, analysts say.

The people of Farmers Branch, Texas have spoken.

The nation’s first vote on an ordinance targeting illegal immigrants by barring them from renting apartments highlighted a resentment of the federal government’s failure to secure the nation’s borders – and a desire to do something about it at the local level, said City Council member Tim O’Hare, who was the driving force behind the ordinance.

I’m fairly sure if they held a similar vote in other cities and town, across the nation, odds are, the results would be pretty much the same. People are just flat out tired of their ‘home’ being overrun by people who have no respect for our laws.

Opponents of the ordinance said they will try to stop the ordinance in the courts, and despite their defeat, they say they will have an impact on the city in the future.

Typical. If you don’t like the majority rule, sue. If these pro illegals really want to make good use of the courts, how about making sure those breaking the law pay for their crimes; help those who honestly want to come here to make a good life for themselves and their families. Do NOT use up valuable court time fighting the American people.

“Regardless of the results, this is only the beginning,” said Ana Reyes. “The community outreach we’re doing is going to empower the Hispanic community [to become citizens]. I want them to feel a sense of involvement in the city.”

Peachy. Make sure they have all the paperwork they need to have filled out to apply for residency, help them pay the fines that should be imposed for breaking the law, and make sure they make it home safely. YOU pay for their fare back home, so they can get the ball rolling.

Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said the implications of the Farmers Branch election may be felt more in cities elsewhere.

“Farmers Branch is a closed-in suburb of a major American city,” Mr. Wilson said. “This is not some sort of remote, rural outpost. Farmers Branch is a pretty mainstream place, and if there is this level of anger about the immigration situation there, then what that suggests is there’s probably a lot more of this kind of anger around the country.”

Gee. Ya think? I sure hope those yahoos in D.C. are paying attention. Build the fence. Use the National Guard that isn’t deployed to war zones, that’s what they’re for ya know…..to protect our country from foreign invaders.

And look for more anti-illegal-immigrant measures in Farmers Branch with the election Saturday of two new pro-ordinance council members, David Koch and Tim Scott. The City Council now has a solid majority committed to more ordinances targeting illegal immigrants. Both Mr. Koch and Mr. Scott have said they favor expanding the ban on renting apartments to illegal immigrants to all rental properties in the city and cracking down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

The battle to retake their city should be interesting.

But with two lawsuits pending against the city, it could be years before the ordinance takes effect. Attorneys in those lawsuits are expected to immediately file requests from the courts for injunctions to stop the city from implementing the law on May 22, as planned.

Any judge with a backbone will toss out those lawsuits. Since when do illegals get to tell the American people how to run their own country?

Illegal immigration “is still a very live issue, but my sense is it doesn’t have the forward momentum it had in the latter half of 2006, because it was then a signature issue of the Republican Party,” Cal Jillson, also a political science professor at SMU, said last week.

Ol’ Cal might be really surprised to find out it’s STILL a big issue. A little incident last week at Fort Dix made sure it’s still in the forefront.

The fiery debate drew charges of racism and accusations of voter intimidation and dissemination of wrong or misleading information on both sides both since last fall. Mayor Bob Phelps’ house was vandalized twice, including once last week immediately after he announced his opposition to the ordinance.

This has nothing to do with race. A good majority of American citizens are mixed in their ethnicity. This is about the law. This is about immigrants assimilating to their adopted country, learning the language, not demanding the country change to suit them. If these illegals want thing done the way they did ‘back home’, then by George, go the hell back home!

May 11, 2007

An Essential Theft…..

Filed under: Illegals — olbroad @ 11:08

Jim: Juan, I see that you and thousands of other protesters are marching in the streets to demonstrate for your cause. Exactly what is your cause and what do you expect to accomplish by this protest?

Juan: We want our rights. We will show you how powerful we are. We will bring Houston to its knees!

Jim: What rights?

Juan: Our right to live here…legally. Our right to get all the benefits you get.

Jim: When did you come to the United States?

Juan: Six years ago. I crossed over the border at night with seven other friends.

Jim: Why did you come?

Juan: For work. I can earn as much in a month as I could in a year in Mexico. Besides, I get free health care, our Mexican children can go to school free, I lose my job I will get Welfare, and someday I will have the Social Security. Nothing like that in Mexico!

Jim: Did you feel badly about breaking our immigration laws when you came?

Juan: No! Why should I feel bad? I have a right to be here. I have a right to amnesty. I paid lots of money for my Social Security and Green Cards.

Jim: How did you acquire those documents?

Juan: From a guy in Dallas. He charged me a lot of money too.

Jim: Did you know that those documents were forged?

Juan: It is of no matter. I have a right to be here and work.

Jim: What is the “right” you speak of?

Juan: The right of all Aliens. It is found in your Constitution. Read it!

Jim: I have read it, but I do not remember it saying anything about rights for Aliens.

Juan: It is in that part where it says that all men have Alien rights, like the right to pursue happiness. I wasn’t happy in Mexico, so I came here.

Jim: I think you are referring to the declaration of Independence and that document speaks to unalienable rights … Not Alien rights.

Juan: Whatever.

Jim: Since you are demanding to become an American citizen, why then are you carrying a Mexican Flag?

Juan: Because I am Mexican.

Jim: But you said you want to be given amnesty … To become a US citizen.

Juan: No. This is not what we want. This is our country, a part of Mexico that you Gringos stole from us. We want it returned to its rightful owner.

Jim: Juan, you are standing in Texas. After wining the war with Mexico, Texas became a Republic, and later Texans voted to join the USA. It was not stolen from Mexico.

Juan: That is a Gringo lie. Texas was stolen. So was California, New Mexico and Arizona. It is just like all the other stuff you Gringos steal, like oil and babies. You are a country of thieves.

Jim: Babies? You think we steal babies?

Juan: Sure. Like from Korea and Vietnam and China. I see them all over the place. You let all these foreigners in, but try to keep us Mexicans out. How is this fair?

Jim: So, you really don’t want to become an American citizen then.

Juan: I just want my rights! Everyone has a right to live, work, and speak their native language wherever and whenever they please. That’s another thing we demand. All signs and official documents should be in Spanish. Teachers must teach in Spanish. Soon, more people here in Houston will speak Spanish than English. It is our right!

Jim: If I were to cross over the border into Mexico without proper documentation, what rights would I have there?

Juan: None! You would probably go to jail, but that’s different.

Jim: How is it different? You said everyone has the right to live wherever they please.

Juan: You Gringos are a bunch of land grabbing thieves. Now you want Mexico too? Mexico has its rights. You Gringos have no rights in Mexico. Why would you want to go there anyway? There is no free medical service, schools, or welfare there for foreigners such as you. You cannot even own land in my country. Stay in the country of your birth.

Jim: I can see that there is no way that we can agree on this issue. Thank you for your comments.

Juan: Viva Mexico!

……from Sues Views 

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