Dear Mr. Martin :
As the debate on immigration reform continues, I would like to update you on the latest actions. You may have already had a chance to see this, but below is a recent letter Senator Isakson and I sent to President Bush.
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Dear Mr. President:
Although the Senate's effort to reform our nation's immigration laws through the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 is stalled, illegal immigration remains our nation's number one domestic issue. We therefore believe it is incumbent upon us and our colleagues to tackle this issue and not leave this problem for future generations to solve.
As we travel around Georgia and continue to hear from our constituents, the message from a majority of Georgians is that they have no trust that the United States Government will enforce the laws contained in this new legislation and secure the border first. This lack of trust is rooted in the mistakes made in 1986 and the continued chaos surrounding our immigration laws. Understandably, the lack of credibility the federal government has on this issue gives merit to the skepticism of many about future immigration reform.
We believe the way to build greater support for immigration reform in the United States Senate and among the American public is to regain the trust in the ability of the federal government to responsibly administer immigration programs and enforce immigration laws. There is bipartisan agreement that we need to secure our borders first, and we believe this approach will serve as a platform towards addressing the other issues surrounding immigration reform.
To that end, we believe that you and your administration could alleviate many of the fears of our constituents by calling for an emergency supplemental bill to fully fund the border and interior security initiatives contained in legislation currently pending in the Senate, as well as any outstanding existing authorizations. Such a move would show your commitment to securing the border first and to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into our nation. It will also work towards restoring the credibility of the federal government on this critical issue.
We urge you to carefully consider this request, and thank you for the opportunity to express the views of the people of Georgia on this matter.
This bit bothers me a little, but on the whole the letter looks good & sounds like maybe these guys get that we don't want anything new, just enforce what's already on the books.by calling for an emergency supplemental bill to fully fund the border and interior security initiatives contained in legislation currently pending in the Senate, as well as any outstanding existing authorizations.
Ok, so what about the gun control angle? Has anybody figured this out?Malum Prohibitum said:http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul389.htmlAccording to the pro-Second Amendment Gun Owners of America, the legislation also makes it easier to target gun dealers for prosecution. Even gun clubs could find themselves targeted under this immigration reform legislation
Malum Prohibitum said:Ok, so what about the gun control angle? Has anybody figured this out?[/quote:1cf5mu49]http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul389.html[/URL]
I was sorta wondering about that myself. He makes a statement but offers nothing to back it up or even an explanation as to what he's trying to say. :-k
And, as for our senators... :^o
I've been saying for several years now that Mr. Bush is probably the worst president in my lifetime. I think I can drop the "probably" part of that statement... I think it'll be at least 18 months before anything happens to improve our border security and probably, not even then! As long as the people who pull the strings and really run this country don't want the border sealed, it ain't gonna happen!
Excuse me, I gotta go now. Need to put my tinfoil hat on. The black helicopters are overhead again...
GUN CONTROL IN THE IMMIGRATION BILL
Senator Ted Kennedy and the anti-gun zealots who wrote the bill just
couldn't resist the temptation to get their hands on our guns. They
have included language that GOA has been able to defeat in the past.
When Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced these anti-gun provisions in 1998, the GOA grassroots were able to convince seven senator cosponsors to pull their names from Hatch's bill.
At the time, The Hill newspaper credited GOA with having "generated a significant number of postcards" into Senate offices. "The defecting [seven] senators, echoing the concerns of the GOA, are apprehensive about the violation of Second Amendment rights," reported The Hill.
The current language in the amnesty bill is only slightly different from Hatch's original language almost 10 years ago, but it would essentially do the same thing -- threaten every gun store in America.
In Section 205, for example, all it takes for the employees of a gun shop (of five or more persons) to become a "criminal gang" is:
* For them to commit two or more violations of ANY federal felony gun offense -- which includes virtually all gun offenses, including paperwork violations; and
* For the anti-gunners to find that violating gun laws was a "primary purpose" of the group.
So let's say your local gun store sells two or three firearms to Mayor Bloomberg's thuggish agents under New York City's extraterritorial "sting" operations. Your gun shop is now a "criminal gang."
This provision could even be used against a family of five who drives by two schools on the way to a movie with a gun in the glove compartment. Certainly under a Hillary administration, it would not be surprising to see them treat this infraction as a "felony" under the weird language of Gun Free School Zones Act. Thus, you and your family would become a "criminal gang."
I hate to say it but if GOA's analysis of this is the same warped view they have of the NICS bill, then the bill will not even remotely allow what they say it does.Malum Prohibitum said:Well, let's see the language from the bill, not wild speculations about the GFSZA being used to prosecute people driving to a soccer game.