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Most readers are probably already aware of the recent proposal by Sen. Ted Kennedy and (nominally Republican) Sen. John McCain to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and create a massive new immigration category allowing an additional 400,000 unskilled workers to enter each year to take those pesky jobs that "no Americans want to do."
This proposal is already reminiscent of the catastrophically failed 1986 amnesty, which legalized millions of illegals without providing the promised border or employment enforcement afterwards, resulting the massive, uninterrupted influx since that time. The biggest red flag, however, should be the name of the Massachusetts senator attached to the bill. For our readers' benefit, here is a little excerpt from remarks delivered by Kennedy in 1965 prior to the passage of the Immigration Act of that same year (which ushered in the current age of mass immigration):
"The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs." (U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965. pp. 1-3.)
As many people have noted elsewhere, Kennedy's description of what would not happen in fact provided a brilliantly concise and accurate picture of what actually did happen, right down to the letter. Let's compare those remarks with some he recently gave in reference to the bill currently on the table:
"This bill is not amnesty. This bill does not provide a free pass to anyone. This bill does not give an automatic pardon to anyone. This bill does not put those that have been illegal that are here in the United States at the front of the line," Mr. Kennedy said.
As one might say, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Now, Kennedy may be technically correct when he says there is no "free pass" involved, but it hardly sounds better to tell the truth, that American citizenship is now on sale for the low, low price of $2,000 (the fine that illegals must pay to be eligible for a green card and citizenship). In any case, while this is the sort of thing we might expect from Kennedy, McCain has truly sold out his nation and his Arizona constituents, who just a few months ago overwhelmingly passed a ballot referendum denying certain social services to illegals. Stay tuned for more on this story.