As immigration reform makes its painful way through the Senate towards its expected death in the House, Republicans who are willing to vote for some type of reform are making their views known. Here is a brief snippet about a Texas Representative.
Within the past couple of weeks, Mr. Carter was laying out a far different point of view to his central
constituents. Six years after his
debates with Mr. Rove, Mr. Carter is not only backing a broad reworking of
immigration laws but helping to craft a bill and to guide it through the House. Texas
Okay, that sounds good. Oh wait a minutes, there is this.
To honor the rule of law, Mr. Carter says, the House legislation would likely require illegal immigrants who want legal status to declare in court that they had broken the law. The bipartisan Senate bill doesn't include that provision.
Now a huge number of these people are either children, or were children when they were brought to this nation, and are hardly criminals. One can imagine Republicans wanting a statement that is something like this
I am 7 years old. When I was 3 I became a hardened, horrible criminal by entering the
illegally. Even though I had no choice in the manner,
and had no idea of even what I was doing or that it was illegal, I am a horrible
person, a law breaker, a criminal, one of the worse people to exist. I can only hope that Republicans everywhere
will forgive me, and that going forward I will try to be someone who supports
cutting education spending, increasing pollution and fighting for lower taxes
for wealthy people so that I can be a person Republicans will let stay in the
country and cut their lawns or clean their houses. United States
Yep, that’s probably what they want alright. Fortunately most Americans don't feel that way, but then when Americans actually focus on and know what Republicans want to do, most of them do not support the GOP