Monday, June 04, 2007

Backers of Immigration Bill More Optimistic

After a week at home with their constituents, the Senate architects of a delicate immigration compromise are increasingly convinced that they will hold together this week to pass an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, with momentum building behind one unifying theme: Today's immigration system is too broken to go unaddressed.

Congress's week-long Memorial Day recess was expected to leave the bill in tatters. But with a week of action set to begin today, the legislation's champions say they believe that the voices of opposition, especially from conservatives, represent a small segment of public opinion. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who led negotiations on the bill for his party, said the flood of angry calls and protests that greeted the deal two weeks ago has since receded every day.

Public opinion polls seem to support Kyl's contention that Americans are far more open to the deal than the voices of opposition would indicate. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released today, 52 percent of Americans said they would support a program giving illegal immigrants the right to stay and work in the United States if they pay a fine and meet other requirements. Opposition to that proposal was 44 percent.

You want to know WHY THEY THINK THAT?
Damn I woke up pretty damn cheery today. Only to see this!?

I for one am hitting the streets and EVERYONE SHOULD DO THE SAME!

A group of protesters angry about the immigration reform bill passed in the Senate are planning a demonstration today outside Senator Mel Martinez's Orlando office.

"So far he doesn't seem to be listening," said David Roberts, the Orlando man behind the protest and the website

Roberts says he hopes today's event with draw Senator Martinez's attention to the number of people who oppose his immigration bill.

"All this is gonna end up doing is stressing out the public welfare system, stressing out the public schools and it's going to be a detriment to this country," said Roberts, who argues that the bill provides amnesty to illegals.

During today's protest, he'll be gathering signatures to begin the process to recall Martinez from office. The Orlando accountant has political aspirations of his own. He's expected to announce plans to run for the US Senate in 2010.

If he were in office now, Roberts says he would push for a unique solution to the illegal immigration problem. He would give 200 linear miles to petroleum companies to build refineries along the border with Mexico.

"They would build a fence around their refineries. We wouldn't pay a dime for the fence, and we would solve our energy problem at the same time," Roberts said.

Today's protest will take place in three different shifts outside Martinez's office on 315 E. Robinson Street. The first shift runs from eight to 10 this morning. The second will go from 12 to two this afternoon, and the third will take place from four to six this evening.

There is only one way to send the message to Washington that this immigration bill IS NOT what the American US CITIZENSHIP WANTS. ITS TO PROTEST IT!


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