Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Out of the Abundance of the Heart...

...the mouth speaks.

Many people are quoting from the recent WaPo article on immigration:
House Republican leaders rushed members back to Washington last year for a rare December session, convinced that a measure to get tough on illegal immigration would help the party battle back against the resurgent Democrats.

But in the new Post-ABC News poll, completed Sunday, 50 percent of respondents said they trusted the Democrats to better handle the immigration issue, while 38 percent trusted Republicans...

Three-quarters of those responding said the United States is not doing enough to secure its borders, but they appeared to have rejected the argument that immigrants are an economic threat. About 68 percent said illegal immigrants are filling jobs Americans do not want, compared with 29 percent who believe they are taking jobs from Americans.
That's all well and good, but not entirely unexpected. Nearly everyone these days has interaction with immigrants and few are as scared of them as the GOP and it's hatemongering pundits want us to believe.

I was most struck, however, by the comments of Rep. Pete Sessions:
"This administration and the president's decision has had an enormous impact on the number of Hispanics who have committed crimes in this state."
I did a double take when I read that. Bush supports a more humane immigration reform and that is supposed to be having an impact on Hispanics committing crimes? Is he referring to illegal immigrants of Hispanic origin or Hispanics in general--including citizens who's families have been here for generations (such as myself)? OK, so I do think it is a crime to be as amazing as I am, but I don't think that is what Sessions is saying.

I mentioned before how ugly this debate is becoming. Statements like Sessions' are irresponsible, ignorant, and dangerous. Perhaps he doesn't dislike all Hispanics, but his stupid comment borderlines on that sentiment. Some may call it a Freudian slip, but the Bible says it well also.


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