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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

New Jersey Bloggers on Immigration Reform

I clicked around the New Jersey blog scene to see what folks had to say about President Bush’s speech on immigration reform. Here’s everything I found:

A Blog for All provides an overview of blogger reaction outside of New Jersey.

Fausta says she regards the President’s speech last night as a start. “At least now there's a President officially looking into a vital national security issue. Beyond that, I'm not particularly impressed either way.”

Dynamobuzz believes “tightening the borders and cracking down on employers should be the strategy, not amnesty for millions of lawbreakers.”

Enlighten-NewJersey proposes a compromise to deal with the current illegal immigrant population – register and screen them for potential admission into the President’s proposed guest worker program.

From Riehl World View: “I am not a "no amnesty" type. I don't care if we never send anyone already here back unless they have broken other laws, or won't assimilate. I want border security. What Bush offered won't come close to providing that.”

The Political Dogs calls out the New York Times editorialist for referring “ to the President as “Minuteman in chief’ and called the stop-gap plan to temporarily place National Guardsmen on the nation's border with Mexico "a victory for the fear-stricken fringe of the debate." “

All of these posts come from the so-called right side of the political spectrum. Not one word about the President’s speech or immigration reform from the left side of the New Jersey blogosphere, including Blue Jersey. Interesting, don’t you think?

Now that I have had a chance to digest the President’s proposal and have read what others are saying, I’m not sure people paid attention to the border enforcement points in the speech. The President proposed increasing border patrol agents, sending the National Guard , building fences and other barriers on the border, deploying technology to prevent and detect crossings. What else could have been proposed to secure the border?

I think people object to the guest worker and “path to citizenship” proposals and tune out everything else. Enlighten offers a compromise that makes sense to me. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Senate and House can come up with a bill that can win majority support. The issue has reached a boiling point and something must be done.

Democrats and the left seem to have little interest in solving the illegal immigration problem. That’s the most telling aspect to me - the Demcorats don't have a plan and as with Social Security would prefer to matain the staus quo while throwing stones at Republicans for not "doing something".
Blogger Enlighten said...

Thanks for the link. We too noticed the silence of the other side of the NJ blogosphere.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Fausta said...

Excellent round-up.
Thank you for the link!

2:31 PM  
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