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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Harry Reid On Immigration

(H/T Instapundit and Drudge)

While Harry Reid waxes poetic on the problems with the GOP and immigration, maybe a few more of us should remind him of his own words on the issue.....

August 5, 1993

The Office of Sen. Harry Reid issued the following:In response to increased terrorism and abuse of social programs by aliens, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today introduced the first and only comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress.

Currently, an alien living illegally in the United States often pays no taxes but receives unemployment, welfare, free medical care and other federal benefits. Recent terrorist acts, including the World Trade Center bombing, have underscored the need to keep violent criminals out of the country.

Reid's bill, the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993, overhauls the nation's immigration laws and calls for a massive scale-down of immigrants allowed into the country from approximately 800,000 to 300,000.

The bill also changes asylum laws to prevent phony asylum seekers. Reid said the U.S. open door policy is being abused at the expense of honest, working citizens.

"We are a country founded upon fairness and justice," Reid said. "An individual in real threat of torture or long-term incarceration because of his or her political beliefs can still seek asylum. But this bill closes the door to those who want to abuse America's inherent generosity and legal system."

Reid's bill also cracks down on illegal immigration. The 1990 census reported 3.3 million illegal aliens in America. Recent estimates indicate about 2.5 million immigrants illegally entered the United States last year.

"Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs," Reid said. "The Immigration and Naturalization Service needs the ability to step up enforcement.

"Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits often without paying any taxes.

"Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world. "Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally," Reid said.

Amazing how his tune has changed, the above mentioned bill was introduced in 1993. I guess it proves that Democrats were for immigration reform and border security before they were against it.

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Blogger shoprat said...

They were for it when they were in charge and could take credit for it. They are against it if it will work and is passed by a GOP legislature. It's a question of which party looks good because of it and I guess a results that reflects well on both parties in unacceptable to either party.

11:32 AM  
Blogger asacan said...

Rush Limbaugh covered this last week (or early this week). His advice to the Republicans in Congress was to present the exact same bill that Harry Reid had introduced in 1993.

When confronted about this recently, Harry Reid had said that it was the "darkest days" of his life, and that his second-generation wife clobbered him for it. But when someone goes through Harry Reids records, it seems his wife took over six months to clobber him, because he brought it up multiple times in the Senate and in speeches outside Washington. Perhaps he doesn't speak to his wife that often.

Harry Reid's a liar. What's new?

Just like Ted Kennedy introducing immigration legislation. He screwed it up over 30 years ago, promising that the things that have happened since would never happen. Now, in 2006, how can we trust the same person with anything to do with immigration?

6:43 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

I wouldn't trust either of them (Reid/Kennedy) to "fix immigration".

We've had two big amnesty programs in the last 20 years, each was going to kill the problem of illegals, and didn't. They just soaked us with more people at the low end of the wage scale.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I heard Rush talking about this also. Never ceases to amaze me!!!

8:26 PM  

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