Sunday, June 25, 2006

Winter's HQ Party

My older son didn't want to leave, he was having lots of fun playing games and winning prizes.

What I enjoyed most, though, was watching Bill win over a constituent. While I was waiting to shake his hand, a lady challenged him on immigration, said that she was on Tancredo's side and asked Bill specifically what he would do.

First he pointed out that we need to enforce the laws that are already on the books. And he made sure always to emphasize the differences between what Tancredo says and does and what he would do.

Tancredo is all talk and actually votes against meaningful immigration reform, seeking only troops and a symbolic wall that even Tancredo admits won't stop illegal immigrants. He contrasted that with his own opinion that we should use more trained border guards, which Tancredo cut funding to, not the National Guard, and use of technology to monitor the border rather than a $9 billion symbol that won't even work.

When she mentioned employers who hire illegal immigrants, he said that he's a lawyer and not even he understands all the intricacies of immigration law, and that we can't expect employers to know which documents are real. There needs to be funding and help in that department. The burden can't all be laid on employers.

And I was going to ask him about the economic problems, but he was coming to that. He said that the Mexicans who are coming here are victims, too, good people just looking for better opportunities for themselves and their families. He blamed the people high in the governments of Mexico and the U.S., that they need to get together to fix the problem that drives poor people to risk their lives to cross the desert. He wants to work on NAFTA, CAFTA and Fair Trade.

Candidates like Bill give me hope for the future.


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Morgan Carroll

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