Holy Hillary! House Democrats Admit Deceit!
** Holy, Jesus as a Felonious Illegal Immigrant! **
After a wade through the Scriptures, Democrats finally come clean on their deceptive ploy to politicize the imigration issue…
Well, at least the House Democrats did… Or, rather, at least the Washington Post said the House Democrats did.
House Democrats acknowledged they helped block Republican efforts on the floor in December to soften the Republican-crafted section declaring illegal immigrants to be felons, but they said ultimate responsibility for the bill rests with the Republicans, who voted overwhelmingly for its passage.
This, of course, is the reason that Hillary Clinton started quoting lost gospel verses of Jesus crossing the Rio Grande.
Since this has been such a common theme of Hillary’s the past couple of weeks, maybe she will step forward and set the record straight now. Surely, this news today comes as a shock. Certainly, Hillary would not keep repeating such damning allegations against the Republicans if she knew that Democrats were the ones who voted to keep the felony language in the current House bill.
Watch for her to show true character and step up to the plate.
The AP is reporting today that the two top Republicans in Congress, confronted with internal party divisions as well as large public demonstrations, said Tuesday they intend to pass immigration legislation that does not subject illegal immigrants to prosecution as felons.
The Massassachusetts Senator had this to say about the news:
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D- Mass., dismissed the proposal by the GOP leadership, saying: “Actions speak louder than words, and there’s no running away from the fact that the Republican House passed a bill, and Senator Frist offered one, that criminalizes immigrants.”
“This debate shouldn’t be about making criminals out of hardworking families … but rather about strengthening our national security and enacting a law that reflects our best values and our humanity,” Kennedy said.
GOP aides pointed out that Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, had tried during debate on the House floor to reduce the penalty to a misdemeanor.
The attempt failed on a vote of 257-164, with 65 Republicans and 191 Democrats opposed. Many of the Democrats, including members of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, indicated at the time they favored no criminal penalties, and opposed the suggested change.
Apparently, Teddy Kennedy was also unaware that Democrats had voted to keep the felony language in the bill.
The San Diego Union-Tribune has a great read on immigration reform today.