- With greater participation in favor of American citizenship,
reduced legal immigration and enforcement of immigration laws-so long avoided
by past members of Congress-the last election heralded compelling change.
- In a powerful analysis of the election last week, Roy
Beck, director of www.NumbersUSA.org gave readers hope for the future,
"9 Big Gains Make Next Senate Far More Pro-Enforcement & Anti-Amnesty."
November 7, 2010
- "A lot of the news media have fallen for an open-borders
advocacy argument that the survival of Senators Reid (Nevada) and Bennet
(Colo.) shows that politicians are wise to take a pro-amnesty stance,"
said Beck. "Some gullible reporters may believe it, but I can't imagine
that the open-borders people see anything different from what we see: Voters
last Tuesday elected 8 new Senators who are dramatically different from
the ones currently holding those seats -- who will move the Senate away
from Harry Reid's immigration ideas and strongly toward Sen. Jeff Sessions'
- 4 PRO-ENFORCEMENT REPUBLICANS REPLACE 4 PRO-AMNESTY DEMOCRATS
- These are the most obvious victories for the Less Immigration
- GONE: Blanche Lincoln
- Arkansas -- Have we ever elected anybody to the Senate
more fired up with a better record on immigration than John Boozman, who
defeated incumbent Blanche Lincoln (a Recent Immigration-Reduction grade
of "D" and a Career Amnesty grade of "F").
- "Since he arrived in the U.S. House in 2001, BOOZMAN
has racked up an "A" grade, and "A+" during the last
four years," said Beck. "He has proactively pushed bills in nearly
every category. He was one of our elite "5 for 5" Members who
co-sponsored all five of the Great Immigration Bills we pushed the last
two years. And he is a TRUE REFORMER candidate, having taken our survey
and pledged to support all 12 of our top immigration policy priorities.
Can you spell ch-ch-CHANGE?"
- Illinois -- This change is not so much who is arriving
as who won't be filling this seat. This is the seat that Barack Obama occupied
for four years adhering strictly to an open-borders agenda. His replacement,
Sen. Burris, has earned an "F-minus" while voting for enforcement
and immigration reduction exactly 0% of the time.
- "Instead of electing yet another mass-immigration
champion, Illinois voters chose Rep. MARK KIRK who is not our champion
but has at least earned Recent grade of "B" the last four years,"
said Beck. "He will need a lot of constituency pressure to make him
truly helpful to us, but we can be sure that he won't be joining surviving
Senators Reid and Bennet in a pro-amnesty march."
- Pennsylvania -- Occupying the seat now -- as he has since
1981 -- is Arlen Specter who has been our opponent usually as a Republican
and recently as a Democrat. We will have to contend with his "D"
behavior no more. That was assured when he lost the Democratic primary
this year. But the man who defeated him -- Rep. Sestak -- brought a "D+"
record to the election.
- "Voters last Tuesday chose Pat Toomey who earned
a "B" while in the U.S. House in an earlier period," said
Beck. "Our candidate analysis shows Toomey to be fantastic on fighting
illegal immigration but largely silent on the need to reduce legal immigration,
too. He, too, will benefit from a lot of constituency efforts."
- Wisconsin -- Can you imagine Wisconsin having a Senator
who would oppose amnesty, support attrition through enforcement and mandatory
E-Verify to cause illegal aliens to go back home? I'll admit that I didn't
think it was possible any time soon. But voters elected just that kind
of Senator last week in political newcomer and businessman RON JOHNSON.
- "Johnson will be replacing one of the best friends
illegal workers and their employers ever had, Sen. Russ Feingold,"
said Beck. "What an improvement the Senate will be without his "F-minus"
- 4 BAD OR WEAK REPUBLICANS ARE REPLACED BY 4 STRONG PRO-ENFORCEMENT
- "While the media have focused on the Republicans
who took Democratic seats, the biggest improvement in the Senate may come
from 4 current Republican Senators who are being replaced by 4 Republicans
who enormously better on immigration issues," said Beck.
- Florida -- Although there has been a caretaker in this
seat, it belonged to Sen. Mel Martinez who was one of John McCain's pro-Amnesty
brigade. For a short time, he was head of the Republican National Committee
and tried to use that position to further his crusade for more foreign
workers and rewards for illegal aliens.
- "While Martinez sought to win Hispanic votes by
supporting illegal immigration, voters last week chose a very different
kind of Hispanic candidate in MARCO RUBIO," said Beck. "Although
Rubio provided little help to our allies when he was in the state legislature,
he decided from the beginning of the campaign to run as the opposite of
Martinez and promised to do just about everything we could want on illegal
immigration. His Hispanic concerns were much less for illegal-alien Hispanics
and much more for Hispanic Americans who are suffering incredibly high
unemployment. It will be much more difficult for Sen. Menendez (New Jersey)
to demagogue and accuse pro-enforcement forces of being anti-Hispanic while
another Hispanic Sen. Rubio is leading the charge for enforcement. Delicious!"
- Kansas -- As in nearby Arkansas, the change in this Senate
seat could not be much more extreme. The winner -- Rep. MORAN -- is a TRUE
REFORMER. He took our survey and promised to work in the Senate for all
12 of our top immigration policy priorities (both legal and illegal immigration
reductions). He earned an "A" for his immigration-reduction work
in this Congress.
- "The Republican he replaces is Sen. Sam Brownback
who holds a special place in the NumbersUSA hall of shame for his leadership
in 1996 in narrowly defeating Rep. Lamar Smith's legislation to require
mandatory verification to keep illegal aliens out of jobs and to eliminate
the visa lottery and chain migration," said Beck. "When Brownback
moved to the Senate in 1997, he became allies with Republican Sen. Abraham
of Michigan who had led the killing of the same legislation in the Senate.
Brownback was an out-spoken member of John McCain's amnesty brigade until
at the last minute in June of 2007 -- thinking about his plans to eventually
run for governor -- he voted to kill the Bush-Kennedy-McCain amnesty. Since
then he has operated at a "C" level, working about half of his
time to reward illegal aliens."
- Missouri -- Wedged between Kansas and Arkansas, this
is the third state that is sending a TRUE REFORMER to the Senate. REP.
ROY BLUNT has pledged to work for all 12 of our top immigration priorities.
As House Majority Leader in December 2005, Rep. Blunt helped push through
the passage of a powerful enforcement bill (that Senate Republican leaders
unfortunately refused to take up in 2006).
- "The man in this Missouri seat at that time -- and
right now -- provided no leadership in 2006 to move enforcement in the
Senate," said Beck. "Sen. Kit Bond isn't all that bad on immigration,
but he's never had his heart in fighting illegal immigration or in reducing
legal immigration. During his long career, he has earned only a C+ and
has never shown any leadership on protecting U.S. workers and communities
from indiscriminate immigration. Blunt promises to be a very different
kind of Senator, having served in the leadership in the U.S. House for
many years. During that time, the House Republican leadership became
a great friend of working Americans by fighting for tougher enforcement
against illegal foreign workers and the companies that hire them. But
the Republican leadership in the Senate represented the Chamber of Commerce
and instead pushed for amnesty. The election of Blunt and the others noted
in this blog represent an important shift in which the Senate Republicans
finally start acting like the House Republicans on immigration."
- Utah -- The current Senator Bob Bennett has a "C-minus"
Immigration-Reduction grade over his career and has always been an amnesty
champion. He led a campaign of retribution against immigration-reduction
groups soon after Republican Sen. Abraham (Mich.) lost his seat in 2000,
in part due to his open-borders leadership. NumbersUSA and other groups
had heavily advertised in Michigan, informing citizens of Abraham's open-borders
work. Bennett did a pretty effective job for awhile in keeping all Republican
Senators from talking with our reduction groups. He also spread the "hate
group" lies of the Southern Poverty Law Center. On the issue of immigration,
we were thrilled to see him defeated in the Utah Republican convention
earlier this year.
- "The man who retired Sen. Bennett at the convention
and who won the seat Tuesday is MIKE LEE," said Beck. "He wasn't
the strongest reduction candidate at the convention, but he definitely
made it clear that he would have a different approach from Bennett. He
has promised to oppose amnesty and to support attrition through enforcement,
mandatory E-Verify and an end to birthright citizenship for illegal aliens."
- WHO IS THE 9TH? McCain Replaced McCain
- "I said at the top that there were 9 big gains in
the Senate for our side in this election," said Beck. "The ninth
one may be stretching it a little, but I think you will appreciate my reasoning.
No Republican has been more destructive in immigration policy the last
five years than John McCain. His run for the Presidency in 2008 moderated
him quite a bit, but Pres. Obama and the open-borders groups really expected
he would assist Obama in this Congress to move McCain's old "comprehensive
immigration reform" policies forward.
- "The problem was that former congressman J.D. Hayworth
signaled early that he would probably challenge McCain primarily on immigration.
Hayworth slammed McCain with all of his bad deeds of the past. In the process,
McCain made promises that even he may find difficult to break for some
years to come. The "F" McCain of old has been replaced by the
McCain who was re-elected Tuesday with promises that make him at least
a "B" Senator on our issues. Without McCain's leadership and
with Specter, Martinez, Brownback and Bennett now gone, his old Republican
Amnesty Brigade just may fall apart."
- There are six other Senate seats that will have new occupants
in 2011 and who could be different from the present occupants. But the
differences do not look likely to be large.
- "I will write about them at another time,"
said Beck. "Some new Senators could be better on immigration than
the people they replace. And some could be worse. But none seem to be a
lot different from the present occupant. And the overall effect of these
six appears likely to be a wash. The 6 Senate seats to which I refer are
in Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio and West Virginia.
- "When you look at the cumulative effect of the 9
states and new Senators featured in this blog , you can see why the open-borders
groups have been trying to misdirect the media's attention to Nevada and
Colorado -- two seats we would have loved to have flipped to pro-enforcement
Senators but which will be no worse in 2011 than they are now."
- ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
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Everything you do-counts! If you do nothing, that counts likewise. When
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Take five minutes to see for yourself:
- If any of us, no matter what our race, creed or color
might be, refuse to engage our U.S. Congress as we have not for 30 years
as to the population/immigration equation-our children will find themselves
living in a terribly degraded America where the American Dream will be
described by the history books as a 'fleeting fantasy' from the era of
1950 to 2010.
- These are several of the top organizations where you
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- This is the best website to start: www.numbersusa.com
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- Must see DVD: "Blind Spot" www.snagfilms.com/films/title/blind_spot/
, This movie illustrates America's future without oil, water and other
resources to keep this civilization functioning. It's a brilliant educational
- Must see: Rapid Population Decline, seven minute video
by Dr. Jack Alpert-
- Must see and funny: www.growthbusters.org ; www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSTrW_dARc
- Dave Gardner's Polar Bear in Bedroom:
; Dave Gardner, President, Citizen-Powered Media ; Producing the Documentary,
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- Check out this link with Wooldridge on bicycle and Lester
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- Tomorrow's Americaproject on www.youtube.com/contemporarylearning.
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- Link to www.tomorrowsamerica.com for more discussions
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- FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents
- from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA,
coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic
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Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church
groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world
population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America
on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1
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