ARLEN SPECTER'S IN LEAGUE WITH PRESIDENT BUSH ON GUEST WORKERS
Do recall that Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) owes his re-election in large part to President Bush, who backed Specter over conservative Republican challenger Pat Toomey.
Some think Senator Specter has shown his appreciation in ably steering the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for the two Bush nominees to the SCOTUS, John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
I think the payback has come in spades with Specter's introduction of legislation that , were it to pass, would give the Bush administration (and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) its much-desired Guest Workers Program on a silver platter and, in the process, debunk what Bush has maintained of late is a GWP sans amnesty for illegals already in this country.
Be vigilant and keep an eye on Specter! And read this!
FOLLOW-UP (02/25/06): From today's edition of the New York Times (registration required for online edition), Rachel L. Swarns writes (excerpts follow):
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee unveiled draft legislation on Friday that would create a temporary guest worker program that could allow hundreds of thousands of foreigners to fill vacant jobs in the United States for periods of up to six years.
The draft circulated by the lawmaker, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, would also authorize millions of illegal immigrants who arrived in this country before Jan. 4, 2004 to remain here indefinitely, along with their spouses and children, as long as they registered with the Department of Homeland Security, paid back taxes and remained law-abiding and employed, among other conditions.
But the proposal touched off a furor among politicians, advocates for immigrants and union leaders across the political spectrum.
Conservatives condemned it as an amnesty for lawbreakers.
"By legalizing the millions upon millions of illegal aliens in the U.S., Specter makes a mockery of our laws and crushes our already strained legal immigration system," said Representative Tom Tancredo, Republican of Colorado, who pushed for the border security bill in the House.
Count me among those conservatives!
FOLLOW-UP II (02/25/06): More on Specter's slight of hand from The Lonewacko Blog.
FOLLOW-UP III (02/25/06): Here's a well-done analysis of Arlen Specter's proposed Guest Worker/Amnesty legislation from NumbersUSA.
FOLLOW-UP IV (02/25/06): Don't be misled by the "tempoary worker" propaganda of the Guest Worker Program apologists. Here's a good example from The Dan Stein Report of why, once they're here, even on "tempoary" visas, the politicians in Washington keep them here, as they bow to the pressure groups and ignore American citizens.
FOLLOW-UP V (02/27/05): There's a must read post up at NumbersUSA on Specter's bill. (H/T: Free Republic)