[Vision2020] State GOP Crosses Bordersd of Decency

keely emerinemix kjajmix1 at msn.com
Fri Jun 2 08:32:14 PDT 2006

Bravo, Mr. Sennett.

Notice that he doesn't call for wide-open, porous borders.  He doesn't 
demand immediate citizenship for every udocumented worker "caught" in the 
U.S.  He doesn't even deny that some illegal workers avail themselves of 
social services.  He simply notes that denying citizenship to U.S.-born 
children of undocumented immigrants is, in his words, "making (them) walk 
the plank," and is a policy both unwise for and unworthy of this nation.

I would argue that the United States has not been well served by the 
influence of the Republican Party over the last 30 years, and this time, the 
GOP itself is poorly served by its own xenophobic fringe unit.

Really, they oughta wear shirts that identify them so that the reasonable 
elements of the party, so few in number, can avoid them in public and on the 
golf course.


From: "Tom Hansen" <thansen at moscow.com>
To: "Joan Opyr" <joanopyr at moscow.com>,        "'Moscow Vision 2020'" 
<vision2020 at moscow.com>
Subject: [Vision2020] State GOP Crosses Bordersd of Decency
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 07:11:02 -0700

 >From today's (June 2, 2006) "7" magazine of the Spokesman Review with a
special thanks to Frank Sennett.


State GOP crosses borders of decency
By Frank Sennett  .  Correspondent  .  JUNE 2, 2006

If the Washington State Republican Party had its way, U.S. Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales probably wouldn't be an American citizen.

That's according to a state GOP platform adopted last weekend that calls for
denying automatic citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal

So much for the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which states, "All
persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the
jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State
wherein they reside."

So much for Republican hopes of winning over increasing numbers of Hispanic
voters in Washington.

So much for the GOP's attempt to paint itself as a "big-tent" party
attractive to social moderates.

And so much for Citizen Gonzales.

You see, three of the AG's grandparents were Mexican immigrants, and he said
last month on CNN "it's unclear" if they were documented. "Gonzales: Not
sure if grandparents came legally" read the identifier as he spoke.

If not, his U.S.-born parents shouldn't have been citizens - and neither
should Gonzales. At least not according to the Washington GOP standard.

State Republican honcho Diane Tebelius - who's such an important political
force the Associated Press recently identified her as Diane Tubeless -
defended the platform plank demanding that newborn babies walk the plank.
She claimed punishing innocent infants somehow reflects mainstream
immigration concerns.

But with a recent poll indicating two-thirds of Washington voters support a
path to citizenship for undocumented workers, where's the broad constituency
for tossing out their U.S.-born children along with a key chunk of the

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna clearly doesn't see the wisdom in
ranging far to the right of President Bush. He dismissed the proposal faster
than the NSA can tap your phone.

Wonder why? Just look at the GOP's rationale for denying citizenship to an
entire class of people born in this country: Some of them are poor and may
need social services. Forget that illegal-immigrant workers pay the same
payroll taxes as the rest of us without getting a chance to file for
refunds. Never mind that their children often grow up to make outstanding
contributions to our society.

If those first-generation Americans are born poor, the Republicans cry, kick
'em out.

Well then, why don't we start means testing citizenship for all newborns?
After all, you'd have to be racist to see any substantive difference between
a poor newborn citizen whose parents hail from Mexico and one whose folks
were born in Spokane.

So let's urge the Republican Party to advocate stripping all newborns of
citizenship if their moms and dads don't own a home, an SUV and a
diversified stock portfolio.

Maybe there'd be a place for guys like Alberto Gonzales in that America. Oh,
wait. He also told CNN, "Both of my parents were born in Texas, extremely

Sorry, Al. Don't let the fence hit you on the way out.

And don't get mad at me. Blame your beloved Republicans.


Seeya round town, Moscow.

Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho


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That's one of the risks you take . . ."

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