It was bound to happen
Amnesty. Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Whatever the incarnation, the numbers are not static. In addition to rolling out the red carpet to at least 25 million illegally in our country, are the issues of birthright citizenship and chain migration — affording relatives the ability to coattail. Criminality is as problematic as the exorbitant costs involved in providing education and social service benefits to those who disregard our laws. All developed nations have immigration laws. Without them sovereignty and national identity are destabilized, security is lost and a perpetual string of problems follow. Here at Seeing Red AZ, we’ve addressed these issues over the years.
But, just when you’ve thought you’ve heard it all, out from under a political rock comes Jim Kolbe. Formerly a Congressman who represented a chunk of southern Arizona, Kolbe was long at the center of controversy. An odd, loosey-goosey Democrat-endorsing Republican, he was one of only four GOP members of Congress who voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act a decade ago and was rated 100% by NARAL, a national pro-abortion group. On issues dealing with illegal immigration he scored an abysmal 0% by FAIR, disdaining a fence and voting to alert illegals to Minutemen reporting their presence on the border.
As a U.S. Rep., he was the center of a federal probe into a camping trip with two teenage boys, both former congressional pages, who accused him of “acting inappropriately.” Though long rumored to be “closeted,” he voted in support of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, riling The Advocate, a national homosexual magazine, that threatened to out him in retaliation. Ultimately, Kolbe filed for divorce from his wife and acknowledged his long-time Panamanian male “partner.”
Which fast-forwards us to Monday. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kolbe implored, “Our laws should not separate American citizens from their loved ones for such unacceptably long periods of time,” as he advocated for expansion of the 844-page amnesty bill to allow homosexual Americans to bring their foreign-born, same sex lovers to the United States. He complained the process was arduous and expensive. “While the bill you are considering is an excellent starting point for reform, I submit to you that it is still incomplete,” Kolbe chided committee members. “Families like mine are left behind as part of this proposal. Equally important, U.S. businesses and our economy suffer because of the omission of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families from the bill introduced last week,” he pleaded.
Count on it. The number of sub-groups demanding to be included will be never-ending.