Jon Kyl appears to be rethinking his approach to illegal immigration. Arizona’s junior senator, who campaigned on tough border enforcement, only to win election and attempt to shove his bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform down America’s collective throat, is now growing shy.
His “guest worker” program has reconfigured itself into a less alienating “temporary worker’ scheme, but the plan to regularize millions of low-wage laborers who will eventually be given that glorious pathway to citizenship, still looms on the horizon. The terminology may have changed, but the intent to sell amnesty remains the same.
Although John McCain lost the presidency, his lavish praise of president-elect Barack Obama makes it appear he is angling for a different political prize. After all, former adversaries Hillary Clinton will be confirmed as Secretary of State and Bill Richardson is getting a cabinet appointment. McCain, who revels in his bi-partisan aisle-crossing, would likely be happy to leave the senate where he has been a near stranger [missing 420 votes (63.9%) during the past session], and take a cabinet level seat as a nice icing on his career cake. It would also give him the opportunity to anoint his successor.
Citizen fury was unparalleled as the Arizona duo of McCain and Kyl partnered with uber-liberal Ted Kennedy on granting amnesty to the flood of illegal aliens in this country. The downturn in the U.S. economy has provided some relief, but the numbers still impact our taxpaying citizens as educational facilities, the criminal justice system and health care providers buckle under the strain of an estimated 20 – 35 million in this country unlawfully.
The incoming president and House and Senate Democrats view the influx as a prospective and powerful voter base. Republican John McCain’s non-too-subtle signals to assist the Obama administration in facilitating an amnesty agenda — regardless of what it is called in a newly-minted incarnation, will be recognized for what it is — betrayal.
National public outrage at the 2007 amnesty sham resulted in the shut-down of congressional phone and fax lines. Will Obama, who believes he has a mandate, care? Will McCain, whose guarantees to the Hispanic community did not result in Latino votes, be brought on board to facilitate the deception? And will Kyl talk out of both sides of his mouth again? With Kennedy serious ailing, the task of implementing this immigration sham falls to the Arizona senators who originally crafted it.
The daily appears to hold the view that Kyl is the reluctant suitor in this match. Janet Napolitano incoming Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security was famous for blaming the feds for inaction on the border. Taking over the reins, it should be interesting to see how the woman who famously said “Show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder,” will deal with this massive problem at our southern border.
With McCain nothing changes: “I think we have to assure the American people that our borders are being secured and, at the same time, we can establish a temporary-worker program that works.”
The daily’s account is available here.