In an article Senators support illegal immigration super highway published in the Las Cruces Sun-News, Marita Noon discloses shenanigans in the U.S. Senate that we haven’t been reading about here in Arizona.
Twenty-three Senators have recently thrown their support behind an innocent looking bill — S1689 — introduced by Democrat Sen. Jeff Bingaman and his lone co-sponsor and fellow Democrat Tom Udall last September. The bill will, among other things, create an illegal immigration superhighway, remove access to “natural resources,” and ultimately strip ranchers of their grazing rights, all under the mega-deception of “preserving” approximately 250,000 acres as wilderness.
As other issues such as stimulus spending, health care, and cap-and-trade have taken the spotlight, this harmless sounding bill, which makes land in New Mexico part of the National Wilderness Preservation System and the National Landscape Conversation System, received virtually no attention. However, it has percolated to the top as the markup of the bill has been approved (23-0) and is headed to the Senate floor — with the support of the Obama administration, given in testimony before the Energy Committee.
As numerous non-border states mimic Arizona’s immigration law, polls show that the majority of the public wants to stem the tide of illegal immigrants. S1689 will disappoint that majority.
Unless people speak up, this New Mexico bill will sail through on a professional courtesy to Sens. Bingaman and Udall.
And as John McCain gave electioneering lip service to citizen’s demands to close the border, he joined with 23 others who voted to move S1689 to the floor. Supporters including McCain and his Senate Democrat cohorts Mary Landrieu (LA), and Blanche Lincoln (AR), need to be held accountable.
Now that he has, for all intents and purposes, been reelected for another six-year term, don’t look for John McCain to be making the rounds or answering questions. Just figure we’ve been snookered again.
But what the heck — give him a call, anyway.