illegal aliens

Can't anybody here play this game?

For Republican Party poohbahs, the answer on so many fronts is, "No."

I saw Phyllis a Yogi Berra and raised her a Casey Stengel.

Republicans are getting a lot of unsolicited advice about how to recover from last year's defeat, and most of it is either ignorant or coming from people who don't have Republican party victories in their game plan.
 
One of the worst of these bits of advice is that Republicans should join a bipartisan push for immigration amnesty.
 
Amnesty advocates shrink from using the word amnesty and try hard to shroud their message in deceptive words.
 
So let's understand their vocabulary: reform, comprehensive, earned legal status and path to citizenship are all code words for amnesty...
 
...Promises by the amnesty advocates to secure the border after the illegals are granted residency, or even simultaneously, are unacceptable and unbelievable.

In the famous words of Yogi Berra, an oral agreement is not worth the paper it is written on...
Then comes a list of items that need to be implemented regarding illegals.  Since grandparents on both sides of my family came through Ellis Island, I'm particularly fond of #6:
...Sixth, reinstate the rule that was in effect for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came through Ellis Island. If they had a major disease or failed to provide proof that they would NOT become a public charge, they were sent back to their home country....
 
Commenters point out that she doesn't address the issue of anchor babies in her editorial.  That issue needs to get addressed.
 
Amnesty is part and parcel of the assault by leftists, here and around the world, on the people who play by the rules. Snuck into the US or overstayed your legal welcome?  No problem, the US will put you at the front of the line, ahead of the people who patiently applied for legal entry.  Bought more house than you could really afford thanks to Andrew Cuomo & Co. at HUD and now you can't afford it? No problem, we'll just force all the people who would starve before they wouldn't make their monthly mortgage payment pay for your McMansion. Haven't worked hard and saved?  No problem, we'll just reach our sticky little fingers into the pockets of those who have and hand you the proceeds.
 
The people who play by the rules need to push back and push back hard against the folks, elected (you know—the ones who are supposed to work for us) and unelected (like the political consultant class) who continually attack their own base by proposing or at least endorsing rules and regulations that undermine that very base.
 
Don't cut my throat, I may want to do that later myself.
 
 

NYS tuition aid for illegal immigrants...

...what could possibly be bad about that?

We've posted about the NYS DREAM Act previously.  But as The Lonely Conservative points out

New York has a projected budget shortfall of $2 billion. The only state that’s worse is California. Rather than cutting spending, New York Democrats want to spend even more money.

And so we have this to look forward to:

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants would become eligible to receive government financial aid to attend college in New York under a bill that state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced Friday...
 

...The Senate's Democratic minority has supported a New York "Dream Act," which they are trying to make a campaign issue for the fall elections to regain the majority from Republicans.

"We commend the speaker for this legislation," said Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy. "This is something that we are extremely supportive of and I think it goes perfectly with our Dream Act legislation that we pushed this year, but was unfortunately blocked by the Senate Republicans."
 
There was no immediate comment from the Senate's Republican majority nor from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
 
Under New York law, illegal immigrant students already pay the lower public college tuition for state residents, rather than the higher rate for those coming from outside New York...
 
...The bill could be considered in the regular session beginning in January, or in an expected special session after the November elections.
It would be nice if the Senate Republican conference had something to say about this...oh, never mind, they're busy running for re-election.
 
Nevertheless
 
 

New York DREAM Act Introduced in State Senate

At this website

via As a Mom (look up there to your right):

State Senator Bill Perkins (D-30) introduced a version of the DREAM Act in the senate [last week] that would bring New York’s undocumented youth many more rights...

[....] While continuing to put pressure on members of Congress, young activists around the country have simultaneously been lobbying for more rights for undocumented youth to be granted at the state level. The New York State Dream Act would give undocumented youth under 35 who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and have resided in New York for at least two years with “good moral character” access to state funded financial aid programs including grants, loans and scholarships (New York is already one of 10 states in the union that grants undocumented immigrants in-state tuition to public colleges); ability to obtain a state drivers’ license; state work authorization; and the ability to enroll in state health insurance programs....

The text of the bill is here; NYT article is here.

What could go wrong?

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