For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ---Ephesians 6:12

"The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead must be Catholics by CONVICTION." ---Fr. Terrence Henry TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Where's the Fence???

Supporters of the Immigration Bill are still trying to breathe new life into it, and have claimed that as many as 24 Republicans would vote yes to move ahead with the bill (while only 7 backed it before). What's up their sleeves?---Allowing new amendments dealing with opposition concerns to be voted upon, for one. Another is the so-called $4.4 billion border enforcement amendment which, as you can guess, is supposed to add even more money to enforcing the border. Why are conservatives so convinced that Congress cannot be trusted with including border enforcement with the Immigration Bill? Well, one only need to look at last Fall's $35 billion DHS appropriations bill, which was intended to fund a huge fence, and how it got watered down. Originally 700 miles of fence was intended, which was reduced to 370 miles with the option to spend the money allocated for that on other things instead. The refusal of the Immigration Bill supporters to hasten the construction of the fence in order to gain more support goes further to prove their insincerity in enforcing the border at all. It is just not a priority with them. So President Bush's proposal to toss in another 4 or 5 billion dollars does little to placate my concerns or those of most people on the right side of this issue.