Saturday, July 16, 2011
Faye Discusses Lamar Smith's HR 2164
Ok, I've fiddled with this until I'm blue in the face. I may do one more thing and call Smith's office to get their opinion on the pre-emptive aspects of this bill before making a final decision, but as the bill stands, I cannot support it. We've been hoodwinked so many times and had victories trashed that I can't trust there will be amendments prior to passage or more laws forthcoming to maintain our 10th Amendment rights. And Arizona got a Supreme Court ruling on this. I can't support a bill that would undermine that. It looks like the bill has enough support from the big organizations and has a pretty fair chance of passing if it ever comes to the floor. It may not make it to the floor under the current situation with the debt ceiling crisis. You just never know with those congressional jokers playing tricks in the middle of the night. As much as we've wanted federally-mandated E-Verify, this is a compromise I can't, in good conscience, make. If it does pass as it is and we lose the protection of what we currently have and wind up being forced to accept God only knows what not even pertaining to illegal immigration, the only comfort I'll have is the ability to say, "I told you so."