Ex-CA Senate Dem candidate tees off on immigration ‘reform’

April 17, 2013

By Chris Reed

kausMickey Kaus, the Los Angeles journalist and author who ran against Sen. Barbara Boxer in the 2010 Democratic primary, has emerged as the sharpest critic of the immigration overhaul expected to emerge this week in the U.S. Senate:

“Rubio repeatedly said it would be ‘cheaper, faster and easier’ for illegal immigrants to go back home, wait 10 years, and apply for a green card (under current law) than to go through the longer ‘alternative’ green card path created by his amnesty bill. That’s absurd. If Rubio’s bill passes, how many illegal immigrants are going to go home and wait 10 years versus accepting the bill’s more-or-less immediate legalization and then waiting to get their green cards?  The answer is a number approaching zero. Why? Because under Rubio’s bill they will get to do the waiting while living and working legally in the United States. That’s certainly easier than ‘self-deporting’ for ten years under current law.”

Kaus opposes legalizing the illegal immigrants in this nation not on Pat Buchanan nativist grounds, or on the grounds that they shouldn’t be rewarded for breaking the law. Instead, the author of “The End of Equality” primarily objects to legalization because of the negative effects it would have on adult Americans with few job skills. It’s an interesting take and one that not many Democrats share.

Republicans, of course, have their own dilemma with immigration. But Kaus believes Democrats should do some soul-searching as well on the topic.


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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 17 April, 2013, 11:32

    Poor Mickey, I wonder what it’s like having to run against Babs Boxbrain as a Democrat? Surreal I’m sure.

    What’s the difference between Pat Buchanan’s nativism on immigration and Kaus’s concern for the employment prospects of “adult Americans with few job skills”? Both seem equally nativist.

    “But Kaus believes Democrats should do some soul-searching as well on the topic.”

    Isn’t having a soul a prerequisite for doing some soul searching? 🙂

    Yesterday I had the displeasure of listening to Marco Rubio on a few Nattering NeoCon radio shows. He’s very slick in the way he misleads about the provisions of his immigration bill. And being a rising Republican star he naturally gets the kid glove treatment from sycophantic NeoCon radio hosts. Both hosts kept telling their listeners that our immigration system is broken (duh!) and we have to do something. It made me think that Amnesty with a path to citizenship is a done deal.

    Next time around the amnesty will be for 50 million illegals and the Republican Party will have gone the way of the Whigs. Talk about a death wish.

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  2. us citizen
    us citizen 17 April, 2013, 12:16

    Rubio is an idiot to think this is going to work.

    A kid will keep doing the same thing over and over when he is told not to. He only learns when he is slapped down and punished. Going to go sit in the corner does nothing, only paying the consequences does.

    These congress people only want votes. They think only of themselves in their little boxes, knowing that if they lie and scam long enough, people will side with them, when they are being pandered to.

    Not one of them has the melons to say…….”you broke the law, go home or get arrested. You had and brought kids over here, well that is now something that you have to deal with”. Absolutely none of them will tell it like it is or ENFORCE existing laws.

    What a pathetic bunch of losers.

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  3. Hondo
    Hondo 17 April, 2013, 12:39

    I have always wondered why the republicans didn’t bring up unemployment when fighting against illegal immigration. It was insane to have millions of legal and illegal immigrants coming into this country when we have high unemployment numbers. The vast majority of immigrants coming into the country now, are on the govt dole. And they are forcing so many americans onto the dole by taking away low skill jobs from poor americans.
    I just don’t get the republicans
    When our unemployment rate goes under 5% we should start a little immigration.
    And what about crime and terrorism. I think we should start deporting aliens from our jails and courtrooms first, and our restaurants last.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 17 April, 2013, 15:16

    Rubio is finished…..deficient in so many ways…..the man who could build a physical bridge to Cuba…..maybe a bullet train with Comrade Sutter.

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  5. Brown delta trout
    Brown delta trout 17 April, 2013, 22:07

    How about sending everyone out of the country who does not believe and abide by the American constitution? At least 1/2 of the politicians would be deported. We can keep the immigrants who swear to uphold and abide by the constitution Win-win.

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 18 April, 2013, 09:04

    The latest scam is that the immigration law, coupled with Obamacare, gives employers a $3,000 bonus for hiring an immigrant over an Amerikan. My brother has been unemployed for 3 years now. Just how is he gonna get a job now. I am underemployed. How am I gonna compete with an illegal who has a $3,000 hiring advantage over me?
    Has Rubio even read this crock of bleep?

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  7. fish
    fish 18 April, 2013, 10:00

    Rubio is finished…..deficient in so many ways…

    Now I’m starting to doubt my own sanity….bad enough to give a “hat tip” to Tedster on electric cars but to acknowledge that UU is right about Marco Rubio Boy President well I think I need a Valium….or a Prozac….?

    Would do you suggest UU?

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