A public interest group that pushes for tougher immigration
enforcement says a new "bipartisan" group pushing for amnesty is
Two former governors and two former cabinet secretaries are part
of a bipartisan group pushing to give amnesty to 11 million illegal
immigrants in the United States. Former Pennsylvania Governor
Ed Rendell, a Democrat, will be heading the effort along with
former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, a Republican. Former
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a Republican, and former
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, a Democrat,
are the other two involved.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform,
says such supposed "bipartisan" amnesty efforts are nothing
"This really isn't a
Democrat versus Republican issue," he remarks. "This is really an
elite attitude versus the interests of ordinary Americans. And we
have seen this play out in the past. We're seeing it again this
time obviously. Really, what it comes down to is who really wants
to represent the interests of the American people."
And Mehlman points to a recent poll that found that 52 percent
of Americans prefer that illegal aliens in the U.S. return to their
home countries, as compared to 33 percent who want that they be
given legal status.
"When you give the American public a choice between mass amnesty
and mass deportation, they tend to say, Well okay, we should
probably give them amnesty," Mehlman tells OneNewsNow.
"But when they're presented with a viable alternative, one that
induces voluntary compliance by making it clear they're not going
to benefit by breaking the law, then most Americans say that is way
that we ought to be going."
Mehlman urges the American people to stop this latest amnesty