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We are not sure whether we are for or against the proposed immigration bill. We are not sure because no one has seen it. No one will see it until tomorrow at the earliest, at which point Senator Reid intends to promptly push the legislation through the Senate — even taking the unheardof step of bypassing the Judiciary Committee.
A bill which is being written tonight, and which will exceed 1,000 pages according to many reports, will be voted on at the beginning of next week without ever going through the process of committee review and hearings.
Not only that, but the bill will most likely not appear online and accessible to the public until after the legislation has passed. Why the rush? Senator Reid, the Democrats, and even the President and a number of Republicans are scared of the American people's reaction. They want to have this ordeal behind them before they go home to face the voters on Memorial Day.
We do not know whether the bill is good or bad. However, given the Senate's desire to hastily write it and rush it through sight unseen, we can infer that it is most likely not something which would be supported by us or by the American people; otherwise, why would such secrecy be necessary?
Senators who actually care about the deliberative process and open government should do everything in their power to delay this legislation's consideration until after Memorial Day. Beyond these parliamentary concerns, though, is the issue of the war supplemental. One hundred days have now gone by with no supplemental funding for our troops who are currently in harm's way. Funding the war is a far more important and far more immediate issue than "comprehensive immigration reform," and should take priority.
Further, we think, and Erick agrees, that his own "war effort" should be put on hold for the rest of this week (we'll pick back up the fight over Calvert next week), so that we at Red State can focus all of our energy on demanding that the Senate wait until after Memorial Day to consider this bill, giving themselves – and us – time to actually read and study its contents.