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U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, hugs Gabriela Pacheco, 22, after speaking in support of the immigration bill being debated in Congress.

McCain says rivals pandering
He defends an immigration bill they dislike.
St. Petersburg Times
June 5, 2007

CORAL GABLES - Battered by conservatives for supporting an immigration plan that would let undocumented workers earn citizenship, John McCain came to one of America’s greatest melting pots Monday to challenge his rivals to put up or shut up.

In remarks aimed most directly at fellow Republican Mitt Romney, the Arizona senator accused his presidential rivals of pandering. If they don’t like the immigration plan, he said, they must offer an alternative.

“Pandering for votes on this issue, while offering no solution to the problem, amounts to doing nothing. And doing nothing is silent amnesty,” McCain said to applause from more than 100 people gathered to hear him address the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Many conservatives in the GOP are bashing the immigration proposal backed by the president and a bipartisan Senate coalition, but McCain chose friendly turf to make a full-throated defense.

McCain was joined by all three Cuban-American members of the state’s congressional delegation, and by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez - all supporters of his campaign - and faced a room filled with Hispanic residents uncomfortable with anti-immigrant rhetoric.

While McCain talked up the importance of diversity and compassion, he insisted the bill is at heart about securing America’s borders and enforcing laws. Under the proposal, becoming a citizen would be a lengthy and expensive process for undocumented workers.

“Illegal immigrants broke our laws, and they should pay a penalty for doing so,” McCain said.

All major Republican candidates except McCain have criticized the plan, mostly in broad terms. But former Massachusetts Gov. Romney has been particularly vocal, airing TV spots in Iowa and New Hampshire attacking the “amnesty” bill.

Romney released a statement Monday saying his “principled disagreement” with McCain is based on wanting to see greater priority on border security, employment verification and not rewarding undocumented workers.

Former Florida Republican Party chairman Al Cardenas, Romney’s highest profile Cuban-American supporter in Florida, brushed off questions about whether Romney should offer his own specific proposal.

“I’m not into those specifics, I’m into the road map,” Cardenas said in a conference call with reporters. “If you take the road map Romney’s given, you can get to a reform proposal that the vast majority of Republicans on the Hill can accept.”

McCain, though, said failing to offer a viable alternative is tantamount to supporting de facto amnesty.

“I would hope that any candidate for president would not suggest doing nothing,” McCain said. “And I would hope they wouldn’t play politics for their own interests if the cost of their ambition was to make this problem even harder to solve.”

The speech set the stage for a potentially combative Republican presidential debate tonight in New Hampshire.

Republican Rudy Giuliani also has offered vague criticism of the immigration bill, but his campaign declined to comment on McCain’s call for candidates to offer their own alternative.

The politics of immigration are tricky for any presidential candidate. Recent polls show a majority of Americans support letting undocumented workers earn citizenship, though many Republican activists oppose that. With the Hispanic-American electorate exploding, some GOP leaders worry about letting the anti-immigrant rhetoric get too heated.

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American Daily

Just when the dust was beginning to settle following President Bush’s latest assault on common sense, in which he accused conservatives of “spreading fear” by being honest about amnesty, Senator John McCain decided that fear mongering was not such a bad tactic after all.

In fact, McCain decided that fear mongering was essential in trying to sell his amnesty snake oil to a skeptical and increasingly suspicious public.

On June 2, McCain rolled out his fear-based defense of amnesty on the campaign trail in Le Mars, Iowa. Responding to a question about deportation of illegal aliens, McCain delivered the following dilly:

“In case you hadn’t noticed, the thousands of people who have been relegated to ghettos have risen up and burned cars in France,” McCain said. “They’ve got huge problems in France. They have tremendous problems. The police can’t even go into certain areas in the suburbs of Paris. I don’t want that in the suburbs of America.”

Immigration debate follows McCain to campaign stop in Iowa

With all due respect to the senator from Arizona, warning American citizens that government cannot enforce the law because it would lead to rioting is blatant fear mongering at it’s lowest and most despicable.

It is also irresponsible and reckless, because it conveys a very dangerous message, which is:

“America is governed by the rule of law, except when the threat of anarchy and violence is too great. In which case, congress and the president will simply change the law to legalize what had been illegal, thereby pacifying those guilty of behavior once considered unlawful.”

And we conservatives honestly believe that liberal Democrats are the anti-rule of-law bad actors?

Apart from the fact that John McCain’s latest drivel borders on
insanity, it also illogical and may unintentionally make the case against his amnesty scheme.

For instance, how will illegal aliens react to the requirement that heads of households must return to Mexico for a brief period in order to qualify?

How about those $5,000 fines and fees, not an insignificant amount for a low-income peasant family?

And what self-respecting, macho Latino would take kindly to the notion that his or her future was dependent upon learning English and proving it?

Now that a sitting U.S. senator and leading candidate for the presidency has warned that mob rule, rather rule of law, may be the foundation for future government immigration policy and action, will the illegal alien community decide to play the R card (riot!) in order to get its way?

Finally, McCain and others intent on legalizing 12-30 million illegal aliens argue that amnesty makes sense because Latino aliens share values common to the majority of Americans.

That may be so, but I’ll be damned if I can recall a single instance when millions of American citizens resorted to rioting because of displeasure with legitimate laws and enforcement.

But perhaps a little fear mongering from citizens is what is needed to convince the likes of John McCain, Ted Kennedy, and George Bush to abandon their amnesty nonsense?

Riot, anyone?

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Washington Times

Senators and lobbyists are putting the final touches on a comprehensive immigration-reform bill that includes an easier citizenship path for illegal aliens and weaker enforcement provisions than were in the highly criticized legislation that the Senate approved last year.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who ardently supports citizenship rights for illegals, will introduce the bill as early as next week, according to Senate sources knowledgeable about the negotiations. If the Senate Judiciary Committee can make quick work of the bill, it could be ready for floor action in April.

Mr. Kennedy drafted this year’s bill with help from Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and outside lobbyists. Mr. McCain and the outside groups share Mr. Kennedy’s support for increased immigration and leniency for illegals already in the country.

Among the most active participants have been the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both groups support giving current illegals a path to citizenship and increasing the flow of foreign workers into the country.

“It’s good for the country,” EWIC immigration lawyer Laura Reiff said of Mr. Kennedy’s bill.

In particular, EWIC and the chamber have taken a leading role in drafting the section of the bill dealing with work-site enforcement, Senate staffers say. Lobbyists in both organizations have shuttled around Capitol Hill drafts of those provisions, which are supposed to impose sanctions on businesses that hire illegal aliens, according to internal e-mails obtained by The Washington Times.

“That’s putting the fox in charge of the henhouse,” one Senate lawyer said about the pro-business chamber’s involvement in drafting the punishment of employers.

One of those e-mails obtained by The Times invited Democratic immigration staffers to a briefing in early January with “key stakeholders” to discuss workplace-enforcement provisions. The invitation listed six such “stakeholders,” including the chamber and EWIC. The other groups attending the meeting, according to the e-mail, were the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center, the National Council of La Raza and the Service Employees International Union.

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The Fence Bill may be gone. The three-tiered approach dividing “the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants into three groups, those living here for five years or more, those here for two to five years and those here for less than two years” may be abandoned thus allowing millions more the chance to apply for amnesty. But watering down the current legislation may turn off conservatives and moderate Democrats making passing of a bill much more difficult. GuardDog

Bipartisan Effort to Draft Immigration Bill
New York TimesDecember 26, 2006

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 â?? Counting on the support of the new Democratic majority in Congress, Democratic lawmakers and their Republican allies are working on measures that could place millions of illegal immigrants on a more direct path to citizenship than would a bill that the Senate passed in the spring.

The lawmakers are considering abandoning a requirement in the Senate bill that would compel several million illegal immigrants to leave the United States before becoming eligible to apply for citizenship.

The lawmakers are also considering denying financing for 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico, a law championed by Republicans that passed with significant Democratic support.

Details of the bill, which would be introduced early next year, are being drafted. The lawmakers, who hope for bipartisan support, will almost certainly face pressure to compromise on the issues from some Republicans and conservative Democrats.

Still, the proposals reflect significant shifts since the November elections, as well as critical support from the Homeland Security Department.

Proponents said the prospects for such a measure, which would include tougher border security and a guest worker plan, had markedly improved since Nov. 7.

The Senate plans to introduce its immigration bill next month with an eye toward passage in March or April, officials said. The House is expected to consider its version later. President Bush said last week that he hoped to sign an immigration bill next year.

The major lawmakers drafting the legislation include Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, and John McCain, Republican of Arizona, along with Representatives Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, and Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois. The four met this month, and their staffs have begun working on a bill…..

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NewsMax

Local 2544 members serve on the front lines, and they are hopping mad with the administration and with some lawmakers in particular.

Mike Albon, Local 2544’s public information officer, told NewsMax, “All the comments on our Web site are the opinions of the Local and can be taken as the Union’s point of view.”

To say the least, the Senate bill’s gradual amnesty program for many who have crossed the border illegally is unpopular with Local 2544:

“We strongly oppose any attempts to reward illegal alien lawbreakers. We have risked our lives to keep them out of this country. The slick politicians can call it â??guest-worker’ or â??earned legalization’ all they want, but it’s amnesty.”

â??Amnesty John’ McCain

Particular union vitriol is reserved for the man they call “Amnesty John,” who voted for the Senate bill. “Amnesty John” is the union’s handle for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

“Senator McCain has never been a friend to rank-and-file Border Patrol agents,” says the union. “He routinely ignores correspondence from Border Patrol agents and often gives the impression that he is just too big and too important to deal with us. He attempts to undermine our mission at every turn and actively supports the criminals who violate our laws. He always tries to downplay the fact that illegal aliens knowingly and willingly violate our laws.”

According to Albon, the root of the rank-and-file frustration is that McCain and others who want a road to citizenship for some of those already unlawfully in the country are at best unrealistic when it comes to the paperwork burden of proving who was where and when: “Your government is nowhere near being capable of handling all those claims.

“They will buckle at the slightest hint of pressure from any activist/social services group. They will issue waivers like candy to any illegal alien who says he or she can’t afford the ‘fines’ levied by the government. They will accept one fraudulent document after another. The entire thing will be mass chaos.”

Video: TJ Bonner, National Border Patrol Council

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The Washington Times

The Senate’s immigration-reform bill grants broad amnesty to illegal aliens and is even worse than previously thought, say House Republicans who have read the 850-page Senate bill and must approve any final legislation that Congress sends President Bush.

“The more people see of this Senate bill, the less they like it,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, said of the bill that was largely penned by Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and John McCain, Arizona Republican.

Allowing illegals to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal work, for instance, is “outrageous,” said Mr. Sensenbrenner.

But few provisions of the Senate bill have caused more head-scratching among opponents than a last-minute amendment that requires the U.S. to consult with Mexican officials before commencement of any fence construction along the border.

The provision was inserted in the bill moments before it was voted on at the behest of Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat. It says soliciting views “of affected communities lessen tensions and foster greater understanding.”

“It is simply common sense and common courtesy to consult those individuals in our own communities and in affected communities on the other side of the border before constructing a fence,” Mr. Dodd said.

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NumbersUSA

The Senate is full of people who believe that American workers should have to compete with millions of imported foreign workers.

But on the Sen. Bingaman amendment to put some limits on the damage to the American worker, the 18 Senators below showed that they apparently have no limits.

Those 18 Senators voted to keep in the bill a provision that the Heritage Foundation announced on Monday would allow corporations to import more than 130 million foreign workers over the next 20 years!!!

Senators McCain and Kennedy are responsible for the original language that would have led to such an absurd conclusion.

Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Chafee (R-RI)
DeWine (R-OH)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Salazar (D-CO)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)

If reading this drives you crazy, let me tell you something, I have found a way to relive this stress.

Here’s what I do… I call their offices and speak to their staffers. I ask lots of questions and put them on the spot and then I chew their ear off until they can’t take it anymore. I’m usually very polite but if you want to shout obscenities at them you have my blessing. Why just the other day I called Senator McCain’s staffer a bitch, and you know what? If felt pretty damn good! Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

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Human Events Online

The immigration debate within the Senate has severely damaged the presidential chances among conservatives of two key Republican senators: Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.) and John McCain (R.-Ariz.).

When McCain put his name on the immigration bill sponsored by Sen. Teddy Kennedy (D.-Mass.), many conservatives felt he virtually embraced the concept of amnesty for the approximately 12 million illegal aliens the Bush Administration admits are now in the United States. Despite McCain’s recent attempt to sound more conservative, many on the right felt his alignment with the Democratic left on the immigration issue was the last straw.

Brownback placed himself squarely in the middle of the compromise that was engineered by Senators Chuck Hagel (R.-Neb.) and Mel Martinez (R.-Fla.). The Hagel-Martinez compromise was premised on distinguishing illegal aliens who had been in the U.S. for five years or more, offering this group a Kennedy-McCain “pathway to citizenship” if they first left the country for a “port of entry” like El Paso, and then applied for re-entry.

The Hagel-Martinez plan was long on compromise and short on practicality. In the currently raging black market for forged documents, any illegal alien could produce “proof” of being in the U.S. for five years or more, provided the illegal alien had the requisite cash in his or her pocket. The Hagel-Martinez plan was also fuzzy how we would enforce illegal aliens leaving for specified cities, such as El Paso, or what would happen to them if they just stayed in place.

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Rense

Bush and McCain slip their spindly legs into the same pair of pants. They swim in the same pond with the same scum, i.e., majority of Congress. Both don’t do their jobs and both won’t talk straight. Both B.S. the American public! Their lies become our reality. What is that reality? How about 20 million illegal aliens hitting all 50 states like a human Katrina? How about tens of thousands of illegal aliens marching through our cities with Mexican flags flying? Bush and McCain cannot B.S. their way of out those realities no matter how much they crave an amnesty.

Here is what’s happening at the citizen level as opposed to government level B.S:
1.40% of all workers in L.A. County (L.A. County has 10 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This was because they are predominantly illegal aliens, working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over two-thirds of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
6. 29% or a whopping 630,000 convicted illegal alien felons fill our state and federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually; not to mention the tragedies in death, drugs, crime and misery they caused American families.

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East Valley Tribune

Americans need to have a national discussion about immigration issues, but first they have to refine their vocabulary on the topic, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday in Scottsdale. â??Iâ??ve seen kind of an ugly side to this debate,â? he told about 300 people at the Mayor and City Council Breakfast meeting.

In particular, McCain is troubled by the use of the terms â??illegal alienâ? and â??amnesty.â?

â??Illegal alienâ? suggests that the 11 million to 12 million border crossers in the United States came from another planet, he said. He prefers the term â??illegal immigrant.â?

â??These are human beings, who came here for the same reason our forefathers came here,â? McCain said. Workers from Mexico and elsewhere are drawn by economic opportunity.

â??Amnestyâ? suggests a policy under which offenders are forgiven and exempt from punishment. That mischaracterizes any of the immigration proposals being considered in Congress, McCain said.

He prefers the term â??earned citizenshipâ? to describe provisions in the bill he co-sponsored with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

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Angry American’s demolish John McCain at an Arizona Town Hall meeting. I wish I was there to see his lily white face turn red.

I MAY HAVE ENGRAVED ON MY TOMBSTONE:
“SHE MADE JOHN McCAIN MAD!”

After attending Senator McCain’s morning Town Hall yesterday, I was so disgusted at the way the local politicians censored citizen questions that I abandoned the idea of attending the evening session. The Tempe mayor laid down the ground rules: only questions and no “speeches” (which obviously included statements that disputed McCain’s claims).

It was a royal sham from the word go, just like Bush press conferences. I’m sure it was packed with McCain toadies, because they started a standing ovation when he walked in and of course most people joined in (with a few exceptions like me).

Thanks to my friend Annette, who encouraged me to accompany her to the evening session, where the McCain held a real Town Hall rather than the stage production choreographed by Hizzoner the Tempe mayor.

But the Tempe experience revealed the one-liners and sound-bytes McCain used to promote his amnesty and discourage any disagreement. In promoting his bill (that he carefully avoided calling an “amnesty”), he said there were only 3 options (1) maintain the status quot, (2) allow them to stay or (3) a mass roundup, which he dismissed as impossible claiming the busses needed would stretch from San Diego to Alaska. Twice in the morning at the Tempe session and at least 3 times in the evening, he challenged the audience, “If you have another solution, give it to me and I promise to take it to the Senate for review.” Of course that was just another of his ill-advised challenges used to condescendingly dismiss anyone who disagrees, secure in his arrogance that no one will dare to call his bluff. The recent “$50 per hour lettuce-picker jobs” are just another example.

In justifying the need for amnesty, he cited that the dictionary defined amnesty as “forgiveness” that required allowing them to remain in the US, dismissing any disagrement with the one-liner “Then you’re reading a different dictionary than I am.”

It was a real achievement to even get a turn at the mike, because the country club ballroom at Sun Lakes retirement community was jammed, at least 1500 people. Thanks again to Annette and two elderly ladies who kept poking the aide with their canes to remind him he promised me a turn at the mike.

Finally my turn came. I took a deep breath and jumped in, determined to keep going even if he tried to interrupt and talk over me:
“Senator, I’ll begin by answering a question you’ve asked several times this evening, and then I have a question of my own.” You’ve asked for an alternate plan for dealing with the 11 million illegal aliens in the US, and that plan has been documented by Mark Krikorian of Center for Immigration Studies in DC. It’s called “Attrition through Enforcement,” and it sets out a ‘comprehensive’ strategy well known to Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado and the House Immigration Reform Caucus. The plan has been summarized very succintly and clearly by Mike Cutler, retired from 27 years’ service in Treasury, Customs and INS, who often says “Nobody breaks into the amusement park when the rides are closed.”

“So Senator, you close down the rides–crack down on the employers as you promised to do 20 years ago when you voted for the “one time amnesty,” end the publicly-funded benefits to illegal aliens and their families as we did with Prop 200, end the government grants to agencies who help illegal aliens like Catholic Charities and Arizona Interfaith, and end the “anchor baby” citizenship nonsense that enables illegal alien families to “piggy-back” on their US-born children. And Senator, that won’t require a constitutional amendment as you claim–we need only to pass HR 698, intriduced earlier in the seesion by Congressman Charlie Norwood of GA. If you’re not familiar with these provisions, I know that Congressman Tom would welcome the opportunity to outline the option with you. So that leaves you to show whether you’re a man of your word and will take the option for Senate consideration as you’ve promised.”

“Now for my question, Senator. The agencies that will be responsible for administering and enforcing your McCain-Kennedy Amnesty (and it IS an amnesty, Senator)…”

He then interrupted with a condescening one-liner that he used at the morning session, “..then you’re reading a different dictionary than I am…” to which I replied, “Senator, I don’t used dictionaries to read laws. I read this law in United States Code Title 8, Section 1324.”

Although I wasn’t watching McCain, my friend Annette told me he’d been pacing up to then, but when I didn’t back down at his dismissive comments, his face began to get red and she commented that it was obvious he was mad. She also said that the room went dead quiet; perhaps the audience was eager to see how McCain would react. I’m amazed that he didn’t continue talking over me, but perhaps like most bullies, they back down when they find someone who isn’t intimidated by them.

But I knew that stooping would mean losing control of the mike, and continued on:
“And Senator, Section 1324 defines illegal presence in the US and prescribes only 1 penalty for illegal presence in the US–deportation.”

“The two Dept of Homeland Security agencies charged with insuring compliance are CIS–Citizenship & Immigration Services and ICE–Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Their historical incompetence and non-performance of their job is well-documented by the GAO back to 1995, they were charged by Congress to eliminate the 3-million applicant backlog by the end of FY 2006, and their report last November plainly stated that new laws, such as a guest-worker plan, would seriously hinder accomplishing that objective. Corruption was added to bungling and incompetence when the CIS Security Chief resigned, blowing the whistle on bribes to CIS employees in the form of money, gifts and sexual favors.”

“Senator, these are the same people who mailed automatic renewals of student visas to flight schools for students killed in the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks on New York and DC. Senator, how do you expect Americans to believe that your promises of enforcement will be fulfilled by such people?”

When I finished, I was dry and had to find a water fountain. I heard just enough of his reply to hear him say he was familiar with “my” plan and wasn’t going to take it back to the Senate. He diverted the subject by telling how the Irish had difficulties when they first came to America but eventually assimilated. He never answered my question of how agencies that can’t and won’t enforce current laws can enforce new ones.

Several people slapped me on the back as I left the room looking for water, one had even attended the morning session in Tempe and said, “You said exactly what I wanted to but couldn’t.”

I returned to the room just as the meeting ended, and met Annette out in the lobby. But the best part was to come: a couple approached me and the man asked, “Do you work in immigraton because you know about the subject?” When he learned I’m a computer analyst, he asked where I learned what I know, I told him I grew up in Southern California–the best classroom there is.

I learned he was a former ICE chief for their Phoenix office, so it was a real compliment when a front-line profiessional says something like that.

On the drive home when Annette told me how mad McCain had become when I didn’t back down from his condescending treatment, the effort in attending that night became worth it.

During the meeting, about 90% of the questions/comments were on immigration, maybe even more. Any supporters of McCain’s amnesty bill were quiet that night, because everyone speaking on immigration opposed his amnesty. It’s clear that despite the overwhelming voter opposition, it didn’t change McCain’s determination to shove this down our throats, just as he did in 1986.

Arizonans can’t vote him out of the Senate for another 4 years, but he has other plans–the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. Americans in other states don’t know the REAL John McCain like Arizonans do, but we have two years to educate them. I’m sure his stubborn insistence on this illegal alien amnesty will raise his visibility with Americans on an issue that he probably prefers would have remained “low-profile.”

When McCain originally took his “pro-illegal alien amnesty” position several years ago, I’m sure they expected this amnesty to sail through Congress easily. I doubt he expected to have the issue become the hot and visible issue it is today.

Let’s hope every pro-illegal alien senator experienced similar confrontations during their recess.

Sandy M.
Phoenix

Spe

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Those of you who listen to John and Ken on the radio here in the Los Angeles are aware of the huge drive to send Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa toilet brushes. We also have Send A Brick.com demanding that congress build a wall on the border. The Minutmen in the following story are targeting John McCain with heads of lettuce.

AZ Star.net
McCain’s lettuce-picking remarks yield unwanted green

As he steered his Straight Talk Express across the United States in recent weeks, Republican Sen. John McCain has tried to stay a-head of the immigration issue. But Friday the immigration issue delivered 36 or so heads to his Phoenix office â?? heads of lettuce, that is.

McCain has been getting skewered in the media for comments earlier this month to a union group in Washington, D.C., that immigrants are taking jobs no one else wants, and offered them $50 an hour to pick lettuce in the Arizona sun for a summer, suggesting they couldn’t do it.

The senator didn’t stick around long enough to process any applications, despite several offers to take him up on his offer from the audience.

So Friday more than three dozen Minutmen showed up at his office, many carrying lettuce picker applications in one hand, and a head of lettuce in the other to show they could do the job.

McCain was not on hand to greet them, but somehow it’s probably not the kind of green he was hoping to collect for his budding presidential bid.

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