12:45 PM EDT, April 22, 2013
When only one of the extreme sides of each political party is hollering against a bipartisan agreement on any bill, no doubt that side is the only one getting hosed. A true bipartisan bill gets both sides upset. So now begins the spin game by trying to get the few remaining conservative Republicans left in the Senate and all the tea party conservatives in the House to play ball with this amnesty bill ("Getting to yes," April 18). Unfortunately, this bill tries to do everything in one swoop. That is not what the American people asked for.
Polls show that most legal Americans want confirmation that the borders are secured and that e-Verify is in place and operating correctly before addressing the 12 million or more immigrants in this country illegally. After the calamity of the 1986 amnesty legislation that President Ronald Reagan was snookered into signing with a promise to fix the borders, thankfully most Americans are demanding that any new immigration law follow Mr. Reagan's advice that he failed to follow in 1986 of "trust but verify."
I suspect U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the darling of the tea party who beat a very popular Florida Republican Gov. Charles Crist Jr., will immediately feel the heat for his capitulation to the RINO (Republican In Name Only) Sens. Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and John McCain. Not only will he probably not receive support for a presidential candidacy, I suspect he will be challenged for his senate seat.
Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace
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