Saturday, August 11, 2007

An interesting possible division between Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) and Speaker Pelosi (D-CA):
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein predicted a "catastrophe" in the state's $32 billion agriculture industry as the new rules become effective with the fall harvest. But the proposal met no opposition from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, who issued a statement saying, "Securing our border remains a top priority for the New Direction Congress."
Georgia senators Chambliss and Isakson also support the president's new "rule" changes for employer verification, but they also want an emergency supplemental measure to fund increased border security measures. An interesting point in their remarks (e.a.):
“This news is certainly encouraging, and I am pleased the many, many months of dialogue and concerns expressed by countless Georgians are resonating with the administration,” said Chambliss. “The Southern border of this country has been an open sieve for far too long and while today’s announcement is a good step, we believe an emergency supplemental spending bill is the best solution to ensuring border security. Johnny Isakson came up with the idea for the trigger, and I am pleased the administration has recognized the importance of this border security first concept in their announcement. Only when the border is secure will credibility be restored with the American people, and we’re going to continue to press this issue.["]
Which issue? Increased enforcement? "Comprehensive immigration reform"? Chambliss also likes the notion of "reforming" the H-2A visa program--but what are the details of this "reform"?