No Kennedy in coming immigration battles

Here is an article, to follow-up my post the other day, from the Christian Science Monitor that I’m posting because first it summarizes Senator Kennedy’s role in the immigration debate in this country for nearly 5 decades, something we all should know, and there are a couple of comments that I particularly agree with.

Here is how the article begins:

The next round of immigration reform promised by President Obama will be the first in more than 50 years that does not involve Sen. Edward Kennedy.

His record on the issue has quite literally changed the face of the nation.

From the 1965 overhaul that ended a system of national quotas to the failed drive launched in 2007 for comprehensive reform, Kennedy has been at the front lines making the case for a more open immigration system.

Read on and check out the comments.

Here is one from Bob I agree with.  We have written many times about how refugees are supported by the taxpayer while big businesses (like the meatpackers) employ them at wages below what they can live on.  Furthermore, I continue to be perplexed about the religious Left, eg Church World Service or the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, working hand in glove with giant corporations to deliver them cheap labor at the expense of poor American blacks and other blue collar workers.

Bob:

Open immigration policies combined with a welfare state results in corporations externalizing their costs to society. Ted Kennedy favored both. Because the costs of maintaining a new mouth to feed, cloth, shelter and education can be pushed on the taxpayer, a corporate business can be ‘profitable’ even though the inputs of their process (when you include the FULL cost of the new immigrant) exceed the value of the output, in other words, economically degenerate.

It’s no coincidence that a country that favors economically degenerate policies is going bankrupt, and has to borow more and more to keep afloat.

Ted Kennedy’s legacy is an elite smuggly patting itself on the back in gated communities like Hyanisport, while the general welfare of the average citizen slips ever toward a 3rd world existence.

Herman King, another commenter, also raises the elitism point.

Why in the world would any decent person mourn the coward of Chappaquiddick, the man who did everything he could to turn this nation into a third world country while he and his rich clan lived safely in gated communities?The fawning over Kennedy turned my stomach.

I’m wondering if it’s safe to turn the TV on yet tonight.

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