27 October 2004

Shame on you, Senator

Bruce DeCell, member of 9/11 Families for a Secure America, shares his conversation with US Senator John McCain after a chance meeting aboard a train.
When I entered the First Class car at the front of the train and took my seat, I was surprised to find myself sitting across from Senator John McCain, one of the leading proponents of S. 2845, the Senate’s legislative response to the 9/11 Commission. The Senator was reading a stack of papers and not paying attention to anyone around him as the train left the station.

I introduced myself to Senator McCain as a 9/11 family member and told him that I had just left the conference committee meeting concerning the 9/11 legislation. I stated that I am a member of 9-11 Families for a Secure America, which supports the immigration provisions in the House bill, H.R. 10. He cut me off and insisted that the House bill will never be passed because it contains provisions that were not in the 9/11 Commission’s report. He said that the 9/11 Commissioners themselves had pointed that out. I told him that I had a chart with me that quoted language from the Commission’s work to support each of the immigration provisions in the House bill. I asked if he would go through it with me. He refused.

I then pointed out that the Senate bill does not address the need for tighter border security. I mentioned the Time magazine article, which said about 4,000 illegal aliens cross the border nightly, and a recent newspaper article about 25 Chechens who crossed illegally from Mexico into the United States. After dismissing the report of the Chechens crossing as unsubstantiated, Sen. McCain went on to say that the issue of people crossing the border illegally is a largely an issue of race. He said that the only way to stop people from coming to work in the United States is to enforce employer sanctions. I agreed that we need to enforce employer sanctions and suggested that our elected officials should provide the funding necessary to do so. He had no comment.

Next, I asked Senator McCain if he thinks that all those who illegally cross the border are coming only to work here. He insisted that American employers need these workers because U.S. citizens won't do the jobs they take. (Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to talk about the fact that these people are being exploited by employers who want cheap labor.) Incredibly, he also said that he doesn’t think that “other than Mexicans” (OTM's) crossing illegally present a security threat to the United States.

It was then that Senator McCain told me he was finished speaking to me and that he had reading to do. I sat back, enraged and frustrated and wondering how our country can possibly survive with “leaders” like Senator McCain.

Another reason to vote for Stuart Starky.


I have no problem with anyone wanting to come to the United States for a better life if they do it the legal way and when they get here they become productive citizens instead they come over here illegaly get our daughters pregnaunt and live just as poorly here as they did down there except they now have dragged an American family into there drunken disorderly slobbish life, and to live off the system that was created to help the citizens of our country not the illegal imigrants. Yet the illegals get more benefits than the people who were born and raised in this country and have paid taxes to keep those very organizations afloat.
Another thing that sickens me is that unsentenced prisoners in Sheriff Joes jails are treated so inhumanly. How would you like to have to drink someone elses urine. The Guards think they are above the law, and yes they have been known to urinate in the unsentenced inmates food and drink that are already substanderd for human consumption. Joes response to this sction is that they should have come to jail. The unsentenced inmates are supposed to by their constitutional/civil rights be considered innocent till proven guilty, at least this is what we are told as a general populous. We are lied to. The inmates awaiting trial in joes jails are treated as though they have already been tried and convicted. I am all for the do the crime-to the time but I am not for treating people like they are less than human. I think Arpio has the senior population fooled into thinking he is some John Wayne hero, it is my opinion and I am intitled to that he is a criminal himself, he is a hypocrit and he needs to do time in his own jail system. I don't mean clear a pod for a day or a tent for a night and have him watched like a hawk. NO, go in their as an unsentenced prisoner and get a taste of his own medicine.

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