Friday, April 07, 2006

Hello? Is There Anyone Listening in DC?

Why is it those who are supposed to represent us in Washington don't hear us? I have, on several occasions, written to my Congressman and Senators in reagrds to different issues and I have to say that it is a very disappointing endeavor. Of my two state reply...ever! My Congressman, well okay, I did hear from him...between two and three months after the fact, in a form letter that only minimally addressed the issues I had brought up in my correspondence. It's our votes that allowed them to represent us in Washington, why don't they listen to us?

In several different polls, the majority of Americans see illegal immigration as a problem. And even higher majority believe it is unfair to give citizen rights to illegals who are here and working.
By eight-to-one, Americans think it is unfair to grant rights to illegal immigrants while thousands of people wait each year to come to the United States legally. Fully 86 percent of Republicans think it is unfair, as do 77 percent of Democrats.
Fox/Opinion Dynamics Poll

"There's not much sympathy for illegal immigrants. Three fifths of Americans, across geographic lines, don't want it to be easier for them to become citizens. Only in blue states, where Sen. John Kerry won the 2004 Presidential contest, is there slight support for making it easier for illegal workers to become legal," Carroll said.

"If you're not here legally, you shouldn't get government benefits, Americans say overwhelmingly. They'd also deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

"Even a punitive measure draws significant support: By a narrow margin Americans would continue the tradition of granting citizenship to children born in the United States to illegal immigrants. In blue states, there's a narrow majority who side with the kids."

American voter responses on other illegal immigration issues are:

* 62 - 32 percent opposed to making it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, with immigrant families opposed 56 - 36 percent;
* 54 - 41 percent opposed to making it easier for illegal immigrants to become legal workers, with immigrant families supporting the measure 51 - 44 percent;
* 72 - 25 percent opposed to allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers' licenses, with immigrant families opposed 66 - 30 percent;
* 84 - 14 percent in favor of requiring proof of legal residency in order to obtain government benefits, with immigrant families in support 80 - 18 percent;
* 50 - 42 percent opposed to eliminating the automatic U.S. citizenship for illegal immigrants' children born in the U.S., with immigrant families opposed 51 - 41 percent.
Quinnipiac Poll

_ Some 59 percent say they oppose allowing illegal immigrants to apply for legal, temporary-worker status, an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found.

_ Three-fourths say the United States is not doing enough along its borders to keep illegal immigrants out, a Time Magazine poll found.
All of these polls give similar numbers, so why aren't our representatives in Washington voting this way? Why is Tom Tancredo being villified by politicians and the MSM, when he is standing up for the majority of (legal) Americans and why is John McCain being praised by the same for giving our country away to law breakers? I don't understand any of this.

Tags: immigration, illegals

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