Sorry to be slow getting back to your info copy of a message to Buchanan
and Tanton. We have reviewed our website material on agricultural
workers and found that an issue brief we wrote months ago had not been
posted to the website. That has been corrected, and we added a new
Bulletin Board item that ties together our website information on the
issue and outside sources of information.
We had hoped that the Administration would do more to oppose this legislation. We were encouraged to be on the same side as a number of professional organizations and the Administration in working against the "techno-bracero" bill, but have not found the same opportunity on the ag-worker bill. Nevertheless, we are strongly opposed to the legislation and have let Congress know that. We have also made our views known publicly.
As you should recognize, we are working on a dozen legislative fronts at the same time -- amnesty for Haitians -- repeal of the in-out records for aliens -- million-dollar visas -- rewarding illegal aliens, etc. Nevertheless, now that the "techno-bracero" effort has largely ended, we will be shifting effort to the "new-bracero" issue -- to the limited extent that any more can be done with the effort behind the scenes in the appropriations process.
Jack Martin - FAIR
Patrick Buchanan is another matter. Neither he nor anyone from his organization, The American Cause, has responded to me. This makes now two e-mails and one phone call on this issue to them that have gone unanswered. I did notice one follow-up posting from one email@example.com on October 8, 1998, that is beginning to look very perceptive:
In a 1996 USA Today article Buchanan came out in favor of
ag guestworker programs. I suspect that the only reason he
came out against expansion of the H-1B is because this visa
is aimed at occupations that normally vote Republican.
If you want real immigration reform, you are going to have to ditch the Republican party. They have sold out to cheap labor interests. The Reform party at the grass root level is dominated by immigration reformists.
A way to protest Republican immigration policy:
When you receive a letter soliciting for contributions, write a simple note, something like "IT'S IMMIGRATION STUPID" and send it to them in the enclosed envelope -- without money of course!
What conclusion can one come to from Buchanan's ignoring of this issue and from his continued failure to respond than that the above take on Buchanan, as painful as it might be to many people to admit, is correct? It would appear that in this instance he is putting his true-blue Republicanism over his true-blue Americanism.
In the meantime, I have discovered another organization,
THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD
p.s. Have you begun to notice that almost everyone with a keen interest in this immigration issue seems to have the last name of "Martin?" I can't say about the others, but, to the best of my knowledge, I bear no blood or in-law relationship to any of them.
p.p.s. At least now we have the influential FAIR completely on board to try to stop this new slave labor legislation, legislation which would be certain to bring with it a tidal wave of new illegal immigration as well. It is still not too late to stop it. You can click to the FAIR site as I recommended above, but, better yet, go directly to CRLAF (dead link) for instructions on what you might do here at the last minute to make a difference.
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