Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid certainly has gotten a lot dumber and less principled over the past decade-and-a-half. Sixteen years ago he actually said something about illegal immigration that made sense, tellingÂ Congress and then-President Bill Clinton:
“In 1986, we granted amnesty â€” and I voted against that provision in law â€” we granted amnesty to 3.2 million illegal immigrants. After being in this country for 10 years, the average amnesty recipient had a sixth-grade education, earned less than $6 an hour, and presently qualifies for the earned-income tax credit….Â It is clear that there is growing public dissatisfaction with our Nation’s immigration policies.Â The American people are demanding reforms that will restore order to an immigration system they perceive to be out of control…. In 1993 …Â at Los Angeles County Hospital …Â 67 percent of the births were to illegal alien mothers.Â The State of California needs to build a school a day to keep up with the incoming immigrant childrenÂ – a school a day. Â According to a recent study out of Dartmouth, for every seven immigrants who enter the job market, one blue-collar American worker loses a job.”
But what a difference sixteen years can make.Â Here’s what Reid saidÂ in a very recent speech to the National Council of La Raza,Â America’s largest illegal-alien-rights group, and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund, an organization that advocates open borders, free college tuition for illegal immigrants, lowered educational standards to accommodate Hispanics, and voting rights for criminals:
“As far as Iâ€™m concerned, we have three major issues we have to do this year, if at all possible: No. 1 is healthcare; No 2 is energy, global warming; No. 3 is immigration reform…. Itâ€™s [immigration reform] going to happen this session, but I want this year, if at all possible … a comprehensive reform bill [i.e. amnesty] … bringing the 11 million people out of the shadows.â€
What has changed since 1993? The political climate, of course. Â America in 2009 is a much different place, and amnesty forÂ the country’s 12-20 million illegals would benefit bothÂ Reid personally and theÂ Democratic Party as a whole.
Harry Reid’s term ends next year, and his popularity is at an all-time low. He needs new voters. Of the 2.6 million people who reside in his home state of Nevada, a whopping 230,000 are illegal aliens.Â That’s a lot of potential voters.
On a national level, the story is the same, only on a larger scale: Granting amnesty to illegals gives the DemocratsÂ an opportunity to further solidify their hold on the rapidly growing Hispanic voting bloc with the addition of 12-20 million new Democrats.
For Reid and the Democratic Party, it’s a win-win scenario. That’s why the senator has sold his soul over this issue.