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An Ohio sheriff who asked the federal government to reimburse his county for the cost of jailing criminal aliens says the immigration-reform bill failed in the Senate because it did not solve the problem of first securing the nation's border.
First presidential address to Congress on the State of the Union
The Senate's comprehensive immigration bill died an inevitable death. It was inevitable because it included so many provisions that unjustly rewarded illegal behavior. If the Senate hadn't killed the bill, the House certainly would have.
There was nary a liberal in sight, but the ideological divisions were deep, pointed and at times personal at a recent Heritage Foundation debate on whether the United States should finally ratify the U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty.
A fiscal disaster In response to my letter to the editor, "Fiscal timebombs" (Wednesday), Amelia Pierson questioned the politicians' intentions behind the proposed immigration bill ("Illegals and Social Security," Letters, Friday). She wondered if the immediate infusion of taxes paid by 12 million to 20 million new taxpayers would put off a failing Social Security to a much later date. The answer to that is no, it will do just the opposite. A large immediate infusion of taxes would only increase the annual Social Security surplus, the out-of-control spending of Congress and add millions of workers entitled to future Social Security benefits. Social Security in its present form will be running a cash income surplus for about the next 10 years. The surplus cash income is put into the general funds and spent annually by our spendthrift Congress. There is no mechanism to save the annual Social Security cash income surplus for the future .
The new Democrat-controlled Senate has confirmed just 29 percent of President Bush's nominations so far this year, leaving many government agencies without key officials and slowing work to a crawl in some departments.
Harry Reid boasted of his compassion for "undocumented Americans." President Bush wanted understanding for "newcomers" without papers. The so-called Grand Bargainers on both sides of the aisle in the Senate pushed forward this week with their massive plan to "regularize" the unregularized and bring in hundreds of thousands of extra foreign guest workers on top of the ones who are already here or have been waiting for approval for years.