Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Remember when Democrats didn't mind deporting illegals?

I recall it quite vividly:

In short, we should grant amnesty to those who enter this country illegally. Unless, of course, they're children who are fleeing with their mothers (who die in the process) from an oppressive communist regime run by a brutal dictator. Then the little ungrateful bastards get sent back to their worker's paradise for some good old fashioned,, "education."

Also, we now learn that Harry Reid sang a different tune about illegal aliens in 1993, when the president and both houses of Congress were Democrat:
August 5, 1993

The Office of Sen. Harry Reid issued the following:

In response to increased terrorism and abuse of social programs by aliens, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today introduced the first and only comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress.

Currently, an alien living illegally in the United States often pays no taxes but receives unemployment, welfare, free medical care and other federal benefits. Recent terrorist acts, including the World Trade Center bombing, have underscored the need to keep violent criminals out of the country.

Reid's bill, the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993, overhauls the nation's immigration laws and calls for a massive scale-down of immigrants allowed into the country from approximately 800,000 to 300,000.

The bill also changes asylum laws to prevent phony asylum seekers. Reid said the U.S. open door policy is being abused at the expense of honest, working citizens.

"We are a country founded upon fairness and justice," Reid said. "An individual in real threat of torture or long-term incarceration because of his or her political beliefs can still seek asylum. But this bill closes the door to those who want to abuse America's inherent generosity and legal system."
Read the story...there's more info about Reid's once-tough attitude.

Now he's threatening to filibuster any immigration reforms that...closely...resemble...his own? My, how times have changed!