July 1 Preview: Immigration Post Mortem, and Iraq

This Sunday's political talk shows are sandwiched between one of the newsiest weeks of the year in Washington and what is expected to be a quiet week broken up by the July 4 holiday.

Major Supreme Court decisions...Iraq...the collapse of the presidents's immigration legislation...a constitutional showdown between the White House and Congress... . These are some of the issues likely to be discussed on this weekend's shows.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) will appear on ABC's "This week."

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, talk radio hosts Mike Gallagher and Mark Green and conservative activist Grover Norquist are on "Fox News Sunday."

And CNN "Late Edition" has Chertoff, and Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.), among others.

Expect a post-mortem on the comprehensive immigration bill that collapsed in the Senate this week as well as a look at the constitutional clash between the White House and Congress over subpoenas for documents related to the firing of U.S. attorneys.

CBS "Face the Nation" talks with Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.). Lugar, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, surprised Republicans this week when he came out and said the White House strategy of sending 30,000 more troops to Iraq will likely not succeed and a that new strategy is necessary.

By Zachary Goldfarb |  June 29, 2007; 5:29 PM ET
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In thinking through the immigration bill, we should take a look at a parallel problem with the war on illegal drugs. We have had minimal success in restricting the flow of drugs into this country. Talking to other parents, and following the news, illegal drugs are apparently readily available on the streets and in our schools, which is a major reason for our decision to send our son to a catholic school. Any success at interdicting the flow of drugs into this country drives up the price which makes it more profitable for drug smugglers which drives the innovation to come up with new ways to smuggle the drugs into this country. As long as there is fixed demand and profit, the drugs will come. It is simple logic and follows a basic economic model. Focusing solely on interdiction is a formula for failure in the drugs war and the illegal immigration problem. If interdiction slows down illegal immigration, it will have a tendency to increase the fees to "coyotes" who smuggle the illegals across the border and may drive up the wages paid to illegals because of a shortage of cheap labor. That will result in new and innovative ways to smuggle in the illegals, which also creates a serious security problem. We need to focus on laws which reduce the demand for illegal labor. That starts with the employers verifying the employees are in this country legally. Next, we need to provide a strong incentive to the 12,000,000 illegals in this country to come forward voluntarily, because there is no way that we can find or incarcerate 12,000,000 illegals, and that is a security probelm. We don't have to give them citizenship to work in this country, but we do have to be able to identify and verify their legitimacy for security purposes. Just building a fence as the primary focus is a simple minded approach to another disaster. And we have to prioritize either security or bogus issues like amnesty.

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Until now all attempts to curb drugs and illegal immigration have been executed half-heartedly and hampered by lack of funds.
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US voters, it is ultimately YOUR choice. Think of it.

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Ken LeBrun-YOU ARE WRONG! The situations are not comparable and the solution to the Invasion is EASY!
Three Steps:

1, Shut down all "Day Labor Assemblies" and any other place where employers can recruit Un-documented workers! Arrest any and ALL City officials who ever declared their territories "Sanctuaries" in violation of Federal Laws. Charge-Aiding and abbetting Criminal Activity!

2, Fine Small Businesses and Contractors with Un-Documented Workers in their midst! They will find legal workers much more affordable at that point!

3, Pass HR:1940-Birthright Citizenship Act! Stop the Anchor Baby Caca like Yesterday!-Make it retroactive to '86!

They all have Dual Nationality anyway! So, it is not like they will not have a home-they just won't be Houseguests here anymore!

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I was wondering that how these secular, liberal groups in America can see the pain of these oppressed sinners ( I mean the " illegal aliens " who broke US immigration law - the unforgivable sin ) & I saw these non-Christians showing compassion towards their sufferings in such a way that they are far better than the religious ones.
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