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Sherrod Brown: Illegal immigration is the fault of free trade

June 15, 2007 12:44 PM

His office emails me after I emailed them in opposition to the amnesty bill.  He writes:

Unless we fix the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and enforce our own labor laws, we will continue to debate how high the fence should be and how many agents should guard our border with no real solution in sight. In 1994, the U.S. signed NAFTA, which promised, among other things, to help create a thriving middle class in Mexico. At that time there were 3 million undocumented workers in the U.S.; today there are more than 11 million. In Mexico, 9 million more live in poverty than when NAFTA was enacted. NAFTA has failed the U.S. and Mexico. By creating an atmosphere where Mexican citizens feel they have no chance of a successful life in Mexico, these ill-conceived trade agreements increase the number of illegal immigrants coming into our country.

But remember when NAFTA was passed and the complaint against it from liberal Democrats like Sherrod Brown was that it would send American jobs south of the border?

Meanwhile, it has now been nearly a month since I emailed Voinovich about the immigration bill, and I've yet to hear anything back.  Of course that's not just me.  He's refused to make a statement to ANYONE explaining what his position on the immigration bill is.


He thinks EVERYTHING is the fault of free trade.

Mt. Fairy   ·  June 15, 2007 01:20 PM

Right! Voinovich doesn't answer ANYBODY! I wrote to Debbie Stabenow of Michigan in addition to the 15 republicans on Laura's list and Debbie is the only one to write back and she sees it as 'Bush's bill' and bad for Michigan. "President Bush's new guest worker program, contained in both bills, opens our borders to hundreds of thousands of new guest workers every year. Importing cheap foreign labor is wrong for Michigan and wrong for America. We need an effective immigration system that works for businesses and communities and that protects the basic rights of legal immigrants, who are such an important part of our state economy. In the end, this legislation failed to strike the proper balance between security, fairness and preserving Michigan jobs."

Imagine that! and a Democrat!

ollie   ·  June 15, 2007 07:42 PM

Senators Voinovich and Brown need to remember that they do not serve at the pleasure of the President but at our pleasure, that of the voters of Ohio. While the President's attention is surely flattering, neither President Bush nor anyone else gives a rat's behind about Mike DeWine's opinion on border security. Should Senators Voinovich and Brown wish to retain their positions, they must remember who the boss is. The base is speaking loud and clear- Secure the Border. Enforce the Laws. Build the Fence. No federal funds for sanctuary cities. No American privileges without American citizenship. American citizenship is worth more than a used car. Our freedoms and liberties have been hard-earned at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima. The least token of respect an immigrant can pay our forefathers is to follow the law and come in legally.

AKL   ·  June 15, 2007 08:34 PM

Voinovich is a traitor to the Republican Party and to our Union.

WTF   ·  June 18, 2007 07:50 AM