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October 22, 2006

Council on dead end with immigration bills

Tennessean Editorial on Saturday, 10/21/06

Council members can’t solve a complicated federal issue

“The Metro Council seems intent on performing a task it knows full well it cannot do…

Councilman Jamie Isabel, one of the "no" votes, correctly said that immigration issues should be handled by the federal government and compared council action on the issue to "putting Band-Aids on major surgery." Yet the council kept the ball rolling, knowing it has no authority to carry out the plan. One bill would bar landlords from collecting rent from illegal immigrants and prevent them from renting at all in Davidson County after a first offense. The other bill would suspend business licenses of employers who hire illegal immigrants…”.

Here is what I posted as a comment on this editorial in the Tennessean;

Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:28 pm

Need for comprehensive immigration reform

This editorial helps bring to light the "bait and switch" game being played in today’s politics where seemingly well intended pieces of legislation are used to confuse voters and inhabitants of Nashville. Instead of calling for immigration reform to address fundamental needs in our country politicians seek to encourage division and lead willing souls down an angry path. Jamie Isabel refused to fall for the bait and correctly reminded the city that immigration needs to be addressed at the federal level. The current state of inertia is testimony to the failure of Congress to address this issue.

http://www.rctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061021/OPINION01/610210313/1007/MTCN03056

Posted by VisaLawyer at October 22, 2006 06:41 PM

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