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Idaho Conservative Bloggers Are Not Amused

Posted by Adam Graham on July 5, 2007

The growing right side of the conservative blogosphere has taken issue with Senator Larry Craig’s (R-ID) form letter response on amnesty:

 Clayton Cramer was quite blunt:

I am perplexed why Senator Craig is pretending that the popular opposition to amnesty was actually a popular mistrust of the government to enforce the provisions. The opposition to this bill wasn’t fear that the government wouldn’t properly administer the amnesty; it was fear that the government would do what the bill provided.

Senator Craig is listening too much to the ACLU and corporate interests on this. He needs a conservative challenger in the Republican primary next year.

Meanwhile Free in Idaho fisks the letter:

I MIGHT be wrong, but don’t we already have immigration laws? And didn’t we already get promised a fence? Oh yeah, Congress did a job on that, didn’t they? And we already have employee verification systems don’t we? At least, every time I’ve applied for a job, or a bank account for that matter, I have to provide proof of my citizenship… but hey, my 85 year old mother-in-law still has to take off her shoes at the airport when she hops up to Lewiston too, so we know you guys really mean it when you crack down on something.

And they’re not the only ones. I thought Senator Craig’s letter was one of those Senate form letters sent out to help support our timber industry by insuring a demand for the paper industry. It didn’t address real concerns of Amnesty proponents, just built a straw man to be knocked over. If Craig is planning on running again (and I’m about 50-50 on the chances of that happening), this immigrations bill will draw a primary challenge.


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