“I DON'T THINK THE IMMIGRATION BILL WILL PASS THE HOUSE”

June 5, 2007

 The title of this article comes from a direct quote by U.S. Congressman Rodney Alexander while attending a Memorial Day Celebration in Monroe, LA. I could not be more hopeful that Congressman Alexander is right and I whole heartedly support his stance on the issue. Congressman Alexander makes his point quite clear in a recent letter to his constituents.
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I would gladly support the Congressman should he decide to run against “Katrina” Mary Landrieu for U.S. Senate.

The House of Representatives
Must Stand Firm Against Amnesty

Senate Bill Is Not Tough Enough on Illegal Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. Last week, the Senate began debating various provisions in an immigration reform bill that includes amnesty for illegal immigrants.
In my opinion, and in the opinion of the majority of my constituents, whether or not to grant amnesty to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in our country is not a question that requires debate.  The answer is clear: The United States must not reward those who break the law.
In mid-May, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Senator Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, introduced this legislation, which would allow illegal aliens to remain in the United States by placing them on a “probationary” status and allowing them to continue working on a visa status. After several years, a visa holder is eligible to become a permanent resident and later a citizen.
Proponents of the bill say this delay in citizenship does not equal amnesty, but they aren’t fooling anyone, not even us country folk. Amnesty occurs when an illegal immigrant is not deported as required by law but is legalized and allowed to stay. So they can call it or not call it what they will, but I will not support amnesty in any form.
Beyond amnesty, however, the bill contains many other flaws. For example, the Senate bill does not require visa holders in probationary status to pay back taxes owed for the time they worked illegally in the United States.

Also, it is not tough enough on passport fraud and misuse. It actually weakens existing criminal laws prohibiting passport fraud and misuse by eliminating increased punishments for violations intended to deter serious crimes such as drug trafficking and terrorist acts.
This leads to the biggest flaw of all provisions that will weaken our national security.
Foremost in the immigration debate should be our understanding that open borders make our nation extremely vulnerable to terrorism.  Not all illegal immigrants come to America to work hard and create a better life for their families; many are terrorists who are entering our nation to cause us harm.  Congress must take steps to guard against this threat; but the Senate, it seems, is taking backward steps.
The bill does not require the miles of border fence that Congress mandated in a bill President Bush signed last October. “The Secure Fence Act” requires over 700 miles of border fence, but the Senate bill cuts that number to 370 miles. Additionally, the Senate bill does not make engaging in terrorist activity a bar to the “good moral character” requirement for obtaining immigration benefits, such as a visa.
The Senate debates are likely to go on for a while; and, in the meantime, I will continue to work with my fellow members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus to ensure that the House of Representatives does not pass this weak and injudicious legislation should it come before us for a vote.
I do so knowing that I have the support of my constituency behind me.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, represents the 5th Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budget Committee. He can be reached at the Monroe District Office (318-322-3500), the Alexandria District Office (318-445-0818) or Washington, D.C. (202-225-8490.) Visit Alexander’s Web site at www.house.gov/alexander or write him at 316 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515.

Tasty taqueria fare at prices that leave room for dinner: A DOZEN HIGH-QUALITY MEATS ON CHAVEZ SUPERMARKET MENU.

San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA) August 31, 2006 Byline: Aleta Watson Aug. 31–A tasty taco built from fresh ingredients in sparkling clean surroundings and priced well under $3: What more can you ask for a quick lunch? That’s just what you’ll get at the year-old Chavez Supermarket on McKee Road in the shopping center anchored by Kohl’s. And the menu only begins with tacos. Burritos, quesadillas, tortas, sopes and a savory beef soup known as caldo de res also are made fresh daily at the bright and cheerful taqueria, which is separated from the market aisles by a stucco and wrought iron fence. There are chilaquiles and huevos rancheros for breakfast and plates of tamales, enchiladas and chiles rellenos for dinner. Menudo is served on weekends.

The market is the first San Jose location of a small area chain that began in 1984 when David Chavez, who had emigrated from the Mexican state of Michoacan, opened Chavez Meat Market in Redwood City. Now there are six supermarkets, all but one of which have taquerias. in our site carne asada marinade

The meat market beginning shows in the quality of the meat. Most dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen meats, ranging from a nicely charred and smoky carne asada to deeply flavored pork, marinated in spices and cooked on a rotisserie in al pastor fashion. If your taste runs to the out-of-ordinary, there’s also beef tongue and goat meat. Arrive early for the lunch rush and you might see one of the cooks grilling a mountain of dried chiles for the house-made salsa rojo, which is fairly mild. The Scoville heat index rarely hits palate-searing levels in any of the dishes. The cooks even make their own mango and chile salsa. Squeeze bottles of the fruity sauce with a little kick are kept on ice at the cash register to douse your selections.

Friendly, chatty counter workers put together your order while you wait in line. They’ll adjust seasonings and ingredients to suit your taste while they steam tortillas, grill quesadillas and chop carne asada in a blur of flashing knife blades. Burritos ($5.49) are loaded with beans, rice, cheese and fresh salsa in addition to your choice of meats. Tortas ($4.99), Mexican sandwiches, layer tomatoes, lettuce and avocado with meat on good, yeasty rolls. Plain quesadillas ($1.99) feature buttery, smoothly melting Mexican cheese but the super version ($5.99) also is packed with so much meat, guacamole, and green salsa that it essentially becomes a grilled burrito. The best lunch deal, though, has to be the simple taco ($2.29) with enough meat and salsa to hold you until dinner. Chavez Supermarket Taqueria 2327 McKee Road, near I-680, San Jose (408) 929-5208. Also at 666 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Sunnyvale; 46 Fifth Ave. and 775 Arguello St., Redwood City; and 1157 W. Tennyson Ave., Hayward. www.chavezsuper.com Hours: 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily Types of food: Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and Mexican breakfast and dinner dishes Average meal price: Under $10 Good choices: Tasty tacos al pastor, flavorful caldo de res, and pleasantly smoky carne asada super quesadilla. go to site carne asada marinade

Not recommended: The breaded, fried meat was cold in the torta milanesa at one lunch. Attitude: Friendly and helpful Vegetarian options: No-meat burritos, quesadillas and huevos rancheros Drinks: Aguas frescas, canned sodas, fresh juices, water and beer. Eat in car: Quesadillas, if you’re careful Credit cards: Yes Parking: Shopping center lot Restaurant reviews are conducted anonymously. The Mercury News pays for all meals. Contact Aleta Watson at awatson@mercurynews.com or (408) 920-5032.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News.


2 comments
Al Sonnier
Al Sonnier

I think it would be a good thing if Rodney Alexander ran against Katrina Mary Landrieu! We should elect someone from North Louisiana to get more balance in our representation. Two U.S. Senators from the New Orleans area is too much (and I'm from Lafayette).

Susan
Susan

Saying that is enough to get my support for him also.I think Bush was never planning on building that fence.

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