Two words for anybody who thinks this immigration bill is a done deal, and there’s no way enough opposition builds:
By the way – if Hugh Hewitt is looking for 41 good senators to oppose this bill, then maybe – maybe – Hugh can count on Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb:
Resolving the continued surge of immigrant tides also remains a focal point. It is also a personal issue. The senator’s wife, Hong Le Webb, was born and raised in Vietnam, which her family fled after the fall of Saigon in 1975. She is an securities and corporate law attorney in Washington.
Webb said that immigration solutions have to come from a reasonable control of the borders, better enforcement at the employer level, and a “realistic path” towards citizenship, he said.
“It’s unrealistic to ask someone for their green card if they come to mow your lawn, particularly in Northern Virginia,” he said. “You can’t go into L.A. and pretend to round people up who have truly put their roots down here.”
UPDATE: Greg Pollowitz remembered Webb on the campaign trail:
Webb went on to criticize the H1B visa process and went as far as to say that there should be no guest workers at all in the United States. Webb equated those coming to the US from Mexico to pick vegetables to those coming from India to work at AOL in Alexandria. Webb’s view of outsourcing clearly puts him at odds with technology related businesses in Virginia. Webb brought his views on immigration into this answer as well. They included a much more secure border along with vastly increased enforcement of businesses that hire illegal immigrants. No guest workers, a strong border and increased enforcement is not the Democratic idea for immigration reform. If anything, it’s pretty close to the NR stance on immigration.
If Webb votes for this bill, it will mean he set a land speed record for “growing in office” inside the Beltway.
ONE MORE UPDATE: A veteran Hill-watcher offers something of a prediction: “Hewitt doesn’t need 41 ”good” senators. There are going to be some “bad” senators voting against this bill — Menendez, probably some others, because it’s too hard on illegals for their taste.” I asked if how sure he was that some of them wouldn’t knuckle under to arm-twisting, and he responded, “I don’t think so, with the bill as it stands… The risk they run is, if they adopt amendments to change the bill that satisfy those guys, say on family reunification or reducing the fines, they could chase off Kyl, Chambliss and Isakson and lose the Republicans they need to get cloture.”