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Sunday, December 03, 2006

The grass grows longer

I hope Mitt Romney's neighbors don't mind that the grass at the family's Belmont mansion is going to be out of control for awhile.

In what might be the finest example of "do as I say, not as I do" to come down the road in eons, the soon-to-be former governor put another notch in his right wing credentials by negotiating a deal with the feds to allow Massachusetts State Police to arrest illegal immigrants.

Will he start close to home?

The extraordinary hypocrisy here goes without saying. As noted elsewhere, there is clearly a place for debate on the how deal with undocumented workers in our midst. As a child of immigrants, I am sympathetic to the plight of people who leave their homes because of political or religious persecution -- or the simple desire to make a better life for their families.

But I am also very aware at the lackadaisical efforts being made by the federal government at securing our borders. Given my political leanings, I'm more concerned about the porous process that allowed 19 terrorist hijackers to enter the country despite the presence of some on a watch list. I am also offended by the ease with which someone could stow away on a container ship entering any port of this country.

And I have no use for pandering politicians who say one thing and do another. If immigration was such an important issue to Romney, why didn't he check the documents of the people who cared for his estate? Was he for undocumented immigrants before he was against them?

And I continue to be, well, outraged, at how he has misused Massachusetts as a platform for the run for the White House that he still refuses to acknowledge is real in deed if not word. This is the latest of right wingnut hot button issues in which Romney has used Massachusetts as a foil for his personal advancement -- particularly gay marriage and choice.

As with the arbitrary (and already partially rescinded) 9C budget cuts and the payroll patriot appointments, he is also violating the basic civil code of politics in not hamstringing his successor with unpopular actions.

By trying to make Deval Patrick take the heat for his decisions -- by forcing him to rescind them or acquiesce to them -- Romney is simply looking for another foil to embellish his meager portfolio of successes.

We have a pretty good idea of which way Patrick will go, thanks to his spokesman:
"This is another last-minute move by Governor Romney that is more about his presidential campaign than about sound public policy for the people of Massachusetts," said Richard Chacon, Patrick's spokesman. "The last election showed that people can tell the difference between the two."
Romney has one month left in office. Perhaps we should secure our own borders and not allow him back into the state until the day he leaves office?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really angry that Romney wants our state cops to enforce the immigration laws. Here's the scenario:

Trooper to driver pulled over for speeding, "License, registration, and green card, please?"

"No green card? Then proof of citizenship, please."

"Oh, no passport while traveling on the Mass Pike? I'm sorry, you will have to leave the country."

To dispatch, "Call INS and tell them we need a pickup at the Natick service area. I'll be holding the prisoner at the Dunkin Donuts."

Back to driver, "And here is a ticket for speeding, plus another one for not wearing your seatbelt. Please be sure to pay the fine in US currency before you are deported, or we will have you extradited for a court appearance."

December 03, 2006 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is lunacy. We already have an entire agency for dealing with immigration violations. They're not felonies, they're some class of misdemeanor, and they're turning over enforcement to State Troopers? What a brilliant idea. According to the Globe, "The troopers will probably be members of special units that pursue violent fugitives or combat street gangs." Hey. Who cares about violent criminals or gangs? Is that really something to be coincerned about, when we can have state troopers chasing Mitt's gardeners all over his lawn instead? Let's take half our treasury and use it to chase immigrants, and let's just burn the other half.

December 03, 2006 7:04 PM  

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