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Kennedy Most of you have probably heard that Senator Ted Kennedy died earlier this morning. Kennedy, known as the Lion of the Senate, left a legacy in many areas of public policy. Almost from the beginning of his tenure, immigration was one of his passions. He was the sponsor of the 1965 Immigration Act which did away with an antiquated quota system that largely favored Western Europeans. And he helped to craft every major piece of immigration legislation over the last forty years. Sadly, Kennedy did not live to see passage of immigration reform legislation he campaigned for over the last few years and his absence from the Senate will be felt this fall as Senator Chuck Schumer takes over as the Democrats' leader in pushing for a new comprehensive bill. USA Today ran a story this morning that focuses on Kennedy's immigration legacy. Rest in peace, Senator Kennedy. You will be missed.
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  1. Legal_Alien_from_Roswell's Avatar
    RIP Ted

  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Kennedy was behind the 1965 Act although Congressman Celler and Senator Hart were the main sponsors and that act carries the name. Many antis want to reverse the 1965 Act and re-instate the National Origins quota. However, the actions of the past few administration regarding the national debt and the country's dependence on Asia to purchase our securities, mean that the country would return to National Origins or Jim Crow at its own peril. The Asian countries now have the power to bring down the US economy if it follows the antis and steps out of line.

    Kennedy started the process back in the early 1960s and again played a pivotal role in the passage of the 1990 Act. Rest in Peace Ted Kennedy. You have contributed a lot not only to our country but to humanity.
  3. Another voice's Avatar
    We lost a big ally in the fight for CIR, many immigrants have lots to thank him for all his fights in favor of immigrants. The news outlets say that his seat may be vacant for a while stripping the dems of the 60 vote majority.
  4. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    I had the opportunity to deal personally with his office when he reached out to me in order to help the wife of a missing soldier in Iraq who was in jeopardy of being deported in 2007. Senator Kennedy's unsolicited assistance helped to bring legal status to a woman who was in the grips of mourning the loss of her husband.

    Needless to say Senator Kennedy will be missed by this immigration advocate.
  5. USC's Avatar

    Thanks for posting this tribute to the Senator. I consider it a privilege that I had the great fortune to volunteer, as a teenager, for his 1980 campaign. Ever since that time (well, actually since 1989) I have been incredibly fortunate in being asked from time to time to give the Senator's office my opinion, in my area of expertise. On a personal level, I will never forget the Senator.


    In light of the Senator's passing what I have to say to you shall remain unsaid.
  6. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    It is the moderator's prerogative to delete comments he or she deems inappropriate. On this day of national sadness, I see no benefit in allowing negative comments about Senator Kennedy to pollute this blog especially since the man was a hero to so many of us.
  7. Jim's Avatar
    Although, I have not read what Greg deleted I got to read lots of those kind of comments on the blogosphere w/c were very evident in the first few hours of word that Senator Kennedy died.

    Even his wikipedia page was 'vandalized' and they have to close it to casual visitors.

    Says a lot to those people that are making such comments so fresh from someone's recent passing.

    A lot of people are really abusing these "freedom of speech", nowadays.
  8. USC's Avatar

    "There is a time and place for everything."

    If anyone had a half decent upbringing these words were drummed into them while they were growing up.

    Some of the comments merely violate the time element while the more extreme are always inappropriate. The kind of comments that you mention reflect on the type of parents these folks had. So, it is not their fault that they grew up to be rank outsiders, cads and bounders!

    On a side note, the notion of "freedom of speech" is mis-understood by these folks. Under this doctrine they have an absolute right, which I unequivically support, to pay the $20 or so and set up a website and post their tripe there. When they post their garbage on NY Times/Washington Post etc. the paper has a right to delete the vandalism from their property. Though, the comments that were posted here were not as bad as what I have seen elsewhere, Greg, appears to be setting a very high standard.
  9. Jack's Avatar
    If it's safe now I'll paraphrase what I posted yesterday that from a progressive's perspective, Kennedy was a frustrating figure because he took strong progressive stances on many important issues but on population policy (determined largely by immigration level) he unfortunately moved our country backward and against the progressive cause of population stabilty (which relates directly to the progressive cause of ecological preservation).
  10. George Chell's Avatar
    "progressive cause of population stabilty (which relates directly to the progressive cause of ecological preservation)."

    The so-called progressive cause of population stability in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe resulted in economic and environmental degradation, not ecological preservation. The increases in population in places such as Singapore and Hong Kong and even some European countries including the UK resulted in better environment and ecological preservation. Britain with high population today is much cleaner than with low population of the Malthusian days with its dark satanic mills. Cleaner environment has nothing to do with population size. If the nonsense that Jack sprouts is true, FSU will have a cleaner environment and Singapore and the UK will be ecological disasters. We know that the reverse is true. The quality of environment has nothing to do with population policy, but is a a direct result of environmental policy. If we have a public transport system like that of Singapore and UK with fewer accidents and breakdowns we have in the American run Washington DC Metro system, we will not have too many cars on the street and less green house gas and environmental degradation. Advocacy of zero immigration to save the environment is a fraud propagated by racists at FAIR and CIS and perhaps by advocates of the incompetent US auto industry.
  11. USC's Avatar
    "If it's safe now"

    IIRC, the United States has decreed, that as a tribute to one of its most noble son's, that all flags are to fly at half mast till August 30/31.

    The NY Times Editor appears to agree, with Greg, that he sees "no benefit in allowing negative comments about Senator Kennedy to pollute" its pages. All 9 of 9 "Letters to the Editor" have positive things to remember about the Senator:

  12. Jack's Avatar
    'Cleaner environment has nothing to do with population size.'

    Scientists disagree:

    Worst Environmental Problem? Overpopulation, Experts Say
    ScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2009) -- Overpopulation is the world's top environmental issue, followed closely by climate change and the need to develop renewable energy resources to replace fossil fuels, according to a survey of the faculty at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

    By the middle of the century, the United Nations estimates that the world population is likely to increase to more than nine billion, which is equivalent to an extra 200,000 people each day. Professor Rapley said the extra resources needed to sustain this growth in population would put immense strains on the planet's life-support system even if pollution emissions per head could be dramatically reduced.

    "Although reducing human emissions to the atmosphere is undoubtedly of critical importance, as are any and all measures to reduce the human environmental 'footprint', the truth is that the contribution of each individual cannot be reduced to zero. Only the lack of the individual can bring it down to nothing," Professor Rapley says in an article for the BBC website.

    "So if we believe that the size of the human 'footprint' is a serious problem - and there is much evidence for this - then a rational view would be that along with a raft of measures to reduce the footprint per person, the issue of population management must be addressed."

    Professor Rapley says the explosive growth in the human population and the concomitant effects on the environment have been largely ignored by many of those concerned with climate change. "It is a bombshell of a topic, with profound and emotive issues of ethics, morality, equity and practicability," he says.

    "So controversial is the subject that it has become the Cinderella of the great sustainability debate - rarely visible in public, or even in private.


    Don't ignore the elephant in the room and bury your head in the sand, George. Forget FAIR, you can get all the evidence from leading scientists with no lobbying connection. A book many people like is 'Collapse' by Jared Diamond.
  13. Jack's Avatar
    USC, I agree about personal attacks and 'good riddance' type posts but even obituaries don't gloss over controversial aspects of public figures. Don't think for a second that there would not be plenty of dancing on, e.g., Lou Dobbs' grave. While trying to be respectful of someone recently deceased, I was just eager to substantively debate Kennedy's legacy as the undisputed most influential immigration individual but if it is too sensitive I'll take a break.
  14. George Chell's Avatar
    Actions and achievements of Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore speaks more than all the words of Professor Rapley and other so-called environmentalists.
  15. George Chell's Avatar
    Professor Rapley and others have spewed that garbage from time 1954 Professor Alan Thompson said that there are too many Asians and the continent will starve by the 1980s..did not happen did it? then there was the club of rome. Lester Brown and his alarmist frauds at the World Watch Institute said the same thing in the 1980s. I am not ignoring any elephant in the room. These folks have been proved wrong and will be proved wrong again. All garbage!
  16. George Chell's Avatar
    As I said, the actions and achievements of the Republic of Singapore speak a lot more than the garbage words spoken by the population control specialists!

    I have no reason to believe that Professor Rapley will striket out again as Professor Ehrlich did!
  17. George Chell's Avatar
    So far, Jack provides assertions from various population control folks. Here is evidence that in the past population control folks are wrong and even lost wagers.

    Until Rapley is proved even remotely right, dont confuse me with assertions. Give me facts. So far people like Lee Kuan Yew have been proved right and population alarmists have been proved wrong. Dont provide me crap on how things will happen or dont confuse me with predictions. Give me evidence that overpopulated countries are starving. They are not. In fact, they are recording the highest economic growth in the world whereas countries with declining population are showing stagnant economic growth and environmental degradation. The fact that bunch of western population control experts assert that it is a problem does not make it so!
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