Chucking once-held principled stands for hope and change might seem a high price to pay for someone like Kirsten Gillibrand, but who's gonna remember her comments about the rule of law no longer being an American value after next week's crisis du jour?
BTW, the Senate site outlining her new plan on immigration (linked above, but blank) is a change from her House site, which was skillfully wiped from Google cache. Fortunately this site did some block-quoting before the scrubbing to give us an idea of those previous not well-thought out positions. (emphasis added):
Such a Gumby-like transformation is fascinating to watch--she's also flipped on the sanctuary city issue but so far seems to be holding firm on the no drivers licenses position. One has to wonder whether she'll soon have another epiphany and realize that stopping deportations (she's now against them) doesn't go too well with not allowing illegals to legally drive. Maybe next week.
- In addition, I am a sponsor of the SAVE Act, which will hire 8,000 new Customs and Border Patrol agents, while utilizing new technology and fencing along the border. I have also sponsored the Legal Employee Verification Act, which would require all employers to verify, through the Social Security Administration, that their employees are legal.
- In addition, I support reforming and streamlining the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) so that the extraordinary casework backlog will be addressed within two years. This is especially important for the thousands of farmers in our district who need legal workers. I am confident that Congress can enact reform without providing amnesty to illegal immigrants. This is a national and economic security issue for our country and I am committed to fighting for the American worker.
- Our immigration system is broken and hard-working Americans often bear the brunt of the federal government’s failure to secure our borders and provide adequate protections for the American worker and the shrinking American Middle Class. I believe the first step to fixing our immigration system is to stop the flow of illegal immigration. This can be accomplished by securing the Southern border, enforcing the employment laws on the books and ensuring that our farmers and businesses have the adequate number of legal workers after they have exhausted their search for American workers. I am firmly against providing amnesty to illegal immigrants. In my first year in Congress, I passed legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives that would bar employers, who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, from receiving federal contracts.
BTW, her analogy about jackbooted ICE thugs rushing in to grab illegals with children in the room also being against our nation's values (even terrorist-like?) brought to mind this imagery for some reason.