A few pundits here and there have expressed some shock at how upset the conservative Republican base is over this compromise bill. Not us at Townhall.com - We been seeing this for years. Ever since President Bush announced his amnesty plan back on Jan. 7, 2004, immigration has been the #1 issue for Townhall.com readers - without even a close runner-up.
No other issue since we went online 12 years ago has touched the nerves of Townhall readers like this. Sure there are other issues that matter to conservative readers - the right-to-life, government regulations and spending, culture and media issues, national security, etc but none approach the level of the immigration debate.
By my count, nearly 2,000 comments have been posted to various blog posts, news articles, and opeds in the last 24 hours or so. A couple of individual posts pushed into the 200+ range. I've only read about 200 of them but the interns we have here say they can't find more that a couple in favor of the immigration reform bill.
We want to know what you think of the Senate's compromise immigration reform bill.
Now is also the time to let your senators know how you feel about the compromise -- its amnesty provision, the cost on social security, pathways to legal status and citizenship, and national security implications.
The next few days are a crucial moment in this debate. Decisions on how fast to ram this bill through the process will be made this weekend. Decisions whether to let Senators have time to read the 1,000 page bill will be made this weekend. Senators sitting on the fence will be forming their opinions this weekend and Senators who have already signed on to the bill have a couple of days to ponder their decision in light of the grassroots reaction.
The Senate switchboard is 202-225-3121. Always be polite but let them know where you stand.
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