President Of MA Senate Says “Everybody Has A Right To Come To America…And if they come here illegally, it’s up to Congress…to create a path [to citizenship]“

This video of President of the MA Senate, Therese Murray has created a bit of a stir in the Commonwealth.

In the May 1 speech to the Cape and Islands Democratic Council, Murray sought to energize Democrats in advance of a tough election cycle, slamming the Tea Party as “nutcases,” decrying “hate” in the tone of the national immigration debate, and calling for a clearer path to citizenship for immigrants.

Here’s the part concerning immigrants:

You heard right:

“Every person has the right to come to America. Everyone has the right to citizenship. And if they come here illegally, it’s up to Congress…to create a path [to citizenship.]”

Michael Graham asks: Who’s The Fringe Lunatic Who Says “Everyone Has The Right To Come To America?”

Graham has the longer version of the video at his site where she calls teabaggers *oops!* partiers “nut cases”,  blames Bush for the economy, and decries the “hate” in the immigration debate.

He notes:

The good news is that we’re not stuck with Terry Murray. She has an opponent, Tom Keyes, who rejects her far-Left lunacy out of hand. I’ve met him once and he seemed pretty solid—but check him out for yourself.

Then—PLEASE—volunteer, vote for, or send a check to Keyes, if only to save us from this woman remaining (no joke!) the most powerful member of the Massachusetts State Senate.

UPDATE:

Audio: Tom Keyes and Howie go after Senate President Therese Murray

Thanks to Infidel Joe.

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11 Responses to “President Of MA Senate Says “Everybody Has A Right To Come To America…And if they come here illegally, it’s up to Congress…to create a path [to citizenship]“”

  1. brucetheeconomist Says:

    A lot of concern on immigration I hear put in terms of just wanting the law respected: Folks are welcome but come legally.

    I take this post as being a little more open in that most conservative want fewer immigrants, in particular if they don’t quickly and fully assimilate.

    I don’t think we owe a path to citizenship to everyone, but I think as a nations we’ve generally benefited from immigration, and should encourage it by those who are willing to work and contribute.

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  2. HOMELAND INSECURITY Says:

    See all the undocumented democrats exercising “their rights” here – http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

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  3. geoff Says:

    A lot of concern on immigration I hear put in terms of just wanting the law respected: Folks are welcome but come legally.

    It’s a pretty straightforward position: decide what rate you want to admit immigrants, then enforce that rate. The argument about whether we have too few or too many legal immigrants really hasn’t even begun – we’ve been completely hung up on the issue of illegal immigration.

    I take this post as being a little more open in that most conservative want fewer immigrants, in particular if they don’t quickly and fully assimilate.

    Why would you take it that way? This post says that offering universal admission to all comers is ridiculous, not that NiceDeb wants to reduce the number of legal immigrants. That said, the foreign-born portion of the population of the US is awfully high – it’s up around 40 million people. In the 1960’s it was around 10 million. Our population went up about 60% over the same period, so what used to be a 5% population of foreign-born has almost tripled.

    I don’t think we owe a path to citizenship to everyone, but I think as a nations we’ve generally benefited from immigration, and should encourage it by those who are willing to work and contribute.

    Our legal immigration policy has been based on justice rather than benefit to the US. I’d like to see that change – justice is wonderful, but doesn’t pay the rent.

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  4. Veeshir Says:

    What I can’t figure out is why anybody would want to come to this racist country full of evil wingnuts and Foxnews.

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  5. Anonna Says:

    Veeshir, there are many countries to which you can go if this one bothers you so deeply. Suggest you start making plans, we won’t miss you.

    As for Theresa Murray, I wonder if she would agree that everyone has a right to go to her home and move in without asking and if would agree that she then must adopt them into her family circle. I would bet not. As a highly paid, highly privileged person, her job and lifestyle are not endangered by illegal aliens, so she takes a stupid position on the issue and believes herself to be advanced.

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  6. nicedeb Says:

    Don’t worry about Veeshir, Anonna. His tongue was firmly in his cheek.

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  7. brucetheeconomist Says:

    Geoff,

    If we want benefits for the US from immigration how about this:

    1. Gain control of the boarders (no small task); and

    2. Have an auction each year for a limited number of “rights” to become new citizens. I would favor granting at least a small number of rights to be allocated by a lottery or other random means as well.

    It would tend to allowed the most industries to enter the country. The revenues could be used a number of purposes, offset some of the debt.

    Some immigrants may be a burden, but the right immigrants would contribute to the economy (many US Noble prize winners are immigrants), offset our aging population that will strain our healthcare and retirement programs, and maybe even buy up some of our surplus housing stock that is one of a number of drags on our economy.

    It would be a kind of conservative alternative to cap n’ trade as a way to raise revenue and reduce a problem: immigration, especially low-income immigrants.

    I mean this as a real idea, in case you’re not sure. Though I think promoting “justice” is something this country shouldn’t forget about. If that makes me a bleeding heart so be it. The number of immigration rights auctioned versus granted randomly applicants would depend on our collective decision on “justice” versus benefits for the US alone. I’d still want some justice.

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  8. geoff Says:

    I mean this as a real idea, in case you’re not sure.

    You do know that we already allow something like a million legal immigrants in each year? Oh wait – I just looked it up. Last year there were 1.13 million people who obtained legal permanent resident status. So we already have a significant level of immigration.

    I agree, however, that we could do a better job of screening them for their potential benefit to our economy.

    That’s something that really irritated me about Clinton: back when the UK’s lease on Hong Kong expired, HK residents were clamoring to come into our country. We wouldn’t let them in. Talk about a huge economic boost (and pulling the rug out from under the Chinese).

    Oh well.

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  9. brucetheeconomist Says:

    I wasn’t arguing for a higher level of immigration, just a way to screen for the hardworking and productive. What I suggest could be done with a lower number allowed immigration permits being sold than the number of newcomer we have now, or more. Immigration can make the destination country better off.

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  10. geoff Says:

    I wasn’t arguing for a higher level of immigration, just a way to screen for the hardworking and productive.

    Then you share a position with Amy Chua, who also likes to backhand conservatives with strawmen about legal immigration positions.

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  11. RESS Says:

    RACIAL CITIZENSHIP CONFERENCE 2012

    While the Racial Citizenship Conference 2012 is being planned please feel free to get familiar with the new and improved colour coded approved and extended

    “RACE CODES”.

    http://raceequalitysecretservice.blogspot.com/2010/11/racial-citizenship-conference-2012.html

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