In 1993, in sponsoring the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993, Reid said that:
Currently, an alien living illegally in the United States often pays no taxes but receives unemployment, welfare, free medical care and other federal benefits. Recent terrorist acts, including the World Trade Center bombing, have underscored the need to keep violent criminals out of the country.
Where's Reid now in the immigration debate? Solidly in favor of allowing the 11 million or so law-breakers who are in the country to stay. Maybe he thinks that that'll put them solidly in the Dimwitocrat column come eleven years down the road when they can actually become citizens.
Of course what Dingy Harry and the rest of the pandering pro-illegal alien crowd forgets is that a good number of the law-breaking types won't vote in any elections, because they're not the type of persons who would do such a thing. These are the people who sneak over the border under cover of darkness and stay in the shadows.
Mark my words, you'll see this in 10 years (if god-forbid the Senate version becomes law), less than half of the 11 million that are here will have gone through the effort to become citizens, and of that 5.5 mill that are left, a good majority will have committed a felony, not kept a job, and/or not learned english sufficiently to qualify for citizenship. That'll be when the Dimwits will push for leniency when it comes to those qualifications, and what is left of the GutlessCoward party (that's Republicans to you and me) will cave, because that's what they do. Talk a good game, talk tough about BEING tough, but when it comes down to possibly offending a future voter to stand up for a principle? Hell no.