Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Congressman proposes new "Trail of Tears"!

Hitting the dirt, again. For those who understand American history, one of the most disgraceful acts committed against American Indians was the removal of the “Civilized Tribes” from their homelands to what was called “Indian Territory.” Andy Jackson, revered as the ultimate folksy American politician, ordered the Creeks, Cherokees, Seminoles, Choctaws, and Chickasaws ethnically cleansed from east of the Mississippi River.

The US Supreme Court found his action unconstitutional. Jackson made a crack about wondering how they planned on enforcing his order, and sent in troops. Thousands and thousands of Indians were rounded up, held in what amounted to being concentration camps, and then herded out to Oklahoma. It’s been known ever since as “The Trail of Tears.”

Thousands died.

It was as bad as any event that befell the First Nations within the United States.

And, now, some foolish and ignorant Iowa congressman has proposed a “Trail of Tears” as a “path to amnesty”…”for those who haven’t been deported.”

His name is Steve King. I hope the consciencious voters of Iowa remember his name come the next election. He’s shameless. And probably ill-educated, to boot.

Congressman Vows to Make Immigration Amnesty a “Trail of Tears”
By Gerry Smith | Friday, February 2, 2007, 04:41 PM

With the Iowa caucus a year away, here’s what one congressman from the state had to say Friday on immigration reform: “I’m determined to see to it that the path to amnesty will be a trail of tears for those who haven’t been deported,” said Rep. Steve King, the ranking Republican member of the House Immigration Subcommittee at a three-day Republican retreat in Baltimore.

King’s hard-line stance contrasts that of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, who has supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

King said $65 billion worth of illegal drugs enter the country from Mexico each year.

“I mean, if you put $65 billion down there to defend that border, you can lock that down so there wouldn’t be any cockroaches getting across.”

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