The Tar Pit

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Pro Amnesty Congressman Chris Cannon
gone from House Immigration Subcommittee

Pro-Amnesty, pro-illegal alien Republican Congressman Chris Cannon was shooting his mouth off to the New York Times in a comment posted today:

In an interview, Representative Chris Cannon, a Utah Republican who supports the president's plan, said a guest worker program would not amount to an amnesty because it would include a monetary penalty for currently illegal immigrants. "The people who want to kick them all out are not reasonable people," he said.

Unfortunately for the man who would legalize millions of illegal aliens, he's no longer on the the House Subcommittee on Immigration, and reasonable people are pleased:

Just last week, Utah Congressman Chris Cannon told the Salt Lake Tribune that he is "determined to help President Bush reform the nation's immigration laws, despite resistance from Republicans and a barrage of attacks [he] endured from immigration foes in his recent re-election."

But today it's being announced that Rep. Cannon, the "point man" in Congress for the White House on immigration, is off the immigration subcommittee.

<waits for cheers to die down>

For the tens of thousands of American families already devastated by Chris Cannon's work in Congress, e.g., on H-1b visas, it's too late, of course, but the news of Cannon's exit has to be seen as another enormously encouraging sign that the transnational ideologues running the show at the White House will be unable to do much beyond duping the president.

The big losers with Cannon's exit are the immigration lawyers and the Wall Street Journal.

<waits for cheers to die down>

The departure of the immigration lawyers' favorite Congressman from the position in which he's done so much to increase their customer base must have the immigration lawyer industry in a mad scramble this morning to find someone else who'll keep the immigration loopholes open.

How cheated the immigration lawyers must feel!

They spent a lot of money in the last election making sure Rep. Cannon remained in office, and now he is worth only a fraction of what he was while on the Immigration, Border Security, and Claims subcommittee.

The other big loser, the Wall Street Journal, has for 20 years advocated a five word constitutional amendment reading, "There shall be open borders." The radical ideologues running the WSJ editorial page placed such a high value on Cannon's immigration work in the House that, during the last election season, it published two disgraceful editorials in rapid succession specifically targeting Cannon's race (and ProjectUSA)--editorials Cannon mailed to every registered Republican in his district.

ProjectUSA has filed four formal complaints so far with the House Ethics Committee asking for an investigation into Congressman Chris Cannon, and we're working on a fifth. Requests for investigations are also pending or active with at least three federal law enforcement agencies. Chris Cannon, in other words, won't likely fade from the scene and we'll keep you updated on the progress of those investigations.

But, for today, if you believe as we do that the United States is a country, not a market, that the advocacy of mass immigration on economic grounds is inherently evil: humans are not packaged goods, and that a country should do its own work, go about your business with a lighter step.

Starting today, the U.S. Congress poses less of a threat to the American people.

This is a nice counter to Arlen Specter's installation of pro-Amnesty Senator John Cornyn as Chair of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee.

Hat tip to Freeper Budweiser.


Anyone who'd like to congratulate Congressman Cannon on his departure from the post where he intended to do so much damage is welcome to his contact info:

Washington Office
2436 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7751
Fax: (202) 225-5629

Provo Office
51 S University Ave Suite #319
Provo, UT 84606
Phone: (801) 851-2500
Fax: (801) 851-2509
Outside Utah County Call

Salt Lake County Office
3600 S. Constitution Blvd.
West Valley City, UT 84119
Phone: (801) 955-3631
Fax: (801) 955-3632
Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8am to 5pm


I just spoke to Corey at Cannon's Provo office and he's confirmed that Cannon is no longer on the Immigration Subcommittee. When asked the reason, he replied that Congressman Cannon had a an opportunity to move over to Intellectual Property [the Subcommittee], and he took it."

UPDATE #3: I just spoke to Marco at Cannon's Salt Lake County office, who directed me to Cannon's press release below. Marco said the decision to leave the Immigration Subcommittee for Intellectual Properties was his, and while I'm skeptical, I'm going to change my headline to reflect that.

Cannon's press release:

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Chris Cannon (R-UT) will continue to serve as Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law during the 109th Congress. In addition, Cannon has been named to the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. The subcommittee assignments were determined at an organizational meeting of the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

"I am pleased to continue to serve as Chairman of the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee in the 109th Congress. While we accomplished much in the subcommittee last Congress, I am anxious to renew our efforts to permanently ban Internet access taxes, enact bankruptcy reform, resolve the asbestos crisis, and address privacy, security and other important issues," Cannon said.

"I am also excited about serving on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property (IP) Subcommittee, where we will work on issues of significant importance to Utah's technology industries. This subcommittee will also provide an opportunity to focus my energies on the intellectual property issues surrounding medical research.

"My appointment to Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee required me to vacate my seat on the Immigration, Border Security and Claims Subcommittee. This change of subcommittees in no way diminishes my desire to strengthen America's borders and fix our broken immigration system. As a senior member of the full Judiciary Committee, I intend to work aggressively on border security and immigration issues.

"Given the importance of intellectual property and technology concerns in Utah, the opportunity to serve on the IP subcommittee is simply too valuable to pass up."

Cannon will also continue to serve on the House Resources Committee and the House Government Reform Committee.

Cannon's still a problem, but it's good he's gone.