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Federal Recognition
Commentary: GOP death wish on Native Hawaiians


"Recent actions by the U.S. Senate have raised questions about whether a minority of the institution's Republican majority has a political death wish. A number of Republican senators, and even one or two of their leaders, cast votes over the past few weeks that produced a seriously defective immigration "reform" bill -- one that is anathema to most of the party's base.

The reasons for such anger are not hard to discern. The Senate-passed immigration bill undermines the rule of law in America by rewarding illegal behavior, and encouraging more of it. It erodes public confidence in our system by giving "undocumented" aliens preferential treatment over American citizens. And it invites public outrage by creating vast new entitlements for illegals at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.

If the damage entailed for the country by the Senate immigration deform bill were not bad enough, many of the same Republican senators may be about to add profound insult to this considerable injury.

As soon as this week, Hawaii's Democratic senators, Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, hope to secure sufficient numbers of Republican votes to pass legislation that is, if anything, even more inconsistent with American interests and security than the new immigration bill -- "The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act" (S. 147). At this writing, they appear to have cut enough deals to obtain the Republican support necessary greatly to accelerate the process of unraveling the United States as a nation."

Get the Story:
Frank J. Gaffney Jr.: Hawaii going native? (The Washington Times 6/6)

Civil Rights Commission Report:
The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 (May 2006)

Civil Rights Commission Transcript:
January 20, 2006 Meeting

Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill:
Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 (S.147)

Rice v. Cayetano Resources:
Abstract, Audio and More

Rice v. Cayetano Election Rights Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion | Concurrence Dissent (Stevens) | Dissent (Ginsburg)

Senate Republican Policy Paper:
Why Congress Must Reject Race-Based Government for Native Hawaiians (June 2005)

Relevant Links:
US Commission on Civil Rights - http://www.usccr.gov
Native Hawaiian Sovereignty Site - http://www.hawaii-nation.org
Native Hawaiian Federal Recognition Site - http://www.nativehawaiians.com

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