Thursday, October 20

BUSH EPIPHANY OVERLOOKS SANCTUARY LAWS

I agree with Peter Brimelow (and Juan Mann) of VDARE Blog: Bush flunks on both counts. The president has failed to announce he'd begin supporting the long-on-the-books "Expedited Removal Law" and no mention by the nation's Chief Executive of eliminating or reforming the "Executive Office for Immigration Review" (EOIR).

But, I would add a third leg to the stool: the president's pseudo epiphany on illegal immigration (and that of his DHS chief, Michael Chertoff) clearly is as short-sighted, as it is disingenuous, because neither he, nor Chertoff, has explained how "aggressive interior enforcement" can exclude a presidential call for the elimination of sanctuary city laws?

American citizens shouldn't delude themselves, breathing a sigh of relief that President Bush is poised at long last to do an about face on his pro-amnesty, pro-alien, open-borders policies.

Here's a statement from his December 2004 press conference that clearly belies the newfound tough talk of Chertoff and reveals how the president thinks to this day:

Now let me talk about the immigration issue. First, we want our border patrol agents chasing crooks and thieves and drug runners and terrorists, not good-hearted people who are coming here to work. And therefore, it makes sense to allow the good-hearted people who are coming here to do jobs that Americans won't do a legal way to do so. And providing that legal avenue, it takes the pressure off the border.

Now, we need to make sure the border is modern, and we need to upgrade our border patrol. But if we expect the border patrol to be able to enforce a long border, particularly in the south -- and the north, for that matter -- we ought to have a system that recognizes people are coming here to do jobs that Americans will not do. And there ought to be a legal way for them to do so. To me, that is -- and not only that, but once the person is here, if he or she feels like he or she needs to go back to see her family, to the country of origin, they should be able to do so within a prescribed -- in other words, and the card, the permit would last for a prescribed period of time. It's a compassionate way to treat people who come to our country. It recognizes the reality of the world in which we live. There are some people -- there are some jobs in America that Americans won't do and others are willing to do.

Now, one of the important aspects of my vision is that this is not automatic citizenship. The American people must understand that. That if somebody who is here working wants to be a citizen, they can get in line like those who have been here legally and have been working to become a citizen in a legal manner.

And this is a very important issue, and it's a -- and I look forward to working with members of Congress. I fully understand the politics of immigration reform. I was the governor of Texas right there on the front lines of border politics. I know what it means to have mothers and fathers come to my state and across the border of my state to work. Family values do not stop at the Rio Grande River, is what I used to tell the people of my state. People are coming to put food on the table, they're doing jobs Americans will not do.

And to me, it makes sense for us to recognize that reality, and to help those who are needing to enforce our borders; legalize the process of people doing jobs Americans won't do; take the pressure off of employers so they're not having to rely upon false IDs; cut out the coyotes who are the smugglers of these people, putting them in the back of tractor trailers in the middle of August in Texas, allowing people to suffocate in the back of the trucks; stop the process of people feeling like they've got to walk miles across desert in Arizona and Texas in order just to feed their family, and they find them dead out there. I mean, this is a system that can be much better.

And I'm passionate on it because the nature of this country is one that is good-hearted and compassionate. Our people are compassionate. The system we have today is not a compassionate system. It's not working. And as a result, the country is less secure than it could be with a rational system.


Sure sounds to me like more of the same -- misguided "compassionate conservatism" getting in the way of the hard realism needed to assess soberly the manifold, deleterious impact of illegal immigration on our country and, most importantly, to do something about it. The president doesn't see it as an invasion. He's still fully engaged in a propaganda campaign that illegals are hapless poor people looking for economic opportunities in America that their homelands do not provide and, echoing naive open borders' apologists, willing to do the jobs that American citizens are unwilling to do. It's the old, careworn canard.

As I wrote in this post yesterday:

American citizens, particulalry those hapless hurricane evacuees dispossessed of homes, cars, furniture, and clothing, certainly would take good-paying construction jobs in the Gulf Coast were it not for the fact that President Bush, with a wave of the hand, made those cut-wage, cheap-labor jobs in order to attract border jumpers to the biggest reconstruction effort in United States history.

And American citizens, particularly those who live in the Gulf Coast region -- the largest petro-chemical manufacturing center in the entire world -- would certainly have taken these good-paying jobs were it not for the fact that illegals were hired in their place.

The American people must come to their senses and disabuse themselves of the notion that illegals are simply the abject poor of neighboring countries violating our borders in desperation to do the rigorous, back-breaking, stoop-labor in our country's agricultural fields -- work that we bona-fide, "documented" Americans are unwilling to do. That's a careworn canard used by open borders apologists and Latino Rights' activist groups. It's propaganda, pure and simple. Being a bus driver was good enough for Ralph Kramden, just as it was for countless American employees of Greyhound and Trailways. Well, it was good enough, too, for illegal immigrant Juan Robles Gutierrez. Of course, he was undocumented, hired anyway, unlicensed to drive a bus in the United States, and wasn't maintaining his commercial driver's log books. Want to go for a ride with Juan Robles? He prefers not to pick lettuce either.

And do keep this in mind: ruthless, murdering, MS-13 gang members, operating in 33 states, who themselves are illegal aliens, most from El Salvadore, don't want to pick lettuce either. They want to rape, steal, maim, murder, and smuggle drugs and more of their kind into America. Nor do Mexican Zetas want to pick lettuce. These "rogue Mexican commandos" -- border jumping assassins one and all -- deal in lead, not in agriculture.

Just remember, Readers of ACSOL, that this is the same getting-tough president who, despite earlier appropriations from the Congress to hire and train more U.S. Border Patrol agents, has, at least up until now, refused stubbornly to do so.

Don't succumb to the rope-a-dope. Let's pull the president off the ropes and insist that he do first what he should have done immediately on the heels of the "9/11" terrorist attack on American soil -- place troops on our borders and significantly bolster the U.S. Border Patrol, while sending a clear, firm message to the corrupt government of Mexico that the invasion must stop. And, lastly, understand that he has finally gotten it in his head that "amnesty" is anathema to the majority of American voters, so he's simply going to jettison that term and try to get very liberal guest worker legislation passed that is tantamount to allowing 11+ million illegals to remain here in the States. That's right: just more rope-a-dope. The ol' shell game in the hands of a proven, political magician.