THE BIG RNC RUSE -- GUEST WORKERS, BUT NO AMNESTY
The Washington Times reports what the VDARE folks (and others of us opposed to porous borders, illegal immigration, and amnesty for illegals) feared would happen:
The Republican National Committee voted yesterday to back President Bush's call for a guest-worker program.
"The question is not 'Is there an issue?' -- the question is 'How you deal with it?' and I think we have to deal with it in a comprehensive way -- we don't have to deal with it in a way that's anti-immigrant," said party Chairman Ken Mehlman, who said the resolution "reflected where the president was."
The resolution, adopted by voice vote, was a major victory for Mr. Mehlman and headed off a divisive vote on an alternate resolution that would have put the party on record as opposing a guest-worker program, thus at odds with Mr. Bush.
Now it becomes highly likely that GOP Senators will take the teeth out of the "Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act" that passed in the House of Representatives last December.
This is one long-standing Republican who is now seriously considering re-registering as an "Independent."
"National Security" and "Amnesty-Lite" (i.e., Guest Worker programs for the 11+ million illegal alien lawbreakers already in the country) are mutually exclusive. If the GOP under Bush's leadership is intent on integrating the two, then I have a problem. They have already integrated so-called "national security" with "porous borders" for the first five years of Bush's two-term presidency.
The borders must be secured first -- secured before any forms of immigration reform are discussed in the halls of Congress.
If the Republican Party has, as Karl Rove asserts, a "post-9/11 worldview," then why in Mr. Rove's important speech at the RNC's Winter Meeting this week -- a speech setting the GOP's tone and tactics for the upcoming 2006 elections -- are the issues of porous borders and illegal immigration not prominently mentioned? Take the time as I did, and read the entire speech and tell me how many times these issues came up? Read the speech and you'll know that the Bush administration's position vis-a-vis border security is more of the same and that in the president's mind there is no linkage between national security and border enforcement.
FOLLOW-UP: Do read Bryanna Bevins' piece at the VDARE blog in reaction to the RNC vote. Her post includes a quote from Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who promises a continuing fight.