BUSH'S SOTU IS "MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY" ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
No surprise this morning that what I took issue with last night in President Bush's State of the Union address was the one point of agreement the Houston Chronicle resoundingly applauded:
The president was at his best when he boldly declared that the strength of the U.S. economy depended upon immigrants. The president differs on this matter from other Republicans who seek to stop illegal immigration at the border by force, impediment or both.
The president, of course, was purposefully disingenuous with the American people in saying "we hear claims that immigrants are bad for the economy ..." Baloney! What the president has heard, again and again, is that illegal immigrants are lawbreakers and that the Bush administration (and administrations before it) have failed to protect and defend the United States of America by not securing our nation's porous borders and by not enforcing immigration laws already on the books. The immigrant-bashing canard is careworn and as we like to say here in Texas: "That dog doesn't hunt." It certainly doesn't hunt anymore.
What the president of the United States said last night in his address to the nation, and has over the course of his administration underscored through his purposeful inaction on border security and immigration reform, is tantamount to this: "If cheap labor is the engine of economic growth, than the laws of the nation be damned."
If, as the president claimed in his SOTU address, America's competitiveness -- its distinct competitive advantage -- will come from legions of educated, creative minds, steeped in mathematics and the sciences, then isn't that a contradiction in terms with his history of being an open borders' apologist, both as Texas' governor and during his first five years in the White House? Mathematicians and scientists and Nobel Prize laureates are not jumping our borders.
Fact is, what the president has been all about for far too many years is feeding American industry's appetite for cheap labor by refusing to enforce immigration laws?
The president said that federal judges must be "servants of the law." In terms of the 12 - 20 million illegal aliens already afoot in our land, the president needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror and heed his own admonition. The President of the United States must be a servant of the law, too, and its chief enforcement officer.
Just as the president called for renewing "the promise of our institutions," he should renew his oath of office to "preserve, protect, and defend" the United States of America. A good start would be to secure our borders. Next would be to deal with 12+ million lawbreakers and a government -- Mexico -- that has encouraged a human invasion of our country.
The president cannot just enforce those laws he chooses to and ignore those with which he is in disagreement. That solemn oath of office he took does not give him that latitude.
You said it yourself last night, President Bush:
A hopeful society expects elected officials to uphold the public trust.
FOLLOW-UP: Here's a transcript of the SOTU (courtesy of the Houston Chronicle).
FOLLOW-UP II: To its credit, the Houston Chronicle has linked in its online edition to this post of mine on the SOTU; and, further to its credit, and in sharp contrast to its editorial position, it has published in today's edition this piece by Gebe Martinez, which merits a complete read.
FOLLOW-UP III: The Dan Stein Report was kind enough to link to my post and you'll find his post includes a link to Congressman Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) response to the SOTU, as well as that of the Minuteman HQ Blog.