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Bush's Immigration Speech: Practical or Pipedream?

President Bush’s immigration speech tonight hardly justified pushing back “24”in order to accommodate an unclear plan that may bring stability to our nation’s southern border. The rub, of course, is the enforceability to the president’s strategy.

Here is Bush’s five-point plan to “deliver a system that is secure, orderly, and fair.”

First, the United States must secure its borders. This is a basic responsibility of a sovereign Nation. It is also an urgent requirement of our national security. Our objective is straightforward: The border should be open to trade and lawful immigration – and shut to illegal immigrants, as well as criminals, drug dealers, and terrorists.

Bush is absolutely 100% correct on this. We need a secure border, but a border is only secure if we know who's crossing it. As of now there is no system in place to catch every illegal alien crossing the border. Bush wants to install 6,000 National Guard personnel and eventually hire 6,000 more border patrol agents. But are these numbers sufficient? Fox's Bill O'Reilly wants 15,000 National Guard troops. Why less than half? What kind of technology will the National Guard bring?

Second, to secure our border, we must create a temporary worker program. The reality is that there are many people on the other side of our border who will do anything to come to America to work and build a better life. They walk across miles of desert in the summer heat, or hide in the back of 18-wheelers to reach our country. This creates enormous pressure on our border that walls and patrols alone will not stop. To secure the border effectively, we must reduce the numbers of people trying to sneak across.

Unless you believe in magic, this part of the plan makes no sense. How will a guest-worker program abruptly reduce the number of illegal crossers? If the first part of the plan is successfully implemented, and the border does become "secure," there will be no reason to introduce a plan to reduce the number of illegal aliens crossing the border!

The practical reason for something like a guest-worker program would be to provide a way for foreigners to legally find work in the country without applying for citizenship. The problem is, for this to work foreigners would have to comply with the rules that include returning home after the duration of the stay. But do we honestly expect those on the program to voluntarily leave the country? Can we bridge the program to a plan to legalization? Should we?

Third, we need to hold employers to account for the workers they hire. It is against the law to hire someone who is in this country illegally. Yet businesses often cannot verify the legal status of their employees, because of the widespread problem of document fraud. Therefore, comprehensive immigration reform must include a better system for verifying documents and work eligibility. A key part of that system should be a new identification card for every legal foreign worker.

Like step one, this part is crucial. It's too easy for illegal aliens to find work when employers are welcoming them with open arms. Companies must be heavily fined and punished for knowingly hiring illegal aliens. In Bush's world employers have been tricked into hiring illegal aliens, but how many do it knowingly?

Fourth, we must face the reality that millions of illegal immigrants are already here. They should not be given an automatic path to citizenship. This is amnesty, and I oppose it. Amnesty would be unfair to those who are here lawfully – and it would invite further waves of illegal immigration.

This is the most unclear part of the plan. The president is against full-blown amnesty, but also against mass deportation. He calls for a penalty system that I believe is unattractive to illegal aliens who need an incentive to register in the country legally. Bush is pandering to the moderates while trying not to offend either end too much by pretending you can oppose deportation without granting amnesty.

Fifth, we must honor the great American tradition of the melting pot, which has made us one Nation out of many peoples. The success of our country depends upon helping newcomers assimilate into our society, and embrace our common identity as Americans. Americans are bound together by our shared ideals, an appreciation of our history, respect for the flag we fly, and an ability to speak and write the English language.

That's some sugary sweet goodness for you! This is all well and good, but in order to get to this point we must get step one right, and that requires immediate reinforcement of the border. Will 6,000 National Guard troops do the trick?

Regardless, it is a start. No one will be perfectly satisfied with the program, but at least the illegal immigration issue is getting some serious attention. Here is the recap:

Step One: Secure the Border. (Excellent, but the president's strategy for this is a long shot.)

Step Two: Guest-Worker Program. (Unnecessary; won't reduce number of illegal crossers, but a start to allowing for legal immigration.)

Step Three: Hold Employers Accountable. (Necessary, and can be easily enforced. Make it harder for illegal aliens to find work, and force them to become legal.)

Step Four: Legalize the Illegals. (This is amnesty even if you make them pay a fee for it. Needs clarity if not scrapped all together.)

Step Five: Honor the melting pot. (The president simply being a politician.)

Posted by Scottie at May 15, 2006 9:14 PM
Comment #148520

Its all nonsense. The Shrub is trying to have it both ways. There is no middle ground in this. We must have a Wall. We must deport all illegals. I believe this can be done by holding all those captured in temporary internment camps until transport can be arranged. We should also deny illegals the ability to wire money to mexico and other such places. Likewise, thier children born into this country should be denied citizenship.

We must make America safe for the Natives, the real Americans.

Posted by: Aldous at May 15, 2006 11:07 PM
Comment #148523

But before Bush can do anything he needs a bill to sign, and your plan won’t make it ten minutes in the Senate.

Posted by: Scottie at May 15, 2006 11:17 PM
Comment #148524

Pipedream !
How much will background checks cost?
Does anyone know how long and how much that could take?
That’s just a tricky way to guarantee amnesty.
Nothing will change, unless voters start voting out all irresponsible, bought-and-paid-for incumbent politicians, instead of sending them billions in campaign dollars and re-electing them over and over.
Amnesty (or equivalent guest worker program) is a recipe for continued massive, uncontrolled, illegal immigration.

Posted by: d.a.n at May 15, 2006 11:21 PM
Comment #148528

What we need is to mobilize the Conservative Religious Right. People like Falwell and Dobson must see the threat these Mexicans represent. They must know how these illegals threaten to turn the US into a Roman Catholic Country!!!

We must rally ourselves in this holy cause. I am sure if enough real Americans make themselves known, the politicians will enact any law needed. That’s what happened to the Indian Tribes and the 1940 Japanese, afterall.

Band together to keep America… American!!!

Posted by: Aldous at May 15, 2006 11:30 PM
Comment #148607

Why is it that after 5 years in office all of a sudden Bush decides that we have an illegal alien problem? I’ll give yaall three guesses.
Mine would be, Midterm elections, The Republicans have had a lot of bad publicity lately, And laying down a smoke screen to keep us from finding out something we need to know.
If Bush or any other President were really concerned about illegal immigration it would have been slowed to a trickle at best by now.

Posted by: Ron Brown at May 16, 2006 11:34 AM
Comment #148610

Re: Senate Amnesty Bill and coming death of the American Middle Class.

1. Who needs the National Guard, when the govt will let over 100 million “temporary” workers in the country in the next 20 years.
2. When here, all you need to do is have your wife/girlfriend to have a baby, and the Family Reunification Act will allow lineal descendents such as grandparents, parents, siblings and grandchildren to apply for and get permanent immigration status.
3. When their Visas expire, do you think that they will leave? They will assume another amnesty is coming. With 100 million coming, our blue collar middle class is dead. The US will ever go the way of other 3rd world nations when the gap between rich and poor will explode.
4. Who will pay the taxes that will support educational and social programs for the “temporary” workers who will be poor and will have a high birth rate. If they are truly temporary, they will pay no FICA tax, as they are expected to return to their country of origin.
5. Skilled worker exception workers will greatly increase. Some firms that take advantage of the exception and benefit by having lower costs, through no FICA witholding (legally) on most of their workforce. The loophole gives them a competitive advantage and hurts young americans competing for employment with workers that will cost at least 10% less to pay than American workers. Some of the high tech firms in So Cal utilize the skilled worker exception to get workers for almost free. The quota from China is booked for years and years by immigrants waiting their turn. These Asian high tech firms receive payments from workers in China for a job and a packaged skilled worker exception. They arrive on student visas or skilled exceptions and then work for the firm until they can get a permanent green card and status. These are attractive jobs, that would be a plus for our own citizens. However, the Asian High tech firms can hire foreigners at a lower cost, as there is no FICA witholdings, making it at least 10% more expensive for them to hire an American worker. This will only get worse as the skilled worker exception will be hugely liberalized.
6. Forget the National Guard, with the size of the border, and given there will be no more than 1,500 guardsmen on duty at any given time, that equates to about 1 a mile. Good luck. Talk about a meaningless gesture.

The Semate bill is a joke, call your congressman today. Tell them you will not vote for them or give them any money, if they support the bill.

What they are telling you is “let them eat cake”

Posted by: let them eat cake at May 16, 2006 11:41 AM
Comment #148663
Ron Brown wrote: Midterm elections, The Republicans have had a lot of bad publicity lately, And laying down a smoke screen to keep us from finding out something we need to know.


The Semate bill is a joke, call your congressman today. Tell them you will not vote for them or give them any money, if they support the bill.

Again, Precisely!
The proposals to provide a Guest Worker Program (a.k.a. Amnesty) is a ruse. It is essentially an Amnesty Program, since illegal aliens will be allowed to stay, ridiculously complex rules associated with the Guest Worker Program will increase law enforcement duties and tracking requirements, many times over, and those laws will be not be enforced any more than current laws. And massive deportation is not necessary either. If the magnets that attract illegal aliens here are eliminated, illegal aliens will stop coming here, and many will leave voluntarily. Especially if we offer to pre-pay their transportation to return to their homeland, and provide a reasonable amount of money to help make their return trip home.

Contact your congress persons and do as “let them eat cake” recommends.

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Posted by: d.a.n at May 16, 2006 2:39 PM
Comment #148702

I see the President took my advice and is using the national guard. :) D.a.n. got his biometrics mentioned. Excellent idea replacing the documents with biometric id’s.
The Guard will be building a fence and a road.
Everybody should be happy.

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