Bipartisan Bungling on Borders


Whip-cracking Hillary Clinton (call
her Hillary Buchanan) wants a "border czar." In a

letter
to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Michael Chertoff and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Clinton, D-N.Y.,

wrote this week:
"National security and, in
particular, security at our borders, must continue to be
paramount."

Catch no. 1: Sen. Clinton
only wants a border czar for the border between the
United States and Canada,
despite the fact that the
vast majority of

illegal border-crossers
come from the

south
.

Catch no. 2: Though
stipulating that national security must be
"paramount,"
Sen. Clinton also insists that the Bush
administration

"be sensitive"
to "tourism and the
regional economy
"
—which is why she opposes a
quite reasonable Homeland Security plan to mandate the
use of passports for travelers entering the U.S. from
Canada or Mexico.

Imposing this security measure on
short-term visitors would put needed pressure on both of
our neighbors to shore up their ID validation systems.
Entry into this country is a privilege, not a right.
Yet, border dominatrix Hillary opposes the rule.

Now,
before my fellow conservatives get all outraged about
Hillary`s
politically calculated doublespeak
on border
security, here`s another catch: President Bush has the
exact same position as Hillary. When he learned about
the passport requirement plan earlier this month—a plan
he signed into law last December as part of the
so-called intelligence reform bill—he worried that it
could

"disrupt the honest flow of traffic."
After
expressing ignorance about his own policies, Bush
ordered State and Homeland Security to reconsider the
passport rules.

What a pair: Sen. Conniver and
President Clueless. Pick your poison. Either way, we`re
committing national suicide.

I have said often that the only
thing saving the Republicans on the immigration issue is
the Democrats` stupidity. No more. Hillary may only be
playing dress-up on border security, but that`s far more
than most of the cowering GOP elite in Washington is
willing to do. And she`s not alone among Democrats who
are beginning to exploit the White House`s
vulnerability. Sounding positively O`Reillyian, Sen.
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., complained that an
agricultural illegal alien amnesty bill sponsored by GOP
Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and defeated last week would
have been a

"huge magnet"
for illegal immigration. Sen.
Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., sponsored a successful amendment
funding Border Patrol agents, immigration investigators
and interior enforcement agents that the Bush
administration had shortchanged.

And as Manhattan Institute fellow
Heather Mac Donald

reported
on our group website,

The Immigration Blog
: "Maxine Waters, who
represents South Los Angeles, erupted in a tirade
against Hispanic and black gang members last week"

on illegal alien gangs. Railed Rep. Waters:

"Why isn`t anyone talking about
the

Mexican Mafia
(a gang of illegal Mexicans that

controls
the

California prison system)
?"
she thundered. "I
don`t care if you`re pink or purple or white or black or
brown, I want you out if you`re committing crimes."

There is no excuse not to control the border, she said.
"I`m a

liberal
with a

capital `L
`,"
she said, "but I`m sick of it."

This week in D.C., following on the
heels of the

successful Minuteman Project,
hundreds of citizen
lobbyists descended on Capitol Hill to send the same
message. They are being led by some of the nation`s most
influential conservative radio talk shows in every major
market—including organizer

Roger Hedgecock
from San Diego,

Melanie Morgan from San Francisco,


"The John and Ken Show"
based in Los Angeles,
Lars Larson in Portland
, and

Michael Smerconish
in Philadelphia. On their agenda:
fixing the nation`s

broken deportation and detention system
; ending
sanctuary policies
that give illegal aliens safe
haven; strengthening
interior enforcement;
and shutting off illegal alien
magnets including

health
,

education
and

Social Security
benefits.

One participant reported that the
staff of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., refused to admit her
to his office. But the reception from

Beltway Republicans
hasn`t been much warmer. And the
White House still won`t meet with pro-immigration
enforcement leaders such as

Rep. Tom Tancredo
, R-Colo., and the

House Immigration Reform Caucus.

As long as the elites in both
parties continue to act like scared monkeys, Americans
will be forced to take
homeland security
into their own hands. We are all

Minutemen
now.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores
.
Click

here
for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

here
for Michelle Malkin`s website.

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