Bush and GOP sell out America with vote for amnesty

On the night of March 12, the House
of Representatives, with the encouragement of the Bush
administration, picked up the large and sloppy pie of
amnesty for illegal aliens and pitched it smack in the
face of the American public. By a vote of 275-137, one
more than needed for the two-thirds majority required
for this particular measure, the congressmen

to allow aliens who entered the country
illegally or whose visas have expired to apply for legal
immigrant status without returning to their countries of
origin to do so.

Only at the insistence of the
bill`s major opponent,

Rep. Tom Tancredo,
did the House decide to record
the vote. The preference of the congressmen was to hide
even that from their own constituents by holding a voice

How many illegals are affected by
the measure is unclear. The New York Times

"tens of thousands of Mexicans now living
illegally in the United States"; the Washington Times

"hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants."
There are some

8 million illegal aliens
living here, according to
most estimates, but the truth is no one—most
particularly the

cowardly lawmakers
who voted for the amnesty—has a

Are the illegals granted amnesty
part of the global terrorist network that slaughtered
thousands of Americans last year? Are they drug
smugglers linked to the Latin American cartels that
flood American cities with their poison? Are they serial
murderers, like

Angel Maturino Resendiz,
who slipped back and forth
across the Mexican border for some 23 years because our
own Border Patrol kept capturing him and

letting him go
and who committed nine murders before
he was finally

brought to justice?
If no one knows how many
illegals will be legalized by the amnesty, no one knows
who or what kind of people the illegals who will benefit

But if no one, including its
supporters, knows what they`ve done, it`s perfectly
clear why they did it. As the New York Times also
reports, "Employers, including

hotels and restaurants and other service industries
lobbied for extension of the law permitting immigrants
to obtain visas in this country. If immigrants working
here were forced to leave the United States, many
businesses would be severely disrupted, immigration
lawyers said." Indeed. The businessmen might even have
to start

hiring Americans
for a change.

Greed is one reason the measure
passed, but lust for power is another. The Washington
, a pro-Republican paper,

that "Mr. Bush, whose

are promoting an aggressive strategy of
courting Hispanic voters,
lobbied congressional
leaders last week on the immigration bill." Having
explicitly abandoned the strategy and positions that won
landslide victories for his GOP predecessors for
decades, having pandered to racial minorities to replace
the white voters

he`s lost
, and unable to win even a bare majority of
voters in the last election, Mr. Bush now desperately
needs Hispanic votes to keep him in office. The huge
popularity ratings he now enjoys because of his Afghan
bombing campaign will fade, just as the war frenzy that
gave his father similar ratings in 1991 vanished as
well. If this Mr. Bush is to avoid the ignominious
political fate of the last Mr. Bush, he has to
hornswoggle new voters somewhere, somehow.

Thus, neither the safety of
Americans from terrorism and crime nor respect for the
laws that the illegal aliens violated to come here were
of the least concern to the Bush administration or those
who voted as it directed this week. Their sole concern
was for cheap labor from which profits are heaped and
cheap votes from which power is built.

The silver lining of the amnesty
sell-out is that for all the administration`s
arm-twisting and distortion and efforts to conceal from
voters what it was doing, the amnesty still passed by
only one vote, a fact attributed by friend and

alike to the immensely heightened concern about
immigration and security that has surged since Sept. 11.
Rep. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who voted no,
told the Washington Times that "a deluge of phone
calls and e-mail messages from groups such as Numbers
U.S.A. [www.numbersusa.com],
an immigration reform group based in Washington,
persuaded many members to vote against the amnesty
bill." It didn`t persuade enough, but the message it
sent is still clear.

A main part of that message is that
voters, thanks to the recorded vote and those like Mr.
Tancredo who demanded it, now know who supported the
amnesty and who didn`t. In the next election, Americans
who want to protect their nation and themselves from the
reckless greed and lust for power of the

Open Borders Lobby
and its stooges need to hunt down
every lawmaker who betrayed them this week and throw
them as far from public office as possible.


March 14, 2002