Bush`s Amnesty Arrogance Riling Republicans
Well, I guess you can`t expect a
guy to know what`s going on inside this country just
because he`s the President of the United States.
I guess he missed what`s been going
on about immigration politics in both the
country and the Congress ever since the election.
What`s been going on is that major
players in Congress have made it known that they don`t
like the idea of
amnesty that underlies the Bush immigration reform
The most recent sign of displeasure
refusal of House Judiciary Committee Chairman James
Sensenbrenner to support the intelligence reform bill
the administration has been peddling because the White
House won`t support its immigration control measures.
The main reason the bill is in
trouble has to do with national security issues, but the
opposition of Mr. Sensenbrenner and other lawmakers to
what is a major administration and House leadership
piece of legislation for reasons of immigration control
ought to tell us how important the immigration issue now
Unfortunately, it has told the
Even before the House conservative
revolt over the intelligence bill, the White House
should have gotten the message on immigration, from what
its own party has been trying to explain to it ever
since the election, if not from the election itself.
Tom Tancredo, who speaks for dozens of House GOP
lawmakers on immigration, said bluntly when Secretary of
State Colin Powell first revived the amnesty plan a
couple of weeks ago that the plan was
"dead on arrival."
Even that was not enough to send
the White House the message.
Then California Rep. Elton
Gallegly, who chairs an important subcommittee on
terrorism of the House International Relations
Committee, urged the president not to re-introduce his
our hope that in future discussions with the Mexican
government, you will encourage Mexico to do its part to
address illegal immigration rather than
encourage their citizens to
illegally enter the U.S."
Mr. Gallegly, with at least
21 other members of Congress, wrote to Mr. Bush
earlier this month.
Well, as I noted, Mr., Bush has
been out of the country and I guess he didn`t get the
message, or messages, because when he spoke to a press
conference in Chile this week after the summit
conference in Santiago, he ignored every one of these
warning signs that his ill-advised amnesty plan is no
more popular with his
own party and its leaders now than it was when he
first popped it on them last January.
Mr. Bush also claimed that he had
"campaigned on this issue," presumably meaning
immigration, if not amnesty itself, during the election,
which is simply not true.
If he mentioned it at all in the
campaign it seems to have escaped notice, save during
presidential debate when the moderator brought it
And Mr. Bush then emitted one of
the inane remarks for which he has become famous:
much rather have security guards running down terrorists
or drug runners or drug smugglers than people coming to
What we—the American people—would
much rather have is a president who betrays some faint
glimmer that the border is out of control and that mass
immigration represents not only a major threat to our
national security and sovereignty but also a major force
threatening the disintegration of our identity as a
nation and civilization.
Mr. Bush doesn`t have a clue, or if
he does, he is
indifferent to it.
What he is not indifferent to,
apparently, is what Mexican President Vicente Fox
tells him to do. Mr. Fox has been
badgering Mr. Bush for years to institute
amnesty for Mexican illegals, and that`s what the
president`s plan does. Mr. Fox has revived his efforts
to get amnesty through since the election, and Mr. Bush
Why Mr. Bush seems so eager to make
his counterpart in Mexico happy over this issue remains
unclear, especially given the obvious unhappiness of
his own party and the vast majority of Americans with
But whatever his reasons, the
president has been given fair warning by his own party,
as well as by various results in this month`s election.
He still doesn`t get the message.
Americans who want to stop the
amnesty he is planning to force on the country need to
forget the man they just re-elected and make sure their
own congressmen and senators know what to do about the
disastrous measure he is sending them.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
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