belated Christmas gift to the country, President
Bush this week unveiled what amounts to an
amnesty program for illegal aliens—an amnesty I have
been predicting his administration would endorse as soon
as the smoke from the 9/11 attacks of 2001
cleared a bit. Amnesty was already
on the table when the
attacks occurred and was merely postponed.
Of course, the president and his
mouthpieces strenuously deny that what they are
proposing is amnesty, but looking at it closely, there`s
no other word for it.
"This program," the
president said in announcing the plan, "will offer
legal status, as
temporary workers, to the millions of undocumented
men and women now employed in the United States and to
those in foreign countries who seek to participate in
the program and have been offered employment here."
Foreign workers will be able to go
back and forth between this country and their own under
"temporary work visas" valid for three years and
eligible to be renewed (for how long Congress will
decide) if they have jobs in this country and have
After that period, the president
also said, "Some temporary workers will make the
decision to pursue American citizenship. Those who make
this choice will be allowed to apply in the normal way."[
The decision to stay or go home is
entirely up to the aliens, though the plan supposedly
contains financial incentives for them to return home.
But there is nothing that makes them go. They can stay
if they wish, and millions will.
There is no other word for this but
amnesty—even though Mr. Bush brazenly said in his next
sentence, "I oppose amnesty." Either he doesn`t
understand his own plan or he just plain lied.
Eight million illegal aliens are
believed to be in this country already (some estimates
say as many as 11 million), and the prospect of legal
entry and eventual
citizenship will mean that
millions more will come. Moreover, they will be able
to bring their families and will
bear children who will
automatically become U.S. citizens regardless of the
legal status of their parents. Even if the government
had the capacity and the will to
enforce the "temporary" visas rigorously (which
it doesn`t), the president`s plan is an open
invitation for the repopulation of the United States by
the Third World.
Big Business is delighted at the prospect of a
virtually bottomless source of
cheap, docile labor that will be unable to complain
about its treatment without having its
visas jerked and sent home and at the added benefit
that employers can use the vast army of aliens to
discipline American workers, threatening them with lower
wages and dismissal if they get out of line.
Of course also, most Republicans
care nothing for American workers, so that`s not a
problem as far as they`re concerned.
But the most remarkable aspect of
the president`s plan is the
total indifference to the identity and interests of
the American nation it reveals. In unbosoming this
monster, Mr. Bush pontificated that America is "a
values immigration, and depends on immigration,"
that the "current situation" with immigration is
"wrong" and "not the American way"—because
it is unfair to illegal immigrants!
"Out of common sense and
fairness," he continued, "our laws should allow
willing workers to enter our country and fill jobs that
Americans are not filling. We must make our immigration
laws more rational, and more
It`s Mr. Bush who is wrong, of
course. America has no responsibility to
foreigners, let alone to foreigners who have
broken our laws to get here. It has a responsibility
to its own people and its own identity and interests.
It is pure and simple nonsense—and
an insult to the country—to say that enforcing the
security of our own borders to protect our own people
and nation from the
invasion taking place is "not the American way."
What is un-American is the refusal to
enforce our laws that has brought the country to its
present immigration disaster.
But Mr. Bush, like most of the
American ruling class today, no longer believes in
his own nation and people and is largely indifferent to
them. It is the interests of
the global power structure the ruling class has
constructed and rules that he cares about and protects,
and that is what his immigration plan seeks to do.
More than anything else he and his
administration have done, it exposes the real fault
lines of power in America today—between the ruling class
that seeks to destroy the nation and those Americans who
wish to preserve it.
Now that the lines are clear, we
will see who wins the power struggle that will ensue.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
Americans For Immigration Control.
for Sam Francis` website.
here to order his monograph,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
Glynn Custred`s review.]