Election Over, Bush Backing Amnesty Again


No sooner had his party

won the November elections
than President Bush let
it be known that he really is pursuing amnesty for
millions of illegal Mexican aliens after all.

Mr. Bush was not honest enough to
admit this to the American people himself, but it
escaped the lips of his

new ambassador to Mexico
nevertheless, almost
certainly with the president`s permission so as to break
the grim news to the public and his own party as
discreetly as possible.

Sworn in as ambassador to Mexico
two weeks ago,

Tony Garza
, an old Bush crony from Texas, told the
Washington Times that "reaching an accord

legalizing the status of Mexican immigrants
—without
giving them citizenship—continues to be a top
administration priority."
[“Bush
to push for amnesty,”
November 23, 2002,
Washington Times,
By Jerry Seper] Both the ambassador
and the administration like to pretend that
"legalizing the status"
of illegal aliens and

not granting them immediate citizenship
is not
really an amnesty, and it may be that many Republican
lawmakers will fall for it. But there are two groups
that probably won`t: The Mexicans and their immense and
increasingly
powerful lobby
in this country, and

plain American citizens
who have less and less
representation in Washington but who know a lie when
they hear it.

But if Mr. Garza and the
administration believe they can get away with an amnesty
that is not an amnesty, they also seem to think that
legalizing illegal aliens will somehow solve the illegal
alien problem. "If we don`t do something about their
status,"
Mr. Garza moaned, "we will be admitting
that our country has a permanent underclass."

Most Americans have long since
tumbled to the fact that we do have a "permanent
underclass"
and have it regardless of mass
immigration, but they also know that mass immigration
has merely imported

yet another underclass
even as those who peddled

Open Borders
claimed that immigration was a smashing
economic success.

They also know that legalizing the
status of aliens who

violated our laws
to come here, so far from solving
the problem of a "permanent underclass," will not
only lock the new underclass into American society and
economy forever but also will extend an open invitation
to the numberless armies of other aliens waiting to
immigrate.

It`s no accident the Border Patrol
reports that illegal entries from Mexico have now
rebounded to the same levels they were before

Sept. 11, 2001
. In August of this year alone, some
82,000 illegals were nabbed crossing the border,
compared to 84,000 in August last year. Undoubtedly the
word is out across the Rio Grande: Get in now, before
the amnesty, and you can stay forever.

Despite the half-truths,
sugar-coatings, non sequiturs and outright mendacities
with which the administration tries to package the
amnesty, many even in its own party aren`t buying. The

Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus
opposes
amnesty,

arguing
that it would be "a kick in the teeth to
the thousands of individuals across the world who are
legally attempting to enter the United States."

So it is, but it`s also a kick in
the teeth to others as well, mainly the millions of
Americans born in this country, whose

ancestors created it
, and who themselves will have
to carry the burdens that legalizing millions of illegal
aliens will bring.

Those burdens include not only the

welfare
,

education
and

health care
costs that illegals would start claiming
but also the

crime
they will commit and the costs created by
those Americans whose

jobs they will take
.

Presumably the Caucus casts its
argument against amnesty in terms of the injuries
amnesty would inflict on legal immigrants because that
sounds a bit more liberal and progressive. It might be
nice if the Caucus could cast it in terms of the
interests of the real, legal and usually native-born
Americans who

put its members in office
and pay their salaries.

Whatever the Republicans do about
immigration, legal and illegal, or amnesty, or whatever
they want to call it, may not matter as much as what the
Democrats do in response.

The

Democrats
have no intention of letting their rivals
run away with credit for granting amnesty to millions of
aliens who will

some day become voters
, nor do the Democrats display
even a smidgeon of the Republican reluctance to grant

amnesty to any and all illegals
.

That ought to teach the Republicans
a lesson: Whatever

pandering
you do to get the

Hispanic vote
, the Democrats can do better.

If the administration and its party
proceed down the path of amnesty, even a moderate and
limited one, the Democrats will simply run down the

same path faster
, and the Republicans won`t be able
to catch them because their own conservative
constituencies will drag them back.  

The amnesty race is one that
neither the Republicans nor the real Americans who have
to live with its consequences can win.

[A selection
of Sam Francis` columns,
America
Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The Disintegration
Of American Culture, is now available from
Americans For Immigration Control.]

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December 02, 2002