Hijacking Of H.R.10 Reveals Terrifying Truth—Bush Really Believes Own Propaganda
As President Bush`s lead in the
polls started to
wobble after his
first debate with John Kerry last week, White House
haggling over certain legislative proposals in Congress
could deal the finishing blow to Mr. Bush`s
hopes to remain president.
The legislation, known as "H.R.
10," concerns both immigration and national
H.R. 10 is the House leadership`s
intelligence reform bill, which grew out of the
report of the
9/11 Commission, released
last summer. Parts of the bill reflect what the
commission learned about how
foreign terrorists use loopholes in our immigration
laws (long supported by the
Open Borders lobby) to wage terror against the
The legislation tries to close
several of those loopholes.
The new restrictions curtail the
acceptance of the consular ID cards that foreign
countries issue to their nationals who are in this
country illegally. The bill also sets federal standards
for issuing drivers` licenses that would make it harder
for illegal aliens to get them.
Both measures would be major blows
foreign terrorists trying to sneak into or stay in
And the bill would make deportation
of illegal aliens easier, restricting judicial reviews
of deportation proceedings and doing away with exempting
aliens who claim they face torture if they return to
their own countries.
In short, these are tough measures,
intended to make the United States safer and controlling
illegal immigration easier.
The White House opposed them.
As the Washington Times
reported this week,
White House has told House Republicans that it wants
them to remove provisions in their intelligence-overhaul
bill that would crack down on illegal aliens` obtaining
drivers` licenses, allow easier deportation and limit
the use of foreign consular ID cards." [House
told to alter intelligence bill, By Stephen Dinan,
October 4, 2004]
The Times quoted a
congressional source as saying, ""They [the White
House] have expressed desire to kill some of the
immigration provisions and gut some others," and
Rosemary Jenks, with the immigration reform group
Numbers USA, reports that "White House policy
officials met with Republican staffers to urge them to
remove the provisions, even though White House officials
initially had signed off on those same provisions before
the bill was introduced officially."
The bill`s restrictions are
strongly supported by citizens` groups representing
families of the victims of 9/11, and the
one such group says bluntly he will drop his support
if the White House stripping effort succeeds.
For reasons that should be obvious,
the White House doesn`t want its opposition to the
bill`s provisions known.
Not only was the president`s
amnesty proposal back in
January a total
bomb even before it was dropped on the
House floor, but the White House opposition to
reasonable, long needed and widely supported measures
intended to protect the nation`s
internal security and control illegal immigration
explode in the president`s face if the truth got out
just before the election.
But some of the truth has already
gotten out, as in the Times` stories, and the
White House may be backing off.
After a meeting this week, the
House leadership supporting the measures made it clear
would stick by them. The Senate has already passed a
companion bill, but without the provisions of the House
The House leadership wanted to pass
the bill before the election (so the Republicans could
take credit for it—a political motivation, but a
reasonable one), but it can`t take credit for
legislation that the White House has stripped of its
most important provisions.
White House support for removing
the measures aimed at illegal aliens is frightening
enough, but what`s even more frightening is that there
appeared to be no
political reason for what the White House was
trying to do.
Because the White House opposition
was supposed to be secret, it could not have benefited
Mr. Bush or his party with
And what is frightening about that
is that it means the White House apparently really
believes its own propaganda on immigration—or at
least the propaganda the Open Borders crowd feeds it.
The terrifying truth about this
administration is that even when it has on its side both
merit and political motivation to control illegal
immigration and protect national security, it chooses to
help the illegals instead of its own nation and people.
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