View From Lodi, CA: Beware The Looming Bush “Guest-Worker” Haymaker


The good news is that

Congress is in recess.

The bad news is that it gave
Americans such a thorough street mugging during its last
week in session that the country will be reeling for
months.

But is the worst—President George
W. Bush`s

amnesty/guest worker program
—yet to come?

When Congress reconvenes in
September, Bush wants "action" on immigration. As
we all saw last week, what Bush wants, Bush gets.

He isn`t timid about how he gets it
either.

Bush muscled doubters and broke
rules to get his way on an energy bill, a highway bill
and the

Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade
Agreement.

U.S. Representative

Jim Kolbe
, (R-Arizona) summarized it this way, "Twist
some Republican arms until they break in a thousand
pieces."

Knuckling under to Bush, lawmakers
approved a massive highway bill as well as an equally
eye-popping energy bill that outrageously included tax
breaks for the filthy rich

oil companies.

The

highway bill
includes more than 6,300 projects worth
in excess of $283 billion. [Bush
Draws Heat from Conservatives on Highway Bill
,

By Caren Bohan, Washington Post, July 30, 2005]

And an $80 billion energy bill will
create $15 billion in subsidies for oil, gas and

energy companies
even though those industries are
racking up record profits.

Criticizing the energy bill as one
that will not lower gas prices or reduce our dependence
on

foreign oil
but one that will buy votes, Jill
Lancelot, president of

Taxpayers for Common Sense
said:

"This
is the lobbyist backyard barbecue bill, because every
energy interest is going home with its pockets stuffed
with

pork
, while taxpayers get roasted."

Bush traded $50 billion in
pork-laden favors in the energy and transportation bills
to guarantee passage of another bill he has been lusting
after, the DR-CAFTA.

A new trade agreement, yet another
thing Americans didn`t want, will mean more lost jobs
for U.S. workers. We know we can kiss the jobs good-bye
because we`ve seen the

sad consequences
of the North American Free Trade
Agreement.

Regarding DR-CAFTA, Rep. Sherrod
Brown (D-Ohio) predicted, accurately, "This will be a
vote in the middle of the night. They`ll keep the vote
open for several hours, in violation of the rules. If it
passes, it will be by fewer than five votes.”
[CAFTA`s
Upshot More Political Than Economic,
Paul
Blustein and Mike Allen, Washington Post, July
27, 2005].

After the official 15-minute time
period for voting had expired, DR-CAFTA was dead
180-175. But Congressional leaders left the voting open
(a violation of House rules) until the final vote had
turned in CAFTA`s favor, 217-215.

(Note: I spoke with a
representative in Congressman

Richard Pombo`s
office who told me that Pombo had
"serious reservations"
about CAFTA. But in the end
Pombo, like every other California Republican, voted
yes.)

Now Bush is preparing to throw his
immigration

haymaker
.

For

nearly five years,
Bush has been encouraging the
Legislative branch to create a

guest- worker program
that provides

amnesty
to illegal immigrants already in the
country. [Congressmen
Urge Bush to Drop Guest-Worker Plan,
Jerry Seper,
Washington Times, November 17, 2004]

In preparation for September`s hard
sell the White House has put together a so-called
coalition of business leaders and immigration advocates
absurdly and incorrectly named

Americans for Border and Economic Security.

Admission to the new group will
cost between $50,000 and $250,000 with the dues used to
fund an all-out campaign to promote cheap labor. [Immigration
Rising on Bush`s To-Do Lis
t
, Peter Wallsten and
Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times, July
24, 2005]

Right now, two competing
immigration bills have been introduced in the Senate.
Summarized briefly, they are:

  • The

    Cornyn-Kyl
    bill that Bush seems to favor would
    give temporary legal status for five years to
    illegal aliens, their spouses and children. Then,
    supposedly, they would have to return home. The bill
    also creates a guest worker program, but promises to
    create a tamper-proof social security care,
    reinforce the border and conduct vigorous workplace
    site checks to fine employers who hire illegal
    immigrants. (Read Juan Mann`s analysis here:

    The Cornyn-Kyl Bill (S. 1438)—The Same Old Arizona
    Amnesty Sham!
    )

The unasked questions are more
compelling than analyzing the legislation`s fine print.

  • How will the programs be
    implemented?

Contemplating the Cornyn-Kyl bill,
Dan Stein, president of the

Federation for American Immigration Reform
, said:

"When
it comes to immigration policy, the promises made to the
immigrants invariably get kept, but the commitment to
the American public to protect our borders, security,
and jobs too often fall by the wayside."

As Stein implies, the promises made
by Cornyn and Kyl have been made and broken before.
Remember too that only

an infinitesimal percentage of illegal immigrants ever
return home.

Realists expect that more illegal
immigration is the only thing likely to come out of any
new guest worker program.

If Congress were serious about
controlling immigration, it would enforce our existing
laws.

 

JOENOTE
to VDARE.COM readers

On July
26,


Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA
,
attended a Senate Judiciary
Committee


hearing
regarding
immigration.

Although Roy is widely acknowledged even by foes of
immigration reduction as a fair and compassionate
spokesman, he was not invited to address the panel.

In
fact, no one with immigration reduction views was
offered the floor.


Those who did speak
were

Tamar Jacoby
(no
introduction needed); former U.S. Congressman


Hal Daub
on behalf of
the


Essential Worker Immigration Coalition
,
(proponents of


cheap labor
); and Texas
immigration lawyer


Gary Endelman
.

Here
from his action alert is Roy`s account of the hearing:


"The committee lined up a
series of witnesses all of whom testified in FAVOR of
rewarding illegal aliens in one way or another. The
hearing didn`t include a single witness who represents
the majority American view.


“Everything about
yesterday`s hearing was based on the falsehood that
America has a giant labor shortage and that our economy
will sink if we don`t bring in massive new flows of
foreign workers.


“I know, that sounds
preposterous in light of 14 million Americans who cannot
find


a full-time job.
It also
doesn`t sound like your state, does it?


“Watching the Members talk
and act yesterday almost made me sick to my stomach,
thinking that these are the twisted, callous opinions
through which we have to move anything good. On average,
Senators are far more beholden to large business lobbies
than are Members of the House. Thus, while we have been
able to move the majority of the House to usually act in
the interests of the American people on immigration,
most Senators still act as if they`ve never heard from
all of you."

With
a September showdown looming, we have a better than even
chance of success in the


House
.

In the
meantime, let`s not underestimate Bush. He is capable of
pulling one more rabbit out of his hat.

But
with so much


open anger
about

illegal immigration,

that would be quite a trick.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English
at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly
column since 1988. It currently appears in the


Lodi News-Sentinel
.