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
But is the worst—President George
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
Bush muscled doubters and broke
rules to get his way on an energy bill, a highway bill
Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade
Jim Kolbe, (R-Arizona) summarized it this way, "Twist
some Republican arms until they break in a thousand
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
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.
is the lobbyist backyard barbecue bill, because every
energy interest is going home with its pockets stuffed
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
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
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
Now Bush is preparing to throw his
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
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 List, Peter Wallsten and
Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times, July
Right now, two competing
immigration bills have been introduced in the Senate.
Summarized briefly, they are:
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
McCain-Kennedy bill increases immigration by
400,000 people annually and allows those illegally
in the country to
pay a token fine to be put on a path to
The unasked questions are more
compelling than analyzing the legislation`s fine print.
- With 14 million Americans
unable to find full-time employment, who
determines what America`s
labor need is?
- How will the programs be
- Will the
children of guest workers become automatic American
citizens? If so, who can insure that the family,
by then parents to an anchor baby, will return home
after its work period has expired?
Contemplating the Cornyn-Kyl bill,
Dan Stein, president of the
Federation for American Immigration Reform, said:
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
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
to VDARE.COM readers
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.
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
Essential Worker Immigration Coalition,
cheap labor); and Texas
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.
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
“I know, that sounds
preposterous in light of 14 million Americans who cannot
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."
a September showdown looming, we have a better than even
chance of success in the
meantime, let`s not underestimate Bush. He is capable of
pulling one more rabbit out of his hat.