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George W. Bush
should—but will not—give the following speech about
immigration Monday night:
My fellow Americans: for
too many years we have ignored the problem of
for too many years we have looked the other way. Over
time, a tiny problem has become a small one, then a
medium one, and now it is a grave crisis threatening the
very survival of our nation.
This problem has grown to
desperate proportions because for 30 years we have
to enforce our immigration laws.
Indeed, my administration
has utterly failed since the day I took office. Worse,
amnesty I have
encouraged millions of illegal aliens to come to the
U.S. with the false hope of
gaining permanent U.S.
Article IV, Section 4 of
states that the "United States will defend each state
from invasion". I took a solemn oath to uphold our
Constitution. I have violated that oath and allowed our
nation to be invaded on a staggering scale.
As of today, this folly is
Henceforth we will enforce
our laws with a vengeance.
We will not:
- Tolerate illegal crossing of the border,
- Overlook illegal residence in the U.S.
Condone exploitation of illegal aliens.
We will, however, implement
an immigration plan that will remove every illegal alien
from the U.S. before the end of 2006 and will make
absolutely sure that we, the American people, never end
up with our nation`s
sovereignty in doubt
My plan includes a
comprehensive mechanism for addressing the existing
illegal alien population, a tough system to make sure
that no corporation ever again profits from the
exploitation of illegal aliens, and, last but not least,
a dramatic change in our legal immigration system.
First, we must address
illegal aliens. My
message to each and every illegal alien is simple:
GO HOME NOW!
You have 60 days to arrange
your affairs and leave. If you leave during this exit
amnesty period and have committed no other
crimes against the
American people, you will suffer no penalty or
recriminations. You will not be harassed or persecuted
in any manner while you depart from our nation. You may
show your appreciation for the better wages and working
conditions we have provided you by obeying our laws.
If you leave voluntarily,
you will be free to enter the U.S. in the future without
prejudice or discrimination. You will be allowed to
apply for lawful immigration to the U.S. in the future.
However, you will be given no special privileges and
will have to wait in line like every one else. And you
will have to wait in your country not ours.
However, make no mistake,
this time we are very serious. If you do not take
advantage of our generous offer, and if you are caught
after our amnesty ends, you will be
banned from the U.S. for life.
You will never be readmitted to the U.S. for any reason
whatsoever. If you attempt to return to the U.S. after
you are banned, you will be criminally prosecuted. If
you want the opportunity to visit the U.S. in the
future, if you hope to immigrate to the U.S., you must
demonstrate your respect for our laws now—by leaving.
Second, after the two month
period ends, we will use every government agency to
enforce our laws.
The IRS will no longer grant
tax identification numbers to
illegal aliens. The Social Security administration will
no longer tolerate phony Social Security numbers.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will
leave no stone unturned, anywhere and everywhere in
the U.S. finding and removing illegal aliens.
police department in
the U.S. will cooperate with the Federal Government in
detaining and removing illegal aliens.
Every traffic stop, every
every driver`s license application, and request for
welfare will include a
detailed check for immigration status.
But we will not deny
emergency medical services to those in need. This is and
always will be a compassionate nation. However, after
those services have been provided our immigration laws
will be enforced.
We will establish an 800
number that anyone in America can use to
report illegal alien
activity. If those reports prove accurate, you will
receive $1000 for each any every illegal alien
identified and deported. My fellow Americans, please
help the U.S. government solve this problem.
After the sixty-day grace
period, employment of illegal aliens by the
unscrupulous in the
U.S. will end forever. Any corporation or business
caught with illegals on its payroll will be prosecuted
without hesitation. I say this to America`s corporate
coyotes that have brought our nation so much misery:
Your time is up.
Obey the law now—or be
prepared to spend the rest of your lives in prison,
penniless. Expect no mercy from this quarter, for you
will find none.
FBI will work together
to prosecute every corporation employing illegal aliens
in this nation. The penalties will be harsh. Anyone
caught knowingly employing illegals can say goodbye to
their families. A fine of $50,000 will be imposed for
each and every illegal worked found. There will be no
negotiations. All property used to
exploit illegal aliens
will be confiscated. I say this to America`s farmers: if
you love your farms and homesteads, make absolutely sure
you only have legal workers on your payroll.
To help enforce this law,
we will pay half of all fines collected or moneys
received from the sale of confiscated property to those
who report illegal aliens. We will provide another 800
number for anyone who even suspects that an illegal
alien is on their company`s payroll.
I call upon every American
worker to look around you. Is your company profiting
from the exploitation of illegal aliens? Here is your
chance to help
enforce the law and
obtain a benefit from doing so. Of course, you will be
fully protected from penalties that your employer might
with to impose. In this nation, we protect those who
help enforce the law, not those who break it.
I say to every employer who
is obeying our laws. Thank you for doing the right thing
by hiring Americans and paying them properly. If,
however, your business has been hurt by those who cheat
and steal from the American people, now you can do
something about it. Report any
competitors who employ illegal aliens
and put them out of business.
You will gain and so will
every working American.
We are sometimes
told that we need
aliens, immigrants, and foreigners to do the “
Americans won`t do.”
We are told that people who walk across a desert to
illegally enter our nation are somehow superior to our
Such words are an affront
to every American soldier wearing 25 pounds of body
armor in the 130-degree heat of
Iraq. They are an
outrage to every American coal miner, steel worker, and
no job American workers will not
do—for a decent wage and fair working conditions.
Once before in our nation`s
history we were told that we needed a class of helots to
do our dirty work, perform hard difficult jobs on our
Then as now, a
preferred to exploit a class of foreigners rather than
pay our own citizens.
That system was called
slavery. And it brought our nation to ruin. As a nation,
we still bare the scars of slavery and will for many
years to come.
I, as your president, will
not allow our nation to do down that road again. We will
not in the 21st century renew the horrors of the 19th.
Third, for too long we have
looked upon immigration as a right of foreigners rather
than a privilege to be earned by those who are worthy.
Henceforth, we will limit
immigration to this great nation. Only those immigrants
who benefit the American people will be allowed. Those
burden us, prey upon
us, and divide our nation will be shunned, as they
should be. We will welcome scientists, engineers,
educated professionals and other gifted people from the
far corners of the earth without prejudice or
discrimination. We will not tolerate an immigration
policy that favors one nation, one region, or one
language. We will not tolerate an immigration policy
that crushes down the poorest of our own people while
profiting the greedy, the cynical, and the already
Some may question my
motives in changing America`s immigration policy. I say
that we cannot send our young men and women six thousand
miles to defend the borders of Iraq, while our own
borders go undefended. We cannot ask our young people to
fight and die on foreign soil only to return to a nation
jobs have been taken
Within a year we will have:
A nation where our
borders are enforced and our immigration laws
wages for our own
housing in many parts
of this nation where now there is none.
The freedom to move and
travel instead of perpetual gridlock.
Schools that work for
the American children enrolled in them.
Gradually, we will have
language to bind our
Thank you my fellow
Americans. A new and brighter day has begun for the
citizens and lawful immigrants of this great nation.
Ladies and gentlemen, our
nightmare is over