Bush Immigration Policy On “Collision Course” With House GOP—Washington Post

Despite what the

Republican leadership
would like us to think, all is
not harmony and light between the Republicans in
Congress and the Republican in the White House.

Emerging unpleasantness on the
issues of

Social Security
and looming

Supreme Court appointments
are part of the problem,
but a split on immigration reform looms larger still.

Last week the Washington Post
detailed how

"President Bush`s plan to liberalize the nation`s
immigration laws to allow

millions of undocumented workers
for "illegal aliens"] the opportunity for
legal status appears to be on a collision course with
newly aroused sentiment among House Republicans pushing
for a crackdown on illegal immigration."
Immigration Plan Meets GOP Opposition
, By
Michael A. Fletcher, January 2, 2005]

This is hardly news, since the
collision actually already occurred last year, when
congressional (including

) reception of the

president`s amnesty plan
for illegals was so tepid
we heard nothing more about it until after the election.

What`s new now is that the
ill-conceived plan is

and, as the Post notes, the course is
set for another collision.

Indeed, last year there was yet
another collision over the issue when many House
Republicans wanted immigration control measures in the
intelligence reform bill the White House was

badgering them to pass
. Eventually, the bill

did pass
, but minus the immigration stuff, because
the president swore he`d support separate legislation
for it this year.

The reason for all these collisions
of course is that the immigration issue, after decades
of slumber, is now beginning to

rouse itself,
and even politicians have to notice
that, sooner or later.

That makes many observers think
Congress or the White House or both together will soon
start "cracking down" on immigration.

Maybe, but don`t bet your

green card
on it.

Most of the specific measures the
so-called "immigration control" members of
Congress are talking about are in fact little more than
eyewash—not bad in themselves but far from being enough
to stop the
massive invasion
of the United States by aliens of
profoundly different



They may, however, be enough to

that their

are doing something to stop it, and
that`s what the congressmen will be interested in

Thus, the Post mentions
several specific measures the immigration control guys
want to pass—completion of a

along the Mexican border to keep illegal
aliens out; a law to set up tougher state standards for

driver`s licenses
for illegal aliens; and making it
harder for immigrants to

claim asylum.
The plain truth is that most of this
stuff is low-cal salad dressing.

There is every reason to have more
effective border security, and in various places along
the border, fences are fine—if they are watched by

border guards
, if they are

, and if those who try to cross them are

sent back.

The point is that building fences
won`t solve the immigration problem unless the
nation—meaning in this context the Congress and the
White House—has the will to solve it.

The same is true of driver`s
licenses (illegal immigrants shouldn`t be getting

period, and no

should be granting them).

The very fact that we are now
solemnly talking about "tougher standards" for
licenses for illegals makes it clear we are

not serious
about the problem.

The danger is not only that
congressmen will demand these and similar measures as
their contributions to stopping the immigration invasion
and will then exploit such measures to delude voters
into thinking something serious has been done, but also
that the same legislators will then support Mr. Bush`s
amnesty package as the price of the "reforms"
they`ve so valiantly hammered through Congress.

The net intended effect of such
measures would be to put the immigration issue back to
sleep. But that`s not the effect they may actually have.

The immigration issue is awakening
for the simple reason that Americans in areas

far removed from the Mexican border
are now for the
first time beginning to see their local communities
transformed by the realities of mass immigration from
the Third World—crime,

, overcrowding,

, the wreckage of

, and the obvious

cultural disintegration
that uncontrolled
immigration brings.

Congress and the White House can
collude to serve up whatever eyewash they can concoct to
make voters now clearly alerted to and

about immigration forget and ignore what`s

But my bet is that the invasion has
now gone too far and the awareness of it is now too deep
for that tactic to work.

Sooner or later those in Congress
and the White House are going to have to confront the
immigration crisis seriously—which means a

and probably troops on the border—or else
find themselves facing

political opponents
in future elections who will be



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America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
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