Bush`s Bartley Memorial Bill: None Dare Call It…Amnesty?


his support for what can only be called
the Robert L.

Bartley Memorial
Open Borders Bill this afternoon,
President Bush singled out “members of citizen groups
who have joined us”
in the audience. The list, in
its entirety:

“Chairman of the
Hispanic Alliance for Progress, Manny Lujan. Gil Moreno,
the President and CEO of the Association for the
Advancement of Mexican Americans. Roberto De Posada, the
President of the Latino Coalition. And Hector Flores,
the President of LULAC.”

Not one non-Hispanic “citizens group”
seems to have been judged worthy of an invitation.
Apparently, Bush thinks that America`s citizenry is
already entirely Hispanic—like the waiters in his
country club.

The Bartley Memorial Open Borders Bill is
astounding in its ambition. Only a year ago, the

trial balloon
floated by Bush Ambassador to Mexico
Tony Garza—who was described by Bush today, in a slip
both fawning and Freudian, as “El

of Mexico
amnesty restricted to only 15 percent of only Mexican
illegals. But now, the Open Borders Bill proposes

A Temporary Worker Program

It will

willing foreign workers

willing American employers
when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs.”

If they wish,
however, these so-called Temporary Workers will be
allowed to apply for citizenship in what Bush called
“the normal way.”

Amnesty For Illegals

Illegal aliens can join the
Temporary Worker program on
payment of a fee. Then, of course, they can apply for
citizenship etc. etc.

Incredibly, President
Bush also claimed “I oppose amnesty.” This, quite
simply, is a


Increased Legal Immigration

Bush says he wants to increase the number of green
cards. This, of course, would facilitate the
legalization of the illegal alien presence, which the
White House estimates as at least eight million.

Three points
should be made about this screamingly radical social
engineering plan:

  • It
    will integrate U.S. and Third World labor markets.

    is to be no effective limit on the number of
    “Temporary Workers”
    admitted. Employers can hire
    foreigners if “no Americans can be found to fill the
    —with no mention of wage offered. (The
    Washington Times`
    Joseph Curl today

    a White House official saying that the fact
    that a job is open will be assumed to mean that “the
    has determined a need for immigration.)
    The impact of immigration on American


    wage rates
    , already significant, will become

  • It
    will be uncontrollable.

    Nowhere in the Bush proposal is there any discussion of
    the current

    disastrous interpretation
    of the 14th
    Amendment, under which any child born in the U.S.
    becomes an American citizen, regardless of the status of
    its parents. Yet any Temporary Worker presence will
    become permanent as a practical matter if its children
    are “Americans.”

  • It
    will liquidate the American nation.

    Already, the Census
    Bureau projects that whites—known to history as
    the founders and until recently the
    overwhelming majority of the country—will become a
    minority in 50 years.  The Bush-Bartley bill can only
    accelerate this unprecedented attack by a government on
    its own people.

Joshua Michael Marshall
, a liberal who writes for
the Washington Monthly and blogs very hard, has
posted on his

website (scroll down) a transcript
of the conference call between “senior administration
and various mainstream media types,
including Marshall, briefing them on the Open Borders

This is a little indiscreet of Marshall, because the
point of Not For Attribution briefings is to avoid
providing incriminating quotes with specific official
names attached to them.

Presumably Marshall has redacted any sentences that
started “Mr. Rove, what is the…” or
“Secretary Ridge, how are you going to…”

But most people should have no trouble attaching a name
to the “senior administration official” who said,
in response to an

question “And this is
addressed for me at

Homeland Security
, I assume.

And even Washington outsiders might guess at the
identity of the

Great Brain
who said

“[T]his program
should promote

by understanding the current broken
system that we have with as many as 8 million people who
are currently undocumented in our country, and provide a
way to put them as part of the legitimate part of our

The conference was a shambles. “Senior administration
proved unable to answer even the most
basic questions as to how the proposal would work.

At VDARE.COM, we`ve already anticipated most of the
silly things they said. For example: 

Administration Official
: Those principles are that
we must protect the homeland by controlling our borders,
meaning that we need to know who is here and what their
status is.”


It seems
that the main problem the Homeland Security chief sees
in the millions of “undocumented” is merely that
they are not carrying Homeland Security-approved
documents—rather than that they`re in the US illegally,
and might

pose a threat

Administration Official
: Next, it would provide
incentives for return to the home country, such as

agreements, as we have with several
foreign countries around the world.”


The role
of the US government in not only allowing, but in
subsidizing the growth of immigration has been
frequently underestimated. It`s not just welfare. There
are a thousand governmental and quasi-governmental
programs for transferring money from rich (and
not-so-rich) Americans to poor (and not-so-poor)

Administration Official:
Finally, it will protect
the rights of illegal workers who now live in the
shadows and are fearful of coming out of the shadows,
for fear of deportation. They will now enjoy the same
protections that American workers have with respect to
wages and employment rights and the like.”


As soon
as the

terrorist attacks of Sept. 11

took place, we were treated
to weeks of sermonizing by both government officials and

media-appointed experts

to the effect that we must all now adjust to enjoying

fewer liberties
putting up with more restrictions on our freedom.

No one ever suggested we might have a real problem with both

massive illegal immigration

and even more

massive legal immigration

that allowed the 19 mass
murderers of 9/11 to

come here in
the first
place (along with other mass

like Jamaican

Colin Ferguson
Washington sniper

Lee Boyd Malvo
, and the
list could

go on

What we should hear from the Bush administration and officials
like Mr. Ridge is not how we now, after decades of
government failure, need to legalize millions of
illegals, but how we can and will

round them up
kick them out before they murder anybody else.

Faced with this
confusion, liblogger Josh Michaels concluded his posting
by asking—

“Here`s a question: how many people actually think the
president expects to or even wants this `policy` to

reality is more horrible. Bush does
want his plan to pass. It is not merely the Middle East that he proposes to

Brimelow is Editor of

and author of the much-denounced

Alien Nation: Common Sense About America`s Immigration