Hijacking Of H.R.10 Reveals Terrifying Truth—Bush Really Believes Own Propaganda

As President Bush`s lead in the
polls started to

after his

first debate
with John Kerry last week, White House
haggling over certain legislative proposals in Congress
could deal the finishing blow to Mr. Bush`s

to remain president.

The legislation, known as "H.R.
concerns both immigration and national

H.R. 10 is the House leadership`s
intelligence reform bill, which grew out of the

of the

9/11 Commission
, released

last summer
. Parts of the bill reflect what the
commission learned about how

foreign terrorists
use loopholes in our immigration
laws (long supported by the

Open Borders lobby
) to wage terror against the

The legislation tries to close
several of those loopholes.

The new restrictions curtail the
acceptance of the consular ID cards that foreign
countries issue to their nationals who are in this
country illegally. The bill also sets federal standards
for issuing drivers` licenses that would make it harder
for illegal aliens to get them.

Both measures would be major blows

foreign terrorists
trying to sneak into or stay in
this country.

And the bill would make deportation
of illegal aliens easier, restricting judicial reviews
of deportation proceedings and doing away with exempting
aliens who claim they face torture if they return to
their own countries.

In short, these are tough measures,
intended to make the United States safer and controlling
illegal immigration easier.

The White House opposed them.

As the Washington Times
reported this week,

White House has told House Republicans that it wants
them to remove provisions in their intelligence-overhaul
bill that would crack down on illegal aliens` obtaining
drivers` licenses, allow easier deportation and limit
the use of foreign consular ID cards." [
told to alter intelligence bill
, By Stephen Dinan,
October 4, 2004]

The Times quoted a
congressional source as saying, ""They [the White
House] have expressed desire to kill some of the
immigration provisions and gut some others,"

Rosemary Jenks
, with the immigration reform group

Numbers USA
, reports that "White House policy
officials met with Republican staffers to urge them to
remove the provisions, even though White House officials
initially had signed off on those same provisions before
the bill was introduced officially."

The bill`s restrictions are
strongly supported by citizens` groups representing
families of the victims of 9/11, and the


one such group
says bluntly he will drop his support
if the White House stripping effort succeeds.

For reasons that should be obvious,
the White House doesn`t want its opposition to the
bill`s provisions known.

Not only was the president`s

proposal back in

a total

even before it was dropped on the

House floor,
but the White House opposition to
reasonable, long needed and widely supported measures
intended to protect the nation`s

internal security
and control illegal immigration

explode in the president`s face
if the truth got out
just before the election.

But some of the truth has already
gotten out, as in the Times` stories, and the
White House may be backing off.

After a meeting this week, the
House leadership supporting the measures made it clear

would stick by them.
The Senate has already passed a
companion bill, but without the provisions of the House

The House leadership wanted to pass
the bill before the election (so the Republicans could
take credit for it—a political motivation, but a
reasonable one), but it can`t take credit for
legislation that the White House has stripped of its
most important provisions.

Even Mr. Bush`s rival Sen.

, hardly a pillar of iron on

immigration himself
, could ridicule Mr.

"War on Terrorism"
Bush gutting anti-terrorist
language in his own party`s bill.

White House support for removing
the measures aimed at illegal aliens is frightening
enough, but what`s even more frightening is that there
appeared to be no

political reason
for what the White House was
trying to do.

Because the White House opposition
was supposed to be secret, it could not have benefited
Mr. Bush or his party with

Hispanic voters.

And what is frightening about that
is that it means the White House apparently really
believes its own propaganda on immigration
—or at
least the propaganda the Open Borders crowd feeds it.

The measures the House leadership
wants to enact are aimed at

illegal immigration,
but they are not really in the
field of immigration law and policy so much as

national security.

And in the wake of

and the report of the
9/11 Commission
, there`s

every good reason
for the administration to support
such measures—political reasons as well as their
intrinsic merits.

The terrifying truth about this
administration is that even when it has on its side both
merit and political motivation to control illegal
immigration and protect national security, it chooses to
help the illegals instead of its own nation and people.



Sam Francis [email
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