Despite the blitherings of defeatists willing to expand H-1b Guest Worker visas to contain illegal immigration
, it appears the Bush administration is caving in on the topic of border enforcement-at least rhetorically-without such concessions.[Bush gives in to pressure over illegal migrants
By Francis Harris in Washington, Telegraph
The claim that "Right-wing critics say the only workable solution is to punish American firms employing illegal migrants."
ignores the range of opinion on this topic. Gaylord Nelson, Barbara Jordan
, A. Philip Randolph,
and David Brower
are not examples of "right wing critics".
Border security enhancement is an important step-but it is far from certain that Bush and Chertoff can be trusted on this point. They`ve had lots of time to address this issue. Why now? Furthermore, minimizing the side effects of enforcement of immigration law is going to become even more important. I also expect we have only seen the start of populist outrage against the wealthy US elites that have profited from the practice of illegal immigration-and immigration expansion in general.
Bush`s about face is not without reservations among immigration restrictionists:
"If you have a boat with numerous holes in it, the boat will sink unless you plug all of the holes effectively,"said Michael W. Cutler, a former senior immigration enforcement special agent who is now a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington research group. "He is only addressing a few of the holes, meaning he may slow the flow but it will not solve the problem in the long run." [Homeland Security Chief Tells of Plan to Stabilize Border, By Eric Lipton, NYT, August 24, 2005]