PRESIDENT "DO WRONG"
By Chip McLean
June 1, 2007
Were you aware that if you oppose amnesty for illegal aliens, you "don't want to do what's right for America"? President Bush said exactly that about those in opposition to the “immigration reform” bill that he and Teddy Kennedy wish to cram down our throats.
Bush made his remarks in a speech to students and instructors at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. In the ultimate act of chutzpah, Bush championed the secretly negotiated bill that rewards millions of lawbreakers, in front of those who have chosen law enforcement as a career. Hardly the example I would want or expect from a U.S. president.
President Bush has repeated, mantra-like, that the “guest worker” program he favors isn’t amnesty. He can say it until he’s blue in the face, but any program that enables illegals to obtain a probationary card right away, in order to live and work in the U.S. is amnesty, regardless of what Mr. Bush wishes to call it.
The president is fond of claiming that the bill will “secure our border”. Does anyone really believe that our congress critters (or the president) are serious about securing the border? Remember last year, when Congress approved with much fanfare the building of a 700-mile fence along our southern border? They then quietly never appropriated the money for it. The new bill ( Senate Bill 1348), calls for only 370 miles of fence along the southern border. If they keep adjusting downward, they can probably just borrow the fence from Bush’s ranch in Crawford. Actually, Bush can probably just leave it where it is and announce, “mission accomplished” – at least he would have “border security” against the illegals, even if the rest of us don’t.
Bush also said in his remarks that the bill would “uphold the great immigrant tradition of the United States of America.” What tradition is that Mr. President? The tradition I remember is one in which immigrants came to this nation legally – not by breaking our laws. They came here to learn our language (that would be English, Mr. Bush). They came to learn our culture, our traditions and our history. They came to assimilate, and become proud Americans. They waited their turn, and they played by the rules. This bill rewards those who have no desire to do any of that, and is an insult to all those who have. Our immigrant tradition was one of a “melting pot”. This bill doesn’t simply throw out the pot – it breaks it in the process.
“Don't want to do what's right for America” also begs the question, “which America”? I suspect Bush means a North America with no borders. Author and columnist Jerome Corsi has written of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, concerning the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. According to Corsi, the Bush Administration is “secretly on the path to create a North American Union, a new currency – the amero – along the same stealth path that was used in Europe, keeping everything below the radar, by administrative decree, making it too late to stop before the American people finally realize what's going on.”
Whether or not you buy into a coming “North American Union”, there can be little doubt that this president is a globalist. His stance on immigration (both legal, and illegal), coupled with plans for a “NAFTA Superhighway” are the reflections of someone who is not concerned with such “petty” issues as border control or our national sovereignty. Mr. Bush seems to believe that the more immigrants, the better. Why? Cheap labor, of course. And of course there’s the notion that the illegals “do the jobs Americans won’t do”. The president should know the basic dishonesty of this myth – it isn’t that Americans won’t do those jobs, it’s that they won’t do them that cheaply. As I heard a local radio talkshow host say recently, “If you want a salad with your dinner, pony up the extra nickel so that an American citizen will pick your damn lettuce!”
That’s what this whole thing really comes down to – money. The reason the illegals come here is for money, and U.S. services (which cost us money). The drain on our resources is staggering. Hospitals in border towns have closed due to losses from treating illegal aliens with no insurance. All manner of services including welfare, food stamps and the like have been consumed due to the “anchor baby” provision in our current law. Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation has just released a comprehensive report on the costs of illegal aliens. It is far too lengthy to cover in a short column, but its conclusions are astounding. From purely a taxes-to-benefits paid ratio, low-income immigrant households are receiving about three dollars in benefits and services for every dollar they pay in taxes. In business, that would be a negative cash flow problem of epic proportions.
Senate Bill 1348 must be stopped, but it will take continued grass roots action to do so.
You can stick a fork in the president – he’s done. True conservatives and those who wish to preserve the American culture know which side he is on. Call your congressmen and urge them to stop this destruction of our nation. Especially call those up for re-election in 2008.
The way to solve our crisis is not with lofty sounding “immigration reform” bills, nor “pathways to citizenship” – no, the answer lies in cutting off the source. Make the penalties so severe against employers knowingly hiring illegal aliens, that it becomes no longer worth the risk. Also cut out the “goodies” – reverse the law granting instant citizenship to babies born to illegal aliens while in the country (anchor babies). If the lure of jobs and “free” services dries up, so will the number of those would try to sneak over our border. That would be doing what is right for America.
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Chip McLean is the editor/publisher for Capitol Hill Coffee House. Chip is a former broadcaster.
His interest in politics began at the age of eight, when his parents took him to a Barry Goldwater rally during the 1964 presidential election. In addition to his work at CHCH, Chip's columns have appeared in a number of online conservative publications.
You can stick a fork in the president – he’s done. True conservatives and those who wish to preserve the American culture know which side he is on.