BUSH AMNESTY PLAN PRODUCING HUGE INCREASE OF ILLEGALS
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
April 23, 2004
Recent press reports say that illegal immigration is skyrocketing since President Bush announced his amnesty plan. For example, World Net Daily reported, "U.S. Border Patrol officials report a 15 percent increase in the use of fraudulent documents at the world's busiest land border crossing [San Ysidro]."
The WND report continued by saying that Bush's amnesty program "represents an invitation for more illegal immigration." The report also said, "More than half of those caught using phony documents say the president's offer of de facto amnesty motivated them to attempt to sneak in the United States."
A Washington Times report said basically the same thing: "The number of illegal aliens being apprehended on the southwestern border has jumped 25 percent in the first three months of 2004 compared with last year, and some are blaming President Bush's immigration proposal in January for enticing immigrants across the border."
The Times quoted Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, as saying, "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell you the president's speech was the catalyst for lots of folks to make their way north and try to get into this country in order to get what they accurately believe to be amnesty."
In two Arizona sectors, Yuma and Tucson, illegal immigration is up 60 percent and 51 percent, respectively. Apprehensions are up 222 percent in the Yuma sector alone. In fact, six of the nine southwestern sectors saw increases compared to last year.
The question must be asked, "Did not President Bush realize that his amnesty proposal would result in dramatic increases in illegal immigration? And, if so, why would he propose such an absurd idea, especially during a time when America is fighting a war against terrorism?"
After all, in the name of national security, President Bush pushed the Patriot Act through Congress and is seeking to expand the act and to even give the act permanency. He has done this in spite of the fact that the Patriot Act violates several constitutional freedoms of American citizens.
In effect, what President Bush is doing is asking Americans to surrender their liberties while at the same time offering freedom to criminals from other countries. The president's actions in this regard are so obviously inane it's hard to imagine the American people would tolerate it. But that is exactly what they appear to be doing.
On the issue of illegal immigration, there is nary a difference between the two major parties. Bush and his fellow Republicans want illegal aliens in the country so their big business contributors can continue to hire cheap labor. Democrats want illegal aliens in the country in the hopes that they will obtain voting privileges, as most of them would tend to vote Democratic. Of course, President Bush is also hopeful that his overtures to millions of illegal Mexican aliens will endear him, and the Republican Party, to the Hispanic vote.
In short, both parties are willing to compromise the integrity of our nation's immigration laws (laws which are intended to protect the people of the United States, by the way) and our national security for political and economic benefit. And as long as the American people continue to believe that there is some vast difference between the two major parties in Washington, D.C., and continue to blindly support one or the other of these two parties, there will be no meaningful solution to any major problem, including the immigration problem, that confronts our country.
© 2004 Chuck Baldwin - All Rights Reserved
Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 1985 the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence.
Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internet http://www.ChuckBaldwinLive.com and newspapers.
"The question must be asked, "Did not President Bush realize that his amnesty proposal would result in dramatic increases in illegal immigration?"