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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bush Immigration Speech - Tepid at Best

Viewing excerpts from President Bush's immigration speech it seems he was only paying lip service and wasn't really serious at applying core conservative principles to illegal immigration. The Presidents excerpts are in blue:
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We must begin by recognizing the problems with our immigration system. For decades, the United States has not been in complete control of its borders. Once here, illegal immigrants live in the shadows of our society.
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Tell us something not so easily recognizable and call it a law enforcement failure.
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We are a Nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws. We are also a Nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition, which has strengthened our country in so many ways. These are not contradictory goals -- America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time.
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But Mr. President, we can't welcome immigrants who break the laws and expect them to suddenly become law abiding citizens.
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First, the United States must secure its borders. This is a basic responsibility of a sovereign Nation. The men and women of our Border Patrol are doing a fine job in difficult circumstances -- and over the past five years, we have apprehended and sent home about six million people entering America illegally. Despite this progress, we do not yet have full control of the border, and I am determined to change that.
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How many have we missed? What about the one's that can easily be arrested in workplaces and at the recent protests. These illegal, law-breaking people could have been rounded up and the law could have been easily enforced. Don't insult me by implying my immigrant family, who obeyed the laws of immigration and passed through Ellis Island early in the past century, should not be respected for adhering to the United States law.
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We will construct high-tech fences in urban corridors, and build new patrol roads and barriers in rural areas. We will employ motion sensors, infrared cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles to prevent illegal crossings. America has the best technology in the world -- and we will ensure that the Border Patrol has the technology they need to do their job and secure our border.
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How about the Mexican government participating by constructing a feasible economy that provides jobs for it's citizens? Why doesn't Vincente Fox build an economy that respects it's citizens and advanced their cause within their own borders. Further, why isn't the Mexican government accountable for allowing illegal passage from it's borders? Why don't they bear the cost?
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The Guard will assist the Border Patrol by operating surveillance systems … analyzing intelligence … installing fences and vehicle barriers … building patrol roads … and providing training. Guard units will not be involved in direct law enforcement activities -- that duty will be done by the Border Patrol.
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So are we not increasing the Border Patrol units adding more trained personnel to take care of law enforcement? Is this another missed opportunity?
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The United States is not going to militarize the southern border. Mexico is our neighbor, and our friend.
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Why appease the Mexican government, they are part of the problem, a major part. If they were truly our friends they wouldn't be protesting the will of the American public. Don't we have inherent rights as citizens? It's the governments responsibility to safeguard and protect our borders and issue warnings to governments who allow illegal border crossings from their country.
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English is also the key to unlocking the opportunity of America. English allows newcomers to go from picking crops to opening a grocery … from cleaning offices to running offices … from a life of low-paying jobs to a diploma, a career, and a home of their own.
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Then why do we condone freely educating non-English speaking illegals? Why do we have dual language phone and ATM menus? Why is this necessary? It's because politicians speak out of both sides of their mouth and citizens don't protest loudly enough. If you provide an easy way to communicate in Spanish then what is the incentive to learn English?
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Second, to secure our border, we must create a temporary worker program. … A temporary worker program would meet the needs of our economy … would reduce the appeal of human smugglers -- and make it less likely that people would risk their lives to cross the border.
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Oh really? How is that implemented and enforced? What about the 11 to 20 million illegal aliens now in the country? This is lip service Mr. President, we want solutions and tough ones. We must not be politically correct, we must eliminate the problem. We have laws that would put me in jail if I broke them but we give a free pass the the multitude of laws broken each day by illegal aliens.
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Third, we need to hold employers to account for the workers they hire. It is against the law to hire someone who is in this country illegally. Yet businesses often cannot verify the legal status of their employees, because of the widespread problem of document fraud.
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Tell us something we don't know Mr. President. Keyword...ENFORCEMENT!
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Fourth, we must face the reality that millions of illegal immigrants are already here. They should not be given an automatic path to citizenship. This is amnesty, and I oppose it.
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The question is, How do we face the problem? Where does the legal immigration line end? Shouldn't that be the starting place after arrest and deportation?
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Some in this country argue that the solution is to deport every illegal immigrant -- and that any proposal short of this amounts to amnesty. I disagree. It is neither wise nor realistic to round up millions of people, many with deep roots in the United States, and send them across the border.
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Is this cat herding 101? Government helped created the problem and private citizens have condoned it. We're going to pay one way or the other so make the tough choices Mr. President. You can send troops to war, so send the illegals back home. And home is not the United States. Home is where much of the illegally earned, tax free income is sent. Mexico and South America.
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I believe that illegal immigrants who have roots in our country and want to stay should have to pay a meaningful penalty for breaking the law … to pay their taxes … to learn English … and to work in a job for a number of years. People who meet these conditions should be able to apply for citizenship - but approval would not be automatic, and they will have to wait in line behind those who played by the rules and followed the law.
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This was nothing more than a speech to draw some attention without proposals that would solve the enormous burdens of illegal immigration. President Bush has done nothing to satify the conservative base. The speech was failing because it didn't offer strong medicine for a country he says is ruled by laws.
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Wrong again Mr. President. How do they wait in line if we don't deport them first? The one's who are not yet citizens remain in line, some for over 20 years. Where is this line and how do the illegals get there?

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