Immigration Reform is a Reward for Lawbreaking
The Republican Party Platform that George Bush ran on called for a total overhaul of our immigration system and criticized the Clinton Administration for lax enforcement of our immigration laws. But, President Bush's recently announced so-called immigration reform does nothing to secure our borders. In fact, his suggested plan makes things worse --- a lot worse and a lot more dangerous.
President Bush says his proposed program will offer legal status as temporary workers to the millions of illegal aliens now employed in our country who are breaking the law! This makes no sense at all. None.
Representative Tom Tancredo, a Republican from Colorado who is chairman of the 68-member House Immigration Caucus, has it right when he says this Bush proposal is dangerous because it offers additional incentives and rewards for illegal aliens while it gives only lip service to what is really important: border security. Tancredo points out that of the 37,000 non-Mexicans who illegally crossed our borders in 2002, more than 7,500 were from countries that are known to harbor terrorists. And, he notes, President Bush and his advisors are ignoring the fact that there was another amnesty program in 1986 which was a failure and only encouraged more illegal immigration.
Regardless of what President Bush says, his new program is a blanket amnesty for the 8 to 10 million illegal aliens who have broken into our country. It is, as Pat Buchanan says, a massive reward for law-breaking. It is a refusal to execute the laws of the United States --- which he pledged to do when he swore, as President, to uphold our Constitution. And it is a blatant act of political pandering in an attempt to get the votes of Hispanics.
President Bush says our country needs an immigration system that, in his words, “serves the American economy and reflects the American dream.” This is true. But his new plan does neither. It does not benefit American workers to have illegal aliens taking jobs at lower wages, for which many of our people will not work. And it is more of a nightmare than a dream to advocate a plan that makes it legal for potential terrorists to stay in the United States.
As President, one of my top priorities would be to really secure our borders and deport all individuals who are here illegally.