Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Bush still pandering to Mexico

Bush still doesn't get it:

With Mexico, Fox is pushing the United States to back immigration reform. Bush's hopes for a guest-worker program were dashed by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, which refocused U.S. attention on securing borders.

Bush still advocates liberalizing immigration, but the proposal has generated broad opposition among conservatives, a core Bush constituency.

"There's some million people a day crossing the border from Mexico into the United States, which presents a common issue, and that is how do we make sure those crossing the border are not terrorists or drug runners or gun runners or smugglers," Bush said. "I have told the president that I will continue to push for reasonable, common sense immigration policy with the United States Congress."

If there is an opening for a job an American doesn't want to take — a "willing worker and a willing employer" — that job ought to be filled by a legal immigrant.

"I think we ought to have a policy that does not jeopardize those who stood in line to become legal citizens," he said. "But there's a better way to enforce our border, and one way is to be compassionate and decent about the workers who are coming here to the United States."

How about being compassionate to the people who were born in the United States and to those who use legal means to come here? What Bush fails to realize is that one of the reasons why there are jobs that "an American doesn't want to take" is because employers know that they can hire illegal immigrants at wages on which a native-born American couldn't support a family. Without the illegals, employers would be forced to raise the wages that they were offering which would encourage native-born Americans to take the jobs.

In the news:

Fox astray on immigration

Mexico's Fox Is Not Going To Force-Feed Us His Workers

A "Whiny American" Speaks Out Against Illegal Aliens

Illegal Immigration Unimpeded Since 9/11


The Cost of Illegal Immigrants

Strangers among us

Many of Oklahoma immigrants are undocumented


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