As Peter Brimelow blogged Monday, President Bush has returned to his vomit Monday with the same old "Temporary Worker Program" business. Unfortunately, it's nothing more than the same old lies, damned lies, and spin.
I took the liberty of marking the, let's say spin, in his speech.
"As we enforce our immigration laws, comprehensive immigration reform also requires us to improve those laws by creating a new temporary worker program. [JM: BIG LIE! Legalizing illegal aliens just means even more illegal aliens following in their footsteps to jump the border. Retired U.S. Border Patrol agent John W. Slagle has the photos to prove it, showing even more smuggled aliens arriving even after the 1986 amnesty disaster was over]
"This program would create a legal way to match willing foreign workers with willing American employers to fill jobs that Americans will not do. [JM: no mention of price, as usual] Workers would be able to register for legal status for a fixed period of time, and then be required to go home. This program would help meet the demands of a growing economy, and it would allow honest workers [JM: my emphasis – yet another euphemism for "illegal aliens"!] to provide for their families while respecting the law.
"This plan would also help us relieve pressure on the border. [JM: i.e. by capitulating. But the truth is that the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act amnesty did nothing to STOP illegal immigration or relieve the pressure on anything. The millions of illegal aliens currently in the U.S. are a living testimony exposing this 'relieve pressure' proposition as the nonsense that it is.]
"By creating a legal channel for those who enter America to do an honest day's labor, we would reduce the number of workers trying to sneak across the border. [JM: There you go again, Mr. President. Legalizing more illegal aliens has never stopped illegal immigration – see above.]
"This would free up law enforcement officials to focus on criminals, drug dealers, terrorists and others that mean to harm us. [JM: SPIN! Let me see . . . weren't the Mohammedan Jihadists who 'harmed us' on September 11, 2001, all immigration violators who failed to comply with the terms of their non-immigrant visa status? They didn't say they were planning to hijack planes and fly them into buildings. By the same token, they would have been eligible for…]
"Our plan would create a tamper-proof identification card for the temporary legal worker, which, of course, would improve work site enforcement. [JM: SPIN! If no DHS officers are monitoring worksites now, how will changing the type of employment authorization card 'improve enforcement'? It might slow counterfeiters for a while, but it would not 'improve' anything without more DHS enforcement activity.]
"Listen, there's a lot of opinions on this proposal—I understand that. But people in this debate must recognize that we will not be able to effectively enforce our immigration laws until we create a temporary worker program. [JWM: Nothing could be further from the truth. Giving illegal aliens a free non-deportation pass and employment authorization is a signal that our immigration laws have not been effectively enforced, or else these illegal aliens would have been deported long ago. There is absolutely no connection between enforcing the grounds of removeability and inadmissibility in the Immigration Act and giving legal status to more illegal aliens . . . other than the fact that if you make everyone legal, there will be no one left to arrest.]
"The program that I proposed would not create an automatic path to citizenship, it wouldn't provide for amnesty—I oppose amnesty. [JWM: SPIN! Giving legal status to illegal aliens through employment authorization and a renewable non-deportation pass is most certainly an amnesty rewarding cheaters and law-breakers.]
"Rewarding those who have broken the law would encourage others to break the law and keep pressure on our border. (Applause.)
"A temporary worker program, by contrast, would decrease pressure on the border. [JWM: There you go again, again! Repeating the Big Lie of 'decreased pressure' won't make it the truth. Amnesty is not only a proven fraud magnet, but just the very hint of an amnesty brings a flood of even more illegal aliens.]
"I support the number of—increasing the number of annual green cards that can lead to citizenship. But for the sake of justice and for the sake of border security, I'm not going to sign an immigration bill that includes amnesty. [JWM: SPIN! (see above)]