Little wonder that Bush sent his staff up to the Hill to persuade the Senate that now is the hour for illegal alien amnesty. Bush also pushed for additional guest workers who eagerly wait in the wings to perform "jobs Americans won't do."
Immigration reform—-Bush's version of it, that is—-is all that the president has left to polish his tarnished image after two dismal terms.
A yea vote on the controversial Senate bill would give amnesty to the nearly 20 million illegal aliens, although they would have to jump through various hoops like paying fines and returning briefly to their native country. Bush has heartily supported the bill every step of the way.
Americans are tired of promises. They want to see the border secured for years before they even consider amnesty.
Open borders have had painful consequences for the average American. According to the Office of Homeland Security, more than 636,000 fugitive aliens live in the U.S.—-more than twice the number than on September 11, 2001.
These aliens remain free in the country to perpetrate their crimes on the unsuspecting. [US Tackles Backlog Of 'Fugitive Aliens,' N.C. Aizenman, the Washington Post, May 7, 2007]
Bush sugar coats his amnesty/guest worker plan by emphasizing that in fact it is not an "amnesty" but rather "earned legalization" wherein residents who have been in the U.S. for a certain period can aspire to a green card and ultimately citizenship.
A close analysis of the facts shows why Americans have had a belly-full.
One of the biggest questions, especially in California, is where will the farmers get workers to pick the crops? This was asked over and again all summer long by our doomsayer Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.
And farm lobbyists like the Coalition for Immigration Reform also predict disaster without a guest worker program.
Craig Regelbrugge, [Send him mail] the co-chairman of ACIR said farms in the Southwest and on the West Coast suffered worker shortages as high as 30 percent as enforcement efforts of existing immigration laws were stepped up.
Said Regelbrugge: "Agriculture is teetering and vulnerable. The facts on the ground are startling." [Businesses lobbying for brain, brawn, By Jim Snyder, TheHill.com, May 14, 2007]
Even citrus, which said to have been devastated by the winter freeze, is widely available. On a recent trip to the Sacramento Farmers Market buyers, I saw navel oranges offered for sale for 40 cents a pound.
According to Capitol Hill insiders, the bill that the Senate hopes to vote on next week will be approximately 1,000 pages long. Pro-amnesty lobbyists and their lawyers—-and not your elected representatives—- have written the draft.
That the bill totals 1,000 pages is no accident. The authors are counting on the Senators to not read a word of it so that more giveaways will be approved.
Nevertheless, even if it gets past the Senate, the bill will be a tough sell in the House.
Luckily, there are still enough legislators who realize that there's plenty of danger lurking in all those pages.