I didn't think the President would even utter the word "immigration" tonight during the State of the Union address.
I almost won but when you sift through roughly 45 minutes of war, war and more war, it turns out the President did manage to slip in a couple of words about immigration:
"Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values and serves the interests of our economy."
"To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection."
"And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border."
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(In fairness, it was just the same ol' yarn...nothing about reform per se...I think the bet should be a draw, Peter.)
So far, I have yet to hear anyone speak against to President's call for a guest worker program. Of course, all the usual sheep were at-the-ready with their boot-licking applause.
David Dreier (R-Ca) Chairman of the House Committee on Rules had this response to the President's comments on immigration:
"I also applaud the President's acknowledgment of the need for stronger immigration enforcement and border protection, while ensuring the needs of our strong economy are met. " [Reuters Reaction to State of the Union 2/1/06]
In other words, "thanks for the guest worker program."