Below are my thoughts on portions of Pres. Bush's speech.
Once here, illegal immigrants live in the shadows of our society.
I LOVE Kathryn Jean Lopez' response to that doozy on National Review Online:
"Does that include when they are protesting our laws, waving Mexican flags in las calles de Los Estados Unidos?"
Illegal immigration puts pressure on public schools and hospitals ... strains state and local budgets ... and brings crime to our communities.
I heard no response to this problem so I must assume that the president wants you to break open your wallet.
One way to help during this transition is to use the National Guard. So in coordination with governors, up to 6,000 Guard members will be deployed to our southern border. The Border Patrol will remain in the lead. The Guard will assist the Border Patrol by operating surveillance systems ... analyzing intelligence ... installing fences and vehicle barriers ... building patrol roads ... and providing training. Guard units will not be involved in direct law enforcement activities -- that duty will be done by the Border Patrol.
The last sentence sums it up. What good will the troops be if they will not be GUARDING the border? None.
The United States is not going to militarize the southern border. Mexico is our neighbor, and our friend.
The Mexicans treat us the way that Homer Simpson treats Ned Flanders.
But when we catch illegal immigrants from other countries, it is not as easy to send them home. For many years, the government did not have enough space in our detention facilities to hold them while the legal process unfolded. So most were released back into our society and asked to return for a court date. When the date arrived, the vast majority did not show up. This practice, called "catch and release," is unacceptable -- and we will end it.
Good, but how are we going to pay for all of this? Answer? Borrow.
Second, to secure our border, we must create a temporary worker program.
These two are completly unrelated. I have no desire to prop up the Mexican economy. There are plenty of people from all over the world who will take these job and become Americans.
A key part of that system should be a new identification card for every legal foreign worker.
No national ID card for American citizens -- good.
Fourth, we must face the reality that millions of illegal immigrants are already here. They should not be given an automatic path to citizenship. This is amnesty, and I oppose it. Amnesty would be unfair to those who are here lawfully -- and it would invite further waves of illegal immigration.
A fair statement and I agree.
Some in this country argue that the solution is to deport every illegal immigrant...
Who said this?
...we must honor the great American tradition of the melting pot, which has made us one Nation out of many peoples.
The liberals are really going to hate him for that!
Except for the "guest worker" nonsense, I believe that my proposal is pretty close to that of the president's. Unfortunately, the guest worker program, if passed, will do much to undermine both the economy and the unity of America.
This just in: The ACLU opposes troops on the border -- it must be a good idea!