Monday, May 15, 2006

President Bush's Speech on Immigration

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When one continues to straddle the political fence as hard as President Bush does on illegal immigration, one is sure to get a case of the hives. About the only thing that President Bush said during his much awaited "Immigration Speech" that made sense was that we must get control of our borders.

I have serious reservations about President Bush's plan. It sure sounds like we will reward bad behavior. Illegals should go home and get in the back of the immigration line. The "Guest Worker program" needs a lot of work. President Bush's insistence in promoting his weak the guest worker program is bound to alienate more Americans. Watch out mid-term elections.

And, western governors think the program is a dud, too. According to Reuters: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger indicated he was skeptical and called National Guard troops "a Band-Aid solution." New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson indicated that he too was skeptical of the plan and called it a "last-minute plan"because President Bush did not include to governors in planning or take recommendations.

Bosun's take on the National Guard: It is not a bad idea, as long as the guardsman are not changing oil and washing vehicles. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are stretched thin and need all the help they can get. And, there are mobile construction battalions and civil engineers to work to strengthen border barriers and electronic measures.

If, President Fox would help from his side of the border, we could get things under control. But, with corruption south of the border, it is like pissing into the wind. With "friends" like President Fox, who needs enemies.

The immigration speech unfortunately was another mixed bag of messages from the oval office. A little for everyone, but, not enough to get ones teeth into. Oh, by the way, the overlooked and much critiqued Minutemen were not mentioned. The President wants to use National Guard and still wants to ignore the Minutemen. They stand ready to help survail the border.

Sorry Mr. President, your speech sounded like a "Mexican Hat Dance."

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