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Monday, June 26, 2006

Bush’s Confessed Incompetence

Alan Keyes, a former Ambassador to the United Nations and Presidential Candidate, gave a speech last week in Provo, Utah on the issue of US immigration policy. Those interested in reading the transcript or downloading an mp3 file of the speech can visit Alan Keyes' website here.

The speech was quite long – about an hour in length. I trust that most readers have heard quite a bit on this subject – everything from “militarize the border and throw them all out” to “open the borders and give them all amnesty”. Rather than go through all the points of Keyes’ speech, I will simply state that it is safe to say that Keyes subscribes to the “militarize and deport” philosophy.

I reference the speech for one major reason. Keyes delivered a stinging assessment of the President. Here is an edited excerpt.

Keyes: I watched the President's speech on [immigration] and at the moment when he looked the American people in the eye and said, "We're not in full control of our borders," I found myself totally gasping in disbelief…. I'm sitting there listening to a president halfway through the sixth year of his term of office, into the second term, he's been reelected and everything, and he's sitting there looking at us and saying…"I have not done my job for the last six years"--and then announcing, as if we're supposed to be enthusiastic about this, "Now I'm going to do it!"

This is one of the reasons I have always admired Ambassador Keyes. I may not always agree with him, but it can not be denied that he is an eleoquent, straight-shooting man of principle. A statesman! Not a politician.

That statement made me sit back and rethink my position on the immigration issue, particularly as it applied to the Mexican border. I mulled over everthing from immigration law, our political system and the humanitarian issues as they applied to the immigrants and US citizens.

For starters, most of the so-called "illegals" were invited here! When I say invited, I don’t mean that they were literally sent invitation cards in the mail and asked to RSVP. Rather, corporations in this country were hungry for cheap labor. Corporate America could not force Americans to work for the pitiful wages they were offering, and involuntary servitude (slavery) was out of the question - thanks to the 13th Amendment. So the corporations did the next best thing – they exploited third world labor. In most cases, they just moved their operations overseas. In other cases, they encouraged the labor to come here, i.e. they “invited” the Mexicans.

Our government knew it. The sad fact is that our elected officials simply turned a blind eye to it - so long as the endorsements, campaign contributions, and kick-backs kept rolling in. Is it any wonder that they are running scared over the possibility that their congressional offices could be searched. As P.J. O’Rourke so aptly put it, our government is nothing more than a Parliament of Whores.

So we invited them. And they came! Now we want them to leave.

Many of the invited immigrants are hard-working people just trying to better their lives - much like our grandparents and great-grandparents did. Many of them started families here. Are we to deport them now that we have already used and exploited them? Or should we keep them here under GW’s guest-worker program and continue to exploit them while denying them a voice in government? Fortunately, these are not the only choices we have.

When you really break the issue down, it is our elected officials - from GW Bush on down – who failed in their duty to enforce our existing immigration laws. They are the ones who should be punished and thrown out of office. As for the immigration question, there are many related issues that I will not cover here, such as entitlements, drug-trafficking, terrorism, etc. that also need to be dealt with. I will save those issues for another time. For now, I will stick to the problem of the immigrants who come here for jobs.

I think there are a number of steps that should be taken. First, our government must get control of the border. If that means militarization or a fence, then fine! We must plug up the holes before we can begin bailing out the boat. Controlling the border is not as hard to do as GW pretends it is. If a group of grass-roots volunteers can get control of parts of the border, there is no reason our National Guard troops can not do the same. Just roll out the Guard and build the friggin’ fence. Second, we should grant amnesty to the immigrants (and their families) that are contributing members of society. It would not be fair to make the immigrants, whom they invited here to be exploited, suffer for the government's derelictions. Third, we need to create a window – say five years – during which all the immigrants who are here need to register or apply for citizenship. Those undocumented immigrants caught here after that time should be deported! Fourth, corporations that continue to hire illegals should be very heavily fined. That would translate into no jobs for illegals - eliminating a great part of the incentive that entices the immigrants to climb the fence or swim the Rio Grande.

These suggestions may not add up to an ideal solution - perhaps there is no such solution. The bottom line is this - our government created the current problem through their own negligence and ineptness, now they have to fix it in a realistic and humanitarian manner.


At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

Great Post Joe!

I have been going back and forth on this issue myself. I completely agree that these illegals were invited by corporations with a wink and a nod from the government.

I also think that the first step is securing the border. We should not even try and debate about what to do with the illegals here until we fix the leaky border. If we do not secure our border then deportation is useless. Likewise, creating 10+ millions felons would be a nightmare for our correctional system and the economy and as you stated would be extremely unfair since our government has looked the other way for so long.

I do think that a guest worker program that includes a path to citizenship would be an alright situation. These guest workers would need protections from the government to stop exploitation.

My reasoning is that during this path to citizenship the gov. could add some protections for social security. I beleive that immigrants who come here to work but plan on retiring in there home countries should not recieve SS. I believe that SS is only for generational Americans. For example, my grandfather, my father and now myself have all payed into SS, SS is for American families not people coming to work for only one generation.

I believe that the best way to stop illegal immigration is to stop the demand as you suggested by real fines that would penalize companies that hire illegals. If we could stop the demand then we could stop the supply. Heavy penalties would probably be more effective then a fence.

I believe that the gov., both the congress and the president have been looking the other way becuase they are trying to keep pace with China and India and keep off the EU. THis is a legitimate concern. But as you said, this situation is so messed up that there can be no solution that will not be messy. For that reason, I am interested to see how this plays out.


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