This is a last-gasp, last-ditch effort.
You know how you feel when you're sitting in traffic on the freeway hours on end, and some guy just zips along on the shoulder and butts in front of everybody?
Immigration is directly related to it. We can't sit like ostriches with our heads in the sand any longer.
What it will really do is separate the true reformers from those who want cheap labor.
Rather than creating conditions that allow American workers to fill jobs at higher wages, what the president is proposing merely converts low wage illegal aliens into low wage workers with visas. Our economy would have to adapt if the influx of cheap foreign labor is ended, but that is an adjustment strongly desired by a majority of Americans, whether native-born or foreign-born. The concept that our economy must be served by a permanent under-class of foreign guest workers is reprehensible and unacceptable.
But there is not much hope for Americans in blue-collar work being able to hold their jobs if the guest worker proposal is adopted. Concerned citizens will not have much hope that today's illegal workers will leave the country after being given six-year work permits, and they will simply have to hope that there is still a middle class in a few years. President Bush also talked about 'stronger immigration enforcement and border protection,' and we might hope that after decades of broken promises that this time he really means it, but the record does not justify much hope.
A massive guest worker program is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. The real problem is a relentless assault on middle class workers in this country. The people gathering outside Sen. Feinstein's office will be seeking her leadership to save the middle class worker, before they really do become rarer than the California condor.
The best solution is to send them home. Raising the risk level gets them to go home.
This administration ignored warnings that we were not prepared to deal with the aftermath of the war in Iraq. They ignored warnings that we were not prepared to deal with the aftermath of a serious hurricane along the Gulf coast. And, just to maintain foolish consistency, they seem determined to move ahead with the most massive expansion of immigration in the history of mankind, in spite of warnings that we are not prepared to manage such a program.
In other words, the illegal aliens will get about 95 percent of what they want immediately and simply have to wait several years for the rest, but President Bush, Senators McCain and Kennedy, and others want us to believe that this is not amnesty.
Overcrowded, multilingual, schools will not become manageable because the kids are suddenly the children of guest workers, instead of illegal aliens. Millions of unskilled laborers will not magically become high-earning taxpayers because they have work visas. State budget crises will not be alleviated, housing will not become more affordable, traffic will not become less congested, and middle class jobs will not become more plentiful if we give everyone who is here, or who wants to come here, a piece of paper that says they're legal.
What the WGA has endorsed is not an immigration plan 'based in reality,' but a surrender plan based on capitulation to cheap labor interests. What is needed, and what the American public is demanding, is a true enforcement plan that is based in reality and the political will to enforce this nation's laws.
Border Security and enforcement need to be the number one priority. Until we fix our broken borders, we can't address immigration reform in any meaningful and constructive way. We believe the Nelson, Sessions, Coburn Amendment is moving in the right direction by looking at an enforcement only bill as a top priority.
'The devil is in the details' is an utterly reckless and irresponsible way to conduct public policy. The fiscal, social, environmental and demographic consequences of what the Senate is proposing would be staggering. In an effort to respond to special interest pressure, the Senate and the Bush Administration seem prepared to rush forward without any rational assessment of what it would mean for the future of the nation. We have seen where the 'devil is in the details' approach has gotten us in Iraq. The president and others pushing amnesty and guest workers have an obligation to think this one all the way through before acting.
In recent weeks we have seen frequent demonstrations under foreign flags and the emergence of a counter-national anthem. We see people demanding to be treated differently under the law. Monday should be an opportunity for the rest of us to show that we are one nation, with one flag, one national anthem, and one set of laws that apply to everyone.