12,000 illegals granted amnesty in New Haven’s sanctuary.

Now this a  great example of a world gone mad. The story originates from the UK. So it’s not a big stretch for them. But let’s just take a look at a few of the things in this piece. Then try to get your head around how we got from the country you grew up in to this place. Bring the aspirin bottle, you’ll need it.

BBC Online

US city issues immigrant ID card

US border police make an arrest

Opponents say the ID cards will open the floodgates to immigrants

A city in Connecticut has become the first in the United States to issue identity cards to illegal immigrants.<Connecticut-surprise,surprise!>

New Haven – best known as the home of Yale University – is offering the cards to all its residents, including to some 12,000 undocumented immigrants. <Note-these folks are just ‘undocumented’. No mention of 12,ooo people who have committed a crime.>

City leaders say the plan will enable immigrants to open bank accounts and make them less vulnerable to crime. <Why are we making on effort to make criminals less vulnerable to crime?>

But the ID card scheme, which comes as some other cities get tough on illegal immigrants, has also prompted protests.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano said the cards, which were approved last month, would make immigrants more willing to report crime.

“The simple straightforward purpose here is to build a stronger community,” he said.

“You can’t police a community of people who won’t talk to our cops.” <No John, you can’t police a community where roughly 12% of it’s population disobey it’s laws. Then you give them a pass and a head of the line chit. It’s called respect, John. You can’t earn the respect of the citizenry when you don’t enforce the laws upon them equally. And you don’t earn the trust of the citizenry when you can’t/don’t /won’t perform the duties for which said citizenry elected you.>

‘Welcome mat’

But opponents said the move would encourage illegal immigration.

Bill Farrel, of Southern Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Reform, said: “It’s going to be a welcome mat for illegal aliens to come to the region, flood the labour market and dry up working-class and middle-class jobs.” <Sorry Bill, red herring. Jobs aren’t the point. I wish you and yours would stop trotting that out. It makes pro-immigration enforcement look small and petty.>

BBC Americas editor Will Grant says the controversial move stands in stark contrast to the approach towards illegal immigrants adopted in other parts of the US.

New laws and proposals in more than 90 cities or counties across the country include prohibiting landlords from renting to illegal immigrants and penalising firms that employ them. <Wrong. Those laws are already on the books. Passing a new proposal for the cameras re-iterating the enforcement of already existing law is no more than grandstanding.>

Last month, US President George W Bush’s plans for immigration reform collapsed in the Senate amid strong opposition.

You’ll notice that amid the heated debate over ‘comprehensive immigration reform’, the big buzzword was border security. All the Libs and RINOs trotted out their canned speeches about how ‘this bill will allow us to move forward on achieving true border security….blah,blah,blah.” You don’t hear that so much anymore, now that Amnesty got shot down. I guess that sense of urgency wasn’t so urgent after all.

Hey fellas, the money is still in the bank. The fence is still enacted into law. How about not wheeling Michael Chertoff out for sound bites and instead start moving some dirt on the Rio Grande?


Bush and the Senate try to filch $4.4B from your pocket.

This is a release from Sen. Jim DeMint’s office….

June 27th, 2007 – Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) released Wednesday a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) which says the new Senate immigration bill contains a major loophole in border security. Supporters of the bill say it provides $4.4 billion in immediate mandatory spending for border enforcement, but according to the CRS analysis, the funds could also be used immediately to implement the amnesty provisions in the bill.

“This is just another example of how this bill claims to do one thing but does something else entirely. It’s another example of an empty promise being used to buy votes for amnesty,” said Senator DeMint. “The supporters of this bill have been running around trying to convince people that this money will be used to secure the border first, but now we know that’s not the case. If you read the fine print, the bill says this money can also be used for amnesty.”

According to the CRS report provided to Senator DeMint, the mandatory spending in the bill could immediately be used for Z visas. It says, “(r)eceiving, processing, and adjudicating applications for the Z visa authorized by Title VI of the Act is one of the trigger mechanisms outlined in Section 1; this means that funding from the Immigration Security Account could be used for this purpose.”

In addition, the report says the funds could be used for Y visas and other programs once the trigger mechanisms have been met but it does not require the Secretary of Homeland Security to certify the trigger. The report says, “S. 1639 does not explicitly stipulate whether the certification required by Section 1 would have to take place prior to funding being made available for the additional purposes outlined in Section 2(C).”

“Not only can this money be used for things other then border security and enforcement, it looks like another backdoor trick to promote amnesty,” said Senator DeMint. “If Congress appropriates money later this year for the border, the money provided in this bill will turn into a slush fund the Administration can use to ensure illegal immigrants are legalized.”

So you see, It’s one big back-door scheme to re-allocate money from Border Security to fasttracking illegals for ‘voting status’.  Nothing about ‘immigration’ will be ‘reformed’ in this bill.  Those whose choose to remain here illegally will do so.  The voter base will grow as a result of the $4.4B slush fund to speed up ‘applications’.  The tax base will not grow because, as the Heritage Institute study points out, the people in question equal a net loss in government revenue.  We will have sent a message that we only enforce the laws that provide the lawmakers with political leverage.

And most importantly, we will remain a fundamentally ‘unsovereign’ nation.

Call the White House and your Senators.  Enough is enough. 

Bush and the RINOs have gone too far.

Bush and the RINOs have pushed me over the edge with this Amnesty Bill.  They’ve sold me out for the last time.  Yes, I held my nose for McCain-Feingold, Prescription Drugs, etc.  But now they have gone too far.  This bill is all about pandering for votes and caving to donors like ADM.  It does nothing to ‘reform’ illegal immigration.  And the border security component is window dressing at best.

Between the Libs and their neo-con globalist, RINO accomplices, we will be living the SPP dream within our lifetime.  Take a look at how that is working out in Europe, folks.  If you value your country, it’s heritage and it’s potential future, you’ll fight like hell to tear down the SPP and ant legislation that serves to further it.  And start brushing up on your Constitution.  There a some clauses you might need to invoke in the near future.

Bobby Eberle does a good job of conveying the prevailing conservative sentiment here… 

From the LOFT… 

If Tuesday’s vote to renew debate on the Senate’s immigration bill wasn’t a dagger through the heart of many Republicans, including myself, it was very close. Although it may not have been a fatal stab, the damage could very well be permanent. What our Republican “leaders” (and I use that term loosely) are failing to realize is that if they pander for political gain rather than doing what is right, we all lose. Add to that the open hostility being shown by some Republicans to their own base, and it is no wonder that the Party is in dire straits.

The vote on Tuesday was on whether to proceed with debate on the immigration “amnesty” bill. 60 votes were required for passage. If you recall, in a similar situation a few weeks ago, there were not enough votes to continue, and the bill was pulled from the floor. It was a victory for the grassroots and their lobbying efforts. However, the White House came in and started pressing Republicans to come over to the dark side. Some Republican senators started blasting their own conservative base. Here are some of the lowlights:

As noted in a CNSNews.com story, conservative talk radio recently came under fire for its opposition to the amnesty bill. Who was blasting talk radio? Left-wing radicals? Nope. Republicans like Sens. Trent Lott and Lindsey Graham were doing the talking.

Regarding the amnesty bill and the almost universal opposition to it by conservative radio hosts, Sen. Trent Lott said, “Talk radio is running America. … We have to deal with that problem.”

Problem? The fact that millions and millions of listeners tune into conservative talk radio each day clearly means that America likes what it hears on these airwaves. However, disagree with the White House and Trent Lott and you get criticized.

Then, here comes Sen. Lindsey Graham, who in typical liberal Democrat fashion, played the race card regarding the immigration debate.

Graham suggested that critics of the immigration bill were motivated by racism, saying on ABC News, “We’ve been down this road before — ‘no Catholics,’ ‘no Jews,’ ‘Irish need not apply.’”

It is my sincere hope that the voters of South Carolina remember those remarks. It’s one thing to disagree with your own supporters, but it’s quite another to call those supporters racists, and that is exactly what Graham is doing! What is racist about wanting to protect our borders? What is racist about wanting to enforce existing employment laws? Absolutely nothing!

I am so sick and tired of the rhetoric coming out of Washington regarding this bill. The White House will tout how the number of arrests of illegals have gone up… but mention nothing about the number of prosecutions or deportations. They will mention poll information that says more Americans favor some kind of “comprehensive” immigration reform but then ignore the polls which say that Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the Senate amnesty bill.

It’s all about cheap labor, and even that debate gets twisted, with the White House saying we need foreigners to “do the jobs Americans won’t do.” Hello! Has everyone in Washington lost their common sense? Maybe Americans are willing to get paid artificially low wages for an honest day’s work. How about real wages for real work? Take away the illegal workers, let the market and wages adjust, then come back and tell me there are jobs that require people other than Americans to do them.

The Wall Street Journal has an editorial today in which they try to spin the political benefits for the GOP to vote for the amnesty bill. For one thing, the WSJ has never been afraid to play the race card regarding illegal immigration, and their position on open borders and cheap labor (regardless of national security issues) is well known. However, their latest effort is ridiculous. They can’t even get the politics right.

First, they say we should vote for the bill so that immigration is “off the table” for the next election. So, passing a bad bill is good politics? How about the politics of addressing the core immigration issues one at a time and building faith with the American people that Washington can get the job done? That sounds like a much better approach to me.

Second, the WSJ plays racial politics by saying “The longer term danger is that the GOP is sending a message to Latinos that it doesn’t want them in the party.” Give me a break. As someone who is half hispanic, it is a statement like that which offends me. I don’t know any hispanic Republicans who don’t want the border enforced and our laws respected. We are talking about illegal activity here! Yes, we do need to reach out to hispanic voters, and there are many ways to do so — but we don’t do it by granting amnesty… we don’t do it by printing more and more signs, labels, and instructions in Spanish. We do it by showing that the American dream applies to all who will work, obey the law, and embrace American culture.

And so we have it. Yesterday, the following Republican senators sided with most Democrats to keep the amnesty bill alive:

Bennett (R-UT), Bond (R-MO), Brownback (R-KS), Burr (R-NC), Coleman (R-MN), Collins (R-ME), Craig (R-ID), Domenici (R-NM), Ensign (R-NV), Graham (R-SC), Gregg (R-NH), Hagel (R-NE), Kyl (R-AZ), Lott (R-MS), Lugar (R-IN), Martinez (R-FL), McCain (R-AZ), McConnell (R-KY), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), Specter (R-PA), Stevens (R-AK), Voinovich (R-OH), Warner (R-VA).

We must still keep the pressure on the Senate. There are several key votes remaining. The grassroots can still win on this issue.

What the Republican Party needs to see is that there is more at stake than this one issue. It’s no coincidence that donations are down. It’s no coincidence that long-time activists are frustrated to the point of not voting. When Republican officials abandon the party, they shouldn’t be surprised when grassroots conservatives abandon them.

Take note of the RINOs highlighted above and move them to the ‘bad guys’ side of your scorecard.  These peeps are a danger to our country.  They should be opposed and exposed at every opportunity.

Hellooo! Anybody home? Not at the White House.

This nice little nugget of voter sentiment arrived via e-mail from TheLoft. 

If President Bush is looking for a legacy, he may have found it. Talk is that the president sees the overhaul of America’s immigration system as his gift to the country… his crowning achievement. It’s hard to believe that the walls of the White House are so thick, that not a single voice from the grassroots is getting through. As seen in GOPUSA’s latest survey, President Bush is losing the Republican base, and the party is suffering because of it.

Ya think!

In a survey conducted this week (view full survey results here) by GOPUSA’s Grassroots Survey Team, respondents were asked to comment on the on-going debate over illegal immigration reform and to indicate their approval of the job President Bush is doing.
Since GOPUSA created the Grassroots Survey Team, we have tracked presidential approval and for all of 2006, the number was relatively high and consistent. In March 2006, survey team members gave President Bush an 81% approval rating. In June of the same year, it was 77%. In September, the rating was 80%, and in October, the rating was 84%.

Then, as the immigration debate resurfaced and President Bush continued to push legislation that is completely counter to the feelings of not only Republicans but the general public, his approval among survey team members has taken a nose dive. In April 2007, presidential approval sank to 65%. But in this week’s survey of over 2,700 respondents, the president’s approval fell to a dismal 40%.

I think it was about a year ago that I and another poster had an argument over the issue that would ultimately divide the country and create enough of a maelstrom to create change.  He chose Iraq, I chose Illegal Immigration.  I’d love to seem some poll numbers on how those two issues have trended as a ‘priority’ with voters over the last year.

It is startling that the President and some members of the Senate just don’t get it. A recent poll by Scott Rasmussen looked into why the immigration bill failed in the Senate. According to Rasmussen:

The immigration bill failed because a broad cross-section of the American people are opposed to it. Republicans, Democrats, and unaffiliated voters are opposed. Men are opposed. So are women. The young don’t like it; neither do the no-longer-young. White Americans are opposed. Americans of color are opposed.

But wait! I thought is was just uppity white people with racist motivation that opposed this bill.

The last Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll found that just 23% of Americans supported the legislation. When a bill has less popular support than the War in Iraq, it deserves to be defeated.

Then, Rasmussen, in his discussion of the poll results, hit on a key conclusion that the White House misses (or refuses to see) over and over again.

In the minds of most Americans, immigration reform means reducing illegal immigration and enforcing the border. Only 16% believed the Senate bill would accomplish that goal.

It wasn’t amnesty or guest-worker programs or paths to citizenship that doomed the bill. Each of those provisions made it more difficult for some segments of the population to accept. However, most voters were willing to accept them as part of a true compromise that accomplished the primary goal of reducing illegal immigration.

The key to winning voter support was to accomplish that primary goal.

Rasmussen is right, and the results of GOPUSA’s Grassroots Survey Team support his conclusions. When asked about various areas of the illegal immigration issue, 97% of respondents said that it was “very important” to focus on “border security and reducing the number of people who enter the country illegally.” That number drops to 43% on the topic of “resolving the legal status of the illegal aliens already in the U.S.” Only 18% felt it was “very important” to set up a temporary worker program.

Duncan Hunter hit it on the head in our interview from a couple of months ago.  He said the fence is the law, follow the law (in reference to the Secure Fence Act).
Whether current office holders or seekers of office.  Whether Democrat or Republican.  The policy makers in this country better get it through their thick heads.  Americans want our borders and ports of entry secured.  Period!  Don’t talk to us about other facets of the issue until you accoplish that basic task.

On the flip side, 91% of respondents said it was “very important” to focus on “enforcing employment laws against the hiring of illegal workers.” Respondents also thought it was “very important” (68%) to focus on the issue of “children born to illegal aliens being automatic U.S. citizens.”

The survey team wants border security and employer enforcement. In other words, just as Rasmussen noted, Americans want illegal immigration stopped, yet the White House just doesn’t get it! Even in their latest statement, the Bush administration talks about the dangers of doing nothing to fix the “broken immigration system.” Hello! Right now, the American people don’t care about the overall immigration system. They want illegal immigration to stop! That can be done right here, right now by building the border fence and increasing the number of border patrol agents (under legislation already passed) and enforcing existing employer laws against hiring illegals.

One thing is clear. Republicans are passionate about this issue, and they are willing to take the time to make their feelings known. When asked if they supported the “illegal immigration legislation that was being debated in the U.S. Senate,” 93% of respondents said “no.” In addition, 76% of respondents said that within the last two weeks they contacted their senators and asked them to vote against the legislation.

This fairly well rebuffs the stories in the MSM that Americans, WITH LITTLE ORGANIZATION, helped kill the bill.  You folks better wake up. 

It’s really simple guys. We want a fence.  A law was passed to build that fence.  The money was appropriated to build that fence.  You guys aren’t building the damn fence.  Until you do, expect to here from us.

Bush spits into the wind on immigration.

This just simply isn’t going to happen.  The first brush off was bad enough.  No way Republicans do a flip flop on this. 

WASHINGTON (June 12) – President Bush , wading deeper into an issue that bitterly divides his party, hopes a personal appeal can help persuade skeptical Republicans to resurrect and pass his immigration  bill.

President Bush, seen here at the White House on Monday, is optimistic that his attempt to legalize up to 12 million unlawful immigrants while tightening border security will be successful.

Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images


Over lunch Tuesday in the Capitol, Bush planned an effort to change enough minds among GOP  senators to salvage one of his top domestic priorities. The measure, which legalizes up to 12 million unlawful immigrants and tightens border security, stalled last week in the face of broad Republican  opposition.

Bush “will talk about the fact that immigration reform is too important to let this opportunity pass, and this is the best opportunity that we have had in decades to reform the broken immigration system,” said Scott Stanzel, a White House spokesman.

It’s the president’s latest and most overt attempt to sell Congress  on the immigration overhaul, which was shaped by his views and drafted by an unlikely liberal-to-conservative coalition in close consultation with two Cabinet secretaries.

“I’ll see you at the bill signing,” Bush predicted Monday.

The measure exposes deep divisions among both parties, but it was Republicans who stood in its way last week when all but seven of them blocked a Democratic effort to put it on a fast track to passage.

Scope of JFK plot broadens to included overseas players.

It will be interesting to see who turns up in this investigation.  Hopefully, the case will shed more ligh on the dangers of our current border policy.

NEW YORK (June 9)- The investigation into the thwarted plot to bomb
Kennedy International Airport is widening beyond the four men in
custody, with more suspects sought outside the U.S. for their
suspected roles, a law enforcement official said Friday.

The defendants identified last weekend were “just a piece of
it,” the official told The Associated Press on the condition of
anonymity because of not being authorized to speak publicly. “We
are definitely seeking more players. We are targeting others

The official declined to provide details about the possible
suspects, or in what countries they are being sought.

Law enforcement officials, through the use of an informant, were
able to undermine the airport plot in its early stages.

The four suspects made trips to the airport, took video and
photographs, drew diagrams and collected information. They then
hoped to shop their information to individuals with the capacity to
pull off their stated plan of causing “greater destruction than
the Sept. 11 attacks,” the official said.

According to court documents, the men sought the help of Jamaat
al Muslimeen, or JAM, a group based in Trinidad that is known to be
violent and involved in killings, kidnappings and weapons
trafficking over the past two decades. The group staged a coup
attempt in 1990, storming the Trinidad Parliament building and
taking the prime minister hostage.

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Turnout unusually high as France votes

Good News from France.  A borders and culture conservative is actually fourth in the voting.   

Turnout unusually high as France votes – Yahoo! News

PARIS – French voters turned out in force Sunday to choose a new president in one of the country’s most suspense-filled elections in recent times, after a frenzied campaign by a dozen contenders left voters undecided but eager for a say.

Early turnout reached levels not seen since 1981, soaring in the first four hours of voting to one-third of France’s 44.5 million-strong electorate, the Interior Ministry said.

Only four candidates, including the conservative front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy and the Socialist Segolene Royal, had a real chance of being among the top two to reach a final round of voting May 6. Francois Bayrou, a lawmaker with farm roots, is a wild card.

The new president will succeed Jacques Chirac, who ends 12 years as head of state at the close of his second mandate, and must revive a large but listless economy and bring alienated young Muslims into French life.

At least one-third of the electorate has said it was undecided ahead of the vote, and their ballots could skew soundings from opinion polls.

“There will, indeed, be a big change after the elections,” said 80-year-old Colette Martin, voting in Versailles, west of Paris. “Another generation will come to power.”

All three leading contenders are in their fifties with backgrounds that set them apart from the old guard political elite. Each has promised a new approach to politics and each has vowed to change the status quo. Royal is the first woman to become a serious contender for the French presidency.

The nation was also watching Jean-Marie Le Pen, the extreme right leader who places fourth in polls and who unexpectedly reached the second round in 2002. The anti-immigrant candidate who blames newcomers for France’s problems has promised another “big surprise” this year.

Clinton Names Activist to Campaign Post

So, we pretty well know where Hillary stands on immigration.  Search the web for some of La Raza’s antics and ideologies.  They are too numerous to list here. 

Clinton Names Activist to Campaign Post

NEW YORK (AP) – Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Thursday that Raul Yzaguirre, a prominent Hispanic activist and former president of the National Council of La Raza, would co-chair her presidential campaign and lead its outreach to Hispanic voters. “Hillary Clinton has spent more than three decades advocating on behalf of those who are invisible in America,” Yzaguirre said in a statement. “Not only is she the most experienced and qualified candidate to be president, Senator Clinton has the ability to bring people together to get results and move this country forward.”

Hispanics are one of the fastest growing voter groups in the United States, especially in the South and West. National exit polls showed that 69 percent of Hispanic voters favored Democratic candidates in compared to 30 percent for Republicans. But 44 percent of Hispanics voted for President Bush, a Republican, in 2004.

Other Democratic presidential contenders have strong ties to the Hispanic community. Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd is a fluent Spanish speaker after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is running to become the first Hispanic president.

Under Yzaguirre’s leadership, NCLR became the largest Hispanic advocacy organization in the country, with 41 state affiliates.

There must be someway out of here- Geraldo’s Nightmare

This little rant from Men’s News Daily is too funny not to post. If you want some red hot political incorrectness, check them out. Just follow the link.

MNDv3: There must be someway out of here » Geraldo?s Nightmare

Nobody Flashes: Today, men who had never heard of the minute men, gathered near the border in recognition of Geraldo Rivera’s:

Honor a Illegal Alien’s Right to Get Drunk Day.”

Last week, in case you didn’t see it, Geraldo Rivera was very upset with Bill O’Reilly for having no compassion for a poor simple Mexican drunk, who had come over the border illegally, and who not ONLY had the misfortune for not having the name BUBBA…but suffered the indignity of having to have Geraldo Rivera stand up for his good name of Ramos

All this poor guy wanted to do evidently was get drunk and drive in a country that would not load up his inebriated carcase and send him off to jail if he committed any crimes. And in the state of Virginia, he had found just the right place to commit any crime he wanted and live in a drunken stupor, unlike Mexico where he might have been eaten by wild pigs.

He was always getting stopped for drinking here, but the cops let him go—what a great country! So what if he accidentally killed two young girls? Lots of people do that!

What a racist Bill was, Geraldo felt, for even bringing up his illegality! Why, Ramos has just as much right to get drunk and kill people as the citizens already here, and to say anything contrary to that fact, was just plain….not fair! We are luring the drunks here! Democrats are giving them free beer in the waiting rooms of every hospital!

Geraldo was so mad at O’Reilly for being outraged at illegals breaking our laws, and no one caring about it, that Geraldo lost it all, and called him one of the worst thing a man can call another man…”Lou Dobb’s Mom.”

And then, even though Lou Dobb’s was not anywhere near Geraldo, or the scene of the crime, Geraldo said,”Lou Dobbs has regenerated his dead career on the backs of illegal aliens.”

I thought O’Reilly was going to say, “Well, at least he HAD a serious career, besides opening dead mob bosses vaults, and drawing troop movements in the sand of Iraq,” but he didn’t.

Geraldo also thinks that we have “lured these poor illegally drunk people here” by also offering free houses, education, all the gringo’s jobs—It’s our own fault!
We are SUCH an uncompassionate nation!

Yet the thing that frightened Geraldo the most, was that the minutemen were now carrying guns.

Yes, the citizens of America had decided to use their 2nd amendment rights, and also join the illegal aliens in their right to get drunk in the most generous country on the planet.

If the drug cartels can shoot at border agents for not letting them come over and sell their drugs, then by golly, the minute men should be allowed to go into Mexico, get drunk, kill a few Mexicans while driving, and be able to not ever be punished, and stay as long as they like.

I’d say that’s fair.

I read that the Spanish people think the Americans are stupid, and it’s no wonder…with guys like Geraldo on the air.

So here’s a nobody toast!—To all men in the United States that are legal citizens, have guns, like beer, and still shake Geraldo’s hand when they see him.

God Bless America!

Bush, GOP senators trim border fence goal

Once again, President Bush has sold conservatives down the river with respect a linchpin issue. And once again Duncan Hunter proves he is a true conservative willing to stand up to the GOP and represent his values and his constituency. The message is quite clear. We cannot be a sovereign nation without effective border and immigration policy. Mr. Bush seems too concerned with garnering favor for the GOP among Latinos than with executing the duties of his office. Kudos to Rep. Hunter for helping keep the discussion on point.
Bush, GOP senators trim border fence goal – Nation/Politics – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper

Six months after approving a bill promising to build some 850 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Bush administration and Senate Republicans are now saying 370 miles is enough.
In his negotiations with Republican senators, Mr. Bush also appears to have rejected the key compromise in the Senate bill passed last year: allowing only longtime illegal aliens with “roots” to have a path to citizenship. He instead favors a more circuitous path that is open to almost all illegal aliens.
Mr. Bush has embraced higher financial penalties for illegal aliens who want to remain in the United States, and for the first time has accepted specific “triggers,” including stepped-up enforcement, that must be met before legalization and guest-worker plans go into effect, according to a PowerPoint presentation that administration officials and advisers say represents the state of discussions between Mr. Bush and Senate Republicans.
The presentation, first obtained and released by U.S. News & World Report, calls for 370 miles of fencing, 200 miles of vehicle barriers and 300 miles of electronic monitoring on the border. By that trigger, the guest-worker and legalization programs could begin with less than 900 miles of the 1,950-mile U.S.-Mexico border being monitored or blocked.
“Traditional fencing is an important part of the overall border security strategy,” said White House spokesman Scott Stanzel. He said fencing is most effective in metropolitan areas and that sensors, ground-based radar and unmanned aerial vehicles are adequate in remote locations. Mr. Bush’s proposed budget called for $1 billion to be invested in infrastructure and technology on the border next year, he said.
Some Republicans are annoyed that Mr. Bush appears ready to ignore mandates of the Secure Fence Act.
“I drafted that bill. It says ‘shall.’ That’s the same language we put in the border fence in San Diego,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican. “Doggone it, this is the law. Follow the law.” Full story