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Immigration Lip Service?

Five years into his presidency, George Bush finally made a speech which seemed to address his concerns about the illegal immigration problem in this country.

"We're a nation built on the rule of law and those who enter the country illegally break the law. In communities near our border illegal immigration strains the resources of schools, hospitals, and law enforcement, and it involves smugglers and gangs that bring crime to our neighborhoods. Faced with this serious challenge our government's responsibility is clear - we're going to protect our border."

Hopefully this will become a major priority of President Bush and his Department of Homeland Security, but I fear this is just lip service. Bush is more concerned that he might upset his friend, Mexican President Vincente Fox Quesada, than he is about securing the Mexican border. Fox has refused to do anything to curb the flow of illegals into the United States and has even defended it saying:

"There's no doubt that Mexican men and women full of dignity, willpower and a capacity for work are doing the work that not even blacks want to do in the United States."

Never mind that Fox has lost control of his northern border, including the Texas border town, Neuvo Laredo, which is fondly referred to as 'Narco Nuevo,' and the California border town, Tijuana, which has had two police chiefs assassinated in the past few years, to drug traffickers and other nefarious characters.

The Department of Homeland Security, which is supposedly in charge of controlling the borders, is a joke and Secretary Chertoff has done perhaps less than his predecessor Tom Ridge did, if that is possible.

This past week it was announced that passengers on planes would be allowed to carry small knives and other sharp objects. The homeland security staff that strip-searches little old women and well-known personalities at airport checkpoints while letting strapping young Muslim men through unimpeded, is apparently unable to look for knives and bombs at the same time. The fact that four planes were hijacked on 9/11/2001 using small sharp objects has been forgotten.

Posted by Rick | December 4, 2005 01:05 PM

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