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One Reporter's Opinion @ It's Time to Defend Our Union Against Illegal Aliens

Friday, 09 December 2005 12:00 AM

It is this reporter's opinion that syndicated columnist Patrick Buchanan, one-time candidate for president, never fails to speak his piece. In August of 2005 Pat declared, "We are being invaded, and the president of the United States is not doing his duty to protect the states against that invasion."

Pat suggested that some courageous Republican, to get the attention of the White House, could drop into the hopper "a bill of impeachment" charging George W. Bush with a conscious refusal to uphold his oath and defend the states of the union against invasion. Strong words, indeed, from Pat Buchanan.

I asked our mutual friend, Congressman Tom Tancredo, how he felt about such a strong suggestion. Tom said, "No, I would not pursue impeachment," and he added that his own "immigration reform bill HR-3333 will do what is necessary to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the U.S."

More recently, at long last, President Bush made a limousine tour of our broken borders. There were the usual photo ops and a couple of promising speeches on what he was going to do. Noteworthy, following his quick trip along the border on the American side, Bush commented: "It's dangerous here. There's no other way to look at it. And that's why these folks [the Border Patrol] need more resources and more agents to help them." And he added, "That's what we're providing."

An observer commented that these Border Patrolmen, in the very sector Bush was visiting, caught 122,600 illegal immigrants in fiscal 2005 ... and that's up from 104,000 in 2004.

The president, on his visit to Phoenix and El Paso, said he wanted to crack down on those who entered the country illegally but also give out more visas to foreigners with jobs (a dual plan he hopes will appease the social conservatives and business leaders – his core supporters). The president said, "the American people should not have to choose between a welcoming society and a lawful society," and added, "We can have both at the same time."

But the president did not overlook a chance to promote his temporary workers plan, quickly adding that he does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. But he does want to give workers a way to earn an honest living, "doing jobs other Americans are unwilling to do."

Bush's temporary workers plan continues to prove contentious on Capitol Hill, particularly for Republicans. Many GOP lawmakers believe that a guest worker program is good for the employers. But others have united in a forceful caucus that is stressing the need for border security and enforcement of existing immigration laws instead of rewarding the lawbreakers.

Bush finds himself caught between two powerful forces. One side is business, which pleads for a system that will ensure employers access to workers who are willing to take jobs they say cannot be filled with Americans or legal immigrants. But on the other side are conservatives who say the big problem is a porous border that is creating huge law enforcement problems and adding to the costs of social welfare, education and other programs.

Democrats are highlighting the Republicans' divisions, pressing Bush not to acquiesce to conservatives and telling him to address the full range of immigration issues.

For all the promises and contradictions and repetition of the same old temporary worker flimflam, natives on the home front throughout America are shouting, "ENOUGH!" Examples are cropping up all over as local constituents, fed up with a "do nothing" approach to immigration reform, are striking out on their own.

In California, Congressman Charlie Norwood is sponsoring a Clear Law Enforcement for Arrest and Removal of Criminal Illegal Aliens Act, HR-3137 (CLEAR). Norwood, responding to the president's "border tour," says the major provisions of his CLEAR Act must be included in any immigration reform package in order to win congressional support.

The CLEAR Act would allow up to 700,000 state and local law enforcement officers to apprehend, detain and transport criminal illegals to federal detention centers. (An estimated 400,000 illegal aliens awaiting deportation are at large in the U.S; 85,000 are violent criminals.)

"The reason for America's illegal immigration crisis is that the federal government has simply failed to execute the law," says Norwood. "CLEAR opens the door for local police to take action in cases involving criminal aliens, a mandatory step in bringing our overall illegal immigration disaster under control."

Even as this is written, a small California community, Costa Mesa, is taking strong action. The mayor and sheriff are empowering local law enforcement to move in enforcing the law against invading illegal aliens. (More on that later.) But apparently Pat Buchanan's words are being heard throughout the nation: "We are being invaded!" Pat says, "It's time for the president to uphold his oath and defend the union against invasion."

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