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The speech & reaction… May 15, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in Guard the Borders.
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I don't know what people were expecting, but I'm surprised at the amount of anger coming from the conservative side tonight.

First off,  the extra security at the borders, with both National Guard and more Border Patrol agents, is a good first step.  Combine old-fashioned manpower with the high-tech (unmanned aircraft for surveillance) and you've helped staunch the flow.

Second, go after the employers who turn a blind eye to who they're hiring. I'd like to see them hit where it hurts-in the pockets, so it's not worth it to hire an illegal, when it'll cost them more in the long run.  Make it harder for employers to hire illegals, and there won't be the incentive for them to come over.

I also liked the emphasis he put on learning English.  Yes, most of us are descended from parents or grandparents who gave up everything for the opportunity to come here.  And they learned the language, and more importantly, made sure their children learned the language and became "Americanized".  The ":politically-correct" diversity dingbats lament that as a loss of culture, but the greatest society on earth, this one, was born of it. 

I'm not crazy about the guest-worker program – I think it'll be a nightmare to keep track of, but I understand the reasoning behind it.

I realize this didn't go far enough to please some people, but these are good first steps-we can't expect the last 30 or so years of  non-enforcement to be corrected overnight.  I just don't get the hysteria from several conservative bloggers – it's almost getting to the point where it's hard to tell whether I'm reading posts at the DemocraticUnderground or posts on my "must-read" blogroll.

There are, fortunately, cooler heads out there – The Anchoress, as usual, has nailed it.

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1. casper - May 21, 2006

You are right about going after the employers. I think the fine should be $20,000 per person in thier empoly. Then it will be doubled for everytime we catch you with Illegals there after (20=1st, 40=2d, 80=3d) then turn the tax man on them, arrest them for aiding and abetting a fugitive. Same with the landlords arrest them for harboring, aiding a fugitive, then check the houseing permit of the maximum people allowed in the abode.

2. Harleycon5 - May 23, 2006

Ahh but we are all forgetting that the problem is that do these actions actually have an effect? They don’t if they are not enforced.
And I am betting they will not be. My evidence?
We already have laws on the books that should make it very difficult if not impossible to be an illegal immigrant in America.
Case in point> Illegals getting drivers licenses, welfare, medical care, education, ect.
The national guard are there for little more than show. Lets not forget that they cannot engage or apprehend. I wonder if they are even allowed to load their weapons, or able to fire in response to a threat.
What good is border defense when you intend on legalizing 103 million people in 20 years, which is what Bush and McCain support.
In Summary, Liberal thought and lack of enforcement mean the status quo unless we stand up and demand action.
ps to casper: I thought the same thing, but GG Liddy makes the point that money is not so much a cause of fear to a large corporation as is felony jail time; I have to agree.


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