Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Even a Broken Clock is Right Twice a Day

I listened to Bush's speech on immigration the other night. Once you get passed the obscenely ironic statements such as:

"We are a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws."

"We cannot build a unified country by inciting people to anger, or playing on anyone's fears,"

Which goes directly against how this administration has acted over the past 6 years, the substance of Bush's speech, I agree with (text of speech). It is odd to see Bush all of a sudden trying to be a centrist, but hey, if it will actually help this government actually do something constructive for the first time in 6 years, I am all for it.

It is impossible to deport every illegal alien in this country. The strain it would put on the judicial system and law enforcement agencies in this country is beyond the scope of most American's imagination.

But that does not mean that we should not secure our borders nor should we enforce the employment laws which would reduce the ease of using migrant workers or other illegal alien work.

But to create no means for the millions of illegal aliens to remain here and work the jobs that they have been working for years, and to uproot parts of families and tear communities apart serves no one, citizens or non-citizens. Many families in this country are hybrids of legal and illegal aliens. More often than not, the father will be here legally, the children will be natural born citizens, and the mother will be here illegally. A plan to uproot and tear apart families goes directly against the conservative notion of "family values."

Any immigration plan that does not allow for some legalization of the status of illegal aliens will be disastrous for individual families as well as society as a whole. The quesiton now is if Bush can actually get the regressives in Congress to act with vision beyond their own toes.

Immigration Proposals Pass Test In Senate

On Immigration, Bush Seeks 'Middle Ground'

House GOP Fails to Warm to Bush Border Proposal

Immigration Proposals Pass Test In Senate

Guard Vows 6,000 Troops for Border

Suddenly, Mr. Centrist

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