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Bush, Big Business to join forces, oppose wishes of American public

The L.A. Times has a two-pager on Bush's latest attempt to open the borders: "Immigration Rising on Bush's To-Do List". He's created a coalition called "Americans for Border and Economic Security" headed up by U.S. Reps. Cal Dooley (D-Hanford) and Dick Armey (R-Texas):
The effort is designed to help Bush take control of an increasingly contentious debate that has threatened to split the Republican Party and undermine its outreach to Latino voters...

A guest-worker program is favored by many Latinos and by businesses, many of them major GOP donors that depend on a steady flow of workers from Mexico and other countries. The White House effort is aimed at satisfying these groups while promoting tougher border security enforcement. The latter focus is an attempt to mollify a vocal bloc of cultural conservatives in the GOP - some in the House leadership - who argue that undocumented workers present a security threat and take some jobs that could be filled by Americans.

Some Republican strategists worry that the more extreme voices in this camp are alienating Latino voters with anti-immigrant language, and one goal of the new coalition is to marginalize those voices...
The article is so full of canards both from the BushBots and the LAT that I don't know where to start. Here are just a few:
  • "Republican congressional members' constituents care more about immigration and border security than any other issue, according to a new congressional insiders poll." ("Immigration worries Republicans")
  • Just about every poll shows that around 75% of Americans - Democrats, Independents, and Republicans - oppose illegal immigration and massive immigration.
  • 47% of Arizona Hispanics supported Prop. 200. In votes, the biggest opposition came from the left. In monetary terms, the biggest opposition was from big business.
  • The article doesn't give a figure, but just so it's clear: Bush Didn't Win 44% of Hispanic Vote.
  • Tamar Jacoby spoke at CPAC and was almost booed off the stage when she announced that she was there to defend Bush's amnesty plan.
  • The far-left, Ford Foundation-sponsored race groups are the ones that want open borders, and they aren't going to support Republicans. Bush spoke at LULAC's meeting last year. But, since he spoke via television he didn't see the cool reception he got. Even if he got support from MALDEF, would that be a good thing considering their goals?
  • Massive illegal immigration has the greatest negative impact on low-wage legal workers, most of whom are black and Hispanic.
  • California's Prop. 187 passed 59-41 and up until 2 months before the vote was supported by Hispanics 52-42.
The only voters who favor the virtually unlimited immigration that Bush and his corporate cronies favor are the far-left and libertarians. Who really cares what they want, especially as what they want is not what's right for America?

Further, Bush could "reach out" to the "white vote" by inviting millions of Europeans to come to the U.S. Now, wouldn't most people view that as not just racist, but un-American as well? There is no difference between that and Bush's supposed outreach.

Obviously, one of the major reasons for this new scheme is quite basic: money and the desires of those "large GOP donors." What they want is uppermost in Bush's mind. Next to them, you're just an impediment.

The propaganda from this coalition will almost certainly involve smears, strawman arguments, and false choices such as the following from Dick Armey:
"There's two voices right now, and the noisy one is what I call the slam-the-borders crowd... The voice we want to speak with - and the one that will be in unison with President Bush - is the voice that echoes those marvelous words on the Statue of Liberty."
Obviously, there are more than two voices, and very few people want to completely stop immigration. Emma Lazarus didn't have the current situation in mind: multiculturalism, the welfare state, and all the rest didn't exist at the time.

Bush has shown himself fairly adept at propaganda, but as each day passes more and more people are becoming aware of what's really going on, so perhaps this might be too much of a sales job for even him and Rove.

As for the LAT, send them a short, polite email with your thoughts: readers.rep *at* latimes.com.

Immigration2005b · Sun, 07/24/2005 - 12:41 · Importance: 4

Mon, 07/25/2005 - 22:14
perroazul del norte

The Minutemen in CA are discovering completely undefended and unfenced sections of the border there just as they did in Arizona. It is now beyond dispute that the traffic in illegal aliens(and implicitly drug-trafficking)is being encouraged by the Bush-Fox administration. Ask yourself what good does it do for local authorities and the DEA to raid meth labs in the US when meth can be easily smuggled across the open border with Mexico?

Mon, 07/25/2005 - 10:49
eh

"practical ways"

Some of us would say, having experienced it in Southern California, there is no "practical way" to deal with such an uncontrolled influx, which pretty much describes what is going on now, especially with illegal immigration. Except to leave, which the 2000 census showed millions of white Californians had done since 1990. (Gee, I wonder why?)

But as a start, I favor enforcing current immigration law, including laws against employing those without a legal right to be and work here. Until and unless we democratically decide to change those laws.

Mon, 07/25/2005 - 02:48
Ralph

Truth be told we really have the clueless paranoid radical anti-immigration fanatical movement to thank for this coalition. If not for the whining of the Minutemen, SOS, FAIR and other organizations, this coalition may have never formed.

But now hopefully practical ways to deal with immigrants and immigration will be discussed.

Sun, 07/24/2005 - 20:46
Eric

It is pretty clear now that President Bush is very pro-illegal immigration. He has repeatedly tried to get some sort of an amnesty passed through Congress and always talks about the "benefits" of immigration.

What I don't get is why?

Is he a whore to the big business lobby?
Does he seriously believe this pandering will win the Republican Party a bigger share of the Hispanic vote?
Or is it something else?

I sure hope his open-borders proposal gets shot down because it is sheer madness. It would allow ANYONE from ANYWHERE to come to the United States as long as there is a company willing to hire them.