"Secure Border Initiative": Should anyone trust what Bush or Chertoff say?
From this DHS press release on the new "Secure Border Initiative":
Since the events of 9/11, President Bush has placed ever-increasing importance on immigration control, including border security, and has devoted significant resources to the stark challenge of illegal migration.
Obviously, that's only even slightly true in some strange, KoolAid-besotten alternative universe. Isn't the Bush administration simply lying? What next will they tell us, that shoelace production was up 34% last quarter and that Eurasia is on the ropes?
It goes on:
DHS will strengthen interior enforcement efforts to target those who enter illegally by unequivocally enforcing our laws and making sure that removal is achieved. Strong worksite enforcement is key to effective interior enforcement. DHS must be able to ensure that employees are in our country legally and are properly authorized to work.
The fact sheet for this initiative (dhs.gov/dhspublic/display?content=4922) gives us the not-entirely-unexpected details:
DHS will implement an employer self-compliance program that will link government and business in a united effort to reduce the employment of unauthorized aliens in specific industries. The partnership will assemble a "best practices" methodology that employers will use to minimize certain known vulnerabilities in the legally required employment eligibility verification process. The employers will assist DHS by using their corporate and industry leadership to influence competitors, vendors, and contractors to adopt the best practices methods to ensure all businesses dealing with participating corporations are in compliance with legal hiring requirements.
Perhaps we should try that same "self-compliance" approach with, say, dumping dioxins into the Mississippi River. After all, if you can't trust corporations who stand to make millions off illegal immigration, who can you trust?
Most politicians shade the truth and spin like whirling dervishes. But, it takes a group like the Bush administration to look you straight in the eye and tell you the sky is green.