...Rove said the immigration system was "absolutely broken" relative to illegal entrants. He expounded in detail about efforts to diminish illegal crossings, including the number of repeated attempts by Mexicans, whom he said account for 85% of illegals. He said six million illegal immigrants are estimated to have entered the country since 2001. "We're doing the darndest things you can imagine," to improve the situation, and have had success in such areas as reducing the number of days captured illegal immigrants are detained.
Gosh golly darn it, they're doing the best they can! Sure, only fining three employers in 2004 for employing illegal aliens is a little low, but goshy golly gosh, they're doing better! Next year, they might manage to fine five, maybe even six employers.
Of course, the fact that they admit to six million illegal aliens entering the country on the Bush's administration's watch should pretty much prove to anyone who had any sort of doubt that Rove is simply lying, and the Bush administration is the most effective supporter of illegal immigration this country has ever known.
"We've got to have a temporary border program that allows people to come hear for a reasonable time. We know people do not come here to stay in America...most of Mexicans want to get a nest egg and go home."
Of course, the experience of every guest worker scheme ever devised absolutely proves that most "guests" won't go home. And, of course, once they have U.S. citizen children there's very little chance of those who don't want to go home being deported.
Rove also said it was impractical and destabilizing to consider forcing 10 million to 12.5 million estimated long time illegal immigrant cohort to "get the hell out of here," and it would have a disruptive economic impact as well.
I don't know where the "cohort" came from, but that statement is close to the strawman argument about mass deportations.
Perhaps some brave person at the conference might have asked Rove at that point what might happen if we indeed did try to deport even just a million illegal aliens. Would they riot? And, since at least six million illegal aliens have entered on Bush's watch, hasn't Bush put the U.S. at tremendous risk of civil disturbances? Then, as a follow-up, they could have asked Rove whether doing putting the U.S. at such risk is an impeachable offense.
"We'd better do something about this in a compassionate way, or we're going to find that our country has lost something really vitally important," he urged, adding resentment and fear of immigrants was not new, but needed to be overcome once again. "We are a great country.... There's no Filipino dream, no Japanese dream, no Italian dream, but there is an American dream."
As pointed out here endless times, encouraging massive immigration from Mexico is hardly compassionate. And, everything else in Rove's comment can be answered by our current legal immigration system. Perhaps he should concentrate on that.
And, perhaps someone should ask him some tough questions the next time he blathers on.
Politics · Wed, 07/19/2006 - 04:38 · Importance: 1