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Michael Chertoff promotes illegal immigration in Mexico

Speaking in Mexico before the American Chamber of Commerce, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff promoted illegal immigration:
Comprehensive immigration reform, he said, would allow U.S. law enforcement to "focus more on the people that we don't want in the country under any circumstances, namely the criminals and the dangerous folks."

"Every time a Border Patrol officer is transporting a load of future housekeepers and landscapers to someplace to be returned, he's not looking for drug dealers or drug loads," Chertoff said.
He's saying that there are two types of illegal immigration: the bad kind, and the acceptable kind. Due to all the constantly-noted negatives, neither kind are acceptable: political corruption, political influence for Mexico inside the U.S., increased crime, increased costs, and on and on. Chertoff doesn't see it that way. And, of course, his job is to prevent both kinds. His job is not to blackmail the U.S. into accepting a massive amnesty.

And, if Bush and now Chertoff had done their jobs, there would be no need for any sort of prioritorization: most of those "future housekeepers and landscapers" wouldn't consider trying to cross the border.

As for the "housekeepers" bit, I can almost hear Tamar Jacoby or one of the other cheap labor promoters say the same thing. In fact, they have: this is a standard talking point I refer to as the "busboys canard". Tamar Jacoby, Bush, the Wall Street Journal, David Brooks, and John Fund have all said something very similar, and Rudy Guiliani joined in just recently.

Chertoff is corrupt and incompetent; if Bush weren't the same, Chertoff would have been replaced long ago.

Immigration2007a · Fri, 02/16/2007 - 20:18 · Importance: 4

Sun, 02/18/2007 - 21:42
Fred Dawes

OK Mary but how do you do that? when the political pigs in all areas of Government want Mexico and its ideals here?

Sat, 02/17/2007 - 12:52
Mary

We don't want gardeners and housekeepers. We want our damn country and language back!

Sat, 02/17/2007 - 11:55
Fred Dawes

well face facts the political system here wants it, so whats the point in being in Iraq? after-all the way i see it is our government hates the ideals of freedom and duty and Citizens standing up against the ideals of the third worlds leaders who use its people like dogs, our government wants the same thing here. and yes it is dishonest but just look at Bush and business/borders/ the War and your Rights and duty, that will make any case against a nut case government. read John S. Bolton

Fri, 02/16/2007 - 22:26
John S Bolton
www.johnsbolton.net

It is also a dishonest way of harking back to the time, centuries ago, when maids and gardeners had to be net producers; there being no surplus available to allow for anything else.
Today the maids and gardeners coming in illegally increase the aggression on the net taxpayer; the effect is similar as many small terror-bombings.
Citizens of the world, disunite, you have nothing to lose but your openness to aggression.

Fri, 02/16/2007 - 22:20
Amanda

"Every time a Border Patrol officer is transporting a load of future housekeepers and landscapers to someplace to be returned, he's not looking for drug dealers or drug loads," Chertoff said.

BWHAAA! Try prosecuting Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila before playing that card, Mikey. Did the WSJ Editorial Page write a script for you?