I'm at work but this is an issue that is important to me. I won't be live full time. I'll be popping back in here periodically. The best stuff will be written later this evening.
1. Secure Borders
Bush confirmed that the National Guard will be hands off. Just eyes and ears. UAVs! Some contractor feels good. Catch and release is over. Good. As of when?
2. Temporary Worker Program.
What the heck is this? Background checks? This is a management nightmare and I cannot believe it will work.
3. Employers to account.
How does anyone chaeck the document fraud? Ahh. Cogent Systems. I told you.
4. No Automatic Path.
He said the magic words. No Amnesty. So waiting in line shows they pay their debt to society? Not harsh enough for my tastes. English, Clean Record & Paying Taxes. So when are they swept up?
Nothing new here. Bluster.
Frist's 20 Amendment Slots
This is hilarious. Here you have the good Senator reserving a huge number of slots for dithering. If this 375 mile fence amendment is to be done, then we're going to have to use up all the amendments to get a full border full of fences.
As much as I enjoy listening to Hugh Hewitt, I'm going to shut him off and start writing extensively about my reaction to the President's speech and what I still think needs to be handled.
We don't need anything comprehensive. This problem is apparently beyond the administration's powers of comprehension. We need simple bold steps and we have to feed them to Congress in small bites. Let them approve a comprehensive wall. Then we can listen to them dither about whether it should be 5 feet high or 12 feet high. But don't do this comprehensively because then they'll start horsetrading wall size for ID type for a provision to be named later.
Some of the People Some of the Time
It's going to get ugly from here on out. I think the President is handing us cheese even though he knows we're hungry for meat. We return 6 million people in 5 years, that's a huge number. So for the 12 million that got through I heard Frist talking about a litmus test. 2 years or less is one stage, 3 to 5 is a second and 6 or better is a third. That sounds reasonable in the abstract, but how is the government going to connect those dots? How are they going to find and deal with all of those people? I think there's some lying going on here.
If there are 12 million illegals, and, as the president says, the overwhelming majority of the immigrants are good for America, where are they counted? Are there perhaps 30 million immigrants from the southern border, 18 million of which are on some government waiting list? If it takes 11 years to become regularized from start to finish, how are those people tracked from beginning to end? I'm having a hard time believing that they are being tracked.
Hewitt says only a fringe wants America to be in the deporting business. We already are in the deporting business with 6 millions turned back at the border. If that represents a .500 batting percentage, that means there are another 6 million here on the very same false premises that made the other 6 million deportable in the first place. Those are the Mojados of which I speak, those who have no rights to be here at all. Unless and until the government can credibly say how many are in what status and how they *could* deal with them, the only indicator we have is race and language. So that means that ID program better get underway quickly, because if citizens lose confidence in this government it will get very ugly.
Speaking for myself, I'm dissatisfied. And the more I think about it, the more dissatisfied I become. This press conference gives more and more the impression of being thrown together at the request of others, than Bush's own idea. It's clearly the worst he's done.