May 15, 2006, - 5:12 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On Immigration Pretense Eve (that means the calm before the giant Presidential immigration BS), we have a few questions for President Bush–in light of his decision to use the National Guard on the border–that we doubt he’ll answer tonight:
1) If you are serious about a “comprehensive” immigration policy, why did you nominate and recess-appoint a woman (The ICE Princess) who is completely unqualified and incompetent to do the job? Where is the real law enforcement figure running the show?
2) How is the National Guard accountable, when the guard answers to liberal do-nothing immigration-lax governors like Bill “The Pro Baseball Draft Dodger” Richardson (D-New Mexico) and Janet Napolitano (D-Arizona)? Federal taxpayers will foot the bill, while governors, like those two, will call the shots. What happens when there is a disagreement between the Border Patrol and Richardson?
3) It is estimated that the Prez will propose paying for 6,000 National Guard troops on the border. Why not just hire 6,000 new Border Patrol agents? The border is already “militarized” (contrary to what Mexican President Vicente Fox claims), it’s just a matter of uniforms. What happens when Guard personnel disagree with Customs and Border Protection personnel?
4) Will these National Guard personnel actually be assigned to protect the border? Or will they be put on Guest Worker verification duty? Who will pay for the new Guest Worker bureaucracy?
5) Bush proposes to put the National Guard on duty for a year? What happens after that? Look for it to be a show program that sunsets after that. Thanks for nothing.
The best thing that could happen: Bush does not get the amnesty a/k/a guest worker program that he wants and the bill does not pass. If he thinks getting “tough” (for now) on the border will make those of us in his conservative base ease up on our opposition to more amnesty, he’s delusional.
And maybe he is.
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