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Bush + Border Security = Bullshit

May 26th, 2007 | by Ken Grandlund |

“For decades, the government failed to stop illegal immigration. My administration has stepped up efforts to improve border security, doubling the number of Border Patrol agents.” -George W. Bush, 5/24/07

So said the president at his most recent press conference. The statement above is pulled from a short list of “immigration accomplishments” Bush is trying to claim for himself and his administration. The first part of that quote is undoubtably true. The rest is pure hogwash.

Despite claiming at numerous occasions that his adminstration has added over six thousand new border patrol agents, the reality is much less than that. Following a 2005 report that looked at border security, and specifically noted that the border patrol was seriously undermanned to accomplish its mandate, an act was passed and signed into law that required the hiring of 10,000 additional border patrol agents within 10 years, starting in 2006. But when Bush submitted his 2006 budget, he only allocated money to hire 210 new agents. Not exactly a commitment to the nations border security now is it?

In fact, Bush hasn’t even begun to comply with the law he himself signed. His 2008 budget forecasts ask for funding for up to 3,000 new border agents. But even if the final drafts are approved and funding is truly released to hire the border agents, another policy is luring them away. The head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service is now trying to recruit his agents to volunteer in Iraq for six month tours, offering a 70% salary bonus as incentive. Nice way around having to call up more Guards, Reserves, or hired mercenaries I guess. Nice way to abandon the border too.

Intertwined with this sucking sound of border agents away from the border is the recent immigration bill coming up for debate. The seriously flawed bill has among other things, certain “triggers” that cause one portion of the bill to become active after a certain provision has been met. In the case of border security, according to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, the number of border agents needs to be around 20,000, a number she doesn’t see being reached for several years at best. So practically speaking, any passed and signed immigration bill would be a bunch of smoke anyhow, until the border’s themselves could be secured. And with the deliberate underfunding and official luring of border agents going on by the administration, it’s clear that border security is just a political catch phrase.

[tag]bush, politics, immigration, border+security, border+patrol+agents+sent+to+iraq, janet+napolitano[/tag]

  1. 17 Responses to “Bush + Border Security = Bullshit”

  2. By Emmet on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    Ken, hold onto your shorts! You’re right! It is bullshit. Bush nor his administration has done shit on illegal immigration. But, neither has anyone else. They are all assholes.

  3. By Charlie on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    Oh my God! Emmet said something serious!

  4. By steve on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    For the last time, we need someone to stop Mexican gays from sneaking over here illegally and unplugging our brain dead women. If the new immigration policy does that… I have no problem.

  5. By Jersey McJones on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    It would be so easy to beef up the border patrol that it is obvious therefore that the powers that be have no intention of doing so.

    JMJ

  6. By steve on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    Jersey:

    Who’d wash our dishes, bus our tables, clean our yards and wash our cars?

  7. By Craig R. Harmon on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    Bush is not to be trusted concerning anything he says about border security. He is clearly much closer to the ‘open borders’ pole than to the ‘keep them all out’ pole. His forays into cracking down on employers has been spotty and symbolic at best, window-dressing at worst.

  8. By JT Davis on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    Bush is not to be trusted concerning anything he says about border security.

    What a concept! It’s so odd because he is obviously true to his word, a veritable apex of integrity, on every other subject and issue…

  9. By Charlie on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    Bush is not to be trusted concerning anything he says.

  10. By Jersey McJones on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    Steve, I do most all of that for myself and could easily do without the services entirely. It is the wealthy that want more illegal immigration. The lazy, selfish, stupid wealthy.

    JMJ

  11. By steve on May 26, 2007 | Reply

    Really Jersey… You cook fast food yourself? Fire up Mickey D’s all on your own?

  12. By Lazy Iguana on May 27, 2007 | Reply

    Bush = bullshit. Even if multiplied by a million tons of all things that are not bullshit.

    But the reason for this bullshit is pretty clear. The Republicans are self destructing. The base of the party is dead set against letting (mostly brown) Mexicans in. But business likes the cheap labor!

    So put yourself in the shoes of a Republican. Who do you pander to? The base who think they are the major voice in the party, or the big time contributors who ARE the major voice in the party? It was all fun and games when both sides were in agreement - let the peons think they are a shaping force in the party while really just doing what the big contributors want. But now there is a discrepancy.

    So nothing will really be done.

    And then there are the Democrats. They want “fair immigration policy”. What the hell is that? But I do think they are on the right track here.

    Make em all legal, and allow them to DEMAND that illegal employers pay them as legal workers. This will cut off the supply of cheap labor. And why hire someone who does not speak English when you can have an English speaker for the same price?

    If someone in DC could just be honest about this whole thing and spell it out for people. The way to end all this illegal immigration stuff is to cut off the jobs. Enforce labor law - all of it. Even the parts that relate to business. If you hire an illegal worker, and you know they are illegal because they are willing to work for any wage - you get a big fine if you get busted. Allow illegals to blow the whistle on employers for illegal practices without fear of deportation. Let them demand at least the minimum wage AND other benefits like OT for more than 40 hours of work a week.

    The flow will be greatly reduced, or even stopped.

  13. By Jersey McJones on May 27, 2007 | Reply

    Steve, I don’t eat a lot of shit.

    JMJ

  14. By steve on May 27, 2007 | Reply

    Me neither… (I buy from the illegal Indians at Subway) But I am just saying Jersey… Are those menial workers bad for America? Think about it.

  15. By Jersey McJones on May 27, 2007 | Reply

    No, Steve, I don’t think they are - to a point. It’s their “illegal” status that is the problem. We need thes people, but refuse to face that fact. We abuse these people, and in doing so only further exaserbate wage decline and other problems. We force these people to migrate among drug mules and gangs, making it all the more difficult to stop the bad guys from getting in.

    We have a hypocritical, racist, cannibalistic, self-defeating immigration policy.

    JMJ

  16. By steve on May 27, 2007 | Reply

    I would bet Jersey, that 50-75% of the people washing our cars, working fast food, cleaning our hotels, etc. are illegal.

    Their employers get documentation from these people and they have no idea, no idea whatsoever if it is legit. This is different from some contracter swinging by Home Depot and fillng his pick-up full of day laborers. If they really, truly were to crack down… 50-75% of that menial labor force would be picked up and sent back. And the economies of Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador would collapse because that is where the money goes. All the savings goes there. These people live cheap and save a whole lot. Except for the soccer match on Sundays! :) These guys have the best equipment.

  17. By Lazy Iguana on May 27, 2007 | Reply

    Steve - exactly! We need them, but we all say we do not want em.

    Employers know when they are hiring an illegal. The fake papers are just a CYA tactic. Oh, I did not know Consuela was illegal! I just knew she did not speak English and did not seem to mind working for below minimum wage. And she never complained about working full time but not getting any sick days or paid leave time. And she never said anything about no overtime pay. But I did not know she was here illegally!

    Yea right. Of course they know. Just like contractors know to go to the Home Depot and say Trabajar to fill up the truck with day labor. And the funny thing is that contractor probably has a W sticker on his truck and is party of the “deport all illegals and build a wall with machine gun turrets every 100 feet” crowd. And yet he is creating the very conditions that draws people here.

  18. By steve on May 27, 2007 | Reply

    Lazy…

    Hey… I wasn’t saying these people we’re getting paid below minimum wage. In fact, I bet the bulk of them get paid more. In San Francisco, the minimum wage is 9.12 an hour plus benefits which is audited often by the city.

    The contractor is a whole other sad issue which happens. I am talking about the “legit” ones who make up to 12 bucks an hour.

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