Part of President Bush's address today was this;
In Washington, we are in the midst of an important discussion about immigration. Our current immigration system is in need of reform. We need a system where our laws are respected. We need a system that meets the legitimate needs of our economy. And we need a system that treats people with dignity and helps newcomers assimilate into our society.
The system can only treat people with dignity if we have laws that are enforced. This requires that we not only make it possible for non-lawbreaking immigrants to easily immigrate and assimilate into society (while being encouraged to keep their ethnic traditions, by the way), but that we make it much more difficult than it currently is for gang members, drug dealers, and other miscreants from planting their cancers in our society.
I cannot believe that President Bush is serious about immigration reform for several reasons:
1. Strategic Partnership for Prosperity opens a gigantic hole in our border and will make our security problem even worse.
2. Border patrol agents are being hamstrung in their duties. Two agents languish in prison for simply doing their job. They remain unpardoned by President Bush.
3. The southern border fence that was approved by Congress will not be built.
Gangs like MS-13 are having a field day crossing our borders and trafficking in drugs. Some towns in Texas, California, etc. have become sanctuaries for such criminals.
The only way that both Americans and American immigrants can be treated with dignity is if we have good immigration laws. We don't have that right now. President Bush, if he were serious about healthy immigration, would admit the specific problems that we have and suggest ways to fix them. Instead, his actions, tacit and specific, are making the problem worse.