President Bush's immigration speech and aftermath

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I can't type fast enough to "live blog" but I will be posting some comments, then some links and, after Jack Bauer kicks a whole bunch of butt, a bunch of updates. Also, probably full audio later on.

"We are a nation of laws and we must enforce our laws."


"Comprehensive immigration reform."


Bush has added "9,000 to 12,000 agents."

Hmm. My skeptical side is emerging.

"Technologically advanced border..."

Hmm. What needs to be so technologically advanced about a friggin' tall fence?

"Guard will assist the Border Patrol..." hauling water, picking up the trash, and directing traffic.

"Mexico is our neighbor and our friend."

Well, one out of two ain't bad.

"This practice called catch and release is unacceptable..."

Yes. Thanks for the insight.

"Temporary workers must return to their country after their stay...a temporary worker program would add to our security..."

Say what?

"It is neither wise nor realistic to round up millions of people..."

How about just fining the hell out of employers who hire illegal aliens, then?

"We must honor the great American tradition of the melting pot..."

Perhaps, the past is not always the best guide to the future...but he is using the word "assimilate" - that's good.

"Congress can pass a comprehensive bill for me to sign into law...we cannot build a unified country by inciting people to anger...every human being has dignity and value no matter what their citizenship papers say..."

Not the ones I saw protesting the past month and a half, with their flags and t-shirts and claims they already own North America and Americans are interlopers.

Now, the Fox All Stars weigh in:

Kristol: "You have to have comprehensive immigration reform."

From the yahoos, Bill, I send you a big bag of cowpie.

Barnes: "If he just wanted to win over his base, he would have done enforcement only...but that wouldn't have won over the Senate."

The Senate, I discern, is on the "other side" of this issue from me.

And now from the rest of the Fox News team:

O'Reilly: "The president was smart in not trying to be the macho guy...but tonight is a good night for America."

I actually agree with Bill on immigration most of the time - not on some other issues - but I think he's a little too sanguine tonight.

Greta (from the border): "It's amazing how many people are coming across this border."

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT!! Damn, for a Scientologist she does hit the nail on the head once in a while.

UPDATE: Sorry, after watching Jack I was worthless so the further roundup will have to wait for a new post, later in the day, after I get done earning a living.

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Joe -

I think we're on the same side on this one. In my opinion, here's what Bush is trying to do here:

He knows that his amnesty plan has zero chance of passing the House, but he also knows that when the PUSA makes noises about amnesty, millions of immigrants flood the border. Bush is trying to lure millions across the border. That's his ultimate goal, here.

Bush is a free market guy and his advisors are free market capitalists. They want cheap labor and they're willing to pull stunts like this to get it.

I agree with you VC, 100%. The "enforcement" talk is lip service. Some good writers wrote a portion of the speech; Tony Snow, I am guessing, had only a small window.

Fed Up In Nova said:

Please hit the slideshow button.

Bush talks so kind of these people. When he said tonight that we all saw the people marching in support of them I almost fell off my chair. How can he think that we are not aware that it was the Illegals themselves marching.

Is he trying to convince the rest of the world that the citizens of this country went to the streets and marched for the illegals? Come on!

It was a split-the-middle kind of speech, that's for sure. The president is reflexively pro-immigration and especially from Mexico - it's the way he was raised. His good intentions are sort of blinding him to the scale of the influx. That, or the greed for cheap labor.

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man said:

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Puft, good to have you back.

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