Illegal Immigration will be the defining issue after 2004. If Bush continues to ignore the problem after he is re-elected, the Republican party will be torn apart. There are many republicans who are only holding their nose and voting for the party establishment this one last time because they feel obligated not to switch horses mid-stream after 9-11. However, with the WH open in 2008 the pressure and abosolute need to deal with this problem will not be held back any longer.
I agree. If "our" RINOs continue to support Open Borders Uber Alles, what's the point of supporting them?
You are correct. Unfortunately, there are other factors in play.
Senator Orrin Hatch managed to attach his DREAM Act giving reduced tuition to illegals to a critical but unrelated bill, thus avoiding a floor vote.
Senator Craig's AGJOBS bill, which would result in eventual amnesty for up to 3 million illegals (and an effective pardon for their employers for all past transgressions) is headed the same way.
I received an email from NumbersUSA earlier today saying that the White House is pressuring the House of Representatives to remove language from the new 9/11 legislation that would make illegal immigration more difficult. At the time the email was sent, the House Republican leadership was standing firmly against the changes wanted by the White House.
Bush's border policies absolutely stink to high heaven. My biggest fear is that after the election he'll resume with his AMNESTY plan without fear since he won't have to worry about reelection again.
Not only what you said but Bushs stance on and strong advocacy for the massive invasion from the South will cause the Republican party to lose decisive seats in the House for sure and possibly even in the ever growing socialist based Senate. This is becoming a divisive and defining issue with each passing day in rural America. More and more traditional tax paying citizens are starting to connect the dots between this issue and their out of control property taxes that is on the verge of driving them into the poor house and jeopardizing their and their children's future.
I too see a coming split of the Republican party caused by the Bush administration and its ineptness, hard headdress and utter stupidity over these kind of socialist stances. He appears to value the support of the neocons, RINO's and Republican socialist's more than he does the base of his own party. The time to elect Bush to a lame duck term is upon us it seems I'm afraid.