Skip to comments.BUSH'S OPEN-BORDERS NOMINEES (Michelle Malkin shines light upon Alberto Gonzales and Mike Johanns)
Posted on 01/17/2005 2:12:17 AM PST by Stoat
BUSH'S OPEN-BORDERS NOMINEES
By Michelle Malkin · January 17, 2005 04:40 AM
We all know about Bernard Kerik's withdrawal in the wake of his disclosure that he had hired an illegal alien nanny. But two other Bush choices--AG nominee Al Gonzales and Agriculture Secretary nominee Mike Johanns --have far worse records on immigration enforcement.
SEN. KENNEDY: Thank you.
So Gonzales agrees with Kennedy that state and local law enforcement officials should neither enforce immigration law nor cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
As I noted two years ago ("The Lesson of Lee Malvo's Fingerprint"), it was cooperation between Bellingham, Wash., police detective Al Jensen and Border Patrol agents Keith Olson and Raymond Ruiz that led to the capture of snipers Lee Malvo and John Muhammed. If Gonzales had his way--that is, if Bellingham police officials had been prohibited from contacting federal immigration authorities--Malvo and Muhammed would probably still be on the loose today.
By the way, it's not clear that the Heritage Foundation is still on Sen. Kennedy's side on this issue. The latest edition of its guidebook, Mandate for Leadership, contains this passage:
In the normal course of criminal investigations, state and local law enforcement should neither ignore immigration law nor hesitate to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Section 287(g) of the INA provides adequate authority for state and local enforcement to investigate, detain, and arrest aliens on civil and criminal grounds. An existing Section 287(g) pilot program with the State of Florida could serve as a national model. Congress should appropriate funds for the DHS to expand Section 287(g) initiatives, the DHS should encourage other states to adopt programs based on the Florida model, and states should use the Florida initiative as a model for expanding their own domestic counterterrorism programs and improving cooperation with federal authorities.
Like Gonzales, Bush's choice for Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, has a dismal record on immigration enforcement. While Governor of Nebraska, he protected large meatpacking and agricultural interests in his state who employ thousands of illegal immigrants, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR):
During 1998 and 1999, the Immigration and Naturalization Service launched a campaign known as Operation Vanguard in which they conducted audits of Nebraska meatpacking plant personnel files. The operation successfully drove-off many illegal aliens who were employed in these processing plants. Gov. Johanns, who has accepted large campaign contributions from large agri-businesses (2002 Campaign Finance Statement), stepped in on behalf of these contributors and pressured the U.S. Department of Justice to end these enforcement efforts.
Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies commented on this incident a couple of years ago in this National Review Online piece:
[Operation Vanguard], launched in late 1998, focused on all the meat-packing plants in Nebraska (instead of raiding one and letting the others benefit from the disruption of their competitor). Rather than breaking in the doors, the INS simply subpoenaed the companies' personnel records, which they took back to the office and verified. The INS then asked to interview those employees who appeared to be unauthorized and the illegals ran off. The procedure was remarkably successful, and was meant to be repeated every two or three months until the plants were weaned from their dependence on illegal labor.
So there we have it. A nominee who reportedly hired one illegal alien is forced to withdraw, while two nominees who oppose immigration enforcement as a matter of policy have the full backing of the Bush administration.
¿Comprende? Me neither.
I don't get it either. But to be fair, President Bush has never tried to hide the fact he agrees with the Open Borders Lobby's agenda. And its reflected in the people he nominated to Justice And Agriculture.
The reason Michelle is up so early is that she has a 6:00 am appearance on Fox & Friends thsi morning to talk about the Bush inauguration.
That puts Jorge Dos out of touch with his constituents.
We put Jorge Dos in office and this is how he pays us back.
If Gonzalez is or was a member of La RAZA, he is unfit for that office.
We will have to fight Jorge Dos through the COngress.
Agreed -- WE will have to MOTIVATE our Congressclowns to look out for US and oppose W as he tries to 'take care of' his $upporter$.
NO to Gonzales! Let's let our homeboys know we don't want this illegal sympathizer.
Michelle Malkin needs to be placed in charged of our borders.
"If Gonzalez is or was a member of La RAZA, he is unfit for that office."
Did you know Dick Armey and Bob Barr two of the Republican party's staunchest Conservatives are members of the ACLU?
Membership doesn't always indicate agreement with policies and philosphy.
If you continue to post these Photos of Michelle Malkin I won't be able to gather my thoughts to respond. I'll just walk around dreamy eyed all day.
If Gonzales was or is a Member of "La Raza " he is unfit for public office .
One of the Mottos of "La Raza" is " for the Race Everything for others Nothing".
There is no one to blame for this but Bush who is very adamant about creating open Borders for Mexico.
All his nominees will follow his orders in lockstep or they will leave office.
Bush is a One Worlder, and he is starting with Mexico against the wishes of about 85% of the American Taxpayers who will continue to bear the burden of this wrongheaded policy.
Thanks again Michele for pointing out and exposing the obvious! Good to have Michele on our side. But what can be done about this? Bush will get this nominations, Bush wants illegals infiltrating our Country and he is President.
The U.S. House is the only one of the two branches you'll have any luck with. The Presidency and the U.S. Senate are lost causes on the subject of immigration reform of any meaningful kind as they both support open borders at any cost.
The President is turning out to be another East Coast liberal Republican. I guess it may come from vacationing at the elder President Bush's place on Martha's Vineyard. What's next,one of the twins becoming engaged to a Kennedy?
Hillary has already begun to stake out an anti-illegal immigrant posture.
W is going to hand the White House and the Congress to the liberals in 08 by turning his back on those who put him in office.
Maybe the libs were right and he is just a dumbass.
"They might be undocumented aliens, but otherwise lawful citizens."
They are neither "lawful" or "citizens".
we are WORLD CITIZENS NOW HUH?
Malkin is one of the few high-profile conservatives out there taking the right stance on this issue.
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