Skip to comments.Mexico's Act of War
Posted on 04/14/2005 8:42:25 AM PDT by churchillbuff
What would you call it if a neighboring country used its military forces to escort illegal border crossers, including drug-runners, to border areas known to be less secure?
I'd call it an act of war.
And that's what the Mexican government stands accused of doing this week not just by the Minuteman Project President Bush derides as a "vigilante" movement, but by Border Patrol officers and elected U.S. officials.
President Bush still has a little time to save face though it is slipping away quickly.
He can change directions, admit that the Mexican border poses the No. 1 national security threat to the United States and take definitive action to secure it, or he can face the almost certain risk of a major terrorist attack on this country with the border providing the entry point.
There are simply no other choices for Bush.
The "cheap labor" argument no longer holds water not when we are squandering billions on ineffectual homeland security provisions that are rendered meaningless by the openness of the border.
Members of the president's own party in Congress are the whistleblowers on this latest outrage. He can't blame partisan politics. The president's support on every other issue of importance to his administration depends on a quick reversal of his misguided border policies.
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, had some harsh but appropriate words for Bush's blindness to the border threat:
The president of Mexico is threatening to sue any member of the Minuteman who have contact with a Mexican national, threatening to take the U.S. into the International Court of Justice at the Hague over the passage of Prop 200 in Arizona, and is providing transportation to Mexican nationals trying to sneak into the U.S. ... One could say he is acting in the best interest of his nation. Isn't it unfortunate we cannot say the same thing about President Bush?
Border Patrol sources say the Mexican army recently moved about 1,000 troops to the Agua Prieta region, just south of where the Minutemen are. These troops, the sources say, are diverting all of the illegal alien and drug-smuggling traffic away from the Minutemen.
Only dramatic action by Bush can save his presidency from disgrace.
He needs to place troops on the border to supplement Border Patrol agents. He needs to support congressional efforts to hire 10,000 more Border Patrol agents over the next five years. And he needs to work with Congress on a bill to seal the entire Mexican border with a security fence.
Those should be the minimal conditions Congress requires even for discussion of the president's misguided call for a "guest-worker" amnesty program.
Even if the nation were not facing an imminent threat from cross-border terrorism, this would be the only responsible course of action. But today, after what Americans witnessed Sept. 11, 2001, we all recognize the next attack could be far worse.
It's time for Bush to admit he was wrong that he made a mistake, that he miscalculated the threat the open border represents.
Yes, he will open himself to criticism by those who will never support him. But he can still win back the tens of millions of responsible Americans who only want what is best for this country.
Time is running out for the Bush administration and the future of his party.
If Republicans don't provide Americans with an alternative and responsible immigration and border policy, the party will go the way of the Whigs and the Bull Moose Party.
The clock is ticking and the bomb that will doom the Republicans and destroy the Bush legacy and kill untold numbers of Americans could go off at any moment.
"The clock is ticking and the bomb that will doom the Republicans and destroy the Bush legacy and kill untold numbers of Americans could go off at any moment."
The sad part is the fact that the democrats are just as much at fault but they won't be the ones to take a fall.
It's expected that the Democrats will try to drill holes in our collective boat. We elect Republicans to fill those holes. If they refuse to do so, why vote for them?
Ping the pingers
"We elect Republicans to fill those holes. If they refuse to do so, why vote for them?"
I guess it's because my only other choice are the hole drillers.
May be Joe Farah should give President Bush the exact time like 8 days, 4 hous, and 32 minutes. (sarcasm).
Joe Farah is a Buchananite bitter loser who made all types of wrong predictions and analysis and this another one of them.
Do you think Bush was smart and correct to call the Minute Men "vigilantes"?
That's gonna leave a mark!
Americans are fed up with being legally forced to fund the destruction of our own country while the US government and it's skirt-hanging political subdivisions play patty cake with each other!
And once again, back to your true agenda.
Apparently we have a co president named Vincente Arafat who's too busy promising one thing and doing the opposite and our true president doesn't want to rock the boat.
It's also time to b---h-slap his friend Fox and tell him to tend to his own countries problems instead of exporting them here and telling us how to handle them.
Me too! This has got to be President Bush's biggest mistake. I pray he realize this error before it is too late.
Step 1: Lock down our Southern Border.
Step 2: Introduce HUGE fines for employing illegal aliens.
Step 3: Forbid the granting of citizenship to children born of people here illegally.
Step 4: Round up illegals by whatever means necessary and expell them. Do not allow access to driver licenses, healthcare, welfare, food stamps or any public program, except for a one way trip home.
Step 5: Expand, as appropriate, legal immigration AFTER the current crop has assimilated. No one who has ever been deported can legally immigrate.
The sad thing is we don't have any who will try to stop it. Pres. Bush won'ty try to fix it nor is there anyone in his cabinet who will try as well. Rove tore into Tancredo for bringing up the issue of loose borders. It would be nice to see the Repubs. start acting like Repubs again(communism bad, protect borders, fiscal respon). If a Demoncat in 08 goes to the right of the Republicans they can win.
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