Skip to comments.Krauthammer: Good Intentions Not Enough To Secure Border
Posted on 05/18/2006 9:29:03 PM PDT by RWR8189
WASHINGTON -- I do not doubt the president's sincerity in wanting to humanize and regularize the lives of America's 11 million illegal aliens.
But good intentions are not enough. For decades, the well-traveled road from the Mexican border to the barrios of Los Angeles has been paved with such intentions. They begat the misguided immigration policy that created the crisis that necessitated the speech that purports to offer, finally, the ``comprehensive'' solution.
Hardly. The critical element -- border enforcement -- is farcical.
President Bush promises to increase the number of border agents. That was promised in the Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty legislation in 1986. The result was 11 million new illegals.
The president himself boasted about having already increased the number of border guards by one-third under his administration. Yet he acknowledges in the same speech that we do not have the border under control -- "full control,'' as he comically put it. The president's new solution? Increase the number of border guards again, by half this time.
Everyone knows that anything short of enough border guards to do Hands Across America from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean won't do a thing to eliminate illegal immigration.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
Krauthammer should go back to the DU and join Moveon.
The tower would be facing Mexico.
I'm glad to see Krauthammer taking a far more sober position on this issue than some of his fellow Fox News (so-called) conservative analysts (Kristol and Barnes, specifically).
I don't know where you're coming from but you seem to be about 180 degrees out of phase with what I read in this article.
They're not America's illegal aliens...They're (mostly) Mexico's illegal aliens that are sqatting here.
This is the salient point in a nutshell.
Yeah, I remember saying the same thing about the House's 700 mile border wall. :-)
You really DO sound like an IDIOT!
I wonder if the guys shown on the website below are some of those 11 million? Take a look, hold your nose, and realize that it's coming to your neighborhood soon.
Hmm. The way I read this Charles thinks a Lie was told in that speech. I said the same and it wasn't responded to well. Guess Charles must be out of line too? ;-)
He nails it when he references it isn't only conservatives unhappy that have been the focus of the address. This affects black Americans, union workers, and middle and poor America unfavorably. Everyone except the elites, businesses making money off cheap labor, and the illegals. Though in reality all are hurt by the Senate's/admin's proposal. They just don't have the sense to realize it.
I concur with his points about a wall and increased enforcement. I vehemently disagree with his point about legalization. Way too many pundits are presenting the situation in all or nothing terms! Here's my point: if you build a wall, expand the border patrol, implement a nationwide, biometric based tracking system, and clamp down on businesses that hire illegals, you will turn the tide the other direction. Remove or greatly reduce the incentives for them to come, and they will stop coming. You don't have to find and deport all of them. You catch who you can and create a inhospitable environment for the rest. Shoot, you could even offer an amnesty...one that says we won't prosecute you if you get yourself back across the border within a certain period of time.
The problem is, too many of our leaders, including President Bush, want to be nice guys. Judeo-Christian ethics may be well and good on a personal level, but we are talking about a nation and the rule of law. Does anyone here think for one instant that legalizing the illegals will solve the problem? Our leaders apparently have no problem offering the proverbial carrot, but they don't have a clue when it comes time to use the stick!
IMO, it confirms his Independence from lobbyists for this policy.
Yes, he affirms some support for the GWP, but with an understanding of the harmful precedent doing so without first securement of the border. A precdent other Presidents woul then copy, while more continue to abuse our laws realizing there will be no consequence.
Kruat has encapulated my ambivalence and frustration, about our President, on this issue, as well as some others, of less importance. Bush is living in a dream world, on this issue. He is not serious, in the sense that he is not being practical. Bush needs to take a cold shower.
Poor Charles. He is supposedly a conservative, so he must write a column critical of the illegal invasion. But, he most definitely is not part of the right-wing rabble. So he writes the column critical of Bush, but adds this paragraph so his peers know he is not one of, well....them.
Charles gives it away all too often that he is an out of touch Beltway elitist who has sneering contempt for conservatives. We need merely recall his infamous Mel Gibson Passion column for proof.
Kraut lives in the real world. Pity, so many others, live elsewhere.
Yes, I fully agree Charles lives in the real world.
You're an idiot.
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