Well, you heard the speech. The question is, which parts do you find credible?
They are going to send six thousand National Guard troops to the borders — not for interdiction or military action. It seems they’re going to train the people already there. Right. Six thousand men and women for how many thousands of miles of borderland?
So who pays the National Guard? The states? I didn’t hear any fiscal relief for the southwestern border states. And they’re going to stay a year to solve a generations-old problem? Why not just be honest, Mr. President. Tell us, “they’re staying till 2008, and then I’m outta here.”
[oops. They are getting some help: “Another way to help during this period of transition is through state and local law enforcement in our border communities. So we will increase federal funding for state and local authorities assisting the Border Patrol on targeted enforcement missions. And we will give state and local authorities the specialized training they need to help federal officers apprehend and detain illegal immigrants.” Still no mention of the other costs, however…]
Someone over at the Corner said he sounded more like Mr. Rogers than Mr. Reagan. I’m afraid so. We need someone leading us who says “we’re finished putting up with your lawlessness. Get out of Dodge or we’ll put you out. Pronto.”
I am tired of statesmanship practiced with the likes of corrupt Mexico. We ought to copy their immigration laws, line for line. For example, these are the people permittted to settle in Mexico, right off their page:
· Scientists & Technicians
· Artists and Sportspeople
Ummm…no peasants? No riff-raff? Oh, right — they’re sending them all northward.
Well, what’s sauce for the goose, etc…Here’s what you need to do/have in order to get your fine self inside the borders of Mexico, per the link above:
Immigrant, Active: – i.e. you do want to acquire permanent residency in Mexico AND work there:
You will need to satisfy the requirements for entry (e.g. professional, sponsored by a company, etc), or be able and prepared to invest at least 40,000 times the minimum daily wage in Mexico City.
Immigrant, Non-Active: – i.e. you do want to acquire permanent residency in Mexico but NOT work there:
If you are of retirement age (50+), and have at least US$1,500 or equivalent income per month, then a Retiree permit will be your easiest route.
If you are not of a retirement age (below 50) and want to live but not work in Mexico, you will need to contact the Mexican Consulate. Provided that you can prove a permanent steady income in line with the regulations, you may be granted an FM3 permit to live in Mexico, which would be eligible for conversion to an FM2 in 5 years. You will need to state what you intend to do there, e.g. early retirement due to health, etc.
Let’s play Immigration By Mexican rules. Remember the email that American Digest validated? Here’s how it goes if you want to get into Mexico:
”I spent five years working in Mexico.
I worked under a tourist visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.
During that six months our Mexican and US Attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a FM3. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara’s [his wife]was the same except hers did not permit her to work.
To apply for the FM3 I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies) of my:
1. Birth certificates for Barbara and me.
2. Marriage certificate.
3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.
4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.
5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.
6. A letter from The ST. Louis Chief of Police indicating I had no arrest record in the US and no outstanding warrants and was “a citizen in good standing.”
7. Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our “I am the greatest person on earth” letter. It was fun to write.
All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.
Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about five hours accompanied by a Mexican attorney touring Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times. At each location (and we remember at least four locations) we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences.
We could not protest any of the government’s actions or we would be committing a felony.
We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and gratuities to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by US customs in Loredo Texas. This meant we rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid.
We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law.
We were required to get a Mexican drivers license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and finger print equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our US license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was never give a policeman your license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back.
We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The company’s Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty legal size pages annually.
The FM 3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.
Leaving the country meant turning in the FM 3 and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs.”
I want immigrations laws like Mexico’s. I don’t want the President’s half-measures. I want citizen arrests. I want lots and lots of money paid to our government for any Mexican who wants to live here. I want what agri-business and people who hire servants don’t want: an austere immigration policy that says we respect our own sovereignty and we respect those we hire to work for us.
Will that be tough on the poor Mexicans? Initially, yes. But it may literally kill Vicente Fox as his country implodes and the corruption currently holding that cesspit together finally blows.
UPDATE: “In From the Cold” calls the speech ‘tepid’. In a post entitled Boots on the Ground, he says in part:
…the “boots on the ground” coalition won’t apply the same principle to securing our southern border. President Bush’s tepid plan to assign 5,000 National Guard members to border duties (on a temporary basis) has been met with predictable “concerns” [from Senator Hagel] about our over-stretched military, and calls to further strengthen the Border Patrol, rather than deploy military personnel…
Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I do seem to recall something about ensuring domestic tranquility and providing for the common defense in the preamble to the Constitution. And, given the chaos that exists along our southern border, some sort of military presence seems essential to satisfy those constitutional requirements. But folks like Senator Hagel would prefer to spend a few more years recruiting (and training) more Border Patrol agents. By the time we achieve that goal, or more accurately, if we achieve that goal, another 3 or 4 million illegal immigrants will have crossed our borders, and making the crisis even worse.
Hagel’s concerns actually seem premature, since President Bush will apparently propose the use of military personnel in support roles, including surveillance of the border. The work of actually trying to stop the influx of illegals will remain in the hands of overtaxed border patrol agents. In other words, we may have better information on the location and numbers of illegals attempting to enter our country, but we still won’t have the necessary resources to stop them. And this is an improvement?
Hell, no, it’s not an improvement! It’s a stopgap measure as we bleed from every orifice until 2008, when it becomes someone else’s problem.
Let’s face it, President Bush is worn out, and who can blame him? Even Lincoln only had one war to think about. And better advisors, too.