The vote to build the fence passed in the Senate today: They voted 83-16 in favor of construction of the fence and 500 miles of vehicle barriers.
But lest you think it went unremarked, here is Senator Dick Durbin’s thoughts on the matter:
He said if the proposal passed, “our relationship with Mexico would come down to a barrier between our two countries.”
Make that Senator Dick “Duh” Durbin. Reducing our contact with Mexico to a fence means that El Presidente will know we have a spine. And he may have to clean up his act instead of living off the remittances of poor Mexicans. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Yeah! Let’s get moving on reducing our relationship with Mexico to a fence. A wall of iron topped off with spikes and barbed wire.
There has been much discussion of El Presidente Jorge Boosh’s reasons for his emphatic support of our invasion-oriented friends from the south. Let us let the man speak for himself that we me judge him accordingly:
Miami, Florida, August 25, 2000:
“We are now one of the largest Spanish-speaking nations in the world. We’re a major source of Latin music, journalism and culture.
Just go to Miami, or San Antonio, Los Angeles, Chicago or West New York, New Jersey … and close your eyes and listen. You could just as easily be in Santo Domingo or Santiago, or San Miguel de Allende.
For years our nation has debated this change — some have praised it and others have resented it. By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America.”
– George Bush
You see, Senor Bush, unlike the unwashed masses, was not raised on peanut butter sandwiches and TV dinners. He, being a very privileged individual, has a very different view of our Mexican compatriots. A rather uninformed upper-class view. One that romanticizes the common folk. And like all politicians he will never have to live with the consequences of his own actions — that’s for others to do.
Commence the fence building with all haste.
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the adventuress said…
The fence won’t matter a bit if the Senate’s “guest worker” and “path to legalization” bill passes. It will bring more than 100 million Latin Americans legally into the US through family reunification. They will be able to vote themselves welfare benefits at our expense, and then, when the welfare runs out and we’re completely ruined, be able to vote themselves a nice little Hugo Chavez-type Communist “revolution.”
We will cease to exist as a nation, and as a First World economy. It will be every man for himself as the brutal, inefficient and violent Latin American culture takes hold in the US. See the drug gang riots in Brazil for more info, or the slaughtering of young Mexican women along our border “for sport” by Mexican drug gangs.
Georgie Ann Geyer chillingly lays out our “future” if this bill passes:
Senate Bill Would Perpetuate Immigration Disaster
5/18/2006 8:49 AM
Don’t forget the 6 feet wide ,6 foot deep , 500 mile long ditch . . . . now . . . what do we put at the bottom . . . ?
To be slightly contrarian, I’m not in favor of a fence. Here’s why:
First, walling off a problem has never worked in long run, historically. The Israelis are slowly finding this out as the Palestinians adapt to it with different weapons and new strategies.
Second,if El Presidente Bush and his pals get their way,it will not matter one iota in terms of solving the problem. All it will do is spend a lot of taxpayer dollars that could be more effectively used to deal with the problem at hand.
Third, I have very mixed emotions about the idea of a `border fence’ here in America. Call me paranoid, but I remember the Berlin Wall.
How’s this for a solution:
Fences don’t work. Not in the long run. I’d prefer drones, technology and more boots on the ground, just because this is a post 9/11 world.
Deportation is not particularly necessary either..we merely have to do the following:
A)make it impossible for illegal aliens to work by legislating draconian penalties on employers, using both ICE and the IRS to enforce compliance. A $250,000 fine per occurance and mandatory jail time after a third occurance ought to do it. Remember that the IRS already knows where half of these people are, because of mismatched SS #s.
B) Legislate English as the official language of the US, and ban utilizing ballots, driver’s license tests and government documents in any other language.
c) Forbid anyone without proper documentation from sending money out of the USA
d) End policies like `anchor babies’ and deny government benefits to illegal aliens.
e) Establish a set number of temporary residency permits to be provided for illegal aliens who
1) apply within 30 days
2) pass background checks and have no criminal record
3) show evidence of assimilation like English fluency,
4)are not on public assistance and employed at a job a qualified American cannot be found for
5) are prepared to earn citizenship by serving in the US military.
There would be no automatic qualification guidelines, only a one time set number of such permits would be issued and only issued for 30 days; after that time, automatic deportation. And unlike the sham of the president’s `temporary guest worker’the people we accept under this would be people we expect to stay and become part of the US.
The giant sucking sound you hear would be the vast underclass of corporate America’s indentured Hispanic servants melting towards the border..and the ones who we decided we didn’t want here for various reasons would find it almost impossible to stay.
The ones who we allowed to stay would have a renewed committment to America.
And the incentive for further waves of illegal immigration would be gone.
The Isrtaeli fence was successful precisely because it forced the palestinians to adopt new tactics. They can’t walk in to Haifa or Tel Aviv with a bomb anymore. They have to try and fly them over, or shoot badly designed rocjkets at border towns and villages. Terror attacks on Israel have dropped off to virtually nothing since the wall went up.
And more proof, if proof were needed: the UK has a natural “wall” in the form of its coast. Being an island always made immigration easy to check in this country, at least until we were forced to adopt a continental style immigration policy. On the continent, large land borders make border-checks virtually impossible, so a great deal of their immigration policy is caried out internally using ID cards and other internal monitoring. This is the model we’re forced to use now, sans ID cards, which is why the government is desperately trying to introduce them. Immigration is no longer carried out at entry points, and it’s been a disaster for our economy. If this country re-adopted its natural “wall” and carried out suitable immigration checks at known entry points rather than waiting for people to enter the country before processing them, immigration wouldn’t be a problem.
Walls work. Walls combined with your ideas might just work even better.
GWB is a Latinophile and has been for most of his adult life. I also am starting to believe that he is an adherent of the world-without-borders philosophy.
Being strong on terrorism requires being strong on national sovereignty.
GWB has let down those who voted for him–and I’m one of those voters.
Being a Chicagoan, I’m used to Dick Durbin’s stupid remarks already. He’s the Democrat that makes that party look more and more moonbattier with every syllable uttered.
One of the 16 Senators to vote no on this amendment was Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey. His republican opponent will be Tom Kean, Jr., who has actually been emphasizing enforcement of existing laws over guest worker provisions. If Kean makes this vote by Menendez an issue, it could cost Menendez the election.
I too have searched for a justification for Bush’s pro-Mexican policies.
The best I can come up with is that Bush is anti-PRI and hopes to encourage Mexico becoming a normal democracy, much like his policy in Iraq.
Remember that Fox is the first president not from PRI. We would like his successor to also to be from Fox’s party, PAN, and to not see a resurgance of PRI.
This is a sound objective and in the interest of the US. Unfortunately, it comes at a cost to the US citizen in dilution of his and her patrimony – US citizenship – not to mention the financial, criminal, and cultural impacts on OUR society.
Perhaps we can find another way besides remittances from illegal immigrants to help the Mexican people.
We still need a moat.