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Bloviating Zeppelin: Timing In the Immigration Issue -- And What About H5N1?

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Timing In the Immigration Issue -- And What About H5N1?


The New York Times and Associated Press reported yesterday:

President Bush vowed on Tuesday to get tough on illegal immigrants even as he urged Congress to adopt a temporary-worker program that would allow some to remain in the United States for as long as six years.


"We're going to get control of our borders," Mr. Bush said in the White House East Room just before signing a $32 billion domestic security bill that has big increases for the Border Patrol, including money for 1,000 new agents and improved technology. "We'll make this country safer for all our citizens."


Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department aims without exception to expel all those who enter the United States illegally. "Our goal at DHS (Homeland Security) is to completely eliminate the 'catch and release' enforcement problem, and return every single illegal entrant, no exceptions.


"It should be possible to achieve significant and measurable progress to this end in less than a year," Chertoff told a Senate hearing.


Thousands of "Mexicans who are caught entering the United States illegally are returned immediately to Mexico. But other parts of the system have nearly collapsed under the weight of numbers. The problem is especially severe for non-Mexicans apprehended at the southwest border," Chertoff explained.


"Today, a non-Mexican illegal immigrant caught trying to enter the United States across the southwest border has an 80 percent chance of being released immediately because we lack the holding facilities," he added.


"Through a comprehensive approach, we are moving to end this 'catch and release' style of border enforcement by reengineering our detention and removal process." Chertoff's remarks in favor of returning "every illegal entrant, no exceptions" appeared to conflict directly with the US policy toward illegal Cuban migrants.


Though Cubans picked up at sea are returned to their country, those who reach US soil by air, sea or ground are allowed to stay and work -- a fact Cuba says encourages dangerous illegal emigration attempts. Mr. Bush added, "If somebody is here illegally, we've got to do everything we can to find them." Once illegal immigrants are caught, he said, they must be "returned to their home countries as soon as possible."

Mr. Bush's words, among his most insistent on illegal immigrants to date, were intended to calm conservatives upset at his temporary-worker plan, which a number of Republicans view as an amnesty program. Mr. Bush first proposed the plan in January 2004, but it has run into resistance.


In a renewed effort to win support, the White House is now emphasizing the border enforcement part of the plan, but at the same time insisting that enforcement can work only as a part of what Mr. Bush on Tuesday called "a larger, comprehensive immigration reform program."



The timing of this re-focus on immigration issues by the Bush Administration coincides with the overall noise in the blogosphere (myself included) and other fronts (National Review) about the Harriet Miers nomination, and appears to be something of a conciliatory measure to reassure the more conservative base that the president has not abandoned his core.

I have no problem with a temporary worker program; it can be changed and amended when desired. Physically, there is no way to "expel" all those illegal aliens present in the country. The holding facilities and courts sufficient to handle the numbers simply don't exist. Vetting each person entering the country from this point out (or doing our best to do so) and buttressing our borders is a step in the right direction.

In addition, the avian H5N1 flu will impact how we conduct our immigration business as well. It's not a matter of if but when the bird flu arrives in the US, and when it converts from the avian population to the human population. LAX, which moves 10,000 persons a day, is already making plans to take 1,600 passengers at a time and move them to detention centers for a 4 to 10 day flu quarantine.

More on the avian flu issue later -- the potential hazard here is staggering -- perhaps not unlike the 1918 flu pandemic.

4 Comments:

Blogger bigwhitehat said...

I think Bush quit listening to someone, woke up, and remembered who he is and where he is from.

Bush needs to grab the immigration bull by the gonads. The future of the conservative movement is at stake.

Immigration alone could let a Perot type independent split the vote.

Wed Oct 19, 08:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

10 19 05

Great post BloZep:
Mr. BigWhiteHat has a point except just because he has said the words doesn't mean he will abide by them. What does his plan say about anchor babies, you know the ones born on US soil to illegals? What does he say about illegals getting crazy loans to buy a home without a valid social security number? And lastly, how in tarnation are we gonna handle the flu pandemic. Yeah Blo Zep it is evolving. I think they found a medication that treats it; but hopefully it won't have the fast rate of mutation as other viruses do (GOD truly fobid that!)

Wed Oct 19, 09:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

The immigration issue is huge on three fronts: first, that it is illegal and costs taxpayers so incredibly much money; second, regarding the terrorist issue and entering the country to carry out attacks; third, the H5N1 issue and, for that matter, the TB and hepatitis issue. In Sacramento county, where I work, it is known but concealed that almost 3/4 of all Asian immigrants are infected with TB -- much less a mutating avian flu -- which is already responsible for 60 deaths in Asia. I first thought the avian flu concern to be wildly overblown; now it's got my full attention.

There is, bottom line, no way we can stop H5N1 from entering the US. We can only hope it does not make the species jump.

In the broader context, the Hat is right: Mr. Bush needs to throttle the issue NOW.

Wed Oct 19, 01:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

10 20 05

Blo Zep:
I totally agree. What I wanna know is how and what can the President do to "throttle this issue?" I am so scared about the avian flu. And one of my Lao Buddies in High School had to miss a month of school because he had TB. For some reason this is always quiet. I don't know what we can do about illegals and some of them work hard, but others just do dirt. The ones who do dirt are scary because of their potential, as you mentioned with terrorists etc. So I guess I will pray, meditate seriously think about this stuf. Meanwhile, the husband and I packed our backpacks with some water, first aid and ready soups. Shucks! Oh, you know someone saw a pic of me from a guest post I did. So to be fair, here is the link to the pic and the guest post. :)

http://mrigmaiden.blogspot.com/2005/10/me-near-bogainvillea-sorta-sick-but.html


http://www.dellgines.com/?p=310

Thu Oct 20, 03:21:00 PM PDT  

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