The Tar Pit

Monday, January 24, 2005

Americans doing the job Congress won't do

There are more signs that Americans are growing impatient with lax attitude of America's political elites toward illegal aliens.

Jerry Seper reports in the Washington Times:

A retired California businessman has 240 volunteers ready for a 30-day aerial and ground surveillance campaign on the Arizona-Mexico border to highlight what he calls the government's failure to control illegal immigration.


Billed as "Americans doing the job Congress won't do," the project -- which will begin April 1 -- is intended to showcase inadequate border- and immigration-enforcement policies by the U.S. government, Mr. Gilchrist said.

Congress and President Bush are whistling in the dark if they think they can railroad their Amnesties of illegal aliens past the American people. "Americans doing the job Congress won't do" is another evidence of what former Bush speechwriter David Frum observed last month in GOP, You Are Warned

"I was on the conservative talk-radio circuit promoting a book when the president's plan was first proposed last January. Everywhere I went, the phones lit up with calls from outraged listeners who wanted to talk about little else. Every host I asked agreed: They had not seen such a sudden, spontaneous, and unanimous explosion of wrath from their callers in years..."

Amnesty can't extinguish that wrath, it can only stoke it.

Politicians who want to avert the wrath should listen to folks like James Gilchrist:

"We're looking for this nation to again be guided by the rule of law, not a nation ruled by an endless mob of illegal aliens streaming across our borders like a tsunami, a culture shock that someday -- perhaps soon -- we will have neither the manpower nor the will to stop," [Gilchrist] said.

Does anyone else remember those heady days of Impeachment, when the GOP was the Party of the Rule of Law, or at least when they did a better job of pretending they were, before President Bush made it fashionable for Republicans like McCain, Hatch, Flake, Craig, Kolbe, Cannon, Cornyn and Hagel to dream up new ways to offer Amnesty to illegal aliens, while insisting that legalizing illegals isn't really Amnesty?

In the '90s, Bill Clinton tried to redefine "is" and "sex." Today President Bush redefines Amnesty.

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, whose jurisdiction includes the targeted border areas, has met with project leaders and understands their desire to highlight border and immigration enforcement efforts, but warned that the volunteers have to act within the law.

"I have no doubt these are well-intentioned and good-hearted people who have recognized a just cause in securing and protecting our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration," Sheriff Dever said. "But their methods and their intentions should not and cannot manifest themselves in illegal ways."

Yet the good hearted people that President Bush sees when he looks at America's southern border are illegal aliens.

Sheriff Dever said he also warned the leaders of the potential for conflict with alien smugglers, who seek to operate under the "cloak of concealment" but could become a real threat if confronted.

"They are willing to violently challenge law enforcement personnel, so I assure you they'll take on anybody. The potential for violence is very real, and I issued all the cautions I possibly could," he said.

Yet these smugglers, the coyotes, are funded by illegal aliens and their employers, the very people that President Bush and many members of Congress want to reward with one form of Amnesty or another.

If "good-hearted" users of illegal drugs are morally culpable for the violence and murders of the organized criminal enterprises they help fund, why does President Bush put the interests of those who subsidize the coyotes above the interests of the American people?

Mr. Gilchrist said all Minuteman Project volunteers underwent a screening process before they were accepted to weed out those "with bad intentions." He said it would be "a true disaster and an embarrassment for this mission to fail because we didn't attract the right people."

"We don't want the guys in white sheets and hoods, the militants or the supremacists. Many of the applicants were told thanks, but no thanks," he said. "In the end, I believe we will bring serious media and political attention to the shameful fact that 21st century minutemen/women have to help secure U.S. borders because the government refuses to provide the manpower and funding required to do so."

Looks like Gilchrist was more cautious with his associations than Congressman Chris Cannon (R-Utah), whose still proudly lists the endorsements of MALDEF, La Raza, and the Southern Poverty Law Center for their endorsements of his AgJOBS Amnesty for illegal aliens.

Yet Cannon is just the type of pro-Amnesty, pro-illegal alien Congressman who isn't interested in doing his job to uphold the rule of law. Instead, he'd rather pretend that legalizing illegal aliens isn't Amnesty, while sneering at those opposed to Amnesty as "anti-immigration," "simplistic," and "restrictionist."

Almost noon, showdown soon: average Americans vs. the apologists for Amnesty and illegal aliens.

Get the feathers, I've got the tar.