The Bush Administration has apparently been caught off guard by the Mexican government's recent release of a comic book guide for illegal aliens that explained how to successfully break American immigration law.
While the outrage that officials of a North American government would encourage illegal aliens is understandable, the sense of surprise is not.
Three months ago, in the Third Presidential Debate of the 2004 campaign, President George W. Bush made this startling comment about illegal aliens in response to a question by Bob Schieffer:
Many people are coming to this country for economic reasons. They're coming here to work. If you can make 50 cents in the heart of Mexico, for example, or make $5 here in America, $5.15, you're going to come here if you're worth your salt, if you want to put food on the table for your families. And that's what's happening.
That's mighty high praise for foreign nationals salty enough to break a number of America's immigration laws against entry, employment, and often document fraud. A wag at Rolling Stone wrote: "It wouldn't be a Bush debate without a couple of Bushisms." Of course, as he explained in the debate, the President's plans to legalize millions of illegal aliens are for America's own good:
And so in order to take pressure off the borders, in order to make the borders more secure, I believe there ought to be a temporary worker card that allows a willing worker and a willing employer to mate up, so long as there's not an American willing to do that job, to join up in order to be able to fulfill the employers' needs.
"Allows a willing worker and a willing employer to mate up?"
Well, it's not as though this is a new meme with the President:
"I do believe, though, that when we find willing employer and willing employee, we ought to match the two."
President Bush - July 26, 2001
"I propose a new temporary worker program that will match willing foreign workers with willing American employers, when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs."
President Bush - January 7, 2004
"So I proposed reforms that will match willing foreign workers with willing American employers when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs."
President Bush - July 8, 2004
The President is using the same rhetoric after September 11th that he was using before the terrorist attack that took over 3,000 American lives. At least seven of those terrorists, by the way, were aided by illegal aliens and illegal-friendly laws in obtaining the identification they used to board the doomed airplanes the jihadists turned into weapons of mass terror.
This raises the question, "which willing workers and willing employers?"
Fortunately the President has consistently supplied the answer:
"I have constantly said that we need to have a immigration policy that helps match any willing employer with any willing employee."
President Bush - December 15, 2003
You read the President correctly: "match any willing employer with any willing employee."
After the President's final meeting with Senator Kerry, James Pinkerton wrote: "Take note, blue-collar America: Part of Bush's vision for the future of the labor force is an endless supply of newcomers delighted to make the minimum wage. "
To remove all possible doubt that the President was talking about illegal aliens in the saltworthy segment of the debate, he continued:
That has the benefit of making sure our employers aren't breaking the law as they try to fill their workforce needs. It makes sure that the people coming across the border are humanely treated, that they're not kept in the shadows of our society, that they're able to go back and forth to see their families. See, the card, it'll have a period of time attached to it.
Steve Sailer observed: "Presumably, Mexicans who don't violate our immigration laws aren't worth their salt in the President's eyes."
Among the things President Bush believes an illegal alien's salt is worth is American citizenship:
I don't think we ought to reward illegal behavior. There are plenty of people standing in line to become a citizen. And we ought not to crowd these people ahead of them in line.
If they want to become a citizen, they can stand in line, too.
To say that illegals won't be rewarded but can get citizenship, the President has to speak out of both sides of his mouth, then in one of Hugh Hewitt's ears, and out the other.
Unless President Bush believes that American citizenship is worthless, then it is more than a reward, it is the Holy Grail for illegal aliens who have broken American immigration laws.