The National Council of La Raza has expressed optimistic support for the guest worker Amnesty for millions of illegal aliens that President Bush wants to push through Congress this year:
"If we do this right, it should be historic," said Cecilia Munoz, vice president of the National Council of La Raza, a large and influential Hispanic civil rights group.
"You can see the coalition that's prepared to support it," she said. "The religious community of multiple denominations, a variety of ethnic constituencies in the United States, the civil rights community, the business community and the labor community ... the only people keeping this from happening are people doing the fear-mongering.
La Raza literally means "the race," but euphmistically means an "ethnic consitutency," apparently.
Bush says the plan would improve national security by creating an orderly immigration process that identifies people working in this country and letting border enforcement agents focus on finding drug traffickers and possible terrorists.
But Tancredo and other House conservatives -- including Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee -- are staunchly opposed to any measure that would give legal status to immigrants who broke the law by sneaking into the United States.
"The minute you do that, you have created amnesty," said Tancredo. In addition, he said, Bush's plan would be unfair to millions of people who are waiting to enter the country legally.
"We shouldn't tell them they're all suckers," he said.
To borrow a pet phrase of President Bush: "suckers don't stop at the Rio Grande. "
The House members are trying to crack down on illegal immigration. A Sensenbrenner bill that would tighten asylum laws and bar states from granting drivers licenses to illegal aliens is expected to pass the House as soon as this week.
They claim popular support, citing opinion polls showing that Americans are increasingly concerned about illegal immigration and want the government to stem the flow.
And in a nod to their power, backers of Bush's bill shun the word amnesty, talking instead of "legalization" or "regularization."
Anyone who sincerely believes that legalizing millions of illegal aliens isn't Amnesty is being played for a sucker by the Bush Administration.