2006 August 02 Wednesday
Bush Ups Immigration Law Enforcement As Ploy

We can not trust the President of the United States. Jorge W. Bush feels pressured to pretend that he wants immigration laws strictly enforced.

CINCINNATI, July 30 — Immigration agents had prepared a nasty surprise for the Garcia Labor Company, a temporary worker contractor, when they moved against it on charges of hiring illegal immigrants. They brought a 40-count federal indictment, part of a new nationwide strategy by immigration officials to clamp down on employers of illegal immigrant laborers.

Bush thinks he has a better chance of getting what he wants from Congress on immigration if the US government carries out some high profile immigration law enforcement prosecutions.

The White House is hoping the increased enforcement will strengthen Mr. Bush’s hand in the battle over immigration reform, Homeland Security Department officials said, by pre-empting House Republicans who are pressing a bill they passed in December that centers on enforcement and border security but does not provide a way for illegal immigrants to become legal.

The Bush Administration spent its early years in office gutting what was left of immigration enforcement.

For years, workplace raids were a low priority for immigration authorities. Testifying in June before a Senate immigration subcommittee, Richard M. Stana, a director in the Government Accountability Office, reported that civil fine notices issued to employers dropped to 3 in 2003, from 417 in 1999.


While the old immigration agency brought 25 criminal charges against employers in 2002, this year Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already made 445 criminal arrests of employers, officials said. Some 2,700 immigrant workers were caught up in those operations, and most were deported, the officials said.

Bush continued a trend toward decreased enforcement that started back in the mid 1990s. Now he's pursuing an enforcement policy that he personally does not like. Why? He hopes that by temporarily pretending that he wants to enforce immgration laws he can get Congress to pass a massive amnesty and guest worker program.

We need a very tough enforcement-only immigration bill from Congress. Both Congress and Bush will quickly backslide and oppose enforcement once the amnesty people get what they want. Our elites can not be trusted.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 August 02 09:55 PM  Immigration Law Enforcement

Wolf-Dog said at August 2, 2006 10:46 PM:

What do the Republicans gain from increasing the number and percentage of uneducated low income immigrants who are condemned to poverty? Clearly, such immigrants would be far more likelly to vote for the Democrats, and in the long run, this would not help the Republican Party...

The only reason I can see for this method Bush is using, might be the housing industry, so that by causing the population of the United States to explode, Bush might sustain the high real estate prices in the long run. And perhaps, by increasing the population of the United States, maybe the Republicans are hoping to maintain a more aggressive posture against future strategic competitors and newly emerging superpowers.

But outside the two speculative ideas above, I do not see why the Republicans would invite a large group of immigrants who will vote for the Democrats.

Any explanations?

D Flinchum said at August 3, 2006 6:53 AM:

Cheap labor that will drive down US wages for a start. And it's working. Wages for all but a thin layer at the top are stagnant or falling. Even in construction work, with the largest house-building boom in US history.

I read recently that over 125,000 letters went out from the US government telling employers that they have employees with invalid SS numbers. They send such letters at least yearly. Some, of course, are honest mistakes. Many, however, are not. GWB et al have had years of prime targets for strict enforcement: the many businesses that have had large numbers of bad SSN's repeatedly. This new zeal of enforcing employment laws is a staged production.

FightHardOrGetOut said at August 3, 2006 11:49 AM:

"What do the Republicans gain from increasing the number and percentage of uneducated low income immigrants"

It is shocking that after millions of words published on the subject, there are still uninformed out there.

Cheap labor is demanded by farming, hospitality, restaurtant and construction industries. These industries are major supporters of Repubs. Repubs are happy to oblige.

Cheap labor is also demanded and gotten by high tech industry even though they are mostly Dems supporters.

It makes Repubs elites feel good about themselves as they have proven to the world they are not racists.

Full impact of today's immigration on election results will be felt in 10-20 years, most of current Repub pols will be retired by then. Do you really believe Pols care about anything outside of their immediate interests?

Repubs talked themselve into believing immigration frauds about Hispanics being naturally compatible with Repubs values, whatever those values are. Steve Sailer mathematically has proved that Jorge Bush received about 32-34% of Hispanic vote in 2004, very close to average Repub gets. Yet, every Repub open border fraud cites 40%, the number media pulled out of their ass. Of course, even that means 60% voted for Kerry.
Repub capacity for self-delusion is not to be underestimated.

Dems have a much more honest and straight-forward game. They want to import as many clients for welfare state as possible in the knowledge that welfare clients will vote Dems virtually forever.

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