Predictions on Immigration Speech

May 15, 2006

Tonight our 29% approval rating president will address the nation on the topic of illegal immigration. Here are my predictions:

1. He will raise the specter of terrorism even though the logical connection between illegal immigration from Mexico and Islamic terrorism is dubious at best.

2. He will not explain why he refused to fund the 10,000 additional border patrol that the National Intelligence Reform Act called for last year, but now wants to deploy thousands of National Guard personnel to patrol that same border.

3. His “solution” for how to handle the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States will be business-friendly and worker-unfriendly, likely taking the form of a “guest worker program,” i.e., establishing a rotating underclass of non-citizen workers.

4. His guest worker program will be characterized as absolutely necessary to defend your children from being blown up in a terrorist attack.

Okay, I’m just kidding about number four. Pretty much.

UPDATE: Wow, I was wrong. Mr. Bush made a very nice speech that wasn’t divisive or unnecessarily terror-filled. I am by no means sold on his guest worker program for the reasons I have mentioned above, and I still think it’s bitterly ironic that he didn’t fund the border patrol agents last year but sees it as a dire necessity for election year, but he did a nice job and he deserves credit for that. I’m especially impressed with the path to citizenship he laid out for illegal immigrants who already live and work here. Bravo, Mr. Bush. You did something right.

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  1. Scott,
    I think I’d prefer this speech from Al Gore on May 13th Saturday Night Live:

  2. “I still think it’s bitterly ironic that he didn’t fund the border patrol agents last year but sees it as a dire necessity for election year”

    The funding is already in place for the National Guard just as it is EACH AND EVERY YEAR.
    if they had to find funding for 10,000 additional border agents at an annual average pay of 45,000 dollars http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos160.htm#earnings, that is an additional
    $450,000,000 in ADDITIONAL funding.
    But by using the National guard, where the average wage is say 25,000 and is already funded, the Government DOES NOT need to come up with the extra money.

    And yes Scott I do know that this was posted elsewhere today, however I reposted it on the outside chance that you and I ARE NOT the only readers of this blog

  3. I hear you. Post away. I just want to reiterate that the non-funding of border patrol agents last year and the deployment of national guard units this year isn’t Bush being a “smart shopper”; it’s him not caring last year, and caring this year for political reasons.

  4. Yeah.. I was confused.. It actually sounded like he may have made *gasp* sense!?!


  5. I’m with you on this one, Scott. I was also pleasantly surprised with the president’s speech.

  6. Well I didn’t see the speech, but he did manage to make both sides of the debate unhappy, which for a devisive issue is usually a very good sign that you’ve got the right approach.

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