I missed the live broadcast of the president’s speech tonight, but I just watched a replay on C-SPAN. You may wish to read the transcript of the speech. President Bush spelled out a 5 point plan for immigration reform, and he hit the nail on the head on each point. Bravo Mr. President!
The most controversial issue regarding immigration is what to do with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already in the country. Many feel we should deport them all. We absolutely have the right to do that. They are here illegallly, they are breaking the law, and we have the power and the legal right to deport them. However, that’s just not practical. You can’t round up 12 million people and send them home. That would be a logistical nightmare.
We’re in a strange spot, and the only way out is to allow each side to save face. Illegal immigrants must admit that they are here illegally, that they are committing a crime, which according to Webster makes them criminals. Therefore, they need to be willing to do more than what legal immigrants have done to become citizens (i.e. pay fines, etc).
The United States needs to realize that this problem was created by us. We allowed the immigrants in. We have been lax in patroling our borders. This is our problem to solve. Therefore, we need to be willing to cut a bit of slack to those who we allowed into the country while looking the other way.
So, what do we do? Well, we offer illegal immigrants a way to gain legal status and put their illegal days behind them. We absolutely do not offer amnesty! No way. That would be a slap in the face of my ancestors who came here legally from Belgium, Norway and France. Most illegal immigrants, while they are breaking the law by just being here, are good hard-working people. And the United States of America will be a better country, a stronger country, by having them here as legal citizens.
I’m avoiding a regurgitation of President Bush’s words here. If you want to know more details about exactly how I feel we should handle the current illegal immigrants, just read point four in the speech. He took the words right out of my mouth.
The other points of his speech are also quite crutial, and very well laid out.
Immediately after the speech, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, gave the Democratic response. What a joke. He just had to find something bad to say. He starts by saying that Bush’s plan deploys too many National Guard troops to the border. He actually said, “far too many details have been left out.” Far too many? What the heck do you want in a prime time presidential speech? Certainly not the details, I just want to know the president’s intentions, and that’s exactly what I got.
Hey democrats, that guy is your assistant minority leader in the senate. You might want to start looking for someone else with a bit more sense.
I’m glad the president spoke tonight. And I’m glad he agrees with me 100%. Now let’s get to work!