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Another misstep on immigration
Dec. 27, 2003 12:00 AM
President Bush now proposes to give illegal aliens legal status, but this will do nothing to improve our national security.
In fact, it would take years and years to do background checks on the estimated 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens who could be eligible for amnesty. An illegal alien who was amnestied in 1986, after all, later masterminded the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
Any guest-worker program leading to legal status for illegal aliens is an amnesty and threatens homeland security by encouraging more illegal immigration. Every time an elected official talks about the possibility of granting amnesty to illegal aliens, it says to would-be illegal aliens that they had better get into the United States while the getting is good.
Bush's program would reward people who have cheated the system with permanent residence. This country is based on the rule of law; it should not be manipulated by people who have cheated their way to the front of the line.
The current recovery from economic recession is unique in post-World War II recoveries in that it comes without any benefit for American workers - just more offshore job outsourcing, low-paying jobs and an accompanying decline in the nation's standard of living. This new guest-worker program may match any willing employer with any willing worker, but for American workers this means being displaced by cheap foreign labor and declining wages and working conditions for those fortunate enough to find or keep a job.
Rusty Childress, Phoenix