Remember immigration reform? The Bush administration said if comprehensive reform wasn’t passed that included a path to citizenship for illegals, nothing would get done.
There are signs that the administration remains unserious about doing what needs to be done to curtail illegal immigration. While some stepped-up enforcement of existing laws is being pursued – such as going after employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens – the administration is pulling back half the National Guard soldiers it had stationed along the border. Those troops have contributed to a slowing of the illegal tide.
The Border Patrol has sent a memo to its officers, asking for volunteers with experience in construction to help finish the 70 miles of fence promised by the end of next month. The fence needs to be along the entire border, but 70 miles is better than nothing. And they’d better build it quickly in case a Democratic president is elected and in 2009 stops the process in favor of importing more voters for that party.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.