May 26, 2006
President Bush may claim many successes at the end of his second term: tax cuts, including the preservation of the capital gains tax cut; federal judges; hopefully the war against terror and the establishment of a free Iraq. But his biggest failure, I think I can safely predict, is immigration.
The senate yesterday passed a so-called “comprehensive” immigration bill. It is amnesty pure and simple for the estimated 12 million illegals in this country. It rewards them for breaking our laws and the border enforcement that accompanies the bill is a joke. Presidential aide Karl Rove has been busy lobbying House Republicans to water down their much tougher immigration bill. That usually means promising them goodies if they will change their vote.
Politicians are trying to buy the votes of Hispanics by selling out the interests of the American people. This is an outrage and those citizens need to not only express themselves to their House members, they need to pay attention to who is voting for open borders and who is not and take it out on those responsible for undermining our country on election day.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.