May 17, 2006
Things are not always as they seem in politics. President Bush’s Monday night speech was no exception. It sounded reasonable – stronger border control and a guest worker program that would allow people to work their way to citizenship -- but there was something missing.
The Washington Times’ Charles Hurt discovered the missing piece. In a report on yesterday’s front page, Hurt noted that the immigration bill now under consideration by the Senate would allow for 193 million new legal immigrants – a number greater than 60 percent of the current u.s. population. Hurt’s story is based on an analysis by the Heritage Foundation which says the substantial increase would occur over the next 20 years if the Senate bill is passed and agreed to by the House.
So many immigrants would forever change the character of our nation. The Senate Bill is 614 pages, which means a lot can be hidden.
There is no constitutional right to come to America. Our forebears built this country and we have sustained it. Why should others be allowed to benefit from it without having paid the price? I tremble for the future of our nation is we don’t control our borders
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.