Cal  Thomas
President Bush’s Monday night immigration address to the nation might have been more convincing had it come before political pressure from his conservative base made it appear his motives might be suspect.

In February, 2005, the president signed into law a bill that was supposed to add ten thousand new border patrol agents along America’s border with Mexico. But the president’s 2006 budget funded only 210 new agents. Budget restraints were cited for the drastic cutback in funding.

Now the president is asking Congress for money to hire between nine and twelve thousand new agents. He would also deploy National Guard troops to “backup” the border patrol.

Throughout his address, the president kept referring to the immigrants and their rights and desires. What about those of us born in America, or who legally immigrated to this country? Do we have a right to preserve the nation the way it was handed down to us, with our English language, our culture and our loyalty to America first with no agenda other than this country?

There is more to the immigration issue than the president revealed in his speech. The bill under consideration by the Senate runs to 614 pages. With a document that long, there is bound to be some hidden mischief. According to Robert Rector, senior policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation, the Senate bill would allow up to 193 million new legal immigrants into the United States in the next twenty years. Such a staggering number comprises 60 percent of the current U.S. population. Is our economy so strong and our national identity so weak that we could successfully absorb so many immigrants in so short a period if time, or at any time?

The rapid population growth would come not only from new immigrants, but from their family members who would also be part of the deal. Since their families are generally larger than ours (due not only to our decision to have fewer children, but also because of abortion which has claimed the lives of more than 40 million unborn American children in the last three decades) their population would overwhelm what we have here now.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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