In these trying times for conservatives in Washington, you'd think the last thing the Bush administration might do is send up yet another crony/diversity nominee to fill a sensitive post. But Aguirre's proposed replacement, Emilio T. Gonzalez, is just such an embarrassment. He appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee recently and was endorsed by two Florida Republicans -- Sen. Mel Martinez and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who said Gonzalez would "bring an understanding of national security and my own personal immigration experience to bear."
Gonzalez is a Cuban refugee who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 4, achieved the American dream, and served honorably in the Army for 26 years. This makes him a remarkable success story. It does not make him a good candidate to head the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency in a time of war.
Scouring his resume, one finds no immigration law expertise whatsoever outside his personal experience.
No indication that he has any clue about how to curtail rampant asylum fraud.
No indication that he has any idea how to deal with those massive numbers of visa overstayers and immigration benefit fraudsters, let alone root out terrorist operatives among them.
And no indication that he would have the ability or willingness to ensure that the millions of "guest workers" under Bush's proposed amnesty plan would be competently screened, registered and deported after their "guest" terms are up.
Zip. Nada. None.
This has been the Bush plan on immigration enforcement and border security:
Recruit the clueless. Reward the failures. Those who abide by the law lose. The con artists, the criminals, the ideological border saboteurs and the terrorists win.