Maybe he expected the president's attitude to be: "No problem, Kerik. Since the nanny has a job, I'll just give her a guest-worker permit, and in three years she can get it renewed and then have permanent residency."
When Bush speaks of a "willing employer" and a "willing worker," he never talks about the wage the employer is willing to pay or the wage the worker is willing to accept. There are billions of non-Americans who are willing to work for Third World wages and, as the Bernard Kerik case proves. There are U.S. multimillionaires who would rather enjoy the cheap labor provided by illegal immigrants than pay the wages Americans expect.
The way Bush steamrollered the intelligence bill through Congress in December 2004, demanding that the House abandon its sensible provisions for border security, indicates that he might be willing to split the Republican Party in order to carry out his promise to Fox.
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., emerged as a hero from the legislative battle because he fought to include strong border security and a prohibition against granting drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, finally saying that the failure to include this "will keep Americans unnecessarily at risk."
It was dishonest of the media and the pro-open-borders senators to try to pit Sensenbrenner against the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations. In fact, the commission's final report came out strongly in favor of clamping down on border security and drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants.
The commission report said: "It is elemental to border security to know who is coming into the country. ... At many entry points to vulnerable facilities, including gates for boarding aircraft, sources of identification are the last opportunity to ensure that people are who they say they are and to check whether they are terrorists."
Even though the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers' drivers' licenses enabled them to travel freely throughout America like U.S. citizens with easy access to vehicles and buildings, all the time concealing their terrorist designs, the senators and the White House irrationally maintained that drivers' licenses should be available to illegal immigrants. Since Rep. Sensenbrenner's courageous stand forced these issues onto the national news, we hope Congress will deal with the problem of illegal immigrants in January 2005.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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