August 1, 2005


GOP courts consensus on border policy: Party hopes to mend its own rift while reconciling U.S. labor and security demands (SAMANTHA LEVINE, 7/31/2005, Houston Chronicle)

Over the past few weeks, Bush has enlisted Republicans such as former House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Dallas to build a lobbying machine made up of corporations and activist groups that will try to win over lawmakers when the president decides on a specific reform bill.

Senior White House adviser Karl Rove has begun meeting with key lawmakers, such as GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who have introduced immigration measures.

"We have really just begun some of the intensive consultations with members of Congress about moving forward on a comprehensive piece of legislation," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "It's critical that any reform address border security, enforcement and the economic reality of demand for willing workers."

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has said Congress should think about passing separate bills, one dealing with enforcement against illegal immigration and another creating a guest-worker program.

Shadegg and Republican leaders, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., want to finish work on the immigration issue this year.

It's an ambitious schedule: Specter's panel will be busy this fall with Supreme Court confirmation proceedings and, more importantly, the majority party is still badly split on what approach to take.

"It doesn't look like the stars are properly aligned for any type of compromise at the present time," conceded House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican who takes a hard line on illegal immigration and whose committee would have jurisdiction over any legislation.

Rule 1 of the Bush Administration: the quieter these guys are the more likely they're at work.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 1, 2005 9:50 AM

I'l bet GWB knows this:

"[...]But chances are that there will be a substantial decrease in illegal immigration from Mexico in the next 20 years, and it won't be because of civilian border patrols, laws being passed, pronouncements by politicians, or as some would like, "building a wall on the border." Instead, the cause will be demographic trends within Mexico itself, trends that have been largely ignored in the debate over immigration.

Mexico's population growth rate has dropped by more than 50 percent during the last five decades, according to the United Nations. The annual growth rate has declined from approximately 3 percent in 1960 to 1.3 percent today. And it is expected to continue to fall in the first decades of the 21st century; by 2050..."
Matthew Dowd NYT, 08/01/05

Posted by: Genecis at August 1, 2005 10:56 AM

Arlen Specter and the Senate Judiciary Committee will be done with Judge Roberts by Sept. 23 at the latest. That leaves them with 3 months to work on these immigration proposals. Specter may be dying, but the schedule ain't crowded.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 1, 2005 3:27 PM

"Mexico's population growth rate has dropped by more than 50 percent during the last five decades, according to the United Nations."

That's what happens when the pregnant ladies skip across the border to give birth to "Americans".

Nice crop of kids too by the way...

""For too long, these gangs have gone unchecked _ flouting all laws and demonstrating a blatant disregard for public safety," Chertoff said in announcing the arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. ICE is an arm of the Homeland Security Department.

Investigators targeted members in 27 states of what they considered to be the most violent street gangs, including Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13; Surenos; the 18th Street Gang; Latin Kings; the Mexican Mafia; Border Brothers; Brown Pride and numerous others.

Many of the arrests came in large urban areas, including 61 in Boston, 28 in Denver, and 23 each in Los Angeles and Detroit. But even smaller cities have been infiltrated by the gangs, the arrests showed, including 42 in Birmingham, Ala., and one each in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and North Platte, Neb."

Posted by: NC3 at August 1, 2005 4:10 PM

If the Administration is smart, they'll include Tom Tancredo in the discussions on all that.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at August 1, 2005 8:52 PM