June 14, 2007


Security Is Focus of Revised Effort on Immigration (ROBERT PEAR, 6/14/07, NY Times)

The White House and senators from both parties mapped out possible changes in a comprehensive immigration bill on Wednesday, so they could better portray it as a way to bolster national security rather than to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

The changes would include a guarantee of several billion dollars for tougher border security and law enforcement and would allow the government to take more time before granting work permits to illegal immigrants who seek legal status. [...]

Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who was haggling with senators over possible amendments, said: “This is a national security bill. We are fixing a national security problem.”

Mr. Gutierrez said the bill would eliminate a threat to national security that arises because “we have millions of people working in our country, and we don’t know who they are.”

Despite the proposed changes and the effort to promote the bill as part of the war on terrorism, the provision that has generated the most criticism from conservative Republicans — a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants — remains.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 14, 2007 8:19 AM

Arachnophilia con ceso - can't beat it.

Posted by: Luciferous at June 14, 2007 10:58 AM

Bush et al would have saved themselves some trouble had they taken the national security tack to begin with.

Posted by: AWW at June 14, 2007 11:14 AM

No, they wouldn't. The Right needed a pyrrhic victory so that when they folded they could claim they forced important changes. The Wahoo of the species requires red meat.

Posted by: oj at June 14, 2007 11:54 AM

They are just wrapping the same old bill in a different package. This is just to appease the American citizens and they think we will buy it. NOT!!!!

Posted by: ijricha at June 14, 2007 2:42 PM