Bush to Address Nation - 700 mile US Canal
Bush to Address Nation on Immigration - New York Times:
The president has tacitly acknowledged the political problems swirling around immigration. "I know this is an emotional debate," Mr. Bush said last month in Orange County, Calif. "I can understand it's emotional, but one thing we cannot lose sight of is that we're talking about human beings, decent human beings."Okay... since when did lawbreakers become decent human beings? A decent human being follows the laws of the land where they were born, or where they wish to emmigrate.
I had high hopes for President Bush and his stand on US Immigration policy but his stance over the past few months have left a lingering, sour taste. IMHO, President Bush is painting with a 4 inch brush when he needed only a camel's hair brush!
Broad, sweeping terms - caching illegal immigrants under the very broad swath of "decent human beings" - is an attempt to soften the viewpoint of your average American. It is a veiled attempt to tug on your heart but it fails miserably.
Start with the "decent human beings" known as "coyotes". Sure, tell me these folks are just trying to raise money as best they can; charging thousands of dollars to "lead" anyone into the US illegally then disappearing in the Sonoran desert. Once back across the border, the coyote readys his next herd of illegals for the journey.
How about the "decent human beings" like gang members, drug runners, rapists, murders and just plain old thieves? Do they really fall under the broad stroke of "decent human beings"?
And again - since "when" did a decent human being enter a nation illegally and do everything possible to remain hidden? Or return again, and again - and likely, again, until they disappeared into the "fabric" of this nation?
Are they a stain?
Folks - DECENT human beings follow the law. They do NOT jump ahead in the line at amusement parks, movie theatres, ticket offices or immigration. They do NOT utilize emergency services in lieu of paying for medical services. They do NOT enroll their children brought illegally into a nation into that nation's public school system. Furthermore, decent human beings do NOT send those children on to college within a nation for which they have no legal right to reside.
President Bush's comments this coming Sunday will likely be another attempt to tug at your heart, to get you to see things "his way". He may even try to convince us he is "standing tough", that "his proposals are NOT amnesty" and once again, that he is talking about "decent human beings".
It goes way beyond what you think it is all about folks. The Catholic Church is heavily invested into this (as I wrote about weeks ago), many large corporations are into it (watch what happens not only to the obvious issue but more importantly, the H1B changes which will be stuffed into any immigration reform) and your own tax dollars are going to take a huge hit.
Immigration can't stay on top of the 3-4 million legal applicants the US receives each year; how do you think they'll deal with an additional 20 million?
20 million? Yes, I'm telling you here and now the numbers you are hearing are low; purposely so. After all - 14 is much less than 20, right?
What will you think/do if the actual number pushes towards 30 MILLION?
A Better Solution:
On another blog of mine I suggested an alternative to a 700+ mile wall. My suggestion? A 700+ mile long CANAL.
A canal?!? YES, a canal. Call it the Pacatl Canal (or the Regan Canal or whatever you will). And make it huge - say a half mile or mile across. Why so huge?
A wide canal would be harder to cross than a fence. A deep canal would permit all types of US military and civilian watercraft to patrol it. Commercially it makes great sense as we could then charge tariffs for the shortcut. And our largest military vessels could move easily between US coastlines.
Can you see Arizona with a sea port? I can! THINK of the possibilities!
Ultimately, it makes great sense politically too, as long as we build it within OUR border, because then we would ALWAYS have a shortcut between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans - no worry about political upheaval in a Latin-America country blocking our ships. Our aircraft carriers and their escorts could easily traverse the new American Canal.
Laugh now while you can - it COULD be done and it COULD solve unresolvable problems and issues. As to wildlife concerns, birds could fly across the canal. There are few migratory animals living along the border so there's little to be concerned about environmental impact.
And when I say build it on our side of the border, I mean OUR side of the border. While a few border towns might object to being completely relocated, with the new definition of "imminent domain", its no longer an issue.
Think of the saltwater fishing available to the once arrid, sea-less lands of Arizona! Murmur in amazement at the desalinization plants placed strategically along the American Canal pumping fresh, potable water into the arrid regions of our desert southwest. Stare in awe at the release of the Colorado River water no longer needed for drinking purposes.
Wow - like, I'm beginning to believe this myself!