TLF: Border Agents Slam The Shamnesty Bill

Those on the left talk about people that have "absolute moral authority." Now, that is not supposed to be a big dig at our partisan friends on the left, but simply to show that maybe sometimes that is true. I don’t know about absolute, but I would think that Border Agents would have very high moral authority, eh?

(CNSNews.com) – A group of former Border Patrol agents opposed to comprehensive immigration reform on Monday called the proposal currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate a "travesty," a "sellout" and a "complete betrayal of the nation."

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents (NAFBPA), a group of several hundred retired Border Patrol agents and immigration officials, released its analysis of the Senate’s compromise bill, which has President Bush’s support but has been widely criticized by conservatives as being too lenient on illegal immigrants.

Hugh Brien, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol from 1986 to 1989, called the bill a "slap in the face to the millions of legal immigrants." Brien, who legally emigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1953, helped unveil the group’s alternative to the Senate bill.

Like many of the bill’s conservative opponents, NAFBPA refers to the Senate proposal as "amnesty."

You tell me: moral authority? The people whose jobs it were to protect the border.

Now, I have a saying, which quite a few of you probably use, too: if I do not have a better idea, I will not criticize you. I reckon the former agents know that one, too

The NAFBPA has a plan of its own that opposes "amnesty" and supports tougher sanctions for employers who hire illegal immigrants because "jobs are the primary factor drawing aliens illegally to our country."

The group supports a temporary worker program but would require that employers prove there are no Americans willing to do the job.

Unfortunately, a good chunk of Senators, and the President, people who always seem to forget they are elected to listen to the People and do their best for the People, have their own (unpopular) ideas.

Interestingly, it seems that the bill would fail spectacularly in stopping illegal immigration (from Confederate Yankee via Captain Ed)

(Washington Times) The Senate’s immigration bill will only reduce illegal immigration by about 25 percent a year, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report, Stephen Dinan will report Tuesday in The Washington Times.

And in a blow to President Bush’s timetable, the CBO said the "triggers" — setting up the verification system, deploying 20,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents to duty and constructing hundreds of miles of fencing and vehicle barriers — won’t be met until 2010.

Those triggers must be met before the temporary worker program could begin, and Mr. Bush had hoped to have them completed about the time he leaves office in January 2009.

But passing the bill will make the Senate Critters feel good, and look good in the eyes of illegals who would become voters.

President Bush always says he would rather be right then popular. Cheney said they were elected to do a job, not to be popular. In this case, looks like they and quite a few Senators are wrong and unpopular.

Moral authority.

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