It didn’t take long for President Bush to betray those who returned him to office for another four years.

The first big insult to his base came this week when he moved to resurrect his ugly plan to relax rules against illegal immigration – as if they weren’t relaxed enough.

Bush reportedly met privately in the Oval Office with Sen. John McCain to discuss re-igniting his badly misguided initiative to grant legal status to millions of immigrants who broke the law to enter the United States.

McCain is one of the Senate’s most outspoken supporters of expanding guest-worker programs and has introduced his own bill to offer a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants – in other words, another amnesty program like those that have failed so badly in the past.

It’s time for the American people to rise up, once again, and denounce this plan as vociferously as possible – not just to defeat it, but to put a stake through its heart once and for all.

The leader in Congress on this issue is Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who characterized Bush’s plan for what it is:

An amnesty by any other name is still an amnesty, regardless of what the White House wants to call it. Their amnesty plan was dead on arrival when they sent it to the Congress in January, and if they send the same pig with lipstick back to Congress next January, it will suffer the same fate.

Let’s hope he is right. But, more importantly, let’s be sure he is right by lending him the nationwide support he needs to ensure defeat of this dangerous proposal.

Why dangerous? Because this nation is at war. It is an unconventional war waged by monsters who have in the past used our lax immigration policies to attack us here at home – and they are certain to do so again.

As astonishing as it is to believe, U.S. borders actually became more porous following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks and the incorporation of immigration enforcement agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.

It should surprise no one that illegal immigration into the U.S. has accelerated in the last year, since Bush proposed a temporary worker program that amounts to a limited amnesty program that would allow millions to remain in the U.S. legally.

In the coming 12 months, some 3 million more illegal aliens will enter the country – “enough to fill 22,000 Boeing 737-700 airliners, or 60 flights every day for a year.” According to Time magazine, this year’s influx of illegal aliens is the largest wave since 2001, and illegal immigration now represents triple the number of immigrants who enter the country legally.

While new security procedures guard our airports from illegal entry, thousands of aliens walk across or drive across the Mexican border with impunity every day.

The illegal immigrants include a growing number of people categorized as “other than Mexicans,” including many from nations with populations hostile to the United States – Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran and Iraq.

Americans overwhelmingly want to crack down on illegal immigration, but the government elite don’t seem to want to fix the problem. Even those caught violating the border multiple times are not punished, according to the report.

Besides the security nightmare this invasion creates, illegal immigration is driving up the cost of living for American citizens and making our communities less safe.

Why does this trend continue without any real national debate? Why are our laws ignored not only by the criminal invaders but by our elected officials? Why do both political parties pretend there is no problem?

The response from the American people should be this:

  • Let’s try enforcing the old laws before we pass any new ones.

  • Let’s try beefing up the Border Patrol.

  • Let’s try pressuring the companies hiring these illegal aliens to hire legal Americans.

  • Let’s try denying taxpayer-supported social services to lawbreakers.

  • Let’s try deportations.

  • Let’s try enforcing criminal laws against illegal aliens just as we prosecute American citizens.

  • Let’s encourage states and local governments to cooperate with immigration to uproot the illegals – especially those who continue to break the law.

  • Let’s try putting the National Guard at our borders.

  • Let’s try bringing home more than 100,000 American troops currently guarding Germany from some unknown threat and place those troops where they can make a difference – protecting America from an ongoing invasion.

Maybe the president, living in his ivory tower, doesn’t realize the effects this national plague is having on ordinary Americans. It’s about time he heard from us.

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