Chertoff Still Doesn’t Get It on Immigration

15 08 2007

Cross posted from   The Virtuous Republic

On Wednesday, Homeland Security Director Chertoff, at the very same conference that the Director of National Intelligence said that China’s military buildup was mostly defensive and that China’s economy would grow larger than that of the U.S., had this to say on immigration:

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he hopes Congress will soon revisit immigration reform for economic reasons.

Chertoff told a border-security conference in El Paso, Texas, that his department was now faced with having to enforce immigration laws that not only pull resources away from dealing with security threats but also have a negative impact on agriculture and other economic sectors that have become dependent on illegal migrant labor.

“I’m still hopeful that it may be revisited,” he said of the immigration bill, which died in the Senate this year.

“In the long run, we all know that this problem has to be tackled comprehensively,” he said, by creating a channel for those who want to come to the country for work to do so legally.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security found itself facing “a need to pursue people coming here (illegally) to work, taking time away from (pursuing people) who are coming here to do us harm” like drug smugglers and terrorists.

Chertoff said he does not necessarily expect another vast comprehensive immigration package like the stalled reform bill. “It may take a couple of bites to digest,” he said.

But in the meantime his department and other federal agencies “had no choice” but to enforce existing laws, with consequences that will be “quite serious for some sectors” of the U.S. economy, like farming.

Where do you start? Obviously Chertoff was not humbled by the groundswell of opposition against the amnesty bill. Now instead of some grand compromise, he hopes that the amnesty strategy will be passed piecemeal, so as not to raise the dander of us silly and highly excitable natives.

Next, he says that by enforcing immigration laws, manpower is taken away from security issues. Can we just call that a steaming pile of buffalo chips? Since when did the border patrol deal with terrorists? Isn’t that the job of the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and the military?

Then, he goes on to say that we (meaning those opposed to immigration) are forcing the DHS to “pursue” people coming to work here illegally versus “pursuing” those coming here to do us harm. Holy Mary! Apparently Secretary Chertoff is ignorant of the crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Here is a sample of crimes committed by those just coming here to work.

Additionally, he says his department “had no choice” but to enforce the law. Funny, you weren’t enforcing it until Americans stood up to Bush-Kennedy Amnesty Bill for Illegal Immigrants this summer. The gall of this man. He had no choice, because the restless natives were at the gate with pitchforks and torches, demanding that the law be enforced.

Finally, he keeps arguing that this crackdown on illegal immigration–or as we like to call it, the ‘enforcement of the law’–will hurt business. More horse manure. Business and farmers have been addicted to cheap labor and have broken American law for years and they have been abetted by a government that looked the other way at their criminal behavior–why yes, hiring illegal immigrants is a crime. Business will adapt. They will pay prevailing wages and guess what, American citizens will do the job or they will invest in labor saving technologies.

Someone in the White House needs to set Chertoff straight. Quit whining. Open borders and amnesty lost. You must enforce the law. We don’t care if you don’t like it. Do your job, enforce our immigration laws or resign.



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