As usual, Bush shoves it down our throats while giving us the soapy finger of a Temporary Guest Work program. Michelle Malkin correctly points out that there is nothing "temporary" about allowing a flood of unskilled labor into your country. Just imagine 5 years from now when Jose and his family of 5 are asked to leave the country because Jose's Guest Worker pass is expired. Some reporter for ABC News will interview a tearful Juanita, who will say that Jose can't be deported because 3 of their 4 babies were born in the US and are now citizens. Juanita will go on to say (with the help of a spanish interpretor) that Jose's landscaping job and their welfare LINK card were the only thing supporting them. A grave and serious reporter will face the camera and ask, "How can you send this hardworking father, husband and immigrant back to his native country?" The media will have a field day over this. There is no such thing (realistically) as a temporary worker plan. In a Zogby poll, only 13% of Americans are in favor of Bush's "No Illegal Left Behind" plan.
Unintentional laugh line: Most illegal aliens "live in the shadows of our society."
~ Michelle Malkin
What about the costs to us? The Washington Times estimates that within 20 years, this guest worker plan will allow almost 200 million more people (most unskilled) into our country. The burden on the taxpayers will be high and unbearable.
The guest worker program will bring 325,000 workers into the US every year. Again, mostly unskilled.
The Senate immigration reform bill would allow for up to 193 million new legal immigrants -- a number greater than 60 percent of the current U.S. population -- in the next 20 years, according to a study released yesterday.
Anyway you look at it, this Guest Worker plan is an abomination. And while the President of Mexico is upset that we are stationing our military at the border to help the Border Patrol agents do a more effective job, Vicente Fox doesn't have a problem using Mexican Army Regulars patroling the Mexico/Guatemala border to keep Guatemalan immigrants from coming across. Doesn't it seem like more and more Mexico is dictating US immigration policy? WTF?!?!?!!?!?
Don't think that turning to the Democrats in the fall is the answer either - they're even more clueless.
UPDATE: I'm pissed.