Monday, April 24, 2006

Rounding up 11 million workers?

George Bush speaking in Orange County today said that deporting 11 million undocument workers "is not going to work. It's just not going to work." This he says in the county that gave the world the "Minuteman Project." (I prefer Mike Watt) For their part, they were protesting outside yelling, according to AP, "Go back to Mexico" and "God Bless America." (W. should go back to Mexico?)

The problem with W. going to California is that there aren't very many places there for him to speak without a great deal of opposition; he's even had trouble with Ahhhnold lately. Ironically, this time around he close to go to what would normally be a safe place like the OC, but he ran ran into trouble there with the anti-immigrant types.

Although W. tried to portray his "compassion" towards good hard working people, the more radical elements of his party are having none of it. This is what happens when you try to govern from one tinly sliver of the electorate.

Is deporting 11 million workers really that impossible? Knight/Ridder reported yeaterday that:

"Two federal agencies keep to themselves a mountain of evidence that investigators could use to indict the nation's burgeoning workforce of illegal immigrants and the firms that employ them."

J.D. Hayworth, for one, thinks it could be done. "If the government bothered to look, it could find abundant evidence of illegal aliens gaming our system and the unscrupulous employers who are aiding and abetting them," he said.

Of course, since the IRS and the Social Security system can keep tabs on the estimated 7 million workers who are illegal, why couldn't they just issue temporary Green Cards and encourage undocumented workers to sign up for legal status?


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