Immigration is hot button idea

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 9, 2004

Leonard Gray-The Gray Line Tour

President Bush’s plan to deal with illegal immigrant workers is making many people scratch their heads in disbelief, while supporters claim it to be humane and helping homeland security efforts.

Excuse me while I shake the fuzz out of my ears. This is so off the wall, it is mind-boggling.

Bush is saying by documenting illegal Mexican workers, from California to Texas, it eases the burden on the Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security.

All such migrant workers would be documented and carded and they would be allowed to keep their illegally-obtained jobs.

On the other hand, it steals those jobs from taxpaying American citizens, creates a new “slave class” in this nation and still allows potential terrorists into this nation. Does anyone doubt that a terrorist would have no problem coming in under the program, free and easy? After his deed is done, what? We’d take away his card and deport him?

Doesn’t that make you feel safe?

The move appears to be a carrot to hold before Mexican-American citizens to attract their votes, but the idea is not exactly a popular item in Congress.

However, if you are unemployed, it should make you think – whose side is Bush on? And if illegal Mexican workers get this amnesty, who will be next?

Think about it.

LEONARD GRAY is assistant managing editor of L’Observateur and can be called at (985) 652-9545.