The proposal is a slap in the face and in reality an amnesty, say officers’ union leaders.
Scott Gold and H.G. Reza, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 23
HOUSTON — U.S. Border Patrol agents, charged with enforcing the nation’s border laws, are furious about President Bush’s proposal to create a guest worker program for millions of illegal immigrants, union leaders say.
In interviews this week, nearly three dozen current and former agents across the nation called Bush’s proposal an insult to the thousands of men and women who have devoted their careers to fighting illegal immigration, including wave after wave along the California-Mexico border.
The agents — many of whom otherwise support the White House — savaged the Bush proposal as a grab for Latino votes and a favor to the business community, factions of which rely on cheap immigrant labor. And they say they are bracing for a rush of people trying to sneak into the United States.
“We get rocks thrown at us. We get shot at. We get spit on,” said James Stack, a representative of the agents’ union and a 16-year veteran who patrols the border near El Paso.
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