Leading GOPers Hide ‘Guest Worker’ Sleeper in Tough-Sounding Immigration Messages
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I was sitting at my computer starting to write this week’s column when I received a phone call asking me to listen to an important recorded message from our old friend Newt Gingrich. Expecting to get more information about his new alliance with Hillary Clinton to change health care as we know it, I stayed on the line.
But no, Newt was telling me about the danger from illegal aliens coming across our open borders. He talked about the threat this poses to our national security in an era of terrorism, the high costs to U.S. taxpayers, the follies of multiculturalism, and the urgent need for everyone in our country to be able to speak our English language.
The message was skillfully designed to appeal to Americans who are outraged at our government’s failure to protect us from the invasion of illegals. But slyly buried in the middle of Newt’s message was an endorsement of a “guest worker” plan to invite even more aliens to take U.S. jobs.
The politicians and business executives, who are determined to continue bringing in foreigners to work for lower wages than Americans expect, have gotten smart. The plan to import “willing workers” from other countries is now being packaged in the language of concern about border security.
This bait-and-switch maneuver is also the approach of the soon-to-be-introduced bill sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and John Kyl (R-AZ). It’s called the “Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act,” and boy is it comprehensive; the advance summary runs a dozen pages of fine print.
(Posted on July 27, 2005)