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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 12:22 AM
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Border Patrol Agents Decry Bush Plan

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.

Nearly three dozen current and former agents across the nation, in interviews this week, 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 Hispanic 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.

"There have been many agents who have given their lives in the line of duty," Stack said. "This seems to say that those deaths were for nothing, and that this administration is not truly concerned about immigration."
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Sugarbleus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 01:21 AM
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1. Great Post ........
It's all about ratings and cheap labor and not about "humanity". This plan of his is one of thee MOST transparent ploys yet..geeez HA!
Bush's immigration plan is a crock.
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SHRED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 07:49 AM
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2. And...'s not just about Mexicans. Many high-tech jobs are filled with H1-B "guest workers". they leave.

When the "farm" labor is legitamized they will leave the fields and head into higher paying service jobs. The employers will lower those wages.
The feilds will be refilled with illegal help.

Also, I understand they will be allowed to bring their families. Who will pay their healthcare, schooling, etc..

Only one solution: tough laws that punish employers who hire illegaly. Confiscate their businesses and seize their assets.
But we know that Bu$h INC. would never float that idea. It would hurt his corporate buddies.
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