President Bush: 6,000 National Guard to Border

In a prime-time, nationally televised address this evening, President Bush said there would be no militarization of the U.S. border with Mexico in order to stem the ongoing invasion by illegal aliens, despite his announcement of increased support by the National Guard.

"The United States is not going to militarize the southern border," Bush said. "Mexico is our neighbor, and our friend. We will continue to work cooperatively to improve security on both sides of the border, to confront common problems like drug trafficking and crime, and to reduce illegal immigration."

The president said the debate over immigration reform has reached a time of decision, and announced immediate steps to strengthen border enforcement.

Bush said up to 6,000 National Guard members would be deployed to the southern border, but act only in support positions to the U.S. Border Patrol.

"The Guard will assist the Border Patrol by operating surveillance systems analyzing intelligence installing fences and vehicle barriers building patrol roads and providing training. Guard units will not be involved in direct law enforcement activities that duty will be done by the Border Patrol," Bush said.

He also called for an end to "catch and release" practices, where illegal aliens are let go only with a request to appear in court at a future date.

"We have expanded the number of beds in our detention facilities, and we will continue to add more," Bush said. "We have expedited the legal process to cut the average deportation time. And we are making it clear to foreign governments that they must accept back their citizens who violate our immigration laws."

Bush called on Congress to increase funding for Border Patrol, noting, "By the end of 2008, we will increase the number of Border Patrol officers by an additional 6,000. When these new agents are deployed, we will have more than doubled the size of the Border Patrol during my presidency."

He also stressed the need for the use of new technology in providing security.

"We are launching the most technologically advanced border security initiative in American history. We will construct high-tech fences in urban corridors, and build new patrol roads and barriers in rural areas. We will employ motion sensors infrared cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles to prevent illegal crossings. America has the best technology in the world and we will ensure that the Border Patrol has the technology they need to do their job and secure our border."

He again mentioned his support for a temporary worker program, claiming it would lead to better border security.

"I support a temporary worker program that would create a legal path for foreign workers to enter our country in an orderly way, for a limited period of time. This program would match willing foreign workers with willing American employers for jobs Americans are not doing. Every worker who applies for the program would be required to pass criminal background checks. And temporary workers must return to their home country at the conclusion of their stay."

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Anonymous said...

I think we're trying to stop illegals at the wrong place when we try to seal the border. It's kind of like swatting flies at an open picnic table. You

can't stop them from getting to the table -- so you have to COVER THE FOOD!

That's why I believe we should immediately demand a national identity card, and begin a program of "First come, first served." That is, the

person who is legally in the United States first, gets served first!

We must quickly implement a secure national identity card, and REQUIRE everyone to have this card before they can get food, gas, and

services like health care. We could probably use existing credit card readers to scan the cards. In fact, a similar system is currently being used

by one of the nation's largest retailers to verify that those who buy gas are actually entitled to do so. First you insert your membership card, then

you insert your credit card to get gas. No membership, no gas!

Furthermore, the date you first became a citizen, or had a green card, or were here legitimately, could be encoded on this ID card. If you were

born here, that's your birthday. So, those who were in the U.S. first, get served first! That would stop the illegals!

So shopping would look like this: once you're ready to check out, you scan your ID card. The date of first becoming eligible to receive goods

and services would determine who got called next by the clerk -- not who was first in line. No card, no service! And the clerk would have no

choice in the matter. The computer would make the decision. "First come, first served."

Demand that your representatives implement identity cards and the policy of "First come, first served."

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