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By Michelle Malkin  •  October 22, 2004 07:44 AM


Sorry for the spleen-venting so early in the morning, but read this from the AP, headlined “Bush wants intelligence bill free of immigration provisions:”

The White House yesterday asked Congress to reject an attempt in the House to place illegal-immigration measures in an intelligence reform bill.

The Bush administration wants “an effective bill that both Houses can pass and the president can sign into law as soon as possible to meet the nation’s security needs,” national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and budget director Joshua Bolten said in a letter to congressional leaders.

Bush earlier called for lawmakers to hurry and finish their negotiations. “These reforms are necessary to stay ahead of the threats,” the president said in a campaign speech Monday. “I urge Congress to act quickly so I can sign them into law.”

The letter came as congressional negotiators prepared for their first public meeting today to negotiate a compromise on legislation to reform the intelligence community based on the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission. While behind-the-scenes staff meetings have occurred, no resolution has been reached on illegal immigration measures that Republican House leaders want and that the Senate refused to consider.

The House bill would expand the number of illegal immigrants subject to quick deportation by increasing the amount of time they would have to be in the United States to be exempted from speedy deportation.

It also would force asylum seekers accused by their home countries of being involved in terrorist or guerrilla activities to prove that their race, religion, nationality or political opinion would be a “central reason” for their persecution if deported.

“The administration strongly opposes the overbroad expansion of expedited removal authorities, and has concerns about the provision addressing asylum; these sections should be modified or dropped altogether,” the letter from Rice and Bolten said.

The White House provided a copy of the letter to The Associated Press yesterday…

It’s stupid White House stunts like this that make it very tempting to just stay home on Election Day.

As I reported on Oct. 6:

In an even more shameful betrayal, the White House is now reportedly pressuring stalwart House Republicans into scrapping important immigration enforcement provisions of the House Intelligence Bill that speed up the deportation process and bar illegal aliens from obtaining valuable driver’s licenses or using easy-to-fake foreign consular ID cards. Why? Because they are politically unpopular with ethnic constituencies.

This race is not just about who is better able to hunt down and destroy our enemies abroad. It’s about who is more willing to hunt them down right here, jail them, kick them out and keep them out of our home. President Bush has shown he can stand up to the international Axis of Weasels. He must show the same resolve against La Raza, the immigration lawyers and Teddy Kennedy.

When I wrote that column, I was criticized by Bush supporters for my “bad timing” and for not being a “team player.” You’re right, some readers commented, but why don’t you just keep quiet until after the election?

My bad timing? NO, I WILL NOT KEEP QUIET.

At a time when President Bush is trying to convince undecided voters that he is the better choice to protect this country, the last thing the White House should be doing is flaunting its open borders agenda. The immigration enforcement provisions in the House version of the bill, H.R. 10, are supported by House Republican leaders and are the very measures suggested by the 9/11 commission report.

See here and here for detailed legislative analysis.

As I have noted many, many, many, many times, deportation and asylum reform are keys to effective immigration enforcement. You could put 30,000 paramilitary troops along the border, and it still wouldn’t be enough unless you stopped the catch-and-release games being played inside our borders.

And as Dan Stein of FAIR points out:

“The 9/11 Commission did not limit the scope of its investigation to intelligence failures, and passing a reform bill that address only intelligence failures is tantamount to fixing the hole in sail while ignoring the crack in the keel. 9/11 was a multifaceted failure of intelligence, bureaucratic turf wars, immigration policy and enforcement, and common sense that led to catastrophic consequences.

For Congress to cave-in to special interest pressure and remove the immigration reform provisions of the bill and claim that the problem has been fixed would be an act of unprecedented irresponsibility. To deny that immigration reforms were even called for is simply an insult to the intelligence of anyone who has read the report.

I couldn’t put it any better than one of my readers did this in an e-mail to me this morning:

Kerry doesn’t need an “October surprise,” the Republicans
are doing it to themselves!


The White House comment line is 202-456-1111.

The Senate conferees are:

* Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) – 202-224-2523
* Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) – 202-224-3353
* Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) – 202-224-5641
* Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) – 202-224-2841
* Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) – 202-224-4774
* Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) – 202-224-2315
* Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) – 202-224-6253
* Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) – 202-224-4041
* Sen. Carl Levin(D-MI) – 202-224-6221
* Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) – 202-224-2152
* Sen. John Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) – 202-224-6472
* Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) – 202-224-3041
* Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) – 202-224-3224

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