Is the Bush Administration Serious
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WND AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Bush 'rejects' WND's line of questioning
Spokesman bristles at reader's query about violence in Quran
Posted: October 16, 2002 5:00 p.m. Eastern
...WorldNetDaily then asked Fleischer about illegal immigration:
WND: Ari, on another subject, if thousands of illegal aliens walked across the Crawford ranch property every month, trashing the land, smuggling drugs, and threatening to rape and injure and kill the residents, would the president do something about it? This, of course, is happening on our borders, as you know.
FLEISCHER: Is there a question here, Les?
FLEISCHER: Of a serious nature?
WND: What is the president planning to do about millions of the illegals coming across the border? Is he going to do anything about this?
FLEISCHER: Well, of course, through the various agencies of the federal government, we have a series of protections in place in a country that is opening and welcome, and has a border that in some places is not as -- that can be porous. And this is a longstanding issue for our country, about how to enforce and protect our borders.
And, interestingly, in the aftermath of Sept. 11, with the additional steps and protections that have been taking place on the border, we have gotten better controls of our border, but it remains an important and vexing issue about how to be an open society and enforce our law.
WND: But President Fox...
FLEISCHER: Mr. Sanger.
WND: President Fox thinks that it should be an open border. The president doesn't agree with President Fox.
FLEISCHER: You only get two, Les. Mr. Sanger.
WND: All right, well, thank you for the two.
June 19, 2002
Troops for border sought
By Dave Boyer
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
...The administration placed about 1,100 National Guardsmen on the borders with Canada and Mexico after September 11, but those deployments were to end this summer. Several lawmakers said Mr. Ridge told them in a closed briefing last week that the White House opposed stationing troops on the borders for "cultural and historical" reasons....
Remember this the next time there's a terrorist attack in the U.S., or the next time some illegal alien murders or victimizes a U.S. citizen.
Tancredo wants to know what the score is on these "cultural and historical reasons", and wants the military on the borders.
Tancredo unveils major border protection initiative
From the United States Constitution
Article I, Section 8, Clause 15: "The Congress shall have Power ... To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions."
Article I, Section 9, Clause 2: "The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."
Article I, Section 10, Clause 3: "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay."
(Article I, Sec. 10.3 reserves to the states the ability to repel invasion - do not have to rely on the U.S. Government. California will have to pass such a provision)
Article 4, Section 4: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."
The Latest about 'Homeland Security'
Associated Press - May 7, 2003
National Guard inspectors' exit from border stokes worries
El Paso -- A Defense Department plan to pull 450 National Guard troops away from inspection duties along the border is sparking an outcry among critics who fear it will lower the nation's defenses against terrorism. -- Some of the Guard troops have been on the job for more than 10 years and were trained to identify suspicious vehicles with hidden compartments that could conceal weapons. [More on 'homeland security']
San Mateo County Times - May 6, 2003
Homeland Insecurity: Bush's NWO administration horrible on enforcement issues
The City Council Monday approved two anti-solicitation ordinances that will allow police to crack down on day laborers -- and the people who hire them on city streets -- once the city's workers-resource center opens this summer [a move applauded by advocates for invaders. Also see: Aiding and abetting illegals is a crime]. -- "If we had the power and ability to have them arrested and deported, we would do that," Councilmember John Lee said. "But the INS says they're not doing it, they won't do it -- and we've been told we can't do it."
WorldNetDaily.com - March 24, 2003
Bush slammed for leaving borders wide open
...Inasmuch as residents of Arizona and New Mexico have actually seen Middle Eastern illegals (along with Asians and Europeans) easily crossing the border from Mexico in large numbers, and since just recently a backpack was found in the Arizona desert containing books and papers in Arabic, you wonder how the Mexican government can make such a denial with a straight face. -- Why does President Bush allow this nonsense to continue?
Times Record - Fort Smith, Arkansas - March 20, 2003
INS refuses to pick up suspects after load vehicle crashes
Five people were injured when a van crashed head-on into a car in Scott County Tuesday, according to the Arkansas State Police. The van was full of suspected illegal aliens, but only the van's driver was arrested, an ASP trooper said. -- The occupants of the van fled into the woods when Scott County sheriff's officers and Mansfield Police Chief Dale Johnson arrived at the scene....
Washington Times - March 20, 2003
Only 140 more agents will be sent to border, says Hutchinson
Nearly 140 new federal agents will be assigned to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona this year to protect against terrorists, a rising flood of illegal immigrants, and drug and alien smugglers, said border czar Asa Hutchinson. -- "We are taking on the protection of our borders with a new agency at a time of a real national threat to our country, but we are up to the task," said Mr. Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security at the Department of Homeland Security.
Washington Times - March 18, 2003
Hutchinson: Border security 'fixable'
Border czar Asa Hutchinson yesterday said federal authorities are "focused on the mission of making America's borders safer" in the event of war with Iraq, while trying to mold a new agency to guard against terrorists, illegal immigrants, and drug and alien smugglers. [Also see... Hutchinson: "We want to keep the borders open" | Protection must not hamper commerce, says Hutchinson during border tour]
Arizona Republic - March 16, 2003
Hutchinson: "We want to keep the borders open"
...At the Bisbee meeting, Douglas Mayor Ray Borane told [Asa} Hutchinson that a guest-worker program would help stem the flow of illegal immigration. -- "I think (border enforcement) is a losing battle," Borane said. "First and foremost, we have to recognize it's a labor problem." -- Borane also pleaded with Hutchinson to keep the border open for commerce in the face of heightened security prompted by terrorism concerns. Between 60 percent and 75 percent of Douglas' economy depends on Mexicans shoppers, he said. -- "We want to keep the borders open," Hutchinson replied. [The jobless rate is soaring, the economy is in the tank, and we need 'guest workers'?]
Tucson Citizen - March 15, 2003
Protection must not hamper commerce, says Hutchinson during border tour
...Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson agreed with [Nogales, AZ] Mayor Marco Lopez that the work must not harm the fragile border economy. -- The government must "make sure we don't protect America in a way that stops the flow of commerce," said Hutchinson, who is touring the Arizona-Mexico border this weekend with Arizona's U.S. senators and two of its congressmen. --- Eliminating the "significant opportunity" terrorists have to sneak over the Mexican border will require major renovations in this border town, its mayor told a top administrator in the new federal Department of Homeland Defense [Asa Hutchinson]. -- ...U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, who was on the tour, worries that Hutchinson does not have a clear picture of groups such as Civil Homeland Defense, which Grijalva says only add tension to the situation. -- "There's no place for people taking the laws into their own hands," the congressman said.