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May 15, 2006 08:00 AM UTC

Bush to Call for Border Troops

  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE: Here are some excerpts?from President Bush’s address this evening, as released by the White House:

On the President?s vision for comprehensive immigration reform:?

??We are a Nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws.? We are also a Nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition, which has strengthened our country in so many ways.? These are not contradictory goals ? America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time.? We will fix the problems created by illegal immigration, and we will deliver a system that is secure, orderly, and fair.??????

On Border Security:?

?Since I became President, we have increased funding for border security by 66 percent, and expanded the Border Patrol from about 9,000 to 12,000 agents. . . .we have apprehended and sent home about six million people entering America illegally.? ?Despite this progress, we do not yet have full control of the border, and I am determined to change that.?? Tonight I am calling on Congress to provide funding for dramatic improvements in manpower and technology at the border.”??

On the Importance of a Temporary Worker Program to relieve pressure on the border:?

?The reality is that there are many people on the other side of our border who will do anything to come to America to work and build a better life.? They walk across miles of desert in the summer heat, or hide in the back of 18-wheelers to reach our country.? This creates enormous pressure on our border that walls and patrols alone will not stop. To secure the border effectively we must reduce the numbers of people trying to sneak across.”???

On enforcing our laws:?

?. . . we need to hold employers to account for the workers they hire.? It is against the law to hire someone who is in this country illegally.? Yet businesses often cannot verify the legal status of their employees, because of the widespread problem of document fraud.? Therefore, comprehensive immigration reform must include a better system for verifying documents and work eligibility . . .??? ?A tamper-proof card would help us enforce the law ? and leave employers with no excuse for violating it.? And by making it harder for illegal immigrants to find work in our country, we would discourage people from crossing the border illegally in the first place.??

On the President?s opposition to amnesty:?

?. . . we must face the reality that millions of illegal immigrants are already here.? They should not be given an automatic path to citizenship.? This is amnesty, and I oppose it.? Amnesty would be unfair to those who are here lawfully ? and it would invite further waves of illegal immigration.”???

On assimilation:?

?. . . we must honor the great American tradition of the melting pot, which has made us one Nation out of many peoples.? The success of our country depends upon helping newcomers assimilate into our society, and embrace our common identity as Americans.? Americans are bound together by our shared ideals, an appreciation of our history, respect for the flag we fly, and an ability to speak and write the English language.??

On the tone of the debate:?

?We must always remember that real lives will be affected by our debates and decisions, and that every human being has dignity and value no matter what their citizenship papers say.?? ? ???


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President Bush on Monday will call for deploying 5,000 National Guard troops along the border with Mexico in support of Border Patrol efforts to keep out illegal immigrants, a senior White House source told NBC News.

The idea is to commit the troops for two years or until enough Border Patrol officers are recruited and trained to fill the gap, the source said ahead of Bush?s speech to the nation at 8 p.m. ET.


42 thoughts on “Bush to Call for Border Troops

  1. Pentagon officials stressed that the troops would not be used for law enforcement, and that they would not participate in apprehending or detaining suspects under any circumstances.

    Well then, what an expensive photo op!  And Bush is going down to the Arizona border on Thursday to check on things personally, too.

    I guess Republican Chuck Hagel agrees with me:

    “We’ve got National Guard members on their second, third and fourth tours in Iraq,” Hagel said. “We have stretched our military as thin as we have ever seen it in modern times. And what in the world are we talking about here, sending a National Guard that we may not have any capacity to send up to or down to protect borders? That’s not their role.”

  2. However, we must watch the actually number of National Gaurdsman he plans to deploy.  If it’s the same number of troops that the Arizona Governor requested almost a year ago, then this is nothing more than throwing fuel on the fire.  His numbers are in the toilet and he has nothing left to hang on by, other than his perceived ability to be stong on “homeland security.”

  3. So he won’t fully fund the border patrol but he’ll send the already stretched Guard down there?

    Surely even the Bush sycophants can see this for the pure pr sunt that it is? This is just so transparent. Go look at the article on Josh Bolten in Time a few weeks back where he outlined this exact move.

    This has nothing to do with a change in heart over policy at the border it is pure politics. When you hit 29% I guess you’ll try anything.

  4. Stop the COMMIES at the border!!!!  There making me spik spanish and celebrating that sinko demaya waving meixican flags and shea gwu vera and shit.

  5. Bob Beauprez understands what it means to be on this issue.  He wrote the book on pandering the immigration reformers and not actually doing anything without ever so much as picking up a pen. Bob Beauprez has been on both sides of this issue and will continue to do so during the Republican primary.

    Bob Beauprez has ignored this issue until Colorado voters pressured him, and now he is “acting” like he cares about the immigration issue. He is pandering the Bush and Vincent Fox while trying to get votes in Colorado.

  6. Roan —

    If you were trying to cross the border of most of the nations in the world illegally, they could shoot.  Do you think it should be any different for our borders if they are carring weapons? 

    We need enough troops or others that can stop 3 million (plus) illegals each year.  We don’t need to shoot them, we need to arrest them and send the bill to Mexico!!!  We could payoff the national debt with that bill …

  7. I think he would have made a much better President over the past 6 years … I gather that Saturday Nite Live did a show about what that might have been like, if we would have had Al Gore as President.  We would have been much better off.

  8. Somebody — (hypothetically)

    Well, since President Al Gore has been in favor of increased border security since elected, but since the Republicans have not allowed his Democratic Party members of Congress to inact them, we have not made much ground … however, now that the country is furorous over the issue, we can place more pressure on the GOP.  Thus, the GOP has dropped their “in exchange” for allowing them to drill in the Artic National Refuge to protect our southern border.  It is interesting on how the GOP always wants their right to drill for oil, even if that means a battle over it. 


    Republicans are just not Americans, since they are against anything that doesn’t favor them over everybody else!!!

  9. This is all smoke and mirrors, anyway.  Bush made the same noises last year when he urged passage of the National Intelligence Reform Act, which requires the U.S. to add 10,000 border control agents starting this year.

    But today Bush revealed his 2006 budget, which funds only 210 new agents instead, effectively knocking the legs out from under the NIRA plan.  This is despite a January 24th letter from Republican lawmakers pleading with him to fully fund the original plan.

    So when George gets excited about these 5,000 troops he’s proposing tonight, I won’t.  Bush will just refuse to fund his own plan again (since it was mostly for PR value), or he’ll attach a signing statement that contradicts it.

  10. Did I say today?  I meant that’s what happened this time *last year* when Bush got excited about his poll nu…I mean, border security.  Hard to remember after a day of blogging too much.

  11. What?  I thought President Bush said, “I don’t listen to polls and don’t care what they say.”

    Hmmm, maybe a change of tune.  Since elections are coming up, they begin to worry?  Well, the American public is not likely to forget the countless other debacles now.  And just because we differ with you Mr. President, does not mean we are all “terrorists” in your tiny mind.  Consider these two definitions before you go off after normal working Americans, just because we just don’t think you’re too smart or very moral.

    debacle |di?bak?l; -?bäk?l| noun a sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco : the economic debacle that became known as the Great Depression.

    patriot |?p?tr??t| noun 1 a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.

  12. I just got back from Arizona and the state is just teeming with those Mexicans.  I am glad that President Bush is doing something about those people.  We should contain those people in tent cities and make them wear pink underwear.

  13. However, if President Bush truly does what this advance speech says, I think it is a good first step.  I just don’t understand “why” it took so long to start defending our borders, rather than attacking other nations when they did nothing to create 911.  I still say we shouldn’t attack Mexico for the fact that they are a poor society of people. 

    However, we need to be protective (now) after attacking other nations (Iraq) when it wasn’t necessary.

  14. Patriot, sorry but the previous post is the most ridiculous post today!!!! Congrats for showing the true depth of your intellectualy delusions!!!!

  15. Patriot,

    I’m not sure what coldawg refers to, but I have to agree with you.  If I could take Bush seriously, a lot of what he said above makes perfect sense to me and are statements I support.

    I don’t think I’ve ever said that.

    Of course there’s quite a disconnect between his rhetoric and reality.  This is all about election year politics, and Bush will say and then do anything.

  16. Haha, congrats on posting something taking someone else to task for their lack of intelligence but using multiple exclamation points to do it and working in the phrase “intellectualy delusions!!!!”

    You win the prize!

    Honestly, how did you even figure out how to turn your computer on?

  17. From:

    Republican candidate for Senate District 9 “dumps” President Bush!

    Dave Schultheis, the current Republican candidate going for the State Senate District 9 seat… unless the other Republican contender Eric Singer manages to get enough petition signatures and beats Schultheis in a primary, has made a very drastic change to his election website over the weekend. He “dumped” President Bush from the site.
    As of this blog posting, Schultheis has removed the main page photo of he and Bush standing next to each other all buddy-buddy. A photo that he was so proud to display in the past, as it graced the main page of his website for so long… until today!

    One has to wonder if this removal was made to prevent certain “first impressions” that he sides with his Republican boss… since the Republican President’s approval rating is at an all time low and might even go lower after his address to the country tonight, some speculate… Republican’s included. For Dave Schultheis to have removed his photographic association with Bush just hours prior to the scheduled speech makes one wonder… What message does this send?… What message did he intend it to send?

    News Blab did send an e-mail inquiry to Schultheis about the photo’s removal and the timing of that removal, but no response has yet been received.
    You can see the current & previous snapshots of his website at

  18. Could be not quite true, but I like this email from a couple of days ago, supposedly attributed to Ted Nugent:

    President Bush says there is no way we can deport 12 million people. It just can’t be done.

    Mexico did.

    Ted Nugent

  19. Why would we bust American citizens (employers) for failing to do what the US government couldn’t do? Tancredo is for employer punishment. He’s totally wrong on that.

  20. Hipp —

    Bush would like to cover-up all of his mistakes over the past 6 years, but I’m not going to forget, nor am I going to allow his dismal record of not listening to at least “half” of the nation during his term.  His arrogance and not in consideration of “everyone” (I think it is extremely poor to suggest that ‘polls’ don’t  matter — that really upsets me!).  It is unbelieveable that a President could “think” he is somehow above everyone else, including our allies and the members of Congress!  Sorry for another vent, but he has not proved to me in any way that I can trust him. 

    Even if he hires Karl Rove to somehow pull his poll numbers from the basement, I’m not going to be blind sided again.  NOPE!  I have had enough of the rhetoric, the continuous lies to the PEOPLE who placed him into office.  I think the smallest person matters just as much as the RICH person.  I think the Democrats and their position “matters” just as much as someone who is bit extreme.  I think the Republicans have been very extreme. 

    I don’t like the idea that the Republicans “think” that they are so Godly, that the President believes he was placed into office to be some kind of Saint that rescues the world with a war?  You must be kidding!!! 

    It is time enough that the Democrats take back this country.  Thank goodness for those who have placed themselves into harms way in support of what this country was founded upon.  Thank goodness the country is waking up to this horrendous plan to take away my freedoms and those freedoms that should be explained “peacefull” around the world, without violence.  War creates more war … why is that such a difficult item for the GOP to understand?

    I blame people like RICE, who through her brilliant education, at DU, can just morally ignore the innocent people.  I just don’t think we needed to attack Iraq without the support of the rest of the world (TRUTHFULLY) … if that makes me into some kind of person that the President or RICE cannot admire, then I WILL NOT start apologizing for it.  NEVER!

    I’m proud to be an American citizen, who was born in Denver, the center of the nation.  However, I must admit, President Bush really scared me through his term … somehow making me believe that I’m not that important … because I’m not a wealthy fellow, nor am I giving thousands for his campaign.  President Bush and his campaign had made contact with me, asking if I would like to have a photo op with him a few years ago.  I said, “I’m not interested.”  They asked a second time, and I roundly refused.  “Why?”  Because his morals are not equal to mine … nor is this true of today’s Republican Party. 

    Before I would ever agree to meet with President Bush (if I were asked again), I would request that he tell me “you’re just as important as I am, and money does not make an individual — or a silver platter life.  I have neither.”

    I stand for the little fellow … Mr. President, and the rights of everyone everywhere.  And I can’t wait to here why Karl Rove seems to think he can blame everything on IRAQ ???  HA!  We can talk about many other very poor choices that this administration has made in 6 years.

    Mr. President, your speech was a good one tonight.  Now, the country awaits to see you put it into action.  No more talk with empty promises. 


  21. Bush’s speech disappointed all, as predicted.

    He’s so determined to grant amnesty that he still isn’t listening, and he obviously thinks Americans are dumb and stupid, or he would be trying to pull another fast one. His promises are so shallow, so insincere so inadequate, that they must have come from Karl Rove.

    The man is still pretending he doesn’t get it, because he doesn’t want to, and because he thinks Americans who demand border security and the enforcement of our immigration and labor laws  don’t understand who finances his expensive campaigns.

    Bush can shill for farmers, small business owners and the agribusines, hospitality, restaurant and construction industries only so long.

    He’s proving to be as incompetent as his dad.

  22. Deploying a few worn out National Guard units to the Mexican border will have about as much impact on illegal immigration as the Mission Accomplished banner did ending the war in Iraq.

    The real question is why Bush is so beholden to the president of Mexico that he’s willing to open our borders and grant amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants. Why does Vicente Fox seem to hold more sway over George W. Bush than American voters?

  23. Who votes for a man like this to be our President?  He is an elitist with a vision to rid the US of a middle class.  This administration and rubber stamp Congress has killed our educational system, put our healthcare policy in the interest of insurance companies, put our country 9 trillion in debt, while allowing illegals to rush across the border.  He’s playing politics with our lives.

  24. Patriot…you speak truth. Bless you for understanding the values that have made America great. May they long be preserved and emulated the world over.

    Impeach this disgraceful administration.

  25. Not Impressed, that’s a fastball right down the pipe, in my opinion. I’ve yet to hear a conservative defend the power of the free market with regards to our “Immigrant Problem”. [That is to say, we’ve got the jobs, you’ve got the warm bodies: “LET’S DO SOME BUSINESS!”] Some of my favorite people in the world are living, working, paying taxes, and buying goods and services right here in Colorado. they’re friends of mine. And they crossed the border illegally. For what they had to go through, to get here, you think a semi-committed National Guard unit is gonna be the turning point?

    Gotta begrudgungly admit, though, you could really hear the “resolute-ness” coming through during the speech!

  26. Does anyone in this administration talk to each other? Does anyone know what the H*** is going on?

    “Why don’t you put the National Guard on the border to back up the border patrol and stop the bleeding, and then start to increase the Border Patrol, the high-tech and all of that?” O’Reilly asked. . . .
    “Well, the National Guard is really, first of all, not trained for that mission,” Chertoff told O’Reilly. “I mean, the fact of the matter is the border is a special place. There are special challenges that are faced there.”

    Chertoff added that that it would take a huge amount of National Guard troops, that they would need new training. But couldn’t the National Guard pull it off, O’Reilly asked?

    “I think it would be a horribly over-expensive and very difficult way to manage this problem,” Chertoff said. “Unless you would be prepared to leave those people in the National Guard day and night for month after month after month, you would eventually have to come to grips with the challenge in a more comprehensive way.”

  27. An amusing aspect of Bush’s speech was his line, a couple of times at least, about how he will be asking Congress “to fund” this or that immigration initiative. Fund–with what? In olden days, when a president told the nation he wanted Congress to fund a project or program, it actually meant something. Now, it’s just a way of saying: Add it to the tab, borrow some more from China. For years he has told Congress to cut taxes. To hear him now, knee-deep in deficits, calling on Congress to “fund” something is hilarious.”

  28. For years he has told Congress to cut taxes. To hear him now, knee-deep in deficits, calling on Congress to “fund” something is hilarious.”

    Revenues (our income taxe) taken in this past April 15 are the 2nd most in the country’s history.  That’s right.  After the tax cuts, revenues to the Fed INCREASED.

  29. Throw the GOP out

    President Bush in his speech last night showed his cynicism, disdain for the American people and absolute incomprehension of his responsibilities as president. He continues to refuse to enforce our immigration and labor laws, which means the GOP must be defeated this fall.

    Sending troops to the borders to provide intelligence for the Border Patrol makes some sense. Taking the National Guard from their homes to build fences and roads makes no sense. What are independent contractors for? I guess that if it’s okay to treat illegal immigrants like slave laborers, you can do the same with the National Guard.

    The current impasse is over what to do with the 12 million illegals in the country, and how to write legislation that won’t triple the flow of immigrants as the legislation in the Senate would do.

    1. Financing and training state and local police so they can deal with illegal immigrants is an urgent need and should be accomplished during the next six months, not six years.

    2. Enforcing immigration labor laws and strengthening them should be going on now, but Bush, Congress and the presidents and Congresses before him have intentionally neglected that responsibility and refused to uphold our laws. Fines should range from 10 to 20 times the free market value of each illegal worker employed. Thus, if an illegal were employed at $5 per hour for 30 days and the fair market value for hiring an American citizen for that job were $10, the fine would be $10 x hours worked x the penalty factor of, say 10. This would be stiff enough to discourage most small employers, including house wives, from hiring illegals. Strong enforcement over six months would send the message needed to put an end to hiring illegals.

    3. Impose a 20% tax on all funds transmitted abroad by individuals who do not have biometric or retinal ID cards that can be validated. Fine all companies that provide wire transfer services to illegals 100% of the funds that they illegally transfer. This would make it much less profitable for foreign governments to export their illegals to the U.S.

    4. Deny non-emergent health services and educational services to all illegals and their families. This would reduce health insurance premiums for Americans and leave more resources for teaching American kids.

    5. End the granting of citizenship to the American-born children of illegals. Deport kids of illegals with their parents, but give those who have grandfathered citizenship the right to re-enter the country at age 18 or 21.

    6. Create a guest worker program that gives documented workers with experience in working in the U.S. seasonal work visas, and protect them under our labor laws. The system has to be setup so that farmers, small businesses and construction contractors can’t abuse their workers and don’t have financial incentives to break our laws.

    7. Give foreign countries strong financial disincentives to export their poor to our country. If those countries try to retaliate, freeze all financial transactions with those countries. Even Mexico and its oil fields need us more than we need them. Impose huge tariffs on imports from countries that are sources of illegal immigration.

    8. Build walls and electronic fences as needed to ensure border security, which will be critical for a long time. Pay especially close attention to the Canadian border, which is porous and will become the crossing point of choice once the Mexican border is secured.

  30. He continues to refuse to enforce our immigration and labor laws, which means the GOP must be defeated this fall.

    The implication here is that we should all vote for Democrats, because they will enforce immigration and labor laws.

    Thanks, I needed the hearty laugh this morning.

    The problem with Pres. Bush’s “plan” (it really isn’t much of a plan, IMO) is that he’s just yet another POTUS in the past several decades who is merely kicking the immigration problem down the road.

  31. Adding to your list.

    1) Finance state and local police with funds from the budget surplus for this purpose. If, by chance, there is no budget surplus available, increase taxes on the citizenry to come up with this money.

    2) Start a marketing campaign against housewives that hire illegals, as this should eliminate the illegal immigration problem. (For funding for this program, see #1)

    3) Require anyone transferring funds to have an implanted anal chip inserted so deep it cannot be removed or tampered with. (For funding for this program, see #1)

    4) Illegals can no longer receive free breast implants and “Da Vinci” dental veneers on the taxpayer dime. Emergency care for illegals will still be paid for by us taxpayers.

    5) After this quick constitutional change, ensure the anal chips are implanted so when these “grandfathered” children return in 15 or 20 years we can be sure they are the same ones we deported a decade-and-a-half earlier

    6) If any Americans want these jobs, they can simply apply for Guest Worker status and get in line with the immigrants. Of course, wages will be much lower than without the guest worker program, but that doesn’t matter to me.

    7) Cutting off aid to these poor countries will spur them to use their newfound poverty to launch a strict border enforcement program to keep their citizens IN.

    8) As many illegals are now simply boating around the San Diego wall, the new wall must not only line the southern border from California to Texas, but must also CIRCLE THE ENTIRE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. (For funding for this program, see #1)

  32. I agree with much of what has been discussed in this thread.  I think it is important to mention that the reason for our need to enforce our borders is the risk of a terrorist from another country sneaking into the country.  Our response with military men and women on the border should not be characterized as “against Mexico or the Canadians.”  This is a response because of a (911) and a war that has not gone the way this administration considered.  It should have been done years ago.  President Bush’s proposal finally addresses what we should have started 4 1/2 years ago. 

    Didn’t President Bush mention spending billioins of dollars for “homeland security” a few years ago?  Where did all those dollars go?  This all sounds like a broken record in many ways.  And 6,000 troops will not solve the problem.  Until Mexico (its government) allows investment into their country, the “catch and release” WILL no doubt continue. 

    I doubt that President Bush’s speech has any teeth to it, since in 2 years he WILL be out of office.  Then we just pass the problems (that this administration has created) to the new administration.

    This is window dressing.  This does not offer solutions for the people of Mexico in Mexico.  Indeed, his speech may just signal more and more illegals to come into America over the next two years.

  33. 1. Fund local police with money raised by cutting spending on failed government programs, which is most of them.

    2. By arresting a few housewives employing illegals to water their lawns, free media will be generated and no tax increase will be needed. See # 1.

    3. Offer free technology updates to anal intensive left wing law breakers and exploiters of illegal aliens. No funding required.

    4. Illegals will receive emergent care, but elective treatments and diagnostics will be denied, and people who pay premiums for health insurance will pay the cost of emergent care, as they do now. But this problem will disappear as the number of illegals falls.

    5. Biometics and retinal records make anal chips unnecessary, but some people just like to hurt little kids  and make more work for health care services.

    6. Employers will stand in line for American workers, pay them fair market wages that are much higher than they’re paying illegals. And they will obey immigration and labor laws, which appeals to the lefties who aren’t so wrapped up in bashing Bush that they no longer care about how illegals are treated.

    7. Cutting off aid to poor countries will give them incentives to clean up their governments and respect our borders.

    8. If you don’t like reasonable, workable proposals, write ridiculous, insincere counter proposals.

  34. Another Skeptic —

    Didn’t you watch the President’s speech last night?  He has offered us all the solutions that are needed.  He is a problem solver.

  35. I watched the speech. The only thing I liked about it was that it screwed up the networks’ rating game schedules.

    He said nothing new beautifully, and he showed he makes problems because he doesn’t know how to solve them.

  36. “We must always remember that …. every human being has dignity and value no matter what their citizenship papers say.”

    Exceptin’ when Karl tells me they don’t, or they’re a Democrat. Heh heh.

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