Bush Selected Activist Judge, Apparently............

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Thu Dec 23 12:07:10 MST 2004


Handpicked Bush judge crosses line in overturning immigrant
proposition
Phyllis Schlafly


December 21, 2004

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/phyllisschlafly/ps20041221.shtml

Editors' note: This column was mistakenly attributed to Doug
Bandow.

An activist judge strikes again! David C. Bury of the 3rd U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the will of the people and
enjoined enforcement of Arizona's Proposition 200, which would
require Arizonans to provide proof of citizenship in order to
register to vote and require valid identification when applying
for
state benefits.

It's clear that Prop 200 represents the people's demand that
their
government enforce laws against illegal immigrants. It passed with
56
percent of the vote even though it was opposed by public officials
of
both parties, the Chamber of Commerce, big labor and the Catholic
bishops.

Even 47 percent of Arizona Hispanics voted in favor of Prop 200.
Immigrants who had stood in long lines to come here legally see
no
reason to allow their tax dollars to go to the 4,000 immigrants
who
illegally cross Arizona's border every night.

Bury was appointed by President George W. Bush. That prompts the
question: Has a Bush judge already turned into a supremacist
judge
who ignores the will of the people in favor of his own, or
Bush's,
policy preferences?

Bush's plan to give illegal immigrants guest-worker status, which
forgoes punishment for their violations of immigration law and
therefore meets the definition of amnesty, was shot down by
Congress
earlier this year. Yet on Nov. 2 Bush went to Santiago, Chile,
and
insulted many who voted for him by announcing he would expend the
"political capital" earned in his re-election to grant
guest-worker
status to millions of illegal immigrants.

Two dozen congressmen wrote a letter to the president opposing
his
plan, primarily for national security reasons. Bush brushed them
off
with elitist disdain. "I get letters all the time from people who
are
trying to steer me one way or the other," he said; "I'm going to
move
forward."

Bush made his commitment during a half-hour meeting with Mexican
President Vicente Fox. Bush said, "I made it very clear my
position
that we need to make sure that where there's a willing worker and
a
willing employer, that that job ought to be filled legally in
cases
where Americans will not fill that job."

With Bush's mantra, repeated ad nauseam, it's no wonder that
former
New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik didn't think it
important
to reveal to the White House vetting process that he was a
"willing
employer" who employed a housekeeper/nanny who was an immigrant
"willing worker" illegally living in the United States. Of course,
he
wasn't paying Social Security taxes for her. Kerik subsequently
removed himself from consideration as the new head of the
Homeland
Security Department.

Maybe he expected the president's attitude to be: "No problem,
Kerik.
Since the nanny has a job, I'll just give her a guest-worker
permit,
and in three years she can get it renewed and then have permanent
residency."

When Bush speaks of a "willing employer" and a "willing worker,"
he
never talks about the wage the employer is willing to pay or the
wage
the worker is willing to accept. There are billions of
non-Americans
who are willing to work for Third World wages and, as the Bernard
Kerik case proves. There are U.S. multimillionaires who would
rather
enjoy the cheap labor provided by illegal immigrants than pay the
wages Americans expect.

The way Bush steamrollered the intelligence bill through Congress
in
December 2004, demanding that the House abandon its sensible
provisions for border security, indicates that he might be willing
to
split the Republican Party in order to carry out his promise to
Fox.
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., emerged as a hero from
the
legislative battle because he fought to include strong border
security and a prohibition against granting drivers' licenses to
illegal immigrants, finally saying that the failure to include
this
"will keep Americans unnecessarily at risk."

It was dishonest of the media and the pro-open-borders senators
to
try to pit Sensenbrenner against the Sept. 11 commission's
recommendations. In fact, the commission's final report came out
strongly in favor of clamping down on border security and
drivers'
licenses to illegal immigrants.

The commission report said: "It is elemental to border security
to
know who is coming into the country. ... At many entry points to
vulnerable facilities, including gates for boarding aircraft,
sources
of identification are the last opportunity to ensure that people
are
who they say they are and to check whether they are terrorists."

Even though the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers' drivers' licenses
enabled
them to travel freely throughout America like U.S. citizens with
easy
access to vehicles and buildings, all the time concealing their
terrorist designs, the senators and the White House irrationally
maintained that drivers' licenses should be available to illegal
immigrants. Since Rep. Sensenbrenner's courageous stand forced
these
issues onto the national news, we hope Congress will deal with
the
problem of illegal immigrants in January 2005.

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