Border council calls Bush plan 'slap in the face'

By Jerry Seper; January 12, 2004; published in The Washington Times

The National Border Patrol Council, which represents all 9,000 of the Border Patrol´s nonsupervisory agents, has told its members to challenge President Bush´s proposed guest-worker program, calling it a "slap in the face to anyone who has ever tried to enforce the immigration laws of the United States."

The agents are told in a letter from Vice President John Frecker that the proposal offered last week during a White House press conference "implies that the country really wasn´t serious about" immigration enforcement in the first place...

On Wednesday, Mr. Bush proposed sweeping immigration changes that would allow the 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens thought to be in the United States to remain in the country if they have a job and apply for a guest-worker card.

The immigrants could stay for renewable three-year periods, after which they could apply for permanent legal residence....

Mr. Frecker told the agents that the Bush proposal, if approved, would result in increased illegal immigration at the nation´s borders.

"While you´re out there trying to do your jobs, which the country isn´t too serious about, you´ll have to deal with the expected increase in attempted (illegal aliens), who are trying to get here to take advantage of the proposed amnesty -oops, earned legality," Mr. Frecker said.

"Those who are waiting to sneak in will be allowed to come as 'temporary (yeah, right) guest workers,´"

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