MIKE'S WEEKLY COLUMNBe Careful Crossing Kennedy's Bridge
By Michael Reagan June 21, 2007
Even though poor Sen. Harry Reid insists on calling the Senate’s latest attempt to inundate the nation with hordes of suddenly legalized illegal immigrants the president’s bill, it is really Sen. Kennedy’s monstrosity.

The president, desperate to get any kind of amnesty measure through Congress while he’s still in the White House, has embraced the Kennedy bill, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s Kennedy’s illegitimate offspring. Mr. Bush has simply become the kid’s Godfather.

He’s not alone. Some Republicans, oblivious of the fact that their backing of the bill is nothing less than a suicide pact for GOP chances of ever staging a comeback, are going all-out to convince the nation of the absurdity that granting amnesty to millions of immigrants now here illegally is the best way to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flooding across our borders.

Saner minds, more concerned with the almost-total collapse of border security than with the longstanding issue of the 12, 15 or 20 million illegals now here, caution that we had best solve the problem of our all-but-open southern borders before even thinking about dealing with those illegals now here. Stopping more of them adding to their numbers is the first priority.

Instead of signing onto Teddy Kennedy’s bill and attacking the majority of Americans who demand that our borders be secured, George Bush should be attacking the problem where its roots lie – in Mexico.

Mr. Bush needs to hold Mexico responsible for all of these people sneaking across the border, and I’d be one of them if I were a citizen of a country run by corrupt government officials who are more dictatorial drug lords than public servants.

The only way to clean up the border problem is to use every power in our means to force the Mexicans to clean their own house, get rid of corrupt officials, shut down the narcotics traffic, and create an economy based on the country’s vast and largely untapped resources to provide jobs and opportunities for Mexico’s struggling people whose only way out now is a furtive trip across the border.

The average Mexican has no rights, there is no middle class because the government won’t allow one to exist, the drug cartels have taken over the whole country and jobs are almost non-existent The drug cartels have a bigger army and a bigger military than the government. There are constant incursions across the border by these people, and the administration doesn’t even complain.

Today’s Mexico is a drug-sodden, crime-ridden nation and our own government refuses to condemn what is happening down there -- and what is happening down there is what is responsible for all of the illegal immigration. Who can live or raise a family in such a hellhole? No wonder they are heading north.

Now, I’m all for hanging in there in Iraq -- our national security demands it. If, however, we can send 130,000 Americans to fight in a land all the away across the globe and spend billions doing it, why can’t we do what must be done to protect our national security where it is threatened by the very country next door?

Illegal immigrants have broken our healthcare system, they have broken our education system, they have broken our jail system, they have broken our criminal justice system, and Washington just doesn’t get it.

Why? Because those idiots in their little bubble in Washington have a perfect healthcare system, a prefect educational system, a perfect jail system, and a perfect criminal justice system. Unlike the majority of the American people, they are never inconvenienced by hordes of illegals penetrating our borders every day.

As a result, when the problem demands immediate action, our government refuses to hold the Mexican government accountable for the huge part it is playing in encouraging their citizens to flee to the U.S., to escape misery and starvation in the hell their country has become.

And, slowly but surely, the U.S. begins to look more and more like Mexico every day.

Beware of crossing Teddy Kennedy’s immigration bridge with him, Mr. President. Remember what happened to the last passenger Teddy drove across a bridge.