Border Hawk?

Signing the Homeland Security appropriations bill this week, President Bush often sounded like Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.), chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus.

“[Homeland] Secretary [Michael] Cherthoff told the Senate earlier this morning our goal is clear: to return every single illegal entrant with no exception,† Bush said. Then he outlined the immigration-enforcement measures put into the bill at the insistence of border-security hawks in Congress: new Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and new detention beds to hold illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. Finally, he pitched his plan for converting illegal aliens into “guest workers† by “matching willing employers with willing workers from foreign countries on a temporary legal basis.† Bottom line: Bush’s next major domestic policy initiative is likely to be a push for an illegal-alien amnesty.