For a moment, the politician speaking in Grapevine, Tex., on August 3 sounded like Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.), the chairman of the 82-member Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, who has been barn-storming the country threatening to run for President if the Republican establishment does not get serious about enforcing the nation√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs immigration laws.
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??We√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęve got to do something about our immigration laws,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě the speaker told a cheering crowd. √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??Our obligation is to secure the borders. We√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęve got to make sure that we have the resources and technologies available for our Border Patrol agents. We√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęve got to make sure we have a focused strategy to prevent people, goods, drugs, whatever, being smuggled into this country. That√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs one of our duties.√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě The speaker wasn√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt Trancedo but President Bush, who immediately followed up on this passage in his speech by claiming that one way to secure the borders is to enact his guest-worker plan, which he again argued, unconvincingly, is not an amnesty.
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