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Hallelujah, Mr. Bush

President George Bush just completed a speech on immigration, and he finally managed to say something convincing and worthwhile. In fact, he said a lot of things convincingly: he’ll stop illegal immigration; build physical barriers where needed; implement rapid deportation of all illegals we catch; not grant amnesty to illegal immigrants; require immigrants to abide by our laws and speak our English language; and add manpower, funding, and technology to the border patrol.

Some of these proposals sound like complete reversals of previous positions (e.g: he used to favor amnesty and citizenship for illegal immigrants already working here), which make them suspect. Talk is cheap, after all. And possibly even cheaper when it emanates from a besieged southwestern border state, as it did today. Nevertheless, in spite of myself, I felt a twinge of optimism and will be watching with great interest to see if the president delivers on today’s promises.

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." ~ Mark Twain

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