Bush supports and opposes Senate votes on national language

posted at 5:50 pm on May 19, 2006 by Allahpundit

He was for a national language before he was against it. Or vice versa. It all depends on whom you ask: Tony Snow or Alberto Gonzales.

Can’t blame him for being confused, though. You’ll recall that the Senate recently voted to make English our “national” language and then twenty minutes later voted to make it our “unifying” language. Jeff Sessions sounds not so confused.

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, but maybe likes it well enough to consider using it to stop illegal immigration. The LA Times says fences aren’t always effective but the AP notes they seem to be working out okay for Israel. Charles Krauthammer steals a page from Kaus and wonders why this is a partisan issue:

Bush’s enforcement provisions were advertised as an attempt to appease conservatives. This is odd. Are conservatives the only ones who think that unlimited, unregulated immigration is a detriment to the republic? Do liberals really believe in a de facto policy that depresses the wages of the poorest and most desperate Americans, African Americans most prominently among them? Do liberals believe that the number, social class, education level, background and country of origin of immigrants — the kinds of decisions every democratic country makes for itself — should be taken out of the hands of the American citizenry and left to the immigrants themselves and, in particular, to those most willing to break the very immigration regulations the American people have decided upon democratically?

Hey — don’t demonize the Other, Charles. Do what feminists do. Besides, don’t you know that “Mexicans have a sense that this is a land that ancestrally was Mexican” and that “we are a people who violate borders. That is our gift”? Even pro-immigration German newspapers understand that

[t]he Latinos want to become Americans – and stay Mexican, and the Mexican government is encouraging this. When an “illegal” becomes a U.S. citizen, and thus really should renounce his/her Mexican citizenship, the Mexican authorities look the other way. “No lo digas!” – Don’t tell me! – is the clandestine motto. In reality, there is dual citizenship, which is not officially sanctioned by either the United States or Mexico.

It’s not just the Mexican government that’s encouraging it. On record as of this afternoon in opposition to the fence are the foreign ministers of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Why it’s any of their concern is beyond me.

More links? PoliPundit reaches down into the memory hole and retrieves a page from Mel Martinez‘s old campaign website that had mysteriously been deleted. Surely an accident. Patterico thanks Harry Reid for his concerns about racism but notes that Reid maybe isn’t the best guy to be throwing that particular charge around. The United Kingdom takes a head count and finds that there might be a few more immigrants in the country than they’d previously estimated. And reader David S. follows up on my post about illegals potentially voting in North Carolina and finds there are penalties already on the books for that sort of thing. Which won’t be enforced, of course.

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Freaky Friday, it just keeps getting stranger.

Just what do we have to do to get laws enforced? Citizen’s arrest? Or would that make citizens into ‘vigilantes?’

NTWR on May 19, 2006 at 7:23 PM

we need a new party(one that reflex’s american values).
the govt will not look out for the american people.
the liberals are nothing but socialist and they control what get’s air time on main stream media and hate anything american. we need to form a viable movement.we need major protest,lets grab our flags and march on D.C!!!

mike hale on May 19, 2006 at 8:23 PM

You’re right mike. A new party….maybe called the American party seeing as the parties we have seem to be favoring anything but America.

darwin on May 19, 2006 at 10:10 PM

This official language amendment is simply an empty and mostly worthless load of crap thought up by the RINO’s to make them appear tough. I was for the RINO’s before I turned against them.

right as rain man on May 19, 2006 at 10:28 PM

Mike . . . sounds good. sign me up.

rplat on May 19, 2006 at 10:29 PM

This official language amendment is a silly and mostly worthless load of cr** thought up by the RINO’s to appear tough. I was for the RINO’s before I turned against them. A third party looks better all the time.

right as rain man on May 19, 2006 at 10:33 PM

English or no English? That is the question.

Perhaps George Weasel Bush is confused because he can’t pronounce english words correctly? Therefore he can’t express his opinion clearly on the matter?


It is ironic to see that the president who calls himself “the decider” can’t make up his mind on the name of the official, national language of the United States.

Tony Snow maybe is too tall to bend and whisper into Bush’s ears: “English, Mr. President!”

Needless to mention that Congress, especially the Senate is currently moving to Mexico City!

What a Government!

CatholicConservative on May 19, 2006 at 11:16 PM

That pathetic exuse of a “statesman”, Senator Reid, say’s it’s racist to declare English the national language. What pathetic rubbish.

gmoonster on May 20, 2006 at 12:25 AM

Well to quote The Bard (Now remember folks, I took English Lit. back in the dark Ages-well,that’s enough about the Carter years.)
“By the twitching of my thumbs something wicked this way comes.”

calnevari on May 20, 2006 at 1:05 AM

Merely proving that trying to ride the fence just makes you look stupid to everyone standing on either side of it.

NRA4Freedom on May 20, 2006 at 1:15 AM

“It’s not just the Mexican government that’s encouraging it. On record as of this afternoon in opposition to the fence are the foreign ministers of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Why it’s any of their concern is beyond me.”

We would all be surprised at how much these countries benefit from revenues generated by illegal aliens. I believe that even counties as far away as Peru depend on revenues from monies sent into them by their citizens in America. My understanding is that this is Peru’s SECOND leading contributor its GNP.

arch on May 20, 2006 at 10:44 AM

It was always my understanding that Peru’s most dynamic contribution to GDP was the sale and exportation of nose candy?

Sometimes known as coca, blow, white lady, toot, lines, or more simply stated, “Emma Lou’s panty remover”!

Grouper on May 20, 2006 at 3:09 PM

As someone that works on the border in Immigration I can tell you we have a serious problem. From the very first time that President Bush mentioned a “Guest Worker” program we have seen a 100-fold increase in illegal aliens entering our country. The politicinas keep saying we are going to stop the “Catch-and-Release”; yea, right. Would you like to know how many illegals I had to release last month? Would you believe me if I told you we released a member of MS-13 because he had no criminal record in the US? There is no room in detention to put these illegal aliens when they enter. The House of Representatives has the right idea. Why can’t the Senate realize what the American people want? The Senate is more worried how Vicente Fox thinks that the “Legal” voters of the USA.

immigration inspectr on May 20, 2006 at 7:03 PM

This whole debate is a hoax that Bush is orchestrating for big business. The hell with Americans.

pat on May 20, 2006 at 7:09 PM

As Kaus would say, you buried the lead from the Telegraph article:


The article reports that EU countries that provided no amesty, later saw small increases in immigrant populations, while those that enacted amnesty laws (Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus) saw upwards of 5-fold increases in immigrant populations.

Clark1 on May 21, 2006 at 12:13 AM

The Spanish and later the Mexicans had 300 years to populate an almost empty Norte America and they failed to do so. Give us a small band of mounted and armed Apache warriors to guard the border from El Paso west and an equal amount of Comanches to cover the Rio Grande and immigration stops…again.

Crude One on May 21, 2006 at 7:49 AM