One of the biggest frustrations I have on the immigration issue is that President Bush seems to get no credit for steps he has already taken to secure the border.
Look at this White House Fact Sheet and note some key points:
* The Border Patrol has increased from 9,000 agents in 2001 to 13,000 agents now - and plans to hit 18,000 by the end of 2008.
* Funding for border security has gone from $4.6 billion to $10.4 billion.
* Worksite enforcement actions increased from 24 in FY99 to 716 in FY2006.
* Nearly half of the planned 370 miles (at the end of 2008) of fencing/vehicle barriers have been built.
If that is not a significant effort to increase enforcement, then what is? Have the Border Patrol and ICE been playing tiddlywinks? People like Michelle Malkin and Tom Tancredo cannot have it both ways. President Bush has been making more of an effort to enforce laws that just don't work in the real world, and yet they resist any effort to make changes. In essence, their argument is that the increased enforcement is just a smokescreen to con patriotic Americans into allowing Jorge Arbusto to grant his shamnesty and then carry out his treasonous plan to establish the North American Union.
No wonder people like Lindsey Graham have been losing patience with them - particularly when a Joe Farah proclaims that the White House is disqualified from discussing border issues.