The Bush rebukes continue in earnest:
In a sharp rebuke to President Bush, House Republicans unveiled legislation Tuesday that would bar illegal immigrants from gaining legal status in the U.S., require tamper-proof birth certificates for Americans and make English the nation’s official language.
The measure’s core principles include gaining control of the border and enforcing existing immigration laws. It does not provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, as the Bush plan does.
The House bill stands virtually no chance of becoming law, or even advancing, in the Democratic-controlled Congress. Still, it casts in bold relief the split between Bush and many fellow Republicans in the immigration debate.
Meanwhile, the White House, awlays concerned with the monied interests that fuel the GOP, continues their offensive:
Hoping to influence Congressional debate, the White House issued a report on Tuesday saying, “Immigration has a positive effect on the American economy as a whole and on the income of native-born American workers.”
But it acknowledged that some research had found “small negative effects” on the wages of the least-skilled American workers.
The report, prepared by the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, says immigrants enhance the productivity of native-born workers and increase their earnings a significant amount, estimated at $37 billion a year.
And there you have it. The Republican Party is now split between several warring factions- the bible thumping God squad whose chief issues are gay bashing, your sex life, and abortion; the monied Corporoate interests who care only about tax cuts and cheap labor; and the redneck wing whose only concerns are a bellicose foreign policy and keeping brown people out of the country. All the sane people have left or refuse to publicly acknowledge they are Republican.