Here are some quotes from Bill Richardson:
"Think for a moment about the quality of life for an undocumented worker. No protection from unscrupulous employers. No job benefits. No health care, no pension, no Social Security, no workers compensation, no Medicare or disability insurance.
"In order to find work they must either use someone else's Social Security number or make one up.
"Most undocumented immigrants come to the United States to work low-wage jobs which few Americans want, such as picking crops or cleaning toilets. Our economy creates demand for at least 400,000 new low-skill illegal immigrants per year, but only about 140,000 are allowed to enter legally. When demand and legal supply are so out of line, the pressures for illegal immigration are enormous.
"Yes, we are talking about people who knowingly have broken the law. And they should be held accountable, like all lawbreakers. But we also are talking about people who are economic refugees, and who contribute significantly to America's economic success and to the economic and political stability of their home countries -- with the billions in remittances they send home to their families every year.
"Despite the campaign rhetoric, I refuse to believe that most House Republicans really favor trying to round up 11 million people, separating them from their children who are citizens, and deporting them en masse.
This is after I implemented a policy to grant drivers licenses without regard to legal residency. As a result of this policy we got the percentage of uninsured drivers down from 31 percent to 12 percent.
"New Mexicans want our roads to be safe and the driver who rear-ends them to be insured. We want our highway cops to focus on catching drunk drivers, not illegal immigrants.
"Al Qaeda took decades to find a way to hit America hard and terrorists are still out there, probing, plotting, and preparing for their next attack. I know that full well from my diplomatic experience. If there's a way for them to get into this country and attack us again they will find it. We need to stop them, and border security is essential to doing so.
"This is what we should do: immediately put enough National Guard troops at the border to keep it covered until we can secure it with Border Patrol officers. That should take no longer than three years. If it takes another year, let's do it.
"Third, we should give the Border Patrol the benefit of the best surveillance equipment available to our military. And, as suggested by Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a leader on immigration issues, we should implement a system of "informant visas" and cash rewards for aliens who provide law enforcement with information on human traffickers and document forgers.
"Under present conditions, the Mexicans just don't have enough incentive to give us the help we need at the border. Mexico needs to do more to stem the flow. But if we create a reasonable guest worker program and provide a path to legalization for illegal immigrants already here -- as I will discuss in a moment -- there is every reason to expect Mexico to do its part to create more jobs in Mexico and to help us with border security.
"Two weeks ago I met with Mexican President Calderon and he told me he is willing to do work with us to stop illegal immigration -- if the United States is willing to address the crisis honestly and realistically along with him."
So says Bill Richardson, New Mexico's contribution to the Presidential race.
First, he tries to get us to fell sorry for the illegal alien. He ignores the fact that most legal New Mexicans have no pension, no health care, no medicare, no disability insurance, very little in the way of workers benefits.
He ignores the truth that unemployed Americans will indeed, pick crops or clean toilets to earn some money.
"Our economy creates a demand for 400,000 illegal low-skilled immigrants a year? Oh, Bill. We have many unemployed, low-skilled drop outs and illiterate legals every year from our Government controlled schools. More than 400,000.
The fact that the illegals steal someone else's identity doesn't seem to bother him at all. Yes, Governator, let's help the illegals use someone else's Social Security number. And how about their bank account too?
His estimate of 11 million illegal aliens is way too low according to "best guesses" I have seen on the internet.
He implemented giving illegal aliens driver's licences. Did you teach them to read our road rules and pass a written test too? And the idea that our uninsured motorist rate dropped from this is so much bull hockey. What made it drop so much was MVD having all insurance companies send them precoded lists of insurance on all vehicles in New Mexico. If you don't get insurance, you get a letter from MVD pointing out that you will loose your vehicle if it is seen on a public street. Now, THAT'S motivation.
I fail to understand how an illegal worker who sends all his earnings back to Mexico contributes to America's success in anything. Oh yeah, he wants to hold them "accountable". That sounds like Potomac double talk meaning "we'll slap them on the wrist and forget they are criminals". And then he admits that BILLIONS are being sent out of the country. Billions earned illegally. If I remember my economics classes correctly, that makes us a debtor nation.
All of a sudden he's talking about Al Qaeda. That's called a scare tactic. And his "diplomatic experience"? Uh, yes, Governator. Like your talking to Gabon about not killing their citizens? And let's not forget the mass of bones you came back with from Vietnam. All six bodies. And in North Korea? You remember, where the nice Koreans gave you a tour of the American ship they captured?
Then he tries to tug at our heart strings by saying that forcing them back to their homeland will separate parents from children and deporting them en masse. (Gee, look. He knows some French.) And he is well aware that that we do NOT send the parents of children back to their foreign country if the kids are born here. The illegals know it, too. Maybe they should tell him about this.
Next is his idea of putting enough of the National Guard along our leaky borders. Well, sir, what National Guard do you mean? The ones doing the fighting Iraq? Or the skeleton forces left? "Even if it takes a year. Or three". Or maybe twenty?
And we need to spend more money on surveillance equipment. Some of that money that's being used in Iraq, Governator? Or just raise taxes? That alone should get you the nomination. Well, that and getting some illegals to rat on their countrymen. I can hear it now: "Senor, my father and mother are here illegally. They live there. Where's my money?" Whew.
According to Bill, the Mexicans don't want to help patrol the border, either. I wouldn't either if they were sending billions of American dollars back to my country. And he wants to create a "reasonable" guest worker plan. Which we already have in place. If we will not only forgive and forget, but legalize, all these people who ignore our laws, he expects the Mexican government to do its part to create more jobs in Mexico and help us with border security. That's one of the funniest lines I've read in a long time.
Mr. Richardson met with Mexican President Calderone. Who told him Mexico is willing to cooperate in stopping illegals... IF the U.S. will discuss this crisis (his word, not mine) honestly and realistically with him. Why do I feel that what that means is more billions going to Mexico from the American taxpayer? It appears that our Governator has forgotten words that helped create this nation: "Millions for Defence. Not one penny for tribute."
Good Luck, Governator.