81 members of Congress signed a letter to President Bush demanding that immigration laws be enforced before any "guest worker" program is even brought up. As frustration builds in the Republican party over this issue, more and more members of Congress are signing on to fight the invasion of illegal aliens coming across our border.
North County Times
Nearly one-third of the 231 Republican members of Congress ... have sent a letter to Bush, saying the government needs to enforce current immigration laws before enacting a guest worker program.
"We believe that there should be no new guest-worker program or any expansion of the number of lawful residents in our country until the Executive Branch better enforces current immigration laws," the letter states.
The letter goes on to say that undocumented workers know that once they enter the country and find a job, "they will likely be able to stay for the rest of their lives because the government has shown little interest in enforcing its own laws."
The letter ... came against a backdrop of growing disunity within the Republican Party over a number of issues. Bush and his advisers appear to be trapped between their business supporters ---- many of whom believe the economy needs a steady supply of low-cost foreign workers ---- and conservatives who are pressing for a crackdown on illegal immigration.
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., one of the most vehement proponents for clamping down on illegal immigration, told the reporters this week that the administration is "kowtowing to big business."