Tonight's must-see TV? President George W. Bush announcing that he's sending up to 10,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border to protect the U.S. from…well, you know who, terrorists who are destroying the American economy by depressing wages, straining social services, and sending money back home (says Lou Dobbs). Or not (says former Fox Newsman and current White House press secretary Tony Snow).
Back to Bush:
Bush's Monday night remarks come as the Senate tries to pass a guest worker proposal that opponents say doesn't do enough to stem the influx of illegals passing over the southern border each day. Senators begin debate anew Monday on an immigration reform package that aims to allow the estimated 11 million to 12 million illegals in the United States look for a way to stay here.
The president supports a guest worker plan, but also must answer to many in his base who say border security is step one in dealing with the flood of illegal immigrants.