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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2001 10:00 pm

As the truth leaks out about how the U.S. government ignored ample evidence that insane immigration policies might lead to disaster, more and more bad guys are turning up in white hats.

The bad guys in white hats, wearing Old Glory pins in their lapels and giving pious speeches from behind podiums flanked by dozens of American flags, are your congressional representatives.

In their red, white and blue ties, these folks (to borrow from George W. Bush) have been lying to us for years. The sorry truth is that these officials - elected to safeguard our future - have sold us out in the name of multiculturalism for 30 pieces of silver.Joe Guzzardi

Congress pushed its agenda relentlessly forward over the people's protests and in face of dozens of warning signs that our immigration policies are deeply flawed.

This week, a sanctimonious Congressional group traveled to lower Manhattan to take in the horror of it all. That is the ultimate insult. If I lost a loved one at the World Trade Center and saw those pompous fools at their gravesite, I would be livid.

Congress continuously slammed the door in the face of anyone who advocated changes. A provision of the 1996 immigration reform legislation, which would have allowed the INS to monitor foreign students, was pushed back to Sept. 30. School administrators complained that tracking "would be burdensome and intrude on the students rights."

Congress caved. The price for a five- year political correctness delay is 6,000 lives.

In the last two weeks, I have received much more mail than usual. Many readers asked why I didn't list Teddy Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton among the culprits for immigration policies gone mad.

Each of them played a key role in the slow but sure decent into an immigration philosophy that ended up with giving valid U.S. visas to terrorists and allowing them to move about unimpeded months after those visas expired.

But, as I told writers, better for now to identify those still "representing" us who have blood on their hands.

Here's my list:

. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, former chairman of the Senate Judiciary immigration subcommittee.

In 1998, Abraham blocked legislation that would have implemented tighter immigration controls at border crossings in Canada.

Abraham stated that the land provision would turn the U.S.-Canadian border into a "nightmare" of delays. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Rep. Lamar Smith R-Texas, argued in vain against Abraham's measure. Smith called Abraham's legislation "a welcome mat to every terrorist and drug smuggler who is looking for an easy way into the U.S."

Abraham, of course, was in the back pocket of big business. He was almost singlehandidly responsible for the increase to 195,000 H-1B visas in 2000 from the previous level of 115,000. His reward for that legislation was the undying financial gratitude of the Silicon Valley software giants.

And, although defeated in his re-election bid, Abraham landed on his feet with a cushy job as secretary of Energy, even though he doesn't know AC from DC.

. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who has made it a matter of record that he intends to eliminate as much immigration enforcement and scrutiny as possible.

. Sen. Orin Hatch, R-Utah, former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, who has worked hand in hand with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to water down immigration enforcement.

. Sen. Chuck Nagel, R-Neb., who worked tirelessly to make sure a steady flow of cheap immigrant labor was available to the beef packers in his home state.

. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has backed unlimited and unrestricted immigration 100 percent of the time. No one is a more avid supporter of mass immigration than Boxer.

. U.S. Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, Bob Barr, R-Ga., Chris Cannon, R-Utah and Darrell Issa, R-Calif. All have consistently opposed strengthening of our laws that would provide a more secure identification process for illegal aliens residing in the U.S.

Issa, in his short career, has made amnesty for illegal aliens, his main goal. This is in the name of votes, votes, votes from his growing Latino constituency.

. Democratic Rep. Zoe Baird, has been a doormat for Silicon Valley interests. Whatever Microsoft wants, Microsoft gets.

I received an e-mail message this week from Jim Dorcy, a retired senior special agent in the Department of Justice Inspector General's Office.

Dorcy sums up where out politicians are:

"They preach national defense and public safety out of one side of their mouth while advocating immigration policies that make national defense and public safety a sham out of the other side of their mouth. Our immigration laws exist only to protect the American people.

"Politicians have turned the whole process upside down. They would have us believe that the INS exists as an assistance agency whose role it is to expedite the entry of aliens into the country and to make life as comfortable for them as possible once they have arrived on our soil.

"Going to war beyond our borders without attending to our internal security is absolutely nuts."

Here are my closing thoughts for the week:

President Bush is clueless. Sending Donald Rumsfeld on a mission to the Middle East to demand the return of Osama bin Laden is preposterous. And for Bush to make a return visit to New York to chat with lame-duck mayor Rudy Guiliani is a pointless effort from a practical side but it keeps the photo-ops going.

In an odd way, the Taliban government is more honest than ours. The Taliban hate Americans and would like to kill us all. That's honest.

Our government, however, can't bring itself to do the tough job of restructuring immigration laws up and down the line. It is willing to lie to us, though.

Joe Guzzardi, an instructor at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly opinion column since 1988. He can be reached via e-mail.

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