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Hastert: To La. then to U.S-Mexico border as part of GOP drive to stall comprehensive immigration legislation. Rep. Rush on trip. Will make rare Sunday talk show appearence. On Fox.


House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, up and about after four days in the hospital last week for treatment of a leg infection, flies to Louisiana today to inspect Katrina damage near Lake Charles.

He'll do a helicopter tour of the area this morning and get briefings by officials before departing for Arizona and Texas to check out security on the U.S.-Mexican border. The bigger theme of Hastert's weekend will be immigration, bolstering GOP efforts to bury provisions in a Senate bill calling for a guest worker program and a path to legalizing the status of millions of illegal immigrants. He wants the House to first pass a bill dealing only with border security before entertaining anything more.

Also, mark you calendars and be sure to watch Fox News Sunday this week (Sunday, July 23 @ 9:00am EDT) to see Speaker Hastert's interview where he will be discussing his recent border trip.


The goal of the border visits is to ''highlight the problems'' with the Senate bill, passed with Democratic and Republican votes and backed by President Bush. This is an official government trip, and Rep. Bobby Rush is the only Democrat in the eight-member delegation.

Hastert and the GOP House leaders are holding hearings around the nation to build support for their "Security First'' bill, which passed in December with GOP votes.

Bush and senators fear it will really mean "Security Only."

from the speakers office...

Speaker Hastert Announces Delegation and

Press Schedule for Visit to U.S.-Mexican Border

(Washington, D.C.) Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will visit the U.S. border at Yuma, Arizona, to get a first-hand look at our border security needs as well as how taxpayer border enforcement money is being spent. During this trip the delegation will also visit border security officials in Nogales, AZ, Camp Grip, AZ, and El Paso, TX. The delegation will receive comprehensive briefings on border security enforcement and what is required to get the job done. Prior to visiting the U.S.-Mexican border the delegation will visit the district of Rep. Charles W. Boustany (R-LA) in Lake Charles, LA, which was affected by Hurricane Rita. Details of the trip are provided below:

The delegation is comprised of the following members:

Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL)

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY)

Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA)

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)

Rep. J.D. Haworth (R-AZ)

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)


Hey Dennis now you see why its time to secure the border. Oh thats right its all talk from you guys. Lets see how many hearings you going to have. No vote before the 06 run.

It is unfortunate that non of these House hearings really address the internal problem of the estimated 11 million illegals we have in the US. It is sad that our House of Reps have used this immigration reform in a wrong way. The border is not going to be safe with hearings without the documentation and identification of the illegals in the country. The hijackers came in to the USA with valid visa and not through Mexico border. We need to be true to ourselves and appreciate the good economies that we have and if it's the other way around no one will want to come here at all. As long as we have good economies and they have bad economies the people will be coming into the United States to work and make a living. It will be wise to crack a deal with the Senate and deal humanely with the estimated 11 millions in the States this year as well as making the border safe.

Deal humanly with 11 million criminals who came here illegally, no deport all of them and put them at the back of the line, national ecurity over the selfish interest of ILLEGAL aliens, notice illegal. Only in Chicago is this a valid argument. Daleys stealing from the city, Beavers , Jackson ,Obama do nothing blow hards. What a bunch of morons.

Businesses need and want migrant workers because they are cheap. Farmers and industrial manufacturers benefit most when these workers don't enjoy the protections (and wages) that come with "official" status. Hastert understands this. Above everything else, he works for the giant corporation. Look at his record.

That's why in six years as Speaker he has done exactly nothing to stop illegal immigration. Nothing. He doesn't want it to stop.

This photo-op is purely fluff designed to bolster GOP support among the "deport them all" crowd, who are motivated and will volunteer for his re-election campaign. But nothing will actually be done.

So, they're being used. Duh. Just like the other ones were used before them. Don't look at the photo ops, look at what he's *done.* Nothing.

Of course, for some people, political posturing is enough. I think it's disgusting.

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