Pat Buchanan, a leading conservative pundit and former presidential adviser, quietly suggested House Republicans mull impeaching President Bush -- though not for the liberals' cause celebre, Iraq -- but rather for what he sees as Bush's 'criminal' failure to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, RAW STORY has discovered.
"We are being invaded," the reactionary Republican declared in his column Monday, "and the president of the United States is not doing his duty to protect the states against that invasion."
"Some courageous Republican, to get the attention of this White House, should drop into the hopper a bill of impeachment," he added, "charging Bush with a conscious refusal to uphold his oath and defend the states of the Union against 'invasion.'"
Strikingly, he credits Democrats for 'awakening' to the issue.
"Not only have [Democratic governors] Richardson and Napolitano awakened — they are on the front lines — so, too, has Hillary Clinton, who has spoken out against illegal immigration with a forthrightness that makes Bush sound like a talking head for La Raza."
He asserts former presidents would have taken a much harder stand against immigrants. Bush has seen to be 'weak' on immigration from some elements of the Republican party, perhaps in part due to his being governor of Texas and a conscious decision not to alienate Hispanic voters, who are increasingly targeted by Republicans.
"A president like Teddy Roosevelt would have led the Army to the border years ago," he adds in his column. "And if Fox did not cooperate, T.R. would have gone on to Mexico City. Nor would Ike, who deported all illegal aliens in 1953, have stood still for this being done to the country he had defended in war."
"What are these Bush Republicans afraid of?" he continues. "Dirty looks from the help at the country club?"
"Bush is chief executive of the United States. It is his duty to enforce the laws," he adds. "Can anyone fairly say he is enforcing the immigration laws? Those laws are clear. People who break in are to be sent back. Yet, more than 10 million have broken in with impunity."
Buchanan blames an 'alliance' with Mexican president Vincente Fox and corporations.
"The ally-ally-in-free immigration policy of George Bush and Vicente Fox, beloved of corporate America, has created a hell on our southern border," he pens.
And he relates the 'immigration crisis' to Iraq.
"Where is Bush? All wrapped up in the issue of whether women in Najaf will have the same rights in divorce and custody cases as women in Nebraska. His legislative agenda for the fall includes a blanket amnesty for illegals, so they can be exploited by businesses who want to hold wages down as they dump the social costs for their employees — health care, schools, courts, cops, prisons — onto taxpayers."