Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
During the course of a protracted and contentious campaign, every candidate will invariably flub a media interview or make a public gaffe. However, nobody has mastered the art of the Freudian slip this cycle like Pat Roberts.
Pat Roberts has spent the past year – ever since Milton Wolf announced his intention to challenge him – remaking his political philosophy and his voting record. Much like Orrin Hatch in 2012, Roberts has forged a shot-gun marriage with conservatives. He has even touted his A score from Heritage Action in a TV ad. He’s moved so far to the right that those who are susceptible to political amnesia are scoffing at our effort to replace him.
Last week, Roberts let down his guard on two occasions in a way that even the most gullible conservative will see straight though his election-year conversion. First he retweeted a message from one of his supporters suggesting that Milton Wolf is a racist. Unless Roberts or one of his staffers had itchy fingers, this retweet is quite revealing, especially given what just happened in Mississippi. We all know that deep down and in private settings, the GOP establishment politicians express these sentiments about their own base on a daily basis.
That same day, when challenged on a radio show about his tenuous connection to the state he represents, Roberts reassured the listeners by saying “every time I get an opponent, uh, I mean every time I get a chance I’m home.”
Even his opponents could not have given a more apt description of the Roberts modus operandi. Throughout his tenure, Roberts had been a typical establishment Republican who views his base as nothing more than a bunch of racists who need to be pandered to before election time, especially when there is an opponent.
As we noted last year when we endorsed Milton Wolf:
More importantly, even the foxhole conversion is a result of Milton’s bold and articulate voice in Kansas as a primary challenger. Just weeks before he signed the Mike Lee letter, Roberts expressed his skepticism of the strategy at a tele-townhall. He noted that “it’s a lot harder than it used to be but, my hand is still out there stretched out across the aisle.” At the same event on July 29, Roberts referred to the Fair Tax as a “scheme.” After Milton announced his candidacy, Roberts became a supporter. Most interesting, Roberts has called for Sebelius to resign. This is an unambiguous admission that his 2013 voting record is a form of pandering, not principled leadership.
It is quite clear that if we fail to rally behind Milton over the next few weeks, the next six years of Pat Roberts will look a lot different than this past year.
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration
On this day 238 years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the 1338-word Declaration of Independence in which we declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
11 years later, as Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention crafted the new constitution, he was reportedly asked by a lady, “well doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” He famously replied, “a republic, if you can keep it.”
Sadly, many of us are spending this 4th of July wondering if our Founders would recognize that republic – that beacon of freedom built upon a strong civil society and ordered liberty. So many ordinary Americans feel our republic is long lost to a foreign socialist utopia centrally managed by an elitist oligarchy in the form of two corrupt political parties.
This small minority of radicals has completely vitiated our most fundamental characteristic as a republic – our sovereign borders. We are now languishing from the flood of over 100,000 illegal immigrants teaming over our southern border, adding to the millions of illegals already here. At stake is nothing less than the preservation of our civil society, sovereignty, and solvency as a nation and as a stable economy. They drain our resources, health care, education, and criminal justice system.
Our veterans are suffering waiting for care under single-payer health care, while private health care providers are being forced to provide immediate treatment to illegal aliens and are being threatened with arrest for speaking out against the threat of diseases. Border agents protecting our republic are now being sued by illegal immigrants for doing their jobs.
We feel like strangers in our own country.
Even without the illegal invasion, our republic is hanging on by a thread.
Almost every American is involuntarily subservient to the federal government for his or her retirement security and healthcare. Over 46 million people, and one-in-four children, rely upon government for food stamps. Under the new Obamacare mandates, an estimated 79 million Americans will be enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. This culture of dependency, an anathema to our spirit of independence, has saddled us with over $1 million in debt and unfunded obligations for every American taxpayer.
Meanwhile, ordered liberty in a constitutional republic needs a strong civil society and strong families in order to thrive, much like fish in water. Yet, the cultural degeneration, promulgated and encouraged by this small societal elite, has permeated every aspect of American life – to the extent that those of us who adhere to traditional family values are now ostracized and castigated. We have reached the point where we need a group of unelected judges to grant us small morsels of religious liberty from their high benches in Washington. The small minority who push this invidious anti-family agenda now seek to eradicate the very existence of gender to the degree that private individuals and businesses are now being forces to accommodate bizarre and licentious practices.
The “Republican” Party was supposed to serve as the bulwark against attempts to supplant our republican form of government, yet they have become part and parcel of the problem. Decades’ worth of treachery directed towards the party faithful from its leadership has finally culminated with the Mississippi election last week. A long-serving Republican, with the blessing of the entire party establishment, engaged in fraud and race-baiting to repudiate his own party base and steal the election.
We are now living through the worst consequences of elective despotism that James Madison warned about in Federalist 48. Indeed we are strangers in our own country and in our own party.
But thankfully, as we celebrate another Independence Day, there are signs that the original zeal for constitutional governance and freedom still runs through the veins and DNA of so many Americans. We have witnessed ordinary citizens risking their careers and reputation to challenge the entrenched political class with almost no funding and very little resources. Most of them came up short on the first try, but so many of them came close and have succeeded in exposing the duplicitous career politicians.
This revolution culminated with an ordinary college teacher knocking off the sitting House majority leader in a primary while being outspent 42 to 1. Even amidst the darkness of Mississippi, we see the light of the massive conservative majority that turned out to vote for Chris McDaniel, rising up against the state bosses who very well might have stolen the election.
These are some of the darkest days for our Republic, but that darkness has rekindled the burning light for freedom that has been our inheritance since 1776. We must harness this time of despair and use it as an opportunity to rise up in another non-violent revolution to restore our republic.
Let’s party like it’s 1776.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration
As we celebrate the 238th anniversary of our Independence, many Americans are wondering if we are indeed an independent nation with sovereign borders. Have we become strangers in our own land?
Yesterday, two very disturbing stories concerning our border crisis surfaced in the news. These stories should put goose bumps on all Americans.
Fox News’ Todd Starnes broke the news yesterday that a private security force contracted by the government had threatened doctors working at a refugee camp from disclosing information about the rampant illness among the illegal immigrants.
“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told [Starnes]. “We were under orders not to say anything.”
The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.
The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”
“It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”
She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired.
So now we have the HHS hiring a charity group, which somehow has access to its own security force?
What is the government hiding and why don’t they want the public to know about the contagious diseases that were let through our porous borders?
With this in mind, let’s move onto the second story from yesterday. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) attempted to visit the HHS refugee camp set up at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and was completely rebuffed by agents of the department.
“I approached a security guard and asked to speak with the manager of the facility. The guard called his supervisor who said no visitors were allowed. I asked if they were aware that I am a Member of Congress. Eventually the manager came out and said that I would have to go through HHS legislative affairs and that the first chance to visit would be July 21st.
What are they trying to hide? Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress? As a Navy pilot, I have been involved in operations countering illicit human trafficking. I would like to know to whom these children are being released,” said Bridenstine in a press release.
We now have a situation in which the Obama administration’s policies engendered a new wave of illegal immigration, they clearly knew about the wave for months, and are in complete control over how taxpayer dollars are spent dealing with this man-made crisis. There is something wrong with this picture. Why is Congress being shut out of the process? Is this what our Founder’s envisioned when they declared independence from a king in 1776?
Thankfully, the American people are fighting back. On Tuesday, a group of patriotic Americans blocked the path of a bus attempting to drop off 140 illegal aliens in Murrieta, California. Now it’s time for Congress to fight back and reassert its constitutional mandate against an imperial president who has already promised to exacerbate his open border policy.
Here are some immediate steps Republicans in the House can take:
- Pass Rep. Randy Weber’s (R-TX) bill, the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, which would suspend aid to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador until Congress determines that sufficient action is taken to keep their citizens from flooding out country.
- Change the statutes regarding children of illegal immigrants from Central America and treat them like migrants from Mexico who must be returned to their country of origin within 48 hours. Congress should bar DHS from transferring them to HHS and instead proceed immediately to repatriation.
- Bar DHS or HHS from using commercial transportation to transport illegals to reduce risk of spread of contagious diseases. Congress should also demand an immediate report from CDC on the public health threat posed by the new influx of illegals over the border.
- Most importantly, Congress must reassert control over the power of the purse and use the budget process, particularly the bills appropriating funds for DHS and the HHS, to stop Obama’s lawlessness. They should cut salaries of top DHS officials until the double-layered fence is complete, pursuant to the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
It’s high time for ‘We the People’ to take back our government and our sovereignty from a small group of elites in Washington. It is these elites and their unconstitutional ideas that should feel foreign in this great land, not law-abiding Americans. What better way to celebrate Independence Day?
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Over the past few weeks, we have called upon Congress to hold those countries in Central America responsible for repatriating their citizens who are flooding our southern border. Now, Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) has taken up the mantle. Congressman Weber has introduced H.R. 5014, the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, which would suspend aid to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador until Congress determines that sufficient action is taken to keep their citizens from flooding out country. Here’s what I wrote the other day at Breitbart about our potential to use foreign aid as an incentive for these countries to obey and respect our sovereignty:
According to the Congressional Research Service, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras receive $65.2 million, $22.3 million, and $41.9 million in foreign aid respectively. Some more funds are funneled to these countries through sundry programs run by the State Department, such as the Western Hemisphere Regional program. Moreover, it’s time for Congress to start holding Mexico accountable for their unwillingness to stop the flow from their side of the border. It’s hard to imagine how hundreds of thousands of children from Central America can march straight through their country and across our southern border without some degree of cooperation from the Mexican government. Perhaps some sort of deterrent can be attached to their foreign aid, which topped $200 million last year.
This flow of illegal immigration is not the result of a natural disaster. They were not blown over the border by a wind storm. There is clearly a concerted plan to export their poverty to our shores. Thousands of young children cannot leave a country without the governments taking notice. It’s time we force them to confront their own problems instead of shirking their responsibilities and saddling the American taxpayer with the cost. Read More
Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Family Values, News
In the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court’s final decisions for this term, conservatives appear jubilant in apparently winning two key court cases. In Harris v. Quinn, the high court ruled 5-4 that a group of home health care providers who work for a state government cannot be coerced into providing financial support for a public sector union. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court ruled 5-4 against Obamacare’s contraception mandate, which would have forced a privately owned business to provide abortion and contraception-related health care coverage to its employees.
Indeed this is great news for religious liberty, as these decisions were both one vote from going the other way.
But therein lies the problem.
Why should bedrock inalienable rights pursuant to natural law and nature’s God be subject to the whims of nine justices in black robes? Why should we have to wait with baited breath on Twitter, wondering if our right to uphold our religious beliefs will be preserved? Remember, four justices clearly held that government can coerce a private company into providing any service that violates our rights. This should scare us all.
Moreover, to the extent that we place our rights and destiny into the hands of the remaining five justices, their decisions were quite narrow in scope. In the Hobby Lobby case, the majority ruling only covered “closely held private corporations.” Hence, until any future ruling is handed down on more expansive grounds, the government can still coerce religious institutions, non-profits, and publicly-traded corporations to provide abortifacients.
Furthermore, the decision only applied to contraception coverage and no other forms of religious liberty. The justices made it clear that coercion to accommodate gay marriages or other “ENDA style” mandates could be fair game.
We are supposed to rejoice over the fact that a narrow set of businesses were spared from the worst form of coercion? I guess so. Sadly, it could have been worse.
In the Harris case, while the court ruled against the coercion of home health care workers to join a union, they declined to uphold the natural rights of any worker to work freely – unfettered by unions. Why should any worker, particularly government workers who are funded by taxpayers, be coerced into supporting the circuitous Democrat campaign finance operation through unions?
There’s something fundamentally wrong that we now live in a time when we must wait for a new court case in order to preserve all areas of liberty – religious or anything else.
So was this a good day at the court? Sadly, yes. We are at the point when a day like today is reason to rejoice.
Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
On June 3, Chris McDaniel stunned the nation by edging out Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the Mississippi primary, just barely missing the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. This was no longer a long-shot pariah challenge within the party; McDaniel had topped a 42-year incumbent in a high-turnout election. Despite the inveterate dependency, the endless relationships and political connections Cochran had forged throughout the state, McDaniel broke through the political machine most pundits thought to be impervious just one year ago.
Nonetheless, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) dove into the Senate runoff full-throttle on behalf of the indolent incumbent. Despite the clear understanding that Cochran would only be able to win the runoff by turning out Democrat voters in an effort to overpower the GOP voters, McConnell and the NRSC raised $825,000 for the Cochran campaign. The NRSC also dumped in $175,000 in get-out-the-vote efforts in the final days of the campaign – a GOTV effort that was focused on turning out Democrat voters against the core principles of the GOP platform.
Ultimately, their efforts, in conjunction with the local Super PAC headed by the Barbour gang, successfully turned out roughly 40,000 specifically targeted African-American Democrats. This was enough to overpower McDaniel’s robust turnout in heavily Republican counties and coming out 6,900 votes ahead. According to estimates from a New York Times data cruncher, McDaniel likely won the GOP vote by at least 8 points, roughly in line with the projections of pre-election polling.
We now know that racist robo calls and flyers were deployed in black communities, which rallied support for Cochran through praising Obama, repudiating mainstays of the GOP platform, and insinuating bigotry against McDaniel and GOP base voters. The flyers look awfully similar to those sent out by Henry Barbour’s Super PAC, “Mississippi Conservatives.” While the robo calls were illegally placed without disclaimers, there is evidence that the Barbour Super PAC paid shady Democrat firms to place robo calls, although the content of those calls have yet to be identified.
Hence, this is not your garden variety narrow victory in an acrimonious primary. There are a number of red lines that have been crossed here – disturbing questions that beg answers from Senators Jerry Moran and Mitch McConnell:
1) Heading forward, is the NRSC and GOP leadership happy with a campaign designed to win with Democrat votes in a Republican primary? A number of states have open primaries, but do they believe it is good for the party to actively seek cross-over votes to overpower a clear GOP majority for one candidate?
2) Are they content with winning a primary through race baiting against their own party by playing African American voters and President Obama against the GOP party faithful? Is this something they plan to replicate in the future?
3) There are a number of sharp disagreements over policy issues within the party. Many in the establishment want conservatives to drop social issues and border security from our party’s platform. But bedrock issues such as cutting spending, welfare reform, and balanced budgets are the glue that holds all Republicans together. It represents the foundation of the GOP platform promoting upward mobility over dependency. Thad Cochran clearly came out ahead solely because he attracted Democrats on a message repudiating these ideals of the party. Is that Kosher? Do they condone such behavior and is that good for the party headed forward?
4) Do they believe we should attract black voters by engaging in race baiting and promoting food stamps or should be promote the Republican message of school choice, upward mobility, economic growth, and cracking down on illegal immigrants who take their jobs? If the latter, will they repudiate Thad Cochran? If the former, do they plan to repeat that strategy in the general election?
5) If it is this easy to turn out African American voters on an anti-Republican, pro-Obama message in a Republican primary, imagine how easy it is for Democrats to engage in the same race-baiting messaging. What lesson will Democrats in the south, such as Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Kay Hagan, (D-NC) and Michele Nunn (D-GA) learn from you condoning this strategy if they can now say you agree with their premise about Republicans?
Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Issues
One would expect the cataclysmic defeat of Eric Cantor to force the GOP establishment into a protracted period of introspection – one that would include a plan for changing course to better reflect the views in their legislative strategy of the party’s base. Instead they doubled down on the status quo by replacing Cantor with Kevin McCarthy, a man who is even more liberal and pro-amnesty.
However, many insiders claimed that conservatives won a seat at the table when Steve Scalise (R-LA) was elected Majority Whip, responsible for whipping up support for Republican initiatives. After all, Scalise is the head of the “conservative” Republican Study Committee (RSC).
Sadly, we have already know for quite some time that Scalise was nothing more than a snake in the conservative grass; a political insider who votes conservative on most issues but quietly undermines conservatives. As Jonathan Strong of Breitbart reported based on multiple interviews with former RSC staffers, Scalise completely neutered the caucus as a check on leadership and actually delivered conservative forces into the hands of John Boehner.
With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Scalise’s whip team is full of moderate and establishment Republicans without a single dissenting voice. Earlier today, Scalise announced Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) as chief deputy whip and the following members as deputy whips: Rep. Kristi Noem, (SD-At Large); Rep. Dennis Ross, (FL-15); Rep. Aaron Schock, (IL-18); Rep. Steve Stivers, (OH-15); and Rep. Ann Wagner, (MO-02).
Here is the breakdown of their respective scores from Heritage Action:
With rare exceptions, these members have completely rubber stamped and cheered on Boehner’s efforts to subvert the will of the conservative majority and passed legislation with Democrat support.
It is abundantly clear that we need a clean sweep of the entire leadership team in November, and that sweep must include Scalise.
Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Gang Immigration Bill (S.744) is Comprehensively Flawed
- No Fence: This plan only calls for Janet Napolitano to “establish a strategy”… “to identify where fencing”… “should be deployed” before temporary legal status is granted. Any plan that doesn’t complete the 700-miles of double fencing is worthless.
- Internal Enforcement: Any plan that does not limit Obama’s prosecutorial discretion, restore the 287(g) program, ban sanctuary cities and explicitly allow states to enforce federal law and preclude the Justice Department from suing them, is worth less than the paper it is printed on. This plan does nothing to force the hand of this administration or future administrations on enforcement. In fact, on page 496, it explicitly preempts states from enforcing immigration laws.
- No real triggers: Senator Rubio keeps saying that we shouldn’t worry about Obama because he won’t be president forever. However, he and Janet Napolitano will be in charge for the most critical years of implementation. All they have to do is submit a plan to secure the border (coming from someone who already believes the border is secured) within 6 months of passage, and everyone immediately becomes eligible for legal status. Even the trigger to green cards and citizenship 10 years later is only that DHS certify they are achieving the goals of their own plan. If not, it triggers the creation of another commission to find a plan to spend more money! The recommendations of the commission will not prevent any LPR status from being granted.
E-verify and the visa tracking system don’t have to be implemented for 5 and10 years respectively. Even then, they never call for a biometric exit-entry system as currently required by law, just an electronic one and it will not be required at land ports of entry. As such, there is no way that this massive expansion in temporary work visas will ever be temporary. By the time they are processing the amnestied aliens for green cards in 10 years from now, we will have even more than 12 million illegals from those who were left on the table (ineligible from the first round of RPI status) and all those new people who overstayed their visas. Border patrol agents have already testified before Congress that illegal entries are on the rise ahead of the amnesty. That will only grow as long as we make it clear that deportations will never occur and have no tracking system to crack down on overstayed visas.
- The bill replaces E-verify, the most effective system, with some other unspecified verification system which won’t be in place for another few years (p. 503). This could potentially undercut the 350,000 employers who currently use E-verify on a voluntary basis. It also exempts day laborers from using it (p. 402), which will present a big magnet to future illegal migration. It only requires the use of verification for new employees so as to protect those here already who don’t qualify for legalization from being caught.
- Encumbering future deportations: Section 3717 places the burden upon ICE to prove that a given alien should be detained. Section 2313 of the bill offers discretion DHS and immigration judges to grant amnesty to illegals who would suffer personal hardship from being deported.
- The bill grants the Secretary of DHS waiver authority (page 12) to proceed with the LPR status after 10 years if the enforcement provisions are not implemented as a result of being enjoined by a lawsuit.
- The bill puts drastic limitations on “profiling” and discriminating against illegals both on the employer side (even though we require them to use E-verify) and the law enforcement side. This is yet another provision that invites boundless and perennial lawsuits.
Amnesty for Illegals
- Almost Immediate Amnesty: Every illegal is eligible to come forward for “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) legal status within 6 months after passing the bill once Napolitano submits a strategy plan for border security. That is the most important detail. Once the legalization begins, it will never be revoked, irrespective of the success of any promised enforcement in the future. Also, because anyone could potentially be eligible for legal status, and must be afforded a “reasonable opportunity” to come forward, it will ostensibly be impossible to deport anyone during the entire 2.5 year application process, including the new people who will inevitably come here illegally to take advantage of the liberalization.
- Background check: No government documents are required to identify these people during background checks. They can easily present documents, and there will be an entire business created to provide them with such documents (see below).
- Public Charge: Although RPI’s would not be able to constitute a public charge when they apply for green cards (however, that is defined as a paltry 125% of the poverty line), they are completely exempt from public charge when initially applying for RPI status, the most important gateway. (Section 245B(b)(3)). This legal status will also allow them to immediately collect welfare benefits in many states, which award benefits to anyone lawfully present.
- Criminals: Section 245B(3)(A) (pages 61-66) allows many criminals to get legal status. Even those violent felons excluded may be granted legal status by the Secretary for humanitarian purposes, to ensure family unity, or if such a waiver is otherwise in the public interest. Even the worst of terrorists who are excluded from this waiver, are not required to be deported. “Nothing in this paragraph may be construed to require the Secretary to commence removal proceedings against an alien.”
- Refundable Tax Credits: They have to pay back taxes owed during their stay illegally in the country. So what happens with 95% of them who, had they been legal, would have paid $2,000 in payroll taxes but netted $8,000 in refundable tax credits? What happens with such a tax return? Do they make money off the system? That point is not clear. Moreover, only those who have already been assessed by the IRS would have to pay taxes. (p. 68-69).
- Social Security: The bill would waive prosecutions of those who have used fraudulent Social Security numbers to get jobs when they were illegal, allowing them to receive Social Security benefits when they retire.
- Dream Act: The dreamers (aged 16-and above with no maximum) and the Ag workers will get immediate blanket amnesty, green cards in just 5 years, and in the case of Dream recipients, immediate citizenship. All of this is not subject to even the cloddish border triggers established for the rest of illegals. Children of illegals and Ag workers are some of the poorest immigrants, so they will become the most immediate and profound public charge. Add education costs to the Dreamers. There is also a hardship exemption to waive the requirement that they complete college. Section 2103 (page 110) of the bill repeals the ban on in-state tutiton. Also, how will this affect chain migration when 3 million new citizens could petition to bring in their families after 5 years? Moreover, spouses and children can be brought in immediately, obtain green cards in 5 years, and citizenship 5 years later. Furthermore, those who have been granted status under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) could get green cards immediately.
- American-born children: Everyone born on American soil is recognized as an American citizen under current law. As such, every child born to someone in RPI status, the millions of new low-skilled legal immigrants, and the guest workers will all be American citizens and will be eligible for welfare benefits.
- Invites in Deportees: Not only will deportations be suspended for everyone here, the bill invites thousands of people who have already been deported (a spouse, parent, or child of a U.S. citizen or green card holder, or entered the country illegally before the age of 16) to come back and apply for the provisional legal status. It also allows deportation absconders to get amnesty.
- Immigrants officially have to wait 5 years upon receiving a green card to collect most welfare benefits, although it is not always enforced. Those who register for RPI amnesty status, however, will not have to wait 5 more years after receiving green cards.
- Obamacare market distortion: Ironically, in an attempt to show that the RPIs will not receive obamacare benefits, they are creating another problem – tilting the labor force towards the amnestied aliens. Employers must provide health coverage for all full-time employees or contribute $3,000 towards government coverage for that individual. Given that the RPIs will be excluded from the program, employers will be exempt. They will have a $3,000 incentive to hire those individuals over everyone else.
- Government-Sanctioned Private Advocacy and Legal Groups: Section 2106 establishes a foundation (“Grant Program to Assist Eligible Applicants”) that can easily become a government-sanctioned La Raza/ACORN group to agitate for the RPIs during the entire process. Also, Section 2537 (page 384) authorizes the Director of USCIS to award newly-created “Initial Entry, Adjustment, and Citizenship Assistance” (IEACA) grants to “eligible public or private, non-profit organizations” for the purpose of assisting RPIs with numerous aspects of legalization, such as “completing applications”, “gathering proof of identification”, “applying for any waivers” and “any other assistance.” Section 3503 (page 570) creates an Office of Legal Access Programs to provide free legal service to all illegals during deportation proceedings.
- Lawsuits: Sec. 2104 (pages 120-129) of the bill allows illegals to challenge and appeal any denial of RPI status for any reason. DHS is prohibited from deporting any illegal – including criminals – during the period of adjudication. This is another provision that ensures that no one single illegal will ever be deported. The bill opens the door for class action lawsuits, and allows judges to appoint taxpayer-funded council to represent them (p. 567) – not that there is a lack of immigration groups that will represent them for free.
Legal Immigration/Guest Workers/Future Flow
- Wage Controls: On the legal immigration side, this bill increases the number of visas exponentially for both high and low skilled immigrants. Then, in order to stave off the inevitable depressing of wages, this bill proposes new wage controls for H1-B visa workers. It even establishes an entire new agency, the Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research, to deal with the labor issues created by the massive new flow of low-skilled immigrants who come in on the new W visas. The inane cycle of government at work.
- Diversity Agenda: While the bill would take the positive step of eliminating the diversity visa lottery, which randomly grants 50,000 visas to many third world countries, it compounds the problem with the new regime. Under the new points system, which can work effectively when implemented properly, applicants from those countries on the diversity visa would be granted extra points, almost as much as those who hold master’s degrees.
- Prioritized H1-B Expansion: Almost all of the H1-b expansion (from 65,000 to up to 180k) comes from the base cap. The base cap is simply those who have a bachelor’s degree. We’re not talking about geniuses from MIT who are held up as posted children for our immigration problems. Yet the bill only raises the exemption for graduate degree H1-bs from 20 to 25k. That tells you this is all about importing cheaper labor for a number of “tech” jobs that are not that highly skilled as opposed to filling a much-needed vacuum.
- Defacto Permanent Guest Workers: Those Ag workers who come in on the new W visas will be able to stay for 3 years and have their visa renewed for an additional 3 years. Even if we had a visa tracking system in place, does anyone actually believe we will send them home? Yet millions of more low-wage earners who will enter the welfare state.
- Obamacare: Although the amnestied illegals in RPI status will not be eligible for obamacare, all of the new LPRs created by this bill on the legal side will be eligible immediately. The cost will be astronomical.
- Chain Migration: The same provision that grants an unlimited number of visas to family members of citizens is extended to family members of LPRs (page 280). Given that this bill creates millions of new legal and illegal LPRs, the family-based immigration would explode over the next decade. Additionally, this bill creates an entire new immigration track in addition to the current family and employment-based tracks. It also expedites all 4.5 million already “waiting in line,” without prioritizing those who actually benefit the country.
- Refugees and Asylum: This bill dramatically expands the already-abused Refugee and Asylum laws, including any “humanitarian effort” and “stateless persons.” Chechnya? Palestinians? It also allows those who were rejected to have another bite at the apple. On page 551, the bill waives the requirement that asylum applications be filed within one year of fleeing to the U.S. This will allow people who represent national security risks to linger without having to come forward.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Madison Project Staff and is filed under Blog, Elections
You can read our response to last night’s election results at Breitbart News
In light of last night’s election results in Mississippi, there is one question every conservative should be asking: how much longer can a party survive when its leadership is inexorably against the ethos of its base?
While Democrats harness their base supporters to advance the party’s liberal agenda, the Republican establishment works to undermine and disenfranchise its own base the minute they have pocketed their support in the general election. Now, after actively campaigning for Democrat votes in order to win against conservative Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, the GOP establishment has reached a new low in their treachery against those who embody the heart and soul of the party.
Based on the preliminary election results, it appears that the well-oiled campaign by the NRSC and Haley Barbour to turn out Democrat votes was more than enough to make the difference in last night’s primary. With roughly 60,000 more votes cast in the runoff than the primary, and an unprecedented surge in Democrat counties and precincts, it is almost certain that Chris McDaniel won the GOP vote while losing overall by about 6,400 votes.
Campaigning openly for Democrat votes in a GOP primary using issues and arguments contrary to the party platform is one thing. But the fact that they played the race card and ran mailers and robo calls in African American areas accusing their own party of being racist is downright despicable.
Hence, the NRSC and the GOP establishment essentially marshalled Democrat support to beat conservative voters in order to reelect an ineffective incumbent who is barely lucid and will very possibly never serve out his term.
Ironically, the establishment treachery on the campaign trail in Mississippi is merely a reflection of what they do in Washington. The GOP-controlled House has whipped Democrat votes to undermine and disenfranchise the GOP majority on numerous occasions over the past few years. Senate Republican leaders stood shoulder to shoulder with their Democrat colleagues and denounced conservative supporters of defunding Obamacare both on the Senate floor and in the media. They have clearly grown comfortable allying with their fellow career politicians in the Democrat Party than with those who in their own party who want government to work for the people again.
Throughout the primary season, GOP elites have accused the conservative base of helping Democrats by challenging Republicans in primaries. The reality is that we are challenging these people precisely because they work in tandem with Democrat and empower them in growing government. Yet, despite the acerbic differences and acrimony, the conservative base had always soldiered on and supported the Republican establishment candidate in the general election. Conservative were quick to do so with Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.
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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Immigration
It looks like we’ve lost another one. We’ve lost another GOP senator who is giving into the radical left on critical issues while mislabeling the fight as a battle over “social issues.” Here is what Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson had to say about abortion, gay marriage, and illegal immigration on CNBC:
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Oshkosh, said Monday that he’s a traditionalist, but if voters want gay marriage to be legal he won’t step in their way.
Johnson made his comments during an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box.
“I’m a pretty traditional guy,” Johnson said. “I’m almost 60 years old. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. But again if the voters decide that they want gay marriage, I’m not going to oppose it.”
Johnson was drawn into a discussion on social issues, including immigration and gay marriage. Initially, he focused on “the economic issues that overweigh all the other ones.”
“These social issues are going to primarily be decided in the states, through (the) democratic process and that’s the way it should happen,” Johnson said. “I’ll certainly go with the judgment of the American people in terms of where they want to fall on, whether it’s the abortion issues or gay marriage.”
He said on immigration, “We’ve got a lot of migrant workers in Wisconsin. I’ve never had a migrant worker ask me for citizenship. They just don’t want us to deport their moms and dads, their husbands and wives. I don’t think we’re going to do that. We need to actually solve this problem. We need a functioning legal immigration system.”
There are too many false premises in his statement to debunk in one post, but here are some points to consider:
- His entire rationale is built upon the premise that the socially liberal view is the default position of the people and it is social conservatives who are pushing for radical changes. This cannot be farther from the truth. Abortion was completely taken away from the people and decided by the Supreme Court. Now state marriage laws are being decided by unelected judges, NOT the people. Now is not the time to surrender the issue. It is precisely because we are suffering from judicial tyranny that there is a need for Republican politicians to stand up for religious liberty and state’s rights, not publicly surrender the issue.
- I don’t know which polling data he is reading, but the abortion issue is clearly moving in our direction. Why would you surrender that now? And even with regards to the homosexual agenda, we are already seeing that it will not stop with “marriage.” We are seeing transgendered bathroom laws and anti-religious-liberty court rulings on a daily basis. Should we just ignore them as the radical left seeks to undermine the civil society and religious liberty?
- From what planet does Johnson originate to suggest that illegal immigration is not a fiscal issue? Is he not aware of the massive surge of impoverished illegals at our southern border – a crisis engendered by the very mentality espoused by Johnson in the interview?
- Republicans like Johnson clearly do not understand the importance of the civil society to fostering a free market economy and a republican form of government. A society where gender is eradicated; where abortion is rampant; where our sovereignty is erased, will no longer serve as an engine for economic growth.
For those who are so eager to throw away their principles for ephemeral polling data (which doesn’t even apply to abortion and immigration in which the people are squarely with us), they should remember the debate over global warming legislation.
Towards the end of President Bush’s presidency, most Republicans started buying into global warming and green energy socialism. The media joked about Senator Jim Inhofe being the last man standing against climate fascism. Then, buttressed by Climategate, we fought back against the farce and showed how their agenda was built upon a false premise. Now you can’t find a Republican who is willing to promote global warming, and even many Democrats have shied away from the issue.
But gauging by Johnson’s alacrity to throw away his moral compass, he will undoubtedly follow superficial polling data on “economic” issues as well.
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