Bad Immigration Policy is Just Around the Corner

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Immigration

Just because the media has been quiet about immigration and border security lately doesn’t mean any issues have been settled.  While border crossings may have slowed, the number of illegal immigrants residing in the United States continues to rise.

Don’t let your friends and family forget that as we head toward Election Day.

President Obama still, in cowardice, refuses to move forward with his plan for immigration reform until after the election. He knows the American people will not be happy with any sort of amnesty plan – and he doesn’t want to hurt voter turnout for Democrats.

Just this week, his former opponent Mitt Romney called the decision to wait “a very shameful thing” because Romney believes the President has a responsibility to the people to say what he plans to do before the election.

But his promised executive action on immigration is already being supported by the likes of ex-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who said in a Monday interview:

“If Congress refuses to act and perform its duties, then I think it’s appropriate for the executive to step in and use his authorities based on law…to take action in the immigration arena.”

Of course, Presidents have the ability to use executive action but that doesn’t mean they should do it every time they disagree with Congress – especially on issue as crucial and consequential as immigration policy.

And if you had any doubt about what the President plans to do, information revealed yesterday may put those to rest.  Fox News reported that “the U.S. government ordered supplies to create millions of blank work permits and green cards.”

Of the course the Administration says it has nothing to do with Obama’s coming action – but this revelation is telling.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said today that Obama’s plans for immigration reform are a bad idea and bad public policy.

“It harms to the ability of the Congress to do immigration reform and most importantly, it violates the U.S.  Constitution, “ said Goodlatte, also noting that “no one trusts the President to enforce the [current] law.”

Just because the Left doesn’t want to talk about immigration doesn’t mean you have to keep quiet. Bad policy is coming and there’s precious little time to prevent it.

The GOP Ineptitude against Obama’s Amnesty

Monday, July 28th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Not only is this president akin to an arsonist who comes onto the scene of the border crisis as the firefighter, he is actually standing there with a blow torch promising to set our sovereignty ablaze like never before.  While we are suffering the consequences of Obama’s open immigration invitation to the world, he is threatening to grant further amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.

To be clear, administrative amnesty is a flagrant violation of federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1225), which requires ICE to place aliens who are not “clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted” to the United States into removal proceedings.  Moreover, any effort to grant illegals work permits is incontrovertibly in violation of Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act:

(a) Making employment of unauthorized aliens unlawful

   (1) In general

   It is unlawful for a person or other entity—

(A) to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien (as defined in subsection (h)(3) of this section) with respect to such employment, or

(B)

(i) to hire for employment in the United States an individual without complying with the requirements of subsection (b) of this section…

Yet, amazingly, despite this unprecedented imperial activity, Speaker John Boehner omitted immigration as an example of Obama violating separation of powers in his op-ed defending his lawsuit against the President.

One would expect Republicans to use their first leverage point to put an immediate end to this lawlessness, especially while Obama is openly promising to double down on administrative amnesty. Yet, not only are Republicans refusing to use current appropriations to rein in this imperialism, they plan to give him new funding without first demanding that he swear off further amnesties.

Folks, this is not just about Republicans as a powerless minority party.  With control of the House, they can easily leverage all funding against administrative amnesty.  They certainly have the power to block new funding.  Yet they are silent.

Does anyone really think this behavior will change when Republican take back the Senate?

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Our Plan for Stopping the Man-Made Problem at Southern Border

Monday, July 21st, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

We are a country that has successfully fought two world wars and can deploy our military assets anywhere in the world within hours. We are the country that landed human beings on the moon. Yet, the political class would have you believe that we are helpless in stopping an endless flow of illegal immigrants across our border. They would have you believe that we are the ones on defense; that we must accommodate the needs of these people and their robust legal and political support structure lest we face reprisal.

It’s time we turn the tables and reassert control over our own borders, sovereignty, and destiny. This is not a natural disaster; it has been encouraged and facilitated by powerful forces within our country and the countries immediately to the south of us.

Instead of only treating the symptoms of the problem with legislative minutia concerning a human trafficking law–a law that has a mere perfunctory relevance to the border surge–Republicans must lay out a vision to stop the cause of the problem–the lawlessness. The time has come to reverse the climate that has encouraged and incentivized this behavior. Here are the actions that can easily work in changing the climate:

Read more at Breitbart:

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ACLU’s Absurd Lawsuits Show Need to Shelve Amnesty

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

When it comes to intellectual and moral dyslexia, the ACLU never disappoints our expectations of their absurdity.  Yesterday, the ACLU and the American Immigration Council filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of some of the recent illegal immigrants accusing the federal government of denying them legal counsel.  They are trying to use the courts to compel the Justice Department to providing the illegal children with taxpayer-funded legal services.

The irony of this lawsuit is that the Justice Department is indeed providing taxpayer-provided legal services to these illegals – and it is against the law!  Last month, Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department would be providing young illegal entering deportation proceedings with 100 lawyers and paralegals through the Corporation for National and Community Service.  But as the Heritage Foundation has already noted, Section 1229a(b)(4)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act explicitly bars legal services to illegal aliens that are provided at government expense.

As maddening as this ACLU lawsuit is, conservatives should let this serve as an ominous warning against cutting a deal with Democrats who claim they support enforcement first.

The notion that we are going to grant amnesty once again before securing our borders is so absurd that even the most militant followers of this dogma are forced to outwardly reject it.  Even Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham are now touting the importance of doing enforcement first.  But as we’ve painfully learned over the past few years, their version of “enforcement first” means passing an amnesty bill that promises enforcement before legalization.

At its heart, our border crisis is not a legislative problem, it is an executive problem.  We have had successive administrations, culminating with the current malfeasant president, who have refused to follow the laws on the books.  Therefore, any promises to secure the border without actually waiting to see if those new laws are implemented, will only lead to a perennial cycle of amnesty and open borders.

But there is one more important angle to the order of operations – even to the extent that one can think amnesty is ever a good idea.  Not only do we need an administration that actually implements the laws on the books, we need to wait a number of years thereafter to even consider any legalization.

Why?

We cannot forget the most powerful branch of government – the judiciary.

Even if we had an administration that preserved our sovereignty and implemented the said enforcement measures, we will still have to contend with the courts.  The illegal immigration lobby has unlimited resources and access to truculent pro-bono lawyers.  They will litigate every aspect of enforcement; from workplace enforcement and visa tracking to reforms to our welfare system and birthright citizenship status.  They will even challenge construction of a border fence on environmental grounds, and have already done so in the past.

Sadly, judges all over the country have already thrown out enforcement measures across the country.  Hence, by granting amnesty before these laws are given time to succeed in court, we run the risk of repeating the mistakes of the past.

The alacrity of the ACLU to create chaos and encourage lawlessness is just one more reason why we need to bury any discussion of amnesty for a very long time.

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One Year Ago Today, the Senate Passed This

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Gang Immigration Bill (S.744) is Comprehensively Flawed

 

Enforcement/Security

  • 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.

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Obama’s Immigration Policies Widely Unpopular

Friday, June 20th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

We already know that most GOP consultants have no core beliefs or desire to push conservative policies.  But one would expect they would at least accurately analyze the polling data on the issues.  After all, they live and die by polls.

For years, we have argued that Republicans should go on offense with the issue of immigration and run ads against Democrats for supporting his lawlessness and violation of our sovereignty.  Yet, the GOP consultants have all drunk the kool-aid and are pushing amnesty.  Now Gallup is out with a poll completely demolishing the electoral argument behind the open borders Republicans.

According to Gallup, Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of immigration by 65% to 31%.  Approval among independents has dropped to just 25%!

Source: Gallup

Source: Gallup

Source: Gallup

Source: Gallup

This tracks very closely to a recent CNN poll which showed that the public disapproves of the President’s handling of immigration by 61-35%.  He is underwater with every demographic, including Independents (28-67%).

Imagine how the polls would look if we actually had an opposition party forcefully making the case for America-first policies that benefit American taxpayers and legal immigrants while preserving our sovereignty.

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If I Were Marco Rubio

Monday, June 9th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Senator Marco Rubio spent the better part of last year joining together with Democrats to make a bipartisan push for amnesty and comprehensive open borders.  The message to the third world was clear and unambiguous.  We have not learned the mistakes of the past and we will continue granting amnesty because we lack the stomach to leave any illegals behind.

Not surprisingly, starting late last year there was a surge in border crossings.  Now, there are rampant rumors throughout Central America that as long as you come here with children, you will never be turned down.  How uncanny that the rumor tracks almost identically with the statements put out by politicians in both parties propagating a desire to care for the world’s poor and place their needs over those of Americans.

If I were Marco Rubio, I would hang my head down in shame for helping engender this new wave of illegal immigration.  At the very least, I would have issued the following statement:

“Although I have previously expressed support for amnesty, it is now abundantly clear that calls for amnesty before the enforcement measures are implemented will always spawn endless cycles of illegal immigration.  The approach I pursued last year was deeply flawed and I am now committed to shaming and embarrassing this administration into following the laws and preserving our sovereignty.  I still wish to deal with some other immigration-related issues, but none of that can be addressed until the lawlessness ends and this country is shielded from the harmful effects of illegal immigration.”

Instead, Rubio put out this ambiguous statement:

“There is evidence that unfounded rumors in some countries that if you come as a child to the U.S you can stay have contributed to it,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “Beyond that, I think that it’s illustrative of the need we have in this country to address immigration reform in all of its aspects.”

He said the surge “calls out for a long-term approach in terms of improving our immigration system: both the way the legal immigration system works and addressing those who are here illegally.”

It’s literally a Potomac mental disorder.  Every deleterious effect of illegal immigration, even those directly caused by their version of “immigration reform,” is used an excuse to double down on those very policies.  So by granting benefits and citizenship to those illegals already here before the fence is constructed, exit-entry is working, and interior enforcement is restored…..that will dissuade others from coming here illegally?!!

Over the weekend, Eric Cantor engaged in similar cerebral gyrations by suggesting that the way to solve the border crisis is by offering more “kids” citizenship.

At a time when Americans are suffering from protracted stagnation, diminished wages, and joblessness, it is unconscionable for Washington politicians to spend money supporting new illegal immigrants.  Yet, shame is one attribute lacking from any of the career politicians.

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MP Breitbart Op-Ed: The Real Stain On America’s Honor

Sunday, June 1st, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Keeping illegal immigrants “in the shadows in this nation,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told a group at Harvard University last month, is “a stain on America’s honor.”

Put aside the fact that these people do not live in the shadows and in many ways have more political power than We the People. The real stain on America’s honor is the fact that people like John McCain refuse to lift a finger to protect our sovereignty and stop the new wave of illegal immigration, irrespective of their views on what to do with those already here for a long time.

Instead of talking about ending unqualified birthright citizenship as a pre-condition to any legal status, Republicans like Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) have been running around the country touting policies that invite in anchor teenagers. The open invitation, coupled with Obama’s refusal to follow the law, has predictably resulting in a refugee crisis teaming over our southern border. Preliminary estimates show a minimum of 300 young migrants coming over the border on a daily basis, forcing our border patrol to serve as babysitters for the third world.

Read more at Breitbart News

The Defeat of Enlist Act Amnesty and Why #Primaries Matter

Monday, May 19th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

On April 10, Breitbart reported that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) had made a pledge last year to help Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) pass his ENLIST Act amnesty.  This bill would essentially invite illegals to join the military and turn our armed forces into a visa mill for open borders.  As Denham made his push to add the ENLIST Act to the NDAA in committee, he claimed that Cantor was very “supportive” of his effort.

Well, after five weeks of conservative fury about this odious iteration of amnesty, the effort to pass ENLIST is officially dead.  And the man who killed it was Eric Cantor.  Evidently, Cantor has not only committed to blocking amnesty in the NDAA, he will oppose efforts to bring this bill to the floor as a stand-alone legislation.

Cantor’s bold opposition to this bill is all the more peculiar given his past support for similar proposals.  He has not been shy about holding up the DREAM Act – a related amnesty proposal – as a “priority” for the future of the GOP.

However, there is no enigma about what transpired this week with Eric Cantor.  Whenever you witness a sudden shift to the right in a Republican member, look no further than electoral politics.

Despite the bravado from amnesty supporters who claim ubiquitous support for their proposals, they know that their views don’t sell with the electorate, certainly not with GOP primary voters.  That is why they keep searching for surreptitious means of passing amnesty.  They know that once the electorate is fully mobilized for several weeks against the proposal, they will face serious backlash.

In Cantor’s case, he has a primary challenger, Dave Brat, who has been gaining more traction in recent weeks.  Although Brat faces a monumental task with such little money, Cantor felt threatened enough to go up on broadcast television and attack Brat as a liberal.  Moreover, Cantor badly wants to be Speaker next year, and even a minor primary challenger will focus too much attention on his pro-amnesty positions.  Hence, the U-turn on ENLIST.

But if Cantor is really serious about fighting open borders instead of winning the next election, he would swear off all amnesty and join the fight against Obama’s administrative end-runs around Congress.  In fact, it is precisely the support of the Dream Act from people like Cantor that is likely triggering a new surge in border crossings by young people from Latin America.  It has gotten so bad that DHS is setting up emergency shelters in south Texas to deal with the influx of people invited into the country by the open borders crowd.  Will Cantor swear off his amnesty proposals until border and interior enforcement is properly implemented and Obama commits to restoring the law?

Don’t hold your breath.

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House Republicans Ready to Use Military as Dumping Ground for Open Borders

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Republicans are planning to retaliate against Obama for his high crimes and misdemeanors of letting out violent illegal aliens onto the streets.  They plan to bring the ENLIST Act (H.R. 2377) to the floor next week, using the military as the first stomping grounds through which to pass amnesty and get the ball rolling for comprehensive open borders.

Take that, Obama.

Instead of asking what degree of enforcement they will demand from Obama, Republicans are debating over how much amnesty they will concede.  And what better place than to start with the military – the most respected institution in the country?

Next week, the House will take up the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Conservatives already fought to keep Rino Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) military amnesty bill out of the underlying legislation in committee.  But he plans to bring it up as an amendment to the bill on the floor.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • The military is just the beginning.  Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) strategy has always been predicated on getting his foot in the GOP door in order to kick it wide open.  Once they pass an amnesty inviting illegals into the military, they can go to conference and pass comprehensive amnesty.
  • Even worse than the Dream Act, this bill would grant illegals immediate legal status with an open-ended promise for expedited citizenship.  Their families will also obtain legal status.  This is a recipe for unsuitable low-skilled chain migration.
  • As the Obama administration dramatically cuts back the military of those who have served honorably, they are now filling those positions with illegals?
  • While the left would like to conjure up an image of an illegal Navy SEAL killing al-Qaida members, the reality is that most of these individuals would be used simply for the purpose of creating a visa mill.  There is no age limit for eligibility, so this has nothing to do with service in combat.  Also, in addition to now diverting focus from killing the enemy to social engineering, the military will now have to focus on amnesty.
  • This law ostensibly creates a guaranteed issue of citizenship for enlistees.  Even if for some reason the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would reject an application, you can bet there would be endless lawsuits overturning the decisions.  What message does this send to terrorist cells who want to infiltrate our military?  Inviting in thousands of people with murky backgrounds and notional legal recourse to utilize in rejecting them will only invite in dangerous elements.

So what should conservatives do?

First, we must make it clear to Members of Congress that if amnesty is slipped into the NDAA, especially at a time when Obama is nullifying the rule of law, they must oppose the procedural rule to consider the bill.  That is the only way to defeat this travesty.  Democrats typically oppose the procedural motion to call up a bill, even if they intend to vote for final passage.  In this case, most of them will support the bill along with many Republicans.  Voting against the procedural rule will ensure that the bill does not make it to the floor.

Second, we must continue to do everything in our limited power to take down the Chambercrats in primaries.  If they no longer fear competitive primaries there is nothing to stop them from supporting the Obama agenda.

Finally, we must continue bringing Members out of the shadows and documenting their position on next year’s leadership elections.  In light of the current leadership supporting Obama’s violation of our sovereignty, we have a right to know whether they will join the effort to elect a new leadership slate.

Ultimately, this is a fight for the heart and soul of the Republican Party – one that will determine whether we have a viable alternative to an agenda that disrespects our borders, sovereignty, rule of law, and the American taxpayer.

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