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The House Meltdown is Not Just About Strategy

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

One of the most egregious aspects of Barack Obama’s presidency – if not the most egregious aspect, is his contempt for our borders and sovereignty.  Among all of Obama’s illegal and imperial acts as president – and there have been many – none of them have affected laws more fundamental to preserving our existence as a sovereign nation like his administrative edicts granting amnesty and inviting in illegal immigrants from around the world.

Yet, instead of using the power of the purse or even simply expressing outrage against Obama’s open borders policies, Republican leadership has remained indifferent for the past few years.  Concurrently, they joined with Democrats and publicly agreed with the premise that passing amnesty is one of the most pressing priorities of our time.  In fact, if not for those dreaded outside conservative groups and the fervent opposition of the GOP base, these same Republicans would have easily passed the Gang of 8 comprehensive amnesty bill.  Even after they were forced to oppose that bill, they merely expressed opposition to its comprehensive nature while echoing the core values and dyslexic priorities expressed in this odious piece of legislation.

At the time, we warned that fervent bipartisan support for amnesty would not only cripple our welfare system, it would perpetuate a vicious cycle incentivizing new waves of illegal immigrants. We were ridiculed, mocked, and marginalized by the broader GOP party elite.

Fast-forward a year later, and everything our side predicted came to fruition dramatically.  The forces behind open borders in both parties were completely repudiated in spectacular fashion in front of the entire nation.  As we predicted, once the other side of the debate would be properly articulated, the American people would side with us.  Indeed immigration has become the worst issue for President Obama, even factoring in a languishing job market and Obamacare.

Republicans had the opportunity to unite and stand firmly against amnesty while using the power of the purse to end the lawlessness once and for all.  Instead, they completely adopted Obama’s messaging about this being a humanitarian crisis exclusively related to unaccompanied kids.  They adopted his message that this was a crisis requiring immediate funding and changing of statutes related to “Bush era” laws.  They focused on everything except for the original culprit of the border surge, and indeed, they ultimately failed to address their own concerns with the statutes and made current law worse.

Why were they so recalcitrant to deal with Obama’s illegal amnesty, even as Obama promised to grant new waves of amnesty?  Why were they willing to grant Obama new money before he agrees to swear off amnesty?

It’s real simple.  The same forces behind their ill-advised and politically tone-deaf pursuit of amnesty last year are still running the show.  All of the leadership lobbyists, staffers, pollsters, and donors are still inexorably against true enforcement measures and desire more amnesty.  Hence, they were forced to walk a tight-rope in which they pretended to care about the border, but ultimately refused to act against DACA in any consequential way.  They needed to buy off conservative votes, but deep down they are still aligned with the open borders crowd.  Not surprisingly, Becky Tallent, the co-author of the McCain amnesty bill, was allegedly involved in drafting this flawed bill.  Talk about the fox guarding the hen-house.

Sadly, the vacuum of leadership that actually shares our values has created much acrimony among conservatives in the House.  Stymied by efforts to advance conservative proposals, individual members are confronted with tortuous decisions – whether to buck their own party and become marginalized or whether to eat the excrement sandwich and violate their principles.  Some members who choose the latter approach try to convince themselves that they are sincerely making progress moving leadership to their position.

Ultimately, what many members and beltway conservatives fail to see is that this is not a family disagreement over strategy.  The core movers and shakers within the party are completely out of touch with their party base, and frankly, the majority of the country, on this issue.  They have no intention to fight open borders because they are controlled by those very elements who have engendered this problem in the first place.

Amazingly, two of the members of Boehner’s “border task force” were part of the House Gang of 8 last year and are passionate supporters of amnesty.  Most notably, Boehner omitted DACA from his lawsuit against Obama’s lawlessness.

Some of these same members who are feigning outrage and expressing the desire to “do something” about the border were nowhere to be seen when the issue blew up last year. Many of them were on the wrong side of the issue.  Now they refuse to use their first point of leverage to stop Obama’s amnesty and are dismayed that conservatives were not fooled by their distractions and shiny objects.  They have no one to blame but themselves.

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Top 10 Problems with House Border Bill

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

The bill proposed by House Republicans (H.R. 5230), not only fails to address the root causes of the border surge or hold President Obama accountable, it actually weakens current law.  While distracting from Obama’s DACA and promises of amnesty with statutory minutia over the 2008 anti-trafficking law, the House bill actually makes matters worse and voids out the entire purpose of modifying that law:

1)      No Mention of DACA Amnesty: This is not only the cause of the border surge, it is an ongoing threat as Obama openly promises to grant amnesty for 5-6 million more people.  The glaring omission and the fear to even mention it will not go unnoticed by Obama.

2)      Only Addresses UACs: Republicans have completely bought into the messaging from the White House that this crisis is all about unaccompanied children.  Yet, UACs only account for 20% of the recent surge in border crossings.  This bill does nothing to address the catch and release policies of the other 80%.

3)      Does Not End Catch and Release: Although the bill repeals Section 235(a) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking law and places UACs from non-contiguous countries into judicial proceedings, nowhere does it prevent HHS from releasing them into custody of relatives (often illegal immigrants) during the myriad of delays in proceedings subject to the discretion of the judge.  So even though they are selling this bill as a means of expedited removal, as it requires adjudication within 7 days and a decision within 72 hours thereafter, that is only relevant to those who bother to attend or show up to subsequent hearings.   Without ending catch and release, almost none of the UACs will ever appear before a court.

4)      Does Not Close Asylum Loophole: Even those few who appear before the court and are ruled inadmissible to the U.S. can have a chance to apply for asylum with a claim of “credible fear.” [page 21]  As we already know, there is an unlimited supply of pro bono immigration attorneys who will coach them to claim persecution.  A whopping 92% of credible fear applicants have been approved in recent years.  Once their claim is accepted, they will be sent back to HHS and likely released into custody of relatives.  This bill actually insults our intelligence and addresses the asylum loophole in Section 106….only for drug smugglers!  Everyone else is explicitly granted the opportunity to seek asylum.

5)      Makes UAC Crisis Worse with De Facto Amnesty: Section 103 [page 27] of this bill mimics the provision in Senator Cornyn’s bill, which actually makes it easier for recent arrivals to thwart deportation than under current law.  It allows all those who received a Notice to Appear since January 2013 to get a second bite at the apple.  Their notice will be expunged and they will have another chance to apply for admission, even if they ignored previous orders to appear.  The immigration judge will then have sole discretion to grant amnesty as long as “the granting of such motion would not be manifestly unjust.” [Section 103(c)(3)]

6)      Actually liberalizes law on Mexican UACs: Changing the 2008 Wilberforce law and equalizing treatment of UACs from Mexico with those from Central America is a double-edged sword.  While making the laws governing those from Central America stricter (although other provisions will void that out, as noted above), this bill will liberalize the laws governing Mexican UACs.  Under current law, they can be returned to Mexico immediately [8 U.S.C. §1232(a)(2)(A)].  The House bill will place them into the same judicial process as other UACs, granting them the opportunity to be released and/or to apply for asylum.

7)      Keeps HHS Throughout Entire Process: One of the purposes of repealing the Wilberforce law governing UACs from Central America was so that we can prevent HHS from helping integrate them into the country.  This bill keeps them in the custody of HHS throughout the entire judicial process and never mandates “detention” in a legal sense.

8)      No Mission for National Guard: While the bill appropriates funds for any usage of the National Guard at or near the border, it never explicitly calls for activating the military, nor does it mandate how Obama uses the soldiers.  Barring specific directions, Obama can and will use them for his purposes.

9)      Transferring UACs to Military Bases: Instead of barring the use of military bases to house the UACs, Section 302 of the bill merely expresses “ the sense of Congress” that the administration notify them before doing so. Ironically, with regards to DACA, the House was too scared to even express their sense that the president should no longer grant administrative amnesties.

10)  No Fence: Any discussion of dealing with the border crisis without mandating completion of the Secure Fence Act – the only proven method – is worthless.

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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:

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Republicans Must Avoid Shiny Objects in Immigration Debate

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Republicans in Washington have been stymied by the President’s impertinence towards the rule of law and disrespect for the legislative authority of Congress.  The only tool that Congress can utilize against an imperial presidency is the power of the purse, yet Republicans have been reluctant to engage in such brinkmanship.  But now the President has given Republicans their best point of leverage yet – he is asking for new funding to clean up the immigration mess created by his lawless amnesties.  It’s time Republicans embrace the leverage instead of squandering it.

In June 2011, the Obama administration sent a memo (“Morton Memos”) to DHS law enforcement ostensibly suspending deportations against those illegals who would qualify for the Dream Act – a law the never passed Congress.  This policy, which was eventually formalized into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was fully institutionalized on June 15, 2012.

It’s bad enough for a president to violate even minor laws and serve as his own ad hoc law-making body.  But it is downright dangerous for a president to shred our immigration laws, which are so fundamental to preserving our sovereignty and protecting our national security.  Obama was clearly in 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.  In its place, he unilaterally created his own law, yet most Republicans huffed and puffed but did not fight back with the power of the purse.

Fast-forward two years and we are now witnessing the failure of such lawlessness in spectacular fashion. Hundreds of thousands of people from Central America are chomping at the bit to take advantage of the new open borders policy while the going is good.  Now Obama is forced to ask Congress for more money to “clean up” his mess.  It goes without saying that the first demand of all Republicans should be the suspension of DACA and the repeal of Obama other lawless acts – the very impetus for this request for funding.

Yet many Republicans seem content to ignore DACA and focus on shiny objects, some of which actually help Obama with his deceptive messaging.  Senator John Cornyn has introduced a bill that includes vague border security language similar to the Senate Gang of 8 bill. He also proposed changes to the much-hyped 2008 human trafficking law (the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA)), which supposedly requires ICE to hand-over unaccompanied child aliens from non-contiguous countries to HHS instead of deporting them.

Republicans must learn that this law is a complete shiny object.

Not only is the 2008 law not the impetus for causing this wave of illegal immigration, for the most part it is not an impediment to sending them back.  The administration has failed to provide ample data of those already apprehended, but as the Center for Immigration Studies notes, it is unclear how many of the illegals fit the description of an “Unaccompanied Alien Child.”  A large percentage of them are adults, many of the children are accompanied by an adult, and even among those who are unaccompanied many of them have relatives here.

Even among those who are legitimately designated as UACs, only those who have been “severely” trafficked are eligible for the protected status that precludes expedited removal.  As the CIS report notes, there is scant evidence that a large amount of the recent arrivals have been severely trafficked as much as they were consensually smuggled.  Finally, even if the two aforementioned factors apply, the 2008 law exempts “exceptional circumstances.”  It’s hard to imagine waves of tens of thousands of illegals fitting into the spiriting of the original bill and not qualifying as an extraordinary circumstance.  Moreover, as the Heritage Foundation observed, Section 235 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)  explicitly grants the administration the authority to deport anyone who has not been paroled or in the country for two years.

Hence, the 2008 trafficking law is nothing but a distraction tossed out by the White House.  Any attempt by Republicans to make this the main issue will only serve to buttress Obama’s attempt to distract from his man-made crisis.  They should demand a repeal of DACA and the dozens of other lawless acts, as laid out by Senator Sessions.  Not only has Obama made no attempt to restore the laws he’s already abrogated, he has promised to grant administrative amnesty to 5-6 million more illegal aliens.

Now is not the time to focus on shiny objects and distractions.  Now is the time to let Obama know that the days of lawlessness are over.

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Madison Project: GOP Should Reject Obama’s Supplemental, Focus on Stopping Lawlessness

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Press

For Immediate Release:

July 16, 2014

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Madison Project: GOP Should Reject Obama’s Supplemental, Focus on Stopping Lawlessness

Fort Worth, Texas – The Madison Project PAC made the following statement Wednesday in response to President Obama’s request for supplemental funding to address the illegal immigrant border crisis that he was instrumental in creating:

“Giving this president new funding to deal with the man-made border crisis is akin to handing more fuel to an arsonist,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “Many of us warned throughout the immigration debate last year that the public commitment to amnesty and consistent abrogation of our laws would invite in a new wave of illegal immigration.  Now that the grim predictions have come true, it is time for Republicans to focus on the source of the problem, which is Obama’s lawlessness.

“We fully support Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), in his call for the president to dismantle his illegal DACA amnesty program before any new funds are appropriated for new immigration enforcement. There is no reason to send more money down a rabbit hole for new enforcement measures when existing laws are being violated, especially when much of the funding will be used for processing the illegal immigrants instead of repatriating them to their home countries.

“Furthermore, Republicans should reject a plan being floated that would provide the president $3.7 billion in  supplemental funding in return for modification of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA). While this law does need to be changed, its current form does not prevent the president from protecting our sovereignty, as noted by the Heritage Foundation. The 2008 law certainly has nothing to do with the source of the problem, and is nothing more than a shiny object meant to distract Republicans from the real crux of the problem.

“Republicans should focus on existing appropriations through the annual DHS and HHS spending bills and use the power of the purse to restore the rule of law in a budget-neutral way instead of giving Obama new funding with no accountability.”

 

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/

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This Week in Washington

Monday, July 14th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

As the clock winds down to the August summer recess, both houses of Congress will begin to heat up and quicken their pace of “must-pass” legislation.  As always, conservatives must be careful for last-minute tricks and new spending bills.  Moreover, we must continue to go on offense with the immigration issue and demand that no new money is spent until this president begins to reinstate our laws and protect our sovereignty.

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Last week, President Obama sent Congress a request for $3.7 billion in supplemental appropriations to deal with the surge of illegal immigration, which was completely engendered by his open border policies.  Instead of using existing funds to follow the laws already on the books, Obama is asking for new funding, which will largely go towards “processing” the illegals, not deporting them.  A whopping $1.8 billion will go to HHS in order to care for the unaccompanied minors.  Only a small percentage will go towards enforcement efforts.

There are signs that Republicans are already going to capitulate to Obama in return for a shiny object.  Conservatives must be clear that this is not a funding problem, rather a policy problem caused by years’ worth of public incentives inviting these people in through lawlessness.

House Republicans must refuse to pass any new funding unless and until Obama repeals his DACA administrative amnesty, restores the 287(g) state-federal immigration enforcement program, and generally resumes deportations.  Any conditions attached to appropriations should be done through the existing DHS appropriations bill, not a new funding bill.

The main concern this week is that Republicans will agree to pass the supplemental bill in return for the shiny object of repealing 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, or TVPRA, which proscribes that children from Central American be processed instead of deported like their Mexican counterparts (because Mexico is geographically contiguous).  This would be a huge mistake for a number of reasons.  First, it buttresses the false notion that the 2008 law is responsible for the crisis, whereas we all know that Obama’s lawlessness and the calls for amnesty are at fault.  Second, the law only governs victims of severe forms of human trafficking, which does not aptly describe the situation of most UACs.  Finally, repeal of this law would only remove an excuse, but it would not compel Obama to deport them.

The other concern is that Republicans would offer Congressman Michael McCaul’s (R–TX) “border security bill,” H.R. 1417, in return for passing the supplemental funding bill.  McCaul’s bill is deeply flawed because it merely offers vague metrics for determining whether the border is secure, not mandating that the administration build the fence, cut off magnets, and expedite deportations.

Conservatives should demand that House leadership bring up the FY 2015 DHS spending bill, and condition all existing funding to restoration of our laws and sovereignty.

Highway Bill

On Tuesday, the House will begin consideration of its stop-gap highway bill to continue funding for highway projects past the supposed August 1 deadline, when Department of Transportation officials say we will run out of funds for states.

The House proposal, HR 5021, sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), would plug the shortfall in the HTF through May 2015 by using a combination of notional and superfluous offsets that have been trotted out as an accounting gimmick for many reauthorization bills in recent years.  The projected $10.9 billion cost would be “offset” by extending custom fees for another year in 2024 – 10 years from now.  Additionally, the bill would “save money” by extending a “pension smoothing” provision for taxpayer-backed pension insurance for another few years.

Needless to say, these offsets are notional at best, and even if we ever actualize the savings, it will be over the course of 10 years to pay for new spending over the next 10 months.  It would be one thing for conservatives to sign onto this proposal so that we can work on crafting a long-term bill returning transportation authority to the states.  But it is clear that this short-term bill full of budget gimmicks and no structural changes will bid time for a long-term bill full of budget gimmicks and no policy changes.  As such, there is no reason conservatives should vote for this bill.

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

In the aftermath, of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the feeling of uncertainty with regard to the risk of terrorism left the American economy flummoxed with how to assess the future risk.  In what was considered a useful temporary response, the federal government created TRIA, which backed a number of insurance plans by providers of insurance from terrorist attacks.  However, more than a decade later, the industry is thriving and most corporations have bought into some sort of insurance plan to protect from the costs of a terrorist attack.

Unfortunately, overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both houses of congress are prepared to reauthorize the program this week (S. 2244, HR 4871).  The senate bill actually expands the threshold for federal assistance.  We have an opportunity to get the federal government out of yet another insurance scheme before this program becomes immutable, much like crop and flood insurance.  There are often temporary catastrophic circumstances in which there is a role for the federal government to play in preserving the market place, the problem is that they never know when to shut the spigot off, especially in the face of inveterate rent-seekers in government.  It will be very telling to watch the roll call votes in the House and Senate to see which members succumb to the demagoguery behind the mellifluous-sounding name of “terrorist insurance.”

Financial Services Appropriations Bill

Continuing on the annual appropriations process, the House will consider their 7th spending bill this year – the FY 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.  This bill funds the Treasury Department, including the IRS, as well as the Judiciary branch and the Executive Office of the Presidency.  Like every other appropriations bill, this one will contain some conservative spending cut amendments, which we will tally at the end of the week.

This is actually a relatively good bill.  It defunds Obamacare as it relates to the IRS’s ability to enforce the law. It makes drastic reforms to Dodd-Frank and it cuts the IRS’s budget.  The bill also conditions funding for the White House to his commitment not to abrogate federal laws with executive orders.  The problem is that Republicans are just doing this for show and have no intention of standing behind any of the core policy changes in this bill when the real budget battle commences in September.

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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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We Don’t Need a Bailout for Drug Cartels

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

Should an arsonist be granted money to repair and “deal with the crisis” he helped create after starting the fire in the first place?  That is the question House Republicans should ask in response to President Obama’s request for $2 billion to deal with the border crisis.

Presidential requests for supplemental appropriations usually come on the heels of natural disasters or other catastrophic events.  But as we’ve known for some time, the border crisis is not a natural disaster; it is a man-made crisis which Obama’s DHS now admits was the result, in large part, of widespread suspensions in deportations over the past few years.  The collective result of Obama’s public declaration of independence from immigration enforcement has telegraphed an unambiguous message to Central American countries that America is open to any and all forms of illegal immigration.  The word spread quickly, and it is now apparent that the administration has been gearing up for this invasion for quite some time.

Should this same administration now be granted another $3.8 billion, which will largely go towards caring for the illegal immigrants rather than repatriating them to their countries of origin?

Instead of playing defense, it’s time for House Republicans to go on offense and use their Article I powers to control the existing funds allocated to the DHS and HHS in order to ensure that our sovereignty as a nation is preserved.  The supplemental request should be rejected outright, while Republicans should condition all existing funding to the relevant agencies to focus on enforcement, instead of subsidizing the illegal invasion.  Any new funding granted to Obama will only encourage more of this behavior, which will, in turn, serve as a bailout for the drug cartels and human traffickers.

Republicans must place the following conditions on the next DHS appropriations bill:

  • No funding shall be used to transport aliens to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement.  This will force DHS to have ICE immediately proceed to deportations.
  • Obama’s DACA program must be completely defunded.  It is quite clear that the blank check for illegal immigrant children is fueling this massive new wave across the border.
  • All those who arrive under the current surge from Central America should be barred from being granted refugee or asylum status.
  • The 700-mile border fence must be completed.

The answer to a raging fire is to first stop pouring on the gasoline.  We need a change in policy, not more taxpayer funding to support the government-sponsored arson.

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Time to Reclaim our Independence

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 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.

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