Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 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 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
Thursday, June 26th, 2014 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.
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 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.
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%!
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.
Friday, June 13th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Many Republican supporters of loose borders, along with quite a few Democrats, vehemently deny that they support amnesty. They contend that merely asking illegal aliens to pay a fine and back-taxes in return for legal status is not amnesty. Fox News’s Brit Hume passionately denounced those who refer to some of the immigration proposals in Congress as amnesty.
But amnesty means means “an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole.” What else would you call granting legal status, let alone the privilege of full blown citizenship, to millions of people who came to the U.S. illegally?
Even beyond amnesty itself, Congress seems to trip over itself providing benefits to people who came to the U.S. illegally. Just look at the inability of the GOP-controlled House to deny aliens welfare and benefits even before they are granted legal status.
Read more at Breitbart
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Word has gotten out in Central American publications that anyone who wants to drop their poverty off on America’s doorstep will be accommodated. Those rumors were well founded.
I’m sure the Framers had this in mind when they gave Congress the power of the purse. At a time when Americans are languishing from a stagnating economy and crushing debt, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor-HHS passed a bill appropriating $1.9 billion in aid to fund care for the new arrivals of the illegal inundation from Central America across our southern border.
The Labor, Health and Human Services Committee unveiled a bill Tuesday which includes $1.94 billion in funding to cope with the 92 percent surge. […]
As part of the deal, the administration will be required to report back to Congress with a specific plan to deal with the surge.
Language in the bill also gives the Department of Health and Human Services additional powers to shift funds between accounts to cope with the problem.
Under the law, HHS is responsible for feeding and caring for the children after they are apprehended by border security officials. HHS bares the biggest share of costs in handling the migrants.
The Senate package should fully cover the $2.33 billion in new funding which White House deputy budget director Brian Deese asked the upper chamber for in a May 30 letter. [The Hill]
So where were the Republicans?
The deal was crafted by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) who negotiated with Harkin, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
The bill passed out of subcommittee on a voice vote and heads to a full committee markup on Thursday. There were no audible objections.
Taking a look at the membership of the panel, it’s no surprise that there were no GOP objections. But there is one inescapable question:
Guess who is the Ranking Member of this subcommittee?
Where is his voice? Where is his zeal to stand up for Mississippi workers and taxpayers?
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.
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
Thursday, May 29th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on issues related to immigration and border security. There is probably no department through which Obama has pushed his lawlessness more than Homeland Security, as he has completed shredded our immigration laws and erased our borders.
Republican members of the Judiciary Committee should make this hearing the beginning of a sustained effort to shame and embarrass the administration into enforcing the laws, preserving our sovereignty, and protecting our national security. As we head into the appropriations season, they must use the power of the purse as a weapon to batter these law-breakers into submission. If they do not receive satisfactory answers from Johnson and DHS officials, they should cut the salaries of top officials in the DHS appropriations bill.
It’s time for Republicans to unite behind one common theme – preventing a new wave of illegal immigration. Reasonable people can disagree about what to do with those who remain here illegally after we reinstate our laws and stop the new flow of illegal immigration. We can certainly debate the level and type of legal immigration we desire to promote in the coming years. But any Republican who shares a modicum of Republican values should put aside those ideas and stop giving aid and comfort to the President by helping him provoke a new wave of illegal immigration.
The notion that we must debate about the future of those already here while those very debates are fostering a gushing flow of illegal migration, particularly from Central America, is absurd and dangerous. It is analogous to a homeowner mulishly focusing on what to do with the water in his basement while ignoring the torrent of water seeping under the door.
There is an overall surge in trespassing into the southernmost tip of Texas. The public push by the administration to grant citizenship and benefits to children of illegals has spawned a surge in juvenile border crossings. In fact, calls for amnesty have invited in so many juvenile border crossings that DHS is setting up emergency shelters for them in Texas. HHS estimates that about 60,000 unaccompanied minors will enter the country illegally this year, a ninefold increase from 2011.
The memo that is being telegraphed to the Third World is that America is a dumping ground; come drop off your poverty on our doorstep. Countries have gotten so brazen with their tactics that they are refusing to repatriate their citizens after we deport them. Yet, the administration has stopped enforcing the law requiring the State Department to withhold visas from countries that refuse to repatriate their illegal migrants.
That is why it is so irresponsible for Republicans to begin talking about the Dream Act before the enforcement measures are in place, much less at a time when Obama is suspending all law and order. Instead of demanding true immigration reform, which starts with enforcing our laws like every other country would do, Republican leaders refer to Obama’s bad behavior as immigration “reform.”
The willful disregard of our border security and immigration laws at the hands of this administration goes far beyond the broader debate over immigration. Republicans need to unite on this issue, and that should start today by getting some answers from Jeh Johnson.
It’s time for Republicans to embrace the issue and champion our national security instead of running from it.