How fascinating that the wellspring of liberal wisdom, the New York Times, has noticed that many illegal aliens don’t care about becoming Americans. For most illegals, their heart’s desire is anything that allows them to steal Americans jobs without punishment and make lots of money. They came for the money and that’s all they really care about — first, last and foremost.
We can look to the 1986 amnesty to see how important American citizenship has been to lawbreaking foreigners. Simple legalization solves their problems by allowing them to remain in this country to work without fear of deportation; as a result, only 40 percent of the 1986 cohort chose naturalization.
Under the 1986 move to open the way for illegal immigrants to eventually become citizens, only 40% of the 2.7 million immigrants who received a green card, or permanent legal residency, had become naturalized citizens by 2009, according to a 2010 study by the Department of Homeland Security.
Legalization IS the amnesty.
The Times prints varying opinions in its article, with no polling to sort the feelings about legalization versus citizenship. But there is no reason to think that the current class of foreign lawbreakers would behave any differently from their earlier counterparts.
Glendy Martínez is waiting anxiously to see if Congress will ever pass legislation to allow immigrants like her without papers to stay in the country legally. But frankly, she says, she does not care if it will include any promise of citizenship.
With the earnings from her job in a Houston hair salon, Ms. Martínez, 30, is supporting one child born in Texas and three others she left behind in her home country, Nicaragua.
“So many people back there depend on those of us who are here,” she said. “It would be such a help if we could work in peace and go back sometimes to see our children.”
As President Obama looks for a way to salvage a broad overhaul of the immigration system, he opened the door this week to a piecemeal series of smaller bills as a way of getting past the objections of the Republican-run House, which refused to take up the comprehensive measure that the Senate passed in June.
But as far as Ms. Martínez and many other immigrants are concerned, one of House Republicans’ sharpest disagreements with the Senate and the White House — over a path to citizenship for those here illegally — should not be that hard to resolve.
“For many undocumented people, citizenship is not a priority,” said Oscar A. Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, a network of immigrant organizations that includes many foreigners here without papers. “What they really care about is a solution that allows them to overcome their greatest vulnerabilities.” Continue reading this article
Over in the Republican House, the establishment leaders have been quietly huddling to crank out measures of immigration non-enforcement that they hope will be attractive to the highly sought hispanic voter. The new thing is the Kid Act, a downsized DREAM Act, which would amnesty the kiddies but would not allow the young newbies to sponsor their lawbreaking parents, thereby breaking the line of chain migration based on illegality.
Remember the main argument of DREAMers has been that they are guiltless little victims, dragged as children against their will to the USA by adults. When the young foreigners arrive, however, they just happen to get a raft of benefits like free K-college education on the back of the unwilling taxpayer.
Unsurprisingly, the anti-borders zealots aren’t interested in an unduly generous amnesty for the innocent children: the leading raza types want the whole enchilada or nothing. Anti-borders forces are fully subscribed to the marxist globalist agenda, which includes extra permissiveness for designated victim classes, with special attention given to illegal alien criminals. Equality under law is not what they want, quite the opposite.
And anyway, why are Republicans bent on handing out rewards to lawbreakers just because of their age? Kids suffer all the time because of their parents’ bad choices, like the 2.7 million children with a parent in prison. Amnesty for the moppets would mean the adults had been successful in grabbing American benefits for their family through breaking the law.
The House Republicans’ Kids Act—a path to citizenship for undocumented youth brought here as children—has hit a stumbling block over whether those “kids” would be able to sponsor their undocumented parents for green cards after they become citizens themselves, according to people close to the negotiations. How the GOP sponsors, led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, come down on the question could affect whether the legislation is taken seriously by Democrats and the immigrant community.
The Kids Act is viewed by many lawmakers involved in immigration talks as the fulcrum on which the entire House negotiation turns. The bill addresses the dicey question of legalization for at least one group of undocumented immigrants, and it has Republican support from rank-and-file members and party leaders. The Kids Act, combined with a border security/enforcement measure and a narrow work-visa proposal, could form the three pillars of an immigration package that would signal to Latino voters in particular that House Republicans aren’t ignoring the issue.
The problem comes when lawmakers start asking what happens to the children who eventually become citizens under the bill. Under current law, they would be allowed to sponsor family members, including parents, for green cards. That worries some Republicans who have long questioned the utility of family-based immigration in the United States. It also is of concern to any member who justifies support by saying that unauthorized immigrants brought here as children were not at fault, their parents were. Continue reading this article
In recent days, Washington has looked pretty busy with Congress persons chattering excitedly about whether to pass a CR, shut the government or whatever deal they can squeeze through the sausage machine.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to tuck in a little amnesty for 30 million foreign lawbreakers during Congress’ spare moments.
Unfortunately, the powerful chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte, favors legalization, the big reward that all illegals crave (unlike citizenship, desired only by raza types and Democrats to gain political clout).
Legalization IS Amnesty
because it provides nearly instant access to all American jobs, and employment is the reason illegals come here in the first place.
Senator Jeff Sessions observed how amnesty would advantage illegal aliens: “They’ll be able to immediately apply for much better jobs than they currently have. Maybe they were working at a restaurant part time. Now they’re going to be truck drivers, heavy-equipment operators competing at the factories and plants and we’ve got an unemployment rate that’s very high.”
Amnesty means job displacement for Americans by cheaper foreigners who are already used to working for less. But Republicans like Goodlatte (Phone: 202-225-5431) and Cantor (Phone: 202-225-4000) have concerns other than American unemployment during a five-year jobless “recovery.”
Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He’s also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.
Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, are working on a plan to create a visa program allowing more lower-skilled workers into the country.
Goodlatte and the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, hold out hopes for floor action by late October on a series of immigration bills that already have passed their committees.
“I would think that would be the next agenda item in the queue after we’re done with this mess,” McCaul said this past week, referring to bitter divisions over the health law, the level of government spending and the growing federal debt.
The attention of House GOP leaders seems certain to remain squarely focused on the fiscal disputes until they are resolved, leaving immigration on a back burner for some time to come. But lawmakers and outside advocates insist that three months after the Democratic-led Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill, the issue is showing signs of life in the Republican-run House.
“Despite the appearance that would suggest everyone in Washington is focused on one thing, work is going on on other issues beneath the radar,” said Tamar Jacoby, head of ImmigrationWorks USA, a coalition of small businesses that supports comprehensive immigration legislation.
Why can’t Republicans learn? Citizenship is not the magnet that draws millions of moochers from around the world; it is legalization, specifically legal access to all jobs in the United States.
Legalization IS amnesty.
Only the political sluts, like La Raza and the Democrat party, care about turning grateful (mostly) hispanic amnesty recipients into voters. Naturally, they will vote in overwhelming numbers for the Handout D-party, because a pile of benefits is culturally what they expect from government.
As long as foreigners see that they can enter illegally, work with illegal documents and eventually become legalized, they will continue to come and steal American jobs. Washington is training them to behave in this way because the government has consistently rewarded illegal behavior for decades.
If we want to end illegal immigration, the lawbreakers must be punished, not rewarded.
The Republican Chair of the House Judiciary Committee should know what draws illegals to break a pile of laws, so it’s disappointing to see him speak so ignorantly about offering a “path to legalization.”
On Sunday’s State of the Union (CNN), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) blamed Republicans in the House for not simply agreeing to the Senate immigration reform bill passed with a 68-32 vote last week. He said that House Republicans were worried about a “Republican solution” rather than a bipartisan one. “What the House Republicans are doing is giving a Republican solution. And a Republican solution isn’t what we saw was successful in the Senate,” he said.
“The speaker of the House now has to decide whether or not he is going to allow the American people to speak. There are a majority of Democrats and Republicans whoa re ready to solve this problem.” It is certainly untrue that a majority of Republicans voted for the Senate bill.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) responded by saying that the Democrats have not proposed anything approaching bipartisanship in the House. “Until Democrats in the House are willing to work with Republicans to get a solution in the House that a majority of House Republicans will support it,” said Goodlatte, nothing would happen. Goodlatte said that House Republicans could back a bill for a “pathway to legalization” rather than a “pathway to citizenship.”
Evidence continues to mount that diverse Republican star Senator Marco Rubio is at heart a race man, who feels loyalty to his tribe rather than to the nation he took an oath to serve. He talks up the virtues of the American people, but his behavior suggests a different preference.
Latino legislators have drafted legislation to fund a Latino museum on the site of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, which has showcased the industrial and cultural accomplishments of 19th century American adventurers and entrepreneurs.
“A Museum of the American Latino would officially acknowledge our great history in the United States, and educate visitors about how the success of this country could not have been accomplished without the achievements of Hispanic Americans,” said a March 14 statement from the office of embattled Sen. Robert Menendez, who is now facing a grand jury investigation for possible corruption.
It will also demonstrate the growing political power of Latinos, which has been slowly rising since the 1965 immigration revamp.
“We are in a new era in which Latinos are a much greater part of our national discourse … our numbers have grown as well as our significance to the story of America,” said Menendez’s statement.
The legislation does not say if the existing building would be razed for the new museum.
The building is located beside the Smithsonian Castle, and is being updated for the public next year. The other Smithsonian buildings along the mall would not be impacted.
Menendez’s bill was backed by Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Xavier Becerra, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.
“This will be an enduring monument as much to the people who have found opportunity and refuge in America as it is a tribute to our exceptional country that has always welcomed people and helped them realize their dreams like no other place in human history,” said a statement from Rubio, which portrayed the project as a celebration of immigration. Continue reading this article
One strict legal system for the little citizens; another, more permissive standard for the foreign lawbreakers who infest the country — that’s America today.
Today’s example is the invitation of five Democrats to illegal aliens to attend the State of the Union speech held in the nation’s capitol. Everyone else has to show proper American identification to get in the door, but not the invasive foreigners.
WASHINGTON — At least five Democrats say they are bringing illegal immigrants to the U.S. Capitol for the State of the Union￼ address on Tuesday evening, despite a rule requiring guests to provide their Social Security numbers.
The government doesn’t seem to mind.
A document obtained by The Daily Caller indicates that all guests attending the president’s annual address to the country undergo a government background check, which is required by the House Sergeant at Arms.
That includes providing a Social Security number, which could pose problems for those in the country illegally and set off alarms for government employees performing the background checks.
“For guests who do not posses a valid Congressional ID, please provide their full name, Social Security number, and date and place of birth,” the Sergeant at Arms office wrote in a memo to congressional offices.
The Daily Caller obtained a copy of the memo, titled “How to Submit Guest Information for the State of the Union Address,” which instructs congressional offices how to submit the information online.
The memo states: “All information is collected in a secure manner solely for the purpose of performing a background security check.”
On Tuesday a spokeswoman with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was mum about the presence of the illegal immigrant￼ attendees.
“I don’t have any comment for you on this,” ICE’s Gillian Christensen said, when TheDC inquired whether the agency was aware of this. Continue reading this article
The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro mused in the piece below over how Obama’s 2013 amnesty might play out, since King Barak has not released many hints.
Will the President present some amnesty-lite proposals that are acceptable to border-squishy Republicans and might be actually passed in Congress?
Or, will he launch a mega-ton comprehensive package that is designed to fail because of being too extreme for conservatives to support, a fact which he could then use to bash Republicans in the 2014 election?
Another interesting item tucked within this piece is included in the comments section from someone who calls himself tim62, whose life experience is a reminder of the real unfairness that comes from open borders:
i’m in construction , when i can get work , i have to take jobs that pay me $8 less an hour than i was making in ‘07 . not because there is not enough work , but because ill. aliens have flooded the industry & taken those wages just to get the jobs . i’ve got 30 hard years in my trade , & had finally gotten to a comfortable wage , now it’s like i worked & sacrificed 30 years for nothing .
We used to have a blue-collar middle class in America, but immigration has largely destroyed that.
President Barack Obama promised Dec. 30 to introduce an immigration bill during 2013, but activists on all sides of the debate are trying to understand his strategy.
He may be gunning for a victory in the mid-term elections by introducing a bill so radical that it will spark an emotional controversy from whites, which would then spur many angry Latinos to vote Democratic in the 2014 midterm elections, said Robert de Posada, former head of a GOP-affiliated group, The Latino Coalition.
“The word that I’ve heard from many, is [that he will] submit a very, very liberal plan that most Republicans will not support, that most southern and moderate Democrats will not support,” he said.
When the bill fails, “they can announce once again that they tried [and that Latinos] need to rally in the next election,” said Posada, who helped President George W. Bush win 40 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, during the housing boom.
But that strategy would break Obama’s election-trail promise to help Latinos, said one Hill staffer who is working to pass an ambitious bill that would eventually provide citizenship to millions of Democratic-leaning, low-skill Latinos and their extended relations.
However, he noted, Obama hasn’t met with Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the leading Capitol Hill advocate for amnesty for illegal immigrants, since November.
“We don’t quite know what the White House is doing,” he said.
Obama sketched his 2013 plans during a low-pressure interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.
“I’ve said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority,” he told interviewer David Gregory, who is now under police investigation for violating D.C. law by brandishing a 30-bullet magazine on his Dec. 23 show.
“I will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done,” Obama said.
“I think we have talked about it long enough. We know how we can fix it. We can do it in a comprehensive way that the American people support. That’s something we should get done.” Continue reading this article
Amnesty pest Congressman Luis Gutierrez (pictured) may be implanting the Democrat kiss of death on Florida Senator Marco Rubio. The Illinois Democrat recently heaped accolades upon Rubio, a Republican, saying his kindly immigration approach was “key” to getting more US government goodies for foreigners.
Making Rubio the poster boy of an ill-considered compromise with anti-sovereignty Democrats could easily make his political career a short one, if traditional Americans have anything to say about the matter. Rubio may well deserve a banana peel for his misguided efforts, but Rep Gutierrez should mind his own business.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is key to Congress enacting immigration reforms next year, Rep. Luis Gutierrez said Wednesday.
The Illinois Democrat, Congress’s most vocal proponent of immigrant rights, is trying to rally lawmakers behind the comprehensive immigration reforms that conservatives in Congress have blocked for a decade. In Rubio — a Cuban-American seen as presidential material in the Republican Party — Gutierrez hopes he’s found the GOP ally who can get a plan over the finish line.
“He’ll play a critical role — a necessary, critical role,” Gutierrez said. “He is a new voice of the Republican Party. He’s a youthful voice. And he was one of the first people who got it; he got it before the Nov. 6 — how should we call Nov. 6? — shellacking.” Continue reading this article
Only in Mexifornia! Two dueling Democrats nearly came to blows over who is the better advocate of open borders and rewards for invasive foreigners against the well being of American citizens.
Actually, it was the younger taller Rep. Brad Sherman who put a modified headlock on the older shorter Rep. Howard Berman, with Sherman saying “Do you want to get into this?” But no noogies were forthcoming.
In particular, the two were arguing about which was more supportive of the dreadful DREAM Act amnesty for “young people” and whoever else can pass the age limitations.
Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) received back-up from a fellow congressman after an argument about the DREAM Act spurred an altercation with Democratic rival Rep. Brad Sherman Thursday in California. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said there is no question that Berman introduced and took the lead on the bill that would grant citizenship to children brought to the country illegally if they enroll in college or join the military. ”When I am in Los Angeles next week campaigning for Howard Berman’s reelection, I will tell everyone that I support Howard Berman because of his authorship of the DREAM Act and the crucial, leadership role Howard Berman has played in every major piece of immigration legislation under consideration in the House. Howard is our champion,” Gutierrez said in a statement. Sherman accused Berman of taking credit for the DREAM Act, which he said was sponsored by Gutierrez at the debate at Pierce College.
“Luis Gutierrez introduced the bill. You didn’t. And the official records of Congress will prove you wrong,” Sherman shouted at one point. However, Berman introduced the bill, which Sherman, Gutierrez and 114 other members cosponsored. In the Republican-controlled House, the bill hasn’t made it out of committee. Continue reading this article
On Monday, the President’s main campaign chore, other than collecting millions of dollars in California fundraisers, was to dedicate a hispander-specific national monument to honor Cesar Chavez, the late labor organizer. In recent years, Chavez has been rejiggered by the raza gang into an open-borders enthusiast, which he was not, since scab foreign workers undermined his efforts to raise wages for his guys. (See Cesar Chavez, Minuteman by Steve Sailer for the complex history of the man.)
KEENE, Calif. – President Obama’s stop in this remote and sparsely populated San Joaquin Valley town was about as far off the campaign trail as a candidate could be so close to an election. But his message as he dedicated the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument was not without political significance, as he honored the legacy of a civil rights and labor leader whose “si se puede” credo was an inspiration for his own historic campaign four years ago.
Speaking on the 187-acre property that served as both home and operational headquarters for Chavez and his United Farm Workers movement, Obama said Chavez’s tenacity on behalf of a new generation of workers was part of “the story of who we are as Americans,” meriting such a tribute alongside other national monuments like the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon.
“It’s a story of natural wonders and modern marvels, of fierce battles and quiet progress. But it’s also a story of people, of determined, fearless, hopeful people who have always been willing to devote their lives to making this country a little more just and a little more free,” Obama said.
Monday’s event was the sole official stop on a three-day, campaign-heavy trip, sandwiched between fundraising stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The designation means that taxpayers fund a portion of the president’s travel, while his campaign pays costs associated with his political travel.
Even without the banners reading “Forward,” his 2012 reelection slogan, and Marine band anthems replacing the usual campaign soundtrack, the electoral significance was clear.
Arturo S. Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers, noted in his introduction of the president that Obama adopted Chavez’s “belief in ‘Si se puede.’ ”
“And when he was elected, he used his power to say yes,” Rodriguez said, before listing the appointment of Latino Cabinet secretaries (both of whom attended Monday’s event), a first Latina Supreme Court justice, and his support for a deferred action program that allows young undocumented workers to remain in the United States.
With time an increasingly precious commodity in a race that has shown new volatility after a long period of stasis, Obama is leaning on all the levers available to him for an advantage, including perhaps his biggest weapon: incumbency.
The dedication of the Cesar Chavez National Monument came not through legislative action but executive authority under the Antiquities Act. Though White House officials said it was a process long in the making, the formal dedication came as Obama’s campaign shifts toward a more intensive get-out-the-vote phase of its operation, one that includes a major focus on the Latino vote and will be augmented by labor muscle. Continue reading this article
The arguable Numero Uno Traitor of Congress, Rep Luis Gutierrez, has a new scheme to help his pals the illegal aliens. Since the implementation of Obama’s administrative amnesty for all but axe-murdering foreigners, Luis’ latest brain burp is for illegals to carry “papers” which show they didn’t just blow in last week. (Even generous Newt Gingrich thinks newbie aliens should be deported.)
Anything to give the moochers a leg up; that’s the Gutierrez way.
Hey, wait, don’t illegals squawk up a storm when they are asked to show identification of any sort? Which is odd, since many have an array of fake identities with cards to match, unlike us lawful citizens who have just one set.
A prominent Hispanic congressman is encouraging illegal immigrants to carry around a “portfolio of documents” that show their ties to the United States – a move he says could help them avoid being deported.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) described his advice to a man he met recently who was picked up in South Carolina for driving without a license and detained when officers who pulled him over and he couldn’t prove his immigration status.
“My suggestion is, Mr. Sanchez, the day he was pulled over, if he had his children’s birth certificate, and his 8th grade graduation diploma to show when he arrived in the United States — all of those things would have helped,” Gutierrez told POLITICO.
The Illinois congressman has recently traveled to South Carolina and Alabama – states where restrictive immigration laws have heightened fear among the Hispanic and other minority communities – and said he has met many illegal immigrants who could have been released if they were carrying proof showing their longstanding ties to the country.
At the heart of Gutierrez’s advice is the so-called Morton Memo, issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton in June. The memo calls on ICE officers to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” when enforcing the law against people who may not be here legally but who have strong ties to the country. Continue reading this article
The California Table, a coalition of more than 40 organizations across the state, will host seven townhall forums this April 26 – 30, 2011 featuring Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a champion of champions on immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The forums will highlight how our current immigration laws are impacting U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen families. Testimonies from a variety of Californians will be heard. The California tour is the largest leg of two national campaigns, the Change Takes Courage Campaign by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and the American Families and Children Tour by Congressman Gutierrez.
In the attachment section below, you may print and distribute the Petition.
Below, please see the week’s schedule. All forums are open to the public.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
[Also of interest: 4/26, – Hearing in Sacramento on the TRUST Act (Ammiano), which would honor the right of local governments to opt out of the troubled “Secure” Communities immigration program; the program has raised serious safety, civil liberties, and transparency concerns. Contact Jon Rodney at 510-207-9520 for details]
**Note: Rep. Gutierrez will be present at all events below.
REDWOOD CITY. Tues. 4/26, 3:00-4:30pm.
What and where: Town hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City.
Contact: Silvia Ramirez (650)716-7746
Sponsoring organizations: Committee de Padres Unidos; Episcopal Diocese
SAN JOSE. Tues. 4/26, 6:30-8:00pm
What and where: Town hall at Sacred Heart Church, 325 Willow St. San Jose.
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