Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has compiled a fine to-do list of immigration enforcement strategies that would help if they were the implemented instead of a multi-trillion-dollar amnesty trough of goodies for lawbreaking foreigners. Among the items, several are suggested upgrades to existing laws plus a couple new ones, including ending the odious anchor baby magnet.
There could have been a few more. Let me add my suggestions:
=> Lower the overall number of legal immigrants to 100,000 annually, maximum. That should be more than enough to serve the interest of the American people.
=> End immigration from Special Interest Countries that are said to “promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.” Why welcome spies and enemies? Aliens from the officially unfriendly nations (also called Specially Designated Countries, SDCs) get extra security checks to enter or immigrate. Why allow any immigrants from those places when presumably plenty of nice people want to become Americans?
Amnesty advocates argue that our immigration system is broken and can only be fixed by legalizing millions of illegal immigrants. But they ignore the real problem plaguing our system today: lack of enforcement of laws already on the books.
America has the most generous immigration system in the world, admitting one million legal immigrants every year. There is a right way and a wrong way to enter our country. The right way is to play by the rules and wait your turn, not cut in front of the line and ignore the law. Better border and interior security will benefit American taxpayers and workers and make our communities safer.
But even if the border itself is secure, that doesn’t mean that individuals won’t continue to gain legal entry and remain in the country illegally. That happens when those on student, visitor or business visas don’t return home after their short-term visa has expired. They account for 40% of all illegal immigrants, more than four million people. Border security must go hand-in-hand with interior enforcement. Congress can take numerous actions to reduce illegal immigration at the border and inside the country. Some of these merely require that the government enforce existing law:
• Require employers to only hire legal workers. This will reduce the magnet of the easy availability of jobs that entices many to enter illegally. And it will reduce the competition for scarce jobs that hurts legal workers. More than 425,000 employers have signed up voluntarily for E-Verify that ensures that prospective hires are legally authorized to work in the U.S. And 99.5% of legal workers are confirmed immediately.
• Increase work-site investigations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to make sure employers are hiring legal workers. This will protect jobs for unemployed or underemployed Americans. Unfortunately, work-site enforcement is down 70% under the Obama administration. Continue reading this article
Public safety, normally considered a basic function of government, doesn’t make the do list of the current administration. They began releasing criminals onto American streets before the sequestration excuse even kicked in.
And how much money can the feds be saving anyway? I haven’t heard of any ICE agents or jailers being furloughed, so the only economy gleaned would be a couple bucks for each alien’s daily chow and maybe some lights turned off.
House investigators learned Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials developed plans to release about 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees, although Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has denied responsibility for the decision.
“An internal document obtained by the House Judiciary Committee shows that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans,” committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced.
The ICE document contains a table that proposes “reduc[ing] invoiced daily population by 1,000 weekly.” Between February 22 and March 31st, this plan would drop the number of detainees from 30,748 to 25,748.
“The decision to release detained aliens undermines the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to keep our homeland secure and instead makes our communities less safe and more vulnerable to crime,” Goodlatte said. “[R]egardless of sequestration, DHS actually has plenty of funding to pay for the detention of criminal aliens. Unfortunately, it seems Administration officials are more interested in using sequestration to promote their political agenda than as an opportunity to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.” Continue reading this article
Jeb Bush’s book Immigration Wars has been published, and he is trying to thread the needle between rewarding illegal behavior and punishing it.
The former governor’s solution is to give legal permanent residency to foreign lawbreakers. That would please the job grabbers just fine, but whole-enchilada border busters like Frank Sharry say no way, such a strategy would create a “permanent underclass.”
Unlike the illegal aliens themselves who care only about the money, the raza gang is more concerned with gaining additional political power and establishing a permanent Democrat majority via demographics.
No illegal aliens are requesting to become Americans; they instead demand legalization because they understand that means they get all the goodies right away.
Remember that the immediate legalization in all plans we’ve heard so far confers the economic advantages of American citizenship with no annoying responsibility.
The work permit IS amnesty. “Normalizing status” IS amnesty. Legalization IS amnesty.
All of the amnesty schemes instantly confer the top payoffs that illegal aliens desire, namely access to American jobs and protection from deportation. Plus, nobody will be checking whether the millions of amnestied are learning English or paying back taxes. The big raza dream is a mega replay of Reagan’s 1986 amnesty travesty, only with ten times as many recipients.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday he does not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., a central provision of immigration reform plans being considered by Congress.
Bush has long chided the Republican Party to adopt immigration reform and improve its outreach to minority and immigrant voters. But he said that a path to citizenship would violate the rule of law, and instead is proposing giving a path to legal permanent residency to many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country.
“Our proposal is a proposal that looks forward. And if we want to create an immigration policy that’s going to work, we can’t continue to make illegal immigration an easier path than legal immigration,” Bush said during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show. “I think it is important that there is a natural friction between our immigrant heritage and the rule of law. This is the right place, I think, to be in that sense. Not to take away people’s rights.”
Bush, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, is promoting his new book titled “Immigration Wars” that he co-authored with conservative attorney Clint Bolick. It hits the shelves this week, and it will include concrete details on how they believe immigration reform should be handled. Continue reading this article
Some line must have been crossed recently, since the mayor of Moscow has decreed there will be no more mosques in the city. An estimated two million Muslims reside in Moscow, so the mayor’s edict is a little late. Fridays can get dicey when Muslim men fill the streets for blocks and blocks to recite prayers.
With growing numbers comes the Muslim arrogance we have grown to expect. A Russian woman told CBN, “They come into a neighborhood and begin to tells us things we can and cannot do. We like to walk our dogs here and have outdoor barbecues. But the Muslims can say you can’t cook pork or you cannot walk your dog around here.”
You can count on Muslims to offend wherever they go!
The Mayor of Moscow says there are no plans to build a new mosque in the city, and says the ‘excessive’ number of economic migrants was a ‘harmful thing’.
“It has turned out that the praying Muslims are not at all Russian citizens and they are not Moscow residents. They are labor migrants. There are only 10 percent of Moscow residents among them and building mosques for everyone who wants it – I think this will be over the top,” Sergey Sobyanin said in an interview with Moscow’s Echo radio.
The top city official went on to say that “Muscovites now get irritated by people who speak a different language, have different manners, with aggressive behavior. This is not purely ethnic, but this is connected with some ethnic traits,” Sobyanin said.
At the same time, the Moscow Mayor explained that there are no ethnic enclaves in the city and expressed the hope that such enclaves would never appear as closed districts like that usually have a very high crime rate. Continue reading this article
In the big capitol city, the Gang of Eight senators continue working in secret to create a “compromise” plan to legalize the 11 million illegal aliens mooching in America. Doubtless the plan is to spring the complete amnesty scheme as a done deal and shove it through the Congress as rapidly as possible. Senator Durbin remarked on Sunday that the ad hoc group meets “virtually every day.”
The work permit IS amnesty. “Normalizing status” IS amnesty. Legalization IS amnesty.
Illegals don’t care about the so-called “path to citizenship” that politicians chatter about to distract and confuse the voters. Illegals come for the money, period. Therefore the legalization that will occur immediately upon the bill’s signing will give them everything they want, namely access to American jobs and no more threat of deportation.
It’s further interesting that the Gang of Eight plotters are not at all dissuaded by the bad faith shown by Obama’s sequester release of 2,000 illegal alien criminals who were set to be deported. A top job of government is supposed to be the protection of public safety, although illegal alien lawbreakers are apparently exempt.
WASHINGTON – Capitol Hill was fixated last week on the sequestration that went into effect on Friday, but behind the scenes, the U.S. Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight pressed forward with its work on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
The group of four Republican and four Democratic senators met three times last week, most recently on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic.
“We’re working through the items one by one,” Flake said after Thursday’s meeting during an interview on the second floor of the Senate. “Sometimes we have to come back to them, but we’re progressing, and everyone is sticking together.”
Earlier in the week, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., another member of the group, also reported general progress.
Some of the topics under discussion include border security, the future flow of immigrant labor and employer sanctions, he said.
“There are a lot issues involved, obviously, with immigration reform,” McCain said.
Flake said he didn’t think the unrelated bickering over the sequester and other fiscal matters will hurt the chances of the immigration legislation. The immigration bill is on track to be ready by the end of March, he said. Continue reading this article
The corruption of our school system should be a more important issue than it is. For one thing, the Republican Party should regard leftist multicultural indoctrination of American and immigrant children a top concern — certainly more important that rewarding lawbreaking foreigners with amnesty. A hispanic-focused reward trough won’t gain any votes for Rs; the problem is far too entrenched for that.
The patriotic American education that all kids got a few decades ago is fast disappearing. Schools used to be a basic part of the acculturation machine, but now they work against the project of patriotic assimilation. The curriculum today is diversity, relativism of values and the evil of America. Kids are taught to be leftist citizens of the world and to be ashamed of American history. No wonder only 21 percent of hispanics self-identify as Americans.
This week it was reported that girls were urged to wear burqas in a geography class in Lumberton, Texas. The same high school class was told that Muslim terrorists were actually freedom fighters. For some reason, parents had a problem with that.
Rush Limbaugh weighed in recently on the Republicans’ on-going debate about what went wrong in November. Elaborating on his earlier comment that he was “ashamed of America,” Limbaugh said, “The Left has beaten us. They have created far more low-information, unaware, uneducated people than we’ve been able to keep up with . . . I’ve always had a Civics 101 view of the country: People get what they want, they vote what they want, and they get the way they vote.” He added that the Democrats “control the education system . . . pop culture, movies, TV and books” and use that control to create “dependency” among voters.
Some may think this is a dog-bites-man observation, but it’s worth looking more closely at the most important item in Limbaugh’s list––the educational system. Everything else Limbaugh mentions is made possible because of the deep corruption in public education from kindergarten to university.
We often focus on the ideological biases of the university, where the more lunatic examples of political correctness get the most attention. But in education as in economics, there is a trickle-down effect. The grandees at the elite universities train the PhD’s who go on to second and third tier institutions, where they in turn train the students who get high school and grade school teaching credentials. They also write most of the textbooks that end up in K-12 classrooms. Thus the progressive ideology metastasizes throughout the educational system, determining the curriculum, the textbooks, and the point of view of the teachers. At that level the ideas may be garbled, half-baked, incoherent, and a collection of clichés and slogans. But they are still toxic and effective at transmitting a world-view to impressionable minds.
When my kids were in public school I witnessed this process over and over. Questionable leftist ideas I had to sit through in graduate seminars turned up regularly in my kids’ English and history courses and textbooks. In the Marxiste interpretation of history, for example, traditional historical narratives reflect the “false consciousness” of capitalism’s academic publicists justifying and “mystifying” a history marked by oppression and atrocities in service to a dehumanizing capitalist ideology. Continue reading this article
The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned.
The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal budget documents reviewed by the AP, are significantly higher than the “few hundred” illegal immigrants the Obama administration acknowledged this week had been released under the budget-savings process.
The government documents show that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants from its jails around the U.S. each week since at least Feb. 15. The agency’s field offices have reported more than 2,000 immigrants released before intense criticism this week led to a temporary shutdown of the plan, according to the documents.
The states where immigrants were released include Arizona, California, Georgia and Texas.
The White House has said it was not consulted about the releases, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has acknowledged they occurred in a manner she regrets. White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday said the government had released “a few hundred” of the roughly 30,000 illegal immigrants held in federal detention pending deportation proceedings. Carney said the immigrants released were “low-risk, noncriminal detainees,” and the decision was made by career ICE officials. Continue reading this article
Why should that level of abuse be a surprise? Only half? The Koran recommends that men should batter their wives if they are disobedient. Mohammed (the perfect man, according to Islam) himself beat his favorite wife Aisha. Spousal abuse occurs throughout cultures, but only Islam provides divine approval.
Other subjects included Palestinian anti-Semitism and the cluelessness of Western governments about what’s happening in Syria.
The Arizona sheriff known for his no-nonsense incarceration techniques has put out the welcome mat for criminal aliens that Washington prefers to release onto American streets using the sequester excuse. It wouldn’t cost Maricopa County much to pitch additional tents and assemble more 40-cent bologna sandwiches.
“I’ll take them. I have room in my tents. I would be happy to have them – and I wouldn’t even charge them. I would love to take them in the tents,” Arpaio told POLITICO.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced they’re releasing an unannounced number of illegal immigrants held in immigration jails in order to cut costs as the country nears sequestration, the automatic $1.2 trillion cuts in federal spending that start Friday.
Arpaio doesn’t buy it.
“I am always suspicious when the government that has billions of dollars has to say, ‘We are going to release [illegal immigrants] because of budget problems.’ I’m wary of that. They’re utilizing a budget so-called crisis as the reason to kick these people loose. I do have a concern about that.” Continue reading this article
Congressman Ted Poe is a former Texas judge who is quite critical of the Obama administration’s release of hundreds of illegal alien detainees. His point, made Wednesday on Fox News, is that only a judge can spring lawbreakers from jail, calling the decision an “organized government jailbreak.”
As CIS noted, the released foreigners are criminals. Lawbreaking beyond immigration statutes is why they were incarcerated. Their crimes include drug offenses, theft, identity theft, forgery, and simple assault.
The Obama administration is knowingly endangering public safety by releasing violent criminal aliens from confinement. His action is also a warning that Republicans must submit, or else basic functions of government to protect the people can no longer be expected. Amnesty for violent criminals is no problema for this president.
Even the New York Times report included an example who is a violent character.
Below, Jamaican wifebeater Antony Orlando Williams relaxes after his release from jail.
[. . .] Among those released in the past week was Anthony Orlando Williams, 52, a Jamaican immigrant who spent nearly three years in a detention center in Georgia. “I’m good, man,” he said. “I’m free.”
Mr. Williams, in a telephone interview from Stone Mountain, Ga., said he became an illegal immigrant when he overstayed a visa in 1991. He was detained in 2010 by a sheriff’s deputy in Gwinnett County, Ga., when it was discovered that he had violated probation for a conviction in 2005 of simple assault, simple battery and child abuse, charges that sprung from a domestic dispute with his wife at the time. He was transferred to ICE custody and has been fighting a deportation order with the help of Families for Freedom, an immigrant support group in New York. [. . .]
The report from Breitbart.com includes Poe’s letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano which asks under what authority the prisoners were released.
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) is one of the more thoughtful friends of national sovereignty in the House, where he usefully brings his experience as mayor of a small Pennsylvania town beset with a flood of illegal aliens.
“It’s abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration. By releasing criminal immigrants onto the streets, the Administration is needlessly endangering American lives. It also undermines our efforts to come together with the Administration and reform our nation’s immigration laws. Unfortunately, this Administration has a poor record of enforcing our immigration laws and has routinely sought to undermine them.”
“The Administration’s forced release of those in ICE custody further reduces the chances of reaching a bipartisan immigration accord.
There is no logical or rational reason why the 5.3 percent cut to ICE’s operating budget would have to result in forcing law officers to immediately release already-apprehended illegal aliens and fugitives in federal detention. The last thing you would do to meet a budget cut of this size would be to voluntarily undertake actions that undermine the rule of law and endanger the public safety. These savings could be much more safely and rationally achieved, considering that they will be distributed among such areas as facilities maintenance, equipment maintenance, communications, travel, etc. The Administration also had months to plan for this eventuality and could have developed numerous alternatives to this reckless action.
It is clear the Administration is using the sequester as a convenient excuse to bow to political pressure from the amnesty groups, as it did with its unilateral decision to confer legal status on millions who are not lawfully present. With this new action, the Administration has further demonstrated that it has no commitment to enforcing the law and cannot be trusted to deliver on any future promises of enforcement.”
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Tuesday in an interview with CBS News blasted the “outrageous” move by federal immigration officials to OK the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants as a way to save money ahead of Friday’s fast-approaching sequestration.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier today announced it had released on probation “a number of detained aliens” around the country “in order to make the best use of our limited detention resources in the current fiscal climate, and to manage our detention population under current congressionally mandate levels.”
The deep and across-the-board sequester cuts that will go into effect barring an 11th hour act of compromise on Capitol Hill would mean fewer border security agents and less money to house detained illegal immigrants.
“This is very hard for me to believe, that they can’t find cuts elsewhere in their agency,” Boehner told “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley. “I frankly think this is outrageous.” Continue reading this article
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