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How To Pass a Resolution to Protect the Health, Safety, and Security of the Citizens In Your Town

People have asked how to go about passing a Resolution to protect the rights of citizens in their town or city, concerning the federal harboring and encouraging of illegal aliens.  First of all, let me say that we shouldn’t have to do this, but the federal government started this fight a very long time ago, and now we’re in the 11th hour.  It’s up to us to finish it.  The big government politicians and open border activists have made their true intentions very clear, so don’t accept the rhetoric that all they want are a few tiny, inconsequential concessions here or there…”for the children”  NOT TRUE!  Their ultimate goal is AMNESTY and wide open borders.

Do not sit back and wait for your representatives at any level of government to do this for you, it’s like pushing a rope.  By the time you are forced to admit they don’t have the guts or are being out-maneuvered by their Legislative leaders, it will be too late.  So do what you can do, where you are at:  your own city.

Below are some simple steps to follow to get a Resolution presented in your town.  Warning: most of you will get push back, and many city council members may resent you or their colleagues for forcing them to take a stand one way or another in this battle of principles.  It’s all fine for them to talk the tough talk, but they get really testy when you want them to WALK their talk!  Don’t let up – they need to take a stand one way or another to send a message.  Be professional and courteous, but be firm. You are the boss.

1. Download a working template of the Resolution here (Word format).  It’s in a ready-to-go template that can be customized to your town.  If you live in another state, replace the Texas Constitution citations with corresponding citations from your own State’s constitution.

2. Speak with selected Council Members or County Commissioners who claim to be Conservative, garner their understanding and support and request the Resolution be put on the agenda. You will need one or two Council Members to sponsor the Resolution, depending on your city’s rules of governance.  I don’t recommend going to the unelected City Manager/Administrator or City Attorney – that’s the Council Member’s job.
3. Get the support of your local Sheriff or Police Chief by talking with them and showing them the actual resolution you would like to put on the City or County agenda.
4.  Marshall your resources. You can use my research on Unconstitutional Acts and/or the actual law that expose the truth about how the feds are mismanaging and exacerbating the problem.   More notes are here, supported by various news articles and information current as of July 5th, 2014.  This is a rapidly morphing crisis.
5. Pack your next City Council meeting with supporters. Use phone lists, email, Facebook, and Twitter to get the word out to the local public to attend.  Keep showing up to each meeting until and when they put the Resolution on their agenda for a vote.  The night of the vote – pack the house!  Let them know how important this is by getting everyone to show up for this vote!
6. Contact your local Tea Parties, veteran’s organizations (which have large networks of contacts), grassroots groups, etc – they will help you spread the word.
7. Contact your local veterans groups, they fought and died for the rights of soverignty that the politicians are ignoring.
8. Send letters to the local news outlets – opinion pieces and letters to the editor are vital in winning the support of your town’s citizens.

9.  Finally, and most important – DON’T GIVE UP.  Many politicians will try and wear you down with indifference, manufactured outrage, pomposity, condescension, bureaucracy, and just outright wasting your time.  This is too important to get easily flustered or frustrated.  See their histrionics for what it really is – they are SCARED.  Don’t back off – be polite, but firm. Just know going into this that you’ve got to be in it for the long haul.

10.  If you have Council Members or County Commissioners who take this stand – make sure you and others tell them how much you appreciate them taking a risk to do what hasn’t really been done at the local level before.  These are dire times and they require drastic measures.  Any Council Member or County Commissioner who has the intestinal fortitude to vote for this resolution NEEDS to hear your approval and appreciation.  They’ve just taken a risk on everyone’s behalf and they need to know you’ve got their backs.

-Heidi Thiess
 
Council Member, City of League City
www.RagingElephantsRadio.com  “The voice of the grassroots of Texas
Exec. Board Member, Clear Lake Tea Party
Member, Texas Border Volunteers

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“A Perilous Hour” Sen. Sessions Rails Against Obama’s Impending Unlawful Immigration Order

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions warned his colleagues they are fast approaching “a perilous hour” for the separation of powers between the president and Congress, delivering an impassioned denunciation of President Barack Obama’s plan to ignore Congress and grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants despite opposition from lawmakers.

Sessions spoke on the Senate floor Monday about the slew of reports indicating the White House is only days away from a major executive action on immigration.

Most reports — including some from Democratic members of Congress — claim Obama will grant some form of amnesty to vast swathes of people now living in the country illegal. According to Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez, that number could be as high as 5 million.

“We are entering a momentous week,” Sessions began, “as Congress must face the reality that President Obama is moving towards a decision whereby he would issue executive orders in direct contravention of long-established American law . . . This after Congress has explicitly refused demands to change the law to suit his desire.”

Any amnesty without congressional approval, the senator warned, “would be in contravention of his duty and his oath to see that the United States are faithfully enforced — and it would be a direct challenge to the clear powers of Congress to make laws!”

“The president’s actions are astonishing,” he continued, “[and] they’re taking our nation into exceedingly-dangerous waters . . . Such calculated action strains the constitutional structure of our republic.”

Sessions called for the president to “pull back” and cease promising action to special interest groups. “Simply put, that which you desire is beyond your lawful reach!” he admonished.

“Mr. President, you work for the American people,” he continued. “They don’t work for you! And they will not accept nullification of their law passed by their elected representatives. The American people are not going to accept it. They’re going to fight this. They will resist.”

Sessions called on his fellow lawmakers to immediately pass a provision expressly forbidding Obama from taking unilateral action on amnesty.

“I’m calling on every person in this body and in the House of Representatives to stand up and be counted in this perilous hour,” he declared. “I think it is a perilous hour. I don’t think I’ve seen a situation in which a president, weeks in advanced, have announced he’s going to take action that violates law.”

Congressman Returns U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Award Over Chamber’s Pro-Amnesty Stance

Congressman Returns U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Award Over Chamber’s Pro-Amnesty Stance

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Frustrated over the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement of a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens living and working in the United States, Congressman Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) handed back an award the organization had bestowed on him earlier this year.

Bentivolio, along with many other sitting Congressmen, received the Chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award in March — an honorific that goes to elected leaders on the same policy page, more or less, as the Chamber. But Bentivolio, after considering the implications of the Chamber’s amnesty position as tens of thousands of illegal immigrants flock to the Nation’s southern border, decided last week to give the award back.

He apparently had a lot on his mind, because he lit into the Chamber with a fury.

“The U.S. Chamber is in the pocket of Communist China and big companies seeking cheap labor in the United States,” Bentivolio’s office said in a statement explaining the move. “We think it is morally repugnant for the chamber to pursue, as a matter of public policy, initiatives which exploit the poor and oppressed, just so they can keep labor costs down for their fortune 500 member companies.”

Bentivolio’s chief of staff further torched the Chamber last Thursday, telling The Daily Caller “they call it the Spirit of Enterprise award, not the Spirit of Free Enterprise award. Crony Capitalism is alive and well at the Chamber of Commerce.”

Bentivolio, who’s serving his first term in Congress, may be looking for a political lift as he heads into a late summer primary against a party challenger who’s polling 22 points ahead, has the support of the GOP establishment, and has outspent Bentivolio 20-1.

That doesn’t change the message his award give-back sends, though. At least Michigan voters know where he stands.

• Drug cartels are helping would-be immigrants cross the border.

• Border officials: 3 of 4 people crossing the border are from countries other than Mexico.

• State lawmaker: “Texas is not waiting for Washington to act.”

Last weekend, I visited McAllen, Texas, a hotbed of activity in the recent immigration surge on the U.S. – Mexico border. I rode with U.S. Rep.  Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, on a boat with the Texas Department of Public Safety along the Rio Grande River and toured one of the busiest processing centers in the country as it dealt with the flood of illegal aliens from Central America.

Dir McCraw

Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Jose Rodriguez, regional commander of DPS (pictured left-right here), led the briefing on Operation Strong Safety, the surge operation ordered by Texas Gov. Rick Perry in June to address the growing crisis on the border. They told us the surge is aimed primarily at fighting the drug cartels and human smuggling operatives that control much of the Rio Grande Valley border.

McCraw and Rodriguez said these Transnational Criminal Organizations are fueling the influx of illegal aliens coming from Central America. They believe TCOs are behind the media stories and advertisements in countries such as Honduras that encourage people to come and that they serve as coyotes/human smugglers. Criminals benefit from immigration surges: When border officials are overwhelmed by a flood of immigrants, their attention is diverted from monitoring drug smuggling.

Aiming more law enforcement at these criminal organizations and shutting down their operations along the Rio Grande and larger Texas border will go a long way to address the Central American and unaccompanied children issue, said McCraw and Rodriguez.

“We’ve seen increased scouting of our activities by drug cartels,” Rodriquez said. “Their goal is to determine where we are and when we’ll be there, so they can figure out the best times to smuggle drugs and people through. The surge allows us to go after the organizers of these activities in a major way.”

According to McCraw, the “objective is not to inconvenience them [the drug cartels] but to hurt them. The drug cartel and human trafficking agents are a threat to communities not just on the border but across America.”

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This is the view from the dock of a park in McAllen that overlooks one of the widest areas of the Rio Grande River.  The land you see directly across is a park in Reynosa, Mexico, and the boat here belongs to the Texas Highway Patrol, which monitors the waterways.

Many of the unaccompanied children and family units are crossing in this area, and most immediately turn themselves in to the border patrol.

 

This video clip shows  a beach in Mexico approximately 200 to 300 feet across from the park in McAllen. The beach is a recreational and swimming area used by Mexican locals.  But it also is one of the main areas where smugglers bring immigrants from Central America and push them across the Rio Grande River in rafts or bring them across on jet skis.

DPS Marine official

As we traveled down the Rio Grande River on the Texas Highway Patrol boat, military officials described some of the specific challenges of securing this area of the border.  According to the young Marine featured here who works on the Texas border operation and who didn’t want to give his name, the most dangerous parts of the job are going after those smuggling drugs across the border.

Another challenge he and others on the border face is that a majority of illegal crossers are coming across U.S. Fish and Wildlife area refuges – areas where border officials have limited access to roads and where the types of vehicles allowed are severely restricted.

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These two homes, not more than 250 feet from the U.S. shoreline, belong to Mexican drug lords, the officials said.  They stand on the Mexican banks of the Rio Grande River.

Fishing

Even at its widest parts, the Rio Grande is often very shallow and easy to cross.  Standing in the middle of the river in this photo are two Mexican men fishing, with Mexico on the right and Texas on the left. There are walls and fence structures along parts of the Texas southern border, but most areas are open.

Rep. Bryan Hughes

One of the state lawmakers in our group was Rep. Bryan Hughes, a Republican who represents District 5 in Texas. When I asked him what he would want folks in other states to know about how this affects Texas and could affect them, he was thoughtful.

“Border security is not a state responsibility,” he said. “But the dereliction of duty by the feds affects us all. Texas is not waiting for Washington to act.”

The Lone Star State, Hughes said, is spending “hundreds of millions” on border security, and has just allocated “another $1.3 million per week for a surge in law enforcement resources.”

“Working with Border Patrol, county, local and state law enforcement, we will aggressively disrupt the drug cartels’ operations,” he said. “And we believe that will go a long way in reducing all illegal border crossings.”

For Texans in Hughes’ district, there are two top anxieties about the current border situation.

“My constituents are concerned about the safety and well-being of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who are flooding into Texas,” Hughes said. “Texans are also alarmed about the security risks to our country as drug smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists can more easily sneak across our southern border during this time of crisis.”

Front of DHS bldg

This is the Department of Homeland Security building in McAllen, currently the busiest such facility in the U.S. It processes more than 1,000 people a day.  When illegal immigrants are apprehended by the border patrol, this is where they are brought.

After arrival, officials find out where they’re from and if they have a criminal record. Normally, this process should take a day,  but because federal immigration authorities have not been able to handle the flood of immigrants, people are being kept here for three days or more.

When I was there in June, more than 300 illegal border crossers were being held here, most from Central America. They stay in holding cells with large windows so agents can monitor activities.  People are divided by age and sex, except for mothers with children.

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This is the sally port on the backside of the DHS building. Normally this is a secure area where vans and buses would enter to transport those in custody.  But because of the overwhelming number of illegal aliens crossing the border, it is currently being used to shelter more than 500 people.

It’s an open-air area with just fans to provide a reprieve from the Texas sun. There are no beds or cots: People are given silver blankets, like you’d see at a race event, to sit and lay on. There are no bathing facilities, just portable toilets. Many of those coming across have lice and other skin infections. To try to prevent the infections spreading, they are sectioned off from the larger group.

Albert Spratte

Albert Spratte, pictured on the left talking with Gohmert, is the sergeant at arms, Union 3307, for the National Border Patrol Council. According to Spratte, drug and human smugglers monitor the border and river crossing areas on the Mexico side, along with bus and train stops in Mexican border towns, to ensure no one comes across without paying the smugglers to get them across.

“We’re good at what we do,” Spratte said. “We’re being asked to do things we’re not supposed to do. We’re supposed to stop and detain. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is supposed to deport. The situation is worse than you think, and it’s not going to change until you start deporting people.”

As for the facilities where immigrants are held until ICE steps in,  “If we were a jail, we’d be closed down,” he said.

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According to officials I spoke with, three out of four of those crossing the borders are “OTMs–the term for “Other Than Mexican.”  At least one in four are children, 45 to 50 percent are family units, and the male/female ratio is roughly 60-40.

Although the current wave of border crossers is primarily from Central America, people from more than 140 different countries, including Bangladesh, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have crossed the southern border. Earlier this month, 33 people from China were apprehended.

As to why so many from Central America are coming now, a top border offical told me, “They recognize they’ve overwhelmed the system. And they know they are going to be released and told to report, but a very minimal number of them ever do.” In other words, those released to family members in the U.S. are supposed to report to the local immigration and customs office once settled to begin their deportation process, but few ever do.

Since I’ve returned from the border, a number of people have asked me about the morale of border agents dealing with this crisis. I would say the majority, although seriously overworked, are encouraged by the recent attention the issue has gotten and the surge of law enforcement promised by the state of Texas.

A senior border official, who didn’t wish to give his name, summed up the view I heard from many there when I asked how his unit was handling the situation: “For border patrol, it’s a good news story.  We’re doing our job.

“For the federal government … not so much.”

‘Illegal Immigration’ Is A PC Term; This Is An Invasion

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‘Illegal Immigration’ Is A PC Term; This Is An Invasion

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Child migrants Oscar Vazquez, a 10-year-old Honduran, and Wilson Coxaj, a 16-year-old Guatemalan, made their way to a Catholic migrant center in Arriaga, Mexico.

It used to be that when illegal aliens made it across our border with Mexico, they’d flee as fast and as far as they could from any Border Patrol agent. Now, by the thousands, they’re eager to be caught. What on Earth has changed?

In the old days, those coming in illegally knew that they and their children would be deported just as quickly as they were caught. Today, thousands of women believe that if their children can get here, they’ll be allowed to stay, as part of some sort of “amnesty” deal. And they don’t just get to remain in this country; heck, they’ll even be provided with food, medical care and a place to stay.

Tens of thousands of people have believed these promises. As a result, we’re now seeing a flood of children pouring across the border, particularly in Texas. In 2011, roughly 7,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended trying to enter this country. In 2012, that number doubled to 14,000. Last year, it climbed to 24,000.

Now, the numbers have skyrocketed. In just the first half of this year, the number of unaccompanied minors sneaking into the United States soared to more than 40,000. The Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for protecting our borders, estimates that the number could pass 90,000 by the end of this year. And they say it could reach an astounding 145,000 next year.

The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that in only one week, from May 28 to June 4, in just the Rio Grande Valley, the Border Patrol caught more than 8,300 illegal aliens who had made it across the border. Again, that’s the count for just one week and in just one part of Texas.

This is an invasion, pure and simple. There is simply no other word for it. And unless it is stopped, the America we know and love will cease to exist.

The problem has gotten so bad that the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for processing deportations of illegal immigrants, can’t keep up. Because the detention facilities in South Texas are already filled to overflowing, some detainees are being sent to converted warehouses and military bases in Arizona and California.

Many others are simply being released and asked to come back in a few weeks. Can you imagine that? Rather than being put on a bus and taken out of this country, they are being driven to a bus stop, given a prepaid ticket to somewhere else and asked to come back when it’s more convenient. How many people do you think will obey that request?

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has written President Barack Obama, protesting the Administration’s policy of dumping many of these illegals on her State. The last I heard she had not been given the courtesy of a reply from the White House. And of course, the policy hasn’t been changed.

We’re told that most of these new illegal immigrants are not Mexicans. They’re coming from further south in Central America — particularly Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Those countries are 1,800 miles away from our southern border. So let me ask a couple of obvious questions: How on Earth are those thousands of women and children getting to our border? Does anyone seriously suggest they have walked all the way?

It’s hard to imagine even healthy young adults making that trek, across some very inhospitable terrain. But we’re supposed to believe that pregnant women and young children have done so? Impossible!

It’s equally ridiculous to suggest that these tens of thousands of impoverished aliens have paid thousands of dollars to smugglers to transport them. They don’t have the funds to do so.

So I repeat: How have they managed to get from Central America to our border with Mexico? Have people in their governments conspired to help them? Are some Mexican officials in league with them? It’s hard to believe this is all “just happening.” It sure smells like there’s a criminal conspiracy at work here.

And what is Mexico’s roll in all of this? How does it happen that tens of thousands of aliens somehow are able to travel 1,800 miles across their country without anyone being aware of it or doing anything about it? I smell a very big rat at work here.

We’ve been told that Vice President Joe Biden is flying to Guatemala later this week to meet with Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina and senior officials from Honduras and El Salvador to see what can be done to stem this criminal invasion. Apparently, Biden will bring with him some offers of “enhanced” support from the U.S. for the three countries, if they’ll help keep tens of thousands of their citizens from sneaking into our country.

Lots of luck with that, Joe.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is one of many Republican legislators who say that the blame for this crisis can be laid squarely at Obama’s feet. Sessionsissued a statement June 3, stating:

The rising crisis at the border is the direct and predictable result of actions taken by President Obama. He and his Administration have announced to the world that they will not enforce America’s immigration laws, and have emphasized in particular that foreign youth will be exempted from these laws. The world has heard the President’s call, and illegal immigrants are pouring across the border in pursuit of his promised amnesty. President Obama is responsible for this calamity, and only by declaring to the world that our border is no longer open–and that the law will be restored–can this emergency be stopped.

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be much chance of this happening.

Meanwhile, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi continues to languish in a Mexican jail, where he’s been held since March 31. That’s when he missed a very obscure street sign and accidentally drove into the country. Because he was carrying three guns (all of which were legally registered in the United States), he was arrested by Mexican police and tossed into the hoosegow, where he remains to this day.

Yet Mexican troops and police stray across our border all the time without anyone making a fuss about it.

Personal Liberty’s Sam Rolley reported:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told Representative Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) in a letter that the “incursions” are “infrequent” — but the commissioner added that they happen frequently enough for the U.S. to have created special units to deal with the situation.

Kerlikowske said that a total of 525 Mexican law enforcement and military personnel have wandered into the United States in about 152 separate instances since 2004. In 81 instances, involving about 320 of the armed non-Americans, contact was made with U.S. Border agents. In 131 of those cases people were detained.

If there’s one good thing that’s come out of the present crisis, it’s that so-called immigration reform is stone-cold dead, at least for now. The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia last week added an important nail to that coffin.

There’s been a lot of discussion about why voters in Virginia’s 7thCongressional District gave the boot to Cantor, the guy who had represented the district for six terms, and instead made Dave Brat the victor. Certainly, Cantor’s reputation for being aloof, arrogant and out of touch didn’t help him.

Neither did his financial profligacy. One wag pointed out that the Cantor campaign spent more on steak dinners than Brat did in his entire campaign. The numbers are simply astounding: Cantor raised more than $5 million for his campaign; Brat raised less than $250,000.

Brat made Cantor’s support of the bank bailout bill a key part of his campaign

Fortune reported:

“All the investment banks up in New York and Washington or whatever, those guys should have gone to jail,” Brat told a May 7 gathering of the Mechanicsville Tea Party. “Instead of going to jail, where’d they go? They went onto Eric’s Rolodex. That’s where they all are, and they’re sending him big checks.”

That stung. But nothing hurt Cantor as much as the accusation that he was working with Obama to provide some sort of amnesty to illegal immigrants. Talk show hosts Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin hammered this point again and again. At the same time, the television screens were filled every night with pictures of the flood of people, many of them children, pouring across our border in Texas.

Cantor was so confidant of any easy victory that he didn’t even bother to come to his district on the day of the primary. Instead, he was meeting with potential contributors in Washington. When the votes were counted, Brat shocked all of the pundits by beating Cantor by an 11-point margin.

So we can say goodbye to Cantor and to the amnesty for illegals that Obama and his liberal cronies have been demanding. And we can say hello to increased demands that we must stop the illegal invasion of this country. Let’s hope Congress gets the message.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

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by Ann Coulter(anncoulter.com)

GOP CRAFTS PLAN TO WRECK THE COUNTRY, LOSE VOTERS

As House Republicans prepare to sell out the country on immigration this week, Phyllis Schlafly has produced a stunning report on how immigration is changing the country. The report is still embargoed, but someone slipped me a copy, and it’s too important to wait. 
Leave aside the harm cheap labor being dumped on the country does to the millions of unemployed Americans. What does it mean for the Republican Party?Citing surveys from the Pew Research Center, the Pew Hispanic Center, Gallup, NBC News, Harris polling, the Annenberg Policy Center, Latino Decisions, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Hudson Institute, Schlafly’s report overwhelmingly demonstrates that merely continuing our current immigration policies spells doom for the Republican Party.Immigrants — all immigrants — have always been the bulwark of the Democratic Party. For one thing, recent arrivals tend to be poor and in need of government assistance. Also, they’re coming from societies that are far more left-wing than our own. History shows that, rather than fleeing those policies, they bring their cultures with them. (Look at what New Yorkers did to Vermont.)This is not a secret. For at least a century, there’s never been a period when a majority of immigrants weren’t Democrats.At the current accelerated rate of immigration — 1.1 million new immigrants every year — Republicans will be a fringe party in about a decade.

Thanks to endless polling, we have a pretty good idea of what most immigrants believe.

According to a Harris poll, 81 percent of native-born citizens think the schools should teach students to be proud of being American. Only 50 percent of naturalized U.S. citizens do.

While 67 percent of native-born Americans believe our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law, only 37 percent of naturalized citizens agree.

No wonder they vote 2-1 for the Democrats.


The two largest immigrant groups, Hispanics and Asians, have little in common economically, culturally or historically. But they both overwhelmingly support big government, Obamacare, affirmative action and gun control.

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Boehner Releases Immigration Deform Proposal

By: Daniel Horowitz

Drum roll…..the long awaited GOP principles on illegal immigration were presented today to the House GOP Conference at their annual [aptly-named] retreat.  Sorry to disappoint you but there is nothing new under the sun.  Their framework is a mirror image of the Senate “Gang of 8” bill, albeit cloaked in even more deceptive and disingenuous language in order to distract conservatives with shiny objects.  Let’s go through some of the text:

  • After proposing broad amnesty, the document says that” none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented.”  That might sound like it was written by the Tea Party, but in reality every GOP leader has made it clear that enforcement triggers mean something ambiguous after the “probationary” legal status is granted.
  • Legalization before amnesty is the key point.  Everything else is window dressing.  Once they are legalized there is no turning back.  There will never be any leverage to implement the universally agreed-upon security measures thereafter.  This is beyond Lucy and the football already.
  • “There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation’s immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law.”  This is the big lie.  Once legal status is granted before the enforcement is in place and the magnets are removed, they will get citizenship.  If there is this much pressure to legalize them when they are totally illegal, there is no way they will permanently reside here without citizenship for more than a year.  At that point, Chuck Schumer will push for citizenship.  Furthermore, the notion that this is not a special pathway is nonsense.  The traditional pathway is in the country of origin.  Staying in the country is the special pathway.
  • The Dream Act is full amnesty, a disaster and a farce. It is particularly irresponsible to push that without asking for changes to birthright citizenship and the welfare state in exchange.  They will be eligible for immediate legal status and citizenship shortly thereafter.  These people are largely poor and low-skilled.  They would be eligible for the entire array of welfare programs. Moreover, once you have amnesty for “Dreamers” it is defacto amnesty for everyone else because A) they can bring in family members and B) anyone can potentially be eligible, so ICE would have to suspend all deportations to allow illegals a reasonable opportunity to present their case.  Sans a proposal to change birthright citizenship first, the Dream Act would expand our anchor baby magnet to an “anchor teenager” phenomenon.
  • “One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents.”  Here is another big lie.  They claim that we can’t “punish” children nor could we withhold legal status from anyone because it is not humane.  Yet, they proceed to claim “we must ensure now that when immigration reform is enacted, there will be a zero tolerance policy for those who cross the border illegally or overstay their visas in the future. “  This is internally incoherent.  Once you telegraph the message that as soon as someone successfully comes here illegally and puts down roots, we will not have the stomach to deport them, why would that change during the next cycle? If amnesty for illegal children is a “founding principle,” then we have to have a perpetual amnesty for such children in perpetuity.  The reality is that unless we implement all enforcement long before any amnesty, we will continue the perennial cycle of open borders and sympathy-driven amnesty.  And that is exactly how they want it.
  • The best way to solve a problem is to first honestly admit there is a problem.  By refusing to call them illegals, and instead opting for euphemisms like “Individuals Living Outside the Rule of Law,” they are showing that there is no commitment to clamp down on illegal immigration in the future.
  • There is no mention of a border fence.  A physical fence is the only thing proven to work.  Also, it is not subject to manipulation or “prosecutorial discretion.”  It actually works, and that is why they don’t want it.
  • There is no mention of the 800-pound gorilla – the magnets of welfare and unqualified birthright citizenship.  The only way to offer an amnesty [after enforcement] without repeating the mistakes of the past is to finally cut off the incentives to come here illegally in the future.  All they have to do is come here and drop a baby on American soil.  At that point, the baby is an American citizen and can secure welfare on behalf of the family.  Additionally, this is the same flaw with any temporary worker program.  If they have kids, these workers will never be temporary.  Also, the whole idea of a guest worker program is so the special interest lobbies can secure slave wages on behalf of agribusiness.  With American-born children they would have the need and the ability to secure welfare payments.
  • Finally, it is dangerous and irresponsible to begin pushing any of this before Obama begins to follow the current laws.  We are ostensibly advertising for people to come here from across the border and overstay their visas.  If there is a long period of time when legal status is offered before the Fence is built and Exit-Entry is put into place, millions more will flood our country.  Once deportations are ostensibly halted, there will be no way or desire to sort out those who came later, and God-forbid, actually deport those who came for the free ride.

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My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register
which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by
sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined.
Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange
County Register: 

Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made
up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the
Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated
the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry. 

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr.
Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of
immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of
Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand
in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on
their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the
laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning
English a primary rule in their new American households and some even
changed their names to blend in with their new home. 

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new
life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate
into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare,
no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and
craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of
prosperity. 

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father
fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany ,
Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave
any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were
Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were
defending the United States of America as one people. 

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the
French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of
France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one
country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up
another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would
have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred
the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl. 

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and
privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of
rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being
faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an
American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis
Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard
work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has
become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they
would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving
foreign country flags. 

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens
to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I
wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet. 

(signed) 
Rosemary LaBonte

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Big Business pushes Congress for more foreign workers while laying off Americans

by CHRIS CHMIELENSKI

The Big Business lobby stepped up its game earlier this week when human resource officers from more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Leadership pushing for an immigration bill that would grant a blanket amnesty and provide dramatic increases in the number of work permits given to new foreign workers each year. It coincided with a “Day of Action” organized by FWD.us – the organization co-founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

A few of the companies that signed the letter included: General Electric, Disney, Marriott, Hilton, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Coca-Cola, Cheesecake Factory, Cisco, and Verizon.

Last week’s monthly unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics depicted a declining situation for American workers. More than half a million working-aged Americans left the labor force, raising the total number to more than 90 million. Plus, a slightly better report from July was revised to show that only 104,000 new jobs were created that month compared to the 162,000 jobs first thought. In June, BLS reported that 195,000 jobs had been created, but last week’s report revised the number down to 172,000.

Compare those new job numbers with the 125,000 new work permits issued each month to foreign workers.

Looking at just the sampling of companies that signed onto this week’s letter, many fall into service occupations, including retail, food service, and hospitality. And yet, according the August jobs report, the unemployment rate for Americans who consider themselves in the service industry is 8.4% – more than a full percentage point above the national rate. In production and transportation (an industry Coca-Cola might fall into), the unemployment rate is at 8.5%.

As Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) pointed out this week in an op-ed published for The Hill, there’s a huge disconnect between business and the labor market. He wonders why so many in Congress are so eager to pass a bill that puts the interests of the business community, illegal aliens, and millions of foreign citizens ahead of the American people. Read more on this op-ed here.

Byron York, a political columnist for the Washington Examiner, also noted that many of the businesses that signed onto the letter have laid off thousands of workers in recent years. He notes that Hewlett-Packard laid off 29,000 employees just last year. Now they want more foreign workers. Cisco has already laid off 8,000 employees and announced plans to lay off 4,000 more. They want more foreign workers. Marriott has announced that they’re laying off “thousands” of workers. They, too, want more foreign workers.

Why many in Congress choose to ignore these facts is unknown, but with your help, we’ll help them see the full picture. We’ve posted new faxes on your Action Board to send to your Three Members of Congress. These faxes tell your Members about Byron York’s article and attaches a copy of the article to the fax. Please visit your Action Board today and send these faxes!