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Obama Grants Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants Without Congress

Congress hasn’t passed immigration legislation, but that hasn’t stopped President Obama from issuing directives that grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Last week, the Obama Administration issued the latest in a line of policy directives granting amnesty by default. This latest directive  instructs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials not to enforce immigration laws in cases where an illegal alien is the primary provider for any minor child—regardless of the child’s immigration status—or the parent or guardian of a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.  In a statement about the new directive, House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) declared:

President Obama has once again abused his authority and unilaterally refused to enforce our current immigration laws by directing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to stop removing broad categories of unlawful immigrants.

In June of last year, the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum telling U.S. immigration officials how they should “enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home.” The move essentially served to implement major portions of the DREAM Act—which has been introduced and failed in Congress more than 30 times—by executive fiat.

Efforts to preserve and protect families are important considerations when it comes to immigration reform. Heritage has often argued that “strong families are priceless, providing an abundance of benefits to both adults and children and creating the bonds of strong societies.” Any such effort, however, should be not only compassionate but also fair and respectful of the rule of lawAs we’ve said before:

A proper solution would uphold the principles of immigration reform and not open the door to a blanket amnesty. Finding an actual solution through the legislative process would give the law legitimacy and more permanency, and it might even result in a bipartisan agreement.… In our system of government, Congress is the legislative branch and is responsible for making the laws. Presidents are supposed to “faithfully execute” the laws to the best of their ability, not reshape them to suit their own policy goals.

Instead, fixing America’s broken immigration system requires a more thoughtful approach. Neither sweeping executive action nor a massive, do-it-all-at-once bill offers truly meaningful reform. In fact, any path that promises amnesty would only make matters worse.
There is a better way forward—a practical, fair, and responsible path to address the nation’s broken borders and immigration mess. If only Congress and the Administration would listen.

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According to KSAZ FoxPheonix A loophole is allowing hundreds of immigrants across the Mexico border in to the United States.
Immigrants are being taught to use “key words and phrases” to be allowed to enter and stay in the country.

Just this past Monday, Border Patrol agents say about 200 people came through the Otay Crossing claiming a quote: “credible fear” of the drug cartels.

So many were doing this that they had to close down the processing center and move the overflow by vans to another station.

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5 Immigration Questions for Your Congressman

During the August congressional recess, a pro-amnesty coalition of business and union interests is putting the squeeze on members of the House of Representatives to pass a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill similar to the Senate-passed monstrosity. But hard-working Americans also have a voice and can speak up in town halls with House members while they’re in the districts. Here are five questions to remind them of the wisdom and importance of taking a step-by-step approach to immigration reform.

1. How can we afford an amnesty for illegal immigrants? 
We can’t. Over their lifetimes, the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants would cost federal, state, and local taxpayers trillions of dollars, because they will consume significantly more in government benefits and services than they pay in taxes. Amnesty for millions of predominantly low-skilled illegal immigrants also will depress wages for low-skilled Americans and make a tough job market more difficult.
2. If illegal immigrants win amnesty, how is that fair to the 4.5 million who are waiting to enter the United States legally?
It isn’t fair. America prides itself on the rule of law. As Americans, we should not allow those who break our laws to be rewarded—especially at the expense of those who are abiding by the rules. Rather than adequately streamlining our legalization system, some in Congress are pushing a new “path to citizenship” that grants amnesty to those who broke the law.
3. Can we ensure that a House-passed immigration bill doesn’t become a vehicle, in a deal with the Senate, for blanket amnesty? 
No, we can’t. With massive costs to taxpayers and carve-outs for special interests, the Senate-passed bill eerily resembles Obamacare in its unnecessary complexity. Even House members who correctly view the Senate’s “comprehensive” bill as a failed approach must be cognizant of the push to use any House-passed measure as a means to enact the Senate provisions. If conversations begin between the House and Senate on a compromise, major sections of the Senate bill—including amnesty—will be part of that deal.
4. Does Congress need to pass new legislation to secure the border and strengthen interior enforcement? 
No. Current laws can be used to settle our border security and interior enforcement problems. The reason those laws aren’t working is simple: We aren’t enforcing them. By way of executive orders and selective enforcement, the Obama Administration has undermined efforts to fix our system and placed unwarranted burdens on the agents in charge of carrying out these laws.
5. Is there any guarantee that we won’t face this problem again with millions of new illegal immigrants in the future? 
No. We should keep a close eye on all proposals. In 1986, proponents of “reform” promised the American people that if Congress passed an amnesty-first immigration bill, we wouldn’t have to go through this debate again. We were told to trust Congress to put together an amnesty bill that would be fair and prevent illegal immigration once and for all. Fast forward to now, and we’re experiencing the same problems but on a larger scale. If Congress doesn’t secure the border first to stop the flow of illegal immigration and also enforce our laws, we will find ourselves back in the same situation. The Congressional Budget Office projected that if it the Senate bill became law, millions of new illegal immigrants would be here within a few decades.

The Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA) organized the “DC March for Jobs”, which was held on July 15, along with community leaders of all races from around the country. The march was organized in an attempt to stop Congress’ amnesty push, enforce immigration laws as written, and support policies that put black U.S. citizens back to work. The following videos are of the speakers from the event.

http://www.dcmarchforjobs.com/

 

 

Building a permanent progressive majority

by Dick Manasseri
 
Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a low priority issue for most Americans, but one of the highest priorities for the political classes. Why? Because the elites see it as a power and control tool aimed at building a permanent progressive majority.

Maybe that’s why the political and chattering classes continue to engage in outright deception.

Take the American Action Network’s (a nonprofit advocacy group) amnesty video ad that promotes the Gang of Eight’s plan as “conservative immigration reform.”

 

Legal policy analyst John Feere, writing for the Center for Immigration Studies, a non-partisan research organization, demonstrates the deception of the ad’s claim that the Rubio plan contains the “toughest border security plan ever.”

Feere argues that the border security enforcement provisions are largely at the discretion of President Obama who has “already promised amnesty groups that he will revisit the enforcement provisions that he finds unacceptable after the bill becomes law.”

And Feere challenges the conservative credentials of Rubio by noting, “It is difficult to see how one can be labeled a conservative for supporting an immigration bill that will increase the number of voters for bigger government.”

With millions unemployed, a federal government trillions of dollars in debt, and food stamp use on the rise, one wonders how wanting to increase the size and scope of government, via amnestying illegals, could ever be described as “conservative.”

In his forthcoming book, researcher and blogger Trevor Loudon exhaustively documents the Left’s longtime agenda to use amnestied illegal aliens to build the aforementioned permanent progressive majority.

So who is deceiving who? The American people and the Republican leadership (like Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Jeb Bush) are, yet again, the clear victims of the Left’s grand deception.

Today’s immigration/jobs event in Washington, D.C. –  http://www.dcmarchforjobs.com/#/

Dick Manasseri is active in the Southeast Michigan 9.12 Tea Party group.

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 5 Immigration Questions for Members of Congress

It’s July 4 week, which means Members of Congress are at home in their districts. As you head to your nearest town hall meeting, take these questions for your Representative. Below, we also provide the real answers you should be listening for.

1. Since the Senate-passed bill doesn’t require the flow of illegal immigrants to stop, how can you say this approach secures the border?

No one can make that promise. The Senate bill, S.744, throws tens of billions of dollars at the problem and calls for meeting arbitrary security standards, but it doesn’t guarantee that illegal immigration will stop.

Also, many of the bill’s “requirements,” such as 700 miles of border fencing and new border patrol agents, would not commence immediately but over time. As with current immigration laws, some provisions would end up being ignored or waived.

S.744 contains no guarantee that the government would keep its promises of more security and enforcement. Even if it did, it wouldn’t even come close to stopping illegal immigration. We’d revisit this debate again within 20 years.

2. The Senate-passed bill requires the U.S. government to manage many more visas, even though it doesn’t do a good job with today’s smaller work load. So how does this “fix” our legal immigration system?

It doesn’t. The bill makes some changes to various types of visas but does little to fix the broken bureaucracy in charge of the legal immigration system. Without significant changes, new requirements and more responsibilities would only make the system worse.

S.744 does away with some flawed visa programs, such as the “diversity” lottery. It creates a merit-based program and adds work-based visas. Although these are steps in the right direction, the devil is in the details. For example, the bill would make the H-1B visa program unworkable by creating expensive restrictions and costs.

In short, S.744 fails to make the legal immigration system better.

3. The Senate-passed bill puts the federal government in charge of enforcing immigration laws, even though state and local governments want to help and would be good partners. Is this federal focus the right approach?

No, giving the federal government all the responsibility is the wrong approach. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has fewer than 6,000 agents, and S.744 does little to augment that. Putting all the authority in federal hands is a surefire way to hamstring enforcement, simply because the federal government can’t do it all.

A million local and state law enforcement officers are ready and willing to help enforce federal immigration law. These officers know their communities best and are already in place. By partnering through programs such as 287(g), state and local authorities can help. Sadly, S.744 ignores them.

4. Since the Senate-passed bill would add huge costs and likely depress wages for many current Americans, is it really good for the citizens you’re supposed to represent?

The fact is, this approach costs too much, and hurts current citizens. The bill is loaded with wasteful pork and kickbacks, such as $1.5 billion for a mini-stimulus “jobs for youth” program. What’s more, the bill would harm the nation’s long-term fiscal health. After amnesty, illegal immigrants on average would receive more in government benefits, such as welfare and entitlements, than they pay in taxes. The total cost of amnesty to taxpayers could be $6.3 trillion or more.

Finally, the bill would lower the wages of current citizens as they compete for jobs with illegal immigrants who get amnesty. By introducing millions of newly legalized workers to the market, the bill would drive down wages.

5. In 1986, when Congress last passed amnesty, the sponsors said it was a “one-time” thing. The Senate-passed bill follows the same “amnesty first, security and enforcement later” approach. Why are we doing that again?

There is no reason to make the same mistake twice. The U.S. government gave out amnesty and legal permanent residency to at least 2.7 million illegal immigrants as a result of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986. That amnesty didn’t stop illegal immigration, because the government didn’t (and still doesn’t) want to tackle border security or enforcement of immigration laws. In fact, amnesty only encourages more illegal immigration by sending the message that once enough illegal residents are here, the government will hand out amnesty again.

Some have argued that S.744 is not amnesty, but this is simply double-talk. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), when running for office in 2010, said “an earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty.” He was right.

S.744 allows illegal immigrants, including many criminal aliens, to remain here legally and even become citizens. It rewards those who broke the law, even as millions legally wait in line. This is amnesty, and this is unfair.

They Come to America 3  Large

When: Wed July 17th @ 7PM
Where: Washington Township Hall/Senior Center 

57900 Van Dyke, Washington Twp.
(park in the back lot and enter in the back entrance)

***This event is free and open to the public***                   

About the Film: In TCTA2, Dennis goes where no other filmmaker dares to go.  He risks life, limb and career to expose the negative impact the current immigration bill will have on America.  In the film, Dennis takes you to the most dangerous places in Texas and Arizona where he works with volunteers and Border Patrol to apprehend large groups of illegal aliens, including some from the Middle East. Go with Dennis over the fence into Mexico as drug traffickers cross into the US. Meet desperate Americans who stand on unemployment lines in South Carolina because illegals are taking the jobs.  See how the Gang of 8 is trying to pass a bill that ignores the needs of the American people.  And most disturbing of all, experience how easy it would be to create terror on AMTRAK.  The film has all the trimmings for forcing Congress to reject the current immigration bill

Movie web Site: http://www.theycometoamerica.com

 

About The Director/Producer: Dennis Michael Lynch is an award winning entrepreneur and documentary filmmaker.   His two recent films on immigration, THEY COME TO AMERICA: The Cost of Illegal Immigration 2012, and, THEY COME TO AMERICA II: The Cost of Amnesty 2013, are extremely popular with the grass roots and conservative talk radio.  Both films provide the visual horrors of what is taking place along the southern border, and they explain how American workers are negatively affected by our broken immigration system.