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Saturday, January 29, 2011

American Mom Jailed For Falsely Claiming Residency in School District

Debbie Pelley
by Debbie Pelley, Guest Contributor: Compare in the story linked below about an American Mom was convicted and jailed for falsely claiming residency in a school district versus the way illegal aliens are treated for falsely claiming residence in our country. And how many false claims and lies do illegal aliens have to tell in order to stay in our country? This is the type of discrimination and breakdown of law that occurs when laws are applied to some and not applied to others. Note also in the article below how important the money is to this school district and how much it costs to educate children. Yet in Arkansas our Governor does not even want to determine the cost of illegal aliens to the taxpayers. Yes, we do educate illegal aliens as ordered by a Court decision; but if they were not drawn to Arkansas for other benefits, then taxpayers would not have to bear this extra burden. We might even be able to take away all the tax on groceries for American citizens with the money we save.

Hispanic Enrollment Has Increased 124.7% from 2000 to 2010
Enrollment of Hispanic students in Arkansas in K-12 have increased from 18,620 students to 41,839 student in the last ten years, from 2000 to 2010, a 124.7% increase. Our total enrollment has increased by only 4.42%. Total enrollment in our schools in 2000 was 448,246 and in 2010 it is 468,066 or an increase of 19,820 students in ten years or 4.42%.  If we had not had an increase in Hispanic students, we would have a lower enrollment now than ten years ago. These figures were calculated is from the Department of Education website.

At least 2/3 to 3/4 of these students either illegal or are anchor babies who have illegal parents. I think it takes at least five years to become legalized so very few of them could have become legal in the last ten years. The per pupil spending in 2007 was $8,348 so that would be about $194 million. If you use the $9,150 figure that is most often used for low scoring students in Seth Blomeley's article, "Money spent on students Parsed" April 24, 2008, then that amount would come to about $212,453,850 and the per pupil spending has gone up since 2007. This amount does not include Pre-K programs for Hispanics.
Ohio Mom Jailed for Lying About Kids' School Residency
How far would you go to get your children into a better public school? The best intentions of one Ohio woman landed her in jail. In a highly unusual case, Kelley Williams-Bolar, a single mother who lived in Akron public housing, was convicted of lying about her residency in order to send her two daughters to a highly ranked school. Her sentence, which inflamed emotions in the community, was 10 days in jail, according to reports, and is due to end this week.

"It's overwhelming. I'm exhausted," she told ABC News. "I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them."

Four years ago, Williams-Bolar, 40, sent her girls, now 12 and 16, to the Copley-Fairlawn school district that was outside her Akron district of residence, reports said. Her father lives in the Copley-Fairlawn district, and she said she lived with him part-time after her home was burglarized and she wanted her children safe. "When my home got broken into, I felt it was my duty to do something else," . . . [Full Story]

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Three Point Program To Stop Illegal Immigrants Voting, Taking American Jobs & Benefits & Continuing to Break Laws

William Gheen speaks at a rally in Raleigh, NC on Wed, Jan 26, 2011. This short speech lays out ALIPAC's Battle of the States 2011 plans and an important message to state and Federal lawmakers.

In 40 degree weather with rain, about 3 dozen Tea Party supporters gathered for the first day of the 2011 Legislature when Republicans were sworn into power in the NC Senate and the NC House for the first time in over 100 years.

He addressed the three parts needed to be enacted in all states:
  • 1) Remove and prevent all illegal from registering and voting. We need to keep them off and remove all illegals from the voter registration files. A vote by an illegal is a vote stolen from an American citizen.
  • 2) Remove illegal immigrants from the dole on non-emergency tax-payer resources. Require people on programs go through E-verify or Image program.
  • 3) Pass a strengthened version of AZ SB 1070 law to empower our police to enforce immigration law when illegal immigrants are caught committing other crimes.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Arkansas Governor Beebe Now Admits He Misspoke - Illegal Aliens Do Get Benefits!

Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service One thing that irks me more than anything else is when bureaucrats call a senior saints or concerned citizens liars. The below article is by Debbie Pelley, one of Arkansas shining jewels of integrity who stands for principles and who  humbly kneels in prayer for her fellow Arkansans. She is a Godly senior saint and faithful conservative voice who takes time to research, investigate and footnote her findings or positions. In today's article, she addresses Arkansas Governor Beebe and his previous denial that illegal aliens received benefits in Arkansas.  Now it appears the Governor is trying to use Washington, D.C. doublespeak and "walk back" his prior comments.

What Does Beebe Mean When He Said He Misspoke?  And What Will Beebe Do Now That He Knows The Law Is Not Being Followed?

Debbie Pelley
by Debbie Pelley: For years now Governor Beebe has proclaimed that illegal immigrants do not get benefits in Arkansas. Beebe was adamant about this proclamation as late as July, 2010, in this bullet point from an email from his office.
  • In Arkansas, illegal immigrants are prevented – by law and regulation – from receiving welfare, food stamps, free medical care provided by the State and heating assistance. Legal status is verified before benefits are extended. Any attempt to defraud the system to gain benefits is a criminal offense.
NOW Governor Beebe admits he misspoke!. According to an article in The Democrat Gazette, January 23, 2011, "During the campaign last fall, Gov. Mike Beebe told voters the state tracks how much it spends to provide services to people who are in the country illegally...Beebe's office has since said that the governor misspoke." 1

Governor Beebe not only made this statement that illegal immigrants don't get benefits in Arkansas during the campaign but stood on this premise through two ballot initiatives on immigration in 2008 and 2010. Beebe is quoted as saying in 2008 (and a similar statement in 2010), "All of the major provisions it [ballot initiative] proposes are already covered by federal or state laws, and this ballot title will create bigger government and cost Arkansans money." Now Beebe admits the legal status was not even verified so he is also admitting state and federal laws were not even followed. It is hard to imagine the bureaucratic costs would be more than benefits being given to illegal immigrants. And until real figures are compared, how could Beebe possibly know? And since when did Democrats want smaller government and less bureaucracy? 2

One of the major requirements of the illegal alien proposed ballot initiatives was that the departments must verify the legality of people receiving benefits. Therefore, Beebe's opposition was entirely bogus now that he admits legal status was not even considered. It is strange that people all over Arkansas knew illegal aliens were getting benefits; but Beebe, the Governor of the state, did not know.

So what does Governor Beebe mean when he admits he misspoke? Is Beebe saying he lied? Or is he saying that other people lied to him? Surely he would not have been this adamant about a hot issue that is so important to so many people without having some type of records or reports indicating the departments do keep records. Were documents falsified? Did someone in Beebe's office give him false information?  Did the Department heads give him false information? The Departments seemed to readily admit they don't keep records. Don't we need to know where the false information came from?

What will Governor Beebe do now that he does know the truth – that legal status is not even verified in state departments before extending benefits? Will Governor Beebe apologize to Secure Arkansas, and all those citizens that labored hundreds of hours to get the required signatures to make the departments keep records and prevent illegal aliens from getting benefits that are illegal?

As leader of the Democratic Party, Governor Beebe's statement that illegal aliens weren't getting benefits was in essence the stand of the Democratic Party.  I don't know of any Democratic leader that refuted his statement, so an entire party was in essence giving false information. Neither do I know of anyone in the media that refuted this information, NOT UNTIL NOW. If these false statements by Beebe had not been proclaimed and carried across the state by the media, there is a very good chance the Secure Arkansas petitions would have been successful

And what is Governor Beebe, as a former Attorney General, going to do about it now that he knows the truth. Is Beebe going to uphold the law and regulations that even his office points out in the bullet point above: " Illegal immigrants are prevented – by law and regulation – from receiving welfare, food stamps, free medical care provided by the State and heating assistance. Legal status is verified before benefits are extended."

Is Beebe now going to make sure that legal status is verified before benefits are extended? In an AP article by DeMillo, Beebe is quoted as saying: "I do believe that if something is the law you follow it. If you don't like the law, you try to change it in the way this country was set up and designed to change the law." Will Beebe live up to his own words? Secure Arkansas was trying to change the law, and their efforts were thwarted by Beebe, our Governor, with false information. 3

In a nationwide survey in 2009, "83% Say Proof of Citizenship Should be Required to Get Government Health Aid" Now we learn, "The Department of Health does not require proof of citizenship as a prerequisite of its 12 programs." Only 4 of the 12  programs are required by the federal government for illegal aliens according to the Democrat Gazette article.  Will Beebe represent his constituents and now implement measures to make sure illegal aliens don't receive benefits in those other 8 Health Department programs? 4

In a telephone conversation with Matt DeCample, Governor Beebe's spokesman told me personally last summer at least five or six times that I was lying or was a liar when I told him all the people in the different state offices were telling me how illegal aliens ARE receiving benefits.  Now that several departments have admitted in the Democrat Gazette article January 23 that they do not even check the legal status of those receiving benefits, will I, myself, get an apology from Matt DeCample? I am joking of course; I don't need an apology because I have already been vindicated, but I do think the media owes it to Arkansans to get answers to these other questions.

As for as the information provided in the 2007 studies of the cost of illegal immigration in Arkansas, the cited figures in that study have to be false too since the Departments have now admitted they don't even verify the legal status before extending benefits. This information about departments not keeping records should have been probed by the media in 2007 since in at least two newspaper articles there are indications the heads of departments were just estimating at that time. For example, "Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Joe Bates testified that of the 945,000 people the state Health Department served in 2006, about 32,700, or 3.5 percent, may have been undocumented Hispanics, based on statewide population statistics." 5

And as for as the Winthrop Rockefeller study about the benefits of illegal aliens in our state that is mentioned in every newspaper article to counter any complaints about illegal aliens, that study is bogus too considering it is based on estimation from a biased viewpoint.  That study is the ONLY one ever mentioned by the media when there are probably a hundred studies that say the opposite.

For a real intellectual fact filled study that gives documented data as to the costs of legal and illegal immigrants, see this study," The Fiscal Impact of Immigration, An Analysis of the Costs to 15 Federal Departments and Agencies" by Edwin S. Rubenstein at the link in footnote 6. The bottom line of this report is that U.S. taxpayers are giving more than $9,000 a year in cash or benefits to each immigrant, a third of whom are illegal aliens.
1. "State not tracking benefits for aliens
2. "AP News Analysis: Beebe parses words on illegal immigration" by Andrew Demillo, May 31, 2008
3. Ibid
4. Rasmussen Reports: "83% Say Proof of Citizenship Should be Required to Get Government Health Aid", 2009
5. Lawmakers hear of costs, benefits of immigration, Wednesday, Sept 19, 2007 by John Lyon Arkansas News Bureau
6. "The Fiscal Impact of Immigration, An Analysis of the Costs to 15 Federal Departments and Agencies" by Edwin S. Rubenstein

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How safe from terror is our southern border?

By The Scribe, GOPUSA Not very. As you read the following you will see the latest indication of terrorist activity as well as a long list from years past. Still, little has been done to prevent anyone from entering our country from the south.
Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert

A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.

The book, "In Memory of Our Martyrs," was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs.
There have long been reports of activity by Middle Easterners on the border with Mexico but neither the Bush administration or the Obama administration has taken it seriously enough to secure the border and protect the country.

Feigned ignorance is the best that Big Sis can come up with.
"At this time, DHS does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest border," a Department of Homeland Security official said in a statement. "We work closely with our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities and as a matter of due diligence and law enforcement best practice, report anything found, no matter how significant or insignificant it may seem."
As you read the rest of the story at Fox News you will see details about people and objects that have been recovered over the years. When will we have an administration that takes the security of America seriously? Will it take a dirty nuke in LA to wake them up?

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

ICE & Tyson Foods partner to protect the nation's lawful workforce

The following is an official press release issued by ICE.
ICE also announces creation of a center for I-9 inspections
WASHINGTON – Tyson Foods, Inc. is the newest member of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) nationwide program designed to encourage businesses to collaborate with ICE and use hiring best practices to ensure they are maintaining a lawful workforce. Tyson Foods Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Ken Kimbro and ICE Director John Morton signed the IMAGE or "ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers," agreement during a ceremony at ICE headquarters.

Tyson Foods, Inc., which employs almost 100,000 people at locations throughout the United States, is the first major food company to become a full member of ICE's IMAGE program.

IMAGE is a voluntary program that allows businesses to partner with ICE as part of their efforts to maintain an authorized workforce and protect themselves from the use of fraudulent identity documents by current or prospective employees. This program compliments ICE's work-site enforcement strategy, which focuses on holding employers accountable who knowingly hire unauthorized workers to minimize operating costs and boost profits.

"ICE's collaboration with Tyson Foods illustrates this administration's commitment to working with industry to encourage a culture of compliance with U.S. employment laws," said Morton. "Tyson Foods is setting the gold standard for Fortune 500 companies everywhere, and ICE is proud to be partnering with the company in this significant effort to protect our nation's lawful workforce."

"We believe our participation in IMAGE confirms Tyson uses best hiring practices to maintain a lawful workforce," Kimbro said. "We use all available tools provided by the U.S. government to verify the documents of the people we hire. We've also gone beyond government tools, spending millions of dollars over the years on such things as training, computer systems and help from outside consultants to make sure we’re employing people who are authorized to work in our country."

To become certified, Tyson was subject to an I-9 audit and other checks by ICE. The company met other IMAGE requirements with programs it already has in place. For example:
• The company conducts regular self-assessments or internal audits of its hiring activities. The company also uses an independent, outside company to conduct its own audits of the company's hiring practices.
• Tyson voluntarily participates in the online government employment verification program known as E-Verify and has since 1998. The company also voluntarily uses the 'Social Security Number Verification Service.'
• Tyson trains all of its employment managers on the hiring process, proper completion of the Form I-9 and on document examination and fraud detection.

Undocumented workers create vulnerabilities in today's marketplace by presenting false documents to gain employment, completing applications for fraudulent benefits, and stealing identities of legal United States workers. To combat this, ICE initiated the IMAGE program in 2006.

All IMAGE members must participate in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) E-Verify employment eligibility verification program. Through this program, employers can verify that newly hired employees are eligible to work in the United States. This Internet-based system is available throughout the nation and is free to employers. It provides an automated link to the Social Security Administration database and DHS immigration records.

Upon enrollment in and commitment to the IMAGE Best Employment Practices, program participants are deemed "IMAGE certified," a distinction DHS and ICE believe will become an industry standard. IMAGE also provides to all employers free training on the Form I-9, fraudulent document detection, and building a solid immigration compliance model.

During today's signing ceremony, Director Morton also announced the creation of an employment compliance inspection center in Crystal City, Va. This center will be home to 15 auditors who will support ICE's work-site enforcement strategy by helping agency field offices around the country expedite Form I-9 audits of businesses selected for inspection by ICE. Form I-9 audits are one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to ensure that businesses are complying with U.S. employment laws. From fiscal year 2009 to date, ICE has initiated Form I-9 inspections against 3,769 businesses across the nation.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Stop the illegals to fix the budget

by Laura Ingraham: In cash strapped California it has been reported that in Los Angeles County alone, children of illegal immigrants are set to receive $600 million in welfare payments this year. In addition to the cost of providing welfare to people who are here illegally, Los Angeles County doled out $1.6 Billion overall to illegal immigrants in 2010, and that number does not even include the cost of education! Is it any wonder why so many illegal immigrants are streaming into our country every day? They are rewarded financially for breaking the laws and taxpayers get saddled with the cost.

However, several states are now beginning to look at their budgets and realize one way to help bring down deficits is to provide zero incentives to illegal immigrants. In Virginia and Colorado, state legislators are introducing legislation that mirror’s Arizona’ SB 1070 in order to do just that- help their state budgets by cracking down on illegal immigration. There is no reason in this economic climate to be handing out checks to illegals when so many of our fellow citizens suffer. Hopefully more states will see this and act as well.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Millions Of Illegal Aliens Drive Without Licenses! Criminals Without A License!

Opinion of theguyfrom97305 addressing Illegal Aliens Drive Without Licenses and insurance.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Detaching the Anchor from Anchor Babies

Phyllis Schlafly
by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: It's long overdue for Congress to stop the racket of bringing pregnant women into this country to give birth, receive free medical care, and then call their babies U.S. citizens entitled to all American rights and privileges plus generous handouts. Between 300,000 and 400,000 babies are born to illegal aliens in the United States every year, at least 10 percent of all births.

We have tolerated an entire industry called "birth tourism," offering "birth packages" costing thousands of dollars, to import pregnant women from all over the world, Korea to Turkey (12,000 U.S.-born Turkish babies have been arranged since 2003). An electronic billboard in Mexico, advertising the services of an American doctor, proclaims, "Do you want to have your baby in the U.S?"

The advantages of birthright citizenship are immense. The babies get Medicaid (including birth costs), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and food stamps. Obviously, the baby shares his goodies with his family.

As soon as the child becomes an adult, he can legalize his parents, bring into the U.S. a foreign-born spouse and any foreign-born siblings. They all can then bring in their own extended families, a policy called chain migration.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has stepped up to this challenge and already has 26 co-sponsors for his bill, H.R. 140, to define citizenship. It states that the "subject to the jurisdiction" phrase in the Fourteenth Amendment means a baby born in the United States only if one parent is a U.S. citizen, or a lawfully-admitted resident alien, or an alien on active duty in the U.S. armed services.

Rep. King is not trying to amend the Constitution. He is simply using the Fourteenth Amendment's Section 5, which gives Congress (not the judiciary, not the executive branch), the power to enforce the citizenship clause.

In 1993, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced similar legislation. Bills to limit birthright citizenship to children of U.S. citizens and of aliens who are legal residents have been introduced by other members of Congress every year since.

The amnesty crowd tries to tell us that the Fourteenth Amendment makes automatic citizens out of "all persons" born in the United States, but they conveniently ignore the rest of the sentence. It's not enough to be "born" in the U.S.; you can claim citizenship only if you are "subject to the jurisdiction thereof."

The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, overruled the Dred Scott decision wherein the U.S. Supreme Court declared that African Americans could not be citizens. Those who support court-made law should forever be reminded of Abraham Lincoln's warning that if we accept the supremacy of judges, "the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal."

The Fourteenth Amendment denied citizenship to American Indians, even though they obviously were "born" in the U.S., because they were subject to the jurisdiction of their tribal governments. Congress did not grant citizenship to American Indians on reservations until 1924, 56 years later.

Babies born in the U.S. to illegal aliens are clearly citizens of their mother's country, so granting U.S. citizenship creates the possibility of dual citizenship, which the United States has never recognized as valid. To become a U.S. citizen, immigrants are required by our law not only to swear allegiance to the United States but also to absolutely renounce any and all allegiance to the nation from which they came.

There is no ambiguity about the solemn oath that all naturalized Americans must take. "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen ... so help me God."

Any naturalized U.S. citizen who claims dual citizenship with his native country betrays his solemn oath. If anchor babies have citizenship in their parents' country, they should not have U.S. citizenship.

Terminating the anchor baby racket is very popular with the American people. The Rasmussen poll reports that 58 percent oppose it, while only 33 percent favor it.
Now that state legislatures are flexing their muscles, representatives from 14 states unveiled state legislation to clarify who is and who isn't a citizen in those states. The Arizona bill establishes that state law parallels the definition of citizenship in the Fourteenth Amendment, and that a U.S. citizen is "for the purposes of this statute, a person who owes no allegiance to any foreign sovereignty."

The Arizona bill, introduced by Sen. Russell Pearce and Rep. John Kavanagh, would create two kinds of state birth certificates. One would be for children of citizens and the other for children of illegal aliens.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

40% of HS Grads (18-29) Don't Have A Job, But Immigration Continues -- Is That Language Too Harsh?

Roy Beck, NumbersUSA: My church's denominational website is after me again for my and NumbersUSA's efforts to dramatically reduce both legal and illegal immigration. (The errors of fact and context in that posting about my meeting with the author two years ago are so numerous that you should not trust any part of it without checking with me.)

The national religious leadership is especially concerned about the supposed harshness of my language as I continue to use the word "illegal" as an adjective when referring to citizens of other countries who illegally reside in the U.S. and illegally take jobs.

But the alleged harshness of my language (which I deny) pales in comparison to the harshness of the conditions imposed on impoverished Americans by the mass immigration policies promoted by national leaders, of my denomination and many others.

During my interview with a PBS show this afternoon, I talked about the harshness of importing huge numbers of foreign workers while 40% of American young adults with high school degrees don't have a job.

The show was on U.S. poverty and whether our immigration policies contribute to it.
Well, consider these facts about young American adults aged 18-29 who have only a high school degree:
  • 40% of all these young adults don't have a job.
  • 43% of the Hispanic-American young adults don't have a job.
  • 50% of Black Americans of this group don't have a job.
Don't those statistics offend you? They do me. A huge proportion of immigrants work in the same occupations where these jobless Americans are most likely to be employed.

Nothing causes poverty faster than the lack of a job. Here these Americans are in the prime years when people learn the work habits and gain the experience that establishes the course for most of them for the rest of their lives. And our federal government's response while bad economic times dries up millions of jobs is to give out a million permanent work permits a year to foreign citizens!

Somehow the morality of a government doing that to its most vulnerable citizens seems a lot more important than the supposed immorality of calling immigration lawbreakers "illegal aliens" instead of "undocumented workers." But my United Methodist denomination not only wants to stop the use of the terms "illegal aliens" and "illegal immigrants" but has been on the forefront of lobbying for the mass foreign-labor importation, as well as making sure that all "undocumented workers" get to keep their jobs.

And YOUR national church leaders are doing the same thing to impoverished Americans, if you are an Episcopalian, Catholic, ELCA Lutheran, Presbyterian USA, Unitarian, Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God, Disciples, UCC, Nazarene, Christian Reformed, Wesleyan or Jew.

The PBS interviewer asked why our government would do this to impoverished Americans. "Do this," as in giving out a million work permits each year so foreign workers can compete with those 40% of young less-educated American adults who don't have a job.

I would also ask why our national religious leaders refuse to consider the harm their immigration lobbying does to poor Americans.
I think the answer is the same for politicians and religious leaders.  They are so sentimentally wedded to the idea of high immigration as an intrinsic part of their own identity that they simply refuse to believe that it is possible that immigration could ever be harmful to other people they care about.

All of these national religious leaders profess -- I think sincerely -- that they are especially concerned about the disproportionate poverty among Black and Hispanic Americans. But they deny that their promotion of mass immigration could contribute to that poverty. Thus, they continue to promote immigration during our jobs depression.

I think they are wrong, both intellectually and morally. They think I am wrong, both intellectually and morally. I have tried for years to obtain a real discussion with them, to almost no avail at all. The meeting described in the United Methodist blog was the only encounter achieved in my own denomination. And once I declined to stop using the term "illegal immigrants," the meeting was ended. I was able in very brief form to raise the issue of immigration's impact on poverty and low-income workers. I was told that my the sincerity of my concern for jobless Americans and low-income workers was doubtful since NumbersUSA was not lobbying for a number of legislative priorities of unions. I explained that NumbersUSA did not oppose any of those priorities (or work for them either). We are like thousands of other SILO groups in Washington that limit ourselves to a single issue (hence the name, Single Issue Legislative Organization). We have a compact with our members to work on only one issue -- immigration. I was told that makes all of our claims of concern for poor Americans suspect.

Meanwhile, the religious leaders and the leaders of our federal government stick to their belief that adding a million foreign workers a year (primarily less educated ones) doesn't have any effect on the millions of Americans who work or look for work in the same occupations. They act on the faith that mass immigration doesn't, for example, affect those Americans of all ages who didn't have the the family support or the natural inclinations or intellect to finish high school.
  • 60% of all American high school dropouts and 60% of Hispanic-American dropouts don't have a job
  • 75% of Black Americans who don't have a high school degree also don't have a job.
Can you imagine any possibility of success in tackling poverty in communities with that rate of joblessness?

Pres. Clinton was known for repeating the old mantra that the best anti-poverty program is a job. I agree with him. And the surest way to keep our most vulnerable fellow citizens in poverty is to make it more difficult for them to get a job and to make it easier for employers to avoid recruiting these impoverished fellow citizens by providing the employers with a never-ending supply of immigrant workers.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Obama administration ends high-tech border fence

The AP is reporting that "The Obama administration on Friday ended a high-tech border fence project that cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion but did little to improve security. Congress ordered the high-tech fence along the border with Mexico in 2006 amid a clamor over the porous border, but it yielded only 53 miles of protection." . . .

"The fence, initiated in 2005, was to be a network of cameras, ground sensors and radars that would be used to spot incursions or problems and decide where to deploy Border Patrol agents. It was supposed to be keeping watch over most of this nation's southern border with Mexico by this year. Instead, taxpayers ended up with about 53 miles of operational "virtual fence" in Arizona for a cost of at least $15 million a mile, according to testimony in previous congressional hearings." [Full Story]

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Maine Governor Signs Executive Order Allowing State Agencies to Check Immigration Status

Maine State House
Maine State House
NumbersUSA: Newly elected Maine Governor Paul LePage, in one of his first acts in office, signed an executive order allowing state agents to check immigration status of individuals they come in contact with. Gov. LePage's order rescinds a previous executive order that prevented state agencies from inquiring about an individual's immigration status.

A spokesman for the governor said he wanted to remove the impression that Maine was a safe haven for illegal aliens, and a place where the could get driver's licenses and social services.

“We have got many fiscal issues, and I’m intending to take care of Mainers first," Gov. LePage said. Gov. LePage signed the executive order last Thursday.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

No Illegals Drowned Since Buoys Installed

The All-American Canal is estimated to have claimed more than 500 
The All-American Canal
by Marie C. Baca, California Watch: The U.S. Border Patrol is waiting before lifesaving buoys installed in the All-American Canal are declared a success – but in the months since the devices were put in place, nobody has died in the fast-moving waters separating Mexico and California.

In September, the Imperial Irrigation District began placing 105 lines of buoys in the All-American Canal, an 82-mile waterway that frequently claims the lives of migrants attempting to cross into the United States, as the AP reported last week.
According to the AP, the government agency is also adding 1,414 signs to the banks of the canal that read "Warning: Dangerous Water" in English and Spanish.
Border Patrol spokesman Aaron Van Zee said that since the buoys were installed, there have been no known rescue operations or drownings in the canal. He noted that border crossings typically decrease around the holidays, making it difficult to draw firm conclusions about the efficacy of the project.

"More people will likely try to start crossing soon," said Van Zee. "We'll have a better understanding of what's working as time goes by."

According to news reports, more than 500 people have died in the All-American Canal since its construction in 1942, leading some to call it the "most dangerous body of water in the United States." The $1.1 million buoy project was approved last August by the Imperial Irrigation District, the regional authority that oversees the canal . . . [Full Story]

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Anchors Aweigh on Anchor Babies

By Bobby Eberle, GOPUSA: Republicans are moving forward to eliminate one of the most contentious and obvious abuses of the U.S. Constitution: birthright citizenship. This measure was put forward in the 14th Amendment as means of ensuring that former slaves and their children would be American citizens. However, now we see how that Amendment is being twisted as the children of illegal aliens are instantly granted citizenship even though their parents are not Americans and have no intention to be. Something has to give.

As reported by Fox News, “Four Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would end automatic granting of American citizenship to children born in the United States to illegal immigrants, arguing “birthright citizenship” is an incentive for illegals to race for the U.S. border.”
Reps. Steve King of Iowa, George Miller of California and Rob Woodall and Phil Gingrey, both of Georgia, said the current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to so-called “anchor babies” is a “misapplication” of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
“Passage of this bill will ensure that immigration law breakers are not rewarded, will close the door to future waves of extended family chain migration, and will help to bring an end to the global ‘birth tourism’ industry,” King said.
The move by the legislators is not a constitutional amendment. As noted in the report, “the House legislation would amend Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.”

Of course, liberals are up in arms and are blasting what they call “extremist” legislation. Extremist? Two illegal aliens cross the border to work. They go back to Mexico when work isn’t here. Back and forth. Then, they have a child while in America, and all of a sudden, that child is an American citizen? Come on!

One argument is that you don’t “punish the children” for the sins of the parents. That phrase was even used in the Fox News story in a lead-in to a quote by Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, who said, “These thoughtless and unnecessary proposals take our country in the wrong direction, away from inclusion and our other core American values.” First of all, declaring that the child is a citizen of Mexico (or whatever country) is NOT a punishment. It’s simply stating a fact. Secondly, you certainly don’t reward the children for sins of the parents either.

In a statement released by the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said that the current situation “creates an incentive for illegal aliens to cross our border.” Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) summed up the bill this way: “It is unfair to grant birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants because it undermines the intention of the Fourteenth Amendment, rewards those that have recklessly broken our nation’s immigration laws, and costs American taxpayers billions annually. By simply closing this loophole, we will save taxpayers billions and reduce the appeal of entering the United States illegally. This bill simply makes sense.”

For interesting reading and the liberal perspective, check out this column by CNN contributor and NPR commentator Ruben Navarrette, Jr. As usual, this liberal’s take on the situation boils down to two facets: 1) Republicans are racists, and/or 2) Republicans are only thinking about politics. Seriously? Can’t we have a discussion about ANY issue without the same old, tired tactics?

In his “8 reasons to leave 14th Amendment alone,” guess what Navarrette states in reason 1? That’s right… “In this country, we don’t visit the sins of the parent onto the child.” Most of his other reasons deal with politics or racism. In reason 3, he does mocks the conservative principle of strict adherence to the Constitution by claiming Republicans want to simply disregard the 14th Amendment. That’s not the case at all. It is clear and obvious to anyone with a brain that the 14th Amendment (which was written to cover the circumstances of freed slaves) is being abused. Again, does it make any sense at all to grant American citizenship to a child of two people who are not citizens and have no plans to be? No.

States are also joining in the effort to address the anchor baby situation. View Fox News Video.

Illegal immigration is a huge problem for the United States. It costs taxpayers billions of dollars, costs jobs, and leads to violence along the border. It all comes down to doing what is right as a country. America is the most welcoming country in the world, and we do this through a series of laws. If the laws are being abused, then they need to be changed.

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Anti-Border Corruption Act Becomes Law

President Obama has signed into law a measure the Anti-Border Corruption Act Becomes Law which  requires that all prospective Customs and Border Protection employees undergo a polygraph test.

DUH! Novel Idea! Why weren't they doing this before? If interested in the content of this law, Blogs for Borders previously reported on this act: Anti-Border Corruption Act.

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Journalist Wants Words "Illegal Immigrant" Banned.

The following report by Marc Schenker evidences the efforts of at least one journalist to conjure up terminology to hide the established truth. As Schenker relates "Laurence wants all journalists to use the phrase "undocumented immigrant," which implies that their status is not illegal." Schnenker added to his report the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) clarification that "It is also important to know that contrary to many references in recent days, there has been no official SPJ or SPJ Committee initiative on this topic."

Marc Schenker reports from Canada thus living in a Country which does not have the constitutional guarantee of the right to free speech. He knows well what is meant by the word "banned" when it comes to speech. I appreciate his article which at least flags a discussion in SPJ that would show an intent to limit the use of the term "illegal immigrant" by members of the SPJ. Fortunately, the new media citizen reporters are not bound by the SPJ or other organization limiting the reporting of the truth by changing terminology to reflect something which it is not.

There is a principle difference between "illegal immigrant" and "undocumented immigrant" and between the words "immigrant" and "alien." In fact, people entering the United States illegally are not "undocumented" but "illegal. They become "documented" illegal aliens when apprehended. Alien people are "illegal" the moment they violated our laws, entered the U.S. illegally or violate their legal temporary visa to be in the U.S.. Also, they are are not "immigrants" but "aliens."

Foreign workers and those others entering the US with authorization are legally documented but they are not "immigrants" but foreign aliens legally allowed to temporarily reside and work in the US for a stipulated period of time. Overstaying their legal authorization makes them "illegal."

"Immigrants" apply and go through a legal process to enter the U.S. legally for the purpose of becoming a U.S. Citizens. Illegal immigrants are immigrants who fail to remove themselves from the U.S. after failing to become citizens or when order to do so by the proper authority of the U.S. Government.

If a free press is indeed to remain free and trusted, it needs to remain unfettered. People must be able to freely express their opinions in editorials and journal articles. They do not need others advocating restrictions or suggestions to obfuscate their words.
Journalists group member wants words "illegal immigrant" banned.
by Marc Schenker: Yesterday on Fox and Friends, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists was interviewed about his ideological insistence to remove the words "illegal immigrant" from all news stories. Leo Laurence is a member of SPJ’s diversity committee, which promotes a bigger presence for minorities. Being a member of SPJ’s diversity committee also makes Laurence an advocate for illegal immigrants by his endorsement of a term that hides the illegality in their presence in the US. Instead of the words "illegal immigrant," Laurence wants all journalists to use the phrase "undocumented immigrant," which implies that their status is not illegal.

Laurence’s opposition to the phrase "illegal immigrant" is exceptionally strange for another reason not tied to dishonesty or political correctness altogether. "Illegal immigrant" is the current, preferred term in the Associated Press’ Stylebook. However, anyone who has ever read an AP article lately on the subject of illegal immigration is well aware that the AP already goes out of its way to avoid using anti-illegal immigrant phrases like "illegal immigrant"…even though that is a factual phrase. So Laurence is really a hardcore, pro-illegal immigrant ideologue for objecting to the way the media already reports on illegals.

Laurence’s perverse reasoning for why the phrase "illegal immigrant" should not be used by media anymore is the kind of argument that makes you want to pop several arteries in your neck from the frustrating stupidity of it. Laurence’s reasoning is also reminiscent of what a devious, ambulance-chasing lawyer would argue to twist the facts around. His reasoning is that only judges—can you believe that?—should have the power to decide if an illegal alien is really…illegal! That has got to be the ultimate in underhanded, shyster-like reasoning that I’ve ever heard!

Never mind, for a second, insisting that only judges—who already largely lean left in the US—have the power to make the call on whether an illegal alien is really…an illegal. Laurence is saying that every American is too stupid or prejudicial to make the call himself about whether an illegal alien who has snuck across the border with no knowledge of the government…is really an illegal. He’s saying that the border patrol or the police (assuming it’s not a sanctuary city) who discover the illegal alien with no ID or papers is too stupid to make the call on their illegal status right then and there.

Laurence is mendaciously reasoning that because the Constitution entitles everyone, even non-citizens, to the presumption of innocence, only judges can rule on their illegality. That is such an insult to the intelligence because the only criteria that matters to determine if you’re illegal in the US comes down to paperwork and ID. It doesn’t take much more than a policeman or even a business catching you with fake or improper paperwork—that’s it. Or, failing that, the border patrol catching you sneaking across the border!

This shady Laurence fellow, based on his pro-illegal alien stand and his association with a journalists’ group, is clearly a liberal. Worse than that, he’s probably an open-borders for all ideologue. I think this guy wants Mexico to reclaim California and some other Southern states! It’s pitiful that Americans like Laurence are actually serious in their anti-American views. As an American, he ought to be protecting his country and wanting that its borders, culture and language are guarded against hostile, illegal migration. Instead, his attitude is the US should accommodate Mexicans because he probably thinks the US is racist…or at fault for Mexicans sneaking in to begin with.

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Monday, January 03, 2011

True Twit: Janet Napolitano

by Glenn Foden:

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We Need To Show More Sympathy

We need to show more sympathy for these people.

* They travel miles in the heat.

* They risk their lives crossing a border.

* They don't get paid enough wages.

* They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.

* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.

* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day.

I'm not talking about illegal Aliens ~ I'm talking about our troops! Doesn't it seem strange that many Democrats and Republicans are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support our troops, and are even threatening to defund them?

Thank you Maxine!

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