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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stop the ObamaCare Approach to Immigration!

By Eagle Forum: Just as Nancy Pelosi declared that House of Representatives had to pass ObamaCare in order to find out what is in it, the amnesty advocates are urging passage of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” before Americans have a chance to find out what is in it.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told a reporter with the Associated Press that he wanted an amnesty bill fast-tracked through the Senate, because he knows the American people oppose it. Graham told the reporter, “You don’t want to leave it hanging out for two weeks to get shot up.”

Yesterday, we learned that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy declared that he absolutely intends to rush through an amnesty bill. Leahy’s letter came in response to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions’ letter, urging Leahy to conduct open and transparent reform proceedings and to allow proper time for hearings and debate.

Leahy responded to Sessions’ letter with a long, rambling tantrum declaring his support for comprehensive immigration reform, stating that any effort to slow the process would be labeled “obstructionism,” and indicating that the Senate has held enough hearings on the issue and if any of the more junior Senators are having difficulty getting up to speed on the issue, they should talk to him.

Leahy also cited the recent “GOP autopsy,” which is the subject of Phyllis’ column this week, in his intemperate response to Sessions, declaring his encouragement that the RNC has stated in the recent “autopsy” that Republicans must embrace Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

The grassroots are hearing one insult after another from both sides of the aisle. Now more than ever, we must make our voices heard!

Please, tell your friends and neighbors and be sure your Senators are hearing from their colleagues that we will not accept a rushed-through amnesty bill!
Please take a moment to call or visit your Senators at their local offices while they are home for Easter recess. If they are having town hall meetings or similar forums, we need you to attend and to tell them to take a stand against amnesty. It was the grassroots that rose up and stopped a similar attempt at amnesty in 2006, and we can do it again! Click here to find your Senators’ closest local offices.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Show Your Support For the U.S. Border Patrol!!!

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If you've been paying attention, you know that the sequester cuts have been the excuse the Department of Homeland Security has been looking for to cut allocations to the U.S. Border Patrol.  Yes, those folks, the ones who have the thankless (and now seemingly payless) job of stopping the flood of Democratic voters illegal aliens into southern Arizona.

Local 2544, the Border Patrol union for the Tucson sector, has announced that the union has authorized the patch shown below to be worn on agents' uniforms as a way to protest the nearly 40% pay cut from discontinued AUO, cut uniform allowances (in the face of TSA getting a $50 million windfall for new unis), and reductions in salary.
The original Border Patrol uniform patch.

The massive team that works day in and day out to bring you the pearls of wisdom found here at Conservative Observer AZ decided to show their support for our agents by taking the liberty of adding a few touches to the original patch.  The gang felt that this was a case where it is better to ask forgiveness than permission, and we hope that the union sees it in the spirit it which it was intended!  [read: Neither the U.S. Border Patrol nor its agent unions are responsible for the atrocious artistic talent on display in the modified version of their patch.] 

You too can show solidarity with the plight of the Border Patrol by downloading and proudly displaying the first logo above!  Encourage others to steal it, and let David Aguilar, Janet Napolitano, and Barack Hussein Obama know that funding needs to be restored to protect our country!

Submitted by Velcro and crossposted at Conservative Observer AZ.   

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Monday, March 25, 2013

An Illegal Poem

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by Illegal Immigrants:

I cross river, poor and broke,
Take bus, see employment folk.

Nice man treat me good in there,
Say I need go see Welfare.

Welfare say, 'You come no more,
We send cash right to your door.'

Welfare checks, they make you wealthy,
Medicaid it keep you healthy!

By and by, Got plenty money,
Thanks to you, TAXPAYER dummy.

Write to friends in motherland,
Tell them 'come, fast as you can'

They come in buses and Ford trucks,
I buy big house with welfare bucks.

They come here, we live together,
More welfare checks, it gets better!

Fourteen families, they moving in,
But neighbor's patience wearing thin.

Finally, white guy moves away,
I buy his house, and then I say,

'Find more aliens for house to rent.'
In my yard I put a tent.

Send for family they just trash,
But they, too, draw welfare cash!

Everything is very good,
Soon we own whole neighborhood..

We have hobby, it called breeding,
Welfare pay for baby feeding.

Kids need dentist? Wife need pills?
We get free! We got no bills!

TAXPAYER crazy! He pay all year,
To keep welfare running here.

We think America darn good place!
Too darn good for white man race.

If they no like us, they can go,
Got lots of room in Mexico.
Submitted by a concerned citizen!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rules for Addressing Amnesty

by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum Republicans are getting a lot of unsolicited advice about how to recover from last year’s defeat, and most of it is either ignorant or coming from people who don’t have Republican Party victories in their game plan. One of the worst of these bits of advice is that Republicans should join a bipartisan push for immigration amnesty.

Amnesty advocates shrink from using the word amnesty and try hard to shroud their message in deceptive words. So let’s understand their vocabulary: reform, comprehensive, earned legal status, and path to citizenship are all code words for amnesty.

At the recent conservative jamboree called CPAC, several panels and even star banquet speaker former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tried hard to soften or disguise the fact that their proposals are really amnesty. But conservatives agree with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that the essence of amnesty is to “reward them with the objective of their crime,” and agree with Ann Coulter who told CPAC that amnesty is “suicidal” for Republicans.

Promises by the amnesty advocates to secure the border after the illegals are granted residency, or even simultaneously, are unacceptable and unbelievable. In the famous words of Yogi Berra, an oral agreement is not worth the paper it is written on.

The American people want the U.S. Government to obey and enforce existing laws. That starts with building a fence on our southern border, which was required by a 2006 federal law, and signed by President George W. Bush in a well-publicized photo op. Instead of building the fence that Congress ordered, the government spent nearly $2 billion building what was called a virtual fence. It didn’t work, and now is being dismantled at additional expense.

Here are the requirements that must be met before we start talking:

First, we want and expect a border fence to be built like the efficient, successful fence that protects the border near San Diego. That means a 12-foot-high double fence with a road in between.

Second, we want enforcement of the entry-exit system, whereby people admitted on visas are tracked to make sure they leave the U.S. when their temporary visit expires. That’s another federal law that has never been enforced.

Third, we want a law that requires employers to use E-Verify for new and current employees. This is as simple as having retailers check your credit card when you make a purchase; just put your credit card or your Social Security number in a machine and you get an immediate answer as to whether it’s valid.

Americans must provide their Social Security number when they apply for a job, and immigrants should not be exempt from laws the rest of us must obey. This simple procedure would identify the illegals and thereby make many jobs available to unemployed Americans.

Fourth, eliminate all schemes for the admittance of guest workers, both the uneducated who take entry-level jobs away from our own high-school dropouts, and the H-1B and other special-purpose visas (a system rife with fraud) who take jobs away from our own college graduates because the big companies prefer to hire lower-paid foreigners.

Fifth, enforce cooperation between federal and state immigration authorities, so when a state picks up an illegal he can be immediately turned over to the feds. This cooperation should also eliminate the so-called Sanctuary Cities, where federal immigration law is ignored.

Sixth, reinstate the rule that was in effect for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came through Ellis Island. If they had a major disease or failed to provide proof that they would NOT become a public charge, they were sent back to their home country.

Seventh, develop a constructive plan to assimilate the legal immigrants who have come to our country over the last 25 years. This includes using the major way earlier immigrants were assimilated: having their children in public schools taught only in English, and abolishing the unpopular, expensive hiring of teachers of dozens of foreign languages to supervise immigrant kids speaking their native language year after year, never learning English.

Eighth, stop lying to Republicans, falsely telling them that amnesty is the key to increasing their Hispanic vote. There isn’t a shred of evidence to support that notion, and there’s plenty of evidence that amnesty delivers votes to Obama Democrats because, as reported by the Washington Post-Kaiser survey, 67 percent of Hispanics favor a “larger federal government with many services.”

Ninth, stop peddling the false notion that amnesty is the “Christian” thing to do. Amnesty will betray Hispanics because it will open our borders to a flood of new illegals, increase the millions below the poverty line, and make it impossible for legal or assimilated immigrants to achieve the American dream.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Immigration Plan Brings Bad News

Editor's comment: The following guest column appeared on South Carolina's Greenville Online. Not everyone is S.C. is drinking the Sen. Lindsey Graham Kool-aid.  As a former graduate professor, I also noted universities recruiting foreign faculty who possessed or would soon possess a terminal degree verses an American with even better credentials.  The university / colleges made it clear by their actions that they preferred to pay lower salaries,  to avoid issues like tenure and to meet certain ethnic criteria  while avoiding resident citizens of color.  Recruited foreign professors either cooperated or were shipped back to their home countries  — sort of modern day academic slavery.

by Mark Thies: Radio and TV ads have recently been playing across South Carolina, targeting Sen. Lindsey Graham and the “Gang of Eight” immigration proposal. In those ads, the question is asked “Who does Lindsey Graham represent?” The responders reply, “Not me!”

It appears Lindsey Graham has forgotten that his job is to represent all Americans not just Big Business and ethnic-advocacy groups like La Raza. The Gang of Eight’s five-page proposal for immigration reform is full of unpleasant news for tens of millions of Americans, including the jobless, students and taxpayers.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the Graham proposal is its impact on America’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workers and students. It’s hard to believe, but in this fragile economy of 8.4 percent state unemployment, where 15.8 percent of South Carolinians and 20 million Americans are looking for a full-time job, Graham claims that we now have a labor shortage.

With 53 percent of recent college graduates under/unemployed, Graham and the gang brazenly propose that every foreign student who earns a U.S. master’s or doctorate degree in a STEM field be automatically given a permanent work permit. But data, both nationally and at Clemson, refute Graham’s labor-shortage claims.

For example, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which tracks STEM salaries of new graduates, reports that overall engineering starting salaries have been flat since 2010, with a tiny 0.3 percent increase. Similar trends exist for more experienced workers. In fact, according to Professor Norman Matloff (EPI Briefing Paper No. 356, Feb. 28), no study other than those sponsored by industry has ever confirmed a shortage! Industry’s continual claims that there are too few Americans in STEM fields — and that U.S. citizens are less talented than their foreign counterparts — have been refuted by several recent studies.

Graham also says that we have a “brain drain,” because engineers educated here are returning to their home countries. Yet according to Ross Eisenbrey in The New York Times, almost 90 percent of Chinese and Indian students who earn STEM PhDs stay here. Ross comments (and based on my 28 years at Clemson University I concur) that if a student is talented enough to be wanted by industry, they are essentially guaranteed to get a work visa.

As far as the brain drain is concerned, Matloff’s study reached a somewhat startling conclusion: There indeed is a brain drain — but it’s an internal brain drain, as the best and brightest U.S. students move out of the STEM field after graduation into areas where salaries are more lucrative because of less worker competition. Already, only a third of those with STEM degrees are working in STEM fields. Graham’s proposal to grant permanent work permits to all foreign STEM M.S./PhD graduates, regardless of need or ability, would make the problem even worse.

Ironically, the number of Science and Engineering students at Clemson has reached all-time highs; it’s up almost 60 percent in the past 5 years. For example, I have the most students in my Thermodynamics class in 28 years of teaching. If Graham would just leave the current system alone so that just the truly best and brightest students can stay, market forces will respond, and the number of U.S. citizens graduating with advanced STEM degrees will significantly increase.

There is plenty of bad news in Graham’s proposal for non-STEM workers too. The Democrats in the gang have agreed to give Graham a free pass on foreign workers; in exchange they get a free pass on amnesty from the Republicans. And no, the illegals won’t be at the back of that proverbial line — with their permanent work permits and their jobs, they’ll be at the front.

And finally we come to the poor taxpayer who will have to pay for everything. Remember, the minute that the 11 million illegal aliens become legal, they become eligible for Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare and Earned Income and Child Tax Credits. Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation says that Graham’s proposal could cost at least as much as the $2.6 trillion estimated cost of the defeated 2007 McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill. That should take our national debt over the 20 trillion mark that has been heralded as the tipping point.

If Congress can’t do any better than this with immigration reform, then perhaps it needs to implement an unlimited work visa program — not for STEM workers, but for lawyers. Replacing Congress with foreign workers could be our smartest move yet.
Mark Thies is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Border Patrol Local 2544: Throats Being Slashed at "Secure" Border

Submitted by Velcro, crossposted at Conservative Observer AZ.
I know, I keep repeating what the good folks over at Local 2544 are saying, but I do it because it's information from firsthand sources that isn't compromised by spin (or censorship) from DHS.  Most of us cannot really visualize what the job of a Border Patrol agent is like, and I can't say that I do either.  But it's critical to our nation's security that we get it.  That's why I look to sources like  All of the quotes below are from posts on their site.

Last week, they confirmed what thinking people easily predicted:  Namely, that sequestration cuts disproportionately applied to the Border Patrol, coupled with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's humming-fingers-in-ears declaration that THE BORDER IS SECURE would lead to a new tidal wave of illegal aliens crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S.

Anyone with half a brain (myself included) would see how this would escalate the danger, and Local 2544 confirms that it has.
"People are getting their throats slashed at Janet Napolitano’s “secure” border in the Tucson sector. Two dead and one severely wounded just this week. The wounded man was able to flag down some Border Patrol agents after crawling for help." [Emphasis mine].
And there is this.
"Another Tucson sector station has seen large groups of up to 111 illegal aliens staging at the border and then deftly avoiding all sensors and other surveillance devices. As we warned, it will keep getting worse. Of course, once they all get past us we have ICE to arrest them. No, wait, Janet won’t let ICE do their jobs either. But not to worry, the area where these large groups are congregating is slated to have patrol agents removed next month. That should help the situation."
And posted just today,
"As of yesterday, groups of illegal aliens as large as three-hundred (300) have been spotted by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector. These huge groups are being drawn here by promises of amnesty from the Obama Administration and they know that border security is getting real lax, real fast...  Congratulations President Obama, Secretary Napolitano and Deputy Commissioner Aguilar. You have done more to dismantle the morale and effectiveness of the Border Patrol than anyone else in the history of this Agency...And with agents soon scrambling to scrape up enough money to pay their bills and keep from losing their homes we are going to see an increase in corruption and a lot of agents who are preoccupied with personal problems when they are on duty.  Secretary Napolitano will not lose one dime of her inflated paycheck, and her underlings like Bianca Warner will still be knocking down over $170,000 a year while sitting in her nice office complaining about how Border Patrol agents are overpaid."
For some interesting visual and audio information, take a look at
From (see links above)

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Jobless Americans in SC. They Come To America II

Filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch, who released a documentary on illegal immigration last year and is working on a sequel, confirmed this when he went down to South Carolina last week to learn more about how Graham's constituents feel about an amnesty. Please take a few minutes to watch this clip from the upcoming documentary by Dennis Michael Lynch, They Come to America II. Release date April 1.

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Friday, March 08, 2013

60,000 Border and Customs Agents Furloughed

As many as 11 million illegal immigrants are in the United States, about seven million of whom are working — primarily in low-skill jobs. However, roughly 20 million Americans are without jobs, including several million Americans with few job skills, according to news reports.

by Todd Beamon, NewsMax: Sixty-thousand federal employees responsible for securing the nation’s borders and facilitating trade will be furloughed for as many as 14 days starting next month because of $85 billion in cross-government spending cuts.

The federal government notified the workers on Thursday, CNN reports. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the furloughs and other austerity measures would cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and would reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time, CNN reports.

David Aguilar, the agency's deputy commissioner, said it must cut about $754 million by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The agency plans to institute furloughs throughout its departments, a hiring freeze — and to reduce or eliminate overtime, compensatory time, travel and training. Other federal agencies are following similar steps because of the spending cuts that took effect on March 1 through sequestration.

Customs “continues to evaluate further impacts of sequestration” on its operations, an agency spokeswoman, Jenny Burke, said in a statement reported by CNN. “Even with these cuts, though, individuals apprehended illegally crossing the southwest border will still be processed as usual,” Burke said.

The Customs furloughs will begin in mid-April, with reductions in border patrol overtime starting on April 7, Burke said.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Monday that she expects customs wait times to increase to 150 to 200 percent of normal, CNN said. "I don't mean to scare, I mean to inform,” Napolitano said. “If you're traveling, get to the airport earlier than you otherwise would. There's only so much we can do with personnel.” . . .

Late last month, Napolitano and other Obama administration officials came under fire — particularly from officials in Arizona — for the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants held in local jails to save money as the sequester neared. . . . [Read Full Story]

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Sate Dept. Memo Reveals Only .0033 Percent Of Visa Applications Denied Due To Dependency Risk In 2011

“The data just provided by the State Department, like that recently provided by the Department of Homeland Security, dramatically confirms that federal public charge law is not being enforced,” [Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)] said in a statement. “This helps explain a study showing that 36 percent of immigrant-headed households receive at least one major welfare program, adding billions to their cost.”

“[T]he data provided leaves no doubt: this principle is no longer being applied—despite a firm and unambiguous legal requirement… For those concerned about the size of government and the cost to taxpayers, this will be a major concern when addressing any immigration reform effort... When basic principles and laws like this are ignored, it is no wonder the American people doubt any promises of future enforcement.”

State Department memo reveals only .0033 percent of visa applications denied due to dependency risk in 2011

by Caroline May, The Daily Caller: A February State Department memo reveals that from 2001 to 2011, only 0.02 percent of all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications were denied because the potential entrants risked becoming “public charges,” or individuals who are primarily reliant on welfare for subsistence.

For 2011 alone, that figure stood at just 0.0033 percent.

The information came in a letter obtained by The Daily Caller and penned by Thomas B. Gibbons, the State Department’s acting assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in response to a Sept. 25 oversight request from Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Pat Roberts about the enforcement of Section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The law bars individuals who “at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status … [are] likely at any time to become a public charge” from entry into the United States.

According to the data, contained in the letter, the total number of immigrant visas processed from 2001-2011 was 85,193,456. Of those, just 13,115 were denied on public charge grounds, or 0.015 percent. The number of nonimmigrant (or those requesting temporary entry) visa applications processed from 2001-2011 was 5,831,603. Of those, 125,019 were denied due to the public charge statute, or 2.14 percent.

In total, 0.15 percent of all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas were denied on the basis of becoming a public charge from 2001 to 2011. Despite the initial refusals, however, thousands were able to later overcome their public charge findings — meaning that over those 10 years, just 0.02 percent of all applications were denied on public charge grounds.

In 2011, the most recent year for which data were provided, the percentage was even smaller. In 2011, the percentage of all visa applications (both immigrant and nonimmigrant), minus those that were able to overcome their initial public charge findings, was 0.0033 percent.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member on the Senate budget committee and an advocate for enforcement of current immigration law, slammed the State Department for the letter’s revelations.

“The data just provided by the State Department, like that recently provided by the Department of Homeland Security, dramatically confirms that federal public charge law is not being enforced,” he said in a statement. “This helps explain a study showing that 36 percent of immigrant-headed households receive at least one major welfare program, adding billions to their cost.”

When making public charge determinations, the government only looks at whether new entrants are likely to become dependent on two of the 80 federal welfare programs available to those in need — Supplemental Social Security Income and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Four senators have pressed the federal government for an explanation of that policy, as well.

Earlier this month, DHS revealed it did not have data on immigrants who become public charges after entering the country.

In a response letter to the same four aforementioned Republicans, DHS explained that while it does not keep track of immigrants on public charge grounds, a case-by-case review of fiscal year 2012 data by showed that the department brought up just one case of an immigrant allegedly becoming a public charge after gaining entry to the country. That charge was later withdrawn.

According to Sessions, a central tenet of American immigration policy is that those who desire to come into the country must be able to become financially independent.

“[T]he data provided leaves no doubt: this principle is no longer being applied—despite a firm and unambiguous legal requirement,” he added. “For those concerned about the size of government and the cost to taxpayers, this will be a major concern when addressing any immigration reform effort. … When basic principles and laws like this are ignored, it is no wonder the American people doubt any promises of future enforcement.”

The State Department noted that applications that were refused during one fiscal year could overcome the finding in a subsequent year.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

"The Tidal Wave Has Begun" -- Border Patrol Local 2544

Submitted by Velcro, crossposted at Conservative Observer AZ.

Border Patrol union local 2544 in the Tucson sector reports that the influx of large groups of illegal aliens has begun crossing the Arizona border.  This in itself increases the danger in those areas, but the union is also reporting a new phenomenon (actually an old one repeating itself from the past).
"We will continue to have large groups of illegal aliens chasing Border Patrol agents down so they can be “arrested”, knowing they will be set free and given temporary permission to remain here in the United States (no jail space to keep them locked up until their cases are adjudicated). Once they are set free with a “promise to appear” (wink, wink) 99% of them will disappear and never be heard from again unless they commit some heinous crime. Then, years down the road we will have a new group of politicians and activists screaming about how we need to “bring these people out of the shadows” by giving them amnesty. This is how the merry-go-round works. Proven time and time again over the span of many decades."
Adding insult to injury, Border Patrol agents have had their uniform allowance cut off while TSA, also under the Department of Homeland Security, bought $50 million worth of uniforms, coming to around $1,000 per agent.

Thanks for nothing, Janet.  You, OF ALL PEOPLE, as a former governor of Arizona, should know the impact of your foolish decisions on those who are charged to protect us along the border, and on those of us who live in southern Arizona!

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Jeb Bush Reverses Immigration Stance: No ‘Pathway’ for Illegals

"I’m not going to spread this silliness any further by detailing the stories appearing online about this latest flip-flopper. Just click on the links if you’re interested, otherwise move on to the real news." ~ Opinion by One Old Veteran

By Todd Beamon, NewsMax: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday reversed his position on illegal immigrants — now saying that he opposed a pathway to citizenship, a crucial issue in comprehensive immigration reform.

In his new book, “Immigration Wars,” Bush presented a plan that specifically rules out the possibility of illegal immigrants obtaining full citizenship if they remain in the United States.

The former governor, however, makes an exception for young undocumented immigrants, known as DREAMers, who were brought to the U.S. as minors.

“Permanent residency in this context, however, should not lead to citizenship,” Bush said in the book, written with attorney Clint Bolick. “It is absolutely vital to the integrity of our immigration system that actions have consequences — in this case, that those who have violated the laws can remain but cannot obtain the cherished fruits of citizenship.

“To do otherwise would signal once again that people who circumvent the system can still obtain the full benefits of American citizenship,” Bush continued. “It must be a basic prerequisite for citizenship to respect the rule of law.”

Bush then calls for full citizenship for undocumented immigrants an “undeserving reward for conduct we cannot afford to encourage.”

According to Bush, immigrants who came to the United States without documentation as adults could apply for permanent legal residency by:

Pleading guilty to having committed illegal entry, which is a crime.
Paying fines, performing community service, or otherwise adhering to another form of punishment prescribed by the law. Those who do not come forward during this process are subject to automatic deportation if they remain in the U.S., Bush said.
Paying back taxes, learning English, and refraining from committing “substantial crimes” to earn permanent legal residency. This is for those immigrants who follow step two.

The only means through which illegals can earn U.S. citizenship under the Bush plan would be to return to their home nations and apply legally, ABC reports. These immigrants, however, would be barred for either three years or 10 years if they returned to their home countries and applied for U.S. citizenship from there.

“We need to address this problem in a fair, firm, and comprehensive way, while at the same time fixing our immigration process so that in the future, millions of people do not feel the need to enter our country illegally because there are no viable means for them to do so lawfully,” Bush said in the book.

But for DREAMers, the Bush plan would provide a “clear and definite path to citizenship” for young immigrants who earn a high school diploma or GED, or serve in the military. . . . [Read More]

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Border Panel's Clout May Be Deal-Breaker

Democrats envision an advisory role; GOP seeks some power for group
[Hat Tip: the Clarion Ledger]
By Dan Nowicki, Arizona Republic: A bipartisan group of senators collaborating on immigration reform is divided on a proposed commission to scrutinize border security.

It’s a sticking point between Democrats inclined to limit the panel to an advisory role and Republicans who want it to have authority.

SW Border Fence
The group, which would be composed of governors, attorneys general and other “community leaders living along the Southwest border,” would gauge border-security progress and make a recommendation when it was satisfied that the legislation’s security provisions were in effect.

Only then, according to a framework of the bill by the socalled Gang of Eight senators, would undocumented immigrants already in the United States be able to start down a path to citizenship.

But activists on both sides of the debate have reacted coolly to the idea.


While Republicans want to make sure the panel has muscle, Democrats want to make sure that commissioners can’t politicize the process by using subjective criteria to perpetually claim that the border improvements are not good enough. They envision a commission more advisory in nature, with the secretary of Homeland Security making the final decision.

“We have not resolved anything on that issue yet,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “One of the things that you do in these negotiations is that you try to get some of the easier issues resolved before you get into the real tough ones. Kind of a momentum thing. So, we’re still working away on it.”

McCain said he and his seven Senate colleagues have been making progress on the bill, which is expected to be released this month.

The other members of the group are Democrats Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona, Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

McCain said the bordercommission provision has proved tricky because the Constitution gives Congress authority over immigration and border issues. The authority of the proposed panel can’t trump that.

The lawmakers want the panel, which “has to have significant border representation,” to be objective and not politically motivated, McCain said, and senators are asking the Government Accountability Office for input. The GAO is Congress’ investigative arm.

“You’ve got to be careful about that, which is why I think it’s important to have some metrics as to what they could look at from a statistical standpoint that would ensure that we have effective control of the border,” McCain said.


Flake said the border commission is one of several issues that the Senate negotiators continue to work on, and the question about how much influence it will have on the final conclusion about the level of security remains unresolved.

Border Patrol So. Arizona
Immigration advocates would prefer legislation that does not make a pathway to citizenship contingent on border security, which they say has improved in recent years with the addition of Border Patrol personnel, technology and fencing.

The Senate group’s framework calls for a “tough but fair” path for prospective permanent residents and citizens that would include passing a background check, paying taxes, learning English and U.S. civics, and going to “the back of the line” of legal immigrants. However, they would be allowed to immediately secure probationary legal status, which would let them live and work in the country by registering with the government, passing a background check and paying a penalty.

Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-reform organization America’s Voice, called the proposed commission “worrisome” because of the potential for political mischief by conservatives.

“I’m not prepared to say it’s a deal-breaker for us, but I am prepared to say it’s excessive, it’s expensive and it’s mostly unnecessary,” Sharry said.

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Monday, March 04, 2013

Sequestration | Forget Government Waste, Free Illegals

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Immigration Enforcement Key To Success

Rep. Lemar Smith (R-TX), Op-Ed. USA Today: Amnesty advocates argue that our immigration system is broken and can only be fixed by legalizing millions of illegal immigrants. But they ignore the real problem plaguing our system today: lack of enforcement of laws already on the books.

America has the most generous immigration system in the world, admitting one million legal immigrants every year. There is a right way and a wrong way to enter our country. The right way is to play by the rules and wait your turn, not cut in front of the line and ignore the law. Better border and interior security will benefit American taxpayers and workers and make our communities safer.

But even if the border itself is secure, that doesn't mean that individuals won't continue to gain legal entry and remain in the country illegally. That happens when those on student, visitor or business visas don't return home after their short-term visa has expired. They account for 40% of all illegal immigrants, more than four million people. Border security must go hand-in-hand with interior enforcement. Congress can take numerous actions to reduce illegal immigration at the border and inside the country. Some of these merely require that the government enforce existing law:
  • Require employers to only hire legal workers. This will reduce the magnet of the easy availability of jobs that entices many to enter illegally. And it will reduce the competition for scarce jobs that hurts legal workers. More than 425,000 employers have signed up voluntarily for E-Verify that ensures that prospective hires are legally authorized to work in the U.S. And 99.5% of legal workers are confirmed immediately.
  • Increase work-site investigations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to make sure employers are hiring legal workers. This will protect jobs for unemployed or underemployed Americans. Unfortunately, work-site enforcement is down 70% under the Obama administration.
  • Implement an entry-exit system using biometrics (such as fingerprints) to identify those who entered on a temporary visa and overstayed their visit. They comprise almost half of all illegal immigrants. This administration has ignored the law requiring them to set up this system.
  • Increase border resources and personnel so that fewer illegal immigrants will enter undetected. For every person apprehended today, others escape notice. The Government Accountability Office has determined that only 6.5% of the southern border is under "full control" of the Border Patrol.
  • Refuse to issue visas to residents of countries that won't allow their citizens to be returned home after they have committed crimes in the U.S. Many of these individuals are now released back into our communities where they often commit additional crimes.
  • Expand the Secure Communities program, which identifies illegal immigrants who have been arrested for crimes. These offenders should be detained and then sent home, not released. The Obama administration allows some cities to ignore this law.
  • Stop giving automatic citizenship to children born to illegal immigrant parents, which represents about 10% of all births in the U.S. today. At least one parent should be in the country legally. Automatic citizenship rewards illegal parents and often tempts them to enter the U.S. just to give birth.
Even if Congress enacts all these provisions, that still doesn't guarantee they will be implemented. All laws are useless unless they are enforced. And it's the president who can choose to enforce or not enforce laws, as we have seen many times.

Regardless of what initiatives are taken or what legislation is enacted, the flow of illegal immigrants will never stop. Some foreigners will not want to wait in line, others will take their chances and work illegally, and others will risk using fraudulent documents.

What's more, if current legislative proposals to legalize millions of illegal immigrants are approved, amnesty advocates threaten to file lawsuits delaying enforcement provisions. So the enforcement measures will be tied up in court, but the amnesty provisions will go into effect immediately. The result is amnesty but no enforcement of border security. And as we've learned, amnesty without enforcement only leads to more illegal immigration.

Amnesty advocates promise that they'll secure the border and enforce our laws once they get what they want -- legalization of those in the country illegally. We've heard those promises in the past -- and they were never kept.

We should not reward those who have broken our laws with amnesty. Even if we did, there is no guarantee that the border or interior would become more secure.
Lamar Smith is the U.S. Representative from Texas District 21, the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and now serves on the immigration subcommittee.

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Deadly Cost of Illegal Aliens Behind the Wheel

by Bob Unruh, World News Daily: [WND has changed the names of the mother and son in this story at their request.] Amidst all the lobbying that will go on in Washington over the next few months over amnesty for illegal aliens, one issue probably won’t get much attention.

But Sandra Kay knows all about it. Her son, a soldier who served overseas without getting injured, is paying the costs of it – with a year of rehabilitation and probably a lifetime of pain and trouble because an illegal alien driver caused a crash that left him seriously hurt.

The driver had no license and was in a borrowed car with a lapsed insurance policy, Kay told WND. He made an illegal turn, sending Kay’s son tumbling from his motorcycle onto the highway.

Then the offender disappeared before his scheduled court appearance and the case later was resolved with a judge’s decision that probation was appropriate.

Kay’s son, Timothy, still is paying. He goes to therapy regularly for a leg “pieced together with screws and plates and rods” which still is missing a piece of bone one of the surgeons said could not be found. . . .

Kay admits she’s not as forgiving as her son, and she’s upset. “[The driver] was issued a ticket for driving without a license and improper turn and given a summons for a court appearance. That is all he was ticketed with. He was released. He did not appear for his first court date and we were told he could not be found. … The court disposed of the case [with] a year’s unsupervised probation and a $250 fine. A year’s unsupervised probation and a $250 fine. He was released back out into the general population,” she told WND. . . .

Actually, Timothy may have been among the lucky. The Limits to Growth website reported just days ago that six-year-old Brandon Abrams was struck by a drunk-driving illegal alien who was only 17 years old.

Abrams died en route to a hospital. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Abrams was waiting on the sidewalk for an ice cream truck when 17-year-old Luis Enrique Landin reportedly dropped a cell phone while driving and reached to pick it up, losing control of his pickup truck.

The report said the impact knocked Abrams out of his black shoes.

Kay told WND she investigated the situation a little and was told Fairfax, Va., where her son’s accident happened, was a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens. . . . Read Full Story

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Who does Sen. Graham represent?

Numbers USA: We've watched in horror over the years as South Carolina's Republican Sen. Graham has tried to be the champion over and over again of a giant amnesty.

Too many Members of Congress are looking at Sen. Graham as a possible model for their own immigration behavior. They see all the glory heaped on him by open-borders groups and the invitations to the White House.

While Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ) were meeting behind closed doors with President Obama to conspire on amnesty, we launched a national campaign to expose amnesty champions like Sen. Graham back home in their states and districts.

This new ad calls out Sen. Graham's support for an amnesty - a position that's opposed by most South Carolinians.

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