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Does anyone really know what’s in this amnesty bill Congress is trying to shove down our throats, just like they did with Obamacare? I’d have to say few, if any Senators even read the damn thing before they voted for this fiasco. Thankfully, there are people our here in the real world who are doing the job the Senate won’t do….READ THE BILL! Here’s just a small snippet of a piece on Zero Hedge by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog:
#7 Thanks to illegal immigration, California’s overstretched health care system is on the verge of collapse. Dozens of California hospitals and emergency rooms have shut down over the past decade because they could not afford to stay open after being endlessly swamped by illegal immigrants who were simply not able to pay for the services that they were receiving. As a result, the remainder of the health care system in the state of California is now beyond overloaded. This had led to brutally long waits, diverted ambulances and even unnecessary patient deaths. At this point, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.
#9 It is estimated that illegal aliens make up approximately 30 percent of the population in federal, state and local prisons and that the total cost of incarcerating them is more than $1.6 billion annually.
#16 It is an open secret that Mexican drug cartels are openly conducting military operations inside the United States. The handful of border patrol agents that we have guarding the border are massively outgunned and outmanned.
#17 According to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, Mexican drug cartels were actively operating in 50 different U.S. cities in 2006. By 2010, that number had skyrocketed to 1,286.
#18 Overall, more than 55,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006. That same level of violence will eventually show up in major U.S. cities unless something dramatic is done about illegal immigration.
Please read the entire piece. It’s quite informative!
If you want to know my opinion of criminal invaders, all you have to do is ask!
What a freakin’ joke! Laws don’t mean diddly anymore, so I reckon I don’t have to obey them either. Oh…wait…I’m legal, I obey the laws, to the best of my ability, and yet… our elected representatives INVITE criminals into our country who don’t give a damn about our laws? Does anyone else see a MAJOR problem here?? They don’t obey them….why should I? Oh, that’s right…because I obey GOD’S laws, which our Constitution was based on, even though there are way to many people who fail to remember that little tidbit!
Congress has limited powers. Turning criminals into non-criminals, with the stroke of a pen, is NOT ONE OF THEM! The administration, and I’m not talking about just the Obama administration…I’m including previous ones as well, have over stepped their bounds on a regular basis. Either the legislative branch leads the executive branch around by the nose, or visa versa. Either way, we have created a monster by our lack of attention. What we have created is a body of anti-Constitutional criminals. This has been a danger for our once great Republic. And an FYI, the Supreme Court does NOT have the final say…in ANYTHING! Nor does any other federal court!
Obama has gone around the world, apologizing for our nation, even though we owe NO ONE an apology. What he should be doing is apologizing to US! As should BOTH houses of Congress! We have laws, on the books, passed by previous Congress’, signed by previous presidents, and yet, we have a current Congress, and a current president that blatantly ignore those laws.
I’m real sorry that there are an estimated 2.8 million children (likely, that number is a LOT higher) brought into this country by their criminal parents, risking their children’s lives to steal from those who would come here legally. Steal? Yes…STEAL! Due to the actions of those criminals, those who would LIKE to come to our country, legally, become citizens, and assimilate, are unable to due to the reckless politics of our so called ‘law enforcement. Not the border security, who are not allowed to do their jobs, and risk their lives daily, not the cop on the street, but the big cheeses who ignore the law, and allow criminals to run rough shod over our citizens. With so many illegals, who refuse to learn the language, and are doing their utmost to turn our country into their third world hell holes, there is no room for the well educated, high tech types, who would actually CONTRIBUTE something positive to our nation. Instead, our government is kowtowing to a bunch of third world thugs, marching in the streets, waving THEIR country’s flags, while denying LEGAL citizens services due to the lack of funds, thanks to those criminals.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m of the mind that either Congress obeys OUR laws, or we get rid of the WHOLE shebang, and start from scratch! They are NOT upholding their oaths of office, and are showing more loyalty to foreigners than they are to the citizens they swore to protect!
To add insult to injury, there isn’t even a freakin’ BILL on the table! All the while, they are selling US a bill of goods! Perhaps they should go back a few years and watch School House Rock, and remember how the whole process works?
A Backdoor Path to Amnesty?
Rob Bluey – The Foundry
Members of Congress have debated various versions of the DREAM Act more than 30 times over the past dozen years. They’ll do so again today, possibly setting the stage for a backdoor path to amnesty in the U.S. House.
Although no bill text is available — and might not be until after the August recess — a Judiciary Committee panel will hold a hearing this afternoon addressing the immigration status of an estimated 2.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.
President Obama, as he’s done often, decided to sidestep Congress last year to implement aspects of the DREAM Act using executive action. The administration deferred, for two years, the removal of certain illegal immigrants.
The issue resurfaced earlier this year in the Senate’s Gang of Eight amnesty bill. And now it appears the House is preparing to introduce its own legislation as part of its piece-by-piece approach to immigration reform.
The House proposal, tentatively called the Kids Act, is the work of two Virginia Republicans: Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. Last week, Heritage called on the lawmakers to make text of the legislation available so the public can examine it in the context of other immigration proposals. They said it wasn’t written yet.
Apparently, Congress isn’t getting the message. They aren’t listening to the people who have allowed them free reign for far too long, believing, as elected officials, they will do their job to the best of their ability. Well, they don’t. Little of what they do these days is in the best interest of the country, or her citizens. LEGAL citizens, and LEGAL residents!
Right on the Senate’s own web site, they have the oath they take when they take office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
“I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God” (5 U.S.C. §3331).
I don’t know about y’all, but I do believe they have violated their oaths of office. They have NOT faithfully discharged their duties, which includes securing the borders of this nation to keep the people safe from invasion. And we have an invasion alright! Invaders from all nations of the world are coming into our country, illegally, whether through our airports, or our ports, or…as have SO many…across our southern border which is where we have a HUGE problem.
People are dying, and they do nothing to stop it. As a matter of fact, they encourage slaughter by illegally providing weapons to the most evil among us. Yet, no one has been held accountable. Have those we entrusted with the safety of our nation just blown off the criminal activity? Apparently.
If their first concern was the safety of her citizens, they would NOT be allowing all those who have no respect for our laws a free walk. When legal residents, and LEGAL citizens break the law, there are consequences. When Congress allows criminal elements to walk across our borders, they are rewarded? Does no one see the problem here? Do our Senators and Representatives not understand? THEY are breaking the law!!
Decision Time on Immigration
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Today is a pivotal day in the immigration debate: House Republicans are meeting to hash out their path.
Pressure is coming from all sides. The Senate passed the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” plan, and three groups on the right are urging the House to act. President Obama is meeting today with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said the House will not take up the same bill the Senate passed—but there is still a danger in trying to work with the Senate.
If the House simply tries to pass a bill so that it can come together with the Senate in conference—informal or formal—Congress will likely tinker around the edges of the Gang of Eight’s plan and give us the immigration version of Obamacare.
As Heritage experts have explained, Congress can address every major aspect of immigration reform and border security without a comprehensive bill.
The plan on the table has severe flaws—and besides, we can’t even trust that laws will be implemented as they’re supposed to be.
But ya know what? I don’t give a flying flip!!
I originally wrote him, expressing my displeasure with the Gang of 8′s amnesty bill. You can call it what you want, but that’s what it is. He responded with this:
After thoroughly reviewing the committee-approved immigration bill, I worked to craft an amendment, along with Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), that would secure our nation’s border in a dramatic way.
Last week, we introduced a 114-page amendment that establishes an unprecedented surge of security on our country’s southern border, implements tough interior enforcement to curb de facto amnesty, and helps prevent abuse of federal benefits.
The amendment has drawn support from a number of notable conservative voices in the immigration debate.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer declared the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment a “victory for Arizona.” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly endorsed the Hoeven-Corker efforts, as did former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
In order to adjust to lawful Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status, unlawful immigrants would be required to pay a fine, pass criminal and national security background checks, and pay taxes for 10 years while receiving no access to federal benefits. Even then, only after ALL FIVE ”triggers” of the Hoeven-Corker amendment have been fully implemented AND at least 10 YEARS have passed can RPIs apply for a green card and be placed at the back of the line. This is not amnesty.
Video via Daily Caller.
If the GOP is this stupid, it deserves to die
by Ann Coulter
Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.
This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.
It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?
I guess I’ve never kept it a secret how I feel about criminal invaders, aka illegal immigrants, aka undocumented immigrants. I don’t know why they use the word ‘immigrant’, because when you immigrate somewhere, you go through the process of…well…immigrating. What Congress is attempting to do is make us believe this bill is a good thing, and will bring people, who entered our country illegally, out from the shadows, to pay taxes, assimilate, and become productive members of society. What they are REALLY trying to do is grab a huge voter bloc, assuming these criminals, as most criminals do, will vote Democrat.
It’s quite depressing to know that there are a few Rs we had such high hopes for, that have allowed themselves to be led…by the nose…down that Primrose path by deceptive Ds.
So, since it’s already a well known fact I vehemently OPPOSE this sham, I won’t waste my time or energy this morning to reiterate.
Four Words to Watch in the Immigration Debate
Amy Payne – The Foundry
The Senate will begin debate on the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal next week. Here are four words to watch out for as the Senators make their case—and warnings about what they might mean.
“Cost” is one word that should come up in the immigration debate, because the Gang of Eight’s amnesty proposal has a cost that is simply too high for Americans to bear. Heritage analysis found that amnesty would cost taxpayers trillions of dollars.
Amnesty means that illegal immigrants become legal—and become eligible for Obamacare benefits, Social Security, welfare, and Medicare. But they won’t pay enough into the system in taxes to cover the cost of all these benefits, meaning the rest of the taxpayers will have to bear the burden. This simply isn’t fair to hard-working Americans.
Despite claims of security—and talk of amending the bill—the Gang of Eight immigration bill doesn’t secure the border. Instead, it “delivers nothing new—other than the promise of spending a lot more money and running up our debt.” As James Carafano, Heritage’s E. W. Richardson Fellow, explains: “Amnesty immediately creates an incentive for illegal border crossings and overstays. Thus, the bill’s strategy would drive up the cost of securing the border.”
Heritage President Jim DeMint has said that it’s a false choice for people to say that amnesty is necessary to immigration reform. Amnesty encourages more illegal immigration, and that is not what immigration reform is supposed to do.
Former Attorney General Ed Meese, Heritage’s Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, reminds us that America has tried this before, and it didn’t work:
Today they call it a “roadmap to citizenship.” Ronald Reagan called it “amnesty.” And he was right. The 1986 reform did not solve our immigration problem—in fact, the population of illegal immigrants has nearly quadrupled since that “comprehensive” bill.
Beware the word “comprehensive.” As Meese notes above, the amnesty of 1986 was also called a “comprehensive” approach to immigration reform. It doesn’t work, and it’s not what we need. We need a separate, step-by-step approach to immigration reform. An approach that works—that the American people can trust—would start with reforming the legal immigration system and enforcing the security measures that are supposed to be in place.
Every family has a story. When did they come, how they came, were they here to meet those ships way back when, were they brought here against their will? I’ve told mine several times, so I’ll refrain from repeating myself. Needless to say, they came legally, or were here to meet the ships.
Have you ever been to big party, or outdoor concert? Depending on the venue, you were either invited, or you paid for your ticket to enter. Some people don’t want to have to pay for the ticket, so they stand outside, and when no one is looking, they crash the gate. Mayhem ensues, and the event is ruined for everyone who paid (or were invited). The gate crashers have a high ol’ time at the expense of the paid or invited guests. Their actions are criminal…vandalism, trespassing, assault, and some get trampled to death. THAT is our current situation, with regards to current ‘immigration’.
People invited, or asking for an invitation, to the event have stood in line, waiting their turn, only to be told they must wait a lot longer because of the gate crashers. Does this seem like a fair way to run an event? Once in the door, if they ever get there, they voluntarily contribute. Unfortunately, part of what they contribute are in taxes to support those who were NOT invited, or have received an invitation (refugees), but do nothing to contribute.
There is something so royally screwed up with this scenario! Do we need reform? Yes, as a matter of fact, we do. We need to reform our way of thinking. Well, the administration does, that’s for sure! We need to reform this catch and release nonsense. We need to secure our borders. We need to invite those who will contribute to our society and assimilate. Those who won’t, need to be ‘invited’ to leave.
The criminals are creating an element of prejudice. Yes, I do have prejudices towards those who sneak break into my home, trash my furniture, kill my children, and expect me to feed and clothe them. I am offended that our government actually believes WE should support those who come illegally, no matter what country of origin, and be happy to do so. I am doubly offended by those in the general population who believe the same. “No human is illegal”? Well, when you break the law, you ARE a criminal, and should be treated as such.
Many who come really are looking for a better life, a brighter future for their children, and are will to work to achieve that goal. However, far too many who come see this country as a ‘free ride’, and are no better than leeches, expecting…no…DEMANDING “rights” they have not earned. Why should people, who have been waiting for years, even decades, who have skills that would contribute to our society, to the benefit of all, have to be shoved to the back of the line in order to accommodate the criminals leeches? The answer is simple: THEY SHOULDN’T!
Why My Family Came to America
Jessica Zuckerman – The Foundry
More than any other nation in history, the United States has made itself a new home for immigrants in search of a better life. It embraces those who come to this country honestly—often with nothing more than their work ethic—in search of the promises and opportunities of the American Dream.
As a second-generation American, I think of this promise often. Each and every day, when I see my grandfather’s Ellis Island records hanging on my wall, I remember what he went through to come to this country. I remember how he left behind all he had ever known in Hungary to escape discrimination and the destruction left in the wake of World War I; how he gave up everything so that he could offer his children and grandchildren the promise of freedom and opportunity in a new land.
I’ve highlighted the names of the “gang of eight” so you won’t forget them. If you want to read this bill, also known as JOLT ACT of 2013, you can read the whole text of gobbledy gook here. While there are a few issues that MUST be addressed, and should have been a LONG time ago, the is a lot in this bill that shouldn’t even be considered! At some point, I just might go through the whole 844 pages, and address those, but for now, do your own homework!
IMHO, they should have made issues addressed in the Congressional Findings (Section 2) THE bill, and left the rest for another time, when we are back on our feet, so to speak.
(1) The passage of this Act recognizes that the primary tenets of its success depend on securing the sovereignty of the United States of America and establishing a coherent and just system for integrating those who seek to join American society.
Our ‘sovereignty’ has become a really bad joke. And as for ‘integrating’? Waving the Mexican, or other foreign flags, DEMANDING ‘rights’, is not integrating. Refusing to learn the language of the land is not integrating. Bringing ‘third world’ habits and policies and insisting WE adapt to YOUR way, is not integrating.
(2) We have a right, and duty, to maintain and secure our borders, and to keep our country safe and prosperous. As a nation founded, built and sustained by immigrants we also have a responsibility to harness the power of that tradition in a balanced way that secures a more prosperous future for America.
Well, our borders are NOT secure, and we are NOT safe. The drug cartels have made themselves quite at home in cities like Chicago, a place where murder is so common place, with some of the strictest ‘gun control’ laws…in the world…it has become a poster child for how NOT to run a city, county….country!
These are the two major issues that should have been addressed, and the rest left to other bills, broken down individually, instead of lumping the whole chit works into one bill. Congress has a real bad habit of throwing in crap, and this bill is no different. Address these issues FIRST. Get the border secured, which will take YEARS, and remove the criminal element from out streets. Shoot the sons of beeches if necessary, but get them away from our children. Does it make sense for a legal citizen, or resident, to fear for their lives every time they walk out their front doors? HELL NO! So, why aren’t those in Washington concerned about US? Because it’s all politics!
No self respecting member of the U.S. Senate would EVER introduce such garbage. Then again, we have no self respecting representatives in the government anymore, and they SURE don’t respect us! WE want our borders secured, immediately, but this is not a priority. WE want our streets safe from criminals, and criminals removed, but this also, is not a priority.
What is the priority? Votes. 11 MILLION new voters, the majority of whom will make sure we continue to lose our God given, Constitutionally guaranteed, liberties by assuring that the Democrats>liberals>progressives>socialists>commies will have a strangle hold on power.
This bill, as is, is something this country can’t afford, financially, or morally. I’ve heard so many spewing on the idjit box how “no one is an illegal person’. Well, they are wrong. Being a person isn’t illegal. Breaking into someone else’s home, expecting them to feed, clothe, take you to the doctor, and pay for all your wants and whims IS illegal, is IS a crime. Handing over the keys to the house is just plain ignorant!
“Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) once noted that three groups spend other people’s money: thieves, children, and politicians—and all three need supervision.” Politicians have shown themselves to be both childish, and thieves. It’s way past time for WE, The People to regain control of our country, and OUR money! Any politician that fails to uphold his/her oath of office should be run out on a rail! WE need to put the fear of God back into them, and the fear of us!
“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
American Families Cannot Afford the Cost of Amnesty
Derrick Morgan – The Foundry
Our nation is going broke, and now is not the time to increase burdens on American families.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)—commonly called the “Gang of Eight bill” after the eight Senators who came up with it, Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—includes amnesty for some 11 million unlawful immigrants. That amnesty would further burden taxpayers and weaken our fiscal situation. Congress should not rush to pass the bill without understanding the cost to the American taxpayer, especially when key research identifying and calculating those costs is nearly complete.
We have more than $12 trillion in public debt and tens of trillions of dollars more in unfunded obligations that we have no way to afford, thanks to promises made by past and present politicians. With this in mind, today’s political leaders must consider the fiscal impact of amnesty and a path to citizenship that would enable millions of unlawful immigrants to qualify for costly welfare and entitlement programs.
I expect this kind of nonsense from John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Chuckie Schumer, and the typical roll call of Dems. To say I am more than disappointed in Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake, ESPECIALLY Rubio, would be like me saying “I don’t like fish.” I really DON’T like fish, and anyone who knows me, knows I definitely do not like fish! (no, one has nothing to do with the other…just a statement of fact)
We, the Constitution supporters, put a lot of faith in Rubio. Many worked long hard hours to get him into the Senate. People around the country sent money they could ill afford to help in the effort. This is how the people are repaid? With more garbage? More taxes? Amnesty???? To reward criminals? How is this a positive move for ANYONE other than the criminals themselves, and the politicians?
We have laws on the books. You commit a crime, you pay the penalty. It’s not that complicated. Yet, these 8 weasels are throwing out those laws, putting more of a burden on the people who came to the country legally, in whichever century, and giving a free pass to those who believe themselves above the law. We have a border. There’s a reason why man created fences. Good fences make good neighbors. Our fences are broken, and our neighbors aren’t ‘good’. They’ve trashed our yards, killed our ‘family members’, and cost billions in tax dollars.
We were promised a fence. Then, we were promised a ‘virtual fence’. We spent an extremely large amount of money. They tell us “It didn’t work”. The solution is simple. Build a physical fence, a very tall, sturdy fence, with razor wire, electrify the fence, and if necessary, put gun turrets every 20 yards along that fence. If that doesn’t work, there are always land mines, moats filled with alligators, piranhas, or some similar nasty creatures. If the tribes along the border have a problem, two words….imminent domain. After all, Congress has used that for reasons OTHER than what it was created, why not use it for the purpose it was intended? And if the EPA has a problem, you tell ‘em to live down there, and deal with the criminals hauling drugs across our borders to poison our children. I can guaran-damn-tee, they’ll change their tune quicker than you can say jackalope!!
It’s a well know fact that government doesn’t “fix” anything. They create more problems with their “fixes”. They are worse than a child with a screw driver in a room full of expensive electronics!
Do they truly want to solve a very serious problem? If so, they can scrap that 844 page piece of crap, bring out one very clean sheet of paper, and start writing:
1. Build big fence.
2. Hire more border guards (uniforms Made in U.S.A., not Mexico).
3. Arm said guards to the teeth, with live ammo, not rubber bullets, or freakin’ bean bags.
4. “Shoot to kill” orders, if said criminals don’t turn their sorry asses around and go home.
5. All student and non immigrant visa recipients will wear tracking devices. If such person, or persons, overstay their visa, said device will emit an ear piercing screech, notifying all those around them, they are now illegal. If device is not removed within a certain period of time, while wearer is boarding a plane, etc., device will then explode, leaving the wearer quite maimed. Very few muslims will be allowed to enter the country, and those who get the privilege, will wear two.
6. No immigrant will receive any compensation from the American people. They will work, or go home.
7. No muslim, from ANY country, will be given ‘preferred status’. Saudis status to be revoked. Israelis will now be given such status.
8. Profiling will now be implemented. Grandmothers and small children will no longer be groped and humiliated.
9. All mosques and muslim schools will be closed, plowed under, and the earth salted.
10. The official language of the United States of America is English. No signs, ballots, official documents, etc., will be printed in any language but English. Learn the language, or go home.
There! I’ve gotten them started. See how easy that was? No pork projects added!
Top 5 Problems with the “Comprehensive” Immigration Bill
James Carafano – The Foundry
The good news is Congress cares about trying to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders.
The bad news is they want to do it with a solution that looks a lot like Obamacare—the “Gang of Eight” 844-page-plus “comprehensive” bill.
The sad news is that such an “easy button” solution will not improve our immigration system.
History shows that big bills designed to solve everything wind up creating as many problems as they address. They become loaded with payoffs for special interests and often introduce measures that work at cross purposes.
The “comprehensive” bill fails at the start. Here are the top five reasons it cannot be fixed.
…we need to ENFORCE the laws we already have on the books! Here’s an overview for ya. If Nappy would do her damn job, maybe McCain, and other members of the so called “gang of eight” wouldn’t have literally watched a woman climb over an 18ft fence to break into our country! Thankfully, the border patrol (dressed in uniforms made in Mexico) picked her up…..for all the good it will do!
It’s past time to remove the jurisdiction of the border from DHS (a Bush decision btw), and bring back the INS. These socialist political appointees are destroying the country. Not a ONE of ‘em has yet upheld their oath of office, and all should be removed. Instead, the Senate keeps confirming the basturds!
Side note: I have been trying for the last two hours to get the actual law of the land concerning immigration, illegals, etc., to load. For some reason, NONE of the sites I have attempted to load, and link, will come up. Interesting, eh?
So, on that note, I’m gonna just leave it at that before my frustration level (after only 45 minutes of sleep) gets any higher. ENFORCE the law, build the damn fence, and shoot any sons of bitches that tries to cross our borders illegally. They are criminals….PERIOD!!
FINALLY!! Here are just a FEW of the laws this administration is NOT enforcing because of that sieve we call a border! These criminals are bringing diseases we eradicated years ago, and yet……
What Immigration Reform Must Do
Immigration is a difficult issue—there’s no getting around that. How do we encourage and improve lawful immigration, while deterring unlawful immigration?
David Addington, head of Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, takes on this question just as the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” nears a deal on a new bill. He writes:
The U.S. should reform its immigration system through a careful, step-by-step process that welcomes lawful immigrants, encourages their full participation in American life, and expands opportunity. The process also must prevent unlawful immigration, encourage respect for law, secure America’s borders, and preserve America’s sovereignty.
Heritage has described this step-by-step process for a problem-solving approach to immigration issues, such as reform of the lawful immigration system, visa reforms, lawful temporary worker arrangements, and strong border and interior enforcement.
Broad federal declarations usually don’t work, and a one-size-fits-all immigration policy is not the way to go.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified to Congress last month that the border “has never been stronger.” What she doesn’t say is that the department no longer measures illegal immigrants who get away — only those it catches.
“For two years, Secretary Napolitano has claimed our southern border is secure without having any metrics in place to make that determination,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Fox News on Monday. “Such statements demonstrate her lack of leadership and unwillingness to solve the problem.”
The Department of Homeland Security is about the most useless bureaucracy in the federal government. The homeland is NOT secure! We are being invaded on a daily basis, and that dumb broad flaps her gums, spouting lies about just how well her department works in keeping us safe. Pfft! Between DHS and the DoJ, the criminals are now running the show!
In response, the Department of Homeland Security argues staffing levels are at an all-time high, while Border Patrol apprehensions remain at historic lows, a downward trend it claims “reflect fewer individuals crossing the border.” Apprehensions are down 79 percent since 2000, and 50 percent since 2008.
I’ve no doubt the numbers are down because of the catch and release, or just don’t catch at all! Like I said….totally useless!
But those numbers alone mean little and one congressional aide called them a sticking point in immigration reform negotiations. “It’s like the juggler who tells you he can juggle three balls, but fails to tell you he dropped five. Apprehensions alone are meaningless. It could mean fewer people are crossing or you’re just missing a larger share of those who do cross. We don’t know.”
Apparently, it’s a requirement of anyone working for this administration to play fast and loose with numbers. Math obviously isn’t their strong suit.
Exactly what defines a “secure border” is critical as Republicans and Democrats inch closer to an immigration overhaul. Some lawmakers insist on border security first, as a pre-condition for any form of amnesty or legalization. The problem is, the Department of Homeland Security has no reliable or accepted metric to measure border security. That presents a problem for lawmakers who do not accept the administration’s claim the border is safe and secure.
Janet Napolitano is about the most incompetent person in this administration, and that’s saying something. The majority are incompetent, including the POTUS!
“There are areas of the border that have never been worse and never been more dangerous,” said Arizona rancher Dan Bell. “Every time someone mentions immigration reform we see a spike. We see more people coming through. And that is the case now.”
but yet, the claims that the border is secure keep being spewed!
“The canyons, the valleys, the mountains of Santa Cruz County, that is where the activity is now,” admits Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. “The activity has shifted from urban to rural areas.”
But in his next statement referring to Nogales:
“In my 45 years in law enforcement I have never seen it more secure than it is now,” Estrada said.
Yeah…because there is a major presence of Border Patrol agents, and vehicles. However….
But outside of the city, ranchers and agents tell a different story. Smugglers are mobile. Their routes are fluid and change every hour, relative to border patrol units, cameras and towers.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to increase the number of agents in the rural areas? And how about that fence? Add to it a few gun turrets…every 20 yards or so! The Constitution states quite plainly that it is the job of the federal government to keep the citizens safe. Wouldn’t it be nice if they had been doing their job? How many citizens would still be alive if they had?
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.
The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred at 1:50 a.m. local time and about 8 miles from the border.
The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents. The agents were on horseback at the time of the shooting.
It is time for the government to do their REAL job, and keep this country safe from the wild animals. It’s also way past time for them to take responsibility for the deaths of all Americans killed by the hands of the criminals they have allowed free reign. If it take putting moats and land mines in their KNOWN paths of entry, then that’s what needs to be done! Gun turrets would come in real handy as well. And shoot to kill! Enough with the pandering to a foreign government and it’s criminals!
My prayers go out to the families of those killed and injured. My heart breaks because the bunch in D.C. don’t take the American lives lost seriously. And I’m angry that they refuse, or are incapable of keeping us safe. The Border Patrol puts their lives on the line each time they go out, with no appreciation from their ‘boss’.
People who break into your home, are released on a regular basis. The REAL criminals are in D.C., at the very top of the food chain.
First, we start by throwing out those in power…charge them with a variety of crimes, which they HAVE committed. Then, we start rounding up all those who have made it a habit of breaking our laws by crossing the borders, breaking into our home, bringing in terrorists, etc. We shoot the child rapists, and clear out the drug smugglers from the prisons, give them an overdose of the poison they peddle, ship the rest back across the border, and shoot anyone who attempts to come back, without our permission!
Harsh? Yeah…maybe…but at this point, I don’t give a damn! If the government, who is charged by the Constitution of the United States to keep the homeland secure won’t do their job, then they need to be fired, charged with criminal neglect, and a new administration put into place that WILL uphold the laws of the land!