Boehner Releases Immigration Deform Proposal

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

  • After proposing broad amnesty, the document says that” none of this can happen before specific enforcement triggers have been implemented.”  That might sound like it was written by the Tea Party, but in reality every GOP leader has made it clear that enforcement triggers mean something ambiguous after the “probationary” legal status is granted. read more

Nanny Bloomberg Tells It As It Is

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

It’s that time again; time for Democrats and Republicans to once more lie about how much we need a new immigration bill.

 

Already, there is nothing new. It is the same old tired argument that poor immigrants are hiding in the shadows and just want to come into the light, be legalized and become productive Americans, just like you and me.

 

And naturally we know these are lies generated by the Democrats to form an insurmountable voting block – keeping them in power in perpetuity. And the establishment Republicans, controlled by their puppet masters at the Chamber of Commerce, who want a permanent underclass of labor.

 

Despite all evidence to the contrary, it seems the Republican leadership is still convinced they can curry favor with Hispanics by allowing millions of criminal aliens to become legal.

 

They have also convinced themselves that lying about their true intentions is both acceptable and will work…this time.

 

The Republicans have a problem though. Their constituents aren’t morons. They/we are not the ill-informed rubes the press makes us out to be. read more

The Third Member of the New Axis of Evil

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

We all remember the speech that George W. Bush gave, where he described North Korea, Iran and Iraq as the “Axis of Evil”.

 

Well, there’s a new “Axis” in town, as it were – like three legs holding up the same evil stool.

 

The first leg is the Democrat party – the whole lot of them. The second leg is the establishment wing of the Republican Party, which is most of them.

 

The third is an organization that many would not expect – the United States Chamber of Commerce and its el Presidente, Tom Donohue.

 

On January 8, Jim Kuhnhenn of the AP wrote a piece concerning the Chamber of Commerce and immigration (illegal, that is), as well as politics and the upcoming elections.

 

It is important to know what this “pro-business” organization has morphed into, so I’d like to comment on some of what Mr. Kuhnhenn wrote. read more

Illegal Alien Students Are Still Illegal

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

This past Friday an article was posted online from the Marietta Daily Journal entitled, “Immigrant Students Seek Georgia’s In-State Tuition“.

 

Right off the bat we see the apparent bias that is rampant throughout virtually all media. Did you notice the articles title is missing a very important component – the word illegal? This is all too typical – and frankly I’m not sure if it’s bias or just lazy reporting, or both.

 

I recently wrote that promotion leads to tolerance, tolerance leads to acceptance and acceptance leads to equality. Lazy reporting and advocacy has led to illegal immigration equaling immigration. There seems to be no more distinction. Okay, back to the article.

 

The Journal article pertains to a lawsuit that “roughly 3 dozen immigrants” filed in Georgia state court, asking a judge to grant them in-state tuition.

 

These young “immigrants” are children of illegal aliens. So therefore, they themselves are also in the U.S. illegally. read more

Saudi Arabia on the Human Rights Council

Saudi Arabia is a notorious abuser of human rights. Yet its record of religious, racial and anti-women bigotry doesn’t faze the U.N., which just elected it a human-rights watchdog on the world.

Starting Jan. 1, Saudi will serve on the U.N. Human Rights Council with newly elected members Britain and France. Astoundingly, it received 140 thumbs-up from members of the General Assembly, just about 30 votes shy of its Western counterparts.

No one opposed giving Riyadh authority to pass judgment on the West’s record of human rights. Yet as the U.N. was voting, Saudi religious police were killing and raping Christian migrant workers from Africa and Asia as part of a countrywide crackdown on foreigners. read more

Conservatives Must Compromise on Immigration

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

Several days ago (November 14) “conservative” George Will wrote a column entitled “A Need for Compromise on Immigration”. Needless to say I was curious, being that compromise and immigration are two of my least favorite words, at least politically speaking.

 

“What – you are against immigration?” I can hear it now know. Yes I am, when that word is used the way politicians and pundits intend. We all know when a politician or analyst uses that word, they intentionally lump all immigration together, both legal and illegal, as if it were the same.

 

And compromise simply means that conservatives forgo their principles and values in order to pass crappy legislation.

 

Anyway – the gist of Will’s article is that he thinks it foolish and very difficult to attempt to pass a sweeping “comprehensive” immigration bill. There’s another word that makes my skin crawl – comprehensive. Will doesn’t argue that a comprehensive immigration bill is bad for America, but that it is just hard to pass as omnibus legislation. read more

Fewer Illegals Deported

U.S. authorities deported fewer immigrants in fiscal year 2013 than at any  time since President Obama took office, according to secret numbers obtained by  the Center for Immigration  Studies which suggest Mr. Obama’s non-deportation policies have hindered  removals of illegal immigrants.

Just 364,700 immigrants were removed in fiscal year 2013, according to  internal numbers from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement that CIS released Wednesday — down 11 percent from the nearly 410,000 who were deported  in 2012.

The administration has testified to Congress that it has enough money to deport 400,000 every year, but Jessica  Vaughan, director of policy studies at CIS,  said Mr. Obama and the Homeland  Security Department have placed so many illegal immigrants off-limits for  deportations that they cannot find enough people to fulfill that quota. read more

Another Demonstration of Congressional Stupidity

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

 

I recently read an article from the Hill’ s Blog Briefing Room regarding an interview Democrat congressman from Illinois, Rep. Luis Gutierrez gave to Salon.com.

 

I can’t help but to comment on the article and particularly representative Gutierrez’s silly nonsense regarding illegal immigration.

 

As always, my comments will be bracketed [ ].

 

 

President Obama “has the responsibility” to stop deportations of illegal immigrants if Congress proves unable to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, Rep. Louise Gutierrez (D-Ill.) argued in an interview published Friday. [First, I want to congratulate the blogger for at least calling the “immigrants” what they are… illegal. But I am wondering what authority Mr. Gutierrez thinks the president has to do such a thing. Constitutionally, he has only the authority to dutifully carry out the laws charged by Congress.]

 

Gutierrez told Salon, “There are devastating effects if the Congress of the United States cannot enact comprehensive immigration reform – then the president of the United States has the responsibility to act to defend those immigrants, which he says he wants to provide safety and justice for”. [We have been living with the same immigration system for years. Now all the sudden, the effects of “inaction” are devastating. And never fall for the whole “comprehensive” plea. In Washington, comprehensive just means, big, fat, bloated, thousands of pages to hide crap you want but don’t want the public to know, omnibus, money wasting bill. And in no way does the president have any responsibility to act to defend criminals. That would be like me having a responsibility to defend someone who broke into my own house.]

 

In 2012, the Obama administration announced it would stop deporting some illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children under certain circumstances. Gutierrez, who has helped lead the Democrat legislative effort in the house, said the president should “definitely look at” expanding that policy to all 11 million immigrants who have entered the country illegally, if efforts to reform the nation’s laws remain stymied in the Republican-controlled House. [I have heard Obama on more than one occasion lament the fact that he is not a king; that he can’t just do what he wants. By the way, as demonstrated by his actions, he doesn’t really believe that. But congressmen like Gutierrez seem to give no thought at all to granting Obama such power. It appears that he’s never read the Constitution he swore to uphold. And he certainly has given no thought of the consequence of relinquishing the power of the legislature to the executive branch. Ignorant people like him are very dangerous.] read more

Immigration “Week of Escalation”

Immigration activist groups have declared they will launch a “week of escalation” this week to pressure lawmakers in Congress with acts of civil disobedience to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.

According to Politico, pro-immigration reform groups will target House Republican leaders and over 20 Republicans they think are vulnerable on the issue. Their goal is to get a vote on immigration reform this year.  read more

Hezbollah and Los Zetas, a Deadly Combination

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Feeling safe here in good ole U.S. of A.? Sure… why not?

 

Yes, there have been incidences of school and other shootings but they appear in no way connected.

 

On the whole, Homeland Security appears to be effective, as we’ve had no successful terror attacks on American soil for more than a decade.

 

So why haven’t we been attacked again? Have the terrorists just given up? Have the Bush and Obama administrations successfully decimated the terrorist ranks to make it impossible for an attack? Is Homeland Security just that good, that they are able to thwart any and every attempt?

 

Well, yes and no. Our intelligence services have stopped potential attacks, some we’ve heard about, others we haven’t, for strategic reasons. We have had some success taking out terrorist leaders and negatively affecting their infrastructure, but don’t count on the terrorists ever giving up. read more