I Read the Bill…Well, Not Quite

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

I had a goal this past weekend. It was rather ambitious but one I thought I could tackle. It was to read the Immigration Bill, but after finding a copy online, I quickly discovered if I wanted to not have my eyes bleed or head explode I’d better develop a new tact.

I also concluded that due to the bills length, 1274 pages, there isn’t a government official, elected or otherwise that know what is in this monstrosity.

As a matter of fact, a member of Congress, representative John Carter (R-TX) admitted just that last Friday. He said: “there are things in the bill that I don’t know what they mean because I’m not an immigration lawyer.”

As a matter of principle, all these politicians should be thrown out on their derrières for not reading these bills or understanding them, yet still voting for them. The sad truth is that most of them simply don’t care.

Back to it. So back online I went and found a summary of the bill. The summary was 72 pages, 4803 sections!

I knew early on I would not get through the whole document. Frankly I wanted to prove to others and myself wrong; that the bill wasn’t as bad as I had heard.

I was wrong. It’s worse and I only made it to section 2551 out of 4803.

Here are some of the gems I found. Some you may have already heard, some not. Due to the language, I will paraphrase. My comments will be italicized.

Section 3: No one will be granted RPI (Registered Provisional Immigrant) status until Big Sis (Sec. Napolitano) submits a border security plan to Congress.

So nothing actually has to be done – just a plan submitted. Rubio already admitted that.

Section 4: If after five years high risk border sectors haven’t been controlled, a “Southern Border Security Commission” will be established.

After five years? Oh, and the commissioners are appointed by Obama (or the next president), Reid and Boehner. Terrific! I feel safer.

Section 1105:… The secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture must conduct an environmental impact study of security activities.

That way they can provide cover for Big Sis to shut down border security due to environmental concerns.

Section 1107: DHS will provide sat phones (satellite phones) to those in high-risk rural areas without cell service.

For what? Who will they call? Some law enforcement entity that couldn’t get to them in time to do anything? And if they tried to defend themselves they would probably be charged with a hate crime.

Section 2101: an alien granted RPI status may be issued a Social Security card.

Is it just me, but aren’t Social Security cards reserved for American citizens only? This section states that they receive the card so that they may enlist in the armed services. It does not specify any other purpose. Use your imagination; they will.

Observation: while reading this summary, I noticed throughout the bill, the “Secretary” has a lot of discretion to do things or not, to change things or not and to waive requirements as she sees fit. I thought it interesting.

Section 2104: if an aliens RPI application is denied (not that it ever would be) they can appeal the decision in US District Court or an appellate court.

That won’t clog up and already overburdened court system much.

Section 2106 you have probably heard. DHS doles out millions of dollars to liberal nonprofits like La Raza to teach aliens English, the Constitution and American history (and register them as Democrats). What you may not have heard is the same program is repeated in section 2535 under a different program name.

The newly named “Office of Citizenship and New Americans” heads it up.

Section 2232 allows the feds to tell the agricultural industry how much they must pay their workers and the USDA Secretary is charged with forcing annual pay raises between 1.5 and 2.5% per year – regardless of the economy.

At this point I started running out of gas, but I couldn’t resist this one last gem.

Section 2551: waiver of English requirement for senior “new Americans”. If you’re over 60 and have lived in the US for 10 years or more – you don’t have to learn English.

10 years and they can’t speak our language? That’s an immigrant that will really help our economy. I also noticed about halfway in, the word “alien” disappeared and was replaced with “new Americans”.

Well that’s about as much as I could stand. Just know that these examples were just a fraction of what is wrong with this bill. This Bill from front to back is a disaster, chock-full of benefits and no enforcement. Don’t be fooled by any of the rhetoric!

Left Wing Writer Opposes Immigration Bill

While the U.S. Senate easily passed the immigration bill Thursday, the measure is expected to encounter resistance from GOP House members before it ever lands on President Obama’s desk in the Oval Office.

The battle shaping up looks to be fierce. But in the midst of this political fight is one voice you just don’t hear that much about:

A liberal encouraging other liberals to oppose the immigration bill.

He’s not an elected official, but a writer for the left-leaning New Republic magazine.

And T.A. Frank knows his article, Why Liberals Should Oppose the Immigration Bill: It’s about low-wage American workers, won’t garner him kudos from his political tribe:

The consensus among decent people in favor of the immigration bill making its way through Congress is so firm that expressing dissent feels a bit like taking the floor to suggest we chop down the Redwood National Park. People don’t want to hear it, and they also think you’re a nut. That makes this article one of the hardest I’ve ever had to write. It’s not that I’m afraid people will get angry; it’s that I can’t imagine anyone on my side (liberal) is open to persuasion.

Frank’s objection to the immigration bill has its roots in future concerns:

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Illegals Will Pay Their Fair Share

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Boy would I like to speak about something other than immigration, but it is the hot topic and it’s one of my major hot button issues. My friends don’t bring it up any longer for fear of… “Don’t get him started” 

It just really angers me that so many are feeding us such crap and asking us to believe them and trust that they will do the right thing for our country.

Take the whole “learning English” lie. All the advocates including Ryan and Rubio say learning the English language will be a requirement toward the “pathway to citizenship”. That’s a lie and they must know it.

First, it’s already part of current immigration policy and we see how well it’s being followed now. Second, they say illegals must demonstrate their knowledge of English. What will they have to do to accomplish this? Will they have to master the English language? Will they just have to demonstrate a rudimentary understanding of our language? Nope. They merely have to sign up for class. Check that. They merely have to claim that they signed up. No one is going to check.

Well, the illegals will still have to pay a fine. So how much is the fine? It must be punitive, right? Well according to the conservative sage Karl Rove, the fine will be a whopping $1000, payable over six years or about $14 a month. Whoa, step back!

If I recall, didn’t Rubio say we would build the border fence with all that fine money rolling in? 14 bucks would go a long way toward that.

But wait, as if that punitive fine wasn’t enough punishment, the illegals will have to pay back taxes. Now we’re talkin. After a decade or more “in the shadows” they’ll have to pay what we are owed. And who better to determine what they owe than the IRS.

Well, the illegals will have to pay what the IRS assesses they must according to the “Internal Revenue Code”, unless of course they just happened to be paid under the table or using a fake or stolen Social Security number. If that’s the case the IRS can’t assess or determine what they owe so I guess they just won’t have to pay anything. But remember, they still have to pay that huge fine hanging over them.

I wonder if they’ll be able to use their new EBT (food stamp) card to pay the fine? Just asking.

But despite all the nonsense, they will at least have to go to the back of the line behind those who played by the rules. Boy, I’ll bet those law-abiding rubes feel pretty foolish, eh?

Well, as Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly said, how long will it be before camera shy Chucky Schumer holds a presser pleading for the poor illegals, that in good faith came “out of the shadows” just to be saddled with debt and thrust to the back of the bus? It’s just not fair that these poor immigrants should be treated this way. They should be granted citizenship immediately.

I guarantee that speech had been written long ago, sitting in his desk, just waiting for the opportunity to trot it out. I would bet he’d be out in not more than 24 to 48 hours after the bill was signed into law.

Maybe it’s high time the liars are brought out of the shadows and into the light.

Marco’s Feelin the Heat

by: Matt K. Lewis of the The Daily Caller

with comments by yours truly [ ]

Sen. Marco Rubio took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, to address concerns that have arisen from some grassroots conservatives over his support of immigration reform.

[ Concerns?! How about betrayal. And he not only supports it, he appears to be the head betrayer.]

“I have received numerous emails and calls from conservatives and tea party activists,” he said at the beginning of his remarks.

[ From what Ted Cruz has said, the senate phone lines have been on fire. Senate aids are apparently getting a bit tired of fielding the less than complimentary calls]

“To hear the worry, anxiety, and growing anger in the voices of so many people who helped me get elected to the Senate, who I agree with on virtually every other issue, has been a real trial for me,” he confessed.

[ Evidently it is not enough to sway you to change your position. Those who supported you understand that this is truly a game changer. If this gets pushed through, nothing else will matter. We can’t believe you don’t see it]

But he said he told them that he would go to Washington to “fight to stop what is bad for America,” and that what we have now is, in fact, hurting America. ”I simply wasn’t going to leave it to Democrats alone to try to figure out how to fix it.”

[ That’s what we thought you would do, fight for us and the Constitution. And name one thing the “Government” has ever fixed, democrat or republican?]

“I got involved because I knew that if conservatives didn’t get involved in shaping this legislation, it would not have any border security reforms our nation desperately needs,” Rubio said.

[ Well, I’ll be kind and won’t call that a lie, but it sure isn’t the truth. There is no security, but there are hollow promises of maybe some security sometime…maybe]

Rubio asked tea party conservatives who are upset to understand that he honestly believes “it is the right thing for our country.”

[ If  that is truly what he believes than he has been lost to the dark side. That or he never was anything but a slick talker. I don’t know which and frankly I don’t care]

And he assured them he would continue to fight along side them for “real tax reform, lowering the debt, balancing our budget, reducing regulations, rolling back job-killing environmental policies and repealing the disaster of Obamacare,” and to defend “the sanctity of life and traditional marriage.”

[ Senator Rubio…the bottom line is that none of  those other things will matter at all if we allow, by some updated estimates, upwards of 40 million illegals to become legalized. Our already fragile economy will be overwhelmed (Cloward and Piven) and the country we knew will be unrecognizable in as little as 5 years, give or take. I’m stunned you don’t see it. Or worse, maybe you do]

 

Napolitano – The Doorman for Illegal Invasion

 

Another 1200 page Senate bill is coming up for a vote. This time it is the Gang of Eight “Immigration Reform” bill. And, once again, none of the Senators has read the bill in its entirety. The bill has morphed through so many crony-capitalist additions and changes that it would make the frequency of Nancy Pelosi’s face lifts look minimal. Key among the recent changes was that the requirement for border security first, was demoted to second place in importance and, finally, jettisoned altogether. Border security is, in fact, being actively been campaigned against.

The latest amendment originates from Republican Senators Bob Corker (TN) and John Hoeven (ND). In a despicable stab at marking their territory Republicans made a flagrant push to outdo Democrats, despite their constituency’s majority wishes. The Corker-Hoeven amendment opens the floodgates of America’s borders and ushers invaders in. Worse, it forever buries security considerations. A fence building plan is required but Big Sis can nix building the fence at will.

According to Breitbart, the Corker-Hoeven bill introduced a “border surge amendment.” On page 35, line 24 of the new bill “… a provision was inserted that says Napolitano–who already believes the border is secure–can decide against building a fence if she chooses not to erect one…” Big Sis and those that follow her would now have the authority to deny a border security fence…she gets to decide whether or not it is a good use of resources.

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Illegals Favored Over Citizens

According to Sen. John McCain, a member of the Senate’s Gang of Eight, criminals will not be legalized under the proposed bipartisan immigration bill.

“Anyone who has committed crimes in this country is going to be deported,” the Arizona Republican declared on the Senate floor last week.

However, as Washington Examiner columnist Byron York recently reported, “the bottom line is an immigrant could have more than three misdemeanor convictions in his background check and still qualify for legalization.”

Furthermore, the following chart published June 21 by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nonprofit organization that opposes liberalization of immigration law, compares the consequences for an array of crimes and discovered that while illegal immigrants might be exonerated and legalized, U.S. citizens and legal immigrants face years of incarceration or temporary expulsion from the country.

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Amnesty Vote Today!

On Monday at 5:30pm, the United States Senate will vote on the most sweeping immigration reform proposal it has considered in almost 3 decades – and it will do so having only seen the nearly 1200 pages of text for approximately 72 hours.  Americans – including myself, my fellow senators and our staffs – are still trying to figure out exactly what is in the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal.” 

Sound familiar?  Pass it to find out what’s in it?  Reminiscent of Obamacare, the lengthy amendment to replace the Gang of 8’s original bill was crafted behind closed doors and introduced late on Friday, after many members had left town.  In the 2007 immigration debate, close to 50 amendments were considered.  But this year, we have only debated 9 – with some of us being completely shut out. 

Given only a weekend to review the language, we will now vote on whether to end a debate that never really began.   To be clear – this is not a difficult vote.   On process alone, we should all vote “no.“  This was by design – the President, Harry Reid and the Gang of 8 preferred all along to ram through a “deal,” and not have a real debate – just like Obamacare.  Worse, just like Obamacare, the “deal” involved lots of horse-trading and buying off of votes at the last minute – a display of everything that is wrong with Washington, and one of the things I specifically campaigned against.

But, on substance – the vote is even easier.   There are too many troubling provisions of the bill to list, such as de facto affirmative action hiring for current illegal immigrants due to Obamacare and huge amounts of discretion for the DHS Secretary to waive deportation and inadmissibility.   And for all the talk, the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal” is nothing new at all.  It’s the same amnesty-before-false-promise-of-security of the Gang of 8 and the bills of debates past. 

That is why we started this petition, so that Americans can speak out and let Senators know that they oppose the legalization-first bill offered by the Gang of 8 and Schumer-Corker-Hoeven.

Here’s what we know that the bill does:

Grants Immediate Amnesty with Empty Promise of Border Security

Although we are told that it fixes border security, the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment maintains the Gang of 8’s flawed framework of guaranteed and immediate legalization, followed by an empty promise of eventual border security.  This structure repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty, which, as noted by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, is precisely the same as this “deal,” and only encourages more illegal immigration.

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Sharia…Coming to a City Near You?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Imagine this scenario. A husband-and-wife are married in the Catholic Church. The wife gets pregnant. They have a falling out and get divorced. The now ex-wife wishes to have an abortion but her ex-husband wishes her to have the baby.

Putting aside our views on murder abortion, the husband decides to challenge her decision. Rather than take her to civil court, he and she go before a Catholic tribunal. The tribunal rules that the woman must carry the baby to term and upon the baby’s birth relinquish he/she to the father who will have full custody.

The woman doesn’t stand for this ruling and takes the matter to her state court, but the state court upholds the Catholic ruling.

Now how many liberal organizations would have a cow over this? Naturally all of them. And might the Obama justice system inject themselves into this case? You bet they would.

Surprise. I would agree with the libs. This case should be decided in state court and a tribunal ruling should have no bearing on its outcome. Why? Because there is no place in this country for a parallel judicial system.

Yet with the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood and our overwhelming political correctness, how long will it be before Sharia law becomes that parallel system?

Another surprise. It’s already here, in a manner of speaking. Liberal judges are and have been deferring to Sharia law for years when adjudicating cases.

You may ask how prevalent it is, or more to the point, just how bad it could get?

Well, whenever you wish to predict the future, one merely has to find a similar situation that has already occurred and walk it back. Knowing that liberals and progressives follow the same patterns no matter where or when they reside, you can, with a fair amount of certainty, predict our future.

Political correctness coupled with fear is strangling Europe. As bad as it is here, it’s much worse in European countries. Predictably, France is at the politically correct forefront.

To date there are over 750 “No-Go Zones” in French cities, containing over 5 million Muslims. What’s a No-Go Zone? The PC name for it is “Sensitive Urban Zone”. Ah, that sounds nice, does it not?

What they are is whole swaths of a city where French law enforcement has virtually no presence. It’s a separate country within the city. These areas are controlled by Muslims and the law they follow is Sharia, not French. These neighborhoods erect mosques to further radicalize their population, all financed by governments such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In other words, the Muslim brotherhood.

Oops. Not all the financing comes from Middle East. A lot comes from public assistance provided by the liberal French government. Assistance such as welfare benefits, etc., similar to those provided to Tamerlin Tsarnaev in Boston.

And it’s not just France. This is happening all over Europe. Even Germany has a growing number of court cases where judges defer to Islamic Sharia law. Islamic “Shadow Courts” operate in every major German city.

So if we wish to see our future, whether it be our swift march to socialism and all the joy it creates, or the rise of Sharia, we have only to look across the pond.

Senate Kills Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected a border security amendment proposed by Sen. John Cornyn Thursday, as senators touted bipartisan agreement on a different border security package sponsored by Republican Sens. John Hoeven and Bob Corker.

The Texas Republican’s amendment was tabled by a vote of 54-43. Because it was a vote to table (to put the amendment aside without debating its merits), that means the 53 aye votes were votes against Cornyn’s amendment, and the 43 nay votes were votes in favor of it.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio broke with the Gang of Eight on the amendment, voting not to table it. All other members of the Gang of Eight voted to table it.

Speaking on the Senate floor before the vote to table his amendment, Cornyn said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the language that’s being proposed, the alternative language. But for now, I believe my amendment deserves the support of the members of this chamber.”

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