Have the Democrats Introduced an Immigration Overton Window Scenario

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Conservatives constantly complain about a lack of transparency in Washington, and for good reason. Just look at the MuellerImage result for McCain Coons investigation, the FBI and FISA. But on at least one issue, things are as transparent as they can be.

This issue is immigration and the transparency is John McCain’s white-hot hatred of Donald Trump. McCain will not miss a single opportunity to stick a finger in the eye of Trump, regardless of the damage to his Party and especially the nation.

And so it is yet again as the great Maverick of the Senate, John McCain, joined forces with democrat Chris Coons to introduce their own “bipartisan” immigration proposal.

Bipartisan is supposed to mean working together and compromising, when needed, for the good of the whole. Yet we should know by now, bipartisan in Washington bears no resemblance to the real world. D.C. bipartisanship means only that Republicans cave to the immediate demands of democrats, trusting the untrustworthy dems to follow through with whatever vague promise they make of maybe giving the right a little of what they want later. And we also know that later never comes. read more

Senators Propose Cutting Immigration by Half

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If one wants to know what an “America First” approach to reforming our legal immigration system looks like, one need look no further than the bill introduced by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (C, 76%) and David Perdue, R-Ga. (C, 75%).

On Tuesday, the duo introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, which would restructure our immigration system to better address the needs of the American people.

All in all, Sen. Cotton’s office press release states, “The RAISE Act would lower overall immigration to 637,960 in its first year and to 539,958 by its tenth year — a 50 percent reduction from the 1,051,031 immigrants who arrived in 2015.” read more

Immigration Policy Is like the Roll of the Dice

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember when you were a kid? Maybe your family and friends got together to play a board game (what’s that). You set up the board on a table, set out the pieces and were ready to start.

Invariably the question of the dice would come up. What if, during your roll, one of the dice fell off the table? If it landed on the floor and a desirable number came up, you thought the roll should count, but if it was a crappy number, you would claim it didn’t count and declare a rollover.

Well, that the Obama administration’s immigration policy. Actually, that pretty much sums up his entire presidency.

We see examples of this everywhere. What happens when a Governor decides the feds are doing squat about the illegal infestation in his or her state? Of course, they try, with the help of their own state legislators, to devise a remedy.

And what do the feds do? They step in and declare that immigration is the purview of the federal government or a federal judge deems the measure “magically” unconstitutional. 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

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

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!

Immigration Law…Then and Now

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Who hasn’t heard the new pro-immigration ads? It seems like they’re playing on every news-radio station, all day. The group “Americans for a Conservative Direction” brings the ads to air. It is a lobbying group put together by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is definitely not a conservative. The southern RINO Haley Barbour is also involved.

The ads posit the notion, put forth by Republicans Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, that the current immigration system is de facto amnesty. They neglect to mention that the current system bears no resemblance to and follows virtually none of the thousands of immigration laws already on the books.

Rubio and Ryan take turns promoting the new 1000 page “comprehensive” bill, saying: “Let’s secure the border.” But that’s not what is in the bill. It says that DHS shall submit a plan to the secure the border – that’s it.

In the ad both senators claim: “they’ll undergo background checks, start paying taxes, won’t qualify for federal benefits, pay a fine, learn English and no amnesty.” They claim that if illegals do all this they will then go to the end of the immigration line.

All lies or half-truths.

And what if they don’t do all those things? Will we deport them Marco? Will we send them home Paul? Of course not.

So no matter what they say, in actuality, between 11 and 20 million illegals will become legal. Litigation will see to that. Mark my words.

Don’t believe me? Okay, let’s take a ride back to 1986 and examine IRCA, the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

This failed law allowed amnesty for in excess of 2.7 million illegals (a fraction of todays). It greatly contributed to the downfall of California with over 40% of all illegals ending up in California and Texas. Texas as we know, is far more conservative than is California, thus it has been spared the same fate.

But did IRCA accomplish what the liars in 1986 claim it would do? Did they shut down the border and end or greatly decrease illegal immigration? Nope – none of the above – as any thinking person would guess.

According to a study done by the Cato Institute: “IRCA did not achieve its goal of reducing illegal inflows and the size of the undocumented population. Illegal immigration quickly resumed growing and legal immigration increased because the families of legalization beneficiaries immigrated.” (chain migration)

The study added that stricter enforcement has had little actual deterrent effect. But of course, we all know there is no “stricter” border security. There is virtually no border security at all.

They (Cato) warned of the potential burden of legalizing so many unskilled immigrants. Almost half of all adult illegals had not even a high school education and they comprised 22% of all non-high school graduates.

As we conservatives all know today and was expressed after passage of the 1986 law, “the number of immigrants far exceeded expectations”. Big surprise!

Newly legalized women were found to have left the workforce. Why? They suddenly became eligible for far more government giveaway programs.

The study added that the new adult citizens could then sponsor relatives; their parents, children, married children and their spouses, and so on and so on. 11 million immigrants my foot. Try double or triple.

And all those new arrivals will of course be taking advantage of the freebies we so generously offer. How stupid are we?

They concluded that having an amnesty can create the expectation of additional future amnesties which encourage continued illegal inflows. Another shocker.

So what have we learned from the debacle of 1986? Evidently, absolutely nothing. Check that. We’ve learned that politics and elections trump the nation’s security and our ever-dwindling resources. Oh… and common sense. We’ve also learned that whatever the era, politicians lie.

Just Make Them all Citizens

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Will problems with immigration ever be solved? Frankly, do those who appear to fight for “reform” really want the issue to go away? After all, immigration advocacy has become quite the cottage industry.

And for dishonest politicians, as practically all of them are turning out to be; they are always looking for a good PC cause to latch on to.

I will give at least a few of them credit for the courage to appear on conservative talk radio to plead their cases.

A few weeks ago Marco Rubio was on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Rush tried his best to be civil, but as a veteran listener, I and I’m sure many others, knew Rush wasn’t buying what Marco was dishing out.

Jeff Flake, just last week or so, spoke on the Glenn Beck radio program. Man, did they NOT agree with Flake’s positions! Did these politicians really think they would convince anyone in these audiences?

We often wonder just what happens to these guys when they go to Washington. Is the capital building like some Death Star? During freshman orientation they are brought before the Emperor Darth Sidious and shown the power of the dark side. I just don’t get it?

Off topic: new rule for Congress and the Senate. 75% of your time must be spent in your home district. With today’s technology – votes and committee meetings will be conducted by secure link video conferencing. Could you imagine the wails of dissent if someone were to propose that?

Anyway, Ali Baba Schumer and his seven other thieves have picked up two more for their merry band, progressive Republicans John Cornyn (R- Texas) and Orrin Hatch (R – Utah). Sorry Mark Levin, but Orrin is a big government progressive.

With their help many amendments to at least slow this train have gone down to overwhelming defeat. Amendments such as requiring full operational border security before granting illegals, legal status. Wow! What a radical proposal. Sure am glad it was defeated.

What was passed was a Patrick (Leaky) Leahy (C – Vermont) (C for communist) amendment to give Big Sis Napolitano and DHS the leeway to secure the border… or not. I’m going to guess not. How about you?

Another proposal was to require just six months of border control before legal status was granted to criminal aliens. That too was soundly defeated. To it, Diane Feinstein said: “I have no doubt to this nation’s commitment to enforce the border.” Jeff Flake added that they shouldn’t delay amnesty for security. Fear not Jeff; they won’t. There will be full amnesty and no security. Heck, even if they vote for security, it won’t get done.

Remember the 2006 border fence agreement? I believe it was to construct 750 miles of double-layered fence. And remember Duncan Hunter at the time insisted it would be built due to the language in the bill? Not that the fence should be built, but he exclaimed, the fence “Shall be Built.”

Nearly everyone, Republican and Democrat alike voted for it at the time. That was seven years ago. We now have 35 miles built and no plans to complete it. Liars!

Another amendment that was passed is to allow Big Sis to cut back or stop altogether the reimbursements to states that imprison illegals.

By law, the feds must reimburse at least some of the cost of housing the criminal aliens.

But really, how much could that be? Don’t illegals wish to come to America for a better life? Yeah, some for a better life of crime.

In 2005 the GAO (Government accounting office) issued a report on just this. Keep in mind this was eight years ago.

The report discovered in just the federal prisons, 27% of prisoners are illegals and the majority of that percentage was Mexican. Between 2001 and 2004 reimbursements to state and local prisoners was $5.8 billion. It was estimated that reimbursements from the feds was no more than 25% of the cost the states had incurred.

So the feds refuse to do what they are charged to do, secure the border and deal with illegals and the states are left holding most of the bag. And now thanks to this bill and the DHS, probably the whole bag.

Bear in mind that states have no deportation authority, so they are truly stuck.

This 867 page and growing debacle will pass. We will have mass amnesty. There is already an ever-increasing influx of illegals coming over in anticipation. The border will not be secured and the country’s demise will be hastened because of it.

This is textbook Cloward and Piven – overwhelm the system, not to mention one party rule for a long long time.

It’s a win-win!

Illegal Immigration Triples!

Arrests of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States have nearly tripled in recent months — in anticipation of Congressional efforts to enact comprehensive immigration legislation, border patrol agents told CBS News Wednesday.

“Once the first group gets across, they call their family, they call their friends and let them know, ‘Hey the time is right, come on over,’” Border Patrol agent and union representative Chris Cabrera told CBS News.

In March, 7,500 illegals were arrested in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas — which includes McAllen — Cabrera told CBS News. That’s up from 2,800 in January.

In February, nearly 4,800 illegals were arrested in the Rio Grande, the local news website The Monitor.com reports.

In fact, agents in McAllen used their station’s carport to process nearly 900 illegals caught over three days in March, according to the Monitor.com.

And border patrol agents have become so concerned about overcrowding and unsanitary conditions that they’ve complained to local and federal officials, the Monitor.com reports.

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We Love Comprehensive Immigration Reform

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

We’ve heard the arguments by both Republican and Democrat alike regarding immigration. We must have comprehensive reform, nothing less will suffice.

There was even a new national survey conducted recently to tell us so. The survey was conducted by the Winston group, and commissioned by “Americans for Tax Reform (ATR)”.Ahhh… ATR… The Grover Norquist group. Grover Norquist; friend of the Muslim brotherhood. Love that guy!

The survey found that 85% of Republicans either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” the requirement that “illegal immigrants in the U.S. register for legal status, pay fines, learn English, pay taxes and wait in the back of the line to apply for citizenship, until every person who is currently in line to legally enter the U.S. gets in.”

Well, if that’s true, we have more low information citizens than I thought.

The main problem with these polls is they don’t give people enough time to think about what they are being asked and they lump too much information into one question.

I’ve always supported the back of the line bit and learning English. However, most of the illegals aren’t sneaking in with a job waiting for them. So how would they pay the fine? Almost none of the illegals would make enough to even pay taxes, so if they file a return they would end up getting money back due to earned income, child credits, etc. So it would be another net loss for our country.

Yet many Republican lawmakers still support “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”.

As an aside, whenever you see or hear the word comprehensive, it’s code for –  we’re hiding a bunch of crap in here we don’t want you to find.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R – Iowa) said on April 19: “given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system.” Gaps and loopholes? If we actually followed current immigration law, there would be no gaps or loopholes. The gaps and loopholes are created by not following the law.

Our old buddy Sen. John McCain said a new computer that tracks visa and passport information would actually keep better care of who is entering and leaving our country. Surprisingly, I agree with Johnny, but it has nothing to do with sealing the border and legalizing the gazillion illegals. And a new computer and fancy technology is only as good as the as those operating it. Garbage in – garbage out.

Then there’s Lindsey Graham (Gramnesty) who chimed in with his usual pearls of wisdom: “You’ll never convince me leaving them in the shadows, some who may be here for terrorist purposes, is smart national security” Graham said: “We can’t shut America off… I think what we are doing is going to make situations like Boston less likely to happen.”

He went on to explain that having 11 million people hiding in the shadows in America is less safe than bringing them out and registering them as registered aliens and eventual citizens.

And there is the new buzz phrase, “hiding in the shadows”. No doubt it was focus group tested.

They are not hiding in the shadows. They’re right out in the open. They even have rallies in American cities. There aren’t enough shadows to hide 22 million illegals. What… 22 million? I thought Sen. Graham said it was 11 million.

Well, as with anything the government is involved in, feel comfortable in at least doubling whatever figure they toss out and you’ll be in the ballpark.

So the “Gang of Eight” trotted out its 844-page monstrosity entitled “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744).

I have a better idea. Courtesy of Mark Levin; here is the official true conservative illegal immigration bill:

 

“Close the Border and Get Back to Us”

Eight words and it’s done.