Congress Must Look Before It Leaps

Hi Gang:
On May 29, 2013 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my most recent commentary.

My focus was on the questions that no one is asking, even as the debate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform rages in Washington, DC and elsewhere.  First of all, it must be remembered that America’s immigration laws were enacted to achieve two primary vital goals- protect innocent lives and protect the jobs of American workers.
Second, while immigration issue is often treated as a relatively minor issue when compared with such concerns as the economy, unemployment, the war on terror and the threats posed by transnational gangs, in point of fact, immigration and border security are intrinsically involved in all of these issues and many more.  
The April 15, 2013 terror attack committed at the Boston Marathon should have forced our political leaders to consider the lack of integrity to the immigration system that enabled the Tsarnaev brothers and their parents to acquire political asylum even though it is certainly suspicious, to say the least, that shortly after gaining lawful status in the United States they voluntarily traveled back to Russia.  In order to qualify for political asylum they had to articulate “Credible fear” that should they return to Russia they would face persecution and worse.
Incredibly Chuck Schumer, one of the “Eight Gangsters” took to the television cameras and microphones to disingenuously claim that if Comprehensive Immigration Reform had been enacted the Tsarnaev brothers could not have gotten away with hiding in the “Shadows!”
What shadows?  One of them had a Green Card and was a lawful immigrant while the younger brother who is currently in custody is a United States citizen who gamed the immigration system!  The only one lurking in the shadows is Schumer and company, trying to keep the truth from the American public!
If I was to be generous I would have referred to the issues not being discussed during the immigration debate as being unintended consequences.  I cannot be generous in the face of the deceptive language and claims Schumer and the other Seven Gangsters have employed in attempting to sell a fatally flawed program to the citizens of the United States.
My commentary is not based on some wild-eyed conjecture but on my experiences with the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) where I spent 30 years enforcing and administering America’s immigration laws.
A number of years ago I recall I truly horrible news report about a sky-diving instructor who was so eager to capture his fledgeling students making their first free-fall jumps that as they exited the airplane he dove out the door right behind them, filming the jump with his helmet-mounted camera.  All was going as planned until the moment when the instructor reached for his ripcord to deploy his parachute.  To his utter horror he discovered he had forgotten to put his parachute on!
The video was chilling and horrific.  You could hear the instructor cursing and screaming all the way down.
The video tape survived the plunge but tragically the instructor did not.
There are situations where a point of no return is reached and the consequences can be irrevocable.  
If Comprehensive Immigration Reform is enacted and as is predicted three or four times as many aliens participate in the program, there will be no way to stop the program.  There will be no way to undo the damage. 
Hence the title of my commentary today.
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!  

Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within.  The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!The immigration laws are supposed to achieve two primary goals- to protect American lives and protect Americans’ jobs. 

Our nation is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world.  However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda or other terrorist organizations!

It is also vital that American workers never be made to compete with foreign workers for their jobs!  (This requirement is a component of the Immigration Laws that are not being enforced today!)

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws that are intended to protect our nation and our citizens concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

I also ask that you pass this e-mail along to your friends and neighbors- I am attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

We the People must make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!


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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Congress Must Look Before It Leaps

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On June 22, 2007 the Washington Times published my op-ed titled Immigration Bill a ‘No Go’ about the pending comprehensive immigration reform legislation. 

The
same deficiencies that prompted me to write that article are also found
in S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration
Modernization Act.

Today
the “Gang of Eight” and many of its congressional colleagues  are
ignoring those who warn that their amnesty bill would be disastrous for
America. It would create a national security nightmare and would have
other serious ramifications across a wide spectrum of critical issues.
The amnesty that was the central component of the 1986 Immigration
Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was supposed to involve about a
million to one and a half million aliens. It ultimately provided between
3.5 and 4 million aliens with legal status. This was approximately a
three-fold increase over the original estimate. Should S. 744 parallel
what happened in 1986, the United States could be looking at nearly 40
million aliens emerging from the “shadows.”

In 1986, I had a ring-side seat to what happened after IRCA was enacted. Legalized
aliens who presented their employers with their newly issued documents
were shocked to find that when they asked to be paid the prevailing
wage, and to be protected by the appropriate safety and employment
standards mandated by law, they were fired!

We
did not have the resources to deal with the flood of phone calls made
by these suddenly unemployed legalized aliens. We did not have the staff
to effectively address the problem. This is, at least in part, how we
came to have more illegal aliens in the United States today than at any
time in history. Employers who might have been cautious about hiring
illegal aliens because p
art
of IRCA included measures to punish employers, ignored the law. When
unscrupulous employers realized that our lack of resources made it
extremely unlikely that they would be caught, let alone punished, they
went back to their  illegal hiring practices. The aliens who lost their jobs immediately filed for unemployment and other safety net programs.

What
Congress hasn’t asked is what would happen if S. 744 were enacted and
then instead of 12 million legalized illegal aliens, 36 million became
legalized? Think about how many of their family members they would
eventually petition. Local,
state and federal governments could not afford the cost if many of them
immediately collected unemployment or tapped into other social service
programs.

In1986
politicians purposely understated the numbers of aliens to help insure
that IRCA would pass. But, many aliens also entered the United States
after the cutoff date. Should that h
appen
again, there would be so many millions more that in addition to the
economic fallout, the impact on schools, hospitals, water supplies,
electricity, roads, and transportation would be impossible to deal with.
And, since there aren’t enough jobs for American workers, more lawful immigrants would compound their unemployment plight. 

The question that must be asked before
Congress votes on the impending comprehensive immigration reform
legislation, is what will America and cities and towns across America
do, if history was to repeat itself?

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