The first paragraph from the preface of that report states that:
It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.
And a paragraph under the title “Immigration Benefits” found on page 98 says that:
Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.
It is absolutely impossible to comprehend how, given all of these facts, there is even a debate about whether or not our borders should be secured and our immigration laws be enforced in such a way as to deprive terrorists the opportunity to enter our country and embed themselves in our country.
“Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Implement Greenspan’s Strategy to Lower Wages of American Workers”
Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)
America’s immigration laws were enacted to achieve to essential goals- protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers.
Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 enumerates the categories of aliens who are to be excluded. Among these classes are aliens who suffer from dangerous communicable diseases or extreme mental illness. Additionally convicted felons, human rights violators, war criminals, terrorists and spies are excluded as well as aliens who would seek unlawful employment or become public charges.
While I often focus on the national security implications of any massive program that would provide illegal aliens (undocumented) with identity documents in utter disregard of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and various law enforcement agencies including the FBI, today my primary focus is on the impact that Comprehensive Immigration Reform would have on American workers, their families and the unemployment and underemployment crisis that is so often reported on in the media and keeps so many Americans awake at night.
This afore-noted section of the Immigration and Nationality Act also contains this provision which is of extreme importance to American workers, their families and the American economy:
(i) In general Any alien who seeks to enter the United States for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor is inadmissible, unless the Secretary of Labor has determined and certified to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General that—
(I) there are not sufficient workers who are able, willing, qualified (or equally qualified in the case of an alien described in clause (ii)) and available at the time of application for a visa and admission to the United States and at the place where the alien is to perform such skilled or unskilled labor, and
Comprehensive Immigration Reform would not do anything comprehensive about enforcing America’s immigration laws to protect the lives or jobs of Americans, but would flood the labor force with millions of newly legalized aliens whose identities, backgrounds and entry data can not be verified. Consequently, the identity documents that DHS would issue to these millions- likely tens of millions of illegal aliens, would pose a direct threat to national security and to public safety and provide direct unfair competition to millions of unemployed and unemployed American workers.
Senators Rubio and Schumer have claimed that this is not an amnesty and that aliens would be put on the back of the line for citizenship. In point of fact, the great majority of illegal aliens who run our borders are not seeking citizenship but a job. Comprehensive Immigration Reform would immediately provide millions of foreign workers with employment authorization. For them, this is the “brass ring!”
While it is claimed that about 12 million illegal aliens would participate in this program, it must be remembered that in 1986 when the first “one time” amnesty was enacted, it was estimated that about one million aliens would emerge from the shadows. In reality, more than 3.5 were granted lawful status. If that ratio would play out today, we could be looking at more than 30 million aliens being granted lawful status and employment authorization.
If you wonder why the administration and the “Eight Gangsters” are so eager to foist this ill-conceived program on the United States, you need only consider what Alan Greenspan had to say when he testified, at the behest of Subcommittee Chairman Chuck Schumer, before a Senate Immigration Committee hearing on April 30, 2009 on the topic:
His prepared testimony provided clear insight as to how opening America’s borders to foreign highly skilled workers would lower the “wage premiums” of Americans workers he had the chutzpah to referred to as the “privileged elite!”
Here is how Greenspan explained it:
“Greatly expanding our quotas for the highly skilled would lower wage premiums of skilled over lesser skilled. Skill shortages in America exist because we are shielding our skilled labor force from world competition. Quotas have been substituted for the wage pricing mechanism. In the process, we have created a privileged elite whose incomes are being supported at noncompetitively high levels by immigration quotas on skilled professionals. Eliminating such restrictions would reduce at least some of our income inequality.”
Greenspan also said that:
“…skilled workers and their families form new households. They will, of necessity, move into vacant housing units, the current glut of which is depressing prices of American homes. And, of course, house price declines are a major factor in mortgage foreclosures and the plunge in value of the vast quantity of U.S. mortgage-backed securities that has contributed substantially to the disabling of our banking system.”
Greenspan was the force behind the subprime mortgages that were at the foundation of the economic meltdown. He utterly ignored the advice of no less an authority than Stephen McGraw who, at that time, was the FBI’s Assistant Director for the Office of Intelligence. When he testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on June 26, 2003 on the topic:
“Consular ID Cards in a Post 9/11 World”
McGraw’s prepared testimony was crystal clear about the dangers inherent in accepting consular cards, yet Mr. Greenspan and his disciples utterly ignored the unambiguous advice Assistant Director McGraw provided at that hearing and in other venues.
Consider excerpts from Assistant Director McGraw’s prepared testimony at that hearing in 2003:
“These criminal threats are significant, but it is the terrorist threat presented by the Matricula Consular that is most worrisome. Federal officials have discovered individuals from many different countries in possession of the Matricula Consular card. Most of these individuals are citizens of other Central or South American countries. However, at least one individual of Middle Eastern descent has also been arrested in possession of the Matricula Consular card. The ability of foreign nationals to use the Matricula Consular to create a well-documented, but fictitious, identity in the United States provides an opportunity for terrorists to move freely within the United States without triggering name-based watch lists that are disseminated to local police officers. It also allows them to board planes without revealing their true identity. All of these threats are in addition to the transfer of terrorist funds, mentioned earlier.
The events of 9/11 forever changed our world. As unpleasant as it may be, we must face the realities of our current world as they relate to protecting the people of the United States. This requires continual vigilance, particularly when it comes to being able to detect and deter those who might abuse the system to directly cause harm, or those who might aid and abet the financing of terrorist operations.
Now the Eight Gangsters are tripping over each other, apparently following Greenspan’s advice about the need to import foreign competition for American workers.
On September 16, 2008 Newsweek ran an important article entitled:
The former Fed chief’s culpability in
Wall Street’s woes
On April 8, 2005, then Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, Greenspan delivered a speech on consumer finance in which he boasted about his roll in providing subprime mortgages to aliens.
Consider this excerpt from his remarks:
“A brief look back at the evolution of the consumer finance market reveals that the financial services industry has long been competitive, innovative, and resilient. Especially in the past decade, technological advances have resulted in increased efficiency and scale within the financial services industry. Innovation has brought about a multitude of new products, such as subprime loans and niche credit programs for immigrants. Such developments are representative of the market responses that have driven the financial services industry throughout the history of our country.”
Many of those who got those mortgages were illegal aliens whose true identities and credit records could not be verified. As a “solution” to the crisis he helped to create, he subsequently called for bringing in loads of foreign workers to move into the homes Americans lost to foreclosure. He also made it clear that a massive influx of foreign highly skilled and educated workers wold drive down the wages of American workers by creating unfair competition for Americans whom he referred to as the “privileged elite.”
Even without Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the United States admits nearly 100,000 lawful immigrants each month. These lawful immigrants are immediately placed on the pathway to citizenship. This number is greater than the number of immigrants admitted by all of the other countries of the world, combined.
Additionally, each month the United States admits tens of thousands of foreign workers who have temporary work visas. This includes farm workers and other manual labor positions and highly skilled workers including nurses, engineers, computer programmers and other such high-tech workers.
The bottom line is that each month, the United States admits more foreign workers than the number of new jobs that are being created. This is without even taking illegal aliens into account.
On April 11, 2013 the New York Times ran a report with a title that made the intention of Comprehensive Immigration Reform crystal clear:
Certainly foreign worker of unique and needed skills should be permitted to come to the United States to provide their skills and talents, provided that they do not adversely impact American workers. However, ICE lacks the resources to make certain that this vital aspect of the foreign worker program as required in the immigration laws on the books today, has even a shred of integrity.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform will not create more jobs for desperate American workers- just legalize and import millions of foreign workers who will provide unfair competition to American workers and their families. It is worth noting that while all American workers are suffering under the current economic climate, the impact is far greater on America’s minority workers and their families.
When the “Eight Gangsters” talk about modernizing the immigration laws- it would certainly appear that they want to modernize the American Middle Class into oblivion!