This is Why Our Immigration Laws Must Be Enforced"

Hi Gang:

Here is my latest commentary for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) website.

The focus of this commentary is how easy it would be for millions of currently unemployed Americans to have jobs to report to.  Most of the politicians will promise to create jobs.  They come up with all sorts of ideas as to how to enable corporations to create more jobs.  The problem is that in order to create jobs, companies have to go on massive hiring programs at a time when the economy may not justify such an investment.  It is also hard to be optimistic about the direction the economy may head.  Furthermore, creating jobs may require that factories and other such facilities be constructed.  While the construction of such factories may create jobs for construction workers, there is a strong possibility that at least some of the construction workers may actually be aliens who are not be lawfully entitled to work in the United States!

The point is that in most instances, there is a lag time between the time a company announces it is willing to hire and the time that it will actually be in the position of hiring workers.

There is, however, an alternative one that could create millions of jobs immediately without any lag time!  There are currently millions of illegal aliens working in the United States.  Not all of the jobs that they hold are minimum wage jobs.  As an INS Special Agent I arrested many illegal aliens who were working illegally and some of these aliens held jobs that paid more than the minimum wage.

Additionally, if you factor visa fraud into the equation, enabling foreign workers to take jobs in the high tech industries you quickly realize that there are many thousands of high tech workers from foreign countries who would not be able to get those jobs if there was integrity to the visa process.

Not long ago I wrote about the way that attorney’s easily manipulate the visa process to swindle American workers out of the jobs they are eminently qualified to do, but have lost out to lawyers who want their legal fees for working to get those foreign workers visas to work in the United States and unscrupulous employers want to pay the least amount possible for the services of highly educated and highly skilled professionals.  As I have previously noted, abuses in the H-1B visa program that is supposed to enable high-tech workers of skills that are not supposedly available among the United States citizen or lawful immigrant workers are legendary and well documented in a series of GAO reports.  As I have noted in previous commentaries, you should take out a couple of minutes to watch a video that I guarantee you will really infuriate you.  It is the video of an immigration lawyers’ conference in which lawyers were being coached to “not find qualified U.S. workers!”  The lecturer who is instructing the attorneys is a guy by the name of Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of Cohen & Grigsby.  This video was posted on You Tube by the Programmer Guild, an organization that is comprised of computer programmers.

This video runs for roughly 4 minutes and 30 seconds and I urge you to watch this video that was, I believe, made clandestinely.  This is the link to that video:

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Just about every member of Congress knows about this but they don’t care!  They don’t care because they depend on massive campaign contributions from the United States Chamber of Commerce and corporations that want to hire foreign workers rather than American workers.  This is about maximizing profits- literally and figuratively at the expense of American workers and their beleaguered families!

Recently a bill was proposed in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3012 that bears the title:  “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.”

Here is a link to the website where you can read the text of this legislation:

The purpose of this bill is to make it easier for high-tech workers from countries such as India and the People’s Republic of China to obtain visas to work in the United States, yet there is no legislation being proposed with the name of “Fairness for High-Skilled Americans Act!”

Consider what our immigration laws say about the hiring of foreign workers and the impact on American workers:

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the law…”

“…excludes aliens seeking to immigrate “for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor,” except that such aliens may be eligible for a visa if:

the Secretary of Labor has determined that (A) there are not sufficient United States workers who are able, willing, qualified and available at the time of application for a visa and admission into the United States and at the place where the alien is to perform the work, and (B) the employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of the United States workers similarly employed.”

It is clear that the intention of the law is to protect American workers and that by not pursuing fraud in this visa process, American workers and their families suffer and, as a direct consequence, so does our entire nation!

On December 21st I was a guest on Neil Cavuto’s program on the Fox Business Network. 

Here is a link to my appearance on his program:

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1340950814001/will-cuts-to-border-patrol-hurt-us-job-market

Towards the end of my segment, Neil asked me about the claims made by CEO’s about the need to encourage foreign workers to enter the United States to do the other jobs Americans purportedly won’t do: “High Tech Jobs!”  In response I raised a number of issues including Alan Greenspan’s Senate testimony in 2009 in which, incredibly, he stated that Americans with skills and education had become the new “privileged elite” a problem, he asserted, that could be solved by making American workers in the United States, compete with foreign workers for their jobs!

Here is the link to the prepared testimony of the witnesses at that Senate hearing on April 30, 2009 in which Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank testified at hearing that was conducted by the United States Senate Immigration Subcommittee on the topic of Comprehensive Immigration Reform that was chaired by New York’s Senator Charles Schumer who undoubtedly invited Greenspan to testify.  Keep in mind that Greenspan was arguably one of the architects of the economic meltdown of the United States who had advocated for providing subprime mortgages to many people who could not afford those mortgages including illegal aliens.

Finally, whenever the unemployment statistics are published the news media converge on those numbers and report on them but all too often the statistics do not honestly reflect the suffering of our fellow Americans.  Americans who have exhausted their unemployment benefits are not included in the unemployment statistics.  The jobs that are created are often at salary levels that do not come close to replacing the jobs that have been lost.  From an economic perspective, many American workers are attempting to run up a “down escalator” and that escalator is picking up speed!
Show me a politician who refuses to enforce the immigration laws or attempts to trivialize these laws, and I will show you a politician who needs to find out what it is like to stand on the unemployment line!

Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation, said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!


What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.

It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact.  Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!

A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!

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our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!

We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.  
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.

If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.  We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.

For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. 

It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party.  Clearly  more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!

I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!


I believe our nation’s 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!

I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!” 

If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws 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! 

All I ask is that you 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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If a Penny Saved is a Penny Earned, Then a Job Liberated is a Job Created: This is Why Our Immigration Laws Must Be Enforced

The
common theme that runs through virtually every political campaign of
nearly every candidate for public office on every level of government is
the promise to create new jobs.

Nearly every poll makes it clear that the number one issue for voters
this year, as it is for most years, is the economy.  When Bill Clinton
ran for President it was claimed that his campaign headquarters had
signs plastered on the walls stating simply, “It’s the economy stupid!”

Record numbers of American workers are now either unemployed or
underemployed.  Record numbers of Americans have fallen below the
“Poverty Line” and as a consequence, record numbers of homes are being
lost to foreclosure as homeowners lost their jobs and their tenuous grip
on not only the Middle Class and the “American Dream” but solvency.

As the economy falters and more Americans enter the growing ranks of
the poor in our country, more businesses find it more difficult to sell
their products and services to our citizens who are finding it
increasingly difficult to provide three square meals each day for
themselves and to their children.

The White House is currently touting the “American Jobs Act”
and while efforts to get create more jobs for Americans is important,
there are currently millions of jobs that could be freed up tomorrow
morning if our nation simply enforced the immigration laws that are
already on the books but that the administration refuses to enforce.

On Sunday, December 18th, the CBS News program, “60 Minutes” ran an extremely disturbing report entitled “There Goes the Neighborhood”

While many homeowners are diligently paying off their mortgages they
are finding that the values of their homes are declining for two
reasons- the glut of empty homes on the market and the fact that no one
wants to live in a community that has numerous vacated houses that were
lost to foreclosure.  While these vacated homes are no longer occupied
by their owners who, losing their jobs lost their homes, at least some
of these foreclosed houses may now be used by drug dealers and
prostitutes, further driving down the value of the communities in which
these houses are located.

As the 60 Minutes report states.

“Across America, recession-fueled foreclosures and
plummeting home values have left countless properties abandoned and
vulnerable to looting. As Scott Pelley reports, the problem has gotten
so bad in Cleveland, Ohio, that county officials have demolished more
than 1,000 homes this year – and plan to demolish 20,000 more – rather
than let the blight spread and render nearby homes worthless.”

This is just another example of how the growth of poverty among
Americans who had been members of the Middle Class ripples throughout
our nation’s economy creating a series of vicious cycles.  The obvious
solution is to get Americans back to work on jobs that will enable them
to support themselves and their families.

While it may take a serious investment in time and money to create
jobs, think about how many millions of jobs are currently held by
illegal aliens whose presence in our country represents a violation of
our nation’s laws.  These jobs are available right now without any
investment of money or time required.  These are jobs that can be liberated, literally overnight, if the immigration laws that are supposed to protect American workers were enforced.

Prior to the Second World War, the enforcement and administration of
our nation’s immigration laws was the responsibility of the Department
of Labor.  Back then the members of “The Greatest Generation”
demonstrated the straightforward commonsense that guided our nation
through some of its darkest hours during the Second World War.  The
Labor Department was charged with enforcing immigration laws to protect
American jobs and American workers.  This gave rise to the largest, most
vibrant, and successful Middle Class that made the United States of
America the envy of the world!

This was the foundation for the American Dream!

Today the administration refuses to seek the arrest and removal of
illegal aliens who, by working in violation of these immigration laws,
deprives American citizens and lawful immigrants of all races, religions
and ethnicities jobs that they desperately need to break the chain of
unemployment and poverty.  These foreign workers, as might be expected,
send as much of their earnings back to their families in their home
countries draining tens of billions of dollars of money from the
American economy.  This is money that is not earned by Americans and is
money that is neither spent nor invested in the American economy-
further hammering our nation’s struggling economy.

Incredibly the administration has decided to not only not seek to
arrest and remove illegal aliens from the United States who are working
in violation of law, but has taken to the unprecedented tactic of
providing illegal aliens with employment authorization even though
nothing about their immigration status has changed other than the desire
of the administration to find an administrative solution to a
succession of failures to get the DREAM Act or Comprehensive Immigration
Reform passed by the Congress, thereby achieving a piecemeal amnesty
through policy directives.

When an illegal alien is granted employment authorization, that alien
is no longer considered to be illegally present and has as much right
to a job as any lawful immigrant or American citizen.  This process
makes a mockery of the legal immigration system that provides more than
1.1 million aliens with lawful immigrant status each year, placing them,
on the day they receive their Green Card, on a pathway to United States
citizenship.

These actions by the administration have an additional impact on our
nation- these actions and the statements made by the President as well
as high ranking members of his administration and politicians from both
political parties about the need to provide illegal aliens with pathways
to legality if not citizenship, entices and encourages still many more
illegal aliens to enter the United States illegally by evading the
inspections process that is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens into
our country whose presence would be harmful to our nation or our
citizens, or by entering the United States with visas or under the
auspices of the dangerous Visa Waiver Program and simply ignoring the
immigration laws that require that these aliens not seek employment and
leave the United States before their authorized period of admission
expires.

If the federal government not only refuses to enforce these important
immigration laws, but seeks to reward illegal aliens for violating
these laws, why should aliens pay attention to these laws?

Under the administration’s current policies, these illegal aliens
will provide still more competition for jobs Americans must have if the
cycle of unemployment and poverty is to be broken.

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