"Schumerâ??s Immigration Platform is Built on Planks Made of Balsa Wood"

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Hi Gang:
Politicians who have been around for awhile learn how to use deceptive language to create false illusions that concerns of their constituents are being met even while nothing of substance is actually being done to address those concerns.  
Chuck Schumer is certainly a politician who has had decades of on the job training in the art of using deceptive language and the use of fatally flawed strategies that fail to provide the security that they appear to provide.
What should be remembered is that the only thing worse than no security is false security!

Schumer’s platform of propaganda built on false promises to address security and fairness is the basis for my most recently posted article that appears on the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization Website) which can be found at www.capsweb.org

Schumer chairs the Senate’s Immigration Subcommittee and has long opposed meaningful immigration law enforcement. When he was a member of the House of Representatives he was one of the key architects of the SAW (Special Agricultural Worker) amnesty program that became incorporated into the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that is most remembered for its providing nearly 4 million illegal aliens with amnesty and lawful status.

Most people learn from their mistakes but not Mr. Schumer.

Fraud permeated the entire amnesty program. The SAW program was rife with fraud and, in fact, it is worth remembering that one of the participants in terrorist plots within the United States was granted lawful status under this flawed program.

The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel contained numerous examples of instances where terrorists who engaged in terrorist attacks made use of visa fraud and immigration benefit fraud to not only enter the United States but embed themselves in the United States.

To cite an example, page 47 of the above-noted report contained the following paragraph:

Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida. Mohammed Salameh, who rented the truck used in the bombing, overstayed his tourist visa. He then applied for permanent residency under the agricultural workers program, but was rejected.   Eyad Mahmoud Ismail, who drove the van containing the bomb, took English-language classes at Wichita State University in Kansas on a student visa; after he dropped out, he remained in the United States out of status.

On July 27, 2006 I testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on the topic:


video of a portion of my testimony before that hearing provides crystal clarity about my grave concerns about the nexus between any such amnesty program and national security.

I testified on the nexus between immigration and terrorism when I was called to testify before a hearing that was conducted before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on International Relations on May 11, 2006 on the topic


On June 22, 2007 the Washington Times published my commentary entitled:
In this documentary I noted that the fatally flawed legislation known as “Comprehension Immigration Reform” should be given a more truthful and descriptive title- I suggested it be renamed the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act” because it would have required the inept and incompetent division USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to provide official identity documents to millions of illegal aliens who, in the parlance of the immigration anarchists are “undocumented.”  This would provide ample opportunities for terrorists to obtain brand new “clean” identities that they could then use to circumvent various “no fly” and terror watch lists and embed themselves in the United States, traveling freely and legally working in jobs that might have critical infrastructure implications or national security implications!
On Novermber 29, 2006 the Washington Post ran an article about that fiasco entitled:

Here are the first two paragraphs from this disturbing news report:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has lost track of 111,000 files in 14 of the agency’s busiest district offices and processed as many as 30,000 citizenship applications last year without the necessary files, congressional investigators reported yesterday.

The Government Accountability Office, Congress’s audit arm, conducted the review at the request of Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) after U.S. authorities granted citizenship in 2002 to a man without checking his primary file. The file, which was lost, indicated ties to the militant Islamic group Hezbollah.

“It only takes one missing file of somebody with links to a terrorist organization to become an American citizen,” said Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “We can’t afford to be handing out citizenship with blinders on.” 

This made a complete and utter mockery of the entire immigration benefits program with serious national security ramifications yet no one was fired or, to my knowledge, even disciplined!  This was just seen as another one of those screw-ups that are all but inevitable!
USCIS processes between six million and seven million applications each and every year and there are fewer than 700 investigators assigned to USCIS to attempt to maintain integrity to the agency that is, for all intents and purposes, the locksmith of the United States.  (Lawful immigrant status and especially United States citizenship are often referred to as the “Keys to the kingdom.”)
You should know that I have come to refer to DHS as being the Department of Homeland Surrender!
On February 24, 2012, CAPS posted my commentary that was entitled:
Here is an excerpt from my commentary:
 The 9/11 Commission Report and the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel did an in-depth analysis of how the terrorists who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001 were able to enter the United States and embed themselves in our country as they prepared to launch the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on our soil.

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.

As you will see in my response to each of Schumer’s “planks” each and everyone of his proposals are to be polite about it- deceptive and disingenuous.

To be candid- These proposals are outright lies!
Consider that when Schumer promises to place millions of illegal aliens “on the back of the line,” the question that needs to be asked is”
Where would the line be- in the United States? If such aliens are allowed to remain here and gain employment authorization then they are being given what they violated our borders and our laws in the first place for- to work and send money to their home countries!  Meanwhile these millions of illegal aliens will be competing, on an equal basis, with millions of unemployed and underemployed American and lawful immigrant workers!
Where is there fairness in this proposal concocted by Schumer, Graham and other advocates for a massive amnesty program for unknown millions (perhaps tens of millions0 of illegal aliens?
When the Amnesty of 1986 was enacted as a component of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), the original estimate was that about one million to 1.5 illegal aliens would emerge from the “shadows” and participate in the program.  By the time the bureaucratic dust settled, more than 3.5 million aliens acquired lawful status.  Today we are continually told that there are 11 million illegal aliens in the United States.  No one even tries to estimate how many are truly here today- but I am confident it is much higher.  If the samemagnitude of increase in numbers was to occur with this program, the 11 million could balloon to nearly 40 million! 
We all know how vicious most politicians become when they compete with a competitor for their jobs!  Think of how much money and effort is expended to dig up “dirt” on their competitors!  Consider the mud slinging in the primaries that are often so filthy and vicious that in many instances the winner of the primary is so sullied by the battering he (she) suffers at the hands of his competitors in the primary that they emerge so damaged that they cannot win the general election.  Yet Schumer and other political “leaders” are eager- indeed joyful at the prospect of dumping millions of competitors for jobs highly qualified American workers desperately need to support themselves and their struggling families! 
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!

If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing 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!

If you like this commentary, kindly forward it to as many folks as you can and ask them to do the same- I am attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”

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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Schumer’s Immigration Platform is Built on Planks Made of Balsa Wood

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer appeared on NBC News’ Face the Nation and was asked about immigration. Here is, in part, how Schumer responded to that question as reported in an article posted by Capital New York:

Schumer said his compromise with Graham would have four main planks: closing the border; creating a “non-forgeable document” that would allow employers to tell which immigrants are legal, with stiff penalties for hiring illegals; letting in legal immigrants we need; and a path to citizenship “that’s fair, that says you have to learn English, that you have to go to the back of the line, you gotta have a job, and you can’t commit crimes.”

Let’s take a hard look at Schumer’s “planks” and see what they really mean:

1 – “Closing the border”

Although it is often claimed that there are four Border States, in point of fact, America has 50 Border States.  Any state that has a seaport or international airport must be considered “border states” just as are states that lie along America’s northern and southern borders.  It is believed that there are at least 5 million illegal aliens in the United States that did not run our borders but entered the United States through ports of entry and then violated the terms of their admission.  This is how many terrorists including the 19 that attacked the United States on 9/11 entered the United States.

2- “Creating a non-forgeable document”

Certainly any identity document should be tamper and forgery resistant.  However, what name do you put on a document that is supposed to identify an alien who is “undocumented” meaning that he (she) has no authentic documentation to attest to his true identity?  When dealing with millions of such aliens there would be absolutely no way to conduct field investigations or even face to face interviews!  (In fact, this is how the Obama administration is dealing with the thousands of applications for its current “DREAMER” program is being done- thereby creating a national security nightmare!)

3 – “Letting in immigrants that we need”

On April 30, 2009 the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Immigration, conducted a hearing on the topic: “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?”  Alan Greenspan stated:

“…The second bonus (in accelerating the influx of skilled immigrant workers) would address the increasing concentration of income in this country. 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 privileged elite whose incomes are being supported at non-competitively high levels by  immigration quotas on skilled professionals. Eliminating such restrictions would reduce at least some of our income inequality.”

The apparent goal is to create unfair competition for American workers, both at the bottom rung of the economic ladder as well as the middle class. Greenspan made it clear- importing more workers could eliminate income inequality based on skills!

4- “A path to citizenship that is fair”

The United States already admits more than 1.1 million lawful immigrants each and every year.  These immigrants are immediately placed on the pathway to United States citizenship on the day they acquire lawful immigrant status.  The law currently addresses the English language requirement and the issue of not having a record of criminal  convictions.  For whom would a massive legalization program be fair?

America’s immigration laws were enacted to save lives and protect the jobs of American and lawful immigrant workers.  Incredibly Schumer and his allies in Congress and the White house couldn’t care less about truly achieving these commonsense goals.

I certainly would not want to find myself standing on Schumer’s mythical platform, over the moat that Obama said those concerned about border security wanted built and stocked with alligators!

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