Immigration Reform: A Permanent Solution? No, a Trick.

capitol DC.serendipityThumb Immigration Reform: A Permanent Solution? No, a Trick.by Ron Swaren

I am very disturbed by the support that a new amnesty for illegal aliens in the United States—-estimated anywhere from 8 to 18 million—appears to have among some Republican members in the US Senate and the House of Representatives. The politics of it, isn’t surprising at all. These officials represent states that have high numbers of certain ethnic groups that may favor legalization for people in their community.

What I find incredible is the possibility of these elected leaders walking into a trap that there is no way out of. Washington DC is full of weird bargains and the possibility of something being presented as beneficial—in reality beneficial to only a few—is ever present. But based upon the performance of the Obama Administration in reducing or controlling in-migration of people who can exploit our poor immigration enforcement, to my mind Republican gullibility is shocking.

The basic premise is that since it is hard to remove millions of people who have become entrenched into neighborhoods and economic life that the Congress must do the next best thing: Come to a negotiated compromise that all can live with. A “Deal.” Amnesty plus Border Security. The deal is we allow those illegal immigrants to stay in our country (“amnesty”) and the federal government will make sure that no more can come in to the United States (“border security”) and thus we will never have to accomplish this political arrangement again.

This is a joke. Isn’t it?

What is the track record so far of the Obama Administration securing our borders?

What is the likelihood that new movements will arise to counter or overturn the newly activated “border security?”

Earth to Congress. This is a TRICK.

When pro-illegal alien groups can mobilize thousands of people, who are neither citizens nor lawful permanent residents and thus not constituents, to call the US Congress on a mass scale, what are the chances they will rest once an Amnesty has been enacted? My bet is that they will be right back at it, pressing again for more favorable treatment. This can come in the form of asking for Executive Orders, pressure on US agencies to alter policy, or pressure for Congressional repeal, or federal lawsuits. Can we really be fooled into thinking that such an Amnesty-Border Security compromise would last? For more than few years at best?

In 1986 Congress, under the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, agreed to allow 2.7 million illegal aliens who had been employed here remain without fear of deportation. The main recipients of this act of grace were men who had been working in the US. And what did they do? Next, they sent for their families. So the non-admitted wives and in many cases children joined the pardoned male workers established in the US economy, and they also found ways of earning US dollars or qualifying their families for taxpayer paid benefits.. Since then Congress has enacted additional amnesty legislation in other years: 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000. And proponents seize upon highly emotional vignettes, such as children uncontrollably crying as their parents are returned back to their native countries despite how much they have “helped” the US.

Employment in the United States has been a godsend for people who may make somewhere between 5 and 10 dollars a day in their home country. And I, having worked alongside migrant south-of-the-border workers in a younger day, appreciate that US farmers have sometimes benefited from these hard working people. But on the other side of the coin with the advent of special legal advocacy for farmworker groups, US agriculture is suffering some serious headwinds. According to USDA reports US produce is gradually losing out to foreign imports. In other countries they are still paid these low wages, but in the US laws restrict it. So US agriculture loses.

Many people don’t realize that the Department of Agriculture was exploring new technology that would alter produce to make it mechanically harvestable. but suffered legal challenges that limited that and caused us more dependence on human labor. As an example, the Roma tomato—the tough skinned, pear-shaped variety–was genetically modified so that harvesting by machines would not damage it. Just a few simple alterations. But the agricultural workers were upset and sued. Other types of genetic modification were halted, and engineering programs scrapped. Professor Philip Martin of the University of California has documented these events. There are other type of GM modifying that accomplish this—none of it fraught with the “Frankenfood” stigma that detractors level at modern botanical engineering. And concepts that would help US agriculture to continue to succeed.

Having achieved some political victories, an ethnic lobby was born. In recent years thousands, or even millions, of non lawfully admitted persons feel free to lobby our own elected officials for their interests. Moreover, cottage industries have arisen to provide phony documentation, traffic in people, sell illicit products and variously undermine the security of the US republic. To see official US reports on criminal activity connected with illegal immigration go here.

But back to the point. Senate Republicans—specifically Senators McCain, Graham, Flake, Rubio and Rand—-facing political disadvantages are facing pressure to agree to an amnesty for 10-18 million illegal aliens. And they will be promised border security. But we know that border security can be here one day—- and non existent the next. It can be gutted, ignored, overturned or litigated out of existence. That is why it is important that you contract these Senators and tell them not to fall for the “trick” of amnesty for illegal aliens. When was the last time one of these deals worked permanently? Please look up their website or call via the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121. The US House is also reviewing this issue. Call 202-225-3951 for the Judiciary Committee comment line. And you can stay current on proceeding in the US House Judiciary Committee (which has subcommittees conducting related hearings) here.

I know this is a contentious issue. But don’t let our elected officials succumb to deals that can be overturned just as soon as someone devises a way to do it. Our lesson from previous Amnesties is that they never become the finished policy.

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  • Please

    Give some thought and support for IA Rep, Steve King’s remedies for mitigating illegal immigration. As I see it, he’s right track and emanating from sides of aisle concerning this Constitutional and vital issue.
    Read all about him @ http://www.ontheissues.org//house.Steve_King.htm

  • marvinmcconoughey

    I concur that “they will be right back at it, pressing again for more favorable treatment.” A little publicized issue is that of “leakage” whereby illegal immigrants become apparently legal citizens by the fraudulent use of made-up documents. This is an issue that the administration prefers not to emphasize.

  • If Only

    If only sometime in the past we had granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, we could see what the outcome was. We could prove that it would end illegal immigration and gain lots of votes for the GOP from grateful immigrants. We could show that those new immigrants wouldn’t wind up being a drain on social services, wouldn’t displace American workers and depress wages, that massive, violent organized criminal enterprises wouldn’t follow them into the country, that they wouldn’t account for a hugely disproportionate number of criminals.

    If only we had an example from the past to guide us …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Burns/100002386549486 Frank Burns

    Earth to writer: Amnesty has ALWAYS been in the works. Republicans just used the ILLEGAL it in a couple of election cycles to rile the rabble, but now the inevitable is happening. Wake up and smell the roses.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Swaren/100001119550836 Ron Swaren

      Agreed this is a bipartisan issue. Groups like NumbersUSA and ALIPAC are led by Democrats or former ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Francis/100003689645540 Dave Francis

    Much of the anxiety and frustration could be alleviated
    from the American people, if the politicians, who are supposed to protect us, ignored
    the financial pressure from the Special Interest entities and introduced the
    mandatory Picture ID complete with biometric information. They say it’s too
    expensive, which is utter “BS” when we spend hundreds of billions of dollars on
    multiple social programs, which are crammed tight with fraud and abuse. Our
    Social Security number is an antiquated identification document, never meant
    for personal identification. A BIOMETRIC DOCUMENT WITH A PERSONS THUMB PRINT,
    EYE SCAN could relief much of the fraud in our sovereign nation today?

    A good example would be the voting confusion,
    because unknown numbers of non citizens are voting and the great state of
    Arizona has seen through these circumstances and ready to fight for their rights.
    Citizen voters and our system of elections, must not to be compromised by any
    non citizens cheating and committing perjury. ID theft has become an epidemic
    in the United States, and was involved with the 9/11 killers who had stolen ID
    and a new type of documentation essential for every American to deem it
    important. Only people with a shady past, illegal aliens and other profit
    minded people see a federal ID card as an encumbrance to their plans. It makes
    no sense to say a nationwide biometric laminated card is too expensive at
    $2.billion dollars, when the states are being drained of $113 billion dollars
    plus a year for illegal alien families, that is not counting federal cash.

    An ID card would ensure no illegal alien would get a
    job, or welfare, or any other benefits with a stolen SSN or driver’s license. An official ID card is almost a 100 percent faultless
    recognition, cross checked with a mandated data base that could be used for all
    manner of proof of who you are? Why the goons in Washington are dismissing such
    a simple enforcement tool is beyond my understanding, but then why is it not a
    Felony to enter America without inspection? Does this gang of eight have investments
    in companies that supposedly secure our credit cards or run these anti theft
    businesses that guard our personal information? The ID heist is not going away
    and don’t think your invulnerable to this theft, which incidentally caught me
    by surprise. I only got ripped off for $3600 dollars, so I thank my lucky
    stars. This Arizona court case and all other states caught up in this situation,
    deciding its imperative for people to show proof of citizenship before voting
    are in a fighting mood, led by Jan Brewer the governor. Should the Supreme
    Court rule against this, than every American citizen should demand from their Congressional
    representative the implementation of a biometric card for every American?

    AFTER THE REAL FENCE IS BUILT, ACCORDING TO THE
    DESIGN AND LENGTH OF THE 2006 SECURE FENCE ACT (H.R.6061), AFTER MANDATORY E-VERIFY (H.R. 478) ALONG WITH THE IMAGE
    PROGRAM IS FULLY ENFORCED, ALONG WITH A
    REVISED BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP LAW (H.R. 140) AND THE
    PROVISION OF THE SAVE ACT (H.R.830) IS VOTED INTO LAW. WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF
    BIOMETRIC ID CARD, THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT GIVING ILLEGAL ALIENS LEGITIMACY FOR BEING
    IN AMERICA WITHOUT PERMISSION.

    AMERICANS MUST FEEL SAFE FROM A FURTHER ILLEGAL
    ALIEN INVASION, ATTRACTED BY CRIMINAL BUSINESS OWNERS. START BY MANDATORY
    PRISON SENTENCES FOR THE CEO, EXECUTIVES, MANAGERS WHO HIRE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND
    THROW THEM IN PRISON, SO THE 23 MILLION JOBLESS CITIZENS/LEGAL RESIDENTS
    BELIEVE THERE IS JUSICE FOR THEM?

    Americans, legal resident of all nationalities
    whether black, Anglo, Asian, Hispanic, Latino or from any origin, Liberals,
    Democrats, Republicans every minority party, must become conscious that another
    Path to Citizenship will sink us. As Congressman Smith has stated, we must
    comprehend the consequences of another Amnesty, by any other name? It might
    seem quite harmless now, but the future of all those people, their extended
    family members will need pensions and retirement benefit. Even as today
    government is worried about paying for Medicaid, Medicare, health care and
    welfare now and adding millions more, and their progeny in the future is a
    catastrophe waiting to happen. Don’t listen to the rhetoric or propaganda from
    the Liberals or the open border advocates, but sign the No Amnesty petition at
    NumbersUSA,

    If you really want your cry of dissatisfaction counted
    write a note to your congressman (a aid will read it and reckon up the letters
    ‘for’ and against) so you don’t have to hassle about being persuasive since all
    Your Representative hears about the amount of correspondence). Phone calls are
    always better and we should jam the phone system, but here you need to be
    coherent and not explode with an awkward outburst at the central Washington
    circuit phone 202) 224-3121. LEARN THE REALITY OF OUR BORDER AND INVESTIGATE
    THE CONCEALED NEWS AND REPORTS AT AMERICANPATROL. Plaster your Senator or
    Congressional House with a post card, demanding they stop the current path of overpopulation
    and Balkanization. Bombard Facebook and Twitter with information, as the other
    side do. Contact your local press and TV station, because the end is near for
    commonsense and also another hit on the hurting taxpayer.

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