Petitions by Sen. Ted Cruz
The proposed immigration 'reform' bill is called the SAFE Act - Seeking Amnesty, Forgetting Enforcement.
Secure, Enforce, Deport - then, if still needed, Reform.
It is ILLEGAL for any person here ILLEGALLY to receive ANY taxpayer funded government assistance.
- Secure the borders;
- Enforce the laws - including the privilege of taxpayer funded government assistance for those truly in need; and
- Deport those here violating any laws once within our borders.
As the immigration debacle (its not a debate) unfolds, it is clear that it is not bi-partisan - the GOP (Getting Obviously Progressive) is beginning to succumb to the socialists. The saving representatives are those of the Libertarian / Tea Party principles. The Libertarian / Tea Party principles are doing two things: 1) forcing the content and dangers of the proposed law to be disclosed - no passing this bill, before it is read, so we know what is in it; and 2) it is becoming more likely a bill cannot pass if there is not consensus to and with the Libertarian / Tea Party principles. A third event is also happening - the agendas are exposed, namely Marco Rubio. We can thank Ted Cruz and Rand Paul for this.
However, that means that the pro crowd has changed strategy in an attempt to conceal the reality. These are necessary in order to avoid exposure that the pro crowd is ignoring the secure and enforce mandate. To do this, they are simply stating that the borders are secure and current laws are being enforced. There is no data to support this, and reams of data to dispute it - but if you repeat it enough, it will become true that the borders are secured and the laws are enforced. The other strategy change is to avoid the word 'citizenship' and any references. This will give the false impression that a path to citizenship, or amnesty, is off the table. Far from true. Instead, the mantra is that there is an 'accelerated legal status'. This is smoke and mirrors - a legal status is simply all the privileges, without the rights (i.e. voting) of citizenship. It accomplishes everything the socialists want, without forcing citizenship. It makes citizenship a moot point. Moreover, existing law makes the path to citizenship less obstructive because the hurdle of legal resident has been passed - because it is granted by the proposed law.
Make no mistake - this is amnesty. In fact, it is worse than amnesty. It is also fraud by deception. All of the persons here legally and working on their path to citizenship will be bypassed.
Let us not forget that the president, with NObamacare, has taken the unprecedented move of ignoring laws and making new ones. See Nationalized Healthcare - NObamacare - A Better Solution at http://www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/3/post/2013/05/nationalized-healthcare-nobamacare-a-better-solution.html. Congress is not acting fast or strong enough on this - and it will happen with any immigration bill - reform or amnesty. Headline - "If ObamaCare won't be enforced as is, defund it"
Wrong - repeal it. Even if defunded, that does not remove the individual mandate - it would be like defunding the courts, but you still have to obey law; or defund the IRS but you still have to pay taxes.
Repeal NObamacare and abolish the IRS for a non-progressive flat tax.
Congress is not limited to funding or defunding - that is just a method of avoiding a solution - which is what Congress does routinely.
The recently passed illegal 'immigration reform' - SAFE Act (Seeking Amnesty, Forgetting Enforcement) by the Senate is NObamacare all over again - no one read the excessive bill, it grants authorities to unrelated agencies (i.e. - the IRS - AGAIN!) and was mostly behind closed doors.
In case there is any misunderstanding ...
A 'path' to citizenship is not the goal of any immigration reform. Secure, Enforce, Deport - then reform for those that are eligible to remain and earn citizenship.
The Senate has passed their version of the SAFE Act - Seeking Amnest, Forgetting Enforcement last week. Now to the House, where Sen. Schumer is already using pressurized pandering.
Sen. UpChuck Schumer predicted several factors would see the bill pass in the House. First, he said the coalition of both religious and business groups are pressuring the House to act. These groups are being pressured by the Gang of 8 - which consists of 'equal' parts socialists and GOP (Gone Obviously Progressive). Religion has place interjecting in immigration matters - legal, illegal, amnesty, whatever. The businesses are primarily unionized and they need more members and dues. Others are farmers and labor employment. Sen. Rand Paul feels that an immigration bill should include legal status to work these jobs. I disagree - this is essentially indentured servitude and no different that slavery. Further, Schumer said the national Republican leadership could do the same, citing the political importance of passing immigration legislation. This is correct - and is exactly why there is now a new and growing movement to dismantle the GOP for a true party of Constitutional and conservative fiscal values.
Be reminded that our Country fought a Civil War over states rights - part of which was how to deal with slavery - the south (farmers and laborers) needed slavery for their economy, the north did not. In the end, after brother against brother, the federal government won over state government.
We are seeing that today - indentured servitude and states rights. The south survived after abolishing slavery and their economy grew. I am quite certain the same would happen if the falsity of embracing illegal immigration for indentured servitude were to end.
There is a great deal being said about the need for immigration reform, and that this is for 'the Hispanic vote'.
Although true, that is the silly goal of both political parties - but nothing could honestly be further from the truth (see below).
First, Hispanic votes did not increase for Republicans in '88 after the '86 amnesty. Hispanics that are here legally, whether by birth or by lawful entry, do not support this bill or any bill that jeopardizes who they are - citizens and legal residents; they are being used as pawns and are the Hispanic votes the Republicans historically already get and keep.
For many Hispanics, their very livelihood is jeopardized by this 'immigration reform'. I know many first, second and third generation people of Hispanic heritage - they tell me this. The Democrats and Republicans are not worried about the Hispanic vote - they want the whole of the growing parasitic cult vote so that more taxpayer funded government handouts can be perpetuated by the real backers and drafters of this 'immigration reform' on the backs of the taxpayers opposed to this. Think about it ... to get the votes of believers in socialism, you have to show compassion for those purported to be oppressed by capitalism (referred to as 'the rich') - and illegal immigrants, although unable to legally vote, are perfect pawns and their vote is not needed. It is a way to grow the socialist voting pool - garner the support and votes of sympathizers of the 'oppressed' (they are oppressed, but see below for why).
The rhetoric of Hispanic votes is simply socioeconomic and ethnic divisiveness. The Democrats really don't care if the Republicans are on board - except they don't have the votes to pass the bill they (Schumer and McCain) wrote. McCain, a true GOP (Gone Obviously Progressive) does not want border security or immigration 'reform' in Arizona - he wants votes.
Gang of Eight Amnesty Bill passes in committee...
I saw that it passed out of the Senate Judiciary committee and is headed for vote before the full Senate. When the Tri-Fecta of scandals (see my other related blog posts) began to break I posted that this would be passed without notice during the course of the scandal distractions.
The committee vote was 13-5, with all Democrats, and RINOs Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Although their votes were not needed, and passage out of committee was expected, it is disgraceful that this vote pandering continues.
This week those in the 'Gang of 8' and now TX Senator Ted Cruz - none of which can be trusted - acknowledged that a person here as an immigrant (regardless of legal status) must be self-sufficient and their immigration denied/revoked should that status change to being on the taxpayer funded government handouts. It was further acknowledged that this little tidbit of a law is not enforced (and costs taxpayers billions per state annually). To make you feel better - it was firmly stated that under the proposed amnesty (call it what it is) any illegal immigrant seeking 'Dream' status would not be 'eligible' for taxpayer funded government handouts for ten years - and they would have to sign an affidavit upon renewal and before being granted citizenship.
Let's just say its true...why wait? Revoke and deport now, secure the borders and then come back and tell us about a grand plan. So, considering that won't happen -- what is the solution? Who cares, they only want votes.
Seriously...its not enforced now, but will be under a new program? Bullshit flag is still being waved.
Immigration Reform continues to be vote pandering - regardless of party or person.
'Pathway for Illegals May Cost Millions' - say it ain't so! Of course its true, just think about it...
As senators prepare to introduce a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants (unless you're the AP or a journalist - now that term is 'banned'), the estimated the cost of federal benefits for those applicants could total up to $40 billion a year.
Immigration reform is a good thing - but not amnesty or a pathway that bypasses the process and pushes further back those that are legally immigrating (you won't see AP 'ban' that). Did you know that it is illegal to approve a work visa for any immigrant that does not show how they will be self-sustaining and off the taxpayer funded government handouts? It is ... and that's why so many wanting here legally are proud, while those coming here illegally do so -- they would be denied.
THAT is the real reform being pushed - allow those that will not be self-sustaining and living off the taxpayer funded government handouts to be granted amnesty through a 'pathway' to citizenship. Some are now calling that progressive social justice.
I call it bullshit. What is an immigration solution? Find out - http://order.BeersWithOurFoundingFathers.com
Originally posted 02/10/2013:
Senators (8 - 4 Dem and 4 Repub) are proposing new immigration reform. Not amnesty, but a 'one-step' process for 11 million here illegally. Sounds like amnesty. One reason given - agricultural. I've got news for you - that is servitude and unfair to the farm worker - legal or illegal.
This book specifically cite two reasons for politics focusing on immigration reform in the manner the do - 1) agricultural servitude; and 2) vote pandering. Well, what do we have here but both.
The telling of why this is happening can be seen in two comments - McCain ("McCain said Monday that the electoral politics of the issue had changed and that his party needs to adapt on immigration if it wants to lure Latino voters.") and Schumer states its importance with ("For the first time ever, there is more political risk in opposing immigration reform, than in supporting it.")
This is what these politicians really think of the illegal immigrants – limited to such things as “…content for too long to allow individuals to mow our lawns, grow our food, clean our homes, and even watch our children while not affording them any of the benefits that make our country so great." Its offensive that their thinking is that limited.
Of course, Obama announced during the election that immigration was the top priority (vote pandering) - not the economy (one of only two reasons to vote for a candidate).
Of course this bill is not drafted, so a review is not possible - but the comments and limited information available are telling.
Before supporting the vote pandering of servitude via illegal immigration...read Beers with our Founding Fathers for the history of this servitude and solutions. Not only is it illegal and vote pandering, but it is insulting to legal immigrants and to legalize those that 'clean our homes and harvest our crops'. Is that all immigration - legal or illegal - is good for? No, and to endorse that thinking is bigotry.