American Kids are People Too

kidsThe White House and the much of the media have talked endlessly about “the kids” who are pouring over our borders. No doubt there has been a tremendous surge in the number of children crossing illegally into the United States, lured by the Obama administration’s lack of border and interior enforcement, DACA, and the perpetual promise of future amnesties. But many, and by reliable accounts, most who are now coming illegally are not children, and that detail has been virtually ignored in the conversations about what must be done to secure the border and repatriate those illegally in the United States. So, too, is the fact that the information about the age (average age of fourteen), country of origin, and intent of the unaccompanied minors comes from the aliens themselves.

The “humanitarian crisis” is man-made, and it is not just the fault of President Obama. The entire Democratic and Republican leadership share responsibility for what is occurring, and for failing to take immediate steps to remedy the situation. It is clear that the President is intent on politicizing the ongoing immigration crisis in order to use it against Republicans in the mid-term elections. This is a grave miscalculation by the White House, as signaled by comments made by Steny Hoyer and other top Democrats, who have spoken out against the President’s failure to act in the national interest.

On the other side of the aisle, the Republican leadership has been backed into a corner and can no longer ignore the concerns of the American public. They are still reeling from the Eric Cantor primary loss and are trying to avoid the defection of their base over immigration. House Speaker Boehner has said that he might add the executive amnesties to the lawsuit he is preparing against the President, though Boehner has done nothing the past six years to ensure that the border was secure and our immigration laws were being enforced.

While the Obama Administration is trying to manage the unfolding public relations crisis, top Republicans in Congress are still trying to find a way to pass amnesty and massive increases in the admission of immigrants and guest workers to placate their corporate financiers. Their recent tough talk is a welcome change, but they need to do more than hold a blustery press conference to effect change.

The non-stop hand wringing over “the kids” is being used to deflect attention away from the larger problem of mass illegal immigration that resumed in 2009 after a short downtick following the 2007 recession. Americans don’t oppose treating illegal alien children humanely, or adult illegal aliens for that matter. But assuring the safety and welfare of illegal aliens before they are sent back to their home countries does not equate with failing to protect the safety and welfare of the American people by turning federal agents into traffickers who transport illegal aliens to the interior of the country –where they most likely will remain permanently. The actions (and inaction) of the Obama administration on immigration policy for the past five and half years have been reprehensible, and the response (or lack thereof) by top Republicans has been indefensible.

There are about 70 million native-born children in the United States. Their future hangs in the balance here, yet the President of the United States is unconcerned about “doing right by them.”

As Senator Jeff Sessions so poignantly asked: “When did we forget that a nation owes its first allegiance to her own citizens?”

A New Resource for Understanding our Foreign Worker Problem

chamber_commerce_hqNorman Matloff, a computer science professor at the University of California, Davis, has long been recognized as a leading authority on the H-1B guest worker program, and has highlighted the abuses of that program by many leading U.S. tech companies. Professor Matloff has just launched a new blog, which will deal with, among other things “STEM education issues” and “the tech industry labor market, especially regarding the H-1B work visa and age discrimination (starting at age 35!).”

The blog is entitled Upon Closer Inspection and will no doubt prove to be a valuable resource for countering the false claim of Mark Zuckerberg and his Silicon Valley cronies.

The link to Professor Matloff’s blog can be found on FAIR’s Related Resources page, along with links to all things immigration-related.

Rand Paul “Trapped” by His Own Willful Ignorance

Official PortraitRand Paul, who the day after Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat to anti-amnesty candidate Dave Brat, appeared with open-borders acolyte Grover Norquist to promote both amnesty and major increases in legal immigration, said:

[Republicans have] been somewhat trapped by rhetoric and words and amnesty is a word that’s trapped us….We’re trapped in a word that means different things to different people. … I really think that some of it is we’re trapped in this rhetoric and we have to get beyond that.

Paul is right in that amnesty means one thing to those in D.C. who are trying to disguise their intentions to enact a blanket amnesty for illegal aliens and something else to the rest of the literate public. The illegal aliens who are surging over the southern U.S. border certainly understand the unambiguous meaning of the term.

“Amnesty has “trapped” Paul and his colleagues because they fail to grasp the meaning of other words, such as structural unemployment, corporate welfare, and vanishing middle class. “Rule of law” also is a term that seems to give them trouble. So says Paul:

To some “rule of law” conservatives, [amnesty] is a swear word. To other conservatives, putting millions of illegal immigrants on the road to legal status and eventually to citizenship is realistic politically and fair for people who flee warlords, drug lords and dysfunctional economies abroad to find work in the U.S.

If Rand Paul thinks it’s a good idea to pass an amnesty to legalize the status of 12 million or so illegal aliens, why won’t he make his case on its merits instead of indulging in obfuscation and subterfuge?

Paul Ryan, among others (including soon-to-be former House Majority leader Eric Cantor), has tried this shtick before. No matter how Paul, Ryan, et. al., try to redefine the meaning of amnesty, they can’t convince the American people that rewarding illegal aliens by passing legislation that allows them to remain in the United States is anything other than amnesty. You see, Americans, unlike Rand Paul apparently, understand that if they want to learn what a word means they can open a dictionary and find out.

The (Il)logic of Open-Border Libertarians

libertarianchartAs more and more Americans, especially younger Americans, reject the politics of the two dominant parties, libertarianism is attracting more adherents. Concurrently, there is a movement by D.C. special interest groups to co-opt libertarianism to advance their narrow political agenda. This is amply demonstrated by the false claim by self-proclaimed libertarians that support for open borders is an essential part of the movement. That is simply untrue.

A new essay by FAIR debunks these claims, exposes the fallacious reasoning in support of open borders, and examines in detail why the arguments of open-border libertarians fail to comport with reality.

Read the new publication here: http://www.fairus.org/issue/the-il-logic-of-open-border-libertarians

Cantor Intent on Using Military as Pathway to Amnesty

army_bootsHouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.), latest legislative gambit is to sneak an amnesty provision into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would reward an illegal alien with a green card for simply enlisting in the military. While Cantor is a somewhat abashed supporter of amnesty, he is resolutely committed to it, which only makes his conniving all the more seamy. Apparently Cantor believes that he can sell enough of his fellow Republicans on this vote, since it exchanges amnesty in return for military service, because what could be controversial about allowing illegal aliens to swear an oath to faithfully serve the country whose laws they have demonstrated contempt for?

Is this the first piece of the puzzle of immigration legislation (re: amnesty and massive increases in legal and guest worker admissions) that Cantor alluded to on the House floor last November? Clearly, his corporate bosses are growing desperate for action. Attaching an amnesty rider to a must-pass piece of legislation only invites more mischief, including giving Harry Reid the opportunity to attach the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill to the NDAA and sending it back to the House, where it could pass with Cantor and his allies voting with the Democrats.

Cantor has been pegged as one of the “young gun” candidates to challenge for the Speaker’s gavel when Boehner steps down. Clearly, Cantor believes that solidifying his donor base is key to securing the Speaker’s chair. However, he risks alienating his fellow Republicans, as well as voters in his district, where Cantor’s immigration stance has won him a primary challenger, Randolph-Macon College economics professor, David Brat.

Cantor’s stance on immigration isn’t any different than that of the old guard, which is likely how he has climbed the leadership ladder. The establishment of both parties has worked to undermine any serious border security or interior enforcement efforts for the past thirty years. Today, illegal aliens can get driver’s licenses, in-state tuition at public universities, teach in public schools, practice law, and even attend the State of the Union address as guests of the President. If Cantor gets his way, illegal aliens will soon be enlisting in the military.

When Ronald Reagan signed legislation in 1986 granting amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens, he said, “Future generations of Americans will be thankful for our efforts to humanely regain control of our borders and thereby preserve the value of one of the most sacred possessions of our people: American citizenship.” Will using the U.S. military to process green cards for illegal aliens preserve that sacred value?

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