Half of the Country Now Suing the Government

1024px-US_map_-_statesTennessee became the most recent state last week to join a lawsuit against President Obama’s illegal amnesty, bringing the current total to 25 states – exactly half of the country.

Tenn. Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced the Volunteer State’s partnership with two dozen other attorneys general and governors.

The case was filed only four weeks ago by Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott (soon to be sworn in as governor) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. It claims the White House’s enactment of the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration memos goes above the power permitted to the executive branch and federal agencies.

“While the subject of the executive action was immigration, the lawsuit is not about immigration,” Slatery stated in the press release. “It is really more about the rule of law and the limitations that prevent the executive branch from taking over a role constitutionally reserved for Congress.”

Slatery filed in the Federal District Court of Texas, requesting a preliminary injunction.

“…The State cannot sit on the sidelines of this case, when unlawful directives of this magnitude grant lawful presence and other rights like work permits to such a large number. Asking a court to review this issue is the prudent choice, especially when state resources will be taxed under the directives to provide benefits like unemployment compensation and health care,” he concluded.

Tennessee joins Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, in the litigation.

President Obama Dissembles and Defames

PinocchioNormally the U.S. President should be a reliable source of information. A free press can usually be counted on to call the president to account for any lies or half-truths. In fact news fact checkers have pointed out in recent months untruths or distortions uttered by him and have awarded him “Pinocchios.” But apparently that has not had much deterrent value.

In an interview aired on NPR on December 29, he said, “If you’re concerned that somehow illegal immigrants are a drain on resources and forcing, you know, Americans to pay for services for these folks, well, every study shows that’s just not the case.” [N.B. at least he recognizes the correct term “illegal” even though he disrespects legal newcomers when he calls the illegal ones “immigrants.”]

First, while some studies purport to show that illegal immigrants benefit the economy and generate taxes, it is outright false to say that “every study” comes to such a rosy conclusion. In addition to FAIR’s studies that document the heavy net fiscal burden of illegal aliens, there are many others that document the negative impact on American workers in employment opportunity and depressed wages and burden on social services.

Second, it is clear that the action of the president in providing work permits to the illegal aliens will aggravate that impact. Complaints by agricultural producers are already surfacing expressing their concern that their exploited labor force [made possible because they are hired against the law] may move on to other jobs where they are less exploited once they receive a work permit. That means they may leave the agricultural sector to compete for construction and service jobs. It is unimaginable that the president does not understand that greater competition for jobs is likely to depress wages and reduce opportunities for seekers of those jobs.

Obama also asserted, “Generally, these folks don’t use a lot of services, and my executive action specifically is crafted so that they’re not a drain on taxpayers; instead, they’re going to be paying taxes, and we can make sure that they are.” Who pays for the medical care received by indigent illegal aliens if not the taxpayer? And, who pays for the education of the illegal alien youth if not the taxpayer?

The president said that the amnestied illegal aliens are going to be paying taxes. That is at least a tacit acknowledgement that they are not doing so now – belying the claim by defenders of illegal aliens that they are already paying taxes. And, he did not once again dissimulate by claiming that the beneficiaries of his executive amnesty would have to pay back taxes. But, he surely cannot be so clueless that he does not understand that the income earned by most illegal alien workers will be so low that they will owe no income taxes and instead likely be in a tax bracket that receives the Earned Income Tax Credit – a payout from the U.S. Treasury paid for by those taxpayers who have higher earnings.

Saddest of all in the NPR interview was President Obama’s descent into the mud-slinging used by advocates for the illegal aliens. His use of the pejorative term “nativist” against his critics is nothing more than an effort to intimidate those who to disagree with the emperor when he chooses to parade around without being properly clothed in fact and logic.

Video Shows College Students Willing to Deport Americans in Exchange for Illegal Immigrants

USA-The_George_Washington_UniversityThe Campus Reform news outlet recently visited George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to see how many students would sign their fake petition that recommends deporting an American in exchange for an illegal immigrant.

“Please sign our petition for President Obama to deport one American citizen, in exchange for one undocumented immigrant,” read the petition. “Everyone must be allowed a shot at the ‘American Dream.’ Americans should not be greedy. Let us right the wrongs of our past and make another’s dreams come true.”

The students’ responses were caught on camera and the results are startling. More than two-thirds of individuals approached by Campus Reform reportedly agreed with the statement and signed on, even adding further verbal support.

“It makes sense,” one student told Campus Reform. “Like, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of like hatred against undocumented immigrants and it’s not necessarily their fault.”

Although many students were feeling kind and warm-hearted, America is a successful nation because it follows the laws and policies our founders and leaders put in place. Just because a non-American wants to live in the U.S., does not mean he or she can override our system.

George Washington University students, on your long holiday break, I encourage each of you to read a summary about the Immigration and Nationality Act or visit FAIR’s website and learn about the legal, rational naturalization process America has employed for decades.

Sheriffs from Around U.S. Say President Does Not Have Their Support

Screen shot 2014-12-12 at 1.26.11 PMSheriffs from across the nation traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to refute Obama’s remarks that his amnesty plan had the support of law enforcement. Instead, the group of officers hammered down on the Department of Homeland Security’s 10-point plan and added that the executive plot would further threaten public safety in their communities.

The sheriffs stood alongside three members of Congress, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.); Sen. David Vitter (R-La.); and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Texas). Many sheriffs unable to be present at the press conference were represented through the attending sheriffs. At one point, Sheriff Sam Page of Rockingham County, N.C., presented Sessions and Vitter with a list of 30 other sheriffs just in North Carolina, also furious over how the president has tied their hands in terms of enforcing immigration laws.

Among the event’s key remarks:

“We’ve had 20-something-odd meetings in the White House this summer it’s reported, by stakeholders, primarily business and special interests groups. Not once has the [National] Sheriffs’ Association been invited,” said Sen. Sessions.

“What we’re facing in Texas and in this nation is a large ‘Welcome’ sign and a saloon-door mentality on our border,’” said Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback, president of the Texas Sheriffs’ Association.

“For you and I as American citizens, when it comes to law enforcement, the law applies to you and I, yet when it comes to immigration, there is no law, because there are no consequences,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, president of the Arizona Sheriffs’ Association and board member of the National Sheriffs Association.

“The president talks about wanting to do the right thing; the right thing to do is to go by the rule of the law. You never go wrong when you’re following the rule of law and you’re abiding by the Constitution… The president talks a lot about fairness. Let me tell you what is not fair. It is not fair for out-of-work Tennesseans to have to compete for jobs with those that have chosen to illegally come into this country,” said Rep. Blackburn.

“We must stop and roll back this illegal executive order, it’s exactly the wrong policy because it’s rewarding illegal crossers and when you reward something you’re going to get more of it not less of it,” said Sen. Vitter.

“When we can’t secure our borders, something interesting happens in our country, every state becomes a border state and every town becomes a border town,” said Rep. Blackburn.

“Two years ago, Border Patrol said there were 123,000 illegals apprehended right there, just in one year. That does not include those who got away. Two years ago, we had the largest drug bust in the history of our state, one of the largest narco busts in the country at the time, in Pinal County led by our sheriff’s office. Two to 3 billion dollars and this isn’t just marijuana, it’s black tar heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. That doesn’t stay in Arizona; it goes all across the country and affects all Americans,” said Sheriff Babeu.

Separated Families: Naivety or Duplicity?

We were assailed again today with an article in the Washington Post bemoaning the plight of the illegal aliens who will not be able to freely visit their separated families abroad even though they may be gaining protection against deportation and work permits thanks to President Obama’s constitutional overreach of executive authority. This is a theme that is constantly sounded by the defenders of illegal aliens in one form or another.

  • We must not deport illegal aliens if they have U.S.-born children because that would separate families.
  • The supposedly unaccompanied minors coming illegally into the country must be placed with their parents already here to preserve family unity.
  • Illegal aliens should have the freedom to travel back to the home country for the illegal aliens to visit family members left behind.

Seemingly beyond the grasp of the illegal alien defenders is the fact that the separation of the family is what the illegal alien has chosen voluntarily. Many are not just leaving family and friends, but also leaving children behind when they choose to come to the U.S.

The defenders of illegal aliens would like us to think that the illegal aliens are refugees, but the fact is that they generally have no claim to refugee status. They are economic migrants seeking greater opportunity – not fleeing persecution. The advocates for the aliens would like the United States to recognize economic migrants as refugees, but that would mean accepting unlimited immigration, which would be an economic and environmental disaster for the nation.

It is possible for some on the ideological left to exist in enough of a bubble-wrapped intellectual environment that the thought has never occurred to them that the family separation is the result of the action of the illegal alien. But it strains credulity that a journalist for the Washington Post would not be somewhat more worldly.