Category Archives: Amnesty

Inside President Obama’s Border Funding Request

On Tuesday, July 8, the White House asked Congress for $3.7 billion in supplemental funding to address the “humanitarian crisis” of unaccompanied illegal alien children and adults entering the United States through our Southern border.

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By the way, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has already received $865 million to already care for unaccompanied minors. Here is how this extra taxpayer funded money would be spent:

* $1.8 billion is for HHS for resettlement costs for both minors and entire family units. These funds include authorization for more permanent housing as these illegal aliens await deportation proceedings.

* $109 million to facilitate anti-smuggling investigations.

* $15 million for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hire attorneys to defend unaccompanied minors against deportation proceedings before an immigration judge.

* $1.1 million for the DOJ to provide attorneys to assist illegal alien adults in their deportation proceedings.

* $116 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the transportation of unaccompanied minors.

* A clause that allows for 30% of the taxpayer funded money to be moved around and used wherever the administration wishes. That’s $1.1 billion, folks.

Most of the enforcement provision of this money is not geared towards removal of illegal aliens. Rather, it is a recouping of costs towards detention and transportation of illegal aliens, including adults, to facilitate their resettlement.

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced these new legal resources for illegal alien children by stating that, with these resources, the DOJ could “better serve vulnerable populations such as children and improve court efficiency through pilot efforts aimed at improving legal representation.” Apparently Holder missed the class in law school that taught the Immigration and Nationality Act. If he had been present, he would have learned that Section 292 of that Act prohibits legal representation of aliens in immigration proceedings at the government’s expense. In fact, HR 4936, sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), would, if passed, amend Section 292 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the Attorney General to appoint counsel for unaccompanied illegal alien minors.

According to HHS, most of the unaccompanied minors are over 14 years old and 3/4 of them are males. 85% of these minors are reunited with their (illegal alien) families. HHS states that it assumes the responsibility of ensuring access to legal counsel for all unaccompanied illegal alien minors. Once again, I will revert to the preceding paragraph.

While we’re at it, illegal aliens are not refugees. But, don’t take my word for it.

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In essence, this extra money that the White House wants will go towards embedding the newly arrived illegal aliens into the already overburdened United States social welfare system. What Congress fails to realize is that you do not subsidize a problem you are trying to eliminate. Instead, you defund that problem and you implement enforcement to stop the problem while closing all loopholes to avoid evasion. You secure the borders to prevent unlawful entry and reentry. You implement requirements whereby people must show proof of citizenship or lawful visa status so that it would be impossible to work, travel or live here without such identification requirements. You end all taxpayer funded benefits for illegal aliens: no more food stamps, health care, welfare, disability payments, drivers licenses, apartment leases or bank accounts. American taxpayers should not be responsible for underwriting the cost of resettling people who should not even be here in the first place.

Apparently our veterans dying and living on the streets is not a humanitarian crisis in the eyes of this administration, but that is for another article. Instead, I leave you with this.

Estimates of Homeless Vets by State

Where would you rather the government spend your money?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Primary: California Governor Tuesday, June 3

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Californians will be voting in several primary elections for both statewide offices and for Congress. We will focus on the Governor primary.  Governor Jerry Brown is seeking reelection this year.

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Here is a list of Republicans running for this seat, along with their respective websites:

Richard Aguirre http://www.aguirreforgovernor.com/

Andrew Blount http://www.andrewblount.com/

Glenn Champ http://www.champforgovernor.com/

Tim Donnelly http://www.electtimdonnelly.com/splash?splash=1

Neel Kashkari http://vote.neelkashkari.com/

Alma Marie Winston http://www.winston4gov.com/

The Democrat running for this seat is:

Akinyemi Agbede http://www.thenextgovernorofcalifornia2014.com/

The Green Party candidate running for this seat is:

Luis Rodriguez https://www.facebook.com/rodriguezforgovernor

The Peace and Freedom Party candidate running for this seat is:

Cindy Sheehan (yes, that Cindy Sheehan) http://www.cindy2014.org/

Governor Brown is seeking a fourth term this November. He had been Governor for two consecutive terms from 1975-1983. He was reelected for a third term in 2011. On the Republican side, Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly, Assemblyman from Twin Peaks in San Bernardino County, is in the lead. California is now using a “Top Two” primary system, in which the top two candidates advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation.

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Donnelly is an interesting frontrunner in a state where most Republicans are socially moderate and fiscally conservative. Donnelly is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, wants to cut taxes and spending, wants to end Obamacare and wants to stop Governor Brown’s prison realignment program, which sends state prisoners to county jails. In 2006, Donnelly made a speech where he likened taking steps against illegal immigration to warfare. Donnelly also founded the Minuteman Party in California.

Donnelly faces an uphill battle since Democrats in California hold a 15-point voter registration edge. In addition, nearly 60% of California voters approve of Governor Brown’s job performance. How does Brown have such a high approval rating? In 2012, Brown signed a budget that made cuts to social services. In November of that year, voters approved Proposition 30, which raised the personal income tax rate over seven years for residents making over $250,000 and increased the sales tax by 0.25% over four years. This decreased California’s budget deficit, however Brown has stated that California is running a budget surplus. http://spectator.org/articles/59399/jerry-brown%E2%80%99s-magical-mystery-surplus Reducing the deficit is always admirable, but California still owes $340 billion in debts.

Why else would Brown have such a commanding lead in this race? California has the highest poverty rate in the United States at 22%. Over 8 million people residing in the Golden State and one quarter of its children are living below the poverty line. The unemployment rate in California is 8.7%, making it the fifth highest in the country. One third of all welfare recipients living in the United States reside in California. http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21590933-americas-biggest-state-has-americas-biggest-poverty-problem-not-so-golden Three California cities, Stockton, Vallejo and San Bernardino, have declared bankruptcy. California also has some of the highest taxes for its residents, including a 13% top marginal tax rate on income. Housing prices are out of control, making the cost of living in this state unbearable.

California has a plethora of sanctuary cities, which are cities that do not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws. Last year, California essentially became a sanctuary state. Governor Brown signed the Trust Act into law. The Trust Act bans state authorities from transferring illegal aliens who have been arrested to federal law enforcement authorities if those immigrants have not committed “serious crimes.” Brown also signed AB 1236 into law, which bans employers from using E-Verify to check workers’ immigration status. This bill also prevents any counties from passing legislation to implement E-Verify. Finally, illegal aliens may also obtain drivers licenses and practice law in California. Do relaxed immigration laws correlate with a high approval rating for a Democratic Governor? Perhaps this is why Democrats are so hot to pass comprehensive immigration reform before the November general elections.

Fun fact about Governor Brown: He and singer Linda Ronstadt were an item during his first two terms.

Governor Jerry Brown Strolling with Singer Linda Ronstadt

Californians, please remember to vote in this primary election on Tuesday, June 3, 2014!

 

Monday Debate: Amnesty

The Democrats are clamoring for Congress to pass S. 744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, or as I like to call it, the Amnesty Bill. Sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the bill was written by Schumer and the Gang of Eight Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

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The bill would essentially legalize all 11 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States and make it easier for illegal aliens who have been deported but have family members residing in the United States to gain reentry. In addition, the bill would not first secure the border.

How do you think we should fix our “broken” immigration system?
Do you think our immigration system needs to be fixed?
Is there anything positive about this bill?
How would you propose we better secure our southern border?

Democrats seem to like comprehensive bills: this bill, the Affordable Care Act and the Justice for All bill. Democrats argue that our “broken” immigration system needs to be reformed. Democrats also thought that our health care system needed an overhaul and look at how that turned out.