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Swimming Upstream (My Analysis of Roy Beck's Speech to the Penn Club)
American Rattlesnake ^ | April 8, 2012 | Gerard Perry

Posted on 04/08/2012 2:40:36 AM PDT by OddLane

That, of course, is Roy Beck, the founder and executive director of Numbers USA, which-as I’m sure my readers are well aware-is the single most effective grassroots organization lobbying on Capitol Hill for immigration enforcement. I had the pleasure of listening to a fascinating address he delivered at the Penn Club in Manhattan last month, the penultimate in a series of lectures sponsored by the Center for Immigration Studies-events that attempt to cultivate journalists, writers, and intellects living and working in New York who share a common interest in the subject of immigration.

Mr. Beck’s speech focused largely upon the Sisyphean task he and his colleagues face in persuading resistant lawmakers to address our sieve-like system of federal immigration enforcement. Numbers USA was created from the ashes of the Jordan Commission, whose recommendations-including that the number of immigrants return to its historical norm of 200 to 250,000 per year-were wholly ignored by both Congress and the president at the time, William Jefferson Clinton.

The testimony of Congresswoman Jordan is worth revisiting, for it illustrates how far short the federal government has fallen of the goals laid out by the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. Contrast how she frames her first point:

Our goal should be zero apprehensions-not because aliens get past the Border Patrol but because they are prevented entry in the first place. With the wholesale abandonment of enforcement at the border by the current administration, which coincides with ICE’s administrative amnesty for over 300,000 illegal aliens. One of the primary objectives of the Jordan Commission is as elusive as it was when first enunciated nearly two decades ago.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: americanrattlesnake; immigration; numbersusa; roybeck

1 posted on 04/08/2012 2:40:44 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

Very interesting, informative, educational. (I was not aware of Numbers USA and their work) Thank you for your work.


2 posted on 04/08/2012 6:31:06 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: OddLane

I do not expect Obama to take any of this in. He is to busy doing just the opposite.


3 posted on 04/08/2012 8:34:19 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: OddLane
Recently after I posed article from Numbers USA, I was Taken to task by a fellow FReeper due to the background of Roy Beck as related to John Tanton and Zero Population growth. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2706140/posts. Does his past matter? What do you think? I supported Numbers USA, but seeds of doubt have now been sewn and I wonder about it all.
4 posted on 04/08/2012 10:10:29 AM PDT by GILTN1stborn
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To: GILTN1stborn
Roy Beck was the first reporter in the country to be given an environmental beat, but the notion that he's a Malthusian is ridiculous. He's a realist.

He also acknowledges the deleterious impact mass immigration has on our environment-which open borders shills like the Sierra Club and LCV ignore out of political expediency.

Gumballs and World Poverty

5 posted on 04/08/2012 11:36:50 AM PDT by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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