Skip to comments.How to Stop the Flood of Illegal Aliens
Posted on 02/11/2006 2:11:48 AM PST by Rick_Michael
The issue that will define our era and determine the nations future is illegal immigration. Political debate is full of schemes like "guest worker" programs and temporary worker cards to allow illegals to "fill jobs that Americans just dont want to do." Such programs are really just political doublespeak from politicians who lack the intestinal fortitude to protect the borders of the United States.
The truth is President Bush is pushing the guest worker plan because he is trying to appease Mexican President Vicente Fox who wants the borders between Mexico and the U.S. and Canada open, just like the European Union. Prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Bush and Fox agreed to consider granting permanent residency, "green cards", to as many as three million Mexicans living illegally in the United States. The plan was temporarily sidetracked in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, but now the White House has put it back on the agenda.
Fox thinks that the best way to save Mexicos failing economy is to grab hold of the U.S. economy in what his administration calls "very common objectives." Foxs plan offers very little advantage to the United States.
Economically speaking, the plan offers no hope to solving Mexicos institutional ills. The reason is that Mexicos economic problems are created by the fact that Mexico is a socialist country that denies private ownership of property to its people, and taxes businesses to pay for just about any confiscation scheme its corrupt government can dream up.
Its the same old story. Socialism cant survive without a free market to prop it up. Mexico has sunk to the depths of socialist depravity and now desperately needs the U.S. economy to save it. Apparently, Fox has never considered fixing his own economy. Like all drowning despots, his only plan of action is to cling to our economy until it too starts to sink under the weight of a hoard of illegal aliens. These law breakers, with Foxs help and encouragement, are rushing across the border for American goodies.
In an orchestrated plan to actually help Mexican citizens illegally cross our nations sovereign border, the Mexican government is creating tools to instruct them, in detail, how to do it. Once they are in our nation, Foxs government then provides identification for the illegals to help them obtain American documentation and services.
Specifically, the Mexican government is distributing to its citizens a colorful new comic book with advice on how to cross the border. The 32-page book, "The Guide for the Mexican Migrant," was published in December by Mexicos Foreign Ministry. Using simple language and colorful drawings, the book offers safety information for illegal border crossings. The book also provides a primer on their legal rights once they get across, and gives advice on living unobtrusively in the United States.
The drawings provide dramatic depictions of undocumented immigrants wading through a river, running from the U.S. Border Patrol, and crouching near a hole in a border fence. On other pages, they hike through a desert and are caught by Border Patrol agents. The book gives no tips on how to obtain a U.S. visa, yet it offers border crossing safety tips such as, when crossing rivers, "Thick clothing increases your weight when wet, and this makes it difficult to swim or float."
"This is more than just a wink and a nod," says Rick Ottman, Western field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "This is so transparent, this is the Mexican government trying to protect its most valuable export, which is illegal migrants." Ottman is referring to the fact that illegal Mexicans are taking billions of dollars out of the U.S. economy each year and sending the money back to Mexico. In fact, illegal immigration is one of Mexicos biggest growth industries.
The comic book is being distributed as a free supplement to El Libro Vaquero, a popular cowboy comic book, in five Mexican states (Zacatecas, Michoacan, Puebla, Oaxaca, and Jalisco) that send the majority of illegals to the United States. The government plans to print 1.5 million copies.
Once over the border and safely tucked away in a U.S. city, the illegals need some form of identification to help them get jobs and government services. Again, the Mexican government is providing the answer for its "citizens."
The Mexican government has issued more than 800,000 slick, pocket-sized identification cards to both legal and illegal immigrants. Of course, those immigrants who have come to this nation using legal means have no need for the cards. So the cards really are specifically designed to help illegals gain a foothold in this country. Called "matricula consular" cards, they are being distributed across the United States through the Embassy of Mexico and its 45 consulates in the U.S.
The cards list the holders birth date, place of birth, and U.S. address. The Mexican government is openly lobbying U.S. cities, police forces, local government agencies, and banks to accept the cards as official identification.
Ironically, today, legal U.S. citizens are about to be tied to a national ID card, controlled by massive data banks which document every aspect of our lives, including job history, tax history, medical records, and bank accounts. Were told such intrusion into our private lives is necessary to protect the nation from terrorists. Within the next 18 months, the national ID cards will be in place, and without them, American citizens wont be able to get on an airplane, open a bank account, buy a gun, get married, or function in any way in American society.
With the blessing of the Bush Administration, the Mexican governments matricula cards are now accepted as a form of ID at 74 of the nations 9,000 banks. Illegal aliens, who have already broken our immigration laws by entering the country illegally can cash checks and open bank accounts. Yet there is nothing to assure that the cards carry accurate information and there is no means to check the background of the person holding the card. In practice, the consular cards are allowing illegal Mexicans to bypass the growing web of government control now being imposed on American citizens.
True to its promises to the Fox government, the Bush Administration has been silent, refusing to act on these unprecedented actions by a foreign government which are little more than a planned invasion of our nation. In truth, Foxs policy is leading to little more than colonization of the United States by Mexico. Americans pay the bills, clean up the messes, and watch as our standard of living diminishes while illegals swamp hospitals, schools, and communities.
Fortunately, not all of our U.S. Representatives are turning a blind eye to this invasion. The Presidents guest worker proposal is meeting staunch resistance from conservative Republicans in Congress. Representative Charlie Norwood (R-GA) has called on the President to drop the plan, saying it would be "detrimental to our national and economic security." Norwood has introduced the "Clear Law Enforcement for Alien Removal Act," (CLEAR) which would force the government to enforce immigration laws and round up illegal aliens.
Most recently, Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) introduced "The Financial Customer Identification Verification Improvement Act" (H.R. 815). Though a mouthful of a name, H.R. 815 will "prohibit the use of identification cards issued by foreign governments, including matricula consular cards for purposes of verifying the identity of a person who opens an account at a financial institution," says Rep. Garrett. His bill will help foil the Mexican governments outrageous efforts to undermine the sovereignty and independence of the United States.
The Bush Administration has tried to make the illegal immigration issue sound like an impossible problem to stop. The guest worker scheme is sold as a Band-Aid as we throw our hands in the air to surrender. Such bunk is nothing more than snake oil to cover very bad policy.
The fact is illegal immigration would be fairly easy to fix. First, allow the U.S. Border Patrol to do its job, like it tried to do in Los Angeles a few months back when officers began to round up illegals in the Hispanic neighborhoods. They were stopped by the "suits" in Washington.
Second, stop providing U.S. taxpayer funded programs like hospital care, access to public schools, and welfare handouts. Plans to provide Social Security payments to illegals should never be considered. Stop granting automatic citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants (known as "anchor babies"). This would stop the practice of running across the border just in time to give birth.
Finally, pass H.R. 815 and stop this outrageous attempt by the Mexican government to claim United States territory as their private annex. The Mexican government has no right to meddle in U.S. policy.
Politicians can puff up and spew rhetoric about guest worker programs and filling jobs Americans dont want, but the truth is our nation is being flooded by people who dont care about our heritage or culture. They have no allegiance to this country, and in fact, remain loyal to their home country. They choose not to learn our language and they ignore our laws. Our taxpayer-funded services are diminishing, as hospitals and schools are facing overcrowding and bankruptcy. This is no foundation on which to build our nations future.
Stop the flow of goods and services to illegal aliens, round up those already here, and strengthen the border. This will solve the problem. Its really pretty simple. Passing H.R. 815 to stop acceptance of the matricula consular cards is a good start.
Those numbers in illegal immigration will be insuremountable at one point, just like slavery; and then they'll be no legal means to stop it. Most likely you'll see a vast amenesty, which will make the Mexican government officials very happy. This will create even bigger amount of illegal immigration (...the past has shown), as Mexican government officials know that the dominance of American--by illegals, is almost envitably the only way they can keep a float. Ironically , most people don't understand that it's the American culture that creates prosperity, and I don't know about you, but the Mexican/latin culture isn't do that well as it is. When will they learn that socialism doesn't work!? When will they learn that principled laws are morally good for everyone, rather than all for the family, nothing for principles?
Note: I think the average latin family is full of good people, whom practice their relgion, and live good lives; but the average american left their old countries bad ideas in their old country, and I expect that of everyone that comes to this country. If it didn't work there, it isn't going to work here. Respect our values and your more than welcome!
We need to get Congress to pass bills like H.R.815, which ensures that banks don't allow the use of matricula's for the use of bank services. We can not allow the banks to favor illegal immigration far too much or else we'll be battling far too many enemies--although it seems many do already. We need to take any form of long-term investment and flush that from their hands or else we're doomed to failure. Once we get that and a fence, we can focus on the nits and grids of all of this.
Strong Ditto/ Bttt
I prefer a moat filled with gators.
We're doing our best to get Congress to wake up.
Here's a bump to this thread.
Make sure you vote and put a Republican in the white house
I would add an idea that a friend, who spent a career as an international banker, came up with: simply stop the ability to wire money to Latin America without a demonstarted and approved need.
He thinks there are all sorts of Constitutional and practical difficulties with such an approach. However, there is no doubt it would remove a lot of incentive to come up here and work.
The drain on the US economy is some $25BB a year according to the latest Mexican government figures. He thinks this could be a greater drain on our economy than the Iraq War, most of the cost of which stays here to our economies benefit.
There are four people who have the power to directly stop the illegal invasion. They are the govenors of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Fat chance, they have no guts.
"Make sure you vote and put a Republican in the white house"
We did that! It didn't work.
Unfortunately, the one we have in there now doesn't seem to want to do anything to help the situation....Maybe Rudy G. can help :)
Just have a fine of $100,000 for each illegal found at a business.
Anyone think that this problem of border security is now out of control? The dim/libs and the aclu are supporting OPEN BORDERS and they want everyone to leave the illegals alone and Washington is agreeing with them!!
Maybe we do need RINO's or any Republican who has the b***s to say its enough and will protect Texans and all Americans from shootings and drug cartel and gangs will get my vote IF They are forTOTAL BORDER SECURITY NOTHING less!!
We've got to take the economic benefit to Vicente Fox out of the illegal alien invasion. The latest figures I read, from the Bank of Mexico, was $20 billion dollars was transferred out of our economy into their's. Even one fourth of that amount would more than fix the schoold funding problem we have in Texas.
Put a 50% tax on funds transferred by wire transfer companies. Give the sender a tax receipt. If they file an annual Income Tax, then refund the amount. Any funds sent by a bank would not need to be taxed because banks are so closely scrutinized.
Meanwhile, Dallas Independent School District is thinking about knowingly violating the law by hiring 400 illegals to teach all the little Mexicans in Spanish. It seems we do not have enough bilingual teachers to meet the demand. 400 Illegals to teach schools in Dallas
Excuse me??? We have one in the WH or didn't you notice that?
He is the one INVITING them in!
Texas manufacturers have just laid off over 1200 AMERICAN legal workers so they could move their plant to Mexico!
Mexicans are here taking the rest of the jobs, the socialist democrats are loving it, they are all for bringing in the socialist Mexican illegals into our country this is their idea and we as Republicans are not only allowing it we welcome it??
Any one see something wrong with this picture?
Socialist illegals infiltrating this country.
Exactly and we Texans are allowing Perry to do this?
Perry is allowing the drug cartel to shoot at border Patrol in Laredo and is doing NOTHING (as usual) to protect Texans!! Oh wait wasn't he a democrat at one time, I forgot the socialist dems love the socialist illegals. WAKE up Republicans, the dems are winning the fight and are loving it.
Hispanic illegals in the tens of millions all at once won't assimilate and 'become Americans'. They have their own culture, mores, work ethic, and Spanish, none of which they plan to give up. Some probably dream of returning to Mexico or wherever, when they've made their fortune, but few will do it. Instead, relatives arrive, whole villages arrive. They have that anchor baby asap, settle in and demand benefits.
When they get the vote, they'll fall for the same old socialist tune they sang in Mexico. Democrats back in power. Whoop de do, and the country goes down the drain. Meanwhile, in CA., a vanload of twenty plus illegals chased by the border patrol, crashes. Eight injured seriously, and guess who's paying for hospital care. Mexico should join up with the EU. They're both socialist, Mexicans would provide cheap labor and an influx Christians, and they'd outnumber the local Muslims. It'd be a match made in heaven.
In Dec, Perry kicked off Operation Linebacker. At the same time he set in motion the plan to create/organize 4-50 man teams of DPS officers who could be deployed to the border for dealing with a spill-over of drug turf-wars. One of those units was deployed in the last two days as Operation Rio Grande.
Just between you, me, and the fence post, the more egregious the lie you post at FR, the easier it is to shoot you down.
Or better yet, put the senior executives of any company found hiring illegal aliens in jail!
I guarantee you, one high profile perp walk and the problem will be solved.
The fence has worked pretty well for Israel.
I would build a wall of their dead bodies trying to get in illegally.
I think we're starting to polish up the basic idea with your tax concept.
Tax money transfers to Mexico.
And just between you and me and the fence post, I have not read anything about what you just posted so who is lying? Have a url to back up your statements about Perry's dedication to border security?
Democrats Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Janet Napolitano of Arizona. $1.5 million for Arizona and $1.75 million for New Mexico.
The Republicans who speak out are ostracized by this administration. I never thought it would go this far, in so many ways.
Illegal you say? Illegal as hell. But, of course, we wouldn't do anything about it for fear of pissing off Hispanic voters. I'm surprised he hasn't thought of this by now.
The chain of command would be from the local district to the state board and Perry's authority would be his ability, or the lack of ability, to influence its members, who he might/ or might not, have appointed.
As for the question of hiring illegals to teach, that is a legal matter and would fall under the authority of the AG who is elected, not appointed.
Regarding the hiring of illegal, yet qualified, teachers, it is significant to note that the US is importing qualified bilingual teachers, mainly from the Phillipines, as temporary guest workers. This situation of a shortage of qualified bilingual teachers re-enforces the argument that the guest worker program(s) is broken and needs to be reformed. In this case, the quota needs to be increased. The dems/NEA are adamently opposed to this, unless some of the bilingual guest teachers are put on the path to citizenship, as in McCain-Kennedy.
There have been numerous threads posted at FR on this subject.
It is not wise to shout, especially when you are wrong. Perry has moved aggressively on this and is working with the sheriffs of the border counties to address the problems. He is sending a special force of state troppers and Texas Rangers to the border. For some reason that POed the mayor of Laredo.
Get up to date and stop shouting falsehoods.
I will stop shouting when I feel secure living in my own home. If Perry is doing something about protecting Texans and securing the border than he needs to tell us Texans about it.
I don't purposely shout falsehoods or attempt to lie if I know the truth.
The only news I heard was last night and the shootings on the border at Laredo. Apparently whatever he is attempting to do to stop the violence isn't working yet.
Use these keywords for a FR search and you will get plenty of information.
(Gov. Perry troopers border)
You will learn that far more is being done then the NOTHING (caps yours) that you said.
Here's one re the Texas governor:
And can't speak for the gov of Arizona but here in NM, Richardson's "action" is generally regarded as cosmetic.
Thanks. That is one of the articles I had read. Governor Perry seems to be one of the few (only one?) who is doing something and it is irritating for a fellow Texan to say he is doing NOTHING. Thanks again.
Felt the same way - lived in Texas for more than 20 years myself.
Thanks for the thread, I have to agree with 90% of the comments in that thread, gee wonder why my NOTHING comment ticked so many off here when there are far worse things being said on the other thread by many.
Funny how one little word like "nothing" gets so many to get irate in this thread.
So the "new" Republican in the White House can do as good of a job on immigration as the last Republican I helped vote in?
If the final GOP Presidential nominee doesn't make a strong stand on borders, taxes, spending and guns, I'm staying at the house.
If Rudy, McCaine, Rice or any other "moderate" pro abortion, open borders, two state solution gun grabber gets nominated, I'll hold my nose and vote Libertarian.
Someone tell the RNC this isn't the party of LBJ.
A good senate bill addressing these problems HAS been introduced, but no one is paying attention. Ask your senators why they have not co sponsored S. 2117.
Snip from Thomas, sorry the links are temporary.
Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, yesterday I introduced S. 2117, which is a bill engaging our Nation to fight concerning our right to control entry. It is legislation that covers many aspects of the problem we are having on our very porous borders. One part of this is utilizing retired law enforcement officers. As many people know, national law enforcement officers have to retire at age 57. We learned of their availability after 9/11 when the Transportation Safety Administration and our office was inundated with calls from these brave law enforcement officers who are retired, saying that they wanted to participate in this activity, and they are willing to do it for costs. The legislation I have introduced does include the very sophisticated type of a fence that goes along the border between Mexico and the United States and also with an army of people who can join those who have already demonstrated very clearly that if we have enough people down there, we will be able to secure our borders.
I am cautioning any of our colleagues who are concerned about this issue not to be tempted to use military because right now our military is stressed. We have an OPTEMPO that is unacceptable as it is right now. It should not be taking on other duties. Besides that, with the enactment of S. 2117, that would not be necessary.
Illegal immigration is at an all-time high, with around 1 million illegal aliens infiltrating our borders each year.
My legislation focuses on empowering our citizens and law enforcement officers to fight this flood of illegal immigration.
First of all, I want to make it clear that I honor the millions of immigrants that have come to this Nation, waited their turn, and gone through all the requirements to become American citizens to make our great country what it is today. I have spoken at many naturalization services and seen what these people have gone through to become American citizens.
I agree with the 1997 U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform that measured, legal immigration has ``led'' to create one of the world's greatest ``multiethnic nations.''
I also agree with the Commission that immigrants who are ``Americanized'' help cultivate a shared commitment to ``liberty, democracy and equal opportunity'' in our Nation. However, I cannot stand idly by and watch this great Nation collapse under the pressure of uncontrolled illegal immigration.
Roy Beck, Executive Director of Numbers USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to immigration reform, stated that ``a presence of 8 to 11 million illegal aliens in this country is a sign that this country has lost control of its borders and the ability to determine who is a member of this national community ..... a country that has lost that ability increasingly loses its ability to determine the rules of its society--environmental protections, labor protections, health protections, safety protections.''
Beck goes on to say, ``In fact, a country that cannot keep illegal immigration to a low level quickly ceases to be a real country, or a real community. Rather than being self-governed, such a country begins to have its destiny largely determined by citizens of other countries who manage to move in illegally.''
My bill, the ENFORCE Act, works to solve the illegal immigration problem in several ways. It will provide a way for more civilians and retired law enforcement officers to help the Border Patrol in stopping illegal border crossings and reduce the illegal immigration rate.
Through the creation of the National Border Neighborhood Watch Program, NBNW, retired law enforcement officials called the Border Regiment Assisting in Valuable Enforcement, BRAVE, Force agents, will come and work alongside Border Patrol agents. Civilian volunteers, much like the now well-known Minutemen, will be able to report immigration violations to assigned BRAVE Force agents.
The NBNW Program is modeled after the National Neighborhood Watch program, a collaboration between law enforcement, businesses, and concerned citizens who watch for and report suspicious criminal activity in neighborhoods to the local police.
The Neighborhood Watch Program has proven effective in reducing the crime rate in areas where it is implemented. I am hopeful that the National
Border Neighborhood Watch Program will have the same effect in reducing illegal border crossings as the Neighborhood Watch Program has had in reducing crime.
I also believe that the BRAVE Force will provide significant assistance to the Minutemen, who are sacrificing their time and energy as they work to preserve our liberties and enforce our laws.
Another provision of the ENFORCE Act will make it a felony to be illegally present in the U.S.
Under current law, it is only a misdemeanor to be unlawfully present in the U.S. This means that if illegal aliens are caught in the U.S. today and are deported, most of the time, they can turn around and come right back into our country legally, without consideration of the fact that they were previously in our country illegally.
By making unlawful presence a felony under the ENFORCE Act, when caught, illegal aliens will be entered into the National Crime Information Center, NCIC, database, a computerized index of criminal justice information (i.e., criminal record history information, fugitives, stolen properties, missing persons), available to Federal, State, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. They will also be banned from legally entering the U.S. for 5 years.
My bill will also establish another Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, office in Tulsa, OK.
We only have one ICE office in the whole State of Oklahoma and this is not enough to do the job of enforcing our immigration laws. For example, in September 2004, 18 illegal aliens were riding in a van in Catoosa, OK. The police pulled them over and found several illegal minors, as well as cocaine in the van. When the police called the ICE office in Oklahoma City, ICE authorities told the officers to let the illegals go because ICE did not have the resources or manpower to take them into custody. So Catoosa police let them go.
This is outrageous.
This year alone, 12 agents of the Office of Investigations of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement served the 3,500,000 people residing in Oklahoma.
Additionally, Highway I-44 and US-75 are major roads through Tulsa that are used to transport illegal aliens to areas throughout the country.
We must provide our States and communities with the tools to arrest and detain illegal aliens. Creating a second ICE office in Tulsa, one of Oklahoma's largest cities, will help improve the lack of immigration enforcement in Eastern Oklahoma.
I would also like to note that my colleague, Congressman JOHN SULLIVAN, has introduced similar legislation to create an ICE office in Tulsa. Not only do I believe adding another ICE office in Tulsa will help local and Federal law enforcement, I also believe providing specific immigration training for law enforcement officers will help solve our illegal immigration crisis.
Our State, local, and tribal law enforcement are experiencing increasing encounters with illegal and criminal aliens during routine police duties. The typical officer often does not know the law, policy, and procedures for determining immigration status or violations--apart from or in conjunction with other offenses--concerning alien lawbreakers.
As immigration continues to affect interior communities, a key to addressing situations that intersect with other law enforcement involves providing State, local, and tribal law enforcement officers with basic training in immigration law and policy. Rather than expending millions of dollars on traditional classroom training, this basic training can be cost-effectively accomplished using the Internet.
Knowledge of basic immigration enforcement can complement law enforcement's core mission; should a local officer have strong reason to suspect other law violations without sufficient evidence to hold or charge the alien on other offenses, immigration violations may constitute sufficient grounds to hold a criminal.
This requires basic familiarity with immigration matters; therefore, this provision authorizes $3 million for a demonstration project to establish such an on-line training program through Cameron University in Lawton, OK. These funds will be used to develop and facilitate on-line training in basic immigration enforcement for up to 100,000 State, local, and tribal law enforcement officers in 6 to 8 States, similar to the 4 hours of classroom training provided to all of Alabama's state troopers in 2003.
This system will also provide, at the end of the demonstration project, a ``return on investment'' study documenting the project's cost-effectiveness.
Not only are illegal immigrants increasing by crossing the border and dodging law enforcement officers, they are having ``anchor babies'' in rapid numbers.
Anchor babies are born to illegal aliens who come to our country and have a baby who is then treated as a citizen because it was born on U.S. soil. These babies are helping the immigration population grow more rapidly than the birth rate of American citizens.
In fact the Census Bureau estimates that at the time of the 2000 Census, the illegal immigration population reached approximately 8 million. Therefore, according to this estimate, the illegal-alien population grew by almost half a million a year in the 1990s.
These numbers are derived from a draft report given to the House immigration subcommittee by the INS that estimated the illegal population was around 3.5 million in 1990. In order for the illegal population to have reached 8 million by 2000, the net increase would be around 400,000 to 500,000 per year during the 1990s.
Furthermore, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, CIS, a non-profit immigration reform organization, based on numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2002 there were about 8.4 million illegal aliens, which represent about 3.3 percent of the total U.S. population. That same year, there were about 383,000 babies born to illegal aliens, which represents about 9.5 percent of all U.S. births in 2002.
In the Spring 2005 issue of the American Physicians and Surgeons Journal, Dr. Madeleine Pelner Cosman says, ``American hospitals welcome anchor babies.
``Illegal alien women come to the hospital in labor and drop their little anchors, each of whom pulls its illegal alien mother, father, and siblings into permanent residency simply by being born within our borders.
``Anchor babies are, and instantly qualify for public welfare aid.''
Between 300,000 and 350,000 anchor babies annually become citizens because of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which says: ``All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.''
These anchor babies are being used to enable their parents to skirt the law, cross our borders, and bring in additional, illegal aliens. As the law currently stands, because these children are considered citizens, it creates an incentive for more aliens to illegally cross into our country.
My bill will end this incentive by clarifying that only children born to citizens or legal permanent residents are considered citizens and ``subject to the jurisdiction thereof.''
The ENFORCE Act will also address several issues including clarification of acceptable identification documents, verification of Social Security numbers and benefits, clarification of the rights of local and state law enforcement officers concerning illegal immigration and construction of a fence along our southern border.
There is a growing problem regarding fraudulent identification, identity theft and foreign-issued consular cards in our country. Illegal aliens often steal a person's identification, such as the birth certificate of a deceased person, and use it to gain employment and other benefits.
My bill will help eliminate this fraud by establishing birth and death registries for localities to have the ability to check a person's identification to ensure they are truly who they claim to be. It will also require independent verification of birth records of people applying for a Social Security number.
The ENFORCE Act will clarify which identification documents can be used for official identification within the United States--such as driver's licenses, passports, etc.--eliminating the use of consular cards for identification.
Often, foreign embassies, within the U.S., will issue consular cards to their citizens who are in the U.S. These cards are unnecessary because the U.S. government either recognizes foreign passports or issues its own identification documents to foreigners who are legally in the U.S. The majority of consular cards have been found to be used as identification for illegal aliens and have been called an insecure document by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
Another provision in my bill will address Social Security benefits for work performed by illegal aliens.
Under current law, former illegal aliens, who gain legal status, are able to receive Social Security benefits for the work they performed while they were illegal.
My bill will end this practice by not allowing anyone to collect Social Security benefits for work performed while they were illegally present in this country. Our Social Security system is already strained and faces bankruptcy. Allowing work performed by illegals to be counted and used to further drain our Social Security system must stop.
The ENFORCE Act will also address fraudulent use of the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, ITIN.
The IRS created the ITIN in 1996 to improve tax administration because it needed a more efficient way to identify and track the tax reporting of non-citizens, such as foreign investors, who could not obtain a Social Security number when filing tax returns and other tax documents. ITIN applications can be mailed to the IRS, submitted at an IRS walk-in, taxpayer assistance center, or submitted through an acceptance agent.
A GAO testimony by Michael Brostek before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Social Security in March 2004 revealed that IRS controls for the ITIN could be easily bypassed and that it could be used for non-tax purposes, such as general identification. Mr. Brostek went on to testify that the ``IRS concluded that most resident aliens who have ITINs and earn a wage income are not legally employed in the U.S.''
This creates many concerns about use of the ITIN by illegal aliens, which is why my bill will make the ITIN look physically different than a Social Security number and not allow it to be used to obtain tax credits.
Another issue my bill addresses is building a fence along our southern border.
It is known, according to government reports, that foreign nationals from countries such as Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia have crossed our southern borders, not to mention the high number of illegal aliens from other countries.
According to We Need a Fence, an organization dedicated to ensuring a fence is built along our southern border, a CNN poll has shown that 87 percent of its respondents support building a security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The ENFORCE Act will direct a high security, state-of-the-art fence to be built along our southern border to prevent illegal border crossings. This fence will actually consist of two fences separated by a patrol road, ditches, barbed wire, and surveillance cameras. While the initial cost to build the fence is considered high by some, I firmly believe it will result in savings in the long run by preventing illegal border crossings and eliminating the cost of finding, arresting, detaining and deporting illegal aliens.
The ENFORCE Act will also make it illegal to establish day-laborer centers and to assist illegal aliens in finding employment, much like the sites that are set to be built for illegal aliens in Fairfax County, VA.
Earlier this year, the Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to provide $400,000 in taxpayer funds to be used to build three day laborer sites to assist illegal aliens in finding employment. It makes no sense to not only ignore the large numbers of illegal aliens gathering in one place, but to enable them to continue to break the law by working in the U.S. and encourage others, such as employers, to break the law by helping illegals obtain jobs.
Another problem we face is educating illegal aliens.
Some states, such as Oklahoma, allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition at colleges and universities. This is a slap in the face to out-of-state students who must pay higher tuition than illegal aliens who have broken the law and do not even belong in our country. My bill will address this problem so that illegal aliens will not be able to receive this benefit.
I would like to conclude by sharing a personal story regarding illegal aliens who commit crimes in the United States and then flee across the border to Mexico.
Last May, my friend's son, Jeff Garrett, was tragically shot by an illegal alien while Jeff was turkey hunting in Colorado. After he shot Jeff, the illegal fled to Mexico, where he is hiding today.
I know this story is just one among many about innocent Americans murdered each year by illegal aliens who then find safe harbor in Mexico.
I believe the ENFORCE Act will not only help prevent these criminals from coming across our borders, but is a good start to ending our rampant problem of illegal immigration in general.
I ask my colleagues to join me in solving our immigration problem by cosponsoring the ENFORCE Act.
Good post/ Bttt
We need a symbol.
To show you an example of a powerful symbol, which gives you your faith...a cross.
I thought of such a symbol just right now.
Not just a wall on the border, but a huge wall on someones private property. With one side portraying all that is good of America, and the other side portraying all that is bad of the Mexican government. With words and pictures portraying a 'multi-racial', 'productive', 'self-sufficient', 'lawful', and moral government/people; while having a portrayal of Mexico's 'corrupt police, judges, and politicians', 'crime-ridden streets', 'hold your flag but not being there' illegals....a wall that represent a desire of a barrier between those two completely different cultures.
Emphasizing that we respect those whom want to cross that barrier in a geniune manner, whom want to be that moral, productive, and self-sufficient citizen.
Yeah, we need that symbolic wall.
Does anyone have a large amount of land, which is around the border? We can set-up a non-profit site and develop ideas of the mural or words on it. Ask for voluntaries, and financial assistance. Then we can get the news to take picture. We could have a big conference of people for speeches on the importances of the American culture, and the necessity that our neighbors reform their society, and culturally break down that barrier.
Everyones body has skin as a barrier to protect itself from disease, and to care for it's important organs. While it is a barrier to the ill, it's mouth will engage into healthy food it wishes to swallow. This ensures a health body, as it would a healthy country.
Shouldn't we build that symbolic wall? Spread the word.
It should read "make sure you vote and put a Republican with a backbone in the White House".
As of now we have none of that, in regards to illegal immigration/Mexican invasion.
That smacks straight out of Lenin's book. Good luck passing that kind of measure on the federal level.
OTOH taxing the living daylights out of the wire transfers based on the amount sent, that will be a starter.
A demographic based schedule of taxing, on the countries, were the money are wired, the amount of money you send, how often and taxes will be adjusted accordingly. Supply and demand will control the taxing bracket.
I bet the politicians will love this type of thing, since they are hungry for every bit of money and a new taxation scheme.
Also additional banking regulations are in order to curtail some of the bankers, should I say "flexible" practices, to lure "new" customers.
When I was hired as a technician for a small/medium size dealership and going thru all that process, it was so stringent that I thought I applied for a job at NSA nevertheless.
The problem is with rogue construction/roofing/grading companies and people like you and me hiring those cheap hands.
I pass by every day by a designated "laborer site" and it is filled with Mexicans. Somebody must keep them happy!
You might find this interesting.
Top 10 Priorities for GOP Congress in '06 (Human Events)
10. End earmarks
9. Ban all human cloning
8. Repeal Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
7. Stop President Bushs amnesty/guest worker plan
6. Authorize oil drilling in ANWR
5. Renew the Patriot Act
4. Reform Social Security with private accounts
3. Cut federal government spending
2. Make President Bushs tax cuts permanent, including abolition of the death tax
1. Build border fence to cover entire U.S.-Mexico border
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