Skip to comments.Common Sense 'ENFORCE ACT' introduced By Sen. Inhofe
Posted on 05/21/2007 3:27:02 PM PDT by AuntB
WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today once again introduced his immigration legislation aimed at addressing the ever-increasing influx of illegal immigrants to the United States and its strain on society. Inhofes ENFORCE - Engaging the Nation to Fight for Our Right to Control Entry -Act (S.1269) increases U.S. border security, emphasizes greater enforcement of existing immigration laws and prevents amnesty and other shortcuts for illegal immigrants.
Illegal immigrants continue to cross our countrys borders, strain our economy and exploit our resources, Inhofe said. The gravity of this situation warrants that Americans of all political stripes come together to address this problem immediately. I will not stand idly by and watch our great nation collapse under the pressures of uncontrolled illegal immigration; this is a crisis and one that must be addressed aggressively.
Simply granting citizenship to immigrants, who are currently in our country illegally, is not the answer. We must enhance our border security, hold those accountable who encourage illegal immigration and ensure that those who violate our laws by entering our country illegally do not have this illegal activity easily forgiven and even rewarded with permanent residence or citizenship. Our nations future rests on Congress actions of today, and the ENFORCE Act is a strong step in the right direction to help solve our growing problem of illegal immigration.
Major Provisions in Inhofes ENFORCE Act:
· Establishes the National Border Neighborhood Watch (NBNW) Program allowing retired law enforcement officers to assist Border Patrol agents by reporting illegal border crossings. · Makes unlawful-presence in the United States a felony. · Establishes an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. · Authorizes funding for online immigration training for state and local law enforcement officers. · Eliminates the practice of granting automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants in an effort to reduce anchor babies. · Establishes an independent verification system for Social Security numbers; also mandates that immigrants Social Security numbers expire when visa runs out. · Establishes electronic birth & death registries to fight fraudulent Social Security cards · Helps reduce Individual Taxpayer Identification Number abuse. · Empowers state & local law enforcement to carryout immigration laws (but does not make it mandatory). · Establishes penalties for most flagrant employer tax violationsi.e. if an employer willfully files incorrect tax returns, they will be assessed the maximum penalties available. · Makes it illegal to operate day laborer centers for illegal aliens and to give them unemployment assistance. · Eliminates in-state tuition benefits for illegal aliens.
Take the poll on his website: http://inhofe.senate.gov/public/
Do you think that English should be the official language of the United States?
Sorry, hit the wrong button before I got it formatted!!
THIS is ‘comprehensive reform’!
Major Provisions in Inhofes ENFORCE Act:
· Establishes the National Border Neighborhood Watch (NBNW) Program allowing retired law enforcement officers to assist Border Patrol agents by reporting illegal border crossings.
· Makes unlawful-presence in the United States a felony.
· Establishes an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
· Authorizes funding for online immigration training for state and local law enforcement officers.
· **** Eliminates the practice of granting automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants in an effort to reduce anchor babies.******
· Establishes an independent verification system for Social Security numbers; also mandates that immigrants Social Security numbers expire when visa runs out.
· Establishes electronic birth & death registries to fight fraudulent Social Security cards
· Helps reduce Individual Taxpayer Identification Number abuse.
· Empowers state & local law enforcement to carryout immigration laws (but does not make it mandatory).
· Establishes penalties for most flagrant employer tax violationsi.e. if an employer willfully files incorrect tax returns, they will be assessed the maximum penalties available.
· Makes it illegal to operate day laborer centers for illegal aliens and to give them unemployment assistance.
· Eliminates in-state tuition benefits for illegal aliens.
He seems to have a glimmer of the future if amnesty passes.
There Inhofe goes again, making sense. He knows that there’s huge difference between English as an offical language and English as a common language.
I have always liked Senator Inhofe. It appears that he is the only one not drinking Kool Aid these days.
ENFORCE - Engaging the Nation to Fight for Our Right to Control Entry -Act
I love those bill names.
A bill is just not a bill without a little pork.
We as a nation already have the right to control entry, we're just not exercising it.
I agree 100% with what Inhofe is trying to do. Nevertheless, the anchor baby issue will need to be dealt with as a Constitutional Amendment. To read the 14th Amendment like we “want” it to be read, and not as it is actually written puts those of us on the political right on the same intellectual and legal plane as those on the left who like to loosely read the 2nd Amendment.
He gives a very good explanation of that when he introduced this legislation last year. There is no fed immigration control in that area at all and they are overrun.
There is substantial evidence that the Fourteenth Amendment was never intended by its authors to justify 'anchor babies', but nonetheless it may be tough to get around.
On the other hand, one might make an argument that illegal aliens by their action seek to deny that the U.S. has jurisdiction over them; they should not be allowed to claim themselves to be subject to U.S. jurisdiction while refusing to acknowledge it.
Still, a constitutional amendment would be the right approach, if there weren't so many people in Congress (Dem and RINO) who rely upon the Democrats' ability to create votes. Actually, the RINOs probably rely upon the Democrats' behavior in this regard more than do the Democrats themselves.
If we can send Americans to the moon, we can send Mexicans back to Mexico.
The Duncan Hunter of the Senate.
Regarding the 14th amendment, we’re reading it right, Joe.
14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights (1868) Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to former slaves.
The bill was authored by Sen. Jacob Howard.
As a Senator, Howard is credited with working closely with Abraham Lincoln in drafting and passing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery.
During Reconstruction Howard participated in debate over the first clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, arguing for including the phrase and subject to the jurisdiction thereof specifically because he wanted to make clear that the simple accident of birth in the United States was not sufficient to justify citizenship. Howard said: [The 14th amendment] will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include very other class of person
I agree that anchor babies are an abuse of the Fourteenth, and that it was never intended to be used as such, but primarily to recognize the citizen status of emancipated slaves who had been born in US territory. Nevertheless, there continue to be those who like to make their claims about certain amendments and what they were "intended" to do vs. what they actually say...and it's the verbiage that must bear the weight. It's why the founders included a procedure for amending it, and to try to circumvent that procedure is, I would argue, illegal and borderline treasonous.
Alien Birthright Citizenship: A Fable That Lives Through Ignorance
The author of the Fourteenth Amendment, Rep. John A Bingham (OH), responded to the above declaration as follows: “I find no fault with the introductory clause, which is simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen.”
The opinion of US Attorney General Edward Bates in 1862 said: “The Constitution does not make the citizen, it is in fact made by them.” If so, how then does a alien make a citizen of the United States?
GO INHOFE GO!
THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL!
Yep. Did you ever hear how Inhofe did away with the secret ‘discharge petition’in the house of Reps? It was so great!
Someone else posted it on a thread the other day, but I can’t remember who!
Most people regard the citizenship clause as self-explanitory, believing that to be "subject to the jurisdiction" all one has to do is to be within the territory of the United States. Thus they conclude that children of illegal aliens are obviously US citizens.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
If I'm driving in Britain, I have to obey their traffic laws because I am WITHIN British jurisdiction. That doesn't make me a British SUBJECT. Now, lest you think there is a difference between that usage of the word "subject" and the one in the Citizenship Clause, let's consult the Bouvier Law Dictionary 1856 edition, as it is the one most commonly used at the time the 14th Amendment was drafted and ratified. In this instance, the contextual usage of "subject" in the definition is exactly the same as that employed in the Citizenship Clause:
2. In monarchical governments, by subject is meant one who owes permanent allegiance to the monarch. Vide Body politic; Greenl. Ev. §286; Phil. & Am. on Ev. 732, n. 1.
Nice, thank you.
Enforce the Law bump!
I am looking at S. 1269 on the THOMAS libraryand I don’t see anything about busting employers. It may not have the current text.
I haven’t looked at Thomas today, it changes all the time.
There is this one phrase that might include some more employer sanctions:
“Establishes penalties for most flagrant employer tax violationsi.e. if an employer willfully files incorrect tax returns, they will be assessed the maximum penalties available.”
I'd like to see the provision against "anchor babies" made retroactive.
Its just a few pages, not 1000.....
(a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Engaging the Nation to Fight for Our Right to Control Entry Act or the `ENFORCE Act.
ANCHOR BABY PROVISION —————
SEC. 501. SHORT TITLE.
This title may be cited as the `Citizenship Reform Act of 2007’.
SEC. 502. PURPOSE.
The purpose of this title is to clarify that citizenship at birth is available to a child born in the United States to a parent who is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.
SEC. 503. CITIZENSHIP AT BIRTH FOR CHILDREN OF NONCITIZEN, NONPERMANENT RESIDENT ALIENS.
(a) In General- Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1401) is amended—
(1) by redesignating subsections (a) through (h) as paragraphs (1) through (8); and
(2) by striking `The following’ and inserting `(a) In General- Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), the following’; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
`(b) Children Born to Nationals of the United States or to Aliens Lawfully Admitted for Permanent Residence in the United States- For the purposes of subsection (a)(1), a person born in the United States shall be considered to be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States only if the person was born in the United States to parents, one of whom is—
`(1) a national of the United States; or
`(2) an alien who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and maintains his or her residence in the United States.’.
(b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply only to individuals born on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.
We NEED to push for this - NOW !!!
Oklahoma has the two best Senators. Inhofe and Tom Coburn. Oklahoma is Texas without the illegal aliens but with the oil. The black people there are patriotic and with some Indian in them. That’s how it seems to me.
That’s pretty much the way I see it, dennisw.
We do not need to send them back to Mexico. They can get back to the border the same way they got to wherever they are right now. Just tell them they have 30 days to leave or they will be in jail for five years - then get out of the way! On top of this, tell illegal employers they will be fined and jailed if they hire illegals.
It sounds like a good bill, can anyone think of any “gotchas”? These days I trust the senate about as far as I can spit a watermelon seed.
Let's get started!
“A bill is just not a bill without a little pork.”
A Small price to pay in the long run if this goes anywhere, gains traction and gets enacted.
I agree, that’s why I hope everyone will take a good look at the bill! I haven’t found anything scary yet.
It certainly is, and I will support it.
Thanks, Czar, look it over, see if you see any ‘bugs’ in it. Mention the bill to your senators when you talk to them and perhaps the RNC.:<)
Don’t forget Alabama’s Senator Sessions. He’s my hero after what he said to Harry Reid yesterday.
Senators and Congressmen will be there long after President Bush is relaxing at the ranch. Keep pressure on them and Bush will either sign or give the Republican nominee something great to run on.
On another note, a major issue in this debate is the way Bush, McCain and Graham tried to sneak, then bully this bill through by using standard liberal tactics against the base. It really was an eye opener. If those Republicans would have addressed our concerns instead of name calling who knows what might have happened.
I just caught a Cspn news conference with Kyl, Kennedy, Grahanm. Graham went on and on about this being ‘Bush’s’ bill, how they all met at the white house with cabinet officials for hours and days. He said they deserved all the ‘credit’.
Here’s the link:
I can’t see why bill after bill after bill has to be passed and they are all ignored! The fence bill was PASSED last year and it has gone nowhere!
here is the alternative immigration plan.
funny how Reid and Mel Martinez forgot about this during their blame americans rants.
Lets work to boot’em all.
I thought Sessions did a good job last night.
FOR THE 1000th TIME!!!!
THE 1996 IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT DID AWAY WITH ANCHOR BABIES!!!
YOU ARE CONFUSING BIRTH CITIZENSHIP WITH ANCHOR BABIES!!!!
The 1996 reform ELIMINATED anchor babies. EVEN THOUGH a child is born in the USA and has USA citizenship, CUSTODY FOLLOWS THE PARENTS not the child thus the CHILD goes with the deported parents and can return when 18.
The DREAM ACT seeks to make even NON citizen children become anchor babies. Last night Senator DURBIN vowed to make all children of illegal aliens into anchor babies via the DREAM ACT.
So in summary, ANCHOR BABIES and BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.
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