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Congress has failed on immigration for far too long

Post by TNT Editorial Board / The News Tribune on June 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm with 3 Comments »
June 25, 2012 6:02 pm

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Illegal immigration is a problem only the federal government can fix. America can’t have 50 states with 50 different immigration policies.

The U.S. Supreme Court was right Monday when it killed Arizona’s move to criminalize job-seeking by illegal aliens, arrest them without warrants and require all immigrants to carry papers.

Arizona usurped federal authority when it included those provisions in the hard-line immigration law it enacted in 2010. Most media hotheads have focused on another part of the law, the one that would allow police officers to check the immigration status of criminal suspects. But that practice tracks existing federal policy: Police departments across the country already work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The court has slapped down renegade states trying to run their own immigration policies. But the Arizona law and others like it are only symptoms. The problem that drove Arizona crazy in the first place – the U.S. government’s conflicted, incoherent approach to illegal immigration – hasn’t been touched.

A politically realistic immigration solution would have four components:

• Work visas and a path to permanent residency for illegal immigrants who have roots and family in this country. Seasonal visas should be readily available for farming and other industries that depend on migrants.

• Aggressive enforcement against employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers – often because they don’t want to pay the going wages for unskilled U.S. labor.

• Strict, effective border control.

• Credible guarantees that the federal law will continue to be enforced in future years.

Advocates of illegal immigrants like the first component, as do employers who profit from cheap labor, as do Democrats who see a potential jackpot of new Hispanic voters. Many of them don’t like the last three.

Immigration hard-liners – including many Republican politicians who cater to backlash – like the last three components but not the first.

Unfortunately, these two camps have been powerful enough to prevent Congress from approving any real solution to illegal immigration. When the issue heats up, it’s usually because politicians are pandering to constituencies; good-faith efforts to actually solve the problem have been few and far between.

Arizona has been a side show, and the high court is shutting it down. Now the spotlight can go back to where it belongs: on Congress, the real culprit behind America’s immigration debacle.

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  1. citizen65 says:

    What happens when the federal government refuses to enforce a law as has been recently shown. The laws are still applicable. Arizona has decided to enforce federal laws. The federal government can, of course, strike the laws. The federal government has chosen not to. Emporor Obama has decided to strike the laws by empirical mandate. The fact is that our country can only absorb so many immigrants at a time. In order for those immigrants to be successful, they have to become American. What would happen if 600 billion chineese migrated to America this year? We would stop being America. To reitterate, we can absorb only so many immigrants at a time. The waiting list is fair and benefits the immigrants.

  2. harleyrider1 says:

    Last night 2,500 self declared illegals descended on the ICE jail in Phoenix demanding that IE release their fellow countrymen.

    Only in America. Regardless of your beliefs, this Country, America, cannot afford it. Your way of life may not change, but due to your inaction’s, America will cease to be the Country it is for your children when they are older and certainly all American generations that follow.

    What a shame that one generation can ruin a great Country. Open the gates. Vote King Barack

  3. Brittanicus says:

    A fleeting chance is all that’s left, as we are being stonewalled by President Obama Czarist court or Mitt Romney’s illusionary Senators and House of Representative Congress. We must ELECT every possible leader that we can, who believes in a true government and that is THE TEA PARTY. Not Obama’s Marxist-Socialist bloated administration, full of hundreds of agencies that is extracting money from all Americans at a rapid pace. Both parties agreeing to financially support the illegal alien invaders, running rampant across a country, bring with hard core criminals and unknown numbers of impoverished, desperate people. Whether by name or electing to cross the border is a violation of immigration law. But even though they are here to steal jobs, government services the Congress has played on the compassion of Americans to enact no laws that make it a Felony to enter our nation, unlike the corrupt government of Mexico. That any person who violates our border or arrives by plane can disappear, without being tracked as they do in Mexico and other countries.

    Worse still is that the government is misleads us about the fence, that they lie about it being secure, that outside the populated areas, you find nothing more than a few rusty posts and eroded barbed wire if it exists at all. This can be substantiated by going to the AMERICAN PATROL website, which has complete surveys, grid maps of our dangerous border and the revealing truth. The fact that the Supreme Court stunned the world by voting against the State of Arizona, in all but one provision, drove the nail even harder into America’s financial coffin by giving the Czars in Obama’s Imperial court the right to tax everybody for a Comprehensive health Care package. To me, this means millions of illegal aliens will join the 20 million plus already squatting here, with more access to the taxpayer’s money. How many more unfunded mandates are we going to be exposed to, before the powerful in Washington are thrown out on their rumps votes?

    We already have to give a free schooling to the children of illegal aliens, whereas the Mother smuggles the unborn child into the United States. Then we are told by the Liberal mainstream press and other the E-media that the numbers of illegal migrants and immigrants have slowed to a crawl. I saw a video by an Arizona property owner who says far differently? That hidden camera set-ups showed the continuous movement of men and women back-backers (Mules) bringing drugs into the country and illegal nationals hustled along isolated border trails, with no interdiction by the U.S. Border Patrol. THEN WE HAVE YEARS OF THE LIES BY DIFFERENT GOVERNMENTS, INFORMING US WITH A STRAIGHT FACE THAT THE BORDER IS UNDER CONTROL? NOT JUST OBAMA’S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BUT FOR DECADES PAST AND WE ARE STILL PAYING FOR IT? THE MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS OF OLD COULD PROVIDE A BETTER CONTAINMENT THAN THESE CLOWNS IN WASHINGTON.

    IT IS MY CONTENTION THAT THE BORDERS WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE COMPLETELY SEALED. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BLUFFED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO THAT ENOUGH DISCOUNT LABOR HAS BEEN ALLOWED THROUGH AND FOR THE DEMOCRATS, THAT THEY ARE PIMPING EXTRA VOTES, FROM LEGAL OR ILLEGAL ALIENS; IT DOESN’T MATTER, AS LONG AS THE ULTRA LEFT SOCIALIST CLAIM THEIR PRIZE. NO MATTER IF IT’S A VIOLATION OF THE LAW? ALL THESE GENERATIONS OF COMPLETE UNCONCERN, ARROGANCE AND THEIR INABILITY TO TELL THE TRUTH HAS BROUGHT US OVERPOPULATION, A ROTTING INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE NAME OF GREED AND INFLUENCE. AMERICANS HAVE A GROWING RESENTMENT TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT TO LEARN ENGLISH, WHO IGNORE OUR LAWS AND THE FACT WE, THE TAXPAYER TAXED EVEN MORE IN STATE UNFUNDED MANDATES—TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN, PROVIDE FREE HEALTH CARE AND CLEAN PRISON CELLS FOR THE GROWING NUMBER OF CRIMINAL ALIENS.

    IT IS TIME TO ‘OUT’ THE PRO-ILLEGAL ALIEN LAWMAKERS AS WE HAVE SEEN WITH EX-SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR OF INDIANA WHO THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE AND REPLACED BY A FOLLOWER OF THE TEA PARTY. IT CAN BE DONE; THROW THEM ALL OUT, THOSE PROVIDERS OF OUR MONEY. NOT JUST THE CORRUPT LOT THAT MOSTLY RESIDES IN WASHINGTON, BUT IN THE STATE ASSEMBLIES AS WELL.

    Remember the majority of President Obama supporters are the ones who want SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. This includes all the bums, the Couch Potatoes, drug addicts, and a whole grade of individuals who never worked a day in their lives, who live in the welfare lines. These are an accumulation of filthy parasites and lives of the host; the taxpayer. Not of course the people who cannot help themselves, with some honest handicap, lifelong sickness and a mental disorder. Under the king Obama they want to take the money, from people who have became successful through taking risks in business. Millions of average Americans have worked all their lives for a little bit of security, for a decent retirement. Yet this administration wants to share it with any criminal who poses as a international visitor, than over stay their visa forever. Then we have overwhelmed states like Arizona that is under a welfare bombardment, by poverty from across the fence. That by unfunded mandates handed down by the courts, that we must support the uneducated, the illiterate from other countries to provide cheap labor to agriculture, factories and steal the professions of construction workers, plumber, electricians, roofers, framers and the hundreds of thousands of jobs in casinos, stables and the entertainment, service industries, when millions of our own people are jobless.

    We must reluctantly back the Mitt Romney Republicans; even though he and those in the party have serious issues. However, at the same time gaining seats for the TEA PARTY in Congress and in the states with overwhelming numbers of Liberals disguised as Democrats. We must replace every single Democrat, Liberal or Republican that is tearing America apart; wrecking our future. It is the high time of the Constitutional PEOPLE’S PARTY. It is the time for the TEA PARTY, which is comprised by just ordinary working men/women; African, White, Hispanic, Latino, Asian and other racial persuasion. The TEA PARTY is a wealth of different religions, faiths, gay and every other walk of life. These are multimillion of people who are ready and prepared to fight for every American who are enraged with the status Que. ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE NOT JUST TAKING DIFFERENT PEOPLE’S OCCUPATIONS, BUT ARE TAKING YOUR JOB WHETHER YOUR WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC, LATINO, ASIAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, PACIFIC ISLANDER TO QUENCH THE EMPLOYMENT THIRST OF CRIMINAL EMPLOYERS.

    Every policy is completely irrelevant, but it’s imperative that we force THE LEGAL WORKFORCE AND THE CITIZENSHIP BILLS through Congress. OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION LAWS WILL BE DEAD, IF THESE TWO LAWS ARE PASSED NOW. No more foreign invaders will be attracted to break the immigration ‘Rule of Law’ if E-Verify is enacted. WHY BOTHER TO COME HERE IF YOU CANNOT GET A JOB? ‘THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT’ (E-VERIFY) must be passed and advanced, so illegal aliens can no longer steal jobs from the millions of Americans unemployed. ONLY THE TEA PARTY WILL PASS THESE LAWS, THAT CANNOT BE RESCINDED AGAIN, BACK IN 1986 WE PASSED A AMNESTY THAT BACK THEN COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND WHAT DID IT GET US, FRAUDULENT PROCESSING AND ASTRONOMICAL AMOUNTS OF MONEY, WE HAVE TO FIND FOR THE ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS BROUGHT OVER IN THE CHAIN MIGRATION PROGRAM.

    THIS WILL HAPPEN AGAIN UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ‘DREAM ACT’ EXECUTIVE ORDER. MILLIONS MORE WILL TURN UP UNDER ‘CHAIN MIGRATION’ AND YOU WILL END UP FUNDING IT, NOT THE ORIGINAL SPONSORS? The ‘BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT (H.R.140) must be also made compulsory so babies smuggled into this nation, with the intention of parents taking advantage of welfare benefits, once the child become an ‘foothold’ citizen. This out-of-date law has been rescinded around the world, except for Canada. Half a million pregnant women enter the United States looking for billions of dollars in handouts annually for their children.

    THE IDIOTS IN WASHINGTON KEEP TELLING US THAT OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE BROKEN. THEY ARE NOT! THEY HAVE BEEN DELIBERATELY ENGINEERED. ONCE WE HAD A QUOTA SYSTEM. MY CONCERN IS FOR MY FAMILY, NOT THE ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO HAVE VIOLATED THE CITIZENS RIGHTS. THE POLITICIANS IN POWER HAVE COMPLETELY DISREGARDED FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR BILL OF RIGHTS.

    JOIN YOUR LOCAL TEA PARTY AND FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS, GET RID OF THOSE IN WASHINGTON THAT ARE ADVERSE TO ‘THE PEOPLE’S’ AGENDA. WE NEED A NEW TAX SYSTEM THAT IS FAIR AND EQUITABLE FOR ALL AND NOT JUST FOR THOSE IN WASHINGTON WITH CORRUPT INFLUENCE IN CONGRESS? THE PRUDENT EXTRACTION OF OIL, GAS AND COAL AND A GOVERNMENT THAT DOESN’T CATER TO A BUNCH OF FANATICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST.WHY ARE U.S. PETROLEUM CORPORATIONS DRILLING FOR OIL, IN THE SEAS OF OTHER COUNTRIES, WHEN WE HAVE A HUNDRED YEARS OF OUR OIL?
    We must empty the halls of Washington with both political parties and replace them with sincere legislators. Vote for Lawmakers who care about the legal populace of this country and not pampering illegal aliens. Citizen voters should phone Congress at the central Switchboard at 202-224-3121. FORCE YOUR CONGRESS PEOPLE TO DO OUR BIDDING in satisfying their obligation to the oath of allegiance and stop pleasing businesses with the use cheap labor. Use the power of your VOTE to demand they sponsor these to policies or we are fated to become like Europe, overwhelmed by the poverty of other lands.

    AMERICANS NEGLECT THE OBVIOUS, THAT WE CAN GET RID OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES?

    NEVER ANY COPYRIGHT: DISTRIBUTE TO FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND CO-WORKERS.

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