The -Ism Schism

21 06 2006

Cross posted from CommonSenseAmerica

There seems to be some confusion in the illegal immigration debate, as this article illustrates:

From The San Francisco Chronicle:

Ruben Navarrette Jr. writes:

Dobbs has said repeatedly that the only thing that concerns him is “illegal” immigration. But on his show he sounded the alarm bells when the Heritage Foundation put out a report warning that offering illegal immigrants a path to legalization could mean taking in as much as 100 million more legal immigrants.

If you’re sincere about one, why freak out over the other? Unless, of course, you’re not as pro-legal immigration as you pretend to be. Unless, of course, what concerns you — or those you’re trying to pander to — isn’t just that people are coming illegally, but that they change the language and cultural landscape of the country once they arrive.

There are words to describe that sort of thing. Unfortunately for those who have trouble accepting the truth about what this debate is really about — and what it’s been about for more than 200 years — the words all end in “-ism.”

I agree that the word ends in “-ism”. The word is Patriotism. It is not racism that compels people who love their country to expect their laws to be enforced against those that would enter illegally.

The only “-ism” we should all be concerned with is the fact that “racism” is most definitely a part of this debate but it is constantly being used against the wrong groups.

While some are still trying to play the “race card” against anyone that does not agree with their open border agenda, I would like to ask a couple of questions. And I’m going to go ahead and ask them out loud.

If the definition of racism is “belief in racial superiority” then;

Wouldn’t it be racism that would cause a neighboring country to spit on the laws of another nation and encourage its citizens to ignore them?

Wouldn’t it be racism that would cause some to believe their race is entitled to demand that a foreign country change its immigration laws for them?

Wouldn’t it be racism that would cause some to believe that their race should be allowed preferential treatment above all others on earth when it comes to immigrating to the United States?

And perhaps even more telling, wouldn’t it be racism that would cause some to believe that their race is above the laws of any nation?

Just curious.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

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Mexican drug cartels take over U.S. cities

21 06 2006

Cross posted from Right Truth

Just one more reason to pass strict immigration reform, "Mexican drug cartels operating in cities in the U.S. are buying up legitimate businesses to launder money and using some of the proceeds to win local mayoral and city council seats for politicians who can shape the policies and personnel decisions of their police forces, according to Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo."

In his new book, "In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security," Tancredo exposes what he has learned from meetings with law enforcement authorities regarding a concerted effort by the Mexican mafia and drug cartels to extend their corruptive influence in urban areas dominated by illegal alien populations.

"The Tijuana-based Felix drug cartel and the Juarez-based Fuentes cartel began buying legitimate business in small towns in Los Angeles County in the early 1990s," he writes in his new book published by WND Books. "They purchased restaurants, used-car lots, auto-body shops and other small businesses. One of their purposes was to use these businesses for money-laundering operations. Once established in their community, these cartel-financed business owners ran for city council and other local offices. Over time, they were able to buy votes and influence in an effort to take over the management of the town. They wanted to create a comfort zone from which they could operate without interference from local law enforcement." source

When the 2008 elections come around, if Hillary Clinton and John McCain are the choices offered to Americans by the democratic and republican parties, I'm hoping there will be a viable third choice…..  Because those two are no choice at all.

Also posting:
DeMediacratic Nation, "Big cities reluctant to target illegals"                         

Vulnerable people have always needed to see the police as being there to protect and serve, and that can't happen when the first words out of a cop's mouth are, 'I need to see your papers – Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

Running around looking for illegal immigrants shouldn't be the first job of the police, but as some would have it, they wouldn't go after or try to identify them at all. That would make the Attas of the world happy.
The Uncooperative Blogger, "One State Goes Soft on Illegal Aliens and Another Cracks Down"

From The Boston Globe:

Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly said yesterday it is not his responsibility to crack down on Massachusetts employers that hire undocumented immigrants, and he said he will continue his policy of taking no action against the companies.

In 2001, Reilly established a policy, saying his office would aggressively fight for the rights and wages of immigrant workers, legal or not, and promise not to report them to federal authorities.

InMuscatine, "Immigration Bill Dead ?"

I say it is not dead. Someone prove me wrong. GOP leaders: No immigration bill this year on Yahoo! News: In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year, a victim of election-year concerns in the House and conservatives’ implacable opposition to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.





Illegals: Rhetoric vs. reality

21 06 2006

Cross posted from DeMediacratic Nation 

Some facts that we are all too aware of, although many may not be.

Between 1999 and 2003, the government's Immigration and Naturalization Service cut its workplace enforcement against illegal immigrants by 95 percent

Since the INS' being rolled into Homeland Security it had prosecuted 182 employers for hiring illegals in 1999

By 2003, that number dropped to four

In the same period, fines collected for hiring illegals dropped from $3.6 million to $212,000

The government had initiated fines against 417 companies in 1999.

In 2004, it fined just three.

The fact is that it isn't just rhetoric; they're actually lies. To our faces our government tries to say the right things to everyone, passes legislation then ignores it.

This time around let's hold them accountable. Not just with our ballots, but in some kind of legal entanglement if they don't follow through (probably not possible, but hey, I'm not an attorney).

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press (subscription required):

Forget Washington's suddenly heated campaign season rhetoric about securing the nation's borders and stopping illegal immigration, and halting the wage suppression and job loss for American citizens that lax enforcement encourages. The Bush administration, spurred by large employers and the congressmen who take employers' desires for low-wage labor seriously, deliberately exacerbated the problem in recent years. The administration and incumbent congressmen display a lot of chutzpah to pretend now the problem did not soar on their watch.

Consider the information reported by Washington Post reporters Spencer S. Hsu and Kari Lydersen on Monday. Between 1999 and 2003, they found, the government's Immigration and Naturalization Service cut its workplace enforcement against illegal immigrants by 95 percent.

The INS, known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement since it was folded into the Office of Homeland Security, had prosecuted 182 employers for hiring illegals in 1999. By 2003, that number dropped to four — just four. In the same period, fines collected for hiring illegals dropped from $3.6 million to $212,000. The government had initiated fines against 417 companies in 1999, The Post reporters found. In 2004, it fined just three.

The Post's report went on to detail how the government has quietly, systematically retreated from efforts to track and stop the hiring of illegals over the past 20 years since it became illegal to hire undocumented workers.

More broadly, it confirmed what every expert workplace and political analysis has concluded in recent years: That Washington — until the Bush administration began pushing immigration reform and amnesty for illegals just a few months ago — had become a tacit collaborator with employers to allow the massive hiring of illegals by declining to enforce the law. Republicans have gone along with easy hiring of illegals to keep the business community happy, and Democrats have acquiesced to keep their voter base among immigrant communities content.

The Bush administration, and the Clinton administration before it, has been particularly lenient with large employers in a range of industries and business segments, often at the behest of congressmen tending the concerns of irate employers who saw their business threatened if the door to hiring illegals was shut.

The Post cited several examples of large INS operations against illegals that were stopped because they were too successful. One was a 1998 spring sweep of field workers for Georgia's Vidalia onion harvest, which resulted in arrests of 4,034 illegals. The other was a 1999 strike on meat packing plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, which checked 24,148 employees and turned up 4,495 illegals.

Irate employers turned up the heat on their congressmen, senators and governors, who, regardless of political affiliation, persuaded the INS to back off such operations. Since then, enforcement has plummeted, and had virtually ended under the Bush administration.

Against that backdrop and other findings, several issues are clear. One is that 40 percent of illegals are immigrants who had arrived on legal visas and then overstayed, a statistic which suggests that they can only be tracked through their employers. Another is that illegals have become such vital components of some industries — i.e., meat packing and poultry plants, the carpet, construction and restaurant industries — that some businesses need adequate time to transition to a fully legal work force. A third is that enforcement of workers' legal status must again receive high priority if illegal immigration is to be controlled.

Most apparent is the urgent need for a national worker identity verification that makes it easy for employers to verify the documents that job applicants proffer for employment, and a stiff focus on enforcement of worker verification laws. Both are easily achievable. The core question is whether Washington has the will and determination to achieve them.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**





Pennsylvania Lawmakers addressing Illegal Immigration at the State level.

21 06 2006

Cross posted from Morning Coffee

From The Daily Item  

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania should toughen its employment and welfare laws so illegal aliens have less incentive to come here, a coalition of state lawmakers said Tuesday.

The lawmakers, including Rep. Robert Belfanti, D-107 of Mount Carmel, want state officials to verify the status of immigrants before providing them with benefits and prosecute employers who hire illegal workers. Under one bill, an employer would be fined $1,000 for knowingly hiring an illegal alien.

Their call for action marks the emergence of illegal immigration as a major issue in Harrisburg. Statewide hearings will be held this summer on the immigration bills.

The lawmakers said state action is needed to curb illegal immigration because the federal government, particularly Immigration and Customs Enforcement, isn't doing the job.

The coalition is loose-knit, and lawmakers are stressing different approaches as a way to curb illegal immigration.

Mr. Belfanti proposes bills to expand the power of state and county prosecutors to arrest and detain illegal workers, requiring state licensing of building contractors and requiring employers to prove their employees are U.S. citizens.

Specifically, Mr. Belfanti would give the state attorney general and county district attorneys power to arrest and detain illegal workers up to 30 days.

If this proposal was already state law, said Mr. Belfanti, Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini could have detained illegal workers discovered on the job last week during a raid of a shopping center construction site on Route 61 in Coal Township.

"Contractors who hire these illegals know all the tricks, and our inability to arrest and detain illegal workers at construction sites means these hit-and-run contractors are too often already long gone by the time the federal government arrives," Mr. Belfanti added.

Another lawmaker, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, has a bill to prohibit state agencies from providing benefits — ranging from food stamps to public school enrollment — to illegal aliens.

"If we turn off the spigot of public benefits and jobs "¦ they will go home on their own," said Mr. Metcalfe.

Rep. Tom Creighton, R-Lancaster, has bills to give the state police authority to enforce federal immigration laws and require county and municipal prison wardens to determine the nationality and immigration status of any individual charged with a felony or drunken driving.

The proposals won an endorsement from Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who is gaining national attention on this issue. Mr. Barletta is pushing a city ordinance to revoke the business licenses of companies that hire illegal workers, fine landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and make English the official language of the city.

It is good to see that State officials starting to get the message. Perhaps those who support the Senate Shamnesty bill will begin to see the light someday too.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**





Immigration Bill Dead ?

21 06 2006

Cross posted from InMuscatine
I say it is not dead. Someone prove me wrong.

GOP leaders: No immigration bill this year on Yahoo! News:

In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year, a victim of election-year concerns in the House and conservatives’ implacable opposition to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

“Our number one priority is to secure the border, and right now I haven’t heard a lot of pressure to have a path to citizenship,” said Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., announcing plans for an unusual series of hearings to begin in August on Senate-passed immigration legislation.

Don’t celebrate just yet… pay attention to the wording –

THIS YEAR.

Next year isn’t an election year, is it kiddies? Mark well my words – prepare to be stabbed in the back by the Republican Party once the election is over and your congress-critter is secure in the knowledge he will not have to face your wrath for 2 years, if at all.

IF the Republicans want my vote this year, they will have to pledge to me in no uncertain terms :

NO AMNESTY.

EVER.

FOR ANY REASON.

AT ANY TIME.

SO HELP ME, GOD.

And that’s just what it will take to get me to consider not voting Democratic. If you really want to earn my vote make being an illegal alien a felony, just like it is in Mexico.

That just might – just might, mind you – buy my allegiance in the 2008 Presidential Race. If you choose to stab me – and the country – in the back, then kiss 2008 good-bye.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let us know at what level you would like to participate.**





We are Making In-Roads with the House on Illegal Immigration

21 06 2006

Cross posted from The Uncooperative Blogger

Gadsden Flag

House leadership has announced they will not succumb to pressure from the Senate to fast-track the amnesty bill. Instead, House Speaker Hastert says the House will conduct “field hearings” on the bill. Hastert said, “I’m not putting any timeline on this thing, but I think we need this thing done right.”

This is great news! House leaders are saying that we must secure the borders first and are resisting the Senate Shamnesty. They are also saying no bill is better than a bad bill! They have listened to us!

Call them and let them know you support this decision.

TALKING POINTS:

  • I am a Coalition Against Illegal Immigration member.
  • I STRONGLY SUPPORT the House leadership’s decision to delay the Senate bill and hold “field hearings.”
  • I support the House bill and oppose the Senate bill. I oppose any path to citizenship for those here illegally, or guest worker programs with a path to citizenship.

CONTACT NUMBERS:

Speaker Hastert: 202-225-0600
Majority Leader Boehner: 202-225-4000
Majority Whip Blunt: 202-225-0197
Deputy Whip Cantor: 202-225-2815

Find your own Reps at congress.org or the House

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.








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