Politifact Gets It Wrong On Obamacare and Illegal Aliens

I got an email today from someone who, in response to a comment I made about Obamacare covering illegals, pointed me to a Politifact article, written and researched by one Angie Drobnic Holan, that tries to make the case that Obama was telling the truth when he said in last night’s health care commercial:

There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.

This Politifact article is, quite frankly, ridiculous, and showcases the sort of  ‘only in the mind of a liberal’ logic that makes those of us with a modicum of intelligence and capacity to recognize the angles want to gouge our own eyes out with a spoon.

She writes:

One place where the bill does mention immigration status is for “affordability credits.” These are tax credits for people of modest means need to buy health insurance. The credits would help them buy insurance on a national health insurance exchange. The bill specifically says that people in the United States illegally are not eligible for tax credits, on page 132, section 242.

Still, given all that, we have heard from people who said that other aspects of reform could benefit illegal immigrants.

One of the most detailed responses was from the anti-immigration group Federation for American Immigration Reform, called FAIR. You can read their statement on the matter on their Web site.

The above paragraph leaves little doubt of Ms Holan’s politics. FAIR is not “anti-immigrant”, a term used almost exclusively by the open borders crowd to disparage those who understand the value of strong immigration policy and secure borders. FAIR is against ILLEGAL immigration.

Continuing…

Primarily, they argue that illegal immigrants would be permitted to purchase insurance on the national health insurance exchange because the bill does not include a mechanism for verifying citizenship. So illegal immigrants would have the chance to purchase insurance in the public option, a government-run health care plan that would offer basic coverage at a low price.

FAIR also argues for more robust verification measures for the affordability credit and making sure that illegal immigrant parents won’t be able to receive coverage if their citizen children are eligible.

FAIR has a point that illegal immigrants would likely be able to buy insurance on the national health insurance exchange. We don’t see anything in the bills that would hinder that. A Congressional Research Service report issued Aug. 25, 2009, confirmed our observation. The House bill “does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens participating in the Exchange — whether the noncitizens are legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently,” the report said.

But it’s worth pointing out that illegal immigrants participating in the exchange would be paying for their insurance like everyone else. That’s similar to the current system — we’re not aware of any particular restrictions that stop illegal immigrants from buying private insurance now. Under health care reform, illegal immigrants would be able to buy private insurance or the public option.

The Politifact writer’s logical stumblings are mind-numbing.

First, on the subject of ‘affordability credits’ (ie; taxpayer-funded insurance premium subsidies for those earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level), she writes “The bill specifically says that people in the United States illegally are not eligible for tax credits, on page 132, section 242.” , and seems to be content to take that simple statement at face value and move on.

Yet just a couple of paragraphs later, she actually agrees with FAIR’s position that the lack of citizenship verification policies in HR3200 will actually allow illegals to gain access to both the public option or the exchange.

OK then, so what’s to stop them from obtaining  the affordability credits? Absolutely nothing, because there is no verification process mandated in the bill.

(This would be a good time to remind our readers that two republican-sponsored amendments that would have required citizenship verification were voted down by the democrats.)

She then goes on to state outright “Under health care reform, illegal immigrants would be able to buy private insurance or the public option.”

OK then, so what exactly is this woman’s argument? She set out to prove that Obama did not lie, but then proceeds to make the case that illegals would indeed be covered under the proposed house bill – basically reinforcing the widely-held perception that Obama did in fact lie.

Another point worth mentioning is that even if illegals were to pay full price for their coverage under either the proposed exchange or public option, what happens when they need to take advantage of that insurance coverage? Who do you think pays then? I won’t name names, but their initials are t-h-e A-m-e-r-i-c-a-n t-a-x-p-a-y-e-r

But it gets better still:

When we look at all of this evidence, it seems that health reform leaves in place the status quo on illegal immigration, and certainly does not provide any new benefits particularly for illegal immigrants.

“…particularly for illegal immigrants” as in written specifically for them? That’s not what we’re talking about.

First of all, if HR 3200 only left in place that status quo, that alone would be unacceptable. But if we are in agreement that the lack of any form of citizenship verification requirements in HR3200 would allow illegals access to the system – and we are – then it would also allow them access to ‘affordability credits’, ie taxpayer-subsidized health insurance. That, Ms Holan, IS a new benefit, one that doesn’t currently exist for the illegals in this country.

Anyone got a spoon?

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-Cnation

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Related:

Michelle Malkin: Unruly moment, manufactured outrage
Gateway Pundit: Rep. Joe Wilson Continues Attack– “Obama Was Not Accurate About Immigration” (Video)
American Thinker: Was Rep. Joe Wilson responding in kind?
Hotair:Left very, very excited that Joe Wilson’s challenger is getting donations now


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-Cnation

FAIR Action Alert – Call Your Senators NOW

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Support American Jobs — Call Your Senators NOW And Urge Them to Support the Grassley Amendment!

Yesterday, true immigration reformers won two crucial legislative victories!

During debate on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill, the U.S. Senate adopted two crucial amendments.  The first amendment, offered by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), requires DHS to complete all 700 miles of the border fence by the end of 2010 so that it will not just stop illegal alien vehicle traffic but also pedestrian traffic.  The second amendment, offered by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), will protect American jobs by making E-Verify, the program that allows employers to ensure that they hire legal American workers, permanent.  The Sessions Amendment also requires employers who do business with the federal government to use the program.

E-Verify is a great tool for America’s employers.  While the Sessions Amendment is a great victory for people who want to protect American jobs, there is another amendment, offered by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), that the Senate may consider today that would build on yesterday’s victory.

E-Verify only allows employers to check the work authorization status of new hires but not current employees.  Illegal aliens who currently hold jobs they never should have had can continue in those jobs because their employer, who may have unknowingly hired that illegal alien in the past, cannot use E-Verify today to ensure that they employ only legal workers.  Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has offered an amendment that would, for the first time, allow employers to use E-Verify to check work eligibility for all their employees — not just new hires.

With unemployment now at a 25-year high, the Grassley Amendment would act as a true stimulus plan for unemployed Americans! If an employer discovers illegal aliens on his payroll, that employer can free up jobs for Americans who are out of work!

Unfortunately, FAIR has learned that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) may attempt to block the Senate from voting on the Grassley Amendment.  Late last night, Reid filed a cloture motion.  This motion will block all further debate on the bill and would block votes on any more amendments.  This means the Senate could pass the DHS bill without even allowing a vote on the Grassley Amendment!

Blocking a vote on this amendment would represent nothing more than pandering to the special interests who do not want our immigration laws enforced. Even well-known amnesty advocate and chair of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said yesterday on the Senate floor that E-Verify “probably should” be used to verify the work authorization status of existing employees!  That is exactly what the Grassley Amendment would do.

We need your help!! Here’s what you can do to help FAIR pass the Grassley Amendment and open up illegally-held jobs for American Workers:

  1. Call your Senators, and tell them to support the Grassley E-Verify Amendment. (Click here to find your Senators’ telephone numbers.)
  2. Urge the Senate to oppose cloture until Senator Grassley gets a vote on his amendment!
    With nearly 15 million Americans out of work — and with more than 8 million illegal aliens holding jobs in the United States — the least Reid can do is allow for an up-or-down vote on this crucial measure!
  3. Call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at (202)-224-3542. Tell him that it’s unfair that illegal aliens can continue to hold jobs while so many Americans are hurting. Urge Reid to ignore special interests and allow the Senate to vote on the Grassley Amendment!

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FAIR Legislative Weekly for 5/18/2009

IN THIS May 18th LEGISLATIVE WEEKLY…

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Senate Rejects Vitter Amendment to Prevent Terrorists, Illegal Aliens from Getting Credit Cards

Last week, during debate over a bill to regulate the credit card industry, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) offered an amendment (Amendment #1066) that would have established new rules with respect to how banks issue credit cards. (Vitter Press Release, May 13, 2009). The amendment would have required that banks verify the identification of any person who is not a citizen or national of the United States before they were permitted to open a credit card account. In addition to preventing the ability of illegal aliens to obtain credit cards, Senator Vitter’s press release stated the amendment “would have also closed the loophole that allowed the September 11, 2001 hijackers to obtain credit cards from United States banks to finance their terrorist activities.” (Id.).
Read the full article

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Agriculture Amnesty Bailout Bill (AgJOBS) Reintroduced in Congress

Last Thursday, May 14, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Adam Putnam (R-FL) reintroduced the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security (AgJOBS) Act. AgJOBS would grant amnesty to at least 2 million illegal alien agricultural workers and “reform” the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program to allow employers easier access to cheap foreign labor. While actual text of the bill hasn’t yet been made public, it appears that the bill will be equivalent to versions Congress has debated in the past. (See FAIR’s Legislative Analysis of the 2007 Version of AgJOBS).
Read the full article

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Lawmakers Question Napolitano on Homeland Security Budget Request

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared before four separate Congressional committees last week to explain the Obama Administration’s $55.1 billion Homeland Security budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. Legislators in both the House and the Senate questioned Napolitano extensively on how the Obama Administration plans to enforce border security and immigration laws, setting the stage for contentious battles over these issues as Congress moves forward with the appropriations process in the coming weeks. (CongressDaily, May 13, 2009). Outlining the president’s budget request, Napolitano highlighted “five main action areas,” including two related directly to immigration: “Securing Our Borders” and “Smart and Tough Enforcement of Immigration Laws.” (See Napolitano’s Statement before the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, May 12, 2009).
Read the full article

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Error Allows International Fugitive Into the U.S.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials revealed last week that they may have accidentally allowed an international fugitive into the country last week, despite the fact that he was suspected of alleged rape, armed robbery and illegal possession of a weapon. According to court documents obtained by FOX News, immigration officers fingerprinted a man who flew into J.F.K. International Airport in New York City in early April, resulting in a possible match to a man named Frank Dwomoh. Dwomoh has been on Interpol’s “Wanted Person Lookout” list for crimes in Italy dating back ten years. According to the FOX News report, the man was allowed to enter the U.S. “due to limited information about the Interpol Lookout at that time.” (FOX News, May 11, 2009).
Read the full article

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FAIR Legislative Weekly for May 11th, 2009

IN THIS May 11th LEGISLATIVE WEEKLY…

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House Appropriations Committee Rejects Border Security, E-Verify Amendments

During a markup of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 supplemental spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee last Thursday rejected two amendments that sought to enhance border security and protect American jobs. The first amendment, offered by Homeland Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Hal Rogers (R-KY), contained several provisions aimed at strengthening the integrity of the U.S.-Mexico border. Additionally, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) offered an amendment that would prevent jobs created by the supplemental from being taken by illegal aliens. (Congressional Quarterly Committee Coverage, May 7, 2009).

Read the full article

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Napolitano Endorses DREAM Act; Dodges Questions about “Comprehensive” Immigration Reform

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano endorsed the DREAM Act but altogether avoided making a public statement about legislation to enact what amnesty advocates call “comprehensive” immigration reform. The hearing, the first in which Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) presided as ranking member, was held as part of the Committee’s oversight authority over the Department of Homeland Security. For over two hours, members of the Committee asked Napolitano about the DREAM Act, “comprehensive” immigration reform, E-Verify, and a host of other immigration and security-related issues

Read the full article

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Supreme Court Rules on Identity Theft Case in Flores-Figueroa

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of an illegal alien who was convicted on charges of identity theft and sentenced to two additional years as a result. (See FAIR Legislative Update, February 9, 2009). The case, Flores-Figueroa v. United States, involved an illegal alien who, in order to gain employment at a steel company, provided a false name and date of birth together with a fraudulent alien identification number and Social Security number which had never been assigned to a real person. In 2006, Mr. Flores-Figueroa told his employer that he wanted to be known by his true name and wanted to change the Social Security and alien registration numbers on file for him. He then presented his employer with a Social Security number and an alien registration number that were not his but which the government had assigned to other people. His employer became suspicious and contacted federal authorities. (See Government Brief).

Read the full article

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Obama Administration Releases Budget; Immigration Programs Affected

Last week, the Obama Administration released the details of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 budget request. The numbers suggest the Administration intends to realign enforcement priorities, by increasing funding in some crucial areas and cutting funding in others. Immigration programs impacted by the budget include: E-Verify; 287(g); the prioritization of aliens who are to be removed from the United States; the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP); and border security.

Read the full article

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Study Finds Porous Border Poses Significant Terrorist Threat

A report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and a separate academic study conclude that the points of entry along the U.S. border and unsecured porous border continue to pose a threat from terrorists who may seek to exploit border security weaknesses.  They also serve as a reminder that significant changes are needed to address this risk.

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Supreme Court sides with Illegal Aliens in identity theft case

Illegals

Laughing all the way to amnesty...

Another day, another weakening of United States sovereignty.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that illegal aliens “can’t be considered identity thieves without proof they knew they were stealing real people’s Social Security and other numbers.”

This is beyond belief in and of itself, but even further – in my opinion, anyway – has the potential to set precedent in ‘possession of stolen property cases’ across the board.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund says they’re happy with the decision, and after all, isn’t that what’s really important?

Court rules for immigrant in ID theft case
By MARK SHERMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court said Monday that undocumented workers who use phony IDs can’t be considered identity thieves without proof they knew they were stealing real people’s Social Security and other numbers.

The court’s decision limits federal authorities’ use of a 2004 law, intended to get tough on identity thieves, against immigrants who are picked up in workplace raids and found to be using false Social Security and alien registration numbers.

Advocates for immigrants had complained that federal authorities used the threat of prosecution on the identity theft charge, which carries a two-year mandatory prison term, to win guilty pleas on lesser charges and acceptance of prompt deportation.

“These prosecutions have been taken off the table,” said Nina Perales, southwest regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. more……

Say goodnight, America.

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-Cnation

FAIR Legislative Alert for May 4th, 2009

IN THIS May 4th LEGISLATIVE WEEKLY…

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With New Enforcement Guidelines, is DHS Signaling a Return to Catch and Release?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last Thursday issued new worksite enforcement guidelines for all of its agents in the field — guidelines that cause concern among immigration reformers. The new guidelines came as no surprise, given that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had indicated after the successful enforcement action in Bellingham, Washington that her department would be reexamining ICE’s procedures more closely. (FAIR Legislative Update, April 6, 2009). After ICE released the illegal aliens apprehended as part of the Bellingham enforcement action, the aliens were given work authorization pending legal action against their employer. (Seattle Times, March 31, 2009).

Read the full article

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May Day Marches Renew Push for Amnesty, Open Borders

Proponents of amnesty for illegal aliens and other open-border immigration policies took to the streets on Friday, May 1 to voice their support for comprehensive immigration reform. These organized marches, which occurred simultaneously in several cities throughout the United States, had been timed to coincide with the White House’s announcement about beginning the amnesty dialogue in May. (The Pilot, April 14, 2009; and Fox News, April 8, 2009).

Read the full article

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Despite Greenspan’s Testimony in Support of Amnesty & Illegal Immigration, Senate Hearing Still Fails to Make the Case for Amnesty

Last Thursday, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) held a Judiciary subcommittee hearing entitled: “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?” (See FAIR Legislative Update, March 27, 2009). True immigration reformers know that “comprehensive” reform is Congressional-speak for amnesty. The hearing failed to make the case for amnesty, despite the fact that the witness list was packed with supporters of amnesty and supporters of a massive guest-worker program to import foreign workers. The lone witness who supported immigration enforcement was Kris Kobach, a true immigration reformer. (Stein Report, April 29, 2009). Kobach is a national expert on constitutional law and is affiliated with the Immigration Reform Law Institute; his previous experience includes advising Attorney General John Ashcroft on immigration matters.

Read the full article

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Utah Employer Praises E-Verify, Says Using it Helps His Business

A Utah employer who uses E-Verify spoke out in support of the program last week, saying that customers called him because he advertised that he participates in the program. Larry Morrison of St. George, Utah — owner of Morrison Insulation LLC — told a city council forum that his company “gets ‘two jobs a week’ just by advertising that it uses E-Verify to check its employees’ work status,” and argued that “more businesses should use the system.” (The Spectrum, April 30, 2009). The fact that small businesses see a public relations benefit through the use of E-Verify undermines the claims of big-business, special- interest groups that argue that the work eligibility verification system places a burden on businesses.

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Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Sells Out The American Worker

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Note 6/21/2010:  this is a repost of an article originally published on 5/3/2008

From the Department of Labor’s F.A.Q.:

Question: What does the Department of Labor do?

Answer: The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.”

Did you see anything in there about making sure illegal aliens get paid?

Me neither.

The AP reports:

Day laborers, many of them Hispanic, are sometimes denied payment and are afraid to press for wages when they’re in the country illegally. Solis, who took office Feb. 24, said she takes this “very seriously.”

“We’re going to have people going out in the field and investigating,” Solis said, noting that she differs from her predecessor, Elaine Chao, in this approach. “We’re going to be more robust in this area and also with respect to OSHA.”

I would call this just one more example of an Obama appointee looking out for a favored group rather than for all Americans – you know, like we’re paying them to do – except this is worse. Much worse. Not only is the new Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis a blatant ideologue who is advocating for people who, by their very presence in our country, are in criminal violation of federal law, but she herself may find herself in direct violation of federal law -  not to mention the trust of the American people – if she follows through with her stated goal of “Ensuring undocumented workers get paid”.

(Maybe we need Robert Gibbs to parse this for us: “OK, what she meant to say was….)

Perhaps Solis should familiarize herself with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which “sets forth the conditions for the temporary and permanent employment of aliens in the United States and includes provisions that address employment eligibility and employment verification”.

According to the DOL website, “Under the INA, employers may hire only persons who may legally work in the United States (i.e., citizens and nationals of the U.S.) and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. The employer must verify the identity and employment eligibility of anyone to be hired, which includes completing the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9). ”

(See  INA: ACT 274A – UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS  [8 U.S.C. 1324a] )

Seems pretty damn clear to me. The Department Of Labor, which Hilda Solis now runs, says illegal aliens cant legally work in the USA.

Where’s the gray area? Where’s the confusion? The ambiguity?

While it is true that several courts have ruled that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which prescribes standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, applies to illegal aliens if the employer does not make a good faith effort to verify a job applicant’s employment eligibility, the language of the FLSA does not grant the Department of Labor to go to bat for illegal aliens. More importantly, the larger issues of employment eligibility – remember, she specifically wants to protect undocumented workers paychecks – would logically appear to trump any FLSA concerns anyway.

It is not Hilda Solis’ job to advocate for the illegal alien work force. It is her job to protect American citizens, American jobs, and authorized aliens in the work force.

The bottom line is this: In Obama’s Amerika, where the quest for mass amnesty and a permanent democrat majority is a top priority, a female Hispanic labor secretary throwing bones to the illegal alien population is good for business. The rest of America – you and me, those of us who actually belong here and still cling to the American dream – can go pound salt.

Hilda Solis is selling out the American worker, and is beyond unfit for the office she holds.

-Cnation

Illegal Immigration Is Destroying The USA

I’m going to cut through the bullshit and get right to it.

I defy anyone to to show me so much as one area, be it social, economic, educational or political, which has been improved by illegal immigration. Just one.

Go ahead, take as much time as you need….

You can’t, can you?

That’s because illegal immigration has been a blight on our country in every conceivable way. Crime? Up. Unemployment? Up. Welfare roles? Bursting at the seams and unsustainable. Health care? The burden placed on the health care system by illegals has forced countless hospitals out of business nationwide, including one in my former hometown of Port Chester, New York.  States like California, with one of the largest illegal alien populations in the country, are bankrupt. States like North Carolina, with it’s estimated illegal population of 300,000  – currently the 8th highest illegal population in the country – are also dealing with tremendous state budget shortfalls.

For reference: (links open in new window):

Illegal alien crime runs the gamut from identity theft, to gang activity (the ultra-violent MS-13 is composed mainly of illegal Salvadorans, Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans), drugs, rape, murder, human trafficking, astronomical rates of drunk driving deaths/murders….hardly a day goes by where we don’t read about a citizen getting creamed by some drunk illegal. Just recently here in Raleigh, a 72 year old man was hit by not one, but two separate illegals, both of whom left the scene of the crime. The victim died.

Current estimates of Illegals in the federal prison system put their numbers somewhere between 24 and 33 percent of all federal prisoners. Even on the low side, that is huge.

There is simply no way for an honest, rational person to deny the facts that are right in front of our noses, but both the liberal left and corporate America will continue to push for amnesty for these illegal invaders – and will in all likelihood get it this year – unless unless we stand up en masse to stop it. The tea party thing was a start, but we need to channel that outrage into specific issues as needed; with Schumer pushing amnesty this week, there is no time to lose.

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 87% of Americans believe it is at least “somewhat important” to get control of our borders and reduce illegal immigration, while 66% believe it is “very important”. However – and not all that surprisingly – among the ‘political class’, who according to Rasmussen ‘tend to have more confidence in political leaders and less trust in the wisdom of the American people’, only 32% believe that it is ‘very important’.

Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters April 11-12, 2009
How important is it for the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration?
Very important 66%
Somewhat important 21%
Not very important 9%
Not at all important 2%
Not sure 1%

Complete poll results here.

My personal opinion of the ‘political class’ as described above is that they are fools. Anyone who puts that level of trust in the government – any government – is virtually guaranteeing a life of servitude for themselves and their future generations. Governments should not be trusted. Ever. Why? Just look around….if you’re over the age of 35, this country is unrecognizable to you from the country of your youth. Somewhere along the way, we lost our skepticism….we got complacent, we took our eyes off the ball and allowed the radical left to maneuver themselves into the highest positions of power. And now we’re trying to rationalize allowing 30+ million illegals who are taking our jobs, driving down wages, driving our country into financial ruin, destroying our culture, and many of whom are killing, raping and robbing our citizens, to stay here rather than doing the sane thing and getting them out.

It is wrong, and I am ashamed of what we’ve become. If you support amnesty, you should be ashamed too. Of yourself.

-Cnation.

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Consider Amnesty Thursday

Call Your Senators NOW!

This Thursday, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees, will hold a hearing on April 30 at 2:00 pm entitled “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?”

Call your Senators Now and Tell Them That You Oppose AMNESTY!

Senator Schumer has packed the witness panel with individuals hopelessly biased in support of amnesty.  While there is one witness, Kris Kobach, who is a friend of true immigration reformers, the remaining witnesses represent “a who’s who” of the open borders lobby and big business interests who want to import cheap labor.  In addition to Mr. Kobach, the following individuals have also been named as potential witnesses at the hearing:

  • Alan Greenspan, Former Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
  • Eliseo Medina, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union
  • Doris Meissner – senior fellow, Migration Policy Institute

By calling your Senator today, you can make sure Congress hears from the American people and not just special interests.

Your calls today, Wednesday, and Thursday are especially important because La Raza has organized a grassroots lobbying effort to coincide with the Senate Subcommittee hearing this week.  This nationwide effort will include phone calls, and — according to our best information — will culminate with marches on May 1st to demand amnesty.

True Immigration Reformers Need to Counter Their Calls!

True immigration reformers understand that so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” is not in the best interest of the American people.  Granting amnesty to illegal aliens rewards law-breakers, imposes a huge cost burden on American taxpayers, and does nothing to solve the problem of illegal immigration. In fact, as we saw after 1986, it only encourages more illegal immigration.

The Senate needs to hear from you that the American people still oppose amnesty.  In 2007, true immigration reformers defeated “comprehensive” amnesty with a firestorm of calls to Congress. FAIR is ready to lead the fight against the DREAM Act once again, but we need your help again!  Please call your Representative and Senators and tell them you oppose any effort to pass any “comprehensive” amnesty bill.

Find the phone numbers of your Senators here.