Setting The Record Straight On Immigration

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Longtime readers of this blog know our views on illegal immigrants and immigration and border security. That said, there’s been some sentiment on the immigration issue lately in the Virginia righty blogosphere that I feel compelled to respond to. I wasn’t one of those offended by the (in)famous Super Bowl commercial featuring America the Beautiful sung in various languages, but Jim Bowden makes some very salient points otherwise about borders, culture, and the rise and fall of nations nonetheless.  On the other side of the ledger, many who should know better are rushing to the defense of the GOP establishment and their immigration ‘principles’ that came out of the GOP House retreat late last month.

Particularly galling at Bearing Drift today is the repeated use of the word ‘nativist’ to describe those of us who actually expect immigration laws to be enforced. In this same post, Shaun Kenney, whom I nearly always agree with otherwise, decries caricaturing of illegal immigrants using a graphic, and then does the exact same thing to those of us who demand border security and the rule of law, using a graphic of the memorable Bill “The Butcher” Cutting character, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, from the film Gangs of New York. We also apparently are demanding draconian violations of civil liberties and the rounding up of the 12 to 15 million illegals come hell or high water… News to me. He advocates for amnesty, well, because it’s mean to expect these poor, innocent illegal immigrants to show some respect for our laws and sovereignty. Oh, and the Catholic Church, represented on this issue by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wants amnesty, so for some reason that should settle it. I think not. Come on, Shaun, you’re better than that. That is the height of hypocrisy. And please, people, quit conflating legal and illegal immigration.

Over at Virginia Virtucon, a post is up taking Dave Brat, a candidate for U.S. House in the 7th District, to task for questioning the incumbent, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, on immigration, because Brat demands immigration laws be enforced, while opposing Obamacare. The author has the nerve to suggest it’s hypocritical because Obamacare is the “law of the land”. Respectfully, this is political weaselry at best. The Affordable Care Act is only in force because John Roberts chose to place his concern for the ‘reputation of the SCOTUS’ (or something) above the plain language of the Constitution. Even left-wing SCOTUS watchers were amazed that he sided with the four liberal justices. No one has ever credibly suggested that immigration and border security laws are unconstitutional.  Such a comparison is ridiculous on its face. Add to this that Brat would seek repeal of the Affordable Care Act should he be elected, and the attacks come off as even more patently ridiculous. Factor in that Cantor himself said on the House floor less than two weeks ago that “immigration reform could be an economic boon to this country” and it’s easy to see why conservatives are suspicious of Cantor, Bob Goodlatte, and House leadership on immigration issues.

Want to win the trust of conservatives on these issues? Enforce the law and secure the border. Once that’s done, then, and ONLY then, will we be interested in discussing immigration reform. The visa and immigration system is certainly broken, by over a century of lobbying by every industry, racial interest group, religious denomination and labor group imaginable, and cries out for repair. But just like the amnesty Reagan signed in the 80s, the business lobby will team up with others to prevent any meaningful enforcement, and this time we have an administration ulterior political motives to look the other way already. No amnesty, and no reform until enforcement. Learn it, practice it, earn it.

The Republicans have just ensured they will not get my vote

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As many of you know, I’m an immigrant. I’m an immigrant who came to this country with her parents. I am an American. My family came here legally, waited the required time, filled out all the paperwork and finally became American citizens in 1986.

My parents and I waited in Italy for more than a month for permission to enter the United States. We had to get family already in America to vouch for us – that we weren’t going to mooch off the taxpayers, that we were going to look for employment, that we weren’t criminals… you name it, we had to guarantee it. My parents had to go into debt and pay an organization $3000 to help them fill out paperwork properly to enter this country.

We followed the law. We worked.  We achieved the American dream.

Now we have roughly 11 million people in this county who did the exact opposite. They enter illegally. They use our infrastructure – hospitals, schools, water, electricity… They work for low wages. They squirt out anchor kids in order to stay in this country. They demand the “right” to stay in a country they entered illegally, and many times they commit voter fraud and other crimes. They elect those who give them the most free shit, and the politicians are only too happy to do so, because they’re simply expanding their voter base.

And now, Republicans hoping to capitalize on the whole “If you give us free shit, we’ll give you our vote” phenomenon, are planning to allow these people, who are here illegally, not just to stay, but to legalize them – to allow them to remain.

And that will ensure I will not give any of them my vote. Ever.

Now, look. I’m not against immigration. This nation was built by people who came here for the opportunities to succeed and achieve – to work hard and to earn. I get that. That’s what my parents wanted for themselves and for me when they left their home country and set out for a strange nation. If you have an employer who is willing to hire you – regardless of profession – go for it!  If you want to come here and pick fruit, sweep streets, milk cows or run a computer firm, you should be able to do so. I don’t believe in employment quotas. I think if one can get a job here, they should work here. Get a letter from your employer, showing intent to hire you. Pay your own way. Don’t live off others. Wait the required amount of time. Learn the language. Pass the citizenship exam IN ENGLISH. Don’t demand bilingual drivers’ exams, government services, etc. And welcome to America.

But don’t sneak here illegally, work under the table, burden our infrastructure, and shit where you sleep by turning the neighborhood into a festering pit of crap like the one from which you escaped. Obey the laws of this nation. Don’t like them? Become a citizen LEGALLY and work to change them. Don’t demand the “right” to be here, and claim a love for this nation, when your very first act was to violate its laws!

Fact is we are a nation of taxpayers. This is our home. You come into our house and make yourself at home without permission, and you have no rights. You have no right to stay. Sorry. Nope. Do not come into my house and claim the “right” to be here. That’s not the way it works! And no politician has the right to put a figurative gun to my head and tell me that you can come on in, settle in my home and I have to like it.

My libertarian friends will claim that everyone has the freedom of movement. That’s true, but not into my bloody home! They will claim that if we just reform the welfare state, many of these mooches won’t have incentive to come here, and what we will get is people who truly want to work and succeed, and who come here for opportunities they cannot get elsewhere. That’s true, but in the name of Zeus’ right testicle, reform the system first before you start to allow millions of mooches into the country!

And certainly don’t reward them with citizenship for violating the law!

Additionally, whether you like it or not, there is a national security component to the border issue. Like it or not, there are bad people out there. Like it or not, there are people out there who want to kill Americans. And like it or not, evil exists. I don’t want to hear how it’s our own fault that there are those in this world who hate us! It’s our fault, because our foreign policy is interventionist. It’s our fault, because we pour money into terrorist states. I’ve heard it all, and whether you’re right or not is beside the point. Evil exists. Bad people exist. And despite any cause for their existence that you might want to pull out of your ass, they are out there., and there’s no common sense reason to open up the borders and allow them free entry without so much as a look into their background.

So yeah, mine may not be a libertarian position, but it’s a common sense one.

If you insist that you have the “right” to remain here after you snuck inside our borders…

If you demand government services in your native language without so much as an effort to learn English…

If you turn your new home into a roach-infested shithole…

If you use schools,, hospitals, energy and water without paying for them, because all that cash getting is going right back to your shithole of origin…

If you claim the right to this nation without respecting her laws…

You shouldn’t be here at all! Leave!

And as for the GOP, you want to pander to illegal alien votes? Don’t expect my vote. Ever.

Terrorists among us?

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In 2011, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested by the FBI for terror-related activities, including planning to attack targets in the United States and sending weapons to extremists in Iraq. Alwan was apparently allowed in the United States as a refugee of the Iraq war. How did he get here? Apparently, he wasn’t the only one.

Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq — prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.

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An ABC News investigation of the flawed U.S. refugee screening system, which was overhauled two years ago, showed that Alwan was mistakenly allowed into the U.S. and resettled in the leafy southern town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city of 60,000 which is home to Western Kentucky University and near the Army’s Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Alwan and another Iraqi refugee, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 26, were resettled in Bowling Green even though both had been detained during the war by Iraqi authorities, according to federal prosecutors.

The story goes on to assure us that the majority of Iraqi war refugees living here today are harmless, law abiding citizens. OK, let’s say I believe it. How many more are still here who are extremists and potential terrorists?  The FBI got two. Two. Worse yet, Alwan lived on the taxpayer dime, in public housing and on public assistance. All while planning attacks on Americans. How many more are here, living on public assistance, playing on the sympathies of the authorities, making up horror stories about their lives to gain entry to the United States?

Yes, the vast majority may be peaceful, but even one terrorist is too much. Two is too much. How many more?

The FBI acted on a tip when it began pursuing Alwan and Hammadi, and the nation lucked out. The article assures us that our screening techniques are being continuously improved. But again, I ask: how many more are already here?

And what about the civil war in Syria? Refugees are already pouring into neighboring nations from Syria, bringing diseases such as polio into nations that allow them to escape the crisis in their homeland.  More than 2.2 million Syrians have already registered as refugees, according to the United Nations. So far, they’re headed to Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. But the numbers are growing. How long before they begin to seek asylum in the West? In the United States? Al Jazeera reports that the United States has taken in only about 90 Syrian refugees so far. And the pressure is mounting for us to take in more.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has an answer.

“About six months ago I organized a letter to the secretary of the Department of Homeland security – to grant humanitarian parole to about 6,000 Syrians who are trying to be reunited with their families here in the United States.” He says it’s something we can do to help with the refugee problem, “obviously just a small piece, given there are millions of refugees. But here’s an opportunity for us to do our part.”

With the humanitarian crisis mounting in Syria, do we honestly believe that there are no extremists and terrorists in the refugees’ midst? With all the suffering and confusion, would it really be so difficult for a terrorist to meld in with the thousands of people leaving their country? How long before pressure on the State Department results in a flood of refugees entering this country?

And what about the mounting pressure to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in this country? How many of them could be just waiting to attack this nation?

Probably not a lot. But it wouldn’t take a lot, now would it?

Traveling

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So I just arrived in Germany. I’m staying outside Munich for a night, and then hopping a train to Garmisch for a month’s worth of school. I know… rough life I got here.

I’ll be posting pretty pictures when the mood strikes me, but mostly I intend on being a nerd and studying.

But school doesn’t start until Monday, so I have a few days to screw around and do nothing.

First order of business is sleep. I will do that as soon as I post this entry.

United Airlines sucks. I’ve said this numerous times, because of numerous screw ups, but I’ll say it again. United Airlines sucks. This time they experienced a nearly 5 hour delay! So I was stuck at the airport for four hours, and on the runway for another 45 minutes or so until we took off. The good news was that the flight wasn’t even remotely full, and I had an entire row to myself to stretch out, which I did. I slept, albeit uncomfortably, almost the entire flight, and caused myself to miss the culinary adventure that is airplane dinner. Luckily, I overdosed on crabcakes and bloody marys before the flight, so the last taste in my mouth wasn’t what passes for food on airlines nowadays!

Now there will be a shower. And sleep. And maybe lunch.

Or sleep.

Interesting note – I took an Uber on my way to the airport yesterday. If you don’t know what an Uber is, it would behoove you to find out and immediately demand that this amazing company expand to your city! Uber is a tech company that affiliates itself with private drivers, who will pick you up anywhere you happen to be and take you to your destination of choice. You have a credit card on file with Uber. They charge the card directly after you are done with your trip. There’s no tip, and no cash changes hands. The drivers are polite and clean, and so are the vehicles, which range from black sedans (mine was a Mercedes yesterday) to SUVs. Depending on time of day, it’s a bit more expensive than a taxi, but not overwhelmingly so. Well worth the extra few bucks. The company also asks you to give feedback on your ride and your driver, and if you give anything less than four stars, they will get in touch with you and ensure they put things right, including giving you credits on your next ride. This is a phenomenal service, which forced taxi companies to actually improve their service to compete, prompting them to try and destroy Uber via their influence in the corrupt DC City Council. They failed. Fuckers.

But enough of the Uber commercial. The driver and I chatted the entire way. The driver came to this country 13 years ago from Cairo, Egypt, where he was born. He did his degree in engineering at a university in Rome, Italy. He spoke flawless English, taught at James Madison University, and also speaks Arabic, Italian an Spanish. After leaving his teaching job, he came back to DC and started his affiliation with Uber. He did not demand special services or telephone recordings in Arabic. He didn’t demand benefits or amnesty. He came here with marketable skills, worked, learned English from scratch (I was absolutely stunned at how perfect his English was, and he told me he didn’t know a word of it when he first came to this country in 2000), and got his citizenship. Gee… an immigrant coming here legally and attaining his dreams the old fashioned way, without demanding special dispensations. What a novel concept!

He also told me he was appalled at the administration’s policies after the coup in Egypt. He admitted he voted for Barack Obama, but that he is absolutely disgusted with his foreign policy, and with McCain and other RINO scum who are insisting on continued financial aid and support to Egypt after the coup. He was happy the Muslim Brotherhood was kicked in the nuts. He told me he’s absolutely positive they’re terrorists and couldn’t believe that having attained 51 percent of the vote entitled them to destroy secularism, dissent and religions other than Islam in Egypt.  Kind of like the 52 percent… uh… nevermind. We discussed economics for a while too, and he asked me whose economic policies were worse, Bush’s or Obama’s. I explained they were equally bad. Bush started this stimulus, bailout spending crap. Obama took it to a new level. Both were bad. I explained why. He was very thoughtful and thanked me for the explanation.

I like immigrants.

Smart ones. Ones who have something to offer this country. Not ones who come here expecting this country to offer them something for their mere smelly presence.

OK. Off to take a shower. I smell like plane.

 

Immigration Bill Pork

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This travesty of a bill passed the Senate yesterday, with concessions made to tons of different lobbies. Not only does it allow millions of people whose first act in this country was to take a shit on its sovereignty, but it’s also filled with pork and special programs that will once again cost Americans billions we already can’t afford and provisions meant to bribe Republicans into voting for this travesty.

Adds $1.5 billion to President Obama’s failed jobs stimulus, a gift to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Turns the Travel Promotion Act, which was supposed to end in 2015, into a permanent program at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Prime beneficiaries? Las Vegas casino interests, a gift to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Makes a range of serious crimes for which U.S. citizens can be arrested and imprisoned — including assault and battery, drunk driving and tax fraud — “waivable” for illegal immigrants when it comes to their amnesty status.

Gives Alaskan “Seafood processing” jobs special status as “shortage occupations,” letting those industries hire low-skilled illegal immigrants to fill “temporary” jobs, a bipartisan favor to Alaska Sens. Mark Begich (Democrat) and Lisa Murkowski (Republican).

This is how politicians do business these days. They simply stuff proposals for which they suspect they don’t have enough votes with our money, and bribe legislative swine into supporting their bills. With our money.  Those of you who complained about the variety of enticements that made ObamaCare a reality, such as the bribe to Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson using our tax dollars, well, this immigration disaster is no different.

Spending? Fuck it.

Deficit? What deficit?

Debt out of control? So the hell what?

The new measures tacked on to the Corker-Hoeven deal were designed to help secure broad support for the compromise amendment in the Senate, where it passed Wednesday by 69-29. At the heart of the compromise: Adding nearly 20,000 federal law-enforcement agents to the Southwestern border to address Republican concerns about curbing illegal immigration.

As for securing the border, I don’t trust them. They tossed more money at border agents and technology meant to secure our borders, but it all will be for naught if the Border Patrol is required to release the illegals soon after they’re caught, because Congress is busy spending our money on the special interests that get them elected, and we have no money to retain the criminals who cross our borders.

And once again I have to remind you Republicans how you humped my leg in 2008, beating me up about “wasting my vote” by voting Libertarian instead of putting that shriveled old bag of noxious crap McCain in the White House.

Happy now?

 

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