Is The Immigration System Broken?

“Our Immigration System is Broken” drones on repeatedly like a worn out Christmas tune from a choir of establishment politicians accompanied by the mainstream media and was parroted by President Obama himself as justification for his executive action granting “amnesty” to millions of illegal immigrants. On the contrary, America’s immigration…Read More

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“Our Immigration System is Broken” drones on repeatedly like a worn out Christmas tune from a choir of establishment politicians accompanied by the mainstream media and was parroted by President Obama himself as justification for his executive action granting “amnesty” to millions of illegal immigrants. On the contrary, America’s immigration system is not broken, just our government’s will to enforce it.  The problems with immigration, both legal and illegal, are simply the direct and predictable result of our existing laws being ignored .

Defenders of Obama’s executive action claim that families are being torn apart by existing immigration law that requires deportation of illegal immigrants with children born in the U.S.. But our laws already favor family reunification for legal immigrants. In the last decade over 600,000 immigrants were allowed into our country annually as “family sponsored” immigrants. But to protect our citizens, existing immigration law requires background checks of those immigrants.

Our immigration system is, however, backlogged and lacking resources for current laws to be properly enforced. Kenneth Palinkas, representative for the 12,000 INS agents tasked with screening immigrants to ensure that terrorists, criminals and diseases are kept out of the United States, recently warned that agents are so overwhelmed they are simply “rubber stamping” applications to keep up with their required quotas.  He warned that the executive action will make things “exponentially worse.” American citizens thus have good reason to be worried about only cursory examinations of people entering our country. If legal immigrants are not being properly screened, how will millions more illegal immigrants, many with little to no documentation of their personal history, be properly screened by a system already overburdened?

Although President Obama said illegal immigrants with felony convictions would be deported, does any sane person think that an illegal immigrant convicted of a felony is going to willingly submit to a background check?  Even if one did, there are already 900,000 illegal immigrants who have been ordered deported yet are still in our country.  Why would our citizens have any faith that newly discovered illegal immigrant criminals would be deported with such a backlog of persons already subject to unenforced deportation orders?

Another purported rationale for the executive action is that it will increase tax revenue from illegal immigrants issued work permits and Social Security numbers.  Quite the opposite will occur. The latest analysis by Heritage Foundation poverty expert Robert Rector pegs the net cost —total benefits minus total taxes paid in — of the amnesty recipients will be around $2 trillion over the course of their lifetimes. Looking back, the Treasury Departments’ Inspector General issued a report in 2012 showing that in just that one year $4.2 billion dollars flowed from the federal treasury to illegal immigrants in the form of refunds under the Additional Child Tax Credit.  Prior executive actions granting amnesty also cost taxpayers, just as this one will. The 1986 amnesty by President Reagan cost taxpayers $76 billion ($164 billion in 2012 dollars adjusted for inflation) more than additional tax revenues generated, according to the CBO report that followed that amnesty.

Most importantly, President Obama’s executive action is a catastrophe for working American citizens.  The law of supply and demand can’t be repealed, even by executive order. With a labor participation rate of 63%, the lowest in 37 years, adding nearly 5 million illegal immigrants to the labor pool defies economic common sense. The vast majority of low-skilled jobs illegal immigrants will fill currently require proof of citizenship and background checks.  Security guards, janitorial workers, municipal waste collectors, and other jobs that require bonding or background checks will now be available to illegal immigrants, taking jobs from American citizens and further depressing wages for the entire lower and middle class working population of American citizens.  President Obama’s executive action will literally be taking food out of the mouths of American citizens and their families.

Our nation’s government was elected by, and owes its allegiance to, our fellow citizens. President Obama’s executive action granting amnesty to illegal immigrants and his refusal to enforce our existing immigration laws represent nothing less than a wholesale betrayal of his duty to American citizens.

 

 

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Misguided Priorities

President Obama and many of our elites say Americans have no right to favor other Americans when it comes to immigration (and presumably other policies.) CLICK HERE    Americans First rejects such sentiments completely. Americans First believes that Americans not…Read More

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President Obama and many of our elites say Americans have no right to favor other Americans when it comes to immigration (and presumably other policies.) CLICK HERE    Americans First rejects such sentiments completely. Americans First believes that Americans not only have a right to favor their fellow citizens, but a duty to do so.

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Kentucky Tonight- REPLAY

For a replay of the Monday Nov 24th show on Channel KET (a Lexington PBS affiliate) where Americans First co-founder Ronald Vissing appeared as a guest panelist to discuss the recent Executive Actions taken by President Obama Click Here

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For a replay of the Monday Nov 24th show on Channel KET (a Lexington PBS affiliate) where Americans First co-founder Ronald Vissing appeared as a guest panelist to discuss the recent Executive Actions taken by President Obama Click Here

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Immigration Official Argues Against Amnesty

In an open letter CLICK HERE regarding President Obama’s imminent Executive Action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants currently in the U.S., Kenneth Palinkas who represents over 12,000 immigration agents responsible for screening applicants to ensure that terrorists,…Read More

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In an open letter CLICK HERE regarding President Obama’s imminent Executive Action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants currently in the U.S., Kenneth Palinkas who represents over 12,000 immigration agents responsible for screening applicants to ensure that terrorists, diseases, criminals, and other undesirable groups are kept out of the United States., is urging citizens to voice their opposition to such a plan. “Whether it’s the failure to uphold the public charge laws, the abuse of our asylum procedures, the admission of Islamist radicals, or visas for health risks, the taxpayers are being fleeced and public safety is being endangered on a daily basis.” he writes.  In addition, he states  ”I write today to warn the general public that this situation is about to get exponentially worse -and more dangerous”

 

Even more chilling is his closing remark, “That is why this statement is intended for the public: if you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty. Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors. We who serve in our nation’s immigration agencies are pleading for your help – don’t let this happen. Express your concern to your Senators and Congressmen before it is too late.”

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Illegal Voter Registration

Americans First conducted an investigation into the voter registration process in Kentucky and uncovered a frightening amount of holes in the process that are open to fraudulent registrations. The full analysis can be read by CLICKING HERE. Americans First has also taken initial…Read More

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Americans First conducted an investigation into the voter registration process in Kentucky and uncovered a frightening amount of holes in the process that are open to fraudulent registrations. The full analysis can be read by CLICKING HERE. Americans First has also taken initial legal steps towards demanding that the Ky Board of Elections examine its voter rolls and purge all unqualified voters. Until then, Kentucky residents can have little faith in the integrity of our electoral process.

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Impact of EPA CO2 Reduction Mandate

According to the Congressional Budget Office, policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will also reduce employment. CLICK HERE to read the report. In particular, job losses in the industries that shrink would lower employment more than job gains in other…Read More

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According to the Congressional Budget Office, policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will also reduce employment. CLICK HERE to read the report. In particular, job losses in the industries that shrink would lower employment more than job gains in other industries would increase employment, thereby raising the overall unemployment rate. And if that isn’t harmful enough, according to the U.S. Labor Dept, the lowest 20% income earners will suffer the most. This segment spends over 23% of household income on energy. This nonsensical attempt to reduce CO2 emissions in the U.S. which accounts for less than 17% of worldwide emissions, will have little to no affect on global emissions all the while devastating American jobs and households.

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Turn Off The Illegal Immigration Magnet

Our federal government spent hundreds of millions to build the E-Verify system for employers to check the immigration status of applicants. However, there is no mandatory use of a simple system that is free to employers and takes less than 10 minutes to execute. Today, less than 10 States require…Read More

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Our federal government spent hundreds of millions to build the E-Verify system for employers to check the immigration status of applicants. However, there is no mandatory use of a simple system that is free to employers and takes less than 10 minutes to execute. Today, less than 10 States require employers to use E-Verify. In fact, the State of California made it illegal for cities and county governments to create ordinances requiring employers to use E-Verify. America needs to crack down on not only the illegal border crossings, but also the magnet that corporate businesses use to attract illegal immigrants.

Take a moment to watch an excerpt from the documentary Food Inc. that illustrates how corporations flaunt immigration laws and act in concert with authorities to keep the supply of cheap illegal immigrant labor flowing. Take special note of how Smithfield Foods advertises in Mexican newspapers for jobs and provides buses to transport workers. Click Here for a link to the excerpt.

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A case for term limits

It is hard to imagine that our Founding Fathers, many of whom were private businessmen that put their own business on hold while forming our government,  envisioned career politicians holding office for 20, 30, and 40 years.  Perhaps that is why when writing our Constitution, numerous restriction were put in…Read More

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It is hard to imagine that our Founding Fathers, many of whom were private businessmen that put their own business on hold while forming our government,  envisioned career politicians holding office for 20, 30, and 40 years.  Perhaps that is why when writing our Constitution, numerous restriction were put in place on eligibility to serve in Congress, but none related to length of service.  In the 19th Century, the turnover rate of Congress was consistently 45-50% as members served their duty and returned to the private sector. Since 1990 the turnover rate has averaged less than 7% every two years in Congressional elections despite record low approval ratings.  Why?

 

Finances:  According to the FEC 2012 reports, the House incumbents raised $237 million to the challengers $19 million.  House members receive on average $1 million per year (including franking privilege) for staff and office expense.  Staff is often used in an election cycle for campaign purposes under the guise of “constituent outreach”. Challengers are at a distinct disadvantage from Day 1.

Lobbyist: With the advent of PAC’s and Super PAC’s, much of the campaign finance imbalance can be attributed to the influx of outside influence monies.  It’s no secret that on the first day in office, members of Congress are already beginning their solicitations for contributions to the next election.

What would term limits accomplish?

 Restoration of a Congress where votes are cast based on what is best for our country rather than what is best for reelection chances.  Look no further than our last gov’t shutdown crisis where many members voted out of fear of being “primaried” rather then what they truly felt was in our country’s best interest.

Reduction in pork barrel spending.  Candidates who are facing term expiration will no longer feel the pressure to “bring home the bacon” and curry favor with their constituents.

Reduction of lobbyist and crony capitalism.  The need to continually feed a candidate monies to keep them in office is reduced if there is an expiration date.

 

Arguments against term limits.

 

Elections are a form of term limits;  As outlined above, the incumbents have a significant advantage over challengers. Much of that advantage is derived from tax payer monies.

It reduces Congressional experience;  Congress is no place for on the job training.  If a member of the House or Senate needs 6-10 years to gain experience, they are truly in the wrong position.

 

Summary:

The GOP’s 1994 Contract With America contained an item called Citizens Legislature Act that called for a maximum (12) years service yet was never enacted.  Today, 20 years later, many of those same legislators are still in office

In 2012, the Senate brought to the floor a bill to adopt an Amendment to the Constitution limiting the number of terms a Senator could serve.  It was defeated 75-24 in one of the rare bi-partisan votes.

Many groups, both left and right are once again advocating for Congressional term limits.  We need to offer support to each of these groups regardless of ideology.

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Export-Import Bank Update

In another example of Congressional cowardice, the House and Senate voted to extend authorization of the Export-Import Bank, set to expire Sept 30th, until after the mid-term elections. Americans First has previously illustrated how this government “bank” which sole…Read More

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In another example of Congressional cowardice, the House and Senate voted to extend authorization of the Export-Import Bank, set to expire Sept 30th, until after the mid-term elections. Americans First has previously illustrated how this government “bank” which sole purpose is to provide taxpayer backed government loans to foreign companies in the hopes it will promote the sale of American products is nothing but corporate welfare for multi-national corporations. Ironically, only days after passing the extension, a Memphis, Tn. based firm admitted to fraudulently obtaining a loan and paid a $3.5 million dollar fine.

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Voter Integrity

The North Carolina Board of Elections recently discovered recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) waivers, which allows some illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S., were also illegally registered to vote. The Board of Elections crosschecked their voter rolls with DACA recipients and found hundreds were registered…Read More

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The North Carolina Board of Elections recently discovered recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) waivers, which allows some illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S., were also illegally registered to vote. The Board of Elections crosschecked their voter rolls with DACA recipients and found hundreds were registered to vote even though they are not U.S. citizens. Click Here to read more.

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