Archive for the ‘immigration’ Category

I find it both hilarious and severely disconcerting how the same people who harangued George Bush about his foreign policy and civil liberties records are giving Obama a free pass, even though he exceeds anything Bush did. Now everything’s about the economy, where they offer tenuous evidence at best of how Obama lowered the deficit.

That’s a pretty good misdirection, but there should be an important distinction. Even if he’s lowered the deficit (which is impossible for him to do without the assistance of congress, more importantly the House, where all budgetary matters originate), economic freedom has declined, small businesses have been stifled due to an overburden of regulations that big businesses approve of because they scare off competition, and taxes on the majority of citizens have increased.That’s his economic legacy, along with Bush.

His foreign policy is abysmal. Drone strikes in countries we’re allied with. War or the threat of war with countries who pose no threat to us. Indefinite detention of enemy combatants (a term loosely defined by the administration). Sound familiar?

His domestic policy doesn’t fare any better. Illegal wiretapping of citizens. Illegal GPS surveillance. Indefinite detention of citizens without due process. Raiding legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Deporting more immigrants than Bush ever dreamed of.

And now, thanks to a Glenn Beck tweet, there’s a controversy over the casting of Mendhi Ouazanni as Satan in the Bible miniseries because he bears a passing resemblance to Obama. You know, if he was older, darker, Moroccan, and looked like Emperor Palpatine.

But hey, the economy’s getting better.

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The feds finally filed a lawsuit to block AZ’s ‘tough’ immigration law, not on grounds that it unjustly discriminates against immigrants (as many have argued), both legal & illegal, but on the grounds that it usurps federal authority.

But answer me this: since there are federal laws setting minimum wage, why hasn’t the federal government sued the 5 states (AR, CO, GA, MI, & WY) with minimum wages lower than what the feds say it should be? (According to the Department of Labor, the higher of the 2 is the effective minimum wage, eg. since CA’s minimum wage ($8/hr) is higher than the fed’s ($7.25/hr), CA’s effective minimum wage is $8/hr)

Federal laws, when expressly granted the power by the US Constitution, trump state laws. There is no constitutional provision granting them authority over pay rates in the different states.

They are granted authority over immigration, however. But since the ‘controversial’ AZ law says basically the same thing as federal law, and the feds aren’t enforcing said law, what’s the problem? In my opinion, the AZ legislature only did what they felt they needed to.

But in order to truly curb illegal immigration, federal law needs to be changed. 1st, a temporary guest worker program that is truly temporary, should be instituted. And for those who have overstayed their visas, if they’re in the process of becoming a US citizen, they should be given amnesty. Not becoming a citizen? Well, you’re going back home. (Same should go for those on student visas, also).

2nd. End birthright citizenship. Yes, it’s guaranteed under the 14th amendment, which was ratified in 1865 to give slaves & their children citizenship, which means we would need a constitutional convention to overturn this part of the amendment.

3rd. You come here, you pay taxes, period. No grace period. (I would also do away with the progressive tax system & institute an across the board flat tax, but that’s different legislation)

4th. Encourage skilled workers that we need to come here, workers that the US needs & can’t find within its borders. (Also lower the corporate tax rate & eliminate the capital gains tax to encourage businesses to stay here or move here from other countries, but that, too, is separate legislation)

5th, and perhaps most important: End the drug war here & encourage Mexico to do the same. >23,000 Mexican people, some involved with the drug trade & some not, have been killed because of this failed policy since 2006. That’s almost 380% higher than how many US servicemen & women have been killed in Iraq & Afghanistan since 2001. Wouldn’t you leave if you could? No matter what?

And contrary to popular belief, the crime rate, even violent crimes, has declined over the last ten years in AZ, even though the immigration rate has risen.

My conclusion? Both the AZ immigration law and the federal suit to stop it are purely political. Neither are designed to cure the disease, & only one is designed to treat a symptom (for lack of a better analogy. I don’t think of immigrants as a disease.)

By the way, if you read my previous post(s) on immigration, you’ll see I’ve changed my view quite drastically. This is because I’ve done more of my own researching & less listening to talking heads.

It bothers me when people preach about tolerance toward one group…but some other group is ok to judge.

Take, for instance, homosexuality. Many people believe that homosexuals should have access to the same rights as heterosexuals. I happen to agree with that. But there are many people that, while preaching tolerance toward homosexuals, have a lot of intolerance for religious people (and others, but I’m just gonna use the one example).

Apparently, “creationists are ignorant morons” (a phrase I’ve seen & heard many times). So, because I take it on faith that there is a being greater than mankind capable of making something out of nothing, I’m an ignorant moron. But what about scientists who take it on faith that there is a particle (Higgs Boson, aka the God particle) that allowed anti-matter & matter to combine without destroying each other, thus giving matter mass? There is, as of now, no solid proof that such a particle exists. Yet why are they not judged?

Also, no one has explained to me where, if space was a vacuum in the beginning (nothing can exist inside a vacuum), where did the pinhole size gas cloud come from? And what was the catalyst that caused it to explode? Where did that catalyst come from?

Tolerance is a two-way street. I try to practice what I preach. I slip occasionally. Many of my posts, both here & on WordPress, are things I don’t necessarily believe anymore.

Many people think I’m a walking contradiction. I’m a Republican, Christian (though I’m far from perfect), I believe gays should be allowed to get married, I don’t support the Iraq war or the nation building the last administration got us involved in, I believe in going after al Qaeda, I’m vocal in my support for the troops, I believe immigration laws should be more conducive to uncapped legal immigration while being tough on those who come here illegally, I don’t support the drug war…I can go on & on.

I know there are people who disagree with me. Millions, actually. And you know what? That makes for the best conversations. Politically speaking, my mom & I are diametrically opposed, but we can talk for hours, civilly, on the subject.

I believe people should be free to make their own decisions as long as they’re not hurting anyone else. You wanna do meth? Fine. You wanna steal from me to support your habit? Hell no.

God gave us free will. He allows us to make mistakes because he knows that’s the best way for us to learn.

Will I judge again? Probably. Heck, this whole post judges people. But in a way that I would like to be judged.

To sum up: if there’s proof I’m wrong, show me. If you have definitive proof there is no God, show me . If you want tolerance, lead by example. Tolerance for nonviolence.

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1-2 “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5

One the surface this video is funny. But then you think of how true it is. Then you cry a little on the inside. Common Sense has died. All you have to do is look at what’s happening in D.C. to figure that out.

Those of you that believe crossing the border into the United States illegally is a crime, raise your hands. Ms. Napolitano, why aren’t you raising your hand? Oh, “It’s not a crime, per se. It’s civil”? Um, I believe that the United States Code would disagree with you. Legal Information Institute has the entire code. First offense is a misdemeanor and each subsequent offense is a felony.

Um, being the DHS Secretary, shouldn’t you know that? Also, being the former governer of a border state, shouldn’t you be up on immigration laws? I mean, this one’s been in it’s current form since 1991. It’s not like it changes all the time. You criticize Sheriff Arpaio’s remark about hoping the federal government prosecutes all immigrants who cross our border illegally as being “very political”, but your very stance on immigration is “very political”. Any, and I mean any, amnesty legislation goes against U.S. Code: Title 8, chapter 12, subchapter II, part VIII, ss 1325 (I couldn’t figure out how to make the freaky two esses together).

People often ask me why I’m so hardcore against immigration. Well, I’m not. I’m a product of immigration. But I am against illegal immigration, because  it’s illegal. We are a nation of laws. And, to quote George Washington, “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.” Seems pretty clear-cut to me.

There are a couple of ways to get into the U.S. legally. Become a political refugee. Go through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Do that and I won’t have a problem with you. But break the law, we’ve got a big problem. And for you politicians out there, enforce the law. Don’t change it or ignore it to do what you consider politically expedient. Don’t pass the DREAM Act or any other amnesty legislation.

For true immigration reform, we should first start enforcing our laws. We shouldn’t imprison those who are only trying to enforce it. Strengthen our borders, all of them. Let the National Guard patrol the borders, to assist the Border Patrol agents already there. They are the National Guard, so this is a way they could guard our nation, temporarily.

Well, that’s the end of my rant for now. If anyone has any better suggestions, I’m open to hearing them.

Full disclosure: I’m a supporter of FAIR and The Heritage Foundation. These are the first two organizations I’ve ever donated (just $25) to. I know there are A LOT of people who don’t agree with them, and that’s fine. I doubt I agree with them on everything.

With that out of the way, in an email from Heritage there was a link to an article in the LA Times about California counties cutting health care for illegals. First and foremost, as I’m sure most of you know, if you’re sick and it’s an emergency doctors are required by law to treat you regardless of your status. There was a quote from one woman, Marina Espinoza, that kinda bothered me. Ms Espinoza is an illegal immigrant residing in Contra Costa County. She has diabetes and high blood pressure. “None of us choose to get sick,” said Espinoza, 39. “I can’t afford the medications. How can I pay for that? It’s that or rent.” Before anybody gets in a tizzy about this, she’s considering returning to Mexico where a relative has a lead on a job with health insurance.

One thing that bothers me is we have illegal aliens being interviewed by the LA Times. If they can find them, why can’t ICE? What’s the point of having immigration laws when they’re not going to be enforced? Ms Espinoza’s quote bothered me because there are millions of legal American citizens who can’t afford health care right now. I’ll soon join those millions when my job is done away with in a couple of months. She’s right about one thing: no one chooses to get sick. But when you come to this country illegally, by what right do you deserve health care at taxpayer expense when you’re not paying taxes?

These counties are doing this in order to save money. And I for one commend them for this. Many of you are probably thinking I’m an asshole right now because I don’t want illegals getting health care. That’s only partially true. Everyone has a right to health care. I just don’t think that I should have to pay for someone elses while still paying for mine. If they want health care, they can try to find a job to pay for it. Of course, to find a job with health benefits you’ll probably have to be a legal citizen, or at least have a valid work visa. Also, it’s not just illegal alien health care I don’t want to pay for. I don’t want to pay for anybody’s other than my own, until I have a family and then I’ll pay for theirs, too.

Of course, this could be a moot point. According to FAIR, Congress is having a hearing this Thursday on “immigration reform”, otherwise known as amnesty. There are an estimated twelve million illegal immigrants in this country. They come from all over the globe, not just Mexico. Laos, Russia, China, even Canada, among others. Can you imagine the economic strain that would put on our already struggling economy? With unemployment at 8.5%, the highest it’s been in 25 years, how is amnesty going to help us? And this hearing is going to be chaired by none other than Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Traditional values are dead? American’s don’t want a strong foreign policy? Maybe you should talk to your fellow New Yorkers about that last one, Chucky. Perhaps someone should take a poll and see how Americans feel about granting amnesty to twelve million illegals. Oh, someone already did?  US News cites a Rasmussen poll. Also, there’s a Zogby poll. There are others, but, since I’m running out of time I won’t put them all here (I have to start getting ready for work soon, while I still have a job). Perhaps someone should clue good ol’ Chuck into where traditional values are alive and the majority want TRUE immigration reform, not an amnesty bill in the guise of reform that will only weaken our economy even more. And I’ll say what appears no one in D.C. will: ship evey single illegal immigrant back to whichever country they came from and let them come in through the front door next time.