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It is with a tear in my eye that I read the recent article in The Oregonian about re-uniting families.
Quotes like this, "I'm not going to wait until legislation tells me when I can reunite with my family," she said. "We're not playing around, so we're going to take justice and we're going to do what we feel is right" tug at my heartstrings.
I have an idea. If a person broke into the U.S. or overstayed a Visa and was later apprehended, deported and separated from their family then it is their fault. It isn't my fault or my problem.
If they want to be together as a family, then return with the family member that was deported.
I am repulsed by people who think that our laws don't apply to them. And, worse, I am repulsed by law makers that repeatedly send that message. We have immigration laws - enforce them!
Just when we think many of those in the Oregon Legislature can't get any more arrogant - they surprise us and play the "pathetic" trump card.
Example: HB 4054A - a new bill designed to re-write the ballot language of the veto refernedum on SB 833.
Read OFIR President Cynthia Kendoll's guest opinion published in the Oregonian. We encourage you to post a comment, as well.
By Elizabeth Van Staaveren
Must the U.S. grow to one billion people or more? We don’t have to, but unless present immigration policies are changed, we will.
Current U.S. population is well over 317 million, with one international migrant coming every 36 seconds and a net gain of one person every 15 seconds, according to the Census Bureau’s population clock.
Levels of immigration are set by Congress, supposedly acting in the public interest. But various lobbies representing businesses, ethnic groups, and idealists who think national borders should not exist, have influenced the course of immigration over recent decades, pushing levels of immigration higher and higher.
Rates of increase in immigration in recent years are astounding. The immigrant population doubled from 1990 to 2000. It has nearly tripled since 1980, and quadrupled since 1970.
Instead of reducing levels of immigration, as would be prudent for quality of life, or a healthy, sustainable environment, we see the various lobbies combining efforts in a push for vastly expanded immigration.
S.744, the Senate’s so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, would double legal immigration and greatly increase guest worker programs for both low- and high-skilled foreign workers. All 52 Democratic Senators including Oregon’s Wyden and Merkley, plus 14 Republicans, and 2 Independents voted for it. The 32 No votes were all from Republican Senators.
The GOP’s recently released “Standards for Immigration Reform” are a deceptively worded version of S.744, showing that the leadership of both parties wants amnesty for 11 million or more illegal aliens now, in spite of the fact that 7 amnesties have been passed in Congress from 1986 onward, and immigration law enforcement has been grossly inadequate for decades.
Pending in the House is H.R. 15, which nearly mirrors S.744. Four of Oregon’s five Representatives signed as sponsors: Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, and Peter DeFazio. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) didn’t sign, but amnesty advocates claim he supports them.
Although leadership in both major parties favors amnesty, and all Democrats in Congress appear to be solidly in favor, Republican members are far from unified on the issue. Over half of the Republicans in the Senate voted against S.744. Opposition to amnesty among most House Republicans has so far prevented amnesty bills from coming to the floor.
Honest polls report majorities of voters nationwide want the immigration laws enforced. It’s clear that our legislators and presidents are not listening – we need to find replacements who will put the interests of citizens first. The purpose of immigration law is to protect the citizens of this country.
Common sense argues for a moratorium for an extended period. With birth rates among the native-born holding steady or falling, the U.S. could then begin to balance population and environment, stop forcing citizens to compete with illegal aliens for jobs, reduce unemployment, and sustain an improved quality of life here.
Forsaking Fundamentals; The Environmental Establishment Abandons U.S. Population Stabilization, By Leon Kolankiewicz and Roy Beck. Center for Immigration Studies, 2001. See Executive Summary section on Dropping fertility.
Also: http://cis.org/articles/2001/forsaking/why.html. Why the change? (Center paper 18, 2001) page 1.
Also: http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/research-pub/BirthsPopandEcon_2013.pdf. Birth rates, population growth, and the economy, by Jack Martin, FAIR, 2013.
[ii] Table 6, p.19
It's the sound of flushing our wonderful country going down the toilet.
Every morning, I wake up and think I must have been having a nightmare - this can't be true. And, every morning it's even worse.
Many states are under attack - just to name a few:
New Mexico continues to give driver licenses to illegal aliens - in spite of the increasing fraud and ID theft they have been struggling with for over 10 years.
Colorado now has dangerous drug cartels taking advantage of their new legalized marijuana laws.
Washington is on the brink of allowing illegal alien students (already granted an in state tuition benefit) to access grant money.
Oregon, is on the brink of granting driver privilege cards to illegal aliens, if PODL isn't successful in overturning the new law in November.
And now, the GOP leadership announces its plans and principles for immigration reform...
What the hell is going on here? I keep asking myself this question - over and over again.
Are our elected officials so indebted to big business donors, are they so swayed by lobbying bands of charismatic illegal aliens and their smooth talking advocates, are they so corrupt, or heaven forbid - are they just so stupid they don't see the handwriting on the wall. Do they stand on any principles whatsoever or do they even have any kind of moral compass? It would appear the answer to those questions is NO!
Our country is being sucked down the crapper with the guiding hand of many of our elected officials from both sides of the aisle! Our nation's sovereignty and everything our great nation stands for is at risk. These politicians are willing to flush all the men and women who fought and died for our freedom, all the immigrants who followed the rules and came here the right way and all the hard working, tax paying, law abiding citizens are going down with it.
After the big flush - think about what will be left of our country. That's where the nightmare really begins.
Every single one of you that reads this post must call your Congressman and tell them that if they don't do everything in their power to stop this train wreck of 'immigration reform', if they support it in any way, you will do everything in your power to see they never return to Washington for another term.
Let's stop this nightmare and shine a light on the politicians flushing our great country down the toilet!
Start calling today!
To find the information you need click here.
Also, please call:
- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) 202-225-0600 and
- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) 202-225-4000
Is the GOP so limp lipped that they need the advice of Michael Bloomberg and the Democrat Party to tell them how to proceed and be successful? Perhaps Republicans should instead listen to their constituents regarding the mass amnesty scheme brewing in the House of Representatives.
Read how Bloomberg advises things should be handled in Congress.
The old saying says, "live and learn". Hopefully, as we move forward we also look back at those who have gone before us and try to learn from mistakes made along the way.
However, we seem to be destined to repeat the same mistakes of those who have traveled this road before us.
I paid a visit to our local DMV office to inquire about driver testing and the language barrier. I was told that the DMV provides driver manuals only in English and Spanish. But, the written exams are given in six languages. More often than not, actual driving tests are given by English speaking DMV employees who claim they often resort to hand signals and gestures to give instructions during the test.
The United Kingdom has been in the same situation. Read about the problems they have faced giving driver licenses to none English speaking drivers.
Leading Evangelicals show that the Bible has been misinterpreted and many church goers are being wrongfully guided into accepting a full blown amnesty as the Christian way.
Read NumbersUSA Vice President James Robb's insightful blog post.
Mark Krikorian - Executive Director of Center for Immigration Studies - hits the nail on the head by expressing the frustration we often feel with media coverage of immigration related issues.
Politico ran a piece the other day on White House fears that Obama will share the political blame if the current amnesty push fails — i.e., that his attempts to pin all the responsibility on the Republicans won't be successful....
But one sentence struck me as shedding light on a broader problem with media coverage of immigration:
The White House is very touchy about any criticism from its allies for Obama's deportation policies, which have sent away more people during his tenure than all other presidents combined.
The factual assertion here is simply false. No matter how you calculate the number of people "sent away," it's simply not true that Obama's done more than "all other presidents combined." ...
This isn't a tangential matter. The advocacy groups are pressuring Obama to unilaterally stop all deportations (see the #Not1More campaign, for instance) and the claim about "record deportations" is a central talking point in this effort.
The problem here isn't just a factual error on the part of a reporter; we all make mistakes. Nor is the problem that a political reporter (Reid Epstein is part of Politico's White House team) isn't familiar with the details of a policy area he's writing about; the White House deals with every imaginable issue, and a reporter writing about an administration's political machinations can't be a specialist in all the policy issues.
Rather, this error highlights the media's gullibility on immigration. Too many reporters and editors unthinkingly see the anti-enforcement groups' views as normative, and just assume their statements of fact are correct. This isn't just because the reporters are mostly liberals, which is obviously true, but also because the coalition includes lobbyists from both the right and the left. If the Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, Cato Institute, and Center for American Progress agree that we need amnesty and vastly increased immigration, then that must be the "mainstream" position, with the other side being less reputable. This leads to a woeful, and un-journalistic, lack of skepticism where even baldly false factual claims are repeated without question. You also see this in the endless repetition of non-existent provisions in the Senate bill on paying "back taxes" and "learning English."
Maybe if I repackaged some swampland in Florida as "Immigration Reform Swampland" I could find a reporter to buy it.
Read the entire article here.
House Speaker John Boehner is now promising to bring illegal alien amnesty legislation, disguised as "immigration reform," up for a vote as soon as the GOP primary deadlines for 2014 end. This means that amnesty will pass if we don't all work together with other like-minded groups to stir up strong challengers to the more than 30 GOP incumbents in the House whom we know support amnesty. Boehner and his fellow conspirators hope to lay low on immigration issues in the hope that no significant primary challengers will emerge against the 35 GOP amnesty supporters he must lead to vote with the Democrats to pass the unpopular bill!
Boehner is now promising to bring illegal alien amnesty legislation, disguised as "immigration reform," up for a vote as soon as the GOP primary deadlines for 2014 end. This means that amnesty will pass if we don't all work together with the Tea Party groups to stir up strong challengers to the more than 30 GOP incumbents in the House whom we know support amnesty.
He and other Republicans know that a large majority of Americans will hate the amnesty they pass in the same way the American public dislikes the passed Senate Amnesty bill 744, which many Americans only discovered was amnesty after it passed! Opposition to what Boehner and Obama want to do with immigration reform amnesty should exceed 80% levels in most GOP primaries, making incumbents who support the plan easy pickings for qualified GOP challengers.
Read what Boehner is planning after the new year.