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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy


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For the antis who are still making the tired argument that we need to enforce existing immigration laws before we can consider legalizing the millions of out of status immigrants in the US. This is one more piece of evidence that serious enforcement is happening.


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  1. Carl McGinnis's Avatar
    Everyone must be warned before coming to the United States. Even if you have a visa, you are putting yourself at risk of Homeland Security ICE officers.

    I have a friend that is from Paris France here on an education visa to finish his degree. He has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of 2010, His passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is not illegal. In 2008 He fell in love and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to Prescription medications, He knew nothing about this. But he was arrested due to her mistakes.

    He was placed in detention, scheduled for deportation. He has been in detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months now. All this because of her mistakes. She should be the one in jail not him. Please everyone coming to America. Think twice. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her job, and they are in the process of losing there home. All this was caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail.

    They make up any story they want and when they are questioned about it you get nowhere. I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Ginny Brown-Waite and even President Obama. But no one will listen. So please people think twice about coming to America for any reason. Our immigration system is broken ....they all agree, but you put your life at risk when you enter our borders.

    Even if you follow the rules you may also lose everything as this couple has. No one will listen, no one cares. This man has never even had a traffic violation and is 51 yrs old. He has never worked in America has always been self supporting and took nothing from Americans social services. His American dream has turned into a night mare. Shame on America.

    I think it is about time someone revised this immigration and ICE practice. What is illegal in this case is the way DHS is treating this guy. John Morton and Janet N. should be ashamed of themselves. This is just wrong. While in there detention center they have abused him, denied him food and proper medical treatment. He is diabetic and they will not give him the proper food or medical attention. I think it is terrible. The phone system is very poor and not working everyday. They plan it that way so they can not contact there lawyers and family.

    Someone needs to stop ICE, They are totally out of control. I fear He will be next on the long list of persons that have died while in detention. Until you go to one of these detention centers and see with your own eyes, you will not believe what America is doing. I was shocked, on my first visit and after almost 6 months of seeing what happens, how they have to live. I am still in shock.

    Trust me it is all about money. He is in a private prison owned by a company called GEO based near Miami Fl. They are paid very well by our tax dollars, but the treatment is unbelievable. I just have to close by saying shame on America. I have seen it with my own eyes. I wonder how many congressmen have stock in this company. They are doing quite well. Just watch for yourself they are GEO on the stock market and are doing well in a bad economy. Makes one think a government contract like this is not a bad investment. I think the government is making a mountain out of a mole hill and now wants to sell climbing equipment!

  2. mlimberg's Avatar
    Enforcement seems to be working. My Emergency Room is much less crowded then before. And the patients we are seeing even have insurance. If you wish to support illegal immigration, please bring your checkbook and write checks for all those that walk out without paying. Do this for a couple of weeks and then tell me about how tired this arguement really is?
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    mlimberg - there are plenty of studies showing that immigrants pay far more in taxes than they get in benefits. There are basically only two public benefits illegally present immigrants get - emergency room care and public school education. But they pay sales taxes like everyone else and millions are paying income taxes and having socially security withheld (the odd benefit Americans get when an estimated four million people work under false security numbers. By one estimate, there is $100 billion sitting in the social security trust fund that will presumably benefit YOU since the immigrants paying in will never collect the money and American taxpayers will reap the benefit.

    This is all crazy, of course. Immigrants have no interest in not paying taxes and they often go to great lengths to make sure they're paying their fair share. If we actually legalized these millions of workers, we'll capture a lot more taxes.
  4. Brittancus's Avatar
    Either a House or Senate bill, that releases millions of foreign workers into our country, will devastate the public safety net. As it is now--California--a SANCTUARY STATE--is under constant bombardment to support uncounted numbers of foreign invaders on the health care, education and penal system. America's largest population of illegal immigrants, California bears a huge cost to provide basic human services for this fast growing, illegal low-income segment of its population. A new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) examines the costs of education, health care and incarceration of illegal aliens, and concludes that the costs to Californians is $10.5 billion annually. California voters rebelled and overwhelmingly passed Proposition 187, which sought to limit liability for mass illegal immigration. Since then, state and local governments have blatantly ignored the wishes of the voters and continued to pay out publicly financed benefits on illegal families. Prop 187 was brought before Judge Mariana Pfaelzer, who in November 1997 found the law to be unconstitutional. Governor Wilson appealed the ruling, which brought the case to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (who are extremist Liberals) In 1999, newly elected Democratic Governor Gray Davis had the case brought before mediation, and then intentionally dropped the appeals process before the courts, effectively killing the law so it--NEVER--reached the Supreme Court. Dan Stein, President of FAIR stated, "California's addiction to 'cheap' illegal alien labor is bankrupting the state and posing enormous burdens on the state's SHRINKING MIDDLE CLASS TAX BASE," he added "Most Californians, who have seen their taxes increase while public services deteriorate, already know the impact that mass illegal immigration is having on their communities, but even they may be shocked when they learn just how much of a drain illegal immigration has become. After these fiscal numbers were released, there seem to be an intentional reluctance to offer costs for both legal and illegal immigrant cost to the US taxpayer. The latest news now is the border state of Arizona, is in dire straights financially and also heading towards bankruptcy.

    "This is owing to a Sacramento Liberal Assembly, which has edged the state to near bankruptcy. Only by the interruption of multi-millions of American citizens, legal residents and congregations of anti-illegal immigration groups will America prevail. Here is the Capitol switchboard number to call 202-224-3121 because your vote is needed to stop any AMNESTY. The last 1986 Immigration bill was never aggressively enforced, that is why millions of illegal immigrants roam freely throughout America? The blame can be placed upon previous administrations as they have always been in collusion with the business, including Wall Street that is the real mechanism that governs our country? That is--WHY--we are taxed to subsidize--CORPORATE WELFARE--with incredulous numbers of lowly paid illegal wages and no benefits. THIS IS ALL ABOUT CORPORATE GREED and the complete indifference to the AMERICAN WORKERS SURVIVAL AND AN OVERPOPULATION FUTURE.

    In a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, based on the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation, analyzed the cost of immigrants based on their specific use of (means-tested) welfare entitlements (both direct and indirect), and revealed that the total immigrant receipt of benefits in--1996--came to $180 billion. THAT IS $ ONE HUNDRED & EIGHTY BILLION IN 1996? WHAT ARE THE EXPENDITURES NOW? Today's costs if audited would support some foreign governments treasuries. Obama and his army of pro-illegal worker lobbyist, faith groups, unions, anti-sovereignty Caucuses, to adjoin and undermine our voting system, by organizing huge numbers who will automatically vote in favor of the Democratic party.

    There are thousands of pro-sovereignty, anti-illegal immigration organizations that are fighting to halt another demented AMNESTY. So if what President Obama has stated that he will approve a so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, with the approval of the Democratic Party leadership will be a devastating Armageddon. Last Tuesday, December 15, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez introduced this proposed law, called the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP).More than ever before it would be to the advantage of all the Anti-AMNESTY groups to unify and mobilize every organizations such as NUMBERSUSA, FAIR, CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, AMERICAN PATROL, JUDICIAL WATCH and every opponent group to join a massive build-up against this dark foreboding issue. Most of the American population has absolutely no conception of the implication surrounding this outrageous bill. But any bill legalizing foreign nationals who have scorned our laws is unconstitutional, without THE PEOPLE'S absolute permission.

    The millions of illegal people here would pay small fine of $500.00 dollars, learn English and pass a criminal background check. The law suggested stripping police officers of their federally-sanctioned (287 g) powers that detains individuals for immigration and visa violations, according to The Chicago Tribune. Sen. Harry Reid, Pelosi, Napolitano, Schumer and others know that our only true deterrent E-Verify will be obsolete? This is just for those 20 to 30 million illegal aliens and families who live within this nation borders now. Even more millions will be waiting outside the borders, ready to make the rush for US soil, before the president signs the AMNESTY (CIR ASAP) document. THAT WILL BE THE HIGHEST PINNACLE OF MADNESS, FORCED UPON THE AMERICAN WORKER. THEY WILL HAVE TO COMPETE WITH THOSE ALREADY HERE AND THOSE WHO SUDDENLY SWARM INTO AMERICA. All these destitute, unskilled people will need food, housing and welfare support to exist in our society.
  5. Ed Weirdness's Avatar
    What complete self serving nonsense! No pretense of effective immigration enforcement has been made in decades. 80% of this nations population (overpopulation growth) growth is through immigration, with the substantial majority of that, through illegal immigration. During the Eisenhower administration, just over a million illegal aliens were caught and deported, in less than 4 months, by fewer than 800 border patrol officers. Overpopulation, congestion, urban sprawl, crumbling infrastructure, diminishing resources, energy shortages, overcrowded schools and hospitals, lack of affordable housing, crime, pollution, the balkanization of our communities, depressed wages, increased tax burdens, the marginalization of American workers, taxpayers and voters, the overall decline in quality of life, are all the result of unconstrained immigration. Too many people competing for the same limited resources is not sane, sustainable social, economic or environmental policy! China, Mexico, Great Britain, the European Union have all taken steps to end illegal immigration, and have adopted policies to curtail legal immigration to only that which is prudent, demonstrably necessary, readily assimilated, and above all other concerns, in the best interests of their native populations. It's dangerously misguided to suggest that the United States no do likewise.
  6. Jim's Avatar
    If you ask me, almost everything the US is doing is wrong.

    If it were right, there won't even be instances such as this:

    These over-the-top visa restrictions, too much focus on illegal immigrants are all wrong. It only results in isolating the US, bringing down tourism (traditional, business and medical tourism), driving away businesses and turning the focus away from anti-terrorism.

    Look at Hong Kong and Singapore. Most nationals around the world can go in and out of these countries for all forms of tourism, and business w/ very minimal to no restrictions. Do they have major problems with terrorism ??

    It's time to almost do the exact opposite what the US doing now and pattern it more how HK and Singapore does it.

    The more the US do these over-the-top visa and immigration restrictions, the more the terrorists are emboldened.

  7. George Chell's Avatar

    Too much focus on Hispanic illegals and building wall south of the border instead of on Islamic radicals. Had the money used to build the wall or support the racists like Arapaio and his fellow racist Arizona citizens used in anti-terrorism measures, the Christmas Day incident would never have happened. If we dont have money, and dont like borrowing or raising taxes, let us use less money in sending illegal Hispanics home and more on stopping people like this Nigerian guy!
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    "Look at Hong Kong and Singapore. Most nationals around the world can go in and out of these countries for all forms of tourism, and business w/ very minimal to no restrictions. Do they have major problems with terrorism ??

    It's time to almost do the exact opposite what the US doing now and pattern it more how HK and Singapore does it.

    The more the US do these over-the-top visa and immigration restrictions, the more the terrorists are emboldened."

    Totally agree. But, Singapore does not focus on really profiles people while Americans, particularly whites in states such as Arizona are obsessed with race and skin color!
  9. Jim's Avatar
    "let us use less money in sending illegal Hispanics home and more on stopping people like this Nigerian guy!"

    Yep, exactly my point. US is not doing it smart. Just wasting a lot of money, energy and turning their heads away to where it really should be - terrorists.

    In the meantime, these over-the-top visa and immigration restrictions has brought down all forms of tourism, turned away businesses/jobs, brought hate to America (even on people just transiting), foiled getting the 2016 Olympics, so on and so forth and for what?? To be lucky that the terrorism attempt was foiled because passengers were quick on their reflexes to save their own necks?? To have 2 publicly known TSA security breaches prior to the Xmas day terror attempt and anecdotally regular hacking attempts, including hacking through the electrical grid?

  10. George Chell's Avatar

    Too much focus on skin color and too little focus on catching terrorists. Any moslem with a white skin color can get a free pass even into the White House...

    Having a blonde wife helps of course! Meanwhile racist Arapaio could use non-white faces to get elected Governor of Arizona!
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