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Carl Shusterman's Immigration Update

Obama's 38 Words On Immigration

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_full/image/image_file/20130212-sotu.jpeg?itok=aPYAe5Ly I listened intently to President Obama's State of the Union speech yesterday. The man is clearly a gifted orator. He stressed the need for cooperation between Democrats and Republicans on the big issues facing our country: the economy, climate change and health care reform, but where oh where was immigration?

Finally, after the President was over one hour into his speech, I heard the word "immigration". One sentence. It came and went so fast that if you turned to your spouse and said, "Okay, here comes the President's plan for immigration reform", you would have missed the whole thing.

Here are the 38 words in the speech which relate to immigration:

"And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system -- to secure our borders, enforce our laws and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation."

Has Congress been at work "fixing our broken immigration system"? If so, I must have missed it. Maybe it happened the same day that Scott Brown won Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts, and the story appeared on page C23 of the New York Times below a Bloomingdale's bra ad. I'll have to check the back issues of the newspaper.

Of course, since the President did not actually mention "Congress", maybe he was talking about the Administration's immigration policies. The DHS did grant TPS to the Haitians, a good thing that even some of the anti-immigrant folks agree with. Also, ICE announced that it was going to reform immigration detention shortly after the agency released a list of 107 detainees who have died while in ICE custody. This is certainly a welcome, if long overdue, development.

I was skeptical about the possibility that Comprehensive Immigration Reform would occur before this year's elections. See "CIR: You Can't Always Get What You Want (When You Want It)". Now, following the State of the Union address, I can see that getting Congress to pass immigration reform legislation is far down on the list of the Administration's priorities.

I, for one, am not holding my breath.

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Updated 12-02-2013 at 05:45 PM by CShusterman

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  1. Brittancus's Avatar
    There is absolutely no need to scrap the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform law (Pub.L. 99-603, 100 Stat. 3359, signed into law by Ronald Reagan. Just enforce the laws already on the books and add new amendments to the Simpson/Mazzoli bill. The law criminalized the act of--KNOWINGLY--hiring an illegal worker and established fines and other penalties for those employing illegal labor. This was approved under the theory that low prospects for employment using restrictions would reduce illegal immigration. But as we have acknowledged for decades, the laws were never intended to halt cheap labor. Never mind the severe consequences to the average working American, who if not skilled must contend in competing with a cut-price foreigner for a job. Even now with 15 million US Americans unemployed, the administrations want to force through an AMNESTY for people who have scorned our laws, disguised as Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

    Washington in 1986 introduced the I-9-form. to ensure that all employees presented documentary proof of their legal eligibility to accept employment in the United States. But just like most immigration forms, they don't achieve the enforcement needed? The USCIS Form I-94 or I-95 that a individual gives to an Agent when arriving in the United States at a land border port-of-entry or from an airline or ship is a document that is easily compromised. Even though the arrival has been approved by an USCIS inspector to prove that you arrived in the country legally, their is no efficient way to know that person has left the country. It's just like E-Verify currently that has been introduced, it doesn't go far enough. An amendment should be introduced that makes the law MANDATORY, with no business entity slipping through the cracks. Since then the whole system has been corrupted by our own politicians in collusion with certain parasite leaders in the business world. The whole system of legal immigration has become unstable, with far reaching effects on American men and women and those who entered the country legally.

    The newspapers and other sources have brainwashed with a number of 12 million illegal immigrants in this nation, but this number is far from the truth. The actual number calculated by the financial institution Bear Stearns is somewhere between 20 and 30 million, which accounts for those entering illegally through our sovereign border, and those people who intentionally overstayed their entry visas. The three major components of immigration control--impediment, detainment and deportation--need to be strengthened by Senate-House and the Executive Branch if effective control is ever to be reestablished. As of today this has never happened or even meant to happen. As long as politicians pander to open border organizations and business lobbyists nothing will ever change. We need to amend the 1986 program to end illegal immigration; that means ensuring that people who enter illegally or overstay their lawful status will not be able to obtain jobs, public entitlement benefits, public education, public housing, or any other taxpayer-funded benefit without detection. E-Verify can achieve this as it modified for use by state, county and local government. Our government already exacts a toll on the Highly skilled US worker, by importing an average of 1.5 million foreign job seekers annually.

    EVEN WORSE WITH A MOSTLY LIBERAL SUPREME COURT DENYING UNDER "FREE SPEECH" THAT LOBBYISTS WITH THEIR MONEY CAN CORRUPT OUR GOVERNMENT. THAT EVEN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS CAN DISTRACT OUR LAWMAKERS WITH MAJOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE UNDER THIS CORPORATE ONSLAUGHT. Simply put, lobbyists can spend millions of dollars in advertising for or against politicians, if they don't like the way they voted on issues? This means WALL STREET still runs our government. THE PEOPLE'S ONLY CHANCE IS A MANDATORY LAW, THAT ANY SOURCES OF MONEY MUST BE COMPLETELY OPEN TO PUBLIC VIEWING--WITHOUT ANY OPTION.

    WE have already seen how our politicians have been manipulated by private enterprise, in slowing down immigration enforcement. Both E-Verify has been compromised with lies, as with the local policing program 287 (G). Even the ICE raids have fallen off somewhat, because of the promise of yet another AMNESTY.
    It is now up to public opinion to thwart any chance of AMNESTY, as it means another obstacle in the way of survival for American workers and their families. E-Verify is being improved in the coming months, with less irregularities and less need for an American worker to be in competition for jobs. E-Verify is included in the SAVE ACT and must remain fully funded, so that it inhibits illegal workers. Find more answers for your immigration questions at NUMBERSUSA dot com and JUDICIALWATCH dot org. DEMAND NO MORE AMNESTIES, MAKE E-VERIFY PERMANENT , FULLY FUND 287 (G) FOR LOCAL POLICE AND RESUME EXPANDED ICE RAIDS. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asked for your Senator or Congressman. In addition bombard your State Representatives to enforce state laws.

    Latest news on illegal Immigration:
    A report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal found that illegal aliens receiving dialysis treatment were costing the hospital more than $2 million per month. Nevada taxpayers are forced to pay for a treatment.

    A new study commissioned by the Chicago Urban League and the Alternative Schools Network reveals the negative impacts of illegal immigration on low-skilled American workers, specifically teens and young adults.
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