Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Marriage Fraud Descends to New Lows

Oh, how we love to believe in "True Love." It's why we are so insanely generous with fiance and spousal visas, as well as "legalize" illegal aliens who wed citizens. But an Iraqi with residence permission in Norway has come up with a bizarre twist on marriage fraud to smuggle in his mother and two younger siblings.

As soon as he gained refugee status, he applied for "family reunification" for his "wife" and her two children "from a previous marriage."

It took Norwegian authorities several years to become suspicious of of the man and his much-older "wife." DNA tests revealed that the "wife" was actually the applicant's mother and those two children "from a previous marriage" were actually the applicant's siblings.

These fraudsters face two years in prison, followed by deportation, but Aftenposten did not indicate whether the siblings will also be deported as part of the fraud.

It high time we barred immigration-law violators from any "change of status" application -- including marriage. After all, if it really is a love match, the illegal alien can apply to their own country for their citizen-spouse's entry. Bring in a "fiancee?" Let the couple marry and live together in the mail-order bride's country for a few years before allowing spousal entry.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

A Smart Idea in Connecticut

The Danbury chapter of Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control has come up with a bright way to curb lawbreaking employers of illegal aliens: note and trace the license plates of contractors who hire day laborers.

Day laborers have turned Danbury's Kennedy Park into an ad hoc hiring center for cheap labor. Many of the American construction workers displaced by cheap illegal labor have joined the effort to stop the jobs hemorrhage.

Pro-illegal alien lobbyists and obfuscators claim the day laborers are just "immigrants looking for work." But if they were immigrants, i.e. legal entrants with work authorization, there are legitimate temporary help agencies which place unskilled and low-skilled labor. Illegals are not only displacing experienced local labor and union hiring halls, they are also undercutting the temp agencies which place people in legitimate jobs.

Laudatory as CCIC's action is, it will not solve the problem of illegal immigration. Barely half of illegal aliens work. Half are dependent spouses, children, or other non-working relatives; living on welfare received for "anchor babies" and ID-theft babies; or living off proceeds from crime. Making employers accountable for their behavior certainly benefits legit businesses and workers. But until we prosecute and punish immigration-law violators for their crimes, we will have millions of scofflaws invading this country and disdaining our laws.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

"Sanctuary" City Now Aids & Abets Lawbreakers

A number of US cities -- LA, NYC, Houston, and more -- are self-proclaimed "sanctuary cities" where immigration-law violators have no fear of being turned over to ICE when arrested for other crimes. Houston is now taking that one step further.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "The Houston Police Department has instructed officers not to photograph illegal immigrants seeking day jobs, after an incident last month prompted an outcry from an immigrant rights group."

Houston police Capt. Juan Trevino said some officers took photos of trespassers on private property following a complaint by the property owner. Local pro-illegal alien lobbyists complained about the photos being taken of day laborers.

"We have initiated a policy where, at this time, we are instructing all officers that they cannot photograph any of the day laborers that are currently out in the field," Trevino was quoted as saying. Instead, he says that the Houston police department will work with the organization to encourage immigrant workers to seek work at the east side day labor center.

It is a violation of federal law for non-citizens to work without work authorization, such as legal permanent resident status or an employment visa. The Houston police, by steering illegal aliens to a place which helps them break additional laws, are now aiding and abetting lawbreakers in violating additional laws.

Police departments depend in part on federal money. Cut off any federal funds to any city which refuses to report federal law violators to federal authorities. We rely on police to protect us from lawbreakers, not help them break the law. Let's put an end to "sanctuary cities."

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Mexican Racism Rides Again

El Presidente Vicente Fox sits on the hot seat once again over Mexican racism. This time it's "Sambo-esque" images on the country's postage stamps. Fox is still taking heat for his May 13 pro-illegal alien remark that "Mexicans do jobs not even blacks will do."

The black-face character is called Memín Pinguín in the Mexican comic book series published since the 1940's. The comic book's current cartoonist, Sixto Valencia Burgos, has been drawing him since the 1960's.

So what else is Valencia up to? His latest project is a collaboration with a Los Angeles-based lawyer and immigration activist to create a cartoon pamphlet assisting undocumented Mexicans with the ins and outs of living the United States.

Little Black Sambo helping Mexican lawbreakers take American jobs? And American taxpayers' hard-earned money? That really takes the cake.