Tuesday, October 31, 2006

No Room for Immigration-Law Violators

Hazelton, PA, is coming under more fire -- this time from the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed suit yesterday on behalf of several illegal aliens (i.e. not Puerto Ricans!), landlords, the Hazelton Hispanic Business Association, et al.

According to the AP report, "Opponents sued on Monday to block the law and a companion measure, saying they trample on the federal government's exclusive power to regulate immigration." [italics added] http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_on_re_us/illegal_immigrants_crackdown

The federal government has the right to regulate immigration. States and localities have an obligation to align their laws and ordinances to support those federal laws.

Federal law says it is illegal to "harbor" illegal aliens, as well as transport them, etc. It seems only fair and logical to bar landlords from renting to illegal aliens. Localities issue Certificates of Occupancy and business licenses for landlords, set occupancy requirements, inspect housing, etc. It makes the most sense for localities to issue ordinances aligned with federal laws prohibiting harboring of illegal aliens. And it helps put an end to the warehousing of dozens of illegals in squalid, overcrowded houses, as smugglers routinely do.

States, counties, cities, towns have their role to play here. "Sanctuary cities" have only made the problems of illegal immigration far greater - and a far greater tax & cost burden on their citizens. Let Hazelton's ordinances be adopted across the country. There is no room for immigration-law violators in this country.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Is Anyone Home at State?

"Catch & release" was supposedly abolished - Hah! The joke is on us. Of 40,000 Chinese ordered deported, only 600 have actually been deported. China refuses to take back its own citizens. Sudan? Courts have held up deportations of convicted criminal Sudanese due to the "civil unrest" there.

Here's where our State Department is failing us. There is no excuse for a country to refuse to take back its deported citizens. But the State Dep't. is not pressing anyone to repatriate their citizens. Neither are they fighting hard enough for extradition of people wanted for crimes they committed while in the US.

This is utterly ridiculous. Our sovereignty is under attack from Mexico, China and other countries. But it's under neglect from our own citizens sworn to uphold our Constitution and our laws.

Condi Rice is proving a far less potent force on the world stage than expected. And her staff is running wild. One of her senior staffers goes on al-Jezeera television (mouthpiece of islamoterrorists) and accuses the US of stupidity in Iraq. The only "stupidity" is on the part of some civil servants whose salaries are footed by the taxpayers. Have they forgotten who pays them? Have they forgotten our founding principles, like the Rule of Law, and "No one is above the law?" Have they forgotten how to stand up for the U.S. and its citizens?

Hel-lo-oh! Anybody home? Or are our "diplomats" sitting on their brains?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Cry Me a River

Hazelton, PA, is on the right track. Their new law, which goes into effect on Wednesday (Nov. 1), punishes landlords who rent to illegals and employers who hire them. [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0610290483oct29,1,2178747.story]

The small town, which lost its largest industry back in the 1950's, has been besieged by illegal aliens since 2001. The population of Hispanics increased nearly 10 times its 2000 Census figures in less than six years -- to about a third of the entire population. Along with them came not only overcrowded schools and the hospital, but also crime, gangs, drug dealing. Two murders on the same day, May 10th, were the straw that broke this small town's back: both of those charged crimes the crimes were illegal aliens.

Many illegals have already departed in advance of the new ordinance -- by some estimates, up to 5,000 have already left.

The ACLU ("Alien Civil Liberties Union," some now call it for its failure to stand up for the rights of American citizens) has, of course, filed suit to challenge the ordinance. In actual fact, the ordinance aligns rather well with federal laws prohibiting "harboring" immigration-law violators, and puts an end to "safe houses" where illegals are held pending payment for onward transportation or payment for additional smuggler services (jobs, fake IDs, asylum application scams, etc.) And it is illegal for anyone without proper immigration documents AND work authorization to work, just as it is illegal for employers to hire them. (Not all legal residents have permission to work: students on student visas, dependents of those holding employment passes such as H1-B visas, and others are expressly forbidden to work under the terms of their visas. Violation of visa terms constitutes fraud, a felony mandating deportation and barring future re-entry.)

Support Hazelton in their fight. Support Escondido, CA, in theirs. And get your town council to fight illegal immigration, too.

To the whining illegals, I say, "Cry me a river." And to those who throw up their hands & say we can't deport the millions of illegals already here, I say, "Cry me a river."

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Great Social Security Giveaway - to Illegals

The following are the senators who voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits:
Alaska: Stevens (R)
Arizona: McCain (R)
Arkansas: Lincoln (D) Pryor (D)
California: Boxer (D) Feinstein (D)
Colorado: Salazar (D)
Connecticut: Dodd (D) Lieberman (D)
Delaware: Biden (D) Carper (D)
Florida: Martinez (R)
Hawaii: Akaka (D) Inouye (D)
Illinois: Durbin (D) Obama (D)
Indiana: Bayh (D) Lugar (R)
Iowa: Harkin (D)
Kansas: Brownback (R)
Louisiana: Landrieu (D)
Maryland: Mikulski (D) Sarbanes (D)
Massachusetts: Kennedy (D) Kerry (D)
Montana: Baucus (D)
Nebraska: Hagel (R)
Nevada: Reid (D)
New Jersey: Lautenberg (D) Menendez (D)
New Mexico: Bingaman (D)
New York: Clinton (D) Schumer (D)
North Dakota: Dorgan (D)
Ohio: DeWine (R) Voinovich(R)
Oregon: Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania: Specter (R)
Rhode Island: Chafee (R) Reed (D)
South Carolina: Graham (R)
South Dakota: Johnson (D)
Vermont: Jeffords (I) Leahy (D)
Washington: Cantwell (D) Murray (D)
West Virginia: Rockefeller (D), by Not Voting
Wisconsin: Feingold (D) Kohl (D)

Since illegal aliens are not entitled to obtain Social Security cards, if they use an SSN to obtain employment, the number is false, forged or stolen from a citizen, legal immigrant or authorized foreign worker. (Although I must say, I have never heard of a legal temporary worker as a victim of identity theft by an illegal alien.)

What the Senators listed above never told us was how they would verify Social Security contributions were actually made by illegal aliens and to which account(s). And how would the minimum of 40 quarters of work be verified? And above all, what impact would it have on the Social Security benefits of the rightful holder of a stolen SSN?

There are already senior citizens who depend on their rightfully earned Social Security benefits for their livelihood who have been victimized by illegal aliens. A wheelchair-bound octogenarian in Colorado had her Social Security cut off several times: she was supposedly working in Colorado, New Jersey and another state - simultaneously! How many more of us will find ourselves stripped of the benefits we paid for?

These Senators who would rather represent the interests of illegal aliens instead of the rights of US citizens - the voters - need to be booted out of office the next time they are up for re-election, whether that's this year, 2008, or 2010. Otherwise, US citizens' Social Security will go to the thieves of our identities.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Issue an Executive Order, Mr. President!

In my previous post, I suggested that the President issue an Executive Order giving immigration-law violators 30 days to depart the country with their dependents. Evidence from Georgia bolsters the case for this.

Georgia has passed a strict new state law which becomes effective in June, 2007. It includes sanctions for employers holding state contracts who hire illegal aliens, requires applicants for state aid programs to prove legal residence in the state, requires police to verify the status of anyone arrested for a crime.

Already illegal aliens are moving out of the state, and a poll shows that 3 out of 5 illegals plan to depart before June -- and take their kids with them.

Just think what the departure of 60% of adult illegals (est. 12 million), with their children, would mean on a national scale:
- reduction of overcrowding in our schools,
- therefore, a reduction in local property taxes;
- elimination of one-quarter of social service recipents;
- jobs opening for the 12 million US-born citizens with less than a high-school education (only 7 million of the 19 million high-school dropout aged 21 to 65 work -- no wonder they are poor);
- reduction in the number of people without health insurance by about half (of the 46 million uninsured, up to 30 million are illegal aliens or recent immigrants);
- reduce crime by an estimated 30%;
- reductions in homelessness, poverty rates, overcrowded housing, traffic on our highways, environmental degradation, remittances, imports (improving our trade deficit -- since when do Mexicans buy other-than-Mexican products, or Chinese buy other-than-Chinese products, etc?)...

The list of benefits is nearly endless. And for growers in need of apple-pickers, lettuce-pickers, etc.? Well, they will just have to use the agricultural visas available to them, or hire some of those 12 million American high school dropouts.

It's About Time!

President Bush signed the border fence bill today -- and it's about time he did. Somehow this Administration -- and most of Congress -- suffers from a serious disconnect between illegal immigration and terrorism, crime, and assorted dangers to American citizens. Five years after 9/11, we have more illegal aliens, more crime, more social service leeches, more expense, more taxes, and more (potential?) terrorists and terrorist-supporting illegal activity than we did five years ago.

The fence -- which will only cover about one-third of our southwestern border -- is an improvement. It does show that some members of Congress are finally listening to citizens -- their voters and only constituents! -- and our concerns for our safety, security, schools, hospitals, neighborhoods, jobs, economy.

Border security is merely the first step to Homeland Security. Also required are stiffer enforcement of visa regulations, interior enforcement, criminal prosecution of all lawbreaking aliens, employer sanctions. No one factor will do the job alone.

Employer sanctions? Just under half of illegal aliens work! The other 51% are dependent children, spouses, parents, and other relatives; unemployed (and unemployable); criminals making their money through crime and exporting their profits. Employer sanctions are necessary, but insufficient. If employers had to pay Social Security, Worker's Comp, disability insurance, health care/health insurance -- all the required and customary costs of hiring workers in this country, they would never hire an illegal alien. So fine them -- and add back payments & penalties for Social Security, Medicare, federal and state income taxes, insurances, etc. for each illegal they hired.

Prosecute illegal aliens for all of their misdemeanor and felony offenses: visa fraud and/or illicit entry, identity theft/fraud/forgery, RICO conspiracy charges for hiring and paying smugglers, and all the rest of their often-numerous crimes.

Bar immigration-law violators and anyone who is "out of status" from applying for any "change of status." They have to go home (at their expense, with all of their dependents), apply properly, and wait their turn if they meet every requirement for immigration to the country where they applied.

Of course, there is a faster and cheaper way to get illegal aliens to leave. If the President were serious about protecting our borders, he would issue an Executive Order giving immigration-law violators 30 days to depart (with all dependents) without penalty. If they leave before getting caught, they can queue up at the Embassy to apply for legal immigration. If they have have been convicted of any crime, have been deported, or get caught in this country after the 30 days is up, they should be permanently barred from re-entry under any circumstances.

One thing cheers me this election season: the President and the Republicans in Congress are somewhat more serious about stopping illegal immigration than the Democrats. If Democrats take over the House and/or Senate, they will attempt to ram through amnesty for 20 million (or more) lawbreakers. And our first line of defense -- the fence -- will never be built.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"No One Is Illegal"???

According to Rosa Rosales, President of LULAC (a pro-illegal alien lobbying organization), who appeared tonight on Lou Dobbs' "Broken Borders" (CNN): "No one is illegal. No one is an alien. They aren't from outer space. They are human beings. Give them their dignity."

Since when is criminal behavior "dignified?" Since when is a foreigner (in legal terminology, an "alien") excused from abiding by the laws of a country they enter?

Americans have to abide by the laws of Mexico when they enter/visit/stay/live there. Ditto for Americans in Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Pakistan, or any other country you can name. You enter another country, you are subject to that country's laws -- and that country's punishments for breaking their laws.

When I was a foreign correspondent, living in Asia, I covered the Barlow-Chambers case: two Australian herioin addicts went to Penang, Malaysia, to buy heroin. They got caught. Under Malaysian law, conviction of trafficking in drugs (including heroin, among others) means a mandatory death penalty. Australia could do nothing for its citizens -- they were in Malaysia and therefore subject to Malaysian law. Barlow and Chambers were hanged.

Rosa Rosales demands that foreigners (specifically, Hispanics only) get a pass for breaking our laws. How long are we going to tell foreigners that they do NOT have to abide by our laws? How many laws is it okay for them to break? Immigration law? Working without authorization? Identity theft and fraud? Tax evasion? Driving without a license or insurance? Manufacturing methamphetamines? Smuggling? Murder?

It appears that Rosa Rosales would give every (Hispanic only) lawbreaker a pass.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

How to Report Illegal Aliens

There are a number of ways to report illegal aliens and -- if they are working -- their employers.

1. Call Immigration & Customs Enforcement Hotline: 1 -866-347-2423 (or as they call it, 1-866-DHS-2ICE)

2. ReportIllegals.com website offers a way to report online, anonymously, 24/7. They charge a $10 fee (must use a credit card) to defray website expenses. They guarantee they will send your report to the proper authorities. Of course, they cannot guarantee authorities will act.

3. Go to the ICE website -- ice.gov/about/investigations/contact.htm. It lists all Special Agent-in-Charge offices across the country; call the nearest office. And remember to call them if that new H1-B visa holder does not have the education credentials claimed (or needs three months "training" for a job any US new hire would step right into!) -- that's VISA FRAUD.

4. Fraudulent application for "change-of-status" or "immigration benefits"? For example, your employer files an application for a work permit or green card for an illegal-alien employee? Can you find out where the application was sent? Call or write and detail the fraudulent info. For example, an attorney in Connecticut submitted an application, but the applicant works for a lawnmowing crew, not the company which filed an application for a "furniture assembler." Besides, he is not capable of doing the work of custom furniture assembly at a customer's home -- he can't speak English, so how will he understand what the customer wants and where it should go? And he can't read, so how he can understand complicated assembly instructions? I got the address of the Vermont office where the application was submitted, phoned them, and told them the application was a fraud.

5. Is an illegal alien collecting welfare or food stamps for US-born (or identity theft) child? Call your state's Department of Social Services headquarters or local office (does your phone book have "blue pages" for government phone numbers?). Ask for the fraud unit. Report the welfare recipient's new car's license plate number, where the recipient and/or husband works (most claim to be unmarried or "abandoned" by the baby's father, and since the marriage likely took place outside the US, there is no way for state authorities to track unless you report the man living with the welfare recipient), any SSN, other identification, other names being used.

6. Report them to IRS for tax fraud (federal) and your state's income tax authorities. The nearest offices will be listed in your phone book or "blue pages." Also report employers with illegal alien employees to IRS and state income tax offices, Social Security and Worker's Comp. That's tax fraud! If IRS recovers taxes due, the person who reports the fraud can get up to 10% of taxes collected as a reward!

7. WeHireIllegals.com takes reports of suspected employers of illegal aliens. If you work with or have been replaced by an illegal alien, report them here as well as reporting your employer to ICE.

Zero Tolerance for Immigration Law Violators. Report them.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Treat Lawbreakers As The Criminals They Are

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio are on the right track -- they are prosecuting illegal aliens under the State of Arizona anti-smuggling statute. Almost half of those arrested and charges have already pleaded guilty.

The first one who went to court, Adolfo Guzman-Garcia, was found guilty by a jury and faces up to 3-3/4 years in prison when sentenced on December 5th. The judge should sentence him to the max.

Illegal immigration is a conspiracy. Those who decide to violate immigration laws go out and solicit, hire and pay smugglers to help them achieve their goals. They should be charged under federal RICO statutes -- this is organized crime.

County Attorney Thomas and Sheriff Arpaio are the first of our nation's law enforcement personnel and prosecutors to actually prosecute the illegal aliens themselves for their crimes. Kudos to them! May they be the vanguard of law enforcers who actually enforce our laws.

Zero tolerance for immigration-law violators. It does not matter whether they come from Ireland or India, Poland or Peru, Mexico or Malaysia or Mali. We are a law-abiding citizenry and we only welcome those who abide by our laws.

As soon as we start stringently enforcing immigration laws, illegal aliens will stop coming -- and those already here will start leaving before they get caught and sent to prison.

"Zero Tolerance" for immigration-law violators must be our demand.