Arizona's Immigration Law a Good Start

Monday, 17 May 2010 09:09 AM

By James Walsh

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Political and moral imperatives essential to the survival of these United States or of any nation begin with assimilation to preserve national culture, ethos, heritage, and language.

As the liberal left laments, “America is a nation of immigrants.” Indeed it is, but a nation built by legal immigrants who came and worked hard and assimilated and took their place in the citizenship line.

Today, with the support of President Barack Obama and the Democrat Party, the liberal left seeks to foist on U.S. citizens the absurd contention that open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, and a little anarchy are good for the country.

Already introduced in the U.S. House is a comprehensive immigration reform bill (HR4321) to advance Obama’s immigration vision. This legislation was drafted following a closed-door immigration workshop held at the White House in 2009.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Democrats recently announced an immigration reform “framework,” which may take precedence over the House bill. The Senate version gives lip service to “border security,” for the Senate has no intention of enacting meaningful border security provisions in an election year.

The only difference between the House and Senate proposals and the failed McCain-Kennedy bill of 2007 is that the Senate “framework” provides for a national ID card. Entitled Biometric Enrollment, Locally stored Information and Electronic Verification of Employment (BELIEVE), this card would be issued to each worker.

All workers would be required to carry the card with them for verification of employment eligibility and verification of identity for Social Security Administration purposes.

Senate framework also has a Promoting Family Reunification provision, which would admit another 36 million aliens of all ages into the United States.

This number is reached by using the politically correct (but lowball) estimate of 12 million foreign nationals currently residing in the United States illegally and multiplying it by three, to allow for legal entry by a spouse, two children, or elderly parents. In practice, the numbers promise to be much higher.

Congressional Democrats, lock step with the liberal left and the immigration lobby, stress “comprehensive” immigration reform meaning all or nothing at all, with “all” including a pathway to citizenship. For the past four decades, U.S. immigration laws have had in common watered-down technical amendments, the tried and true congressional response to special interest pressure. Such congressional weaseling has become the state of the art for immigration laws, such as the following:
  • 1986. The Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 promised to control U.S. borders from illegal entries by granting amnesty to some 2.7 million illegal aliens. The result was the opposite of that intended.
  • 1994 Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1994. Section 245(i) of the Amendments provided amnesty to an estimated 578,000 illegal aliens.
  • 1997 The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act of 1997 granted amnesty to an estimated 1 million illegal aliens, who had failed to apply for legal refugee status.
  • 1998 The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998 was passed by Congress to admit 125,000 Haitians who had entered the United States illegally.
  • 2000 INA Amendments Section 245(i) was cited by Congress in granting belated amnesty to another 400,000 illegal aliens, who claimed they should have received amnesty under the 1986 IRCA legislation. Congress then passed the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act, further amending INA and granting amnesty to another 900,000 illegal aliens.
Amnesty for illegal aliens has a long shelf life, thanks to well-funded immigrant rights advocates and receptive members of Congress. In contrast, foreign nationals who patiently apply for legal entry into the United States are left in the lurch.

The recent state law passed in Arizona is a desperate call for help by a state that finds itself a victim of immigration anarchy.

The concerted demonstrations in recent years by illegal aliens and their supporters raise questions never asked by the news media –– who is organizing these demonstrations, who is funding these demonstrations, and how are these demonstrators taking time off from “work” to travel and take part in the demonstrations?

Apparently a weakened Republic is their ultimate goal, and “change” is their mantra. Multinationalism achieved by way of open borders has the potential to transform the United States into an oligarchy, with power vested in a few.

The Founding Fathers understood that citizenship was the keystone of the Republic. Illegal aliens who refuse to assimilate and who seek to balkanize a nation are intruders capable of great harm. This is evident in immigrant demands for separate but equal culture, ethos, heritage, and language.

U.S. citizenship is a sacred birthright and a privilege that foreign nationals must earn. It must not be sold cheap for a vote. Theodore Roosevelt said it well, there can be no place for hyphenated Americans in our country.

Arizona’s state immigration law is a start, and the time may have come for a national ID card.

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