The Truth About Immigration Reform!

By: Richard H. Frank

Any individual interested in learning the truth about immigration reform in America should take the time to study the history behind existing immigration law in this country. The Legal Information Institute website is an excellent place to start educating the public about immigration law.

The law is intended to determine if a person is in fact an alien and if so, the rights, duties and obligations of an alien within the borders of the United States. The law is intended to serve as the gatekeeper for our borders, making a determination as to who may enter, how long they may stay and under what circumstances they must leave. 

Congress has complete authority over immigration and contrary to some interpretations Presidential power does not extend beyond refugee policy. Congress created the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and defined an “alien” as any person lacking citizenship or status as a national of the United States. Today politicians take pains to distinguish between documented and non-documented (illegal) aliens. The terms refer to whether an arriving alien has the proper records and identification for admission to the United States. Proper documentation can come in the form of a valid passport, a visa, border crossing identification card or reentry permit. Border jumping or stowaways are expressly refused entry as aliens to the U.S.

Current immigration law requires all aliens to carry identification indicating their status for being in this country. Failure to comply with the law makes an alien immediately subject to deportation. Grounds for deportation may include committing an aggravated felony, failure to register a change of address, aiding and encouraging another alien to enter the country illegally, engaging in marriage fraud, voting unlawfully and failing to update the government records for residency every three months regardless if any change has accrued or not. This is the law that unfortunately is poorly administered by the Department of Homeland security since it was designated to replace the INS in March of 2003. The agency has three separate divisions with which to enforce immigration law. The U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement (CBE) handles border patrol duties. The Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS) is responsible for naturalization, asylum, and permanent residency functions. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for deportation, intelligence and investigatory functions. Janet Napolitano said recently that, “our borders are more secure today than at any time in recent history.” The citizens of our border states would tend to disagree with her statement. It would also appear that Secretary Napolitano has a short memory with regard to letter requests she made when she was Governor of Arizona asking for reimbursement by the Federal government to pay for illegal aliens imprisoned by the state. Her failure to act and secure our southern border is grounds for her removal from her position as Secretary of Homeland Security.

President Obama is calling for “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” as a means to resolve the Illegal alien problems in the country today, as opposed to insisting that the current law be enforced. The last major reform came in the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act that toughened sanctions against employers who hired illegal aliens, denied illegal aliens federally funded welfare benefits and legitimized some aliens through an amnesty program. A close examination of the Reform Act seems to show it does more to provide welfare and social security assistance to aliens than to secure the borders and enforce the law. Today the total cost to America is $338.3 billion a year being spent on illegal aliens. Consider the following:

  • Between $11 and $22 billion spent by the States on welfare to illegal aliens.
  • Another $2.2 billion spent on food assistance programs, e.g.; food stamps, WIC and school lunches for illegal aliens.
  • Medicaid at $2.5 billion for illegal aliens.
  • Primary and secondary school education costs $12 billion for children here illegally.
  • An additional $17 billion for American-born children of illegal aliens, anchor babies
  • $3 million per day spent on incarceration of illegal aliens. That’s $1.1 billion per year.
  • $90 billion spent on illegal aliens for Welfare and social services.
  • Suppressed wages in the U.S. are estimated at $200 billion per year as a result of illegal immigration.
  • 30% of federal prison inmates are illegal aliens, with the crime rate 2 ½ times that of legal aliens.
  • In 2006 illegal aliens sent $45 billion in remittance to their home countries of origin.
  • In 2005 up to 19,500 illegal aliens were from terrorists countries.
  • Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from our southern border.

Is it any wonder that 75% of Americans are disgusted with the Federal government and its policy for enforcement of its own immigration law?

Now, since Arizona has had enough and is taking action to protect their citizens,  all the politicians are taking sides and pushing new immigration reform in their quest to secure the Hispanic vote in the coming 2010 election. We don’t need new immigration law. We need to enforce the existing law and not worry about what party will win the Hispanic voting block in the coming election. Those legal resident aliens in America should feel betrayed by any politician that would propose amnesty for illegal aliens that have broken the law to gain entry to this country. The cost for mass deportation of the 10 – 12 million illegal aliens currently in this country is small in comparison to the annual spending taking place today for the undocumented. If we are truly a nation of laws then we should enforce the law and close our border to the undocumented. There should be no amnesty granted to those that entered illegally but they should be deported and made to go to the end of the line for those that are following the law waiting to become citizens.  Justice, not social justice, is the law of the land. Social justice failed in the immigration reform of 1986 and will surely fail again if we repeat the mistakes of the past.

“Liars and Damn Liars!”

By: Richard H. Frank

Then Senator Hillary Clinton, during testimony by General Petraus in support of the surge in Iraq, said one would have to suspend disbelief if they were to accept his testimony. Her comments were partisan and wrong with regard to the General and the outcome of the surge, but would be appropriate today with regard to the New General Motor’s claim of repayment of the government loans five years ahead of schedule.

It doesn’t take a financial genius to figure out that any company that posted a $4.3 billion loss on $5.9 billion in sales has no money generated by operations to pay for anything. In fact they burned through $10.2 billion in cash just to keep operations going and meet their payroll. Therefore, when Edward Whitacre, CEO of the New General Motors, stands up in an ad on television in front of America and says the company has repaid the government loan of $6.7 billion, he either believes the public is stupid or, to say it politely, is misleading them.

Mr. Whitacre and the finance people at the New GM must be taking lessons from the Obama administration when it comes to telling the truth. For example; now that Obamacare is law we are learning the truth little by little and of the lies and/or omissions not talked about during the debate on the 2700 pages of minutia making up the new law.

Repayment of the $6.7 billion by accessing more TARP money is nothing more than a revolving credit account funded by “We the People.”

When our government is infested with corrupt politicians, synonymous with “Iiars and damn liars”, is it any wonder that 80% of Americans mistrust the Congress and the Administration? We have the duty to clean house in the 2010 Congressional and 2012 Presidential elections. Stand up for the vision of our Founding Fathers and elect those candidates that endorse the values and principles enumerated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Arizona’s Success on Immigration Law is Federal Government’s Failure

by Richard H. Frank

The recent Arizona State Immigration Legislation (S.B. 1070), signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, is the boldest example of a state exercising its sovereignty when the Federal Government has failed in its responsibility to uphold existing law.  There is no question that under the Constitution, our Federal Government is responsible for enforcement of immigration law.  As is the case with many Federal agencies, the INS seems to be selective at discharging its responsibility under the Constitution.  It would appear that many laws are only enforced when it is politically advantageous to the party in power.

The inclination “to do nothing” seems to have had bi-partisan support over the past 40 years as the only solution put forth by Congress has been to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and continue to ignore the laws enacted by Congress itself.

President Obama has labeled the bold action by Arizona Governor Brewer as irresponsible in one breath and in the next admits to the failure on the part of the Federal Government.  Instead of taking action to bolster support for enforcement of existing immigration law, he holds steadfast to his pledge “to fundamentally change America.”  Part of his agenda for change is amnesty for the estimated twelve million illegals or should I saw “undocumented aliens” in American today.

The President and many in Congress continue to play the race card instead of taking action to close our borders.  Racial profiling is the cry heard against the Arizona law.  The new Arizona state law has nothing to do with racial profiling but is aimed at enforcement of existing Federal law, something current and past Administrations shunned as if it carries the political plague.

Recently Arizona Senators John McCain and John Kyl called for National Guard Troops to be placed along the State border with Mexico as part of a 10-point plan to curb illegal immigration into the State.  Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, will announce “in the near future” whether or not she will send troops to help secure the border.  Don’t hold your breath waiting if her decision takes anywhere near as long as Obama’s took to add troops to Afghanistan.  Ironically, the Federal Government announced the hiring of 16,000 IRS agents to go after people who won’t pay for their health insurance under Obama’s new healthcare bill, but they cannot get troops or hire people to secure the borders.

McCain and Kyl are putting the Federal Government to the test by asserting that Guard Troops should remain along the border until the “State” certifies that the “Federal Government” has achieved control of the border.  If the remaining border states took similar action, then just maybe, the Federal authorities will get off of their political derrieres and live up to their pledge to support and defend our Constitution and the laws they are sworn to enforce.

Amnesty for illegals is not a solution but only encourages future law breakers from entering the country illegally.  I think deportation of a few million illegals along with prosecution of employers that hire them will go a lot further in solving the problem than any politician will admit to.

When the Federal Government abdicates its duty to protect our borders the States must act and take control of their destiny.  The Federal bureaucracy has imposed itself on the States for decades.  It is now time for the States to demand that the Federal Government fulfill their Constitutional duty or get out of the way and allow the individual States to enforce Federal law.

Update:  I was informed by one of our readers that the old Ron Paul statement that there will be 16,000 IRS to go after taxpayers who do not have insurance, is in fact, incorrect.  I did recheck and that reader is correct.  However, the IRS Commissioner on March 25, before a House Ways and Means Committee did say that the IRS will be getting a form (similar to 1099) from Health and Human Services indicating that a taxpayer IS in compliance and “has acceptable health coverage.”  He also indicated that the IRS is still figuring out the resources it will need “to implement the tax (penalty) provisions” in the health care legislation.  Every American knows the Government doesn’t do anything small.  Putting these two statements together by the IRS Commissioner, it is entirely possible and likely that we will have more than 16,000 agents keeping tabs on us; it’s really just semantics.

Newt Gingrich Determined to Seal His Own Destiny for a Possible 2012 Run

by Jayne D. Frank

At one point in time, I truly thought Newt Gingrich would be a dynamic Republican candidate for the Office of the President, but actions he has taken over time and things that have come out of his mouth have really shown him to be the kind of man I could not now vote for. He is someone whose supposed Republican ideals sway with the wind and change depending on whom he is trying to impress the most.  Today, I read the summary of his speech which he made last Wednesday in Philadelphia where he stated the “Tea Party Movement Will be Militant Wing of the Republican Party.”

In 1994, Newt seemed to have it all together and brought about the “Contract with America” which was supposed to be the basis upon which the Republican Party in Congress would go forward to remain loyal to their core values of conservatism and smaller government. The Party was to make the actions of Congress accountable to the People once more after a long run at a Democratically controlled Congress.  Honesty and integrity would follow and a new Republican Party would thence go forward and right the wrongs and mistakes that Democratic Congresses in the past had made.  Year by year after that Contract, we saw incumbent members of the Republican Party in Congress stray from these  core values that got them elected, and those are the very members of Congress that we now call RINOS; they have forgotten who elected them and would rather sacrifice the will of the people to stay wrapped  in their soft cushy Washington lifestyle.  Not This Year Republicans! We are done just giving you our loyalty at the ballot box.  You have to earn it.

Since Newt is now contemplating again a run for President in the 2012 election, he thinks he can pave his way to an election guaranteeing that he will take some of the “Obama voters” to his side by denigrating the Tea Party Movement.  Newt, what don’t some of you in Washington get?”  The Tea Party Movement isn’t one group.  We are all comprised of honest hard-working Americans who came together earlier this year with other people of the same view that the present Administration was going in the wrong direction and that Republicans are just as culpable as Democrats in taking us there.  We have met together with 912 members, other Tea Party organizations, Freedom Works, Resistnet, and many more groups comprised of peaceful Americans that wanted to speak with one voice.  We meet in the mornings, in the evenings and on weekends working on projects to re-educate ourselves and our children on the meaning and intent of the Constitution.  We follow state and federal legislation to make sure that Congress tows the line and will vote for what We the People want, and we speak out when it does not.  We all organized early in 2009 and 2 million of us left our families to go to Washington last September 12 to stand for hours peacefully before the Capital Steps to tell Congress that we wanted them to stop the spending and the massive takeover of our healthcare and our private enterprise system.

No event that I have been at during the past year has ever been anything but peaceful, and now you, Mr. Gingrich,  have betrayed us Republicans, Democrats, Independent, Libertarians all, to say that we are nothing but militant.     What you should be shining the light on is the new liberal focus in this election year to start infiltrating our meetings helped along with the  prodding and money of the Moveon.org groups.   This is truly a sign that our message to Washington was resonating and that the Liberals and Progressive felt threatened by our voices.

You cannot have it both ways, Mr.Gingrich.  You cannot call yourself a Republican and smack us in the face with your comments, and you surely will never get our vote in the primaries, should you decide to run, because you have shown that you are no less a Progressive than they are.

Why the Proposed VAT will not Reduce the Deficit

by Richard H. Frank

When I was just a boy growing up in what then was considered to be a middle class family, and had received a birthday or Christmas gift in the form of one or two dollars, I could hardly wait to spend that money.  My parents used to say “the money was burning a hole in my pocket.” It mattered little what I spent the money on as the mentality in my youth was “I had the dollar, I must spend it!”

The difference between the 111th Congress today and me in my youth is that when my dollar was gone, I could spend or get no more. Congress, however, has no such constraint on their spending limits; hence we have a national debt approaching $14 trillion, a burden to be paid by those yet unborn.  Our brilliant legislators know that the American people are adverse to increased taxes on income, property and capital gains, so they are now considering the imposition of a Value Added Tax that will impact the finances of every American.  This national sales tax applied to goods and services at each step in the manufacturing or delivery process is largely hidden from the consumer except in what appears as inflationary costs paid for that good or service.

Those in Congress and the Obama Administration will attempt to sell Americans on the idea for this tax in addition to all other taxes we pay, as being needed to eliminate the national debt. The problem is that all their hollow promises such as the Social Security lock box and trust funds specifically designed to cover some defined purpose, are routinely raided by Congress to pay for their uncontrolled spending.

Congress, like me as a boy, cannot control their urge to spend.  Whenever there exists a surplus, real or in some imagined forecast; i.e., CBO estimates, they cannot resist the urge to spend.  If no real need exists, leave it to Congress or the Administration in power to create the need through some perceived crisis.

The Obama Administration beats its chest as it demonizes big business, wall street and our financial system as requiring new tighter controls.  Well, what about our Federal Government?  I don’t see anyone  in the Administration demanding controls on Government spending.  Perhaps now is the time for a Constitutional Amendment holding our Government responsible for passing a balanced budget, not through taxation, but through constraints on spending.

Our Constitution in Article I, Section 8, is specific in defining the limits placed on Congress for spending.  The  congress has abused the Commerce and General Welfare clauses of this document to a point where there are no limits on what they can appropriate and exercise control over the free market.  A Balanced Budget Amendment may be the only salvation to placing a limit on their mania to spend and return this nation to financial stability and security.

Don’t Let Obama’s Henchmen Goad You Into Disrespectful Language or Violence

by Jayne D. Frank

This year’s mid-term Congressional election and the coming 2012 presidential election should be of vital importance in the minds and actions of every American. The majority of Americans, young and old, know by now that this President and his lackeys have made substantial mistakes in the course this country is taking, particularly with excessive government spending, targeted redistribution of wealth, healthcare, government takeover of private industry, and more.  Lately, all Americans should be afraid and concerned that this Administration is comprising the national security of America by eliminating many of our defensive military weapons; they are also putting their heads in the sand when it comes to what Iran is doing not only as an imminent nuclear threat, but Iran is undermining and supplying expertise and military capability to certain Iraqi and Afghanistan American opposition groups.

Americans must continue to speak out boldly and truthfully in rallies, town halls, editorial and blog articles, and in communication with our Representatives and the media  – wherever and whenever we can get the truth out!  We must also continue to educate and re-educate ourselves as to the path history has taken to prove that Obama’s policies will destroy this Republic for ourselves and for generations to come.

It is obvious that President Obama and the “money” people surrounding him are feeling this pressure that we have exerted as Americans by speaking out.  We have received more and more press coverage (tea party, 912, Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, Resistnet and all the other conservative patriot groups).  As a result, you have seen in the past few weeks that the President and the people surrounding him have stepped up their attacks against Americans (think about that for a minute!). They have started a campaign to tear us down and are doing this by comparing a few fringe comments, signs, and outbursts to the whole of the American Protest group and insinuating that we were all racist, bigoted and hate the poor.  They hope by doing so, that Americans will feel intimidated and “guilty” about continuing to exercise their Freedom of Speech.

People, don’t be fooled; you have seen how nasty President Obama’s rhetoric and body language can get when criticized and this won’t end anytime soon because his fundamental transformation of America is on the line.  The 2010 election year agenda for the Administration (and again the “money” groups surrounding the President) will be to totally discredit any voice of opposition and to focus on those ingrates such as Timothy McVeigh, that would stoop so low as to hurt another human being and try to paint them as the face of the Tea Party and other groups.

I urge all Americans when doing your duty this year to get true conservative members of Congress elected and to protest policies and legislation coming down the pike from Washington, that you absolutely stop and think before painting your hand-made signs and make that a “group” education item.  The Washington Agenda and passed legislation is going to have many more detrimental effects this year and in the coming few years.

Young single Americans, working families, the wealthy in America who provide jobs for those people, are all going to be taxed substantially.  We also will see another slew of foreclosures and delinquencies as rules change and Americans struggle with meeting their financial obligations in the face of rising costs and taxes.  It is probable that interest rates will increase as well, further burdening the public because of this Administration’s policies.  We are angry and we will not let our Republic be torn apart, but it is incumbant on all of us, working through this, to be what we are; respectful in our discourse, not belligerent or abusive in our actions, and most of  all, cognizant of what could happen to our ability to Preserve our Republic if we allow fringe elements, both left and right to determine our destiny.  Remember, “We the People” have the power and THEY work for us!

The Political Genocide of the Republic-Follow the Money!

by Richard H. Frank

Those of you that read this blog with any regularity know that I am a strong proponent of reading history to gain an understanding and appreciation for the marvelous insight of our Founding Fathers as they envisioned our Nation over future generations.  They in their wildest imagination could have never conceived of a Federal bureaucracy the likes of that in existence today.  Would they have been able to ask how we arrived at this point, where in some instances our very liberty is at stake, we could only respond by revisiting history and the slow intentional shift towards socialism.

My assertion is that “liberal progressive” ideology has taken precedent over conservatism for the past 70 years.  I stand corrected.  That fundamental transformation of America began over 100 years ago and its beginnings are chronicled in an interview conducted in 1982 by Mr. Ed  Griffin of the “Reality Zone.”  His interview is with Mr. Norman Dodd, who served as Chief Investigator for the  Congressional Reece Committee, investigating tax-exempt foundations’ influence on the progressive movement towards socialism and a one-world government.  The transcript of the interview may be obtained by visiting http://yahoo.com/hiddenagenda1.html, and I thank a fellow 912 member, Matthew Schoech, for bringing this interview to my attention.

The targets of Mr. Dodd’s investigation were the huge tax exempt foundations such as The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Ford  Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation among others.  These and other wealthy foundations provided grants to individuals and organizations whose sole purpose was to take control of education in the United States and alter history over time in such a manner to move the nation politic in the direction of socialism.

According to Norman Dodd, Rowan Gaither, at that time President of the Ford Foundation, admitted to him that “…those of us that have a hand in policies here have experience operating under directives, the substance of which is that we shall use our grant-making power so as to alter life in the United States that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.”

Mr. Dodd went on to explain how in the early 1900s the Carnegie Foundation funded research that may have influenced the Government of the United States toward a decision to enter World War I.  Following World War I, these same Foundations needed to control education in the United States in order to prevent reversion to prewar political ideology.  Thus the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations joined the effort through granting endowments to young historians in order to influence how history was to be interpreted.  These historians ultimately became the nucleus of the American Historical Association.

The study of history shows that the seeds for a socialist-Marxist political ideology were sown  over 100 years ago and fertilized by the vast financial resources of the most respected foundations in America.  Today we find the same forces at work in support of Obama’s pledge “to fundamentally transform America” through financial manipulation and donations from the likes of George Soros and Moveon.org.

The old adage “To Follow the Money” is as true now as it ever was.  Our Representative Republic has become the domicile for wealthy professional politicians supported by special interest money and beholding to their benefactors as opposed to “We the People.”  So what you ask, is the average American to do in opposition to these overwhelming rich organizations?  The answer is to starve them of money.  Withhold your support by cancelling donations and ending purchase of products and services that fund their foundations.  Continue to study and educate each other in order to know which political policies and people these Foundations support.

The ultimate power still resides with the People at the ballot box.  United we can overcome the big money machine driving our Republic towards socialism by starving it of its very sustenance -money!  Read and heed the message and warnings of those that have gone before us such as Norman Dodd who had the courage to speak out against this insidious disease of socialism.