Don’t be fooled by Gang of 8’s plan to reform immigration again

Don’t be fooled by the Gang of 8 plan to reform immigration

It’s 1986 again and we’re about to go down the same road as before and the outcome will be worse than you can imagine.

Just as before, the promise of securing the boarder will not happen and we will end up legalizing millions of illegals again.

By the way, those 11 million here illegally is really more like 20 million. Think about it, 11 million has been the quoted number for at least eight to ten years. Do you really believe that that number has not increased far beyond 11 million in that amount of time?

Liberals say the only crime they committed is entering our country illegally to find work to feed their families. Think about that as well. The vast majority of illegals have stolen some American’s identity or bought forged papers in order to find a job and to access the vast welfare system. Both are felonies that, if you did the same, would land you in jail.

Mass deportation does not seem reasonable or possible, for that matter. However, some immediate deportation is possible. Why not deport all illegals currently incarnated at the local, state and federal level? This is doable and should be one of our first priorities.

Actually securing the boarder should likewise be at the top of the list. Border security should be separated from the proposed immigration reform plan. What is the argument for not securing the border first? Has anyone offered a rationale for granting some form of legal status before we can stop the flow of illegals, human traffickers and drug running?

If we are serious about solving this problem as soon as possible, why not mobilize the National Guard in all the border states to support the Border Patrol?

This would be a temporary mobilization while the double fence is constructed (where possible) and where other locations could be monitored by drones and other electronic devices.

It’s important to note that mobilization of the Guard should be funded by the federal government rather than the state since this is an issue of national security. While this is being done, Congress would have ample opportunity to craft a reform of the immigration system.

We should not have to pass the law in order to find out what’s in it (sound familiar?). My concern is what’s in the details of the rest of the plan.

Let’s say that the Gang of Eight idea is passed into law. Since the law intends to instantaneously grant “protection” for illegals to stay here, what happens to those crossing the border illegally each and every day? And what about those that breech the border in the months and years ahead while the border is being secured?

Do these folks get to stay as well? Has anyone asked that question?

Also, look at the laundry list of things illegals must do before they can apply for citizenship. Does anyone really believe that illegals who are now able to stay in the U.S. in their “limbo” state will ever seriously want to become U.S. citizens? Guess again.

Numerous polls over the years clearly show that illegals are not interested in becoming U.S. citizens. They just want to work and send money home so that one day, they will return to their home country, quite a bit better off.

The fact that illegals send approximately $20 billion a year back to Mexico (while they receive welfare benefits here) suggests they do not intend to make the U.S. their permanent home.

Finally, you should know that at least three major labor unions have now come out against the Gang of 8 plan and you should also know that the Border Patrol union is currently suing ICE for instituting polices that prevent Border Patrol agents enforcing federal laws concerning the apprehension of illegal immigrants.

Don’t fall for all this BS again.
Roger Casale
Peachtree City, Ga.

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letter to Senator Isakson & Chambliss yesterday!

This letter was addressed to Senator Isakson & Chambliss yesterday! HOORAY for Ed Lindsey!!

An Open Letter to Senators Chambliss and Isakson -- Oppose the Proposed Immigration Bill in the Senate

Dear Senators Chambliss and Isakson:

I urge you to vote “no” on the proposed immigration bill currently being considered in the United... States Senate.

I was a co-sponsor of Georgia's tough anti-illegal immigration bill (HB 87), and as Georgia House Majority Whip worked hard for its successful passage in 2011. With this experience, I recognize numerous flaws with the new federal proposal, but the four most prominent in my mind are as follows:

1.The start of real conservative reform on immigration is very simple -- Secure the Border!The remedies offered in the proposed bill are inadequate to assure that our borders will be truly sealed and protected from unlawful entry. Amendments offered in the Senate Judiciary Committee to provide for such security were regrettably voted down. No nation can long survive and guarantee the safety of its people without properly regulating who enters its territory. Therefore, without accomplishing this, there is no basis to move forward on other related issues;

2.We should oppose a pathway to citizenship for anyone who willingly and knowingly comes into our country illegally. Amnesty is contrary to the rule of law, fundamentally unfair to those who play by the rules and wait to immigrate legally, and will only encourage more illegal immigration. We tried amnesty in 1986 to fix the concern at that time when we had fewer than an estimated 3 million illegal immigrants eligible. The result? Today we have over 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States and Georgia now ranks 6th in the nation in the number of illegal immigrants;

3.We have seen no cost estimate on how great a financial burden this bill will place on the State of Georgia and local governments in terms of the increased burden on state and local services. Even Los Angeles County officials in California are expressing concern over additional burdens being placed on its local services as a result of the proposed new law. In Georgia, we do not have a printing press to print money and our state and local governments are required to balance our budgets. Therefore, additional burdens on public health care, our education system, and other state and local services will only aggravate already precarious budget issues in our state; and

4.Immigration problems are in reality a series of very different, complex, and difficult issues which require more than simply voting up or down on someone else’s pre-packaged formula. After several years in state legislative leadership, I have grown increasingly skeptical of so called “comprehensive” solutions that in reality lump very different issues together into one hodgepodge bill. Border security, illegal entry, migrant farm workers, student visa applications, foreign high tech specialists’ work visas, and other immigration issues each carry their own intricate and complex challenges and concerns, and each should be addressed individually according to the best interest of our American society.

In conclusion, I respectfully ask that you vote against this proposed immigration bill as it is not in the best interest of the people of Georgia. We need to stand firm on border security and then roll up our sleeves and tackle the remaining issues one step and one issue at a time according to our long term national interests. That is how things should be done.

State Representative Edward Lindsey
Georgia House Majority Whip &
Conservative for Congress

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