Mass Immigration May End the Careers of Two Mass Immigration Politicians

“The revolution, like Saturn, devours its own children,” observed Georges-Jacques Danton, a leading figure of the French revolution. Danton had good reason to feel that way, as the executioner’s guillotine was about to separate him from his head for the “crime” of being too moderate as the revolution turned increasingly bloody.

Howard Berman and Charles Rangel may soon have a better insight into what Danton was feeling in 1794. Both of these long-time members of the House of Representatives are in danger of falling victim to the mass immigration revolution they led or abetted. Berman is engaged in a political life-and-death struggle with fellow incumbent Brad Sherman in Los Angeles’s shrinking middle class suburbs of the San Fernando Valley. California’s redistricting commission carved up Berman’s old district to reflect the demographic realities created by years of sustained high levels of immigration.

Across the country, Rangel, who has represented Harlem for more than 40 years, is facing a tough primary battle in a newly drawn district where Latinos outnumber blacks. Age, poor health, and ethics issues also dog Rangel, but it is likely he would have coasted to a 22nd term in Congress if not for the immigration-driven demographic transformation of his constituency.

The irony of Berman’s circumstance is that he has done more than just about any other member of Congress to create the very situation which may end his political career. Since first being elected to Congress in 1982, Berman has fought tirelessly for mass immigration and mass amnesty. And, if he manages to hang on to his seat, it will come at the expense of Sherman who has been a loyal foot soldier, supporting every effort to maximize immigration since he arrived in Washington in 1997.

Rangel, too, has been a dependable supporter of mass immigration and amnesty. From his powerful position on the House Ways and Means Committee (before much of his power was stripped from him because of ethics violations) he has had a bird’s eye view of the toll mass immigration has taken on American taxpayers and public resources. In his newly redrawn district, where Latinos comprise 55 percent of voters, he is facing the most serious electoral challenge of his political career from State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

Other Democrats, who are leading or cheering the drive for mass immigration and amnesty, may want to take note. As Danton reputedly said to Maximilien Robespierre, his co-revolutionary turned nemesis, “If we cannot get together to slow this down it will kill us both.”

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    the sooner the better those two and anyone else in the Federal government who pushes mass immigration ( or anymore immigration period as far as I am concerned) will be no loss to the American People. The working people can no longer support the non-working people nor should older tax paying people go without and live at poverty level so illegals can live the good life.

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      Raymond Hernandez on

      Brother, you dont get it!!!!! The immigrants they once tried protect and brake our laws to keep them here in our country are the same immigrants that are going to vote their sorry butts out of offices. That’s moral of the story she was trying to get at.

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    This article reinforces my warning on immigration.

    The problem is that with continued immigration we are coming desperately close to the point of no return. That is the point when the number of left-wing voting, poor, immigrants tips the voting balance in favor of the left-wing Democrats. When that point is reached the nation falls off the same cliff that California fell off in 1974. Solid Democrat Party control of both legislative bodies.

    Many of California’s problems stem from the Democrats pandering to the illegal alien voting base. Make no mistake. Illegal aliens do vote. If we don’t stop all iimmigration now, that is, both legal and illegal immigration, by 2016 the Democrats will seize total and permanent control of all three branches of the federal government, just as they have done in California.

    Do we want the United States of America to become California? I think not.

    The specific instance in this article means that American born Democrat politicians are being superceded by Mexican born Democrat politicians. However the impact on the national government occurs when conservative politicians are displaced by Mexican born politicians. This will happen if we don’t stop all immigration.

    The Mexicans are on the verge of reconquering California with the only shot fired being the one they took at Lou Dobbs.

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      Raymond Hernandez on

      I am a Hispanic/American and I have been saying this all along, I am not for Amnesty, I am for enforcement and deportation. This is a must, the Drug Cartel have alot of money and their are many white people who wil sell their own mother just to get their hands on the dirty money. So sad, but we will see a Revolution or Civil war in this country or some kind of disaster in next 30 to 40 years.

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        Raymond, thank you for posting. It would be helpful if a greater number of Hispanic/Americans spoke out in support of enforcement of our immigration laws.

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    Barbara Griffith on

    This is some interesting information that was posted on last week. The name of the article is:
    Obama’s father suspected of being anti-white terrorist by British, U.S. intel. This was posted by Jim Kouri, Law Enforcement Examiner. I emailed a copy of this information to The Hill, The Daily Caller and to to Lou Dobbs just to see if anyone ever does a article about the information that was declassified recently. Information like this is probably the reason Obama had all of his personal information put under lock and key, such as all of his school records. The only information out there about his background is just the little he has released that was sanitized before hand. I doubt he has the clout to order the British government to destroy the files.

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      I thought it was common knowledge that Obama’s father was an activist in the Mau Mau uprising against British rule in Kenya in the 1950’s. Quite a few whites were murdered. This is why Obama has such a deep-seated hatred for the British and explains why he went out of his way to insult the British repeatedly upon his accession to office. I can’t think of a more outrageous insult to not only the British but to the American people. Winston Churchill, who had 50% American ancestry, was the man who saved the world from Nazi domination. Giving the bust of Winston Churchill back to the British prime minister was nothing short of obscene.

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    Not only did the news media discover so many illegals voting, the GAO, in 2005, in one district discovered that about 3% of those on the voter registration list were illegal when they were called for jury duty. So 3% of those called. I’ve never been called for jury duty. I’d hate to know what the percentage is now.
    Interesting, I couldn’t find the actual article from the GAO. It’s becoming more and more frequent that I find information once, that can’t be found a second time, if I want to source it.

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    There may be a mass exodus from California when Gov. Brown raises taxes. Look for more immigrants in your area soon!

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      You think there is any place left without tons of “immigrants” nowadays? Very few.

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      Vince Dunsworth on

      I welcome immigrants, in fact my wife is a LEGAL immigrant. Illegal alien criminal tresspassers are another story, they shold be deported and their employers thrown in jail.

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      I recently met someone who just hopped a plane from Mexico City, Mexico and landed in Las Vegas, got a job just to be able to collect U.S. SSI Benefits he said and intends to head back to Mexico where he says he can live like a “King”. They are “bleeding” taxpayers & our Stupid Government System Poor……

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      Viet Nam Vet 67-68 on

      Bob Illegal Aliens will never leave California that is why I left and they can have it, its Taxes are not going to affect the Illegals because they get all their taxes back plus a bonus for their children its the idiot liberal tax payers who are footing the bill giving them everything and taking away from the elderly and the American worker who is unemployed. We need a revolution of voters to vote all of Congress and the Semi White House, vote them all out and lets get some Americans who want to help Americans and to HELL with the Foreigners, let them fix their own Country.

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        Illegal Aliens Receive Billions in IRS Tax Benefits

        Friday, 23 Sep 2011 05:17 PM

        By James Walsh

        On July 7, 2011, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s inspector general for tax
        administration issued a startling report entitled “Individuals Who Are Not
        Authorized to Work in the United States Were Paid $4.2 Billion in Refundable

        No wonder the nation’s finances are in turmoil.

        According to the Treasury report, foreign nationals not authorized to work
        in the United States and ineligible for a Social Security Number (SSN) are
        nevertheless receiving government help from the Internal Revenue Service
        (IRS). The IRS currently issues undocumented aliens an Individual Taxpayer
        Identification Number (ITIN) to facilitate their filing of tax returns.

        Many illegal workers are paid in cash “under the table” and thus file no tax
        forms at all; but a number of undocumented workers, according to the
        Treasury report, are receiving public benefits contrary to federal and state

        For example, the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit
        (ACTC) allow payment of federal funds as tax benefits to undocumented
        aliens. Add to these the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the result is
        tax refunds that provide incentives for foreign nationals to enter, reside,
        and work in the United States without authorization and in violation of
        current U.S. immigration law.

        The CTC, ACTC, and EITC have come under review because of the significant
        volume of Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) returns filing
        for these credits using fraudulent data, such as names and SSNs.

        The Treasury report notes that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
        2009 (ARRA) temporarily increased ACTC eligibility by changing the income
        threshold for calculating the credits in 2009 and 2010. The result was that
        in 2010, undocumented alien (ITIN) filers were able to claim higher tax
        refunds that totaled $4.2 billion. They represent an increase from $924
        million in 2005.

        It is clear that unauthorized aliens are filing ITIN tax returns with
        fraudulent data. The Treasury report found that “One common type of
        fraudulent refund involves taxpayers fabricating a Wage and Tax Statement
        (Form W-2) that shows excess withholding and results in a tax refund.”

        Street-smart illegal immigrants are wise to the federal government’s

        Read more on Illegal Aliens Receive Billions in IRS Tax


        Yesterday, Members of the House Ways & Means Committee voted 22-12 to stop
        the IRS from giving refundable tax credits to illegal aliens.

        Last year, the Inspector General for the U.S. Treasury Department released a
        report revealing that illegal aliens annually receive $4.2 billion in
        refundable tax credits, primarily through the Additional Child Tax Credit

        The Ways and Means Committee voted to close this tax credit loophole by
        requiring that individuals who claim the ACTC provide a valid Social
        Security Number (SSN), based on language introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson
        (R-TX). Currently, the IRS only requires applicants for the ACTC to provide
        an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which the Internal
        Revenue Service (IRS) indiscriminately hands out to illegal aliens.

        The legislation was part of a budget reconciliation proposal that now goes
        to the House Budget Committee for inclusion in a larger package aimed at
        saving tax-payer dollars.

        FAIR thanks the following Ways and Means Committee Members who voted to
        close the loophole:

        Chairman David Camp (R-MI) Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
        Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA) Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)
        Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
        Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE)
        Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)
        Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
        Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
        Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
        Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND)
        Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
        Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)

        ******Members who voted against closing the loophole include:******

        Rep. Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) Rep. Mike Thompson, (D-CA)
        Rep. Fortney Pete Stark, (D-CA) Rep. John B. Larson, (D-CT)
        Rep. Jim McDermott, (D-WA) Rep. Ron Kind, (D-WI)
        Rep. John Lewis, (D-GA) Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., (D-NJ)
        Rep. Richard E. Neal, (D-MA) Rep. Shelley Berkley, (D-NV)
        Rep. Lloyd Doggett, (D-TX) Rep. Joseph Crowley, (D-NY)

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      Raymond Hernandez on

      No the only ones that will be leaving Cali, will be only Americans. The Drug Cartel have plenty of Money to rebuilt California and Plenty on Mexicans to fill the spots that Americans leave open.

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    Once they are in office they don’t care what you think. Schummer keeps his phone off the hook in D.C.and Gilabrand just runbber stamps him. Thank God Ackerman is retiring, but I don’t know Isral’s stance on imigration.

    Did anyone ftom LI read the story, in Newsday, about the heart Sergon at St. Fancis Hosp. that came here as a an Illegal Alien child. Princton found out about his status when he was there and instead of reporting him gave him a full scholarship robbing an American student of a place at Princton and a scholarship.

    This Dr. went all the way on the American dime while American’s struggle.

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    The NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida, recently discovered hundreds of cases in Florida of illegal aliens and non-US citizens of being registered and voting in past elections.

    This expose’ provides a strong case in support of voter ID laws that are being pursued by a number of U.S. states leading up to November’s elections. The U.S. Department of Justice has recently blocked attempts by states like South Carolina and Texas to implement these laws.

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    what goes around comes around.
    Their TRYING to stop it in Arizona Neta, pretty hard to do when the federal government fights them every step of the way and sues states that attempt to enforce laws passed by congress.
    the leaders of this great country condone what is going on at those borders. Encourages it in fact.
    thank God for Governor Jan Brewer and sheriff Joe.

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    They all should rot in H— for helping to destroy America
    as we knew it and bringing on totalitarianism.

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    Joel Wischkaemper on

    They really harmed the American People. But they didn’t do it alone, and in the end, the entire Democratic Party is part of the overall problem. That in turn makes it very clear: we need a new way of dealing with Congress. We need a way to punish jerks who are not approved by the whole of the people of this country. We need a way!

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    I am praying daily for someone to try and stop the illegal activity of people coming into this country. The United States, and I personnally, can no longer afford to support them. Over twenty billions dollars a year go back to their legal countries, while the American taxpayers are responsible for paying their rent, food, education, medical, etc., etc., etc. Sooner or later it will have to stop or this country will be more upside down than it is today. Greedy politicians pander for votes to keep them in “power”. I say lose the greedy politicians and we will lose a lot of the illegal activity of non citizens.

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    David North on

    Wonderful blog! I knew about both primaries but had not thought about the link between them and immigration.