10 Things You Need to Know About Obama’s Amnesty

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began accepting applications for deferred action through US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). FAIR has been closely tracking developments in President Obama’s executive amnesty since its announcement on June 15. Below are some of the things you need to know about the President’s unilateral changes to U.S. immigration policy.

  1. President Obama’s amnesty will add nearly 2 million workers – possibly more – to the U.S. job market. This is a negligent economic and social policy with over 8% unemployment and half of recent young college graduates unemployed or underemployed.
  2. Lax documentation requirements to prove eligibility. DHS application instructions explicitly state that only copies of documents will be required to meet the eligibility criteria for amnesty including length of presence in the U.S., education, and even identity. Also, illegal aliens will be able to submit any and all documents they deem relevant to prove their eligibility. Virtually any form of documentation will be accepted, from report cards and plane tickets to mere personal correspondence.
  3. The Administration is making this up as they go along. In June, President Obama touted this policy as the “right thing to do” for some of the best and brightest. However, it is clear that the educational, residency and character requirements are becoming increasingly lax as more details about the implementation of the amnesty emerge.
  4. No face-to-face interview required. Most applications will be approved based only on the documentation submitted.
  5. Few safeguards against and limited consequences for filing fraudulent applications or documents. If DHS is actually diligent enough to identify fraud, the new amnesty instructions merely state that the Administration “may” elect to penalize illegal aliens by denying immigration benefits or placing them into removal proceedings. However, since illegal aliens are only required to submit copies – which lack identifiers of authenticity – it is unknown how USCIS employees will be able to identify fraud in the first place.
  6. USCIS turns blind eye to past illegal employment. Illegal aliens may use employment records to show eligibility for amnesty despite the fact illegal aliens are barred from working in the U.S. Past employers of illegal alien applicants are not likely to face prosecution for hiring illegal aliens.
  7. Family of deferred action recipients will also reap the benefits. Application instructions explicitly state that information collected on an illegal alien will not be used against him or her, or their “family members and guardians,” for the purpose of immigration enforcement.
  8. Illegal aliens granted work authorization can obtain Social Security cards. Illegal aliens granted deferred action must apply for employment authorization if they present an “economic necessity.” Once received, DHS work authorization will allow them to apply for a Social Security Number and possibly other benefits like driver’s licenses.
  9. Illegal aliens with a criminal history DO qualify. DHS says only felony and “serious misdemeanor” convictions will make illegal aliens ineligible for amnesty, and even then, convictions won’t necessarily be considered if they are expunged. Additionally, criminal convictions in foreign countries will go undetected and DHS will “exercise discretion” when considering juvenile records.
  10. USCIS doesn’t have a great track record. Earlier this year, the DHS Inspector General found that USCIS leadership told employees to rubber-stamp applications for immigration benefits – including work authorization. In leaked documents to the Associated Press, USCIS estimated that it will review 3,000 deferred action and work authorization applications daily, only increasing the pressure to overlook possible fraud and approve benefits quickly.

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    #7 iis ridiculous.

    If these illegal immigrants are “innocent”, then their _guilty_ parents should swear to it, and be deported.

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      One of the complaints from the administration and whose touting for amnesty is the cost of deportation. The cost of maintaing these illegals is hidden. The fact is if once deported and the borders tighten, the cost is but once, Just think, those thirty years old and younger have cost millions and will continue to do so.

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    This is just complete and utter stupidity on the (?) president’s actions!!! There is not enough to go around for the LEGAL CITIZENS of this country as it !! We don’t have enough jobs or help for us now!! WHY the hell should we put up with it?? This is NOT for the good of our country!! WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE OBAMA or WHAT, a king, a dictator, WHAT??? Please tell us before you leave, because, leave, you will!!!! We don’t need your bull nor do we want it!!!!

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    Beware everyone, this is only the beginning. If Obama gets another four years he will use his executive order again for ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS. If you have time and the necessary cash (not a lot) buy the following book by Aaron Klein…..”Fool me Twice”….it is an extremely interesting but also scary read. As a legal immigrant and now a citizen this backdoor amnesty has made me very angry. Millions without work, and that includes my husband, and yet he has added about two million more, and one they get a SS card we will never get rid of them.

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    The time frame for debating the illegal alien crisis ended with the first illegals who crossed our borders and established their lifestyles in this nation. It is time now to act to reverse this travesty.

    Apathy downloaded the United States into the immigration crisis and until this attitude is rectified, there is no hope for abolishing the corruption on Capitol Hill. The lobbyists control the ebb and flow of our legislative process and sadly, Razaunida and other radical hispanic groups are among the most notorious for purchasing votes to help them in their goal to create a Mexican America.
    Due to the apathy of generations of lazy citizens, we are now paying the price for selling our right to stand and be heard. Our financial and legal systems represent only those who break our laws. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is exploited by our president and his administration in their overt decision to interpret our constitutional laws to protect the illegal aliens instead of the American people.
    There is no confusion on Capitol Hill or in the White House….buy the hispanic votes at all costs, particularly those of the illegal aliens, and ignore the staggering cost required of America’s citizens!

    Congress continues to stand idly by as Janet Napolitano assaults our federal immigration laws by daring anyone to question her right to rewrite and interpret these laws to benefit the illegal aliens. The path this woman travels dangerously coincides with the path of treason for her stated goals protect people from another country at the cost of the people of the United States. Is her method any different than the current president and his administration?

    President Obama crossed the lines of political honor and legality by stating that his decision will circumvent any negative votes Congress places in the path of his Dream Act.
    News flash! The office of the President of the United States does not simultaneously grant the power of a deity.
    This man is but a cog in the wheels of this great nation and Time has proven that ultimately, a useless cog will be removed and replaced.
    He might be well advised to recall this information when he next determines that his solitary decision is golden
    and cannot be disputed.

    Under this man’s leadership, the future of America looms dismally on the horizon.
    As a result of his determination to open this country’s borders to Mexico without regulation, the possibility arises that we will awaken one morning to see the Mexican flag flying above the White House.
    Think about it.

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    “Move the trash?” Do you watch the news? Do you read? Romney is NO BETTER on the National Question. He’s equally bad.

    As I lifelong independent, I’ll never get you guys who act like one party is good; the other evil. They’re both bad.

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      Your problem is, you watching the news and not reading the facts. You can stay on your sofa and watch tv, but I would like to know , do you have a job, or are you one of the many that live off of our taxes?

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    * TruNews with Rick Wiles (Including the archives).
    * The PowerHour with Joyce Riley.

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    Nothing short of summary execution will put an end to this invasion of this Country by the forces of the third world. Which seems to be what the current administration wants this Country to turn into, he has said in no uncertain terms that he doesn’t feel that this Country is a good leader, and we should not try, and continue to be the world’s number one super power. Face facts this guy is bent on turning the USA into a copy of his homeland Kenya, or where he began is education Indonesia, certainly not the County that gave him the option of a free never have a job life what a colossal joke. Which is being played out by the Democrat’s in, and out of congress.

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      Sadly, the root causes go much deeper. This administration, like many previous administrations, is simply fulfilling the goals set forth by the international banking elite who have adopted the model of society first articulated by Auguste Comte in the 19th century. The entire planet is to be divided into 5 regions, including North America, which is to encompass everything north of the Panama Canal into a single entity, with bankers and elite think tanks (read: foundations and research institutes) in complete control. This is the reason the American people have been forced to learn Spanish and to accept a never-ending number of Latino communities, for whom the welcome mat is thrown out with any number of social benefits and employment and educational opportunities. American citizens will continue to foot the bill, and we will continue to have NO SAY in the matter. Many of my family and friends took the legal route to get here; applied for green cards as cancer specialists and molecular biologists, and are STILL waiting after six and a half years! They were obviously stupid in thinking that the legal route would prove rewarding.

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      Jorge Bush was no better. I’m sick of everyone on here acting like Obama (whom is awful) is so bad, with the implication that Bush was any better. He wasn’t. They both want more, and more, and more Third World immigration into our fast-fading country.

      And by the way, Google! Romney and immigration. He’d be no better than Obama. He even want significant increases in chain migration as well as “skilled” immigration.

      America is doomed.

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        Yes we are doomed! So many Americans have worked all their lives and have had our lives destroyed by the stupid bureaucracy and congress in Washington over the past 10 years – Thanks Republicans and George W Bush! We or the 99 percenters are throwaways as far as the government is concerned. We really do not count. It boggles the mind that this congress and administration in Washington DC condone illegal immigration and allow the continued flow of foreign workers who “are better educated than American workers”. Isn’t it ironical that our schools are failing in very large part because of the illegals immigrants and their multiple family school age children. These , children are currently flooding our schools in apparently all 50 states. The US Government is demanding education for these illegal immigrant children. Their inability or unwillingness to learn English – the language of this country they are “adopting” is astounding to me. ThePro-anmesty advocates must have a load of money they are paying the Washington insiders to be running the immigration policy show now! Washington has surrendered to the Pro-amnesty lobbyist . Who knows , the lobbyists and the pro-amnesty folks, are in some back street room in Washington as we speak working our the new “Immigration Policy of the United States of America “instead of the elected leaders we stupidly voted for the past 20 years.They do not care about any of the laws these illegal immigrants have broken. The message from all the congress to those who want to come to America for their DREAM is “Come on Down all you foreigners – illegal or legal. The stupid Americans can’t do anything about it….All this makes me wonder whatever happened to fairness in this country. The billionaires are now running the show and Washington has their hands out waiting for their payola while we Americans see our earnings eroded if we even have a job. Thanks Washington for kicking Americans in the *** once again. Actually I am surprised Washington has not mandated that Americans learn Spanish instead of the other way around. After all we have given away our country………..

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    I’m not OUTRAGED. I’m THRILLED! What a fantastic week it’s been. Celebrating with DREAMers and their families. And despite your attempt to throw a wet blanket on the aspirations of youth everywhere, I’ll just invite you all to get on the right side of history. Here we go!

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      The net result of YOUR version of history will be a North American Union of the lowest common denominator, the world’s highest teenage pregnancy rates, and crime statistics that put those of Juarez, Mexico, to shame. Your comments are typical of those who live in gated communities and sip on half-caf lattes. But you and your loved ones will quite soon wake to the realization that you are surrounded by MS 13 gang members whose brutality is infamous, and you, too, will be terrified to leave your premises. Your comments reflect good intentions that are delusional, and do nothing more than to further the long-term goals of the globalist banking elite. This is, after all, the ultimate goal of the Rockefeller Foundation and all their daughter affiliates. Tyranny at its best.

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      Yes, every “youth” on the planet should have the right to live and work and have children in the United States. Absolutely. Brilliant.

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      Try this for wet blanket. I did have a dream- to go to school and finish my degree. As an American citizen, working for the state government, I was given a full ride. That was until legislation changed last year and refocused the funds for my degree to that of the illegal immigrants. For their medical coverage, welfare programs, child care, and yes, THEIR education. Now I can’t finish the degree I started years ago. You think you understand wet blanket?! This DREAM Act is a nightmare for American citizens! How is it right for foreigners (of any nation) to be put BEFORE citizens? You think Calderon’s gonna grant me some exclusive opportunities down in Mexico before any of your fleeing Mexican cousins? Absolutely not. So why should the US give precedence to you and your kids over our own here?

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      Jan Brewer is not allowing that to happen in her state. Obama threatened to sue her, but she is going ahead anyway. I wish all states would do that!!

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    What IF the government is using this method as a RUSE to get the illegals to self identify?? The government is not obligated to do anything.

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      What a WONDERFUL idea. Just like those criminal round-ups where they invite wanted criminals to a banquet or some you’ve won a trip. And when they all show up at the Hotel Banquet room they are handcuffed!!! Why didn’t ICE think of that?

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    I’m hearing about gov’t purchases of “security checkpoint” shacks and millions of rounds of ammo too. Something is going on and neither party is letting us in on it. We get the Poly Sci 201 answers..LOL.

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      Mr. D –
      Government purchases of security checkpoint shacks & millions of rounds of ammunition are nothing to LOL about. Go back to your communist country of Kenya or Russia or wherever you come from. This is NOT a LOL matter. There is NOTHING funny about any of this.

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      history is repeating itself do a comparison of hitler and obama and how he came to power the election the checkpoints the de armament all of it Just wait for Spain to count your votes in Nov spain bought the company that counts your votes and your vote won’t mean anything because if Ron Paul had a chance in hell to win he would be dead already the bankers don’t want him in the office

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    What happens to the ones who apply and don’t pass are they then deported and how closely are this applications checked out? A lot of room for fraud. Government has a really bad track record and why didn’t the house or senate get to vote on this?

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    Someone helpfully pointed out to us that we didn’t mention that illegal aliens with “serious misdemeanor” convictions are also supposed to be barred from the amnesty. Convictions not labled “serious” by DHS and therefore not automatically disqualifying include: certain assault, battery, trespass, drug possession, prostitution, vandalism, reckless driving, and fraud offenses.

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    The American people are OUTRAGED by the continued abuse of power by the executive office. They have abrogated for themselves the power to bypass and override Congress, in effect, to govern by decree. These are hallmarks of dictatorship.
    The American people do not want their country to be unified with Mexico and the rest of Central America into a North American Union. Where is Congress? Why are Obama’s political opponents so silent on this issue? Who will now speak for the vast majority of Americans who do not want a blanket amnesty for 20 to 40 million more Latinos?

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      Mr. Dong, the answer to your question “Where is Congress” is as follows. The members of the House have been vocal against this matter but can’t change anything because the Senate blocks all their efforts to correct it. Once the Senate becomes populated with common sense folks you will hear a lot about this matter on TV and in the blogs. There is a time and place for everything. Our form of Government requires majorities to enact law.

      You have very good thoughts in the forum.

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    Seriously though, are we as Americans expected forever to keep subsidizing pregnant females with 400.000 unborn babies smuggled annually, with hordes of indigent people who slip past borders or the other 40 percent who fly into America never to return home? It is so easy for the both parties to remain unconcerned or staying deliberately ignorant about this silent invasion. THE DREAM CHILDREN ARE HERE TO STAY, BUT IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT MUST BE ZERO TOLERANCE IN THE FUTURE. BUT REMEMBER THE PARENTS WHO ILLEGALLY BROUGHT THEM HERE HAVE NO DEFENSE AND STILL CAN BE REMOVED? UNQUESTIONABLY THE PARENTS ARE OPEN TO DEPORTATION, ONCE THE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE ‘DREAMER’ IS REVEALED. The numbers of illegal aliens has risen through decades from the time of the first mass amnesty of 1968. From that time businesses have hounded politicians, to leave well alone and now illegal immigrants seem to have more influence than citizens?

    For the high pressure corporate entities, its financial gain on a grand scale as the wealthy do not live in the neighborhoods, which are literary toilets for the poor and the uneducated foreigners. So they can laugh at us mere taxpayers, who have to deal with the rampant crime or just the deterioration of our communities. For the wealthy business owners it is just pure greed of discount illegal workers. These types of people are not bothered, as they are not paying out enormous taxes, to support the list of welfare handouts.

    I used to be a predictable Democrat, but I realize now that a large majority of their voters are out for what they can get? The freeloader–those who feel it’s the responsibility of the government to keep them and support their drug, drink and tobacco habits. The people who are medically infirm or mentally sick are the ones who are hurting, because government support has been cut way down, to pay the schooling, health care treatment for illegal aliens, which is our burden to tolerate? Over the years illegal immigration has become a huge unmovable yoke around the necks of every taxpayer and it’s not going away.

    Presumably not under the prospective presidency of MITT ROMNEY or President Obama will the situation change for the American people, but with an understanding of previous issue debates and discussions of VP Paul Ryan, he seems to have the attributes moderate conservative that can really upset his Democrat betrayers of the U.S. Constitution. It is doubtful to me that Mitt Romney has a TEA PARTY ideology, but his Vice President Ryan has been deemed one of the selected.

    Immigration and under Obama’s Justice Department all I can see for the future, is more unrealistic backdoor amnesties through executive orders. More money for taxpayers to keep filling the state treasuries to pay for unfunded mandates for illegal immigrant support, just as matching with the ObamaCare, so everybody is forcibly committed to pay for the parasites who find it easy to live of the working public.

    Whereas I was originally a democrat in a Republican family, but all I have ever seen from both political parties, is nothing more that the same agenda’s with never ever any different in the direction they are going. That’s why I joined the PEOPLE’S TEA PARTY and looking for change; change like America has never seen before. That’s why we have a maximum effort on behalf of advocates to intrude on the Republican Party to see a new direction. Issues like drilling for oil, locating natural gas and reopening the coal mines that Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency stringent regulations to not approve any permits. The green project pushed by fanatical environmentalists is pushing for windmills, solar are not enough at this time, when America desperately needs energy to run industry and our homes. Can you believe Obama actually wants to give even MORE money to the green industry—despite wasting billions in taxpayer dollars to fund now BANKRUPT solar companies? Can you say Solyndra? Remember that Obama donors had ties to those companies. Corruption and cronyism is running rampant at the taxpayers’ expense?

    Both parties are guilty of allowing OPEC and other countries to control our oil needs, when we have immense deposits off the coast and inland. Shipping goods is costing truckers their jobs, because Obama’s EPA prefers to stick us with foreign oil and the costs that come with it.

    Turn the tide of an unceasing Socialist experiment played by the Democrats and Liberals, with an incredulous plan that Obama is sure to enact if has a new coronation next year. The Tea Party no longer has the luxury of merely trying to win, it is now “do or die” for our nation. The struggle is between a socialist schedule and the endurance of the Free-Enterprise Republic. Decide now to join us in our fight…or be predestined to live in a country that is shackled by socialism. I’m afraid under Obama’s agenda there is no middle ground. To be perfectly clear, if the Tea Party falters now…if we lay back or slack off then America we know will be gone forever. The TEA PARTY will let free trade succeed, but will sanction countries as China who are manipulating their coinage and cheating us. We cannot trust the Democrats who remain deliberately unconcerned with non-citizens voting. Both parties refuse to enact mandatory E-Verify (H.R. 2885), to expel illegal aliens from businesses, and a Birthright Citizenship law (H.R. 140), that allows a projected 400.000 babies a year who gain citizenship, without a parent holding U.S. citizenship status. With an unmatched nationwide recession, the Democrats and Republicans have done nothing to reduce the 16 trillion deficits, that this country is now being financially asphyxiated.

    American citizens have witnessed firsthand the destructive power of Obama’s socialist agenda and seen, with their own eyes, the destruction that radical Marxist advocate Sal D. Alinsky tactics have brought. Surf his name on the Internet and see the influence of people as this individual and Socialist George Soros. Instead of Democrats following immigration laws as a policy issue they would rather stalk the state of Arizona, because they are the epicenter of illegal immigrants and migrants fleecing that state’s welfare coffers. Anybody who dares to go against the ultra left target is relentlessly pursued, such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio, or former Rep. Russell Pierce. Incidentally—this country is a nation of laws, but since Obama has been in power they have been ignored.

    We must use every asset, every tool, every means possible to stop the evil agenda in Washington and replace it with men of courage and vision, those dedicated to freedom, liberty and justice for all. We must do it NOW. Issues as the Tax code, which has been manipulated for the cronies in both parties. We need a tax equally for everybody and not just for corporate friends and the wealthy insiders of Wall Street, but for Main Street. The Tea Party is revolted by Obama’s nauseating lies and horrible claims about presidential candidate Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. s the campaign continues, it becomes painfully clear the office of the President of the United States of America has been mired by the un-American oratory and persistent mud-slinging coming from the party of the donkey. The Liberal mainstream Media protects their love child. In recent days, the Obama Regime has attacked the evolution of the TEA PARTY—attacking Mitt Romney—Paul Ryan—U.S. Constitution– Conservative form of government–America’s system of checks and balances (no more Congressional approval needed for presidential appointees)–Freedom, guns and the American way. But the truth of the matter is clear, open and summarizing. While Obama strains to accuse Romney of nasty and contemptible acts, the people of the Tea Party know better!

    Obama has sanctioned Eric Holder’s and his minions “Gun Walking – Fast and Furious” which killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Then loving mothers and fathers, innocent grandparents and children in Mexico have been massacred by our weapons. Then U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada has endorsed in the Senate that the IRS child tax credit for illegal aliens costing 5 billion annually should continue, even if the children live outside the U.S. The Tea Party stands for conservative values across the board and will NOT back down even when assumed Conservative Republicans demand the Tea Party shut-up and sit down? American people must stand up and be counted or we be leaning towards a Socialist nation, with a massive bureaucratic uncontrollable government that shadows us all, with handouts for everybody. Only the voters, the destitute and the freeloaders are in the Democratic pockets, who have always wanted ‘Something for nothing.’ It is the same with the illegal aliens who have poured through fences, protesting for equal rights once here, brandishing foreign flags, insisting for the same rights as citizens-legal residents and now being given food stamps for their votes, even though they scorned our immigration laws to come here.

    Do you know that in the November 2010 mid-term election, less than 5 percent of military voters were able to cast an absentee vote that counted, according to data released by the federal Election Assistance Commission? Well sure, because they tend to vote Republican and NOT in Obama’s favor. Our own military men and women ROBBED of their vote. What’s more as part of the ROB THE VOTE plan: 2 million DEAD people are included in U.S. voter rolls. Washington is viciously fighting Florida’s challenge to clean up and purge voter records of illegal’s, deceased, non-citizens and those not eligible to vote. Lax controls at voter polls; a national campaign such as ACORN soliciting foreigners to register to vote and a strong opposition to the use of photo ID at voter polls by the Washington Czars. JOIN THE TEA PARTY AND END THIS MOVEMENT TOWARDS SOCIALISM AS THE COUNTRY OF GREECE?

    It might alarm you to know that there are some gaping holes in Barack Obama’s citizenship. Other than say decide for yourself, if the evidence supplied equals a response from the House of Representative and Senate. Just check out the relevant information at any TEA PARTY website or go directly to TEA PARTY DOT ORG. So much intelligence is being concealed by the Democrats and the mainstream press to this oppressive travesty. Learn even more intelligence at NumbersUSA and other pro sovereignty organizations.

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      I read your statement,

      Your principles have mirrored my beliefs during my lifetime.

      The American people need to wake up, and remove the trash in November.

      We need to get back to the basics and the letter of the land (The Constitution of the United States of America) it worked the first 200 years.

      We need to get rid of politicians who continue to “milk” our system for their own benefit. We need to make them accountable. After the American civil war the money and land grabbing politicians were called “Carpet Baggers”, now days we call them “Fat Cats in the Boy’s Club.”

      Several years ago the subject of term limits came up, and then went. I supported a congressman when he was elected to Congress, because he supported Term Limits. Well guess what happened, He was voted in and turned into a fat cat to benefit himself. He never received another dime or vote from me after that first election.

      Obama was quoted in the book “The Amateur” after making promise after promise for support in his election bid to Congress he turned his back on a major supporter. Page 33 and stated “Come on man, you should know better when politicians make promises.’

      When I attended school, during history class we were taught about governments that took the advantage of their citizens. For example; World War II, America came to the aid of Europe, our solders sacrificed lives to help these countries become free.

      Obama is in revolt against the values of the society he was elected to lead. He is a callow, thin skinned, arrogant president with messianic dreams of grandeur.

      The United Nations Small Arms Treaty is a good example of what’s going on behind closed doors. The wording in the treaty is very vague and in the end a truly sinister way to circumvent our Constitutional Second Amendment.

      The definition of “Illicit weapons and Small arms” is anything sold over a counter. I have read the treaty to the end and was totally flabbergasted.

      Sir, I applaud you.