Legalizing Illegal Immigrants a Bad Idea

“As a former foreign service officer who has issued thousands of visas to immigrants who played by the rules, I believe there are several things Americans need to know before they decide where they stand on immigration reform.” Said Dave Seminara writing in today’s Chicago Tribune.

Mr. Seminara goes on to make a strong case why the current push for amnesty on Capitol Hill is a bad idea. Make sure to read the full article.

Raul Labrador: Immigration Reform With Pathway To Citizenship Won’t Get House GOP Support

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) warned on Thursday that he won’t vote for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and neither will his fellow House Republicans, a bad sign from someone who is considered one of the more pro-reform Republicans in the chamber.

“The people that came here illegally knowingly — I don’t think they should have a path to citizenship,” he said on NPR, according to Talking Points Memo. “If you knowingly violated our law, you violated our sovereignty, I think we should normalize your status but we should not give you a pathway to citizenship.”

Read the full story on the Huffington Post.

Foreign governments lobbying hard in favor of immigration reform


Foreign governments are working hard to shape the debate on immigration reform as momentum for a comprehensive bill builds in Congress.

While the issue routinely comes up in talks between foreign leaders and the executive branch, embassy officials are ramping up their outreach to Congress and the White House in order to take advantage of the best hope for reform in years.

A number of countries with significant immigration ties to the United States — notably Mexico, Ireland and several Central American nations — have been making their concerns known while doing their best to avoid meddling in domestic affairs.

Click here to read the full blog at The Hill’s Global Affairs blog.

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Susan Escalante on

    “The people that came here illegally knowingly — I don’t think they should have a path to citizenship,” he said on NPR, according to Talking Points Memo. “If you knowingly violated our law, you violated our sovereignty, I think we should normalize your status but we should not give you a pathway to citizenship.”

    I don’t think we should ‘normalize their status’. As stated above the law breakers are NOT going to come forward therefore they will remain illegally in the US. Take away incentives and force them ALL to leave on their own. If we make it extremely uncomfortable for them to be here, they will not want to stay. Then build “the dang fence” so they can’t return except legally.

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    The former foreign service officer makes some good points in his piece in the Chicago Tribune about those “living in the shadows”. He points out quite correctly that many of those here illegally are not going to “come forward” because a lot are criminals or have records that will not allow them to be eligible. Does anyone suppose that all those Mexican drug cartel members living in Phoenix and involved in the hundreds of kidnappings there are going to do anything but what they are doing now? Which is, avoiding the law. He also points out that this is not about 11 million people, but the many millions more of their family members who will be given visas. I think an extra 50 million is conservative and if we fail to let them all come here in a short time, that will be the next hue and cry from the professional ethnic organizations.

    Are all those gang members in Los Angeles going to be filing for amnesty? No way. Which means we need to do two things. Finish the border fence and ignore all the “fence won’t work” people. It does work, every area they have it shows a huge drop in attempted crossings. Second is strict ID standards for work and drivers licenses. Get caught using false ID and it’s automatic deportation. You know, like EVERY other country does.

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    It would be a simple choice for me if I were in a position to make the rules. An impenetrable fence would be built on the border. The birthright law would immediately be struck down. All benefits stopped, all businesses would institute E-verity and enforce it. Illegals (and it does mean just that) would have 30 days to return home. This includes all who broke into our home (US) and those who overstayed their visas or in any way do not belong in this country. Legal immigration would stop for ten years. When it resumes, it will be at a much lower number than ever. This is what should be done, but I’m not holding my breath.

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      mobilebay we are in the 21st century…..walls do not work there are other ways way advanced to do this…

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        Mobilebay. What are you trying to do eliminate unemployment? Make our country prosperous again? Surely this can’t possibly work. The democrats need the votes to control the country 100% Then they can laugh away all of our questions and take away all our guns so that we can be subjects to the king.

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      I agree with Leland and Mobilebay. People who have no problem breaking the law when they are not citizens in a foreign country are not going to change. We already have too many people for the amount of jobs available. Let us concentrate on the education of our citizens toward new employment opportunities instead of giving it free to other countries’ citizens. Birthright should be struck down–why do we reward such behavior? The media wants everyone to believe that most US citizens are liberal when that is not the case. Save America! Ask Christ to help us now. Support what you believe in…don’t sit idle while our values are stripped from us.

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      mobilebay with you in 20 years we would no longer be The United States of America………….