#4 of 5 – Five Things the Republican Congress Must Do in 2015 (with Resources)

Rep Congress Week 4This Blog is taken from Five Things the Republican Congress Must Do in 2015.


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Local Immigration EnforcementOverview: In most cases, federal laws that bar illegal aliens from the United States and punish persons who smuggle, shelter, or employ or otherwise assist illegal aliens can be enforced by local and state police.

State and local law enforcement officials have the general power to investigate and arrest violators of federal immigration statutes without prior Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) knowledge or approval, as long as they are authorized to enforce federal law in general. Although immigration is a federal matter, local law enforcement departments and personnel are not required to turn a blind eye to any illegal activity including violations of immigration law. It is illegal for local governments to prohibit police cooperation with the INS, and individual officers who report violations are protected by law. Read more…

President Obama’s Record of Dismantling Immigration EnforcementForward: President Barack Obama came to office in 2009 and pledged that during his first year of office he would enact amnesty legislation for illegal aliens living in the United States. That, of course, did not happen — not because of any lack of ideological commitment on the part of the President, but because of pragmatic considerations. Only two years earlier, President Obama, then Senator Obama, watched as President George W. Bush tried to toss the American people into the boiling cauldron of comprehensive amnesty in 2007. It didn’t work. Voters angrily crashed the Capitol switchboard on the day the Senate was set to vote and as a result, fourteen Democrats joined thirty-nine Republicans to vote down the amnesty legislation. The President concluded, correctly, that there just is not an appetite in Congress for another politically bruising fight over comprehensive amnesty. Read More…

Sheriffs from Around U.S. Say President Does Not Have Their Support – Sheriffs from across the nation traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to refute Obama’s remarks that his amnesty plan had the support of law enforcement. Instead, the group of officers hammered down on the Department of Homeland Security’s 10-point plan and added that the executive plot would further threaten public safety in their communities. Read more…

Interior Immigration Enforcement – Musical Chairs (2009) – The Obama Administration has launched a new worksite enforcement policy that ostensibly is aimed at employers and avoids the arrests of illegal workers that was an integral aspect of previous enforcement efforts. As Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano described it in a November 13, 2009 policy address, “[W]e’ve transformed worksite enforcement to truly address the demand side of illegal immigration. We are auditing the books of thousands of employers suspected of relying on illegal labor to achieve an unfair advantage in the marketplace.”

“Addressing the demand side” presumably means going after the employers who supply the jobs rather than the supply side, meaning the illegal workers. But, does the new policy really go after the employers? How does it differ from the interior enforcement policy inherited from the Bush Administration?… Read more…

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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 ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Disgusting so many illegals have decided to plop themselves down as trespassing squatters in the US. The 12 million is from a 2002 census and the 2012 didn’t ask and since about a million have snuck in each year since, the real number is near 30 million.

    The Feds claim jurisdiction on immigration and County and State property owners are stuck with the bill with Santa Claus Obola happy to give away other people’s money to pay for it all. We have the means to stop and correct the problem, except the US Chamber of Commerce is heavily dependent on exploitable labor. If amnesty were given, the same illegals could sue the Dept of Labor on wage and working condition issues and would no longer be employable and they would all head for the welfare department for another freebee.

    New laws? New laws will be enforced same as the Old laws.

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    The Politicians Contradict Their Historical General Party Stands

    By flip-flopping on State rights [Reps] to fit their amnesty ambitions.

    The Dems do it too, legalizing pot by State Initiative is fine, but State laws controlling amnesty must be snuffed out with Feds arresting the growers [American Workers].