Wednesday, January 10, 2018

House Immigration Bill "Securing America's Future Act": The Good and The Bad

Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) released the following press release in anticipation of his signature legislation dealing with the immigration problems affecting our country.

I will be adding my comments about what is good--and what is bad with this legislation.

There are the steps which need to be taken to ensure that Congress and the President sign off on legislation that is good for the American people, not for illegal aliens or another group.

The borders are not secure, the laws seldom enforced. Our bill would change that.

This article is signed by Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Michael McCaul, Raul Labrador and Martha McSally.

For far too long, America’s immigration system has been in shambles. The borders are not secure and laws are seldom enforced. This dysfunction allows drug smugglers to creep into the U.S. and exacerbate the opioid epidemic. It provides human traffickers the opportunity to exploit forced labor for profit, invites transnational gangs like MS-13 to inflict violence on American neighborhoods, and offers terrorists a way into the country.

Check, check, check. All of these issues are of grave concern for the body politick in this country. We need a pro-American immigration policy.

In a time when America’s enemies are seeking new ways to strike the homeland, a failed immigration system is unacceptable. On Wednesday we will introduce legislation in the House to strengthen the border and enhance interior enforcements, making America more secure.

Enforcement, enforcement, enforcement all the way!

A priority of our legislation is to increase the security of the southern border. Our bill would provide $30 billion to build a wall, to invest in new technology, and to improve, modernize and expand ports of entry. It would add boots on the ground: an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection officers. It would provide for the construction of additional ports of entry and a full implementation of the biometric entry-exit system, while authorizing the National Guard to provide aviation and intelligence support.

$30 Billion is just what we need. That kind of money is more than enough.

Even once the border is secure, immigration law requires significant changes to bring illegal immigration fully under control. Almost half of illegal aliens entered the U.S. legally on tourist and other short-term visas and simply never left. We must turn off the irresistible “jobs magnet” and ensure that immigration laws are effectively enforced within the U.S.

VISA overstays are a huge problem. A big reason why the World Trade Center is gone.

Our bill would achieve these goals by cracking down on people who overstay their visas, by requiring employers to use the accurate and hugely successful E-Verify system to ensure that they hire only legal workers, and by making it easier to deport aliens who are gang members, who are aggravated felons, who fail to register as sex offenders, or who have multiple DUIs.'

Aren't these provisions already law, though?

Our bill would put an end to chain migration, the process by which citizens and green-card holders can sponsor extended family members for their own green cards (who in turn can eventually sponsor their own extended family members, ad infinitum). It also would stop the Diversity Visa program, which awards green cards by random lottery to people with no ties to the U.S. Neither of these programs prioritizes the skills of people entering the country.

Yes, and we need a merit-based immigration system, like Australia. Immigration policy must be a net benefit to the American citizenry. These are not cruel proposals, but welcome reforms.

The U.S. is the most generous and welcoming nation in the world, accepting on average more than a million new immigrants every year. But a steady influx of low-skilled labor has depressed wages for workers here at home. That is not putting America first.

Yes! Stop pushing down middle and low-age American workers. This must cease!

These programs have opened our doors to terrorists. The attack in New York City last Halloween that left eight dead and 11 injured was carried out by Sayfullo Saipov, a man from Uzbekistan who entered the U.S. through the Diversity Visa program. One month later, Akayed Ullah, a man from Bangladesh who arrived through chain migration, carried out another attack in New York. These attacks prove that the current system is failing.

Our proposal allows the Justice Department to withhold grants from “sanctuary cities”—jurisdictions that refuse to allow their law-enforcement officers to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, even to the point of preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from entering local jails to take custody of criminal aliens. Sanctuary cities put innocent lives at risk.

Sanctuary cities must be defunded, and the elected officials who enact these policies need to be arrested

In 2015, many people learned the story of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who had been deported on five previous occasions before he was released by San Francisco authorities. He went on to shoot and kill an innocent young woman. Any immigration system that fails to protect the American people has to change.

This illegal alien not only murdered Kate Steinle, but a touchy-feely jury let him off.

Incredible. Where is the justice in our society? Illegal aliens commit crimes and get away with it, while the rest of us sit and wonder why we follow the laws as law-abiding citizens, only to witness our livelihood taken and our lives in danger.

Finally, as requested by President Trump, our bill provides a legislative solution for the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as minors. DACA was first imposed through an unconstitutional abuse of executive power by President Obama in 2012. The Constitution specifically delegates the power to make immigration law to Congress.

This part is no good. It has to be taken out of the bill. DACA is CACA. These young illegals should not be referred to as "beneficiaries." That is very offensive. They did not deserve it, and this gift should have been given to begin with. No legal status for illegal aliens.

Our bill would allow DACA beneficiaries to receive a three-year renewable legal status, codifying the program the right way—by a duly enacted statute. But to be clear, there is no new or special path to citizenship for these individuals in our bill.

No! This part sucks, but everything else is OK.

Importantly, our bill will help ensure that the distressing DACA dilemma does not recur after a few short years. The legislation would end “catch and release,” battle asylum fraud and require that unaccompanied minors caught at the border be treated equally regardless of their home country. Together this will ensure that the law no longer tempts minors and their parents to make the dangerous illegal journey to the U.S.—or to line the pockets of cartels that make a business of supporting these journeys.

Sorry, not acceptable. No amnesty, no legal status, no DACA.

Americans have been debating how to best fix the country’s immigration system for decades. Congress has a unique opportunity to act now, before the country ends up with another large population who crossed the border illegally as children. Let’s take this historic moment to come together and support vital legislation that provides common-sense, reasonable solutions.

The American people have been waiting a long time for their leaders to step up, get the job done, and better protect America. It’s time to deliver.

Yes, but that last part prevents this bill from being a perfect delivery. Nope.

 Call to Action

Contact the following chairmen, and make it abundantly clear:

"Enforcement is a GO! DACA? Just say NO!"

Here are the demands which everyone of us must place on Congress:

1. 2. E-Verify 3. Welfare Reform 4. RAISE Act 5. Kate's Law 6. No Sanctuary for Criminals Act 7. End Chain Migration 8. End VISA Lottery 9. Phase out H-AB 10. Defund Sanctuary Cities 11. Arrest Sanctuary Officials 12.  
13. End Birthright Citizenship

Make it very clear to these lawmakers:

#NoDACA #NoAmnesty #NoOpenBordersUSA

Contact these lawmakers immediately and affirm the list of demands above:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman 
Bob Goodlatte
2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone:  (202) 225-5431 Fax:  (202) 225-9681

House Judiciary Committee-Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
Raul Labrador
Washington, D.C.
1523 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6611
Fax: (202) 225-3029
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-6:30PM ET

House Homeland Security Committee-Chairman
Mike McCaul
2001 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-2401
fax: 202-225-5955
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

House Homeland Security Committee-Subcommittee Chairman of Border and Maritime Security 
Martha McSally
Washington, DC Office
510 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2542
Fax: (202) 225-0378

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