Right Problem, Wrong Solution
The White House released a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) on H.R. 4437 (see below for item) strongly supporting Rep. Sensenbrenner's anti-immigration bill. Rep. Sensenbrenner's bill ran into rough weather on midday December 16th when it was on life support. It is not unreasonable to believe that the SAP which was widely distributed around the same time rescued H.R. 4437 from the brink of death. According to the SAP,
"The Administration strongly supports House passage of H.R. 4437 and appreciates the efforts of the House Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee in bringing this important legislation to the floor. The Administration looks forward to working with Congress to improve certain provisions in the bill and to implement the many necessary reforms that this legislation provides."America is a nation of laws and we completely agree that with House Republicans who believe that it is not right for our laws to be broken with impunity everyday. In that sense, Rep. Sensenbrenner's bill addresses a pressing problem. However, we disagree with the House Republicans on the correct solution to this properly identified problem.
Pro-immigration Republicans will have to learn that nothing short of concentration camps will satisfy the anti-immigration wing of their party. As discussions on H.R. 4437 progress, we suspect that this unpleasant truth will become increasingly clearer to pro-immigration Republicans. President Bush and his team have been prolific in their professed support for legal immigration over the past 5 years. We believe that the time for talk is over and that this Administration must now walk the walk with pro-immigration legislation.
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Statement Of Administration Policy On HR 4437
The White House in its statement of administration policy said: "The Administration strongly urges the House to pass this important legislation, and we look forward to working with Congress to ensure that certain provisions of the bill do not inadvertently affect operations designed to gain control of the border. The Administration remains committed to comprehensive immigration reform, including a temporary worker program that avoids amnesty, and believes this bill is a positive step toward that goal."
DOL Updates PERM FAQs
The DOL released a response to the question, "Under PERM, is it permissible for an employer to have more than one labor certification application actively in process for the same alien at any given time? What should an employer do if it has already filed multiple applications for the same alien?". The DOL removed the original response to this query. For the recently released response, see here. The revised August 8, 2005 DOL memo can be found here. The original August 8, 2005 DOL memo can be found here.
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US businesses can move the farms to Mexico and central America thanks to CAFTA and NAFTA. Jobs can still be outsourced to China or India. US citizens and legal immigrants can be terrorists too. Look at those high school kids with guns shooting at their schools or those nuts shooting at malls and highways. Your US citizenship doesn't guarantee you can take anything for granted and entitle you to certain amount of income just because you're an American. Foreigners can send their kids to fine universities elsewhere, immigrate to other nations that appreciate their brain and skills or staying in their own countries since multi-national corporations value their talents and invest in their countries and pay them very well. Protectionism won't work, protectionism is only for losers. Life is competitive, empower yourselves or you're left behind.
I think I made clear in my 12/20/05 ID letter that I was talking
about immigrants currently applying through the
system. R.L. Ranger's letter (12/21/05 ID) mixes the undocumented immigrants
in the total numbers. Legal immigration numbers, even
in the millions when aggregating applications of
several years in a row, are not breathtaking for a
country with 300 million souls. As my letter stated, the
immigration services can move to charging more if they
need to improve service. Concerning unauthorized
workers, I repeat that the government should fine
employers. This will eliminate the economic incentive
to hire them. It is the only cost/effective way to
solve the problem. Of course, I don't think
immigration scaremongers want to get into a good fight
with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to strengthen
employer penalties. Criminalizing the entrance without
inspection will further clog the court system and
swell the prison gang ranks. Entrance after
deportation is already a criminal offense and has not
demonstrated any deterrent effect. In light if the
demagoguery currently going on, I believe that
Congress will end up passing a law that will likely
include both ineffective and expensive "enforcement"
measures along with a "slave worker" program.
With respect to Mr. Dahl's poem (12/21/05 ID), It's criminal to do this to a Christmas song, but hey, that's what illegal immigration is about, crime. Most of the ills referred to in Mr. Dahl's poem would not be remedied by legal status (unskilled and uneducated workers in plentiful supply have no bargaining power with employers), and there's a strong whiff in his poem of illegal aliens requiring US taxpayers to pay for the housing, insulin, education, etc., of these economic migrants.
Dashing cross the border
at a one-horse open town
o'er the fields we go
sneaking all the way
BP on tails wing
Chasing us to the ground
Oh what fun it is to fling
Rocks without a sound.
Oh, jingle cash, jingle cash
jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to pay
someone else's way.
Jingle cash, jingle cash,
Jingle all the way.
Oh, how good it is
For those stupid Americans to pay
It is ludicrous to suggest in Immigration Daily's 12/20/05 ID comment, "The Next Generation" that entry
policy should be decided on the future chance of an "inevitable event"
of a mixed marriage to a descendant of an illegal. It is all the more
reason we need even stronger measures than the recently passed H.R. 4437
to correct failures of the past, not add to them. Rep. Hayworth (R-AZ) recently stated that real immigration reform
will be achieved only if viewed as an invasion that needs to be stopped
and not as a political problem to be managed. With millions illegals
already here, any substantive solution to the immigration dilemma must
first address enforcement provisions as suggested by Rep. Tom Tancredo
(R-CO) and does the true Enforcement Border Security Act of 2005 and
avoid the "smoke and mirrors" of phony solutions of guest worker
programs and amnesties in any form.
I've heard that Leticia Sierra was not promoted from her acting chief position at DOL's Foreign Labor division to real chief, and that she's back among the worker bees at Foreign Labor. Yet I've seen nothing from Immigration Daily or AILA about this -- or who the new acting chief is. Can anyone out there confirm or deny?
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