That we live in a perilous era is hardly a headline — this is a well established fact. America and Americans face an existential threat posed by terrorist organizations. Additionally, huge quantities of heroin and cocaine have flooded across our borders, smuggled by pernicious drug trafficking organizations that have set up shop in communities across the United States. There is a strong nexus between narcotics trafficking and narcotics use and crime, especially violent crime.
The tens of billions of dollars, the annual proceeds from the drug trade, flow into the coffers of transnational drug trafficking organizations and international terrorist organizations.
Finally, our nation’s economy continues to falter and struggle as do tens of millions of American workers and their families find that their incomes shrink as their expenses rise as more foreign workers enter the United States each month than the number of new jobs that are being created.
All of the above-noted issues have a clear nexus to failures of our nation to secure its borders and enforce the immigration laws effectively. In point of fact our immigration laws were enacted with two primary goals, protect American lives and the jobs of American workers.
In point of fact, our borders and our immigration laws are supposed to shield America and Americans. Given all of the threats and challenges confronting America and Americans those shields should never be more important. However, you would never know it to listen to the President and, frankly, to all too many of our nation’s politicians from both sides of the political aisle in Washington and on the state and local levels.
On November 20, 2014 President Obama went before the cameras at the White House and laid out his plans to unilaterally “fix” the broken immigration system. That there are millions of illegal aliens present in the United States indicates that our immigration system is failing. That terrorists have been able to enter the United States and embed themselves in the United States provides further evidence of failures of the immigration system. Consider, if you will, that the Tsarnaev brothers were able to gain lawful entry into the United States and apparently game the political asylum program. This provides a graphic example of a failure of that component of the immigration system.
“The Social Contract” published my article in its Summer 2013 edition, on how fraud in the political asylum program currently enables our enemies to see in America’s compassion, weakness. The title of my article was “Political Asylum: Where Compassion and National Security Intersect.”
What has never been explained, by President Obama or others who claim that the immigration system is broken, is how their proposals will greatly reduce the number of illegal aliens present in the United States. What has never been explained is how the proposed “fixes” will create integrity to the processes by which aliens are granted visas or immigration benefits such as gaining lawful immigrant status or United States citizenship. These are critical issues that were identified by the 9/11 Commission.
Traditionally when laws are violated our leaders call for enhanced enforcement efforts to combat and deter the crimes. Because of concerns about those who have trespassed on New York City landmarks, Senator Chuck Schumer has proposed that a law be enacted that would subject those trespassers to a period of imprisonment of five years rather than the maximum of one year currently on the books. He stated in part:
“While individuals like this (trespassers) may have meant no harm, their acts put commuters and first responders at risk,” Schumer said. “They also inspire copycats who may have much more evil plans in mind.”
Critical infrastructure is defined by the Patriot Act as systems and assets so vital to the U.S., that the incapacity or destruction to them would have a debilitating effect.
“That would be a bridge, a power plant, the air vents to one of our tunnels,” Miller said.
Miller and Schumer said the new legislation will help serve as a deterrent.
“When stunts like this occur, the New York City trespassing law has a maximum of one year and it’s often three months,” Schumer said. “That’s not enough punishment to deter this behavior. It’s time to change that.”
Schumer said this legislation is based on another federal law protecting railroads.
His statements were reported upon in an October 14, 2014 CBS News report, “Mayor De Blasio Heads To D.C. For Meetings On NYC Security And Counter-Terrorism.”
However, Senator Chuck Schumer has been the staunchest advocate for providing a pathway to United States citizenship to illegal aliens who have trespassed on America by running our nation’s borders and evading the crucial screening process conducted by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors at ports of entry. This serves to encourage, not deter, aliens to run our nation’s borders.
Where our broken immigration system is concerned, the obvious questions not being asked or answered is, “Where is the deterrent?” “How is the lack of integrity in the immigration adjudications program being addressed?”
President Obama’s tone has been defiant, claiming that if members of Congress wanted to stop him from taking his actions that they should pass an immigration bill that he agreed with. It was a stunning statement especially considering that Obama was a constitutional law instructor. On numerous previous public appearances he made it clear that he did not have the authority to act alone to take the actions that he is now taking to deal with immigration. Yet, for reasons never articulated, he has now made it clear that he will now do what he had previous claimed he lacked the legal authority to do.
He has also never explained how his actions would curtail future illegal immigration or address the recommendations and findings of the 9/11 Commission. But then, these are critical questions that virtually no journalists have ever asked or members of the Republican Party have ever addressed, either.
Obama is attempting to extort immigration legislation by using the sort of “strong arm” technique of Tony Soprano rather than the conciliatory and constitutionally mandated technique befitting the President of the United States, who leads the most powerful democratic republic on the planet.
While the media has fixated on the procedural issues of whether or not what Obama is promising (threatening?) to do is within the bounds of his legal authority as the President of the United States, what has never been discussed to any great degree is the other procedural question — how would USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) implement this massive amnesty program involving millions of illegal aliens with even a sliver of integrity?
On November 30, 2013 Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) posted my commentary, “Political Asylum Fraud: Where America’s Compassion Becomes Vulnerability”that was predicated on a hard-hitting report posted by ABC News on November 20, 2013, “Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees.”
The number one priority of the government of the United States is national security and, with it, public safety. How on earth could the administration successfully administer that program in a manner that would not undermine national security and public safety? Let us remember that America’s borders and immigration laws are its shields, its first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists, transnational criminals and other foreign nationals whose presence in the United States would undermine national security, public safety, public health or otherwise compromise the well-being of America and Americans.
On September 10, 2014 the New York Post published a disturbing report, “Homeland Security: We can’t stop ISIS from coming into US.”
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