Whether you have warm fuzzies about the regurgitated SAVE Act, or the empty promise of removing the job magnet that mandatory E-Verify for all emplorers will allegedly facilitate, neither will accomplish anything but removing illegal immigration from the third rail of politics heading into the 2012 election cycle, and further eroding States' Rights.
How many times will Americans give up a little more freedom, a little more State sovereignty, and buy into empty promises of enforcement?
Lamar Smith's controversial Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 2164, has many anti-illegal immigration advocates at odds. Those who support it, in my opinion, are willing to further erode State sovereignty under the pretense of a promise of enforcement.
For years the federal government has passed one law after another to allegedly address our growing illegal alien problem, yet, time and again, they pass laws they never intend to enforce simply to get the activists off their backs, or for political capital gleaned from the illusion of "getting tough" on illegal immigration.
Anti-illegal immigration activists need to look at the history of Congress' failure to secure our borders and ports of entry. They need to ask themselves, "How many more times will I buy into get-tough legislation that is NEVER enforced?"
Former Congressman, and founder of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, Tom Tancredo, believes the pre-emption of State laws is an acceptable compromise in the effort to discourage the hiring of illegal aliens. With all due respect, I would have to ask Tom to explain when giving up a little freedom and sovereignty has EVER yielded more security.
Many of the Founding Fathers warned us that not only would we not achieve security by giving up our freedoms, but that we wouldn't deserve it.
The Democrats will rally around their SAVE Act to give the illusion that they're serious about addressing the illegal alien problem, just as the Republicans are rallying around the Legal Workforce Act, when in reality, Congressmen on both sides of the aisle should be working towards enforcing the laws we already have on the books.
They should be impeaching Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and various Members of Congress who are knowingly, and willfully giving support and comfort to insurrection against the Constitution.
We can pass new enforcement laws every day of every year, but if Congress continues to allow the President to selectively enforce those laws, then any news laws aren't worth the paper they're written on. What has happened again and again the past 20 years, is that Congress passes enforcement laws, exerts a little more control over the lawful citizenry, and then looks the other way on securing our borders, ignores the treasonous and seditious acts of sanctuary cities and States, and the largest invasion in world history continues unabated.
Below are some articles compiled by our partners at the United Patriots of America that you should read. Instead of drinking the political koolaid being served by both parties, ask your Congressman and Senators why you should believe them "this time," that they are serious about ending illegal immigration. Ask them when they plan to actually secure our southern border with Mexico. Ask them when they will eliminate the VISA Waiver Program. Ask them why we have 30,000 troops protecting the border between North and South Korea, yet send our seasoned Border Patrol Agents to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Patriot Coalition and FIRE Coalition leadership don't want "feel good legislation." Attrition through enforcement still works, if our spineless leaders would grow enough backbone to actually "walk the walk."
This 4th of July, We the People need to declare our independence from the same old dog-and-pony shows. We demand enforcement, not more empty promises.
Jeff Lewis, National Director, FIRE Coalition & Patriot Coalition
United Patriots of America
New and old opinions on the H.R. 2164 Lamar Smith's E-Verify Bill
Two new opinions.
U.S. Border Control
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
The federal government has been unwilling to enforce immigration laws in the workplace, and this bill would be no exception. There is zero likelihood that the Obama administration will go after employers who fail to use E-Verify or who knowingly help their employees circumvent the system.
In sum, the bill isn't even a compromise - it's a total sellout. Frankly, I am surprised and disappointed that Rep. Smith would be party to such a bill, let alone put his name on it.
I even note with sadness that some prominent immigration groups have endorsed it. What could they be thinking? We already won this battle. This bill does little more than take away our victory and hand it over to the enemy.
Lamar Smith's E-Verify Bill Must Be Amended
H.R. 2164 pre-empts the states from requiring use of E-Verify unless employees work for state or local governments. That's equivalent to giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who are currently employed in our country.
H.R. 2164 forbids the states from using their constitutional power to revoke licenses from businesses that hire illegal aliens unless there has been "a showing by the Secretary of Homeland Security, by clear and convincing evidence, that the employer had knowledge that an employee is an unauthorized alien." There is no likelihood that an Obama administration will prosecute employers who use E-Verify but fail to fire the illegals, or who contract out part of their workforce to circumvent the system.
The arguments for Lamar Smith's H.R. 2164 are fallacious. We are told that only the federal government can do anything about the immigration issue, but the recent Supreme Court decision provides the definitive rebuttal to that.
Winning the Case, Losing the Principle
The Supreme Court victory allowing Arizona to enforce E-Verify.
Signed by Janet Napolitano when she was governor
That is to say, the touchstone of preemption remains law, which is what Congress prescribes, not policy, which is a president's political calculation about what laws to enforce or not enforce.
This leaves the states at the mercy of Big Brother for their internal defense, and that is a huge problem. The right of self-defense is a core aspect of sovereignty. If the states no longer have it, they are no longer sovereign, meaning the foundational assumption of our constitutional system no longer obtains.
On the right, commentators are gliding past this looming catastrophe and focusing on the good done by the ruling. To be sure, the validation of a state's ability to shut down the employment magnet is essential if illegal immigration is to be reduced from a crisis to a nuisance. But this judicial validation is based on the whim of Congress rather than the inherent power of sovereign states. That is not very reassuring: If the years 2007 through 2010 taught us anything, it is that a Congress in the grip of ideology can and will govern against the will of the majority.
New bill hobbles border states
By KRIS W. KOBACH, June 16, 2011
The timing couldn't be worse. The bill stabs Arizona in the back, just after it won a victory in the US Supreme Court in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting on May 26. The court upheld the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, which lets the state suspend the business licenses of employers who knowingly hire unauthorized aliens and requires employers to use E-Verify.
Now, the Smith bill threatens to tie the states' hands in addressing the problem.
But now, the Smith bill threatens to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Arizona law -- along with every other state law on the subject -- would be preempted under the bill.
Restoring sovereignty to the States and H.R. 2164
We can begin this endeavor by having all the individuals and groups that support Tenth Amendment issue and Sovereignty issue join with the immigration control movement to amend a "shovel ready" bill recently introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) H.R. 2164, titled the Legal Workforce Act (E-Verify)., by removing the preemption language that prevents the states from fully enforcing the bill.
" the federal government, in its unfettered discretion, may prevent the states from conducting any immigration enforcement, no matter how threatened the states may be by illegal immigration and no matter how resolutely the president refuses to address such threats.
"This leaves the states at the mercy of Big Brother for their internal defense, and that is a huge problem. The right of self-defense is a core aspect of sovereignty. If the states no longer have it, they are no longer sovereign, meaning the foundational assumption of our constitutional system no longer obtains."
A quote from Winning the Case, Losing the Principle by Andrew McCarthy
Federation For American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
FAIR's activist field operation is leading the fight to have H.R. 2164
amended to remove the preemption clause or defeat the bill if necessary.
H.R. 2164, titled the Legal Workforce Act (E-Verify).
For all of the reasons, in the following articles, unless the preemption language is removed from HR-2164, the bill must be defeated.
Déjà Vu All Over Again July 1, 2011
By Michael Cutler, Former Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.),
CAPS Senior Fellow,
Throwing the States off the Field
By Kris Kobach June 19, 2011
Winning the Case, Losing the Principle
By Andrew C. McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, is the author, most recently, of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.
Lamar Smith's E-Verify Bill Must Be Amended
By Phyllis Schlafly 6/28/2011
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's E-Verify Law
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