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WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's not stop immigration reform

Friday, April 26, 2013 | 2:14 p.m. CDT

Let us not be scared away from overhauling the nation’s immigration laws by the paranoid fantasies conjured out of the debris of the Boston bombings.

Let’s make sure to use caution as the Justice Department proceeds with its case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Let us be vigilant against using the specter of what we might think he stands for as emblematic of all immigrants.

Mr. Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen, was not one of the 11 million immigrants who are on the sidelines awaiting their fate and the opportunity to become full participants in the good and bad the United States has to offer. He came to the United States as a child and became a naturalized American citizen as a teenager.

Some lawmakers, however, are portraying him as though he embodies each and every immigrant on our shores. The image of Mr. Tsarnaev and the limited understanding of his political thinking — mostly gleaned from friends, relatives and social media (and we know how accurate those sources are, right?) — is clouding Senate hearings on a bipartisan immigration proposal.

Immigration reform opponents have concluded, cynically, that the Senate should not proceed with reform because Mr. Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, described themselves as Islamic, came here from Russia and wrote about being social outcasts.

That’s not a reason. It’s an excuse for xenophobia.

From all indications, the Tsarnaev brothers, particularly the older one, were politically disaffected — as are a lot of native-born Americans. If the brothers’ problems indeed were with Russia and Chechnya, it’s unclear why they lashed out at the United States. In other respects their profiles fit those of other home and foreign-born mass murderers who have visited tragedy on our nation: disaffected, troubled and socially isolated young men with access to weapons.

Whatever failure there was lies not with the immigration system, but with the FBI’s failure to follow through on a CIA request — made after tips from Russian intelligence agencies — to put Tamerlan Tsarnaev on a terrorist watchlist. That might have kept him off commercial airliners, but it doesn’t mean he would have been monitored 24 hours a day.

Let us not forget that they entered the country legally. They came in 2002, when Dzhokhar was 9 and his brother was about 15, under an asylum petition filed by their father.

Since there isn’t much traction to be had from the brothers’ immigration status, some conservatives are getting riled over their ethnic heritage.

No less an authority than Phyllis Schlafly, the proud matron of the Eagle Forum who managed decades ago to demonize the Equal Rights Amendment, is calling for reinstatement of the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Really, Mrs. Schlafly? From your house in Ladue, Mo. you want to bring back the committee that used fear to blight our nation, spied on private citizens, created the Hollywood blacklist and was denounced by former President Harry S. Truman as “the most un-American thing in the country today.”

Mrs. Schlafly begins a rant on her website about the Boston bombings by writing that the United States should not have admitted the Tsarnaev family in the first place because their son was named Tamerlan.

“That should have been a red alert because that is the name of one of the world’s notorious mass murderers, a 14th-century Central Asian warlord named Tamerlan, who killed about 17 million people,” she wrote.

By these standards, anyone named Joe would prompt a red-alert. No more Stalin fans. God forbid anyone named Adolf should try to get in. The Crusades resulted in the deaths of millions of Christians, Muslims and Jews, and Louis IX of France organized one of them (although he nearly got his entire army wiped out). Maybe we should rename St. Louis.

Supporters of immigration reform, such as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, said the bill will strengthen border security by adding $8.5 billion for that purpose.

The bill also makes it easier for more skilled workers to reach citizenship, but isn’t exactly a cakewalk for the unauthorized immigrants already here. It will take many of them 13 years to reach that point, and anyone who arrived here after Dec. 31, 2011, would be ineligible.

The last time the nation’s immigration laws were revamped was in 1986, when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that made citizens out of some 3 million unauthorized immigrants.

With momentum high for this bipartisan measure, which is flawed but a step in the right direction, let’s not be deterred from moving forward by a tragedy that had nothing to do with immigration.

Copyright St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reprinted with permission.


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Dave Francis April 26, 2013 | 9:20 p.m.

STEALING SILENTLY FROM THE U.S. TAXPAYER?

Judicial Watch, a leading legal Conservative organization has just uncovered a concealed program, run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the USDA, although hesitant to comply released a documents that the U.S. government has been complicit in since 2006. They were spending taxpayer money to run Spanish-language television ads encouraging illegal immigrants to apply for government-financed food stamps. a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions questioned the Obama administration’s partnership with Mexican consulates to encourage foreign nationals, migrant workers and non-citizen immigrants to apply for food stamps and other USDA administered welfare benefits. Sessions wrote, “It defies rational thinking, for the United States – now dangerously near $17 trillion in debt – to partner with foreign governments to help us place more foreign nationals on American welfare and it is contrary to good immigration policy in the United States.”

The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch in August 2012, include the following:
· March 30, 2012 – The USDA seeks approval of the Mexican Embassy in drafting a letter addressed to consulates throughout the United States designed to encourage Mexican embassy staffers to enroll in a webinar learn how to promote increased enrollment among “the needy families that the consulates serve.”
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Dave Francis April 26, 2013 | 9:21 p.m.

• August 1, 2011 – The USDA FNS initiates contact with the Mexican Embassy in New York to implement programs already underway in DC and Philadelphia for maximizing participation among Mexican citizens. The Mexican Embassy responds that the Consul General is eager to strengthen his ties to the USDA, with specific interest in promoting the food stamp program.

• February 25, 2011 – The USDA and the Mexican Consulate exchange ideas about getting the First Ladies of Mexico and United States to visit a school for purposes of creating a photo opportunity that would promote free school lunches for low-income students in a predominantly Hispanic school. Though a notation in the margin of the email claims that the photo op never took place, UPI reported that it actually did.

• March 3, 2010 – A flyer advertises a webinar to teach Hispanic-focused nonprofits how to get reimbursed by the USDA for serving free lunch over the summer. The course, funded by American taxpayers, is advertised as being “free for all participants.”

• February 9 , 2010 – USDA informs the Mexican Embassy that, based on an agreement reached between the State Department and the Immigration & Naturalization Service (now ICE), the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) food voucher program does not violate immigration laws prohibiting immigrants from becoming a “public charge.”

The documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that USDA officials are working closely with their counterparts at the Mexican Embassy to widely broaden the SNAP program in the Mexican immigrant community, with no effort to restrict aid to, identify, or apprehend illegal immigrants who may be on the food stamp rolls. In an email to Borjon Lopez-Coterilla and Jose Vincente of the Mexican Embassy, dated January 26, 2012, Yibo Wood of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) sympathized with the plight of illegal aliens applying for food stamps, saying, “FNS understands that mixed status households may be particularly vulnerable. Many of these households contain a non-citizen parent and a citizen child.”

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Dave Francis April 26, 2013 | 9:22 p.m.

So it illustrates that a silent conspiracy has been going on for years, using taxpayers money funneled from the U.S. government to illegal aliens whether in the United States or not? To me and the millions of Americans without this is a incredulous traitorous move, that defies logic. This is a seditious secret activity and Americans who are being taxed to serve the interests of a corrupt foreign country need to be held accountable.

We need a National ID biometric card to stop illegal aliens through fraud collecting food stamps and other welfare programs. To me this would be more effective than E-Verify and businesses that don’t comply with the law should receive a mandatory prison sentence.

Americans must demand the double layer fencing that stretches completely from East to West, with skin tearing barbed wire attired at the top. Known as the 2006 Secure Act, this fence was underhandedly deconstructed by Senator Kay bailey Hutchinson.

No more civil misdemeanor for entering America without inspection, but instead should be facing a mandatory FELONY conviction.

The BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP must be changed, so only children of U.S. citizens ARE entitled to citizenship. Forget the USDA stealth program, offering food stamps to just about everybody including illegal people who arrive here by plane and disappear without being tracked, or the millions who cross the international border and also vanish. Giving automatic citizenship to the progeny of thousands of “foothold” babies is drowning America in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt.

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Dave Francis April 26, 2013 | 9:23 p.m.

Everyone these four issues if implemented into the Opportunity and
Immigration Modernization Act would be a massive financial boon for the
shrinking dollars deficits, in the state or federal
funds as well as the U.S. Taxpayer. CONTACT YOUR TWO U.S. SENATORS TODAY and urge them to oppose
S.744! You can call the Capitol Terminal board toll-free at 1-888-978-3094.
Learn more about this new potential Immigration Reform Bill, in relation to the
huge fraudulent 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act at NumbersUSA.com as
well in petitioning your arguments and standing on this new law. INSIST NO PATH
TO CITIZENSHIP? A free petition is available on NumbersUSA.com and read the huge amounts of daily information disclosed on American Patrol.com/ This is the articles, blogs and media reports that is a must read. Learn so much more about illegal immigration bills at Judicial Watch.org

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