In February 2012, the Obama administration cut funding for the 287(g) program. Mere hours after the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s SB 1070, the Obama administration announced that it indefinitely suspends the 287(g) program which allowed state law enforcement agencies to partner with the federal government to perform immigration-related functions. The suspension of the program effectively guts Arizona’s ability to deal with illegal immigration. With this act, the administration has given illegal aliens free reign to enter the US through the Arizona border. Georgia patterned its HB 87 after Arizona’s SB 1070. Fortunately, the more controversial portions of SB 1070 are not in the Georgia bill. It is even more important to push the use of E-Verify and IMAGE.
E-Verify is a federal database that employers can use to check the eligibility of a new hire to work in the US. IMAGE-certification makes employers more aware of fraudulent documentation used to get jobs. When E-Verify and IMAGE are used in conjunction, we can be assured that employers are using all the available tools at their disposal to hire legal workers.
Pro-enforcement advocates are keenly aware that when jobs are starved, illegal aliens leave. This has been evident during this most recent recession. An unemployment rate of over 8% since 2009 and with millions more Americans dropping out of the job market, we cannot afford to give up the fight. It is time to look at the glass as ¾ full instead of ½ empty. The illegal immigration battle is multi-faceted and must be fought on several fronts. Let’s resolve to keep jobs for Americans.
We can also force state legislators to track the resources that illegal aliens use. One way is to work through your state representative and senator to create legislation that tracks the illegal aliens entering the public school system and the university systems. On the face of sheer logic, what sense does it make to educate and train an illegal alien that is not admissible to work in the United States? By getting tracking information such as taxpayer identification numbers, social security numbers and other individualized information, we can deduce, through this reporting, the amount of monies spent and other resources used for illegal aliens alone.
Whether or not we receive a new administration in November, we must work to take back the US House and the Senate. We must work to take them back from politicians and force them to work in the interests of our nation. Hold your legislators accountable. Do not allow them to come back to the home district, kiss babies and shake hands without addressing the illegal immigration problem that threatens our nation’s sovereignty. Patriots, all is not lost we must simply work harder. When you ponder surrender, think of this quote by Jacob A. Riis instead: “Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”