The Republican “leaders” of the House of Representatives went off to conduct a retreat where they could, out of the glare of the media, conduct discussions about how to deal with the thorny immigration issue.
That politicians take political ramifications into account when they contemplate acting on an issue is to be expected. It is unfathomable, however, that they would betray their oaths of office and take actions that would do irreparable harm to America and Americans and even undermine their own political futures.
This is precisely what providing a means for illegal aliens to acquire lawful status in the United States would do. Such an ill-conceived program utterly ignores the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission as articulated in both the “9/11 Commission Report” and the “9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel.” Consider this paragraph from the latter document:
Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.
The 9/11 Commission findings must be the starting point for any discussion about providing any immigration benefits to aliens. However, those members of Congress who support a massive legalization program for millions of illegal aliens who evaded the inspections process are ignoring that the inspections process is supposed to prevent the entry of criminals and terrorists into the United States. These politicians never even mention the 9/11 Commission or its findings.
My November 30, 2013 CAPS commentary, “Political Asylum Fraud: Where America’s Companssion Becomes Vulnerability,” 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.”
If an immigration program for thousands of aliens lacks integrity, how would a program for unknown millions be administered?
Additionally, record numbers of American workers are now unemployed or underemployed. The “official” unemployment statistics utterly ignores the millions of Americans who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, have gone on long-term disability or otherwise have fallen off the grid.
Even as the campaigns for the upcoming mid-term congressional elections gear up and Republicans focus on the need to cut the deficit, the “retreating” Republicans ignored the impact that the estimated $200 billion in remittances from foreign workers to their home countries have on America’s national debt which, when the multiplier effect is taken into account, functionally increases the deficit by more than a half trillion dollars.
Add to this the millions of middle-class, taxpaying Americans who have lost their jobs, and have gone from paying taxes to falling below the poverty line, relying on expensive government assistance programs, further adding to America’s debt.
On June 13, 2013, I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on Fox News on the topic: “Does immigration reform pose too many risks?”
During my interview I noted that those who voted for Obama in the last election likely voted for him in spite of his position on immigration, not because of it. Supporters of this administration want bigger government. Period. The only way for Republicans to garner this vote that they are chasing so desperately is to offer even more government programs than the current administration is willing to provide.
This strategy is doomed to fail.
The Republicans who are willing to betray their oaths of office and betray America and Americans are also, in the long run, betraying themselves. Even as they throw themselves on their swords, they are pushing the American people onto those swords first.