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Illegal border surge – why it is happening and solutions

Immigration Activists and Concerned Citizens,

Immigration is not complicated in general but it can become complicated, confusing, and at times emotional. Our opponents to real immigration enforcement and reform play the emotional card on a routine basis because facts are not on their side. I have compiled more data and facts about the surge of illegal alien minors to our southern border. President Obama plans more end-runs around enforcing our immigration laws and may send illegal aliens and minors from the recent border surge to North Carolina…….

The problem began not because of political strife and fear in the primary sending countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala as promoted by the Obama Administration, but instead because of weak enforcement of our immigration laws, a loosening of asylum procedures pushed by the Obama administration within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and actual amnesties (i.e. DACA, etc) implemented unconstitutionally by President Obama and his ink pen. Honduran President Juan Hernandez recently said, “border crossers believe they can get amnesty……..and Obama administration rhetoric provides this belief”.

Below is testimony from the U.S. House Judiciary committee on this matter:

A May 28, 2014, Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Intelligence Report tells a story that is strikingly different than the claimed humanitarian crisis the Administration paints as responsible for the surge. The report summarized interviews conducted with hundreds of apprehended Central Americans minors and quite frankly paints a very different picture of the situation.

According to the report, when these individuals were asked why they made the journey to the United States, approximately 95% indicated that the main reason was to take advantage of the “new” U.S. “law” that grants a “free pass” or permit (referred to as “permisos”) being issued by the U.S. government to women traveling with minors and unaccompanied alien minors. While no new law has been enacted, the truth is that the Administration has dramatically altered immigration enforcement policies. The timing of the change in policies correlates closely with the steep uptick of individuals showing up at the border. Apparently, word has gotten out that once encountered by Border Patrol agents and processed, thanks to this Administration’s lax enforcement policies, one will likely never be removed.

Word has spread to the Americas and beyond that the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented, and likely unconstitutional, steps in order to shut down the enforcement of our immigration laws for millions of unlawful and criminal aliens not considered high “priorities,” especially minors and adults with minors. The world seems to know that DHS refuses to enforce the law under the guise of “prosecutorial discretion.” The beneficiaries of these policies even include many thousands of aliens who have been arrested by state and local law enforcement or convicted criminals who have been put in removal proceedings and who DHS has simply let back onto our streets.

And now those beneficiaries include those minors and families who continue to arrive at our border and the Administration ushers in via “100% reverse escorts” into the interior of the United States. Most are ultimately released, often into the hands of those who paid smugglers to bring them here in the first place.

In addition to simply not pursuing removable aliens, DHS has been granting hundreds of thousands of administrative legalization and work authorizations. DHS does this under many guises, invoking doctrines with esoteric names such as “deferred action” and “parole-in-place”. The net effect of these policies has been described by former ICE Acting Director John Sandweg — “If you are a run-of-the mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero . . . .” Apparently, those arriving at our borders now know this…..(end of testimony)

It would also appear that illegal immigrant advocacy groups in the USA are providing information in the form of sentences to repeat at the border which would trigger an asylum claim and access to an attorney at additional US taxpayer expense. Mexico of course is participating in the ruse by not controlling either their southern or northern borders……surprise. U.S. DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, when asked in a U.S. House committee hearing about how many aliens (adults and minors) had been released due to the recent border surge but ordered to appear later in court on their own recognizance, said he does not know. These persons will NOT appear in court, as the Border Patrol does not have an address in the USA for them.

One of many sad facts is that a number of alien women and minors are being abused, raped, or sold to near slavery by “coyotes” who promise to take then to our southern border, encouraged by a lack of enforcement of our immigration laws and the expectation of an amnesty. Be aware the TV media in their attempt to yet again distort the situation and create sympathy are usually showing very young alien children on our TV screens, when in fact the Center for Immigration Studies has documentation that 83% of the “minors” are over 14 years of age. What is NOT reported by the TV media as it relates to the border surge is as follows: the illegal alien adults and minors are being provided for and treated better than most of the homeless women and children in the USA and treated better than our veterans in the Veteran’s Administration hospitals, and every dollar being provided to support the illegal aliens is one less dollar ultimately going to our own poor, and because of the amnesties such as DACA already allowed by the Obama administration there are a couple of hundred thousand legal immigrant green card holders ready for citizenship but waiting another year for their paperwork to be completed, and the immigration courts in the USA had 30,000 court cases backlogged that we know of before the recent border surge crisis.

SOLUTIONS to this mess involve numerous actions because we have to take a stand for once: start deportations now, as the Wilberforce Act passed during the George Bush administration and being used as an excuse to do nothing actually allows a waiver for emergency situations. Use the National Guard immediately at our southern border, order U.S. financial institutions to stop remittances that illegal immigrants send back to their home countries (to especially include Mexico), and cutoff aid to countries who are allowing their citizens in large numbers to leave without permission to enter the USA. Cutoff aid and deny travel and other visas to countries who may attempt to refuse to take back their citizens who are deported from the USA, and start a serious effort to inform immediately the citizenry (with the help of the host country) of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras that deportation will be swift and sure if they arrive illegally in the USA. And let’s try a novel idea for sure and start enforcing our existing immigration laws in the USA, especially interior enforcement to include work site enforcement. Another action would be for States such as North Carolina to start doing their part, in ways States can take action, to discourage illegal aliens from coming here by having a serious E-Verify state law…….illegal aliens know the states weak on any enforcement and ultimately the word gets back and a State becomes part of the problem instead of part of the solution.

Call your members of Congress and demand enforcement action on the southern border surge and mention how a lack of real enforcement is the root cause of the border surge. Call your members of the NC House and NC Senate and let them know our state E-Verify law on illegal immigration (North Carolina has a weak state E-Verify law filled with loopholes) is not helping the situation.

Send this information to your friends and associates.

Regards,

Ron Woodard
Director
NC LISTEN
(919) 460-8156
www.nclisten.com

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Eric Cantor told the truth and lost, but Renee Ellmers lied and earlier won

Immigration Activists and Concerned Citizens,

Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told the truth in general about his immigration positions of advocating for more foreign workers and openly supported a partial amnesty for illegals, and he lost in the Republican primary last night. On the other hand, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers’ campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars (not including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook bankrolling more campaign ads for her) lying about her real immigration positions of large scale amnesty, support for even more foreign workers, and citizenship for the newly amnestied illegals and she won the 2nd District Republican primary.

Eric Cantor outspent his Republican primary opponent, David Brat, by times 24, and was supported by the open borders U.S. Chamber of Commerce…….but Cantor for the most part was trying to win with his immigration positions being known. As pointed out, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers openly lied about her immigration positions. Her Republican primary opponent, Frank Roche, was unable to generate enough campaign contributions to fund TV ads to point out her lies. And too many conservatives in the 2nd District decided in error that Frank couldn’t win and held their nose and voted for Ellmers in the primary. The conservatives in the 7th Congressional District of Virginia didn’t make that mistake and supported Republican conservative and true immigration reformer David Brat, not the incumbent Republican. David Brat had agreed to all 12 of the immigration reform and enforcement principles of NumbersUSA to include reducing legal immigration, just as Frank Roche had done.

Also the Republican establishment and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have been active in trashing and cashing (funding candidates who do their bidding) against Tea Party supported candidates in general. Even though the national Tea Party movement provided only modest support to David Brat, local conservatives with Tea Party beliefs made a HUGE difference in helping Brat to win.

As earlier noted, I am glad our State unemployment rate has improved, but the real U-6 unemployment rate for North Carolina is still over 11% and many of the jobs created in the last year are part-time and low-skilled jobs.

NC LISTEN is pressing to get our State E-Verify law tightened after last year when the NC General Assembly gutted it due to pressure from cheap labor industries. We continue to see a worker surplus situation in North Carolina and the USA, not a worker shortage.

Please send this email to your friends and associates. Thank you.

Regards,

Ron Woodard

Director

NC LISTEN

(919) 460-8156

www.nclisten.com

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NC LISTEN meets with Renee Ellmers – she says citizens won’t work, calls us racist

Immigration Reformers and Concerned Citizens,

It took me months to setup a meeting in person with Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. The day of our meeting an email was sent after 10 am asking for us to move the meeting from Dunn to Asheboro. I was told by her assistant there was less seating in the Asheboro office so I said some of us can just stand, and I scrambled and contacted all ten attendees who were constituents, some already on their way to Dunn but we met in Asheboro. Congresswoman Ellmers already in Asheboro arrived 17 minutes late and said we had only until 4 pm (13 minutes) to speak with her. As she arrived she said only 3 persons could meet in her office, even though there were four chairs and plenty of standing room. I mentioned how we scrambled to meet her in Asheboro with her last minute change and all ten attendees are her constituents and her reply was, “I am in charge and only three can be in the meeting”, so the others had to wait in her small lobby just outside her office and to add insult to injury they closed the door on the 7 constituents.

I have arranged 11 group trips to Washington, DC over the last 12 years to meet with US House members and US Senators from North Carolina to discuss immigration reform, not to mention other trips I made to DC myself and local trips, so I have had a lot of experience meeting with members of Congress. Today’s meeting with Congresswoman Ellmers was the most contemptible meeting with a member of Congress I have taken part in. From the beginning she showed a sense of arrogance and disdain for meeting with us. If you heard the audio clip from the Laura Ingraham radio show of Laura interviewing Renee Ellmers, today was deja vu. When she wasn’t interrupting me she was constantly changing the subject, with a look of glee in her eye as if she thought she was being clever. I have studied immigration and immigration policies for nearly 20 years, and she was the most misinformed and uninformed member of Congress I have ever spoken with on the matter of immigration reform…..and that is saying something.

Just as Congresswoman Ellmers called Laura Ingraham ignorant during their interview, Congresswoman Ellmers went a few steps further by calling me ignorant, a racist, and dense during our meeting…….these insults were sprinkled through our discussion which was about immigration policies and her own statements about immigration reform. I refrained from any personal name calling. As we know, these kinds of insults are usually used by those who have weak arguments or are under the age of ten.
Below is a recap of some of the matters I tried to discuss as she attempted to change the subject approximately every 30 seconds. Our meeting eventually lasted about 40 minutes.
I stated that NC LISTEN believes we need real enforcement of our immigration laws first without any legal work permits for illegals nor an amnesty. Ellmers believes we must give legal work permits to illegal immigrants. She denied stating the following but in an op-ed piece in the Fayetteville Observer on January 18, 2014 she wrote, “only after this legal work status is obtained (by illegals) can they have the opportunity to begin the naturalization process”. The naturalization process is a path to citizenship. I pointed out again that she wrote this and she denied it again.
I asked her why she was for giving legal work permits to illegal immigrants when we have 20 million citizens in the USA who are either unemployed or are working part-time but want and cannot find a full-time job (also called the U-6 rate) and that the U-6 unemployment rate in North Carolina is near 14%. Even with her attempting to change the subject, I asked her repeatedly and she NEVER would answer that question.

Not once during our conversation did Ellmers ever say she was concerned or troubled by our high unemployment rate and how citizens are suffering……it was over and over about citizens won’t take jobs and why we had to allow illegal immigrants to “earn” legal work permits.
I mentioned the contacts I get in desperation from people who have lost their jobs to illegals, and she said in effect she didn’t believe me, but yet she believes cheap labor industries/companies who tell her they can’t find citizens who want to work. She went on and on about companies telling her citizens won’t work and I asked her, given the high real unemployment rate, if she believes most citizens are lazy or won’t take non-farm jobs and she dodged that question. Of course companies who want cheap labor are going to ask her to be weak on immigration enforcement. She said that since I was attacking some companies for hiring illegal immigrants, I had a grudge against businesses. I reminded her I worked for a high-tech company for 40 years, but I won’t stand by and watch citizens lose jobs to illegal immigrants. Again she was trying to play a game.

I was asked to provide ways to stop illegal immigration and I was interrupted repeatedly……she thinks we need to start all over with enforcement ideas. Of course we enforce few of our immigration laws, so it is enforcement that’s missing, not a lack of ideas.
The E-Verify system is but one of many steps but now it is only voluntary, but if Congress required all companies to use it and it was enforced, then it would protect most jobs for citizens……Ellmers said she was for it but wouldn’t discuss implementation and she doesn’t think it works. Of course today the companies who hire illegals won’t use E-Verify because it’s not mandatory and until it is required it won’t have near the effect.

As I pressed over and over why can’t we give real enforcement a chance as a first step…..she would go off on another tangent…..
After the meeting with Ellmers we all felt that she thinks she is invincible and feels she no longer needs to really listen to conservatives.
This might be in part because of the group, Americans for a Conservative Direction and FWD.us, significantly funded by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook (has committed to spend $50 million on candidates this year to promote more foreign labor to the USA) and other cheap labor advocates paying for ads now running on the radio promoting Renee Ellmers. Zuckerberg has pledged to spend these big bucks to “sway” the election of candidates who support Comprehensive Immigration Reform (aka amnesty and large increases of foreign labor to the USA).
Please send this email to your friends and associates.

Regards,
Ron Woodard
Director
NC LISTEN
www.nclisten.com
(919) 460-8156

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Any legislation to allow Amnesty for illegals must be stopped

Any federal legislation to allow an amnesty for illegal immigrants is bad policy for our nation. Previous legislation would allow legalization for illegal immigrants even before real enforcement. In fact most earlier amnesty legislation does NOT require illegals to go to the back of the line in their home country, does NOT really require back taxes to be paid by illegals (under which of their aliases), does NOT have real triggers that require enforcement first, and the list goes on and on. Eleven to thirteen million illegal aliens would receive amnesty.

Regards,

Ron Woodard
Director
NC LISTEN
(919) 460-8156
www.nclisten.com

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What Should Congress Do Concerning Immigration Reform?

First of all we must reject the Gang of Eight national immigration bill (S.744) as currently written. It is a replay of 1986 in which the US Congress granted an amnesty for illegal immigrants with only promises to control our borders and more promises to do real enforcement of our laws. The promises were not kept and there is no reason to trust Congress this time. The Gang of Eight bill actually increases legal immigration to two million immigrants each year when we have over 18 million citizens who are either unemployed or cannot find a full-time job. This is nothing less than ridiculous.

It is a both a right and responsibility of our government to manage immigration so that it serves the national interests of the USA, as eloquently spoken by the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and former Chairperson of the US Commission on Immigration Reform. Obviously we need to stop illegal immigration (steps to take on page 2), but we also need to reform legal immigration for our knowledge-based society and have it built upon very high skill-levels and advanced education with the exception of allowing a traditional number of refugees per year. Less legal immigration, almost exclusively based on very high skills and advanced education, would benefit the USA. The key point is advanced skills and education, the smartest of the smart. Outside of some small shortages of STEM workers in spots around the nation, there is no shortage of college educated workers in the USA. One can look at statistics as real proof. And we have over sixteen million citizens who are either unemployed or cannot find a full-time job. In the past we have had too much unskilled legal immigration and illegal immigration. Mass illegal immigration in particular has caused an increase in unemployment and driven down wages for low-skilled citizens and created more poverty. Among the top legal immigrant sending countries of legal immigrants, welfare is the highest for households headed by immigrants from Mexico (57%), Guatemala (55%), and the Dominican Republic (54%).

Should we consider a pathway to citizenship (amnesty in reality) for illegal immigrants? Robert Rector, a senior research fellow of the Heritage Foundation, says legalization of illegal immigrants will cost more than six trillion dollars net over their lifetime for the total public benefits they will be entitled to receive minus taxes paid. How will we really determine the amount of “back taxes” owed by illegal immigrants to the federal government…..under which illegal immigrant’s fake name? How much will this analysis cost the taxpayers? How do we do an effective background check since again illegals have so many aliases? How much will that investigative work cost taxpayers? What is the amount of the so-called fine the illegals will pay? How many would-be legal immigrants waiting in line now would gladly pay a “fine” to be able to jump in the front of the line of others? And the biggest insult is the notion of illegals getting in the back of the line. Is it the end of the line that would-be legal immigrants enter while still in their native country? Or is it the end of an imaginary line inside the USA as if the illegals had green cards? We have a backlog in paperwork and processing today while admitting one million legal immigrants each year, but how is it that we have plenty of time and money to process paperwork for thirteen million illegal immigrants, while at the same time, continuing to admit the one million legal immigrants each year? Isn’t it interesting that those proposing amnesties never mention the punishment that citizens will endure with an amnesty, only the suggested “humanitarian” benefit the illegals will receive? Citizen taxpayers are being punished by having to fund the huge cost of public benefits of illegals and their dependents. And every social services dollar going to illegal immigrants and their dependents is one less dollar going to our own poor, since there is not an unlimited amount of taxpayer money. Low-skilled citizens are punished by lost jobs and driven-down wages due to illegal immigration. How humanitarian is it to keep granting amnesties (since the IRCA amnesty in 1986 the USA has granted six “mini-amnesties”) while would-be legal immigrants wait years and years in line? Any action other than illegal immigrants returning to their native country and getting in the back of the line is in fact an amnesty.

Should consideration be given to the so-called “Dream or Achieve” Act amnesty? Both of these are marketed as helping children of illegal immigrants. Children aren’t really deported. They simply follow and go with their parents. 18-32 year old persons are adults, not children. As young adults, those illegally in the USA can go back to their native country to attend trade school or college and/or work legally. The only persons hurt with such an amnesty are young adult citizens who, one for one (as college is a selection process), will be disenfranchised for every illegal immigrant allowed to enroll in a U.S. college or take a job in the USA.
We need to reduce legal immigration and make it much more advanced education-based AND diverse (ten sending countries hog most of the legal immigration slots). More diversity automatically makes it likely that legal immigrants will learn English and not easily reside in ethnic enclaves in America. Use the opportunity of reforming immigration to do welfare reform at the same time. Reduce legal immigration to a total of 150,000 per year until our high real unemployment rate (use U-6 data per the Dept of Labor) is significantly lowered. Why are we allowing nearly one million legal immigrants to the USA each year to include this year, while over 16 million Americans are either unemployed or want and cannot find a full-time job? Maybe we need to listen to citizens instead of the whining of the US Chamber of Commerce and other cheap labor advocates.

We have no shortage of poorly educated citizens who have done and will do manual labor. The highest unemployment rate is for low-skilled and poorly educated citizens. In the case of agriculture, farmers can legally acquire all of the seasonal migrant workers they want through the H-2A visa program (H-2A’s are unlimited, but temporary). We could certainly improve the process for H-2A visas. We should also insist that farmers mechanize where possible, as this is 2014 not 1914.

Our nation must take action against illegal immigration. There are six million illegal immigrants in non-agricultural jobs in the USA. In short, 96% of illegals are in non-ag jobs. With 18 million Americans unable to find a full-time job, insist on “attrition through enforcement” to combat illegal immigration and require all businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to check new and existing employees. Make sure compliance is enforced. This will free-up several million existing jobs now being held by illegals and, with a slightly tighter labor market, increase wages for our low-skilled citizens and help them become the working instead of the working poor! Continue to implement the federal Real ID Act which makes drivers licenses more secure and prevents illegals from acquiring a driver’s license (also helps with voter ID and national security). Who can stay in the USA mid to long term without a driver’s license and a job? Tighten up our borders and complete dual fences on the southern border in areas more easily crossed (dual fences properly constructed have worked on our southern border). The U.S. Supreme Court allows local law enforcement to be involved in immigration enforcement, so continue to encourage the use the DHS’s Secure Communities program. Complete and implement OBIM, the former US VISIT program, to track who enters and then leaves our nation. One third of illegals are visa overstays who initially came here short term with a visa. In total these actions could free-up many of the six million non-ag jobs being held by illegal immigrants and it drastically reduces illegal immigration. These recommendations should be framed for the general public for what they are: a plan to reduce the unemployment rate, help low-skilled citizens who deserve jobs, protect social services dollars for our own poor, free-up education dollars for our own disadvantaged instead of the dependents of illegal immigrants, and improve homeland security.

To recap, less legal immigration being more skill and advanced education-based will create a scenario in which these high-skilled immigrants will help our economy without increasing the unemployment rate. Using the earlier mentioned “attrition through enforcement” to stop and reduce illegal immigration will give low-skilled citizens of all ethnicities a better chance of getting a job, making more money, and saving some of it. To provide an amnesty for 11-13 million illegal immigrants and allow them to acquire legal status or citizenship is just plain wrong. Polls have shown the American voter in general supports the above measures. Our government should listen to citizens and not the cheap labor interests and ethnic-based advocacy groups.

Regards,

Ron Woodard
Director
NC LISTEN
Cary, NC
(919) 460-8156

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