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Three times Barack Obama said his executive order would require illegal aliens to pay their back taxes before becoming eligible for amnesty. Guess what? He lied.
President Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to "pay any back taxes" in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not.
The immigration plan announced by Obama on Nov. 20 provides a temporary relief of three years from the threat of deportation to parents who are in the country illegally but who have children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The parents must have lived in the United States for at least five years, and they must register, and pass background checks in order to obtain the reprieve. The White House estimates that 5 million people are eligible for "provisional unlawful presence waivers." If they meet certain requirements, those immigrants also would be given work authorization for three years.
For immigrants who step forward, the procedure is to make sure that they "start paying their fair share of taxes" so they can "temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation for three years at a time," says a White House fact sheet. The key word in there is "start." There is no mechanism to require immigrants in the country illegally to pay any back taxes in order to obtain a three-year work authorization.
An Obama administration official told us the president misspoke when he said that immigrants would have to "pay any back taxes."
"Misspoke." Uh, huh. Sure. Absolutely. Simple misunderstanding. Coulda happened to anybody. No foul, right?
Except, and this is where your blood will really start to boil, the reality is they won't pay any taxes at all. They'll most likely receive payments from Uncle Sam in the form of refundable tax credits instead.
President Obama's unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer payments. That will be done primarily through two widely used programs — the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC.
The two programs, intended for low-income workers, are what is known as refundable tax credits. That means they give workers a tax refund that is larger than their tax liability. So a family with a tax bill of $1,000 might receive an EITC "refund" of $5,000, meaning the family doesn't write a check to the government but rather receives a check from the government. The ACTC works similarly for low-income workers with children.
Wealth transfer. From the hardworking U.S. taxpayer, to a bunch of third-world grifters. With massive amounts of fraud thrown in for good measure. What's not to like?
As it turns out, those two programs are already among the most corrupt and fraud-ridden in the entire federal government. A newly-released report from the inspector general of the Internal Revenue Service confirms that the EITC is plagued by fraud (which was already well known) and also reveals for the first time that the ACTC is even worse.
According to the inspector general, the IRS paid out $63 billion in EITC benefits in 2013. Of that, 24 percent, or about $15 billion, was given improperly to people not qualified to receive it. That improper payment rate has been enough to qualify the EITC as a "high risk" program for years.
The IRS paid out $26.6 billion in ACTC credits in 2013. The inspector general reports the child credit improper payment rate for that year was somewhere between 25.2 percent and 30.5 percent — worse than the EITC.
Considering that federal law defines a program as having "significant improper payments" when such payments exceed 2.5 percent of all the money the program sends out, those are pretty terrible numbers.
So far the IRS hasn't done anything to combat fraud in either the EITC or ACTC program. The IG report notes that as much as $148 billion dollars in improper payments have been made in the last decade at a rate that has remained relatively unchanged during that whole time. For comparison purposes, $148 billion is more than the feds spent on veterans benefits last year.
But instead of combating such massive fraud, the IRS spent its time investigating Tea Party groups. Priorities dontcha know.
Clearly, when Obama told illegal aliens they could stay if they "paid their fair share" what he really meant was "here, have some free money." And, come to think of it, probably an Obamaphone too.
Thanks John Boehner.
You enabled this by ramming CRomnibus down our throats. You betrayed the
people who gave you an overwhelming majority, and you stuck us with the bill.
It's an invasion. And New Jersey is at the front of the front lines. Over the past 4 years we've added more illegal aliens than any other state. Please, hold your applause.
New Jersey saw the largest recent increase in the size of its unauthorized immigrant population of any state in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project.
(Click here to view the full study.)
New Jersey's unauthorized immigrants rose from 450,000 to 525,000 between 2009 and 2012, the report states, one of just seven states to see a rise in this segment of its population. The Garden State was followed by Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Nebraska, and Idaho.
Unauthorized immigrants made up more than 8 percent of state's workforce in 2012, the fourth-highest such percentage in the country.
Most of the new arrivals are from India and Ecuador.
Why they're choosing our fair state isn't clear. But a massive influx of semi-skilled, low-income, non-English-speaking undocumented residents has got to be putting a strain on our already weakened economy. Not to mention the public assistance resources they undoubtedly require, and dare I say it, demand as their birthright.
Add in Dear Leader's
determination to unconstitutionally legitimize their disregard for our laws
and I can't help but wonder how America As We Knew It survives this assault.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell let the cat out of the bag.
Health and Human Services chief Sylvia Burwell made an appeal for immigration reform and extending Obamacare benefits to DREAM-eligible illegal immigrants on Tuesday while promoting the health-care law.
Burwell was touting the upcoming Obamacare enrollment period, which begins Saturday, on a webcast with several Latina bloggers when she stepped outside her typical domain and advocated for a change in immigration policy.
"DREAMers are not able to be covered in the marketplace," Burwell said in response to a question about whether families with mixed immigration statuses can get Obamacare coverage. "And this is an issue that I think is more than a health care issue — it is an immigration issue."
"And I think everyone probably knows that this administration feels incredibly strongly about the fact that we need to fix that. We need to reform the system and make the changes that we need that will lead to benefits in everything from health care to economics to so many things — a very important step that we need to take as a nation," the secretary said.
Only legal immigrants are eligible for Obamacare benefits, but pro-immigration groups have advocated that Obamacare benefits should be extended to illegal immigrants as well. A number organizations, including the National Council of La Raza and the AFL-CIO, have asked the Obama administration to mandate Obamacare exchange eligibility for DREAMers — illegal immigrations who are granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
Hey, he's "going big," right? What's bigger than rewriting Obamacare on the fly to include eligibility for illegal aliens? Laws mean whatever His Imperial Majesty says they mean! And he means to remake America, by any means necessary.
This year's projected Obamacare enrollment numbers have already been revised downward. What better way to bump those numbers back up than to add millions of illegal aliens to the mix?
Besides, the more people who are dependent on Obamacare, and its taxpayer subsidies, the harder it becomes for John Roberts to follow the letter of the law and invalidate those subsidies.
Immigrants already make up the vast majority of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Add in the DREAMers and Medicaid gets even bigger. Government handouts for everybody!
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
Here's Commissar Burwell, already giving immigration enforcement a wink and a nod:
"Everyone should come on [to the Obamacare exchanges]," Burwell continued, "And folks should not be scared, because this is not information…no questions will be asked, this is not an immigration issue."
Remember when they had to boot off thousands of Obamacare customers who couldn't validate their immigration status? Yeah, they don't want to do that again. Ever.
So, they won't.
Because he's got a pen dontcha know.
Fortunately we've got the Constitution.
In a recent op-ed in Politico, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said Congress would stop Obama from taking executive action by adding language explicitly barring money from being used for that purpose. "Congress has the power of the purse. The President cannot spend a dime unless Congress appropriates it," Sessions wrote. He also pointed out that similar language in the past has prevented the president from closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Remember all those kids and families who came streaming across the border thanks to Obama's lax enforcement policies and promises of amnesty? Remember how DHS swore they'd keep track of them while processing their paperwork?
Yeah, it didn't work out like that.
Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents, as they were instructed, the Homeland Security Department has acknowledged privately.
An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that about 70 percent of immigrant families the Obama administration had released into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments.
The government did not specify the total number of families released into the U.S. since October. Since only a few hundred families have already been returned to their home countries and limited U.S. detention facilities can house only about 1,200 family members, the 70 percent figure suggests the government released roughly 41,000 members of immigrant families who subsequently failed to appear at federal immigration offices.
C'mon, you're shocked, right?
I suspect this was the plan all along. Obama's minions knew they couldn't house or track these people, and the consequences of releasing them into the general population were entirely predictable.
Meanwhile, DHS is johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to some other classes of immigrants — Turtles, for instance. Illegal alien turtles are deported immediately.
A Canadian man has been charged after border agents at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel found more than 50 turtles strapped to his body and hidden between his legs.
Priorities. The Obama Administration has 'em. They're just not the
priorities you or I would want them to have. But if your goal was to
undermine American values and foment class warfare while sowing racial strife,
increasing the population of disgruntled unassimilated low-skilled
illiterate mendicants is just the way to do it.
Hey America, got an extra $760 million in your school budgets? Because that's how much we're gonna need to educate the massive influx of illegal alien kids Obama dumped into our communities this year.
A new report puts the price of educating the thousands of illegal immigrant children who recently crossed into the U.S. at a whopping $761 million this school year -- as some school systems push for the feds to pick up the tab.
The estimate comes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which issued a report on the 37,000 "unaccompanied minors" — who mainly are from Central America — after analyzing data from the Department of Health and Human Services and education funding formulas in all 50 states.
The numbers underscore the concerns critics have raised for months about the burden the surge is putting on local school systems and governments.
"We're not doing American students any favors by dumping in tens of thousands of additional illegal alien children," FAIR's Bob Dane told Fox News.
The report breaks down the costs by state. The biggest impact reportedly will be seen in California, Texas, Florida and New York. The Empire State leads the list with a bill of more than $147 million.
Will the feds pick up the tab?
Nope. Local taxpayers are on the hook for the whole enchilada.
That is, if we can find enough teachers.
PATERSON — With classes about to start, city school officials are scrambling to fill scores of vacant teaching positions, many of them for special education and students who are learning English.
As of last Wednesday, the district had 131 openings at its schools, most of them teaching jobs, said deputy superintendent Eileen Shafer. That included 38 special education jobs, 29 for English Language Learner classes, seven for math and six for science.
I don't suppose La Raza would volunteer to send a few teachers our way.
So the kids who belong here will get shortchanged, as if they aren't disadvantaged already, while Obama keeps the border wide open so he can appease foreign governments and their lobbyist lackeys. Meanwhile, you and I get to pay for it all.
Hey, while we're at it, maybe we should teach these kids how to play golf.
If nothing else, Obama ought to be willing to cough up a few bucks for that.
President Golfpants took time out from boogying with the Clintons to unleash yet another Executive Order from his omnipresent pen. This one comes via the Secretary of Education, to helpfully remind school districts of their statutory obligation to educate all those children waltzing across the Mexican border, regardless of their "immigration status."
The Obama administration is preparing the nation's schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations.
A fact sheet from the Department of Education sent to states and schools on Monday highlights the children's right to attend public school.
It says all children in the United States "are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents' actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status."
How we're suppoed to pay for educating these freeloaders, well, that's not really his concern. He dumped them in our laps, now they're our problem.
As far as we know he has already sent more than 1500 illegal alien "minors" into New Jersey. At an average annual cost of $16 grand a kid that's more than $24 million bucks New Jersey has to find before the end of the month. And it's probably gonna be way more than that considering 99.9999% of these kids don't speak one word of English and haven't ever seen the inside of a schoolhouse.
Multiply the problem by 50 states and, to quote the late Everett Dirksen, you're talking about Real Money. Atlanta is so overwhelmed they're "passing out numbers" and asking many to come back "later." Texas already spends $12.1 billion a year on illegal aliens. How much more can they be expected to give?
Obamunism 101: From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
In other words, pay up suckaz!
Our southern border is effectively wide open, with one big Welcome Mat on our side of the Rio Grande. Amnesty for La Raza is just a stroke of Dear Leader's pen away. And he's busily strong-arming the Congress into giving him $2.7 Billion dollars to house and feed the invaders to boot.
But if an Israeli wants to visit America? Maybe to, you know, get away from the constant barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks? He's out of luck.
US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis
Tourist visa process cancelled until further notice, embassy announces.
The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security.
"Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services," the statement says. "Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis."
The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and an already-pressured visa crisis, which has seen the visa process for Israelis grow more and more difficult over the past year.
Makes you wonder about the Administration's priorities.
Or not. Because to me, their priorities seem quite clear.
When it comes to Israel, the message is FOAD.
Boston is the bluest of cities in one of the bluest states. They haven't voted for a Republican in something like 3,000 years. Arguments over politics hinge on who is more progressive, Che or Elizabeth Warren. Their only gripe about social programs is that government isn't spending enough money or hasn't raised taxes sufficiently yet.
So it cracks me up to see so many Bostonians turning out against the importation of illegal aliens into Beantown.
An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters.
While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO's The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people.
People carrying signs that said "Deport illegals," and "Americans before illegals" stood just outside the State House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"I've never seen any kind of a backlash like this before on any issue ever. People in this state are livid. They feel betrayed by the political elite," Kuhner said of Gov. Deval Patrick's decision for Massachusetts to offer shelter to unaccompanied minors.
That's liberalism in a nutshell. They care about the less fortunate, until the less fortunate move in next door. It's the time-honored tradition of NIMBY — Not In My Back Yard — and I see it here in North Jersey all the time. The hoity-toity politically correct progressives of Montclair (Obama by 98.4%) ran a doctor I know out of town on a rail because his practice attracted "too many" low income patients whose walking through their tony neighborhood to and from the bus stop constituted a "nuisance."
But please don't call them racists, they donate to the NAACP! And they voted for an African-American feminist councilwoman with two hyphenated last names! Good thing she lives down the hill though.
The progressives of Massachusetts are no different. Check out this tweet from the uber-liberal feminists of Smith College:
Somebody should take care of undocumented immigrants, just not snooty rich girls majoring in Sociology and Gender Studies. They'll gladly wrap themselves in the flag, unless it's being waved to support our troops.
The irony? It gets lost in the sanctimony.
The tip of the ICEberg...
New Jersey's new motto on the Statue of, ahem, Liberty: "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for Free Stuff."
Did I say "give?" I meant dump.
Because we didn't ask for 1504 new mouths to feed. Obama just dropped 'em off, behind our backs.
More than 1,500 unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. illegally have been placed with sponsors in New Jersey this year, federal officials announced Thursday.
New statistics released by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families show 1,504 unaccompanied children were placed in the state from Jan. 1 through July 7. A total of 30,340 were placed nationwide.
The announcement did not indicate where in the state the children have been placed or what country they came from.
The U.S. is battling a surge in the number of children who have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, fleeing violence in Central America, thinking they will be allowed to stay. Most have come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The number of immigrant children placed with sponsors in New jersey is among the highest in the nation but far below Texas, which had 4,280 placements this year, and less than California, Florida, Maryland, New York and Virginia.
During a town hall meeting this week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he had not received any notice from federal officials about children being placed in the state.
The best part? Their so-called "sponsors" are more than likely illegal aliens themselves, who are now entrusted with ensuring these kids show up at an immigration hearing.
Dear Leader tried the same stunt in Texas, with predictable results.
Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.
The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren't there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn't show up Tuesday for court.
It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was "highly unusual," so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.
I wonder. If I got a traffic ticket and failed to show up for court, would the judge be as understanding?
But hey, Obama's DREAM Act-ers get all the breaks.
Baird said he was concerned that the children may not have received proper notice of the hearings from the government. Attorney Lynn Javier, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed that it was "prudent" to reset the hearings.
The judge's decision drew praise from local immigration lawyers. Paul Zoltan, an immigration attorney in Dallas, called the decision "classy," saying the children would have time to get attorneys and any mailing errors could be corrected.
Mailing errors? When the kids were picked up didn't our interpid immigration authorities hand them an appearance ticket? Traffic tickets have the where and when info for court hearings on them, why can't we do the same for illegal aliens?
Because then the kids couldn't skip through the cracks and burrow into hiding, that's why!
And just to make it even easier for grifters to take advantage of the American taxpayer, the Obama Administration is now planning to fly illegal aliens directly from Honduras into the U.S., so they don't have to waste time walking through Mexico first.
The NY Times reported:
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds.
Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.
The dictator's pen strikes again!
Meanwhile, Sgt. Tahmooressi remains unavailable for comment. I guess executive orders have their limits, especially when it comes to guys who probably don't vote Democrat.
As for where to house the burgeoning parade of kids, wouldn't it be nice if Obama set an example and invited a few of them to bunk with Malia and Sasha? They can help Michelle with the White House garden, and Malia can drive them to their immigration hearing, which ought to make for some great photo ops.
In fact, wouldn't it be awesome if every preening progressive who works in the Administration got assigned his or her own illegal alien? Take a kid home comrades, and show us how much you care! Because, quite frankly, the rest of us are sick and tired of paying through the nose for your utopian schemes.
I'm betting that within a few days of living the DREAM you'll be ready to
make our border so secure a mosquito couldn't cross over.
Rick Perry stood up today and showed Barack Obama how leadership gets done.
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.
Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis -- and who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016 -- said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service" from the federal government.
He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources.
I had the misfortune yesterday of hearing Obamabot mouthpiece Susan Estridge tell Fox News "the border is secure." Why? Because the invaders crossing over are "immediately" caught, said she.
Except, catching them after the fact isn't border security. It's amnesty by another name.
Repelling them. That's border security.
And, spare me the "humanitarian crisis" claptrap. This whole thing was ginned by President Golfpants so he can pander to La Raza.
On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference in Los Angeles, Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day."
Luis Gutierrez can kiss my ass. These gomers aren't our problem. They're the Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Mexican governments' problem. It's not America's job to feed, bathe, clothe, and house their dregs. These are supposed to be Real Countries. They certainly act like Real Countries while bloviating against American "imperialism" at the U.N. Well then, fine. Man up, and take care of your own damn citizens.
Oh, and don't go telling me that you banana republic hotshots can't afford it. Stop stealing. You already have money. Instead of hiding it in Switzerland, invest it wisely, at home.
That's what Real Countries do.
It's certainly be cheaper, and expedient. Sends a message too.
The Sisters of St. Francis confirmed today that federal officials are exploring the idea of using the religious order's vacant Syracuse buildings to house immigrant children awaiting deportation.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Families and Children traveled to Syracuse on Monday to inspect six buildings on the 10-acre Franciscan campus at Court Street and Grant Boulevard, said Rochelle Casella, speaking for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.
The inspection is part of an initial site assessment to see if two former convents or the former Maria Regina College center may be suitable for temporarily housing an undetermined of children from Central America who are awaiting deportation hearings.
Assuming, of course, that all the crucifixes could be removed first. Obama hates Catholics, until he needs them to prop up his La Raza resettlement policy.
Well, we have some interesting news. My husband Eddie is on the phone with us. We live in Southern California, and we're Catholic, active Catholics in our community, and there was a town hall meeting last evening, emergency meeting called by our local parish priest, ordered by our bishop (unintelligible) and the Archdiocese of San Bernardino. They have made the decision that they're going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishop's office on Monday and they're gonna be busing these immigrants to our communities and asking us to open our homes and to house them for up to a month. The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media.
You'll notice that none of these resettlement locations are anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The First Princesses must never rub elbows with MS-13 gangbangers or scabies and lice-infested "children" who spread tuberculosis wherever they go.
I hope the good people of Syracuse and San Bernardino have the guts to emulate the patriots in Murrieta. Because Holy Mother Church is being used by the forces of darkness. Obama doesn't care about these kids. He cares about continuing his "fundamental transformation" of America. In this case, transforming us into a Third-World hellhole ruled by his enlightened oligarch friends. They'll skim off the cream while doling out crumbs and lamenting "inequality," all to cement their stranglehold on power.
The humane thing to do is to repatriate these children, and then follow up with a foreign policy that encourages Freedom. Real Freedom like free trade, free enterprise, and free expression, not Free Stuff. Then they can remake their countries into places whey won't want to leave.
That's the American Way.
The entitlement mentality is ingrained from birth.
Who said beggars can't be choosers?
Why, the "Consul" to Arizona from Honduras Tony Banegas, that's who. He says the free food American taxpayers are giving these illegals isn't tasty enough.
"This morning they switched to burritos, but they complained the eggs were cold. They couldn't eat them and even made them sick. They complained they had a burrito but had to throw it in the trash," Banegas said.
Here's a thought. Go back to whatever shithole village in Honduras you crawled out of, get a job, and feed yourselves. The American taxpayer doesn't owe you louts a thing. And we certainly didn't ask you to come here, no matter what the TV says back home.
You're the Honduran government's problem. Not mine.
What is the Honduran Consul doing here anyway? Why doesn't HE buy food for HIS citizens? Better yet why doesn't he TAKE THEM HOME.
Good question. I'm sure that asking it makes me a racist, or something.
We hear the food in the White House kitchen is fantastic. Perhaps Jan Brewer should load these ungrateful illegals in buses and drop them off at the White House gate. What a wonderful statement that would make.
Yes! Please! Now! Because birds of a feather should flock together.
Chris Christie knows how to pander. And boy oh boy was he pandering today, sucking up to the La Raza racists in their quest for the United States of Aztlan, as he ceremonially signed New Jersey's DREAM Act.
Gov. Chris Christie today urged the children of immigrants who came to this country illegally to "make the most of the opportunity" to pay in-state tuition at the state's colleges and universities under the Dream Act.
The Republican governor officially signed the legislation in private weeks ago. Today, photographers crowded around him as he signed a reproduction of the bill, flanked by lawmakers instrumental in passing it.
"You're an inspiration to us because in you we see all that our country can be," Christie told hundreds of students in the American flag-draped gym at Colin Powell Elementary School. "In you we see, most importantly, infinite possibilities of the human spirit."
What Christie sees, and what inspires him, are votes. The votes of immigration amnesty advocates clamoring for open borders. Whom he'll reward just as soon as he hoodwinks the rest of us into handing him the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
Christie said even those who are "cold hearted" about the issue, can't argue with the economic benefit of extending in-state tuition to students in whom the state already invests tens of thousands of public education dollars.
Oh, I see. I'm "cold hearted." Because I don't think rewarding lawbreakers is what we ought to be doing. And not for nothing, but after they graduate college, these kids can't legally work in the U.S. So exactly what "economic benefit" is heading our way?
Yeah, I'm sure he'll trumpet some bogus bipartisan "solution" to that one too. Amnesty by another name. Because for all his supposed political savvy, Chris Christie still hasn't figured out that when a Democrat says "bipartisan," it means "do what I want."
And what they want is unfettered amnesty via the vaunted "path to citizenship." It's their Holy Grail, a guaranteed way for Democrats to shift the electoral landscape in their favor for generations to come. Ten to 12 million newly minted citizens, all ready to vote themselves Free Stuff on the backs of hard-working Americans like you and me, and the whole country slides into socialism that much faster.
So here's one thing I know. Chris Christie is no Conservative. And he won't
be getting my vote for president.
Break the law, get a taxpayer-subsidized college education. Because Chris Christie is a Conservative dontcha know.
Thousands of students who grew up in New Jersey but are in the country illegally will soon be able to pay in-state tuition at its public colleges and universities after passage of the so-called "Dream Act" Thursday.
After some procedural back-and-forth, Christie agreed to sign legislation (S2479) that would allow unauthorized immigrants who graduated high school in New Jersey after attending that school for at least three years to be eligible for the lower in-state rates at public higher educational institutions, including in-county rates at community colleges.
Earlier in the day, the Assembly started the bill moving by sending Christie a version that would also make the students eligible for state financial aid programs, including tuition aid grants (TAG). Christie then conditionally vetoed the bill to remove that provision and sent it back to the Senate and Assembly, which both promptly concurred with the change.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said the governor will sign the bill today.
In-state tuition rates are, of course, subsidized by the hard-working taxpayers of New Jersey. You know, those of us who don't flout the law.
But the entitlement mentality of these scofflaws isn't sated. Because they want to attend college for free.
Giancarlo Tello, whose parents brought him in the country illegally when he was 6 years old, said he had to drop out of Rutgers-Newark because he couldn't keep up with the out-of-state tuition rates.
"I'll finally be able to go back to school," Tello, 23, said.
But Tello, who helps lead an organization that fought for the bill, said the group is "begrudgingly" accepting compromise and faulted Christie for not agreeing to sign the whole bill.
"We are going to remember our friends who stood by us," Tello said. "And we'll remember those who thought we only deserve crumbs, such as Gov. Christie, and we're not going to forget that. And we're going to come back next year."
How's that for gratitude? Gimme, gimme, gimme. It's all these grievance-mongers know. So Christie sold out for nothing, apparently. Because did he ever stop to consider what illegal aliens with a free college degree are gonna do with their lives?
They can't work in America. Not legally. So any job this Tello fellow gets will be under-the-table, and you can bet he won't be too concerned about paying his "fair share" of taxes. Why should he? It's not like he's got respect for our laws. His contempt for us is glaringly apparent.
"This is the reality: Illegal immigrants suppress wages while creating a gray economy outside of the oversight of the law," said Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-Sussex). "They are breaking the law. So what are we doing today?"
You're rewarding lawbreakers. That's what you're doing today.
And meanwhile, tens of millions of American citizens are unemployed, and forgotten. I'm sure they appreciate a governor and potential presidential candidate kicking them while they're down. Giving illegal aliens a college education puts even more pressure on Congress to legitimize their entry into the job pool. The day that happens there won't suddenly be millions of new jobs for them to take. They'll compete with Americans who've been struggling for years, chasing too few jobs in a lackluster economy.
The result will of course be lower wages and less opportunity for American
citizens. That's not a dream, it's a nightmare.
Two days after winning his party's nomination for U.S. Senate Cory Booker is already pandering to La Raza. Senor Mayor has decreed that Newark, NJ will no longer detain illegal aliens.
The Newark Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in New Jersey to refuse the federal government's requests to detain people accused of minor crimes who are suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, according to immigration advocates.
In enacting the policy, Newark becomes the latest city to opt out of the most controversial part of the "Secure Communities" program implemented by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in 2011, which allows the agency to ask local police to hold any suspect for up to 48 hours if their immigration status is called into question.
"Secure Communities" was designed to enhance ICE's ability to track dangerous criminals who are undocumented immigrants. Under the policy the Department of Homeland Security reviews fingerprints collected by local police during an arrest, which then allows ICE to issue the detainer requests.
So if you're an American citizen with outstanding parking tickets from East Nowhereville Idaho the Newark PD will run a warrant check and slap on the cuffs.
But if you swam across the Rio Grande and avoided paying taxes for the past 15 years they'll send you on your way with an apology and a smile.
Yeah, that sounds right.
Ain't it great that the police can decide which laws they're gonna enforce?
Hey, why not? It isn't like El Presidente is a stickler for the law either, right?
And really, does anyone believe this policy wasn't unveiled today to help
Cory Booker appeal to the open-borders crowd? I bet Marco Rubio can't wait
to shake his hand.
The Senate immigration reform bill keeps getting better and better. If by "better" you mean "rewards felons."
Earlier this week we learned that illegal aliens with DUI convictions would still be eligible for the path to citizenship.
As preposterous as it may seem, illegal immigrants with drunk-driving, domestic violence, aggravated assault and child abuse convictions will qualify for amnesty under the immigration bill pending in the U.S. Senate unless an amendment introduced by a Texas lawmaker is adopted.
Incredibly, groups that would normally be vocal on these sorts of issues have remained silent. For instance, the nation's largest organization working to stop drunk driving and support victims of the violent crime — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) — refuses to criticize the proposed law even though it will essentially reward those convicted of driving dunk. Through a spokeswoman, MADD said it "doesn't get involved in immigration matters."
Under the current legislation, crafted by the bipartisan Gang of Eight in the senate, illegal aliens convicted of the crimes mentioned above are eligible for probationary legal status, officially known as Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI). This means they can qualify for a Social Security number and state driver's license as they embark on a 10-year path to permanent residency. Three years later, candidates become eligible for American citizenship.
So MADD is essentially saying it's OK that habitual drunk drivers like Manuel Gutierrez Vazquez can be rewarded with driver's licenses. Even though he killed a 28 year old father and seriously injured his two young children while driving drunk on a New Jersey highway. Plus, Vazquez did not have a valid driver's license and had been arrested a few weeks earlier for driving drunk in another state, according to a local news report.
Yeah, that's exactly the kind of upstanding immigrant we want to invite into our country!
But OK, suppose by some minor miracle, Manuel Gutierrez Vazquez is denied RPI status. He's still golden, because Big Sis can waive his deportation.
William Jacboson has been doing some homework on the Senate's immigration bill. This is interesting, to say the least, "Loophole in Gang of 8 bill gives Napolitano wide discretion to allow almost anyone to stay in U.S."
Donald Douglas annotated the relevent section:
And there you have it, a loophole big enough to drive a freight train through. Amnesty for everybody. Janet Incompetano can waive deportation for anyone, at any time, with no accountability.
I imagine her criteria will go something like this. "Do you plan to vote
Democrat?" Yes? "Welcome to America!"
Smile, you're on Obama-cam. Because buried deep inside the Senate immigration reform plan is a comprehensive national ID system. Wired broke the story last month.
The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.
Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named "photo tool," a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver's license or other state-issued photo ID.
Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.
This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in.
OK, let's not get carried away. This database will never be used at polling places to check voter registration, because, and we all know this, voter ID is racist.
But all that other stuff? Yeah, it's totally gonna happen. Yesterday, CNN explained how it'll work.
Any citizen wanting to take a job would face the regulation that his or her digitized high-resolution passport or driver's license photo be collected and stored centrally in a Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services database.
The pictures in the national database would then need to be matched against the job applicant's government-issued "enhanced" ID card, using a Homeland Security-mandated facial-recognition "photo tool." Only when those systems worked perfectly could the new hire take the job.
Immigrant employees would probably have to get biometric (based on body measurements like fingerprint scans and digital images) worker ID cards. Social Security cards may soon become biometric as well. Any citizen or immigrant whose digital image in the Homeland Security databank did not match the one embedded in their government-issued ID would be without a job.
Pushes all that NSA spying and wiretapping into a whole new dimension, doesn't it? They've got our phone records. They're reading our email, friending us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter. SCOTUS says they can swab our DNA. And DHS will tie it all together with our picture and social security number.
All Obama has to do is put his "photo tool" facial recognition software behind the legion of security cameras deployed hither and yon "for our protection," and Big Brother will know our every move. Probably even before we do.
Welcome my son
Welcome to the machine
Where have you been?
It's alright we know where you've been
Winston Smith, please call your office.
New Jersey has a Republican U.S. Senator!
Jeffrey Chiesa was sworn in Monday to what will be an 18-week stint as United States senator, less than a week after Governor Christie arrived at his home to discuss whether he would be interested in replacing the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
"I have work to do to learn about the institutions and about the issues, which I'm trying to do, I started to do over the weekend," Chiesa said. "And it's actually less than a week from the time [Christie] came until right now, and so I'm getting my legs steadied underneath me and doing everything I can to ful fill my obligation."
OK Senator, time to jump into the deep end. Here's your first issue. Marco Rubio's scamnesty. Your job is to vote "no."
Our job is to remind you of that, repeatedly, by writing and calling your office.
Jeffrey S. Chiesa
Washington, DC Office
1 Russell Courtyard
Washington, DC 20510
With Kelly Ayotte's defection it is imperative that you hold the line against La Raza and the open borders crowd.
There is only one path to immigration reform. And that path starts with comprehensive, efficient, and impregnable border security. Then, and only then, can this country afford the luxury of contemplating the status of 12 to 14 million braceros yearning to vote Democrat.
Alas, even modest proposals to that end are lambasted by the gods of political correctness.
Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones tweeted a public apology on Sunday after facing a massive backlash for suggesting the government fill the Rio Grande River with alligators to prevent illegal immigration.
Sheesh. I'd mine the whole river and deploy snipers on our side. Teaching them fellers a lesson ought not take too long, if they're half as smart as Rubio says they are.
Look, one way or another we have to stop the flood of benefit-seekers before we dangle a whole new mountain of free stuff out there for the taking.
That's not too much to ask, is it Senator Chiesa?
Hey, remember the Gang of 8? You should, because Professor Jacobson just posted a very interesting observation.
At this time, the Democrats are like Thomas Crown in the flick, "The Thomas Crown Affair," who created a distraction over here, while over there, he was stealing a multimillion dollar painting.
But in this case, it's a total transformation of the American people, by immigration law changes to aid and abet the non-enforcement we've had for decades. All these abuses of power converging at this time are almost COMPLETELY distracting everyone who could bring pressure to bear to prevent the enactment of new law which without question — without question — will alter our demographics and governing philosophy to the point of no return.
And in a heartbeat I knew why the administration chose last week to suddenly "apologize" for harassing the Tea Party last year. We were all geared up to fight the Gang of Ocho's scamnesty and Look, squirrel! Conservatives and the Tea Party might be energized again, but we're energized against the wrong problem.
Obama's sacrificing the IRS, and maybe the DOJ, to win 14 million new Democrat voters, almost certainly guaranteeing the U.S. will continue moving leftward, inexorably slouching toward socialism. If he turns Texas blue the totalitarian takeover will be complete.
Did you know that Mitch McConnell has dropped his opposition to Obama's scamnesty? 'Tis true. Maybe some of our energy could be better spent beating him upside the head with a clue-by-four?
Did you also know that the Senate Judiciary Committee has already voted to approve this abomination? And that they packed their chamber with scores of illegal aliens shouting "Si Se Puede!" when they did it?
How's that for a kick in the face to the Constitution? Congress aiding and abetting lawbreakers. Press "1" for English, assholes.
Here's Professor Jacobson again:
The Gang of 8 bill, if it passes, will go down in history as a mistake as disastrous as Obamacare. It must be stopped.
Emphasis on must. Go read his post. He lays out scamnesty's odiousness in convenient bullet point form.
And back in January John Hawkins published at list of 22 problems with the bill, which is also well worth your time.
Let's not get distracted, OK? Yes, pounding Obama over his ever-widening sewer of scandals is fun, and worthwhile. But he's still focused on his end-game — the complete and utter destruction of everything the Founding Fathers ever stood for. He cannot, he must not, be allowed to succeed.
The trickle is now a stampede.
Arrests of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States have nearly tripled in recent months — in anticipation of Congressional efforts to enact comprehensive immigration legislation, border patrol agents told CBS News Wednesday.
"Once the first group gets across, they call their family, they call their friends and let them know, Hey the time is right, come on over," Border Patrol agent and union representative Chris Cabrera told CBS News.
In March, 7,500 illegals were arrested in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas — which includes McAllen — Cabrera told CBS News. That's up from 2,800 in January.
Immigration into the United States had been slowing during the recession.
But CBS says hopes of gaining citizenship under new legislation and a rebounding U.S. economy are fueling the fresh migration.
Gee, nobody could have seen that coming, eh? C'mon down! The path to citizenship is now open! Don't forget to sign up for your Free Stuff and remember to please always vote Democrat!
Yet Big Sis Janet Incompetano insists our border is "secure." Uh huh, sure it is.
And proponents of the latest scamnesty plan will keep telling you it's impossible to round up all 11 million illegals and send them home. To which I say, if 11 million citizens suddenly decided to stop paying taxes just how long do you supposed it'd take for Obama's IRS to find and incarcerate each and every one of them?