The “Wall”

Today everyone knows what you mean when you simply begin a conversation to talk about “The Wall” — that of course references the Wall President Trump has repeatedly promised to build between the U.S. and Mexico to eliminate most of illegal crossings into the U.S. from Mexico.

We are constantly bombarded by leftist talk show hosts, Democrat politicians, and even a few Republicans with an emphatic statement: “No wall on the U.S. southern border will stop illegals coming into the U.S. And thinking so is just plain lunacy.” Of course the “lunacy” reference is pointed directly at the President who some say is actually mentally deficient. (But that’s another story for another time.)

In all the talk and debate about “The Wall,” it seems important to take this discussion out of the political arena and find some facts that will either prove or disprove historically how such a wall (or one similar) has actually worked in either keeping people out or keeping people in. Believe it or not, there are quite a few historical examples. Let’s pull the plug on “The Wall” emotions and try to find some factual context on which to make a non-emotional decision: should we or should we not build “The Wall.”

Jericho

The Biblical Wall of Jericho is one of the earliest examples of a defensive wall constructed by a community. Two sets of walls found in Jericho, and excavated by Ernest Sellin and Carl Watzinger, date back to anywhere between 1950 BC and 1550 BC. But the earliest evidence of a wall is believed to date to 7825 BC. The most famous Wall of Jericho, however, is the one mentioned in the Biblical account of the wall that the Israelites destroyed using the Ark of the Covenant (Book of Joshua). The wall is believed to have stood five feet thick, anywhere between 12 and 17 feet tall, surrounded by a 27-footwide and nine-foot deep ditch. It is hypothesized that the Wall of Jericho was constructed not only for defensive purposes, but also to protect the city from floods and for ceremonial usages. The Tower of Jericho may have been a means to draw individuals into the city. After the wall came tumbling down, according to biblical text, every man, woman, and child in the city of Jericho was put to the sword save for the family who harbored Israeli spies during the siege.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall, constructed between 122 AD and 128 AD for inspection by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, was a reaction to rebellions that Rome experienced by the provincial peoples of Britannia. The wall stood an impressive ten feet wide, 16 to 20 feet tall, and 73 miles long, following the course of the Tyne River. Historians disagree on the explicit purpose of Hadrian’s Wall, though it is widely considered to have been an attempt at curbing immigration as well as providing an opportunity to tax anyone crossing the wall. In this endeavor, Hadrian’s Wall was a success. Even when a different wall was constructed during the reign of Antoninus Pius farther north (the Antonine Wall), the Romans opted to permanently keep its legions along Hadrian’s Wall. Until the end of Roman rule in the province of Britannia, Hadrian’s Wall stood strong. When Rome lost its hold on the province, however, the wall was largely dismantled for parts by the “barbarian” populations against whom it had stood.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China was not always so great. It began as a series of independently constructed walls as long ago as the 7th century BC. Over time, they became connected into a single vast wall spanning a staggering 5,500 miles during the Ming Era. The wall’s military purpose was to defend China against the multitude of invaders that plagued the borderlands – primarily the Mongols and the Manchu. But the walls provided other economic and social benefits for China, allowing the Chinese to enforce economic duties along the Silk Road as well as decrease the number of immigrants from Central Asia. As a means of maintaining control over citizens of China and their trade, the Great Wall was quite successful. However, the wall failed to keep invaders out entirely. Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors, the Liao, the Jin, and the Manchus all managed to invade and take territory across the wall. Though this wall has never been altogether destroyed, its maintenance was, and is, such a colossal undertaking that large sections of it have fallen into disrepair over time.

Moscow’s Kremlin Walls

When Moscow was founded in the 12th century it was fortified only by wooden fences and rudimentary walls. However, under Tsar Ivan I, Muscovy began a concerted project to construct a wall around the Kremlin made of oak (1339-1340). In 1365, these walls were razed and a new wall made of limestone was constructed under the reign of Dmitrii Donskoi in the late 14th century. These walls were never toppled though they were largely redone and renovated by Tsar Ivan III (or Ivan the Great) in the late 15th century. This version of the Kremlin wall, finished in 1495, was over a mile in length varied in height from 16 feet to over 60 feet and in thickness from 11 feet to over 20 feet. The Kremlin walls failed, however, to keep Batu Khan, the Poles, and Napoleon out of Moscow despite never being physically destroyed. While the Kremlin’s walls originally served a solely defensive purpose, they stand today as a powerful symbol of Russian national identity.

Wall Street’s Walls

I bet you never thought about THESE walls. In the seventeenth century, the wall on what is now Wall Street created a barrier between the Dutch and their Native American neighbors. The fortified wall stretched from Pearl Street, which was one shoreline of Manhattan at the time, to the other shoreline, modern day Trinity Place. During this period, Wall Street was also the marketplace where owners could hire out their slaves. The rampart was removed in 1699, but the corners of Pearl and Wall Street remained a location for trade and business. After the Buttonwood Agreement in 1792 that organized a traders’ association—which was the origin of the New York Stock Exchange—businesses slowly flocked to the area, pushing out residents in the nineteenth century, and the Wall Street of today was born.

Berlin Wall

Officially known on the East German side as the Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart, this infamous wall is an extraordinary example of a society’s attempt to halt the movement of its own people, separating Germans (and often families) into two different worlds. The Soviet, eastern side of Germany had a vested interest in keeping out the ideals, culture, and economic models of the West during the Cold War. Upon completion, the wall stood 87 miles long with another wall running parallel to the original just 300 feet behind it. In its infancy the wall was primarily made of barbed wire but over time it evolved into an extremely formidable border. Concrete, barbed wire, and a no man’s land of empty space between the walls makes this barrier system one of the most daunting walls in human history. It was not to persist, however. In October of 1989, the East German government decided to allow some citizens to emigrate to West Germany, which resulted in a swarming of the wall checkpoints by thousands of citizens. And on November 9, the Berlin Wall was officially opened.

Korean Demilitarized Zone “Walls”

Snaking across the width of the Korean peninsula, this wall creates a 160-mile-long, two-and-a-half-mile-wide buffer zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ was constructed along the 38th Parallel and is considered to be the most heavily militarized border in the entire world. Incidents and incursions continue along the DMZ, although recent peace talks have begun ever so slightly to depressurize the border. The two countries have agreed to allow families divided between Northern and Southern halves of the border to reunite in a rare effort at cohabitation. Such efforts do not erase recent episodes of landmine explosions, cross-boundary rocket fire, and propaganda radio broadcasts, however, but may ease tensions along the political powder keg that is the DMZ. Since the Korean conflict ended in 1953 in a truce, the state of war between Seoul and Pyongyang continues to validate the existence of the world’s most heavily guarded border. This wall stands as perhaps the most effective anti-migrant fortification in all of human history. It has kept the populations of two independent nations almost entirely secluded from one another for over six decades.

West Bank Barrier

This monster of a wall currently runs along the 1949 Armistice Agreement Line (or the Green Line) that separates Israel from the territories of the West Bank. This barrier runs a staggering 330 feet in width at certain places and up to 26 feet high. The primary reasons for the construction of this barrier (which began in approximately 2000) are contentious. The Israeli government states that the wall is being built to protect Israeli citizens from suicide bombers and radical terrorist organizations. Opposition groups argue that the barrier is a land-grab disguised as a defensive perimeter. Though construction on the wall has not yet been completed, some reports indicate that there has been a marked decline in the number of suicide attacks within Israel.

The Pakistan Wall

Yep. Believe it or not, Pakistan is building a wall right now between their country and Afghanistan. After decades of unsuccessfully controlling the flow of terrorists and criminals who quietly slip back and forth across the porous 1,500-mile border between the two countries, evading capture, the Pakistan government chose to stop the illegal and deadly border crossings with a wall. The wall is not concrete, but consists of a comprehensive border system that includes two layers of 12-feet-tall barbed-wire fencing, surveillance cameras, solar lights, an intrusion detection system, and hundreds of manned forts and thousands of observation posts. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

Summary

Wow! Not a single detractor of President Trump’s wall even mentions a single historical wall that in most cases has been very successful at doing one of two things: keeping people in, or keeping people out. With the furor surrounding the funding and construction of “The Wall,” I thought it timely to simply ask a few questions for all to ponder as the historical walls above and their impact from their construction are being discussed. These questions all apply to not any wall but “The Wall:”

  1. If such walls have pretty much worked historically, why the fuss by many to not just fund “The Wall,” but to with all the energy that can be mustered actively campaign to stop its construction? Surely NO American thinks spending $25 Billion on a border wall even though very expensive is too much for the U.S. to spend. That’s about 2 hours worth of government spending today!
  2. If the amount of money to build “The Wall” is not really unreasonable, do these wall haters have ulterior motives for their hate? If so, what could those motives possibly be?
  3. Why do these detractors want so desperately to apparently keep the southern border open that allows millions of illegals into the U.S. whose presence here is many cases is dangerous but in EVERY case costs American taxpayers billions of dollars and millions of jobs?

I’ll let you answer these three questions for yourself. But a very smart man told me when there is ever a political conundrum that needs its reason to be ferreted out, you can always “follow the money.” And in today’s political world, one does not have to follow the money, just follow the power. Power brings with its accumulation EVERYTHING — including money.

My two cents? Democrats don’t want “The Wall” because they fancy all those Spanish speaking illegals becoming citizens, obtaining the right to vote, and claiming those millions of voters as part of “their” followers, thus getting all those votes.

Before you decide to slap me around for that negative opinion of Democrats, consider this: that mindset has certainly worked for them before. Remember: Democrats could NOT in Congress pass the Civil Rights Act. Republicans passed it! Democrats stood against giving blacks the right to vote in 1964. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan. Democrats devised today’s Welfare Program to make it financially unfeasible for African American couples to marry and live together, thus creating broken single-parent black homes. All of this was to force African Americans to feel obligated to……DEMOCRATS.

You can bet Dems are counting on the same situation with these illegals. And Donald Trump is probably the first president to recognize it AND BE WILLING TO FIGHT TO KEEP IT FROM HAPPENING!

“Illegal” is NOT a Race

For that matter, “Legal” is NOT a Race Either!

The U.S. Senate in the “darkness” of media coverage of government due to the Florida shootings, spent hours negotiating 4 different immigration plans. To no one’s surprise, they accomplished NOTHING. The DACA “fix” calendar is set to expire at end-of-business March 5, 2018. Is everyone ready? Nope. Congress left D.C. for another “vacation.”

Details of 4 Failed Senate Immigration Proposals

  • The Coons-McCain Bill. Provided a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children.Offered no money for Trump’s border wall, though it did include some border security measures. It failed 52 to 47, with Democrats almost united in favor and Republicans mostly voting against it.
  • The Toomey Amendment. The second vote, on an amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), did not actually address DACA or border security. It would have penalized so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration policy, by withholding federal funding from those municipalities. The issue has been a fixation for Trump and some of the conservative hardliners in Congress.

    It failed 54 to 45. Republicans and a few Democrats supported it, but most Democrats were opposed.

  • The Common Sense Plan. The so-called Common Sense Caucus, a large bipartisan group led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), released its own outline. The plan had gained the endorsement of Democratic leadership and was technically sponsored by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. It would have:

    • Provided a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children
    • Offered $25 billion for border security
    • Prevented DACA recipients from sponsoring their parents for legal status

    It failed 54 to 45. Democrats almost unanimously backed the plan, along with eight Republicans. But the rest of the GOP conference and a handful of Democrats blocked the bill.

  • The Grassley bill would have:

    • Provided a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children
    • Offered $25 billion to fund a southern border wall
    • Substantially curtailed family immigration and eliminated the diversity visa lottery program in such a way that would dramatically impact the legal immigration system

    It failed, 39 to 60. Democrats opposed the bill en masse, joined by a notable number of Republicans, while most of the GOP conference and a couple Democrats supported it.

Legislative Fallout

Let’s discuss the obvious:

  • The Senate got NOTHING accomplished;
  • America has needed a comprehensive immigration overhaul for 30 years — and thanks to a “do nothing” Congress, STILL needs one;
  • Approximately 1 million DACA classified people are virtually on hold with their lives, hoping the U.S. Congress can somehow create a realistic immigration path specifically for them by March 5. Imagine your not knowing if you were going to be thrown out of the U.S. — where you’ve been living for 20 years because your parents brought you when you were very small — in just a few days, IF a majority of the 535 members of Congress fail to agree on an immigration plan. These people are literally being held hostage by these spoiled brats who hold Congressional positions who each took an oath to serve Americans by crafting and passing laws. Not only did the Senate fail to pass one of the above 4 plans, they failed to pass ANY plan! And they’re now on another vacation break;
  • The American media has the public so confused about Immigration that very few know the realities of current Immigration law, what DACA is and how it works, what “chain immigration” is, or what the “VISA lottery system is.” And the Leftist have made this happen purposefully. Theirs is a particular agenda that supports Democrats and other Open Border pundits who want immigrants without number to not only be allowed here, but to be given voting rights immediately. Giving those voters power to determine the holders of EVERY national political office is the sole reason for this crazy Leftist narrative;
  • A key component of this Leftist narrative that has poisoned real Immigration discussion is that everyone who opposes the Open Border concept is racist. Nothing could be further from the truth. But when in recent history has the truth of any proposed legislation (or any other political hot item, for that matter) been of critical importance to the Leftist Media? Pushing their narrative resulted in their trashing the truth of it long ago;
  • The vast population of illegal immigrants in the U.S. — contrary to Mainstream Media reports — is draining the coffers of the Federal Government. Members of the MSM claim that these immigrants perform jobs that are refused by Americans, pay large amounts of taxes, and police themselves. None of this is verifiable. The fact that verification of these “facts” is impossible makes it easy for them to sell their lies. It feeds their narrative which feeds their cause (detailed above) As usual, American voters pay the price for these immigrants, which sadly includes burying legal loved ones who are often victimized by illegal immigrants. That does not take into account the billions of tax dollars that are sucked up by illegals taking advantage of free public education, housing assistance, healthcare resources, and in many cases taking jobs away from low and middle class Americans. Very few actually pay taxes. How can they get away with that? THEY ARE NOT REGISTERED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY ARE ILLEGAL — NO ONE KNOWS WHERE OR WHO THEY ARE! Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. I challenge you to challenge them with FACTS — not Immigration pundits who push the story that immigrants pay their own way;
  • There has never been an answer given for the failure of the last Administration to pass a comprehensive immigration plan. Dems controlled the House and Senate under Obama, yet could not get a plan passed. Why is that? Simple: Americans do not want illegals given citizenship without paying the price for being here illegally! Americans who feel this way are NOT racist. Think about it: as the title to this story says, “Illegal” is NOT a Race! “Illegal” simply means that person or that act is someone or some thing that is “Illegal!” Immigration race-baitors need to come up with another term to use to denigrate American citizens.

What Is DACA?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals were enrolled in the program created by DACA. The policy was established by the Obama Administration in June 2012 and plans to begin phasing it out were intitiated by the Trump Administration in September 2017.

Do not be confused: DACA does NOT impact the estimated 20 million OTHER illegal aliens in the U.S. The action considered by the Senate did not include action on those other illegals — just DACA. Where did the 1.8 million number come from that President Trump offered to include in his 4-point DACA Immigration plan? Only 800,000 of the 1.8 million illegals who were eligible to enroll in DACA did so. The President graciously offered to include them as well. This is still one more reason why the inaction of the Senate to pass legislation to beat the March deadline proves one thing: Democrats really do not want a real comprehensive Immigration plan. They want open borders and unlimited illegals here in the U.S. But, of course, Dems want them ALL to vote.

My Predictions

  1. Congress will not pass a DACA plan before the deadline. And that’s no big deal. Why? Read on;
  2. Federal courts have intervened in setting that March deadline while changing the DACA policy is underway. Those courts did NOT set a date for their ruling to expire. What will happen is simply that those DACA allowances for those who are in enrolled in the current period will simply be extended;
  3. NO DACA or other Immigration legislation will be passed before November. Why? Democrats who have demonstrated do NOT want any Immigration legislation passed want to paint the failure to do so as a G.O.P. idea and President Trump’s fault. The Democrat Party is falling apart. They are grasping for straws to find any ammunition possible to give them even a hint of credibility with American voters. Otherwise they are toast in November. And DACA immigrants are simply election ploys for the Dems;
  4. After the new Congress is seated after November elections, either the G.O.P. will increase its margins in both House and Senate or Dems will have regained control. That will result in a new Immigration law that will take care of DACA in early 2019. Americans better pray Dems do not drive the D.C. bus next year. If that happens, Spanish will be the official language in the U.S. in just a couple of years. And native born Americans will shortly thereafter be in the minority.

Summary

None of this is about those young illegals whose parents brought them here and what is best for them. Leftists as they so often do are simply using these folks as political pawns. We watch this practice happen so often, most have become oblivious to its existence. Why not? All we ever hear, see, and read is that Leftist narrative from almost every news outlet in the U.S.

Sadly, Democrats and their purveyors will one day wake up and say, “Uh-Oh!”

Hopefully it will not be too late when that day arrives.

 

 

 

 

Are Americans’ Concerns about Immigration Racist?

The short answer: Not necessarily.

Don’t get me wrong — I am pretty certain that some people simply do not want people of different races or religions coming to “their” country. But on the most part, people are pretty concerned about immigrants in such large numbers who are poor, poorly educated, ignorant to U.S. cultural and societal differences, being thrust into American life immediately upon their arrival. Let’s face it: the United States is vastly different from almost every other country on Earth. Reconciling those differences with life circumstances of other countries is pretty much always a cruel task. And that reconciliation in large part never happens or never happens fully.

It is short-sighted for those who demean Americans for having these concerns. After all, living in the U.S. is a privilege for both U.S. born and foreign born immigrants. Remember that word “privilege.” Many open-border pundits make a false claim to justify their no-boundary political thinking that America and Americans owe something to those from other countries. And all those who simply WANT to live in the U.S. should automatically be eligible to do so. That will be argued vehemently by both sides in the coming months as the government is forced to confront some type of resolution of the DACA issue, then later the illegal immigration dilemma.

Karin McQuillan is an American who felt a call to serve the people of a third-world country after college. She joined the Peace Corp and headed on assignment to Senegal, West Africa. What follows is a pretty elaborate explanation of the issues that most if not all immigrants must face when coming to America. It will make you think.

What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right

By Karin McQuillan

            Karen McQuillan (on left)

“Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, ‘a fecalized environment.’ In plain English: s— is everywhere. People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water. Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country. Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral. The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see. I have seen. I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole. Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures’ terms. But they are not our terms. The excrement is the least of it. Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible. As a twenty-one-year-old starting out in the Peace Corps, I loved Senegal. In fact, I was euphoric. I quickly made friends and had an adopted family. I relished the feeling of the brotherhood of man. People were open, willing to share their lives and, after they knew you, their innermost thoughts.

The longer I lived there, the more I understood: it became blindingly obvious that the Senegalese are not the same as us. The truths we hold to be self-evident are not evident to the Senegalese. How could they be? Their reality is totally different. You can’t understand anything in Senegal using American terms. Take something as basic as family. Family was a few hundred people, extending out to second and third cousins. All the men in one generation were called “father.” Senegalese are Muslim, with up to four wives. Girls had their clitorises cut off at puberty. (I witnessed this, at what I thought was going to be a nice coming-of-age ceremony, like a bat mitzvah or confirmation.) Sex, I was told, did not include kissing. Love and friendship in marriage were Western ideas. Fidelity was not a thing. Married women would have sex for a few cents to have cash for the market.

What I did witness every day was that women were worked half to death. Wives raised the food and fed their own children, did the heavy labor of walking miles to gather wood for the fire, drew water from the well or public faucet, pounded grain with heavy hand-held pestles, lived in their own huts, and had conjugal visits from their husbands on a rotating basis with their co-wives. Their husbands lazed in the shade of the trees. Yet family was crucial to people there in a way Americans cannot comprehend.

The Ten Commandments were not disobeyed – they were unknown. The value system was the exact opposite. You were supposed to steal everything you can to give to your own relatives. There are some Westernized Africans who try to rebel against the system. They fail.

We hear a lot about the kleptocratic elites of Africa. The kleptocracy extends through the whole society. My town had a medical clinic donated by international agencies. The medicine was stolen by the medical workers and sold to the local store.  If you were sick and didn’t have money, drop dead.  That was normal. So here in the States, when we discovered that my 98-year-old father’s Muslim health aide from Nigeria had stolen his clothes and wasn’t bathing him, I wasn’t surprised. It was familiar.

In Senegal, corruption ruled, from top to bottom. Go to the post office, and the clerk would name an outrageous price for a stamp. After paying the bribe, you still didn’t know it if it would be mailed or thrown out. That was normal. One of my most vivid memories was from the clinic. One day, as the wait grew hotter in the 110-degree heat, an old woman two feet from the medical aides – who were chatting in the shade of a mango tree instead of working – collapsed to the ground. They turned their heads so as not to see her and kept talking. She lay there in the dirt. Callousness to the sick was normal.

Americans think it is a universal human instinct to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s not. It seems natural to us because we live in a Bible-based Judeo-Christian culture. We think the Protestant work ethic is universal. It’s not. My town was full of young men doing nothing. They were waiting for a government job. There was no private enterprise. Private business was not illegal, just impossible, given the nightmare of a third-world bureaucratic kleptocracy. It is also incompatible with Senegalese insistence on taking care of relatives.

All the little stores in Senegal were owned by Mauritanians. If a Senegalese wanted to run a little store, he’d go to another country. The reason? Your friends and relatives would ask you for stuff for free, and you would have to say yes. End of your business. You are not allowed to be a selfish individual and say no to relatives. The result: Everyone has nothing. The more I worked there and visited government officials doing absolutely nothing, the more I realized that no one in Senegal had the idea that a job means work. A job is something given to you by a relative. It provides the place where you steal everything to give back to your family.

I couldn’t wait to get home. So why would I want to bring Africa here? Non-Westerners do not magically become American by arriving on our shores with a visa. For the rest of my life, I will enjoy the greatest gift of the Peace Corps: I love and treasure America more than ever. I take seriously my responsibility to defend our culture and our country and pass on the American heritage to the next generation.

African problems are made worse by our aid efforts. Senegal is full of smart, capable people. They will eventually solve their own country’s problems. They will do it on their terms, not ours. The solution is not to bring Africans here. We are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration. They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist. I don’t need to prove a thing. Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America. They want to destroy America as we know it. As President Trump asked, why would we do that?

We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in. I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese. I am not willing to donate my country.”

How do Immigrants Gain Legal Status: Both Legal AND Illegals?

Non-stop we hear stories in national news about Immigration woes: for legals and illegals. In all the hoopla about illegal Immigration, should we not have a clear understanding of the process for immigrants to gain legal status in the U.S.? And what process do immigrants go through for old-fashioned legal admission to the U.S.? Let’s take a look:

Entering the United States without approval is illegal. So is staying in the U.S. without permission after your visa or other authorized stay has expired. Even violating the terms of a legal entry can make your stay illegal. The U.S. immigration law offers very few options to go from being illegal or undocumented immigrant to a U.S. permanent resident (with a green card). Here are the most likely possibilities below.

Option 1 – Marriage to U.S. Citizen

  • Entering into a valid, bona fide (real, not sham) marriage with a U.S. citizen (of the same or opposite sex) makes you an “immediate relative” under the U.S. immigration laws. An immediate relative is theoretically eligible for a U.S. green card just as soon as you can get through the application process. However, your current illegal status could create problems.
  • If you are in the United States illegally because you stayed past the expiration date on a valid visa, rather than having entered illegally (without inspection), consider yourself lucky: Your legal entry qualifies you for an exception, under which you should be able to apply for your green card without leaving the United States, using a procedure called “adjustment of status.”
  • If, however, your most recent entry into the United States was illegal – for example, you crossed the U.S. border in secret, without stopping at an inspection point – you have very little chance of adjusting your status to permanent resident based on your marriage. The exception is if you fall into one of the following categories, created by an old law called Section 245(i):
    * Your employer or a family member filed an immigrant visa petition or (in the case of an employer) a labor certification on your behalf before January 14, 1998.
    * Your employer or family member filed an immigrant visa petition or labor certification on your behalf between January 14, 1998 and April 21, 2001 and you can also prove that you were physically present in the U.S. on the date the applicable law was passed, which was December 21, 2000.
  • Getting married to a lawful permanent U.S. resident (rather than a citizen) will also technically make you eligible for a U.S. green card, but because you face a long wait before a visa becomes available to you, your chances of adjusting status are even less (unless you fit one of the two 245(i): exceptions described above).
  • There is one last hope for people who cannot adjust status based on their marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident: You can attend the interview for your green card (which is the last step in the application process) at an overseas U.S. consulate in your home country (called “consular processing”). However, at that point the consulate will penalize you for your illegal U.S. stay, with a time bar on returning to the United States. The penalty is either to spend three years outside the United States if you stayed in the U.S. illegally for six months (180 days) or more; or to spend ten years outside the United States if you stayed in the U.S. illegally for one year or more.
  • If you haven’t yet been in the United States illegally for six months or more, you might want to leave right away in order to make use of the consular processing possibility.
  • If you have already spent more than six months in the United States illegally, then talk to an immigration lawyer. You may qualify for a “waiver,” (legal forgiveness) allowing you to reenter the United States right away after your consular processing interview, but this waiver is hard to get. You would need to prove that your being denied the immigrant visa (green card) would cause extreme hardship to one or more of your U.S. citizen family members.

Option 2 – Service in the U.S. Military

If you serve honorably and on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces during one of the wars or conflicts named below, the law allows you to apply for U.S. citizenship. You don’t even have to go through the usual step of applying for a green card first. You must, however, enlist (sign up) while on U.S. territory, such as the Canal Zone, American Samoa, Swains Island, or a noncommercial U.S. ship. The conflicts that qualify you for immediate U.S. citizenship include:

  • World War I (April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918)
  • World War II (September 1, 1939 to December 31, 1946)
  • the Korean hostilities (June 25, 1950 to July 1, 1955)
  • the Vietnam hostilities (February 28, 1961 to October 15, 1978)
  • the Persian Gulf War (August 2, 1990 to April 11, 1991)
  • “Operation Enduring Freedom” (otherwise known as the “War on Terrorism” or “Iraq Hostilities”), which began September 11, 2001 and will end by order of the U.S. President.

Option 3 – Cancellation of Removal

If you are arrested by the immigration authorities, you might be able to avoid removal, and receive a U.S. green card, if you can prove all of the below:

  • You have already been physically present in the United States for at least ten years.
  • You have been a person of good moral character during those ten years.
  • Your removal from the U.S. would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to your spouse, parent, or child who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • You aren’t disqualified from cancellation for one of a variety of reasons, such as that you have committed one of various types of crimes or immigration violations, have persecuted others, have been a member of a totalitarian or communist party, and so on.
    Don’t attempt to apply for cancellation of removal on your own – it is only available if you are already in immigration court proceedings. You’ll definitely need a lawyer’s help in this situation.

Option 4 – Asylum

You can apply for the right to stay in the U.S. if you qualify for asylum and apply within one year of your entry or the expiration of your authorized stay. You’ll need to show that you have been persecuted, or fear future persecution, in your home country, based on your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

The process involves submitting an application, together with detailed documentation of your membership in the group that you claim and the persecution that you faced or fear. If you are granted asylum, you can apply for a green card one year after your approval, and for U.S. citizenship four years after that. (If denied, you will be deported).

Option 5 – Temporary Protected Status

If you come from a country that has recently had a civil war, environmental or natural disaster, or other trouble that makes it unsafe for its citizens to return there, the United States may offer what’s known as Temporary Protected Status or “TPS.”
This is not a green card, nor does it lead to a green card. However, TPS would allow you to stay in the United States legally for a set amount of time (maximum 18 months), and to receive a work permit while you’re here.  See the USCIS website (www.uscis.gov) for details and the list of currently eligible countries.

Summary

In tomorrow’s edition we will give in detail the process for Legal Immigration into the United States. We will then conclude with an Analysis of Immigration issues and the fixes that Congress can use (and that Congress MUST use) to quickly correct Immigration issues — and there are many.

Please understand there ARE fixes for this issue that should have been enacted many years ago. Yet for purely political reasons, Congress has ignored the significant hardships placed on immigrants, their families, AND the United States by not doing so.

Immigration CAN be fixed. Immigration MUST be fixed!

Dems Resistance re: Immigration is NOT about Immigration

Honestly, Democrats absolutely do NOT want a “real” Immigration Plan.

What makes me think that?

  • Senator Bernie Sanders  in 2015: “When you have 36 percent of Hispanic kids in this country who can’t find jobs, and you bring a lot of unskilled workers into this country, what do you think happens to that 36 percent of kids who are today unemployed? Fifty-one percent of African-American kids? I don’t think there’s any presidential candidate, none, who thinks we should open up the borders,” said Sanders.
  • Senator Chuck Schumer when asked his stance on changes in immigration: “I support further securing our borders; prohibiting hiring of undocumented immigrants by requiring job applicants to present a secure Social Security card; creating jobs by attracting the world’s best and brightest to America, and keeping them here; requiring undocumented immigrants to register with the government, pay taxes, and earn legal [status or face deportation.]” Source: League of Women Voters 2010 Candidate Questionnaire , Aug 11, 2010
  • Senator Schumer’s 2010 stance on Sanctuary Cities and regulation of Immigration: “To create a reserve fund to ensure that Federal assistance does not go to sanctuary cities that ignore the immigration laws of the United States and create safe havens for illegal aliens and potential terrorists.”
  • The border wall opinions of Dems including then Senator Obama:  As a senator, Barack Obama once offered measured praise for the border control legislation that would become the basis for one of Donald Trump’s first acts as president. “The bill before us will certainly do some good,” Obama said on the Senate floor in October 2006. He praised the legislation, saying it would provide “better fences and better security along our borders” and would “help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country.” Obama was talking about the Secure Fence Act of 2006, legislation authorizing a barrier along the southern border passed into law with the support of 26 Democratic senators including party leaders like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Chuck Schumer.
  • Senator Dick Durbin, who says President Trump’s use of the term “Chain Migration,” is offensive and racist to black Americans, said something entirely different PREVIOUSLY about Chain Migration. In 2010, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) advocated on the Senate floor for ending the
    Dick Durbin

    process known as “chain migration,” whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S., a term that he now claims insinuates racism. While asking Congress to pass the expansive and failed “DREAM Act” amnesty, which would start by legalizing millions of illegal aliens, Durbin touted the fact that the legislation at the time would have ended chain migration, preventing newly amnestied illegal aliens from bringing their extended family members to the U.S. “The DREAM Act would not allow what is known as chain migration,” Durbin said. “In fact, DREAM Act students would have very limited ability to sponsor their family members for legal status.”

What Are Dems Objectives?

After almost 18 months of Donald Trump either being the GOP nominee for President and then President, it should be apparent to all what Democrats at every level are up to: “Dump Trump.” Their horrific attempts to fulfill that “dream” that daily play out on the national and World stages have become almost comical as you can see, read, and hear the desperation in all they initiate. And daily the web of deceit and corruption grows stronger and snares more and more victims as it tightens its grip on all those who have fallen prey to its soothing and delightful song: “Don’t worry about a thing all you Humans. We have everything you need here and we will take care of you in every way. Work, honesty, and commitment are things of the past. Come here and all you will need to do is commit your life to support us and all we bring to you and your worries are over.”

And it was working — until Donald Trump.

During the 2016 campaign, he caught the ears of Americans, some of who had been caught-up in the fairy-tale promises of the Left. Many began to believe once more there just might be “Liberty and Justice for All,” that hard work really could reap great personal rewards, that setting goals, working hard to achieve them, and the benefits of those achievements might be realistic. They began to hope.

Trump confronted not only the person of the Democrats, but the hypocrisy of their promises, the lies from their past (some of which are listed above), the failed promises they dole out during every election campaign every two years, and their failed policies that under Obama sent black unemployment to the Moon, the federal debt too went on that ride: it doubled, consumer confidence tanked, and as we are seeing now, corruption consumed Washington D.C. and was dangerously near destroying the U.S. before the wake-up call in November of 2016. Americans with their votes said, “Wait a minute: Washington YOU work for us. It’s NOT the other way around.” And Donald Trump was elected. In the words of Barack Obama: “Elections have consequences.”

The only way Democrats could ever succeed in gaining majority control of Americans, (not “Congress”) was to open the immigration faucet to bring enough poor immigrants and literally force those immigrants to rely on Democrats for everything of substance in their lives. Obama basically told the DNC he would take care of Americans already here. They needed to get that immigration faucet open to get the necessary numbers here from outside the U.S.

Money has never been the goal. Money has always been just a tool. Money begats  power. Power begats control. Control begats votes….then go back to the Money. That is the only Immigration objective of the Democrats.

Summary

Don’t agree with that synopsis? Fair enough. Sign in below in the comments section and send me your answers to these questions:

If Democrats really support Immigration, then:

  1. Why didn’t they pass comprehensive Immigration when they controlled both the House and Senate AND the White House?
  2. Why have they stated they will only support legislation that gives Dreamers a path to citizenship, continued Chain Migration, and will NOT fully fund a border wall?
  3. Why do they continue to establish and support Sanctuary Cities? That concept flies in the face of a Legal Immigration policy.

Folks, if they wanted comprehensive Immigration, they’d do anything to get it, including intimidation or even blackmail to get votes to pass it. If they felt it necessary they’d force a white cow to give green milk if they felt that green milk was necessary for one of their causes. They WOULD find a way to make that cow get it done!

I’ll wait to read your answers. I really DO want to hear from you!

One more thing: remember that surprise 1-hour televised White House Immigration meeting between Dems and GOP members of the House and Senate and the President? The World saw that this President can actually run a real meaningful meeting making some really good objective points and promoting real conversation instead of just arguments between the opposites. Why then do you think Senator Durbin ran to the press with his yet unfounded allegations about the President using profanity describing Immigrants?

I have for months listened to Lefties gripe about the communication methods of Mr. Trump and how non-productive they are. He should just talk to members of Congress, hold press conferences, and let the “professionals” carry his message to the public. So when he listens and does just that and has a productive meeting, Durbin — who has done this before at least twice telling lies when he did so — rather than confront the President in that private meeting with a handful of fellow Congressmen, runs to the press. Two GOP Senators in that meeting immediately stated they heard nothing remotely like what Durbin claims was said by the President. But Durbin got his 15 minutes of fame and in doing so has given Democrats another reason — actually just an excuse — to not be forced to bring a real Immigration bill to the floor for debate and a vote. THEY DON’T WANT REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM……THEY WANT OPEN BORDERS!

That is the ONLY reason Senators Sanders, Durbin, Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and former President Obama would all make their 180 degree turn on their very vigorous and demonstrative stands on the matter.

It’s about Control and nothing else. They don’t care one bit about those immigrants — I guarantee it.

$$$ Cost to Taxpayers For Immigration: Legal and Illegal

While the D.C. Talking Heads collude on how to spend the maximum taxpayer dollars on Immigration, let’s look at some “Facts.” (I know this is a novel idea and that very few Beltway-ers have bothered to access facts on the matter) Please note these numbers include costs for both legal and illegal immigrants.

The Center for Immigration Studies (non-affiliated and non-partisan) published a landmark study of immigration and welfare use, showing that 51 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one federal welfare program — cash, food, housing, or medical care — compared to 30 percent of native households. Following similar methodology, this new study examines the dollar cost of that welfare use.

  • The average household headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) costs taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare benefits, which is 41 percent higher than the $4,431 received by the average native household.
  • The average immigrant household consumes 33 percent more cash welfare, 57 percent more food assistance, and 44 percent more Medicaid dollars than the average native household. Housing costs are about the same for both groups.
  • At $8,251, households headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico have the highest welfare costs of any sending region — 86 percent higher than the costs of native households.
  • Illegal immigrant households cost an average of $5,692 (driven largely by the presence of U.S.-born children), while legal immigrant households cost $6,378.
  • The greater consumption of welfare dollars by immigrants can be explained in large part by their lower level of education and larger number of children compared to natives. Over 24 percent of immigrant households are headed by a high school dropout, compared to just 8 percent of native households. In addition, 13 percent of immigrant households have three or more children, vs. just 6 percent of native households.

Call me stupid, but isn’t this something that American voters should have the chance to weigh in on instead of allowing the lobbyists and special interests to “talk” the 535 Congressional representatives into taking more of our money to giveaway to immigrants? “Need” is one thing. Many immigrants ARE needy. BUT EVERY ONE — NATIVE AND IMMIGRANT — MUST BE MEANS TESTED BEFORE RECEIVING ONE RED CENT OF TAXPAYER MONEY AND/OR BENEFITS.

Time for facts to be used in D.C. to make decisions and not whoever to codify whoever pays the most or makes the most promises for desired outcomes. Immigration is a huge issue. No country on Earth brings in even close to the number of immigrants as does the U.S. Everyone of them receives subsidies that are paid by American taxpayers. Accountability counts. Use It, Please!

Scary Facts about DACA

We’ve all heard of “Dreamers” and the their plights due to actions of their parents. The pressing immigration question for the next month: what do we do with them?

Why is “the next month” so critical? After all, we have let the DACA issue ride as-is for decades.

It’s critical because Democrats (who are screaming for some political fodder that might give them a tidbit of legislative credibility) will demand DACA be tied to any debt limit increase that must be accomplished by January 19. And DACA is their PC credibility fuel.

We’ve heard from the Dems these “kids” — the Dreamers — are just a bunch of really smart and innocent little children who came here with parents when really young and had no say-so in that process. Not true.

First, most Dreamers are now in their late 20’s and not young children. Second, many are NOT innocent and have avoided the process of becoming legal. After all, Democrats have promised them full citizenship which certainly would have happened in a Hillary presidency.

A lot of Dreamers are NOT who should become American citizens. This is illustrated in these statistics.

Twenty-one percent of federal inmates are suspected or confirmed to be non-citizens, according to statistics released by the Justice Department last Thursday. According to the latest U.S. census, only 12.9% of the total U.S. population was foreign born.

An executive order signed by President Trump called for the federal government to release quarterly reports on incarcerated immigrants. The DOJ and Department of Homeland Security released its third report last Thursday. There are 39,455 immigrants currently in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, which amounts to 21 percent of the total population.

Authorities have compiled a list of 50 of the 2,139 DACA recipients, deemed “DREAMers” by the open borders lobby, who have had their temporary protected status revoked due to crimes including: “A felony criminal conviction; a significant misdemeanor conviction; multiple misdemeanor convictions; gang affiliation; or arrest of any crime in which there is deemed to be a public safety concern,” according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency.
The majority of crimes by DACA recipients include: “Alien smuggling, assaultive offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, larceny and thefts, criminal trespass and burglary, sexual offenses with minors, other sex offenses and weapons offenses,” USCIS has stated.

So What’s the Rush?

Anytime those on the Left clamor for any legislation they always present it as what Americans want and need. And anyone who disagrees — especially on immigration — disagree because of racism. It is true we have a tremendous immigration problem that must be resolved as soon as possible. But thanks to decades of doing nothing about it at the federal level we have a very ugly quagmire that needs extreme and detailed re-structuring when Congress finally decides to address the issue. When they do, it will NOT be resolved quickly and it WILL be an ugly battle. Trying to accomplish it in 30 days would be suicide. But Democrats have said DACA MUST be part of the debt-limit increase or they will shutdown the government.

What Should be Done?

  • First, Congress MUST pass a debt-limit increase with a “clean bill” — no other items attached to it.
  • President Trump needs to issue a second Executive Order extending by 6 months his existing DACA termination status date to allow Congessional action.
  • The new E.O. Needs to include a provision that any new immigration law for DACA must include the border wall funding and provision to completely close both north and south U.S. borders to illegals . Without these, DACA’s termination will be final.

Summary

Isn’t it time for Congress to take immigration action that is first best for American citizens and secondly good for LEGAL immigrants? That’s what most Americans want led by most LEGAL immigrants already here! Honestly, the frenzied demands by Democrats for wholesale open borders has nothing to do with kindness or concern on their parts for immigrants. It’s only for the virtual guarantee for Dems to permanently take control of the federal government by creating the forever-present obligation for immigrants to vote for the Party who gave them permanent legal status. IT’S ONLY ABOUT VOTES!

Let’s for once stop with the fake concern and be honest for a change. Let’s fix existing or craft replacement immigration laws that are safe and fair for American citizens AND immigrants — in that order.

Americans overwhelmingly feel that doing it this way is a huge necessity to “Make America Great Again.”

 

Exposed!

Who/What was exposed on the international stage today?

It was NOT someone else from Congress or the Media whose sexual transgressions were made public by those they harassed. It was NOT that the Dow hit an alltime high just as then Candidate Donald Trump predicted would happen if he was elected President. No new Congressional G.O.P. or Democrat hypocrisy was exposed today — there’s plenty of that to last a while. Nothing new in the Senate as the Republican Tax Bill is attacked by Chuck Schumer and his Dem minions regardless of the good it will do for American families.

So who/what was exposed? The truth about the American Liberal incessant push for open borders was exposed outside the courthouse in America’s first declared “Sanctuary City” today.

        Kate Steinle

Kate Steinle’s killer walked free. This beautiful young American was gunned down while on an innocent walk down Pier 39 in San Francisco with her father two years ago. Her killer? Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. Kate was killed by Zarate, and Zarate was free on the San Francisco waterfront that day because San Francisco had proudly become the first Sanctuary City in the U.S. This five-time deported illegal alien was arrested in San Francisco on federal drug charges. Even with a record of seven felonies, local authorities after notifying Homeland Security that they had him in custody, they released him. And Kate Steinle died.

Travesty

How many other Kate Steinles have there been who lost their lives or were seriously injured by illegal aliens? We really don’t know because there is no national database that tracks those incidents. But there have been many. Proponents for our open borders are quick to say “far more Americans are murdered at the hands of American citizens than at the hands of illegals.” That is absolutely true. Why? There are far more legals than illegals in the U.S.! The truth about that travesty is that even one American murdered by one illegal is too many. And these killing are senseless.

But the REAL travesty exposed today is the REAL reason the Democratic Party and even many establishment Republicans are so intent on legalizing all the illegals that have crossed our southern border. They readily forget about the bad things that happen at the hands of these criminals. They do so in the name of “giving them a helping hand and new opportunity, letting them make a living wage here so they can send it home to their starving family members, or Americans do not want the menial jobs that these illegals will gladly do. “That’s not the real reasons for their breathless support of these lawbreakers. And their real reason was exposed today.

VOTES!!!

For decades the Democratic Party has been frantically shopping for votes as they watch their party slide into voter oblivion. It happens as Americans identify the hypocrisy of Dem’s false commitments to the working people in the U.S. They need new voters who are so desperate because of their personal circumstances they will believe anyone who promises to help them. Democrats are their saviors: Dems give them free healthcare (Medicaid), free public education in public schools, jobs for which they are paid in cash thereby avoiding taxes, and provide housing and food stamps.

What other reason could there be for Americans to fight against attempts by federal, state, and local authorities to seal the southern border? Why would they turn their backs on the rampant crimes committed by illegals, many of which fled to the U.S. from their countries to escape prosecution for their crimes there? Don’t for a minute think they do so for the reasons they cry from the mountaintops — to help the poor, to give them chances for a REAL life in the greatest country on Earth. If they really wanted to help these illegals, they would find a way to do it legally.

For those who will throw rocks at me for this allegation, let me ask one question: “IF” Democrats are so set on getting the 13 million illegals here legal, why did they not during their eight years with Obama in the White House pass what they call “meaningful” immigration reform? The answer to that is simple: THEY DO NOT WANT THEM HERE LEGALLY! Democrats need all those illegals that find there way into the southern U.S. to remain illegal which perpetuates their dependence on their benefactors: the Democrats. The Dems keep pushing for giving these illegals “legal status,” whatever that means. And they do so for one reason only: they want those illegals to be able to vote. If that happens on a mass scale, think about what lever would be pulled by each illegal when they step into the voting booth. They will naturally vote for the candidate at every level that has pandered to them, promised them healthcare paid for by the federal government and other paid benefits. Illegals are human. It’s no wonder hundreds of thousands of Central America and Mexican immigrants do pretty much anything necessary to get to the U.S. southern border. Eden is on the other side.

Summary

It is tragic that when “Kate’s Law” was pushed hard in Congress — a law that would outlaw Sanctuary Cities and would force every city to cooperate with ICE regarding the process of turning over illegal immigrants they arrest for local crimes to be deported — did NOT even make it to the floor of the House or Senate for debate. Why is that? Politicians — including many Republicans — look at illegals and their family members as the new voting block in America. And for that, politicians must be sensitive to all things they consider in Congress that will impact that segment of the American population.

Lost in this rush for votes by primarily Democrats is this: while you guys fight to keep the southern border open, fight to keep the flow of future Democrat voters joining millions of others who successfully made that trek north, there’s a Kate Steinle in San Francisco and there’s one in Houston, another in New York City, one in Chicago, and one in YOUR town that just may see their life tragically ended at the hands of an illegal immigrant.

Before you label me as a xenophobe, know this: I have always been supportive of immigration and immigrants — “LEGAL” immigration and “LEGAL” immigrants. We have laws and a legal immigration process. I know the lines are long and it takes time to get through the process. BUT IT’S THE LAW! I and millions of other Americans are sick and tired of politicians and law enforcement officials picking and choosing which laws to enforce and which to ignore. And they’re ignoring in large part the prosecution of most illegal immigrants. Why do they do that? For votes.

        Jose Ines Garcia Zarate

My heart goes out to the family of Kate Steinle. She was with her Dad at the waterfront that day having a great time just being together. For doing nothing wrong other than walking in a Sanctuary City that allowed Jose Ines Garcia Zarate to walk out of jail rather than hold him for ICE to pickup to deport for the sixth time, Kate’s Mom and Dad lost their 31 year old daughter.

This guy pulled the trigger. They don’t know who stole the gun. But the politicians across America at the local, state, and federal levels allowed Sanctuary City status that put that Sig Sauer 40 caliber automatic in the hands of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, and Kate died.

How many more of our sons and daughters will pay the ultimate price at the altar of Liberal open border policies?

Teddy Roosevelt:  1907

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.  But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here.  Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all.  We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

No Doubt: Terror is Here

Many — including me — think America better get ready for the intensifying of terrorist attacks here.

It is inevitable. What has changed dramatically is that al Qaeda and ISIS no longer have a geographical center from which to initiate organized terror attacks against the West. Their caliphate has seen its borders dissolved by the unified military actions of the U.S. and its foreign allies. ISIS is scattered.

We were advised some time ago by ISIS themselves that they were instituting non-military attacks by their adherents around the world. They even publicly offered up specific plans and ideas for those attacks that should be initiated and carried out: using vehicles to kill in large crowds, homemade bombs in crowded public places, and mass shootings where possible as we saw in Las Vegas (even though authorities have not publicly confirmed that attack was ISIS inspired even after their multiple claims of responsibility). Details are trickling out from authorities that the New York Home Depot truck attack may be one of those “new” ISIS terrorism tools just as in Paris.

Very little about Sayfullo Saipov — the terrorist who drove that truck down the Manhattan bike path — cries of traditional terrorism. Yet he left ISIS paraphernalia and even notes confirming his ties. The Patterson, New Jersey mosque he attended until Bill deBlasio became New York City Mayor was under extensive electronic surveillance as part of a NYPD undercover terrorism intelligence operation. Cameras installed on light poles and hi-tech audio collected information about members of the mosque who had for some time been associated with suspected terrorists. Mayor deBlasio ended that program for “religious racism” purposes.

While details of the murders and the murderer  continue to be compiled by state and federal authorities, we know one specific fact that must be addressed, and the sooner the better: ISIS plans to destroy the American government and all those who would stand in the way. We MUST understand who they are, what and why they do what they do, and how to stop the spread of their international terror now in the United States — a monumental yet necessary task.

Terrorists and Terrorism

Muslim leaders are quick to distance themselves from terrorists, calling those “religious radicals,” or “Islamic extremists.” Islamic leaders are adamant that the religion of Islam is one of peace and the overwhelming majority of Muslims are peaceful. I wlll NOT get into a religious discussion here. It is, however, poignant to mention this: all Muslims are not terrorists. But in the last two decades in the Western World, ALL terrorists have been Muslims who proclaimed their acts of terrorism were jihad in the name of Allah.

The primary tool used by these extremists is fear. Their greatest delight is to bathe infidels in the fear of death (or even worse) at the hands of Islamic extremists. Why else would ISIS have for an 18-month period flooded the internet with videos of brutal beheadings, burning people alive, and crucifying Christians in front of their children? Those horrors are perpetrated for one thing and one thing only: to instill fear in the hearts and minds of their enemies. The terrorism they spread comes straight from the pits of Hell where pure Evil gives birth to the vilest and most unspeakable acts ever seen or imagined by men. Their mission: to create a religious society void of any and all people, ideals, and philosophies that do not prop up their perverted reasoning. They feel such a Nirvana must be void of not only Christians, but any and every human who does NOT share their ideals or their version of Islam. They even hate and even kill Muslims if they do not agree with their radicalized ideals.

From this source came the men who plotted and devised the plan to knock down the NY Twin Towers, crash a jetliner into the Pentagon, and would have flown the fourth into either the Capitol or the White House if some brave Americans had not crashed that jet into a Pennsylvania field to prevent a D.C. massacre. That evil has slaughtered thousands of humans from points all over the Globe, all in the name of Islam and their extreme and perverted religious ideals. They have no concept of any of this terror ever being stopped. It is center to their thoughts and their hearts. And it dominates every aspect of their lives.

Feeding the Monster U.S. Style

Terrorism has found a place of quiet comfort in the U.S. aided by the door-keeper of Democracy : Political Correctness. Somehow someway a political class in Washington discovered that in the rush to pile up votes as quickly as possible to turn and perpetuate true socialism in the U.S. that immigrants from war and poverty ravaged Middle Eastern nations were easy marks. Americans awakened to discover Political Correctness had not only made it right to give the jobs of American citizens to immigrants — many of who came here illegally — some of those who came here did so not to make better lives for themselves and their families, but to establish a caliphate to perpetuate their religious zeal. Sadly a few of those brought extremist ideals that turned into the lunacy of terrorist activities America had seen before only on news clips from Europe and the Middle East. September 11, 2001, Americans were horrified to see terrorism living in the U.S.

Before 9/11 to Americans terrorism lived in some distant land and preyed on strangers “over there.” We never thought about it living here. Since then very stealthily and steadily the monster has grown stronger and bolder spreading its poison. Many think we may be past the point of no return in stemming the tide of domestic terrorism in America. It’s here. And it is growing at a pace too fast for those who would take and keep control of its danger.

“PC” has made it easy for terrorism to take hold. Cries of “Islamaphobia,” labeling any who question allowing these immigrants to come en masse without knowing who they are and what they want as “xenophobes,” have quieted much of the normal opposition to evil America has possessed for centuries. That “PC” has been controlled by a class of Americans who built and have perpetuated class warfare that spans the political, social, religious, and educational environments of the nation. Most of us never knew it was happening. Its results is a new generation that have been taught globalism at the expense of nationalism, multi-culturalism at the expense of Americanism, and socialism at the expense of democracy. All for the cause of building a political base with millions of entitled immigrants with one and only one important thing to offer the Political Class: votes.

Summary

What played out in southwest Manhattan is just a sample of the “new” jihad underway in America. Terrorists now see attacking as a real army gives their foes an easy front to war against. Attacking in small numbers in scattered locations at random times will still perpetuate their tool of fear, killing the infidel while minimizing their casualties. It makes it harder to stop and easier to grow.

What will it take for Americans to awaken to the fact that each of the Trump travel bans were NOT for religious bigotry? The Politically Correct already know that! But they have the wool pulled over the eyes of most Americans. It is lunacy to allow ANY immigrant into the U.S. unless and until U.S. authorities — not the United Nations — know everything there is to know about each who wish to come here. Why do they want to come? What are their skills? What about their education? Do they have criminal or terrorist ties? Have they committed crimes in their country? It is silly to believe that the government infrastructures of any of the countries listed in the travel bans is capable of producing answers to these questions sufficient to assure that those coming are not terrorists. Currently we are told they are required to participate in rigorous interviews and provide passports or other proofs of identity. Really! Are we that naive? No, we are not naive. The PC class have made it mandatory to look the other way and allow immigrants to come on in regardless of their pasts or their future plans.

Not all are evil. Not all are good. But one thing is certain: our President and those in Government are sworn to protect Americans before anything else. What also is certain many in D.C. STILL have not acknowledged we have a terrorism problem. Too often when we have these terrorist incidents we are told the perpetrators are simply mentally ill or angry people who almost always use guns (that of course should be illegal to possess) to act our their mental deficiencies or anger. Almost never are these attacks officially labeled “Terrorism” or are those who carry them out called “Terrorists.” Terrorism has literally become the king who proudly rides nude in the parade and no one dares to say the King wears no clothes for fear of being labeled “Politically Incorrect.”

Wake up Washington! Terrorists live among us. It is your job to make us safe. We pay trillions annually for you to do so.

“Just Do It”

 

 

An Immigrant on Immigration: Who Better?

I’m blessed to be an American born and raised — but not everyone can say that.

In the noise of Obamacare repeal/replace, “Russia Gate,” and tax reform, Immigration Reform and the Wall on our southern border have been pushed back a ways on the priority shelf. But they are still there.

It is impossible for me or any other U.S. native son or daughter to relate to how it feels to be an immigrant — stranger in a foreign country. Even if illegal and even if remaining in the U.S. for a long time, it must still feel strange to not be a citizen in the country in which you live. I have empathy for those, but not because I can feel what they feel. It’s because I feel sorry for that inevitable nagging feeling of not being at home that certainly for them is always the 900 pound gorilla in the room. Add to that the uncertainty of their permanent status and the possibility of deportation must make them at times feel miserable, rejected, and even betrayed by those who brought them here. I think it’s time for that uncertainty to end.

How should It be ended? Please know my suggestions are just that: suggestions. I think they can work if implemented. And I think if done they can eliminate the anger against immigrants while offering immigrants a safe, promising, and legal life. Let’s go. No, not with an executive order. Let’s revise the legalization process.

“Dreamers” were brought here very young by illegal adults. I’ve asked why while growing up here Dreamers did not enter the legal system to become citizens. I discovered that to do that, they first would be required to self deport, then to apply for legal access to the U.S. to begin the arduous process for citizenship.

There IS a process. But why cannot Congress adjust immigration laws, not to give illegals instant citizenship, but to require illegals to register, enter the same immigration process that exists now, but a process with specific timing requirements ? Why not eliminate with registration the requirement to self deport and leave the country while the legal immigration process within the specified time period is fulfilled? I think it would work.

There are millions in the nation who have emigrated the right way. It wasn’t ever easy and it was difficult. But it was worth it. How do I know that? Read on.

The town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally a while back. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans. What he had to say sums up what being a legal immigrant is.

 “35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I’d laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth.  I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you  about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I’d  rather speak to you as an American. If you hadn’t noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people. I am a proud U.S. citizen and here is my proof. It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it, and I am very proud of it.

 I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy could remember anything.  Trust me, those images can never be erased.  I can’t even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf. 35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended.  At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again.  I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the U.S. Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California. It was a miracle from God.

If you haven’t heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now.  It was the freedom and the opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight.  I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong.  I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it.  Well, I took the opportunity and here I am. This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn’t know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head. That was my experience. In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can’t remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life.

 Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life. I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California. In some way and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I was here. One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don’t know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand. This grown man’s eyes began to well up.  I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in my life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back.

 You see, America is not just a place on the map, it isn’t just a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must accept this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here. Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble  opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can’t speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages – last I looked on the Internet, there wasn’t a Vietnamese translation of the U.S. Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It’s not easy, but if it’s too easy, it’s not worth doing. Before I knew this 46-page document — the U.S. Constitution — I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names inscribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders.”

 Summary

          Quang Nguyen

 Yes, immigrants should each come here and be here legally, or they should leave. Those here should be given an opportunity to enter the same process for immigration that those did who came legally. That is NOT the same as blanket legalization. “If” they register to enter this legal system, they would be of record and could be treated by law enforcement and government the same way American citizens are. If they refuse to enter this legalization system, they should be deported. And as long as they go through the immigration process just as those from other countries do, they should be allowed to remain. But, if they fall out of that system, they should be treated as illegals and should be deported.

We ARE a nation of laws. We HAVE immigration laws. Those immigration laws MUST be enforced. Congress can change them under the Constitution and are the only ones who can do so. Until/unless they are changed, law enforcement should enforce all laws according to their provisions without exception. Quang Nguyen and millions of others have done it the right way. Every other immigrant owes America to emigrate the right way, too.