For years the Obama administration has used creative accounting and selective deportation statistics to boost the president’s image as an executive dedicated to enforcing Congress’ immigration laws. The claim is that Obama had a stronger deportation record than his predecessors. The tactic is part of a strategy to convince the enforcement-first crowd that illegal immigration is outdated and the goal is to pave the way for a mass legalization and doubling of immigration.
Five years later, however, the only people convinced by Obama’s “record deportations” claim are immigration reporters and anti-enforcement advocates who are now using it to criticize him in the run-up to the midterm elections.
Therefore, anyone reading The Contemplative Thinker, or who takes a walk down Unscrupulous Lane could easily identify who these “anti – anti” enforcement or special interest groups are simply by reading in either the illegal immigration or special interest groups sections in the Categories drop down menu section of this site.
At any rate it is important for me to establish some ground breaking news for you prior to November to better equip you if you happen to be a voter, or a person who basically enjoys being informed about our Nation and where it seems to be headed.
It is purported that Ronald Reagan was a man of the old school and we should thank God for his leadership. President Reagan would not even go into the Oval Office albeit, rushing out of bed, or late night with the Royals, or even a weekend day or night without first putting on the bare minimum, a sport coat and a tie. That is indeed respect.
The kind of respect that he could care less if anyone ever knew. It was assuredly a deeply held conviction for honor, tradition, ethics, and values that Mr. Reagan did not say anything to anyone. Nor was anything that faced him or President Kennedy to big or too large for them to take on without shriveling up to it.
Whereby on the one hand we have a president who says, “the federal government is to inactive to handle” matters such as illegal immigration; consequently, for Barack Obama doing the opposite by Executive Order is more arrogant than brave or smart. Please consider the following “Inaction.”
Someone must be getting the point out there that – whatever Barack Obama has tried to do via his phone and pen scenario (Executive Orders) – it certainly seems as though whatever he has done in either Foreign and Domestic policy matters have been a complete failure.
Obama has tried to clarify his administration’s deportation rhetoric with select audiences since at least 2011 when, according to the Washington Times, Obama told a round table of Hispanic reporters:
For the most part I believe that Sean Hannity means well, mind you, I also feel as though he can be a bit impetuous at certain times. Of course lately with a trying-to-be-a-reverse on Mr. Putin, President Obama who is lame when it comes to foreign policy, I believe that Barack Obama is simply waiting for Putin to step-in-it which is about to happen.
I believe that all of this occupation of Crimea the sending of the troops to both the Ukraine and outlying territories is far more a threat that an action delivered on. The brutal notion for me is that I believe that Obama and the Ukraine and Crimea are going to win what it is they want.
According to Hannity, “So we got a community organizer against the former KGB leader who is getting his butt kicked and embarrassed and humiliated on the world stage,” Hannity said. “The Russian media keeps showing a picture of [Obama] in Martha’s Vineyard, riding his little bicycle with his little helmet on. It’s so humiliating.”
Dear Sean Hannity:
Humiliation very much like embarrassment are subjective thoughts or feelings that one may generate; however, it is important to point out that not one person is capable of embarrassing you. And ditto for humiliation – I feel that these two behaviors cannot be forced on anyone by another source. It packs the scenario of only one can embarrass and or humiliate themselves by actions caused which results in the behaviors.
Furthermore, why are you using my airwaves to launch you childish rubbish. When various actions appear on the world stage, it is quite obvious that you will use your recently gained power to rub the rubbish everywhere.
Let us look at what you have written, or who has quoted you on the Fox News Insider. Starting from the third paragraph let’s come to what is so hard for the members of Congress to do…talk to each other and hopefully come to a compromise. Right then…we do have a community organizer-Junior Senator cum President going up against a real bully type in former KGB leader and whomever is getting their butts kicked will be decided in the middle to late rounds in this match.
You again state, “The Russian media keeps showing a picture of [Obama] in Martha’s Vineyard, riding his little bicycle with his little helmet on. It’s so humiliating.” Okay let us peruse these images. What Obama is doing is setting a great example because in most states helmets are required as is a license. Take a look at the statistical data where the per annum death toll arranged by those riders who do not wear helmets is roughly, 10,000. (Source citation here.)
Still with me? Great! So let us put this entire ridiculous mouth espousal to rest and assign blame on photojournalists. How would you feel if you were out intentionally on a summer day flabby and bear chested?
The only bit of Russian laughter that I receive is when I see the same person in a wrestling togs whipping some tiny adolescent boy.
If there is any surprise with this vote it would have to be concerning time; actual time. The measure was approved on a 385-23 vote, and goes next to the Senate. With Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) at the helm in the Senate who knows how long this bill could sit there.
The Obama administration announced the energy and aid package on Tuesday, when Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Kiev for talks with the new government.
The White House said the $1 billion loan guarantee was aimed at helping insulate Ukraine from reductions in energy subsidies. Russia provides a substantial portion of Ukraine’s natural gas and U.S. officials said they are prepared to work with Kiev to reduce its dependence on those imports.
The assistance is also meant to supplement a broader aid package from the International Monetary Fund.
Former Congressman Ron Paul had some startling trepidations, he said, “I’ve always argued that foreign aid is a process where you take money from poor people in this country and give it to rich people in other countries, because the people never seem to be helped. […] It’s government to government.” And so right he is with that statement.
In an interview with FOX News, Paul furthermore noted that the U.S. has given over $7 billion in aid to Libya, Egypt, and Syria – all of which remain unstable.
And with remittances going to Iraq, Afghanistan, and who else knows where, I believe the United States has established a rather ugly precedence with what seem like automatic money.
Congressman Paul did make a couple of points however, mentioning the notion of there may be unintended consequences to America’s good intentions. And of course we believe he is right. (Please see any consequences tag in Categories.)
He used the following narrative for his example — “[Ukraine] is behind on their payments to Russia for their natural gas. So maybe if we send money to their new government, they will pay Russia the money for their gas.”
Paul called the aid package wasteful, especially given that the U.S. is in so much debt. He also speculated that there are ulterior motives behind U.S. interventions overseas. Yet we would like to add that by stating, “If the U.S. really believes that sending the money is ‘a waste’ as Ron Paul alleges, we feel that one would or should weigh in their own hearts – is the Ukraine and the people’s well-being also ‘a waste.’”
Yet for some silver lining Paul also stated that, “he believes in helping people around the world, he thinks we should start with allowing Americans to “keep their own money… and if they want to donate to these countries, fine and dandy.”
And finally for this offering we do have a couple of issues that are upsetting us, therefore we will tag them, Accountability and Responsibility.
We are just going to make mention here of what topic one could expect to see. There are growing calls to follow the money on ObamaCare. Republican lawmaker Peter Roskam (IL) is planning to introduce a bill today that is aimed at keeping track of the $1.8 trillion taxpayer dollars expected to be spent on ObamaCare over the next decade.
Now let us add the $300 million that appears to be lost or somehow, someone in the Obama administration does not have those two precious traits needed for creating an effective government.
TRANSITION FROM THEORY TO FACT: THEORY WORKS WHEN ENFORCEMENT IS OF PRIME CONCERN
As previously promised today is the day that we make the transition. This transition involves the economic theory [open market] of rudimentary and fundamental postulates such as consistent rational thinking, with self-interest, and the desired act of purpose in obtaining something that we believe will enhance our lives. However, I am sure that we – all of us – want very similar needs, wants, and utility satisfaction to be granted at the lowest cost available to us.
We refer to the fact that an immigration policy with rules, procedures and laws does exist and that, for a very good reason. However, in order for any law to work, or procedure followed let us just complete the obvious – a law is nothing more than words on a sheet of paper, that when leadership, and especially enforcement agencies put forth the energy to support the law as well as the citizenry that enacted the moral values must not be wavering.
We are of the opinion that with the proper means of supporting our leadership especially through enforcement that when basic laws are disregarded, then people make up their own rules unless this situation has the very least – integrity – that is, doing the bare minimum of enforcement to maintain sovereignty of the United States. Please see below for crime within the system.
Millions of people are screaming everything from discrimination to racial profiling. Furthermore, at anytime that a newly instigated program is started and is successful we ask where is the moral values of our leadership? Such as Section 287(g) enforcement for communities.
The biggest difference between American immigration policy and Australia’s equivalent program is that in Australia their program is not put to the mercy of a non-constitutional-wannabe-king who hangs out with a pen and a phone.
Now is time for the news. It is rather obvious to us that 11 million people do not just come to another nation, take up residence, and that is just about it until certain special interest groups get involved.
Our nation’s immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington’s failure to fix them is hurting our economy and jeopardizing our national security. The overriding purpose of our immigration system is to promote and further America’s national interests and that is not the case today (Please click here for complete report).
I would really like the opportunity to ask Mr. Obama that very question; our immigration system is in obvious need of restructuring, with all due respect Sir, what have you done within the rule of law to assist making it better?
Remember Section 287(g) of the INS Act? This particular section was enacted for the sole purpose for making community living “communities” more safe to live in. Therefore, the United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement (USICE) where then hired and paid in advance to assist with identifying illegal immigrants and taking them to booking to free up ICE time. This program worked like magic until illegal’s started gripping to special interest groups then all of the sudden – out of nowhere, came “they are racial profiling” and this is discriminatory.
And Eric Holder’s Justice Department led an all out order to stop Section 287(g). And after suing at least 15 different states it was the local police and their states that electively stopped the program.
Or let us just mention E-Verify. As businesses were in hog heaven making bigger profits at the cost of illegal labor BIG BUSINESS originally started with “it is a crap shoot.” And again with special interest’s it was shut down.
Now that they have started to reenact E- Visa Verification who do you think they’ve hired to verify the old “crap shoot” verifying system? E-Verify.
What does all of this mean given economic theory? When U.S. government officials are caught and arrested for letting the cocaine, weed, and/or heroin or cash bring them to their knees as well as some Border Patrol Agents and ICE officials, AFT officers, and all of their management being involved as well then the system begins to break down.
Let us apply added benefit v added cost in here to solidify. Illegal member of MS-13 (major crime gang) without proper identification decides on moving north to America what are his added benefits. Let us start with anonymity; no one knows who this guy is so no criminal record is involved. Hum benefits… let us see now this guy has automatically upward mobility with some sort of job (that an American has lost), does he worry about his latest bullet wound. Nope because now this person has health care and it is probably for free. Oh but wait…our newest member of our society is very hungry, no matter, let us get him some food stamps and allow him to purchase weed with them as well. I think it is fair to say at this point that when someone – anyone elects to come over the U.S. border they instantly have more privileges than the Ward of any state.
WOMEN’S ISSUE NOW SLOTTED FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
While House Republicans have been adamant that immigration reform is all but dead this year, a coalition of women’s groups is hoping to revive the issue, wrapping it into the “war on women” offensive. Commingling of issues never serves to assist anyone with any matter.
Far be it from me or us in this case, The Contemplative Thinker believes who in their right mind could possibly dream up another barrier to entry. We remain adamant that the issue given immigration reform is altogether a misnomer. Who seriously believes that anything will be done to accentuate the ideas of reform? In fact it is a simple oxymoron to infer immigration reform has anything to do with reform whatsoever. (Reform keywords: improve, amend, correcting faults, unacceptable habits, reorganization, and improvement.)
Every person in this country needs to be on the same page – illegal immigrants included – insofar as to what is reality based, or what can be done, and the wishes and desires of everyone rendering an opinion. Seriously this “reform” matter is looking like a “Hopewell To-Do List.” You name it and it is on it from citizenship, to pathways to citizenship, deferred action for childhood arrivals, states now voting on what entitlements will automatically be received as well as arguing for a higher minimum wage. Simple words of advice…Keep it simple…or else.
What is at the rudimentary level with immigration “reform” is a kaput system that has laws, policies, and procedures. However, pursuant to the leadership of this country since 1986 we believe it has been a Presidential oversight which is our way of saying that the Commander-in-Chief’s Obama, Bush the younger, Clinton, Bush the Elder, as well as President Ronald Reagan or for the past 28 years have intentionally disregarded the rule of law. Envision our country whilst allowing illegal immigration versus a horribly out of date Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) operate.
Arguing that women and children bear the brunt of the burden from a broken system, and that women will be decisive in the 2014 and 2016 elections, organizers said that Republicans should reconsider their approach to immigration reform. Or this sounds like a threat to me. Moreover, let us string the words — women and children bear the brunt of burden of the broken system; however, and let us be reasonable here — are women just victims according to Pramila Jayapal, or would it be more believable to take some attribution.
“Unless we actually have action from House leadership, from Speaker Boehner, to move a bill forward so that the majority of his members in his House can actually vote to move this bill forward, we will continue to push and push and make sure that women voters in November understand who has blocked immigration reform,” Pramila Jayapal, chair of We Belong Together, which advocates for immigration reform, said Wednesday.
This is precisely saying if the Republicans do not fare well especially in 2016 Ms. Jayapal definitely wants to exacerbate the problem by alleging it was women who caused the raucous and not the Hispanics who feel as though they had something to do with the electoral process in 2012.
Jayapal said that the timeline for reform cannot be dictated by a small group of people, and that the lack of GOP action will have a political cost for the party as it tries rebranding its image and appealing to a more diverse pool of voters. Ah yes…when in doubt…what we need is diversity!
“If the Republican leadership really looks at the cost of not moving immigration reform forward…the cost for their leadership in Congress, they will start to understand that the lack of action is continuing to play into a frame that already exists,” she said.
Ms. Jayapal has really done most of us, as well as the House a good deal. Frustratingly she seems to have identified all of the buzz words the same as every other advocacy group out there, such as the National Council of The Race, the Gang of Eight led Senate, and several other special interest groups. Yet the one thing out of all those words that is missing…(1) What is the problem? and (2) What does the We Belong Together organization suggest that the House, Senate, or American people should do to rectify the fallen system.
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S “POLICY INITIATIVES” ARE A FAILURE…
Just as our title implies, it will be years perhaps even decades before the chaotic menagerie of Obama’s sometimes held close to the breast pocket, without very many people in Washington D.C, or clearly elsewhere having even the slightest bit of knowledge of what this man has been capable of doing.
Far be it from me, who says that everything done on domestic improvements within the Nation should as a matter of due-diligence be directed toward the American people if, for nothing else, the very feedback the president’s advisors, policy experts, and need based function people (perhaps even unknown) can render their reasons for public policy enhancements or how about “shovel ready jobs.”
I will admittedly agree that if as in the 1970s one was being charged $95.00 per toilet seat when the real cost was $1.50 and so forth with nails, and just about every government contract, without proper checking either through one’s “people” or making sure the matters are well in control. There can be only a few words that can simply identify that incompetence, and corruption is the first that comes to mind.
I also openly admit that through The Heritage Foundation and their distinguished blog, The Foundry, information is now being released. As for me I am not sure if this man and those he surrounds himself with are really as stupid as they have proven they are, it just seems to me that imagine that you are the President. And you have worked for months coming up with the name which was The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that he knew well in advance he would be needing the funds. I am only able to cover a portion of these findings, however, I will post another page if you care to see what this person has done.
As a follow up to the Green Graveyard overview, this post provides additional information concerning the funding for each of the now-bankrupt green energy companies. In one of the most extensive compilations to date, Heritage has identified 19 bankrupt green energy companies that were unable to succeed even with the government’s promise to provide generous financial assistance totaling a whopping $2.6 billion.
1. Abound Solar: George W. Bush’s Administration first offered this Colorado-based company federal assistance in 2007 to the tune of $3 million as well as a $400 million loan guarantee. Before announcing bankruptcy in June 2012, Abound was promised an additional $374.6 million from the Obama Administration. The company was also offered $12.6 million in federal tax credits. During its short-lived heyday, Abound received the distinction of ranking 17th out of “100 Recovery Act Projects That Are Changing America.”
Government’s Bad Bet: $ 790.3 million
2. Solyndra: Despite the fact that Vice President Joe Biden once hailed this now-infamous company and its $535 million loan guarantee as an “unprecedented investment this Administration is making in renewable energy and exactly what the Recovery Act is all about,” Solyndra succumbed to Chapter 11 status in September 2011. That’s two short years after being offered federal financial assistance. Despite supportive statements and visits from top Obama Administration officials, Solyndra was unable to avoid its fate in the Green Graveyard.
Government’s Bad Bet: $570 million (includes federal loans and state tax breaks not listed)
3. A123 Systems: Having been showered with visits from a host of elected and government officials during the Obama Administration (then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), to name only a few), government funding for A123 actually began in 2001 during the Bush Administration. The company declared bankruptcy in October 2012, a little over one year from the date that President Obama offered this encouraging remark: “There is A123, a clean energy manufacturer in Michigan that just hired its 1000th worker as demand has soared for its vehicle components. Companies like these are taking root and putting people to work in every corner of the country.” And this isn’t the only form of praise A123 received. Secretary Chu called A123 “a great example of how we are working with industries to create jobs, strengthen our manufacturing industry, and help our auto companies compete in the global market.” In fact, A123 is also still listed as a “Hall of Fame” company on the Small Business Innovation Research website.
Now how can these alleged experts, advisors, and policy analyst be making the unabashed biggest mistakes in the totality of their professional careers. Again if you were president – wouldn’t you at least find out who the best most accountable accountant there was to hire. No kidding here gang, I sit and read reports of the staff at Heritage Foundation, it is simply amazing how often one of their scholars get it ALL right.
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THE PRESIDENT MISSPEAKS AGAIN
The following information is a response to the notion of numbers crunching, specifically those committed by members in the Obama administration which as up to this instant are considered as reported to the Washington Post by Mr. Andrew Becker for The Center for Investigative Reporting on Monday, December 6, 2010.
I do not believe that I am wrong or even in error, not even a smidgen when predicated upon the evidence albeit solicited, volunteered, or received from members of the agencies who have been doing this otherwise faulty reporting for year’s even decades.
This is why I can be assured when I make a claim such as until we get a person or persons within the White House who rather than lie, pad numbers, and so easily obtain information that is clearly a misrepresentation of material fact. I will commit to the view that our government and its alleged officers are not being truthful with the American people.
In particular predicated upon Mr. Andrew Becker’s report which diligently leads one to believe that numbers have been tooled with by President’s Clinton, Bush, and Obama and/or their over eager needing to please the boss at any cost.
The travesty behind this situation is so numerous that one needs to reflect and critically think why a person needs to do these kinds of acts. As far as President Clinton’s term of eight years and President George W. Bush’s eight years, and all things being equal, the record-setting pace in which President Obama allegedly has been on during just his six-year term; collectively we have twenty-two years of misinformation that has been preconceived with aforethought. And as citizens of the United States one wonders why the economy is in the state that it is in.
Speaking about the year-end deportation figures to a group of Hispanic reporters in late September, the President said:
“The statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is, with the stronger border enforcement, we’ve been apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours, sent back – that is counted as a deportation.”
So from the top down we have the President admittedly saying that the statistics are a little deceptive – why – simply because he says there is a change while apprehending illegal immigrants at the border and sending them back. All in all that is not a change in deportation policy whatsoever.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said the Obama administration has severely curtailed raids on work sites to net illegal immigrants. And he pointed to statistics that showed only 44 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border is considered under “operational control.”
But the statistics show the number of people returned after being apprehended on the border is down substantially, while deportations of those caught in the interior has risen.
The ratio of those with criminal convictions, however, has indeed risen significantly, from about one-third of deportees at the beginning of the administration to about half in fiscal year 2010. And more than two-thirds of the ones without criminal convictions were either recent border-crosser’s or repeat immigration violators.
If the President’s administration is having difficulty in understanding what the law actually states then it is recommended that it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get to the source documents. In this case that would of course be current immigration and naturalization law.
The United States has laws on the books that when exercised properly, with the sufficient personnel, can and will do the job. U.S. policies and laws aimed at improving the nation’s immigration system have unintentionally spurred more immigrants to stay in the United States, according to a new paper released in June 2013.
Let’s see…has the principles within the Obama administration encouraged your outlook on immigration reform. Furthermore, with the hapless Executive Orders as well as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are seriously showing the point that during that period of time the real push for amnesty began.
Otherwise the crux of the problem is that Congress routinely makes consequential policy decisions with scant consideration of the underlying dynamics of the social processes involved.
FOUNDING FATHERS ON IMMIGRATION
Hello and welcome again to Founding Fathers Quote’s Friday! This is a little meme that was put together years ago – and now when I look back at some of my earlier articles dating from 2007 it openly stuns me! Credit due where credit is due of course, and in this particular case this meme was originally designed and put together by Hercules Mulligan, who at the time maintained one of the most perfect and well-versed blogs around.
That is when a lot of rubbish began about something I know very little about referred to as “The Illuminati” which Hercules Mulligan was actively (spare time) writing about. Yet when someone takes one’s writing and viciously attacks it, I believe as much as Mulligan did that it was time for proof to hit the pudding.
He calmly informed me that he was going to finish his book and knowing that I have published books, made the request to be left alone. Hey c’mon already! With even an outside chance of gaining the publishing rights I assured him I would leave him alone and wished him the best of luck in all his endeavors.
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader…” Samuel Adams in letter to James Warren 1779.
In Samuel Adams’ letter to James Warren during 1779 there is nothing more important than what he is actually saying. He states that a general dissolution (breaking down of one’s known ways) of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the entire military of the common enemy.
Further he espouses, “While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue then [they] will be ready to surrender their rights, liberties, and their actual ways of living to the first external or internal invader.”
Next up…Alexander Hamilton, who after being at odds with something Thomas Jefferson was going on with, namely precisely what our president Barack Obama has to some measure already done, and now after the GOP launched their Republican Principles most of us feel much the same as Mr. Hamilton did.
During his campaign run against Aaron Burr, Jefferson simply switched in everything be believed in with regards to immigration policy during that time. Ostensibly, what Jefferson had done was started talking about, writing about, and stumping all around about was the simple notion of dropping all requirements of a previous assimilation responsibilities. During that time just before 1800 Jefferson began arguing about the requirements of naturalization.
Jefferson believed that a fourteen year residency requirement was too long, and demanded immediate naturalization (meaning citizenship then…) This is IMPORTANT: During his First Annual Message to Congress, Jefferson argued that the longer waiting period from 5 years originally to 14 years caused the “unhappy fugitives” distress. Furthermore, Jefferson believed that for the bona fide reason of embarking his life to America should be sufficient for citizenship. The important part mentioned earlier was that through counting, Jefferson and his followers believed that too strong were the votes of recent immigrants.
Hamilton was Jefferson’s longtime enigma. Being the Secretary of the Treasury under President Washington, Hamilton did not believe that should be given as cheaply as Jefferson was proposing in 1801.
In two different newspaper editorials Hamilton summed it up this way;
In the recommendation to admit indiscriminately foreign emigrants of every description to the privileges of American citizens, on their first entrance into our country, there is an attempt to break down every pale which has been erected for the preservation of a national spirit and a national character; and to let in the most powerful means of perverting and corrupting both the one and the other. (Published in “The Examination,” nos. 7-9 (1801—1802)
It seems rather inconsequential, but after President Thomas Jefferson’s first term the assimilation and residency period for new emigrants was again put forth to 5 years were it has been ever since. It is furthermore important to state that Mr. Jefferson a true founding father in addition to Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Adams, and James Warren did not elect to pull out an Executive Order to see to it that his way or the highway was achieved.
LISTEN TO THE IMMIGRANTS OF OLD…
Many times during life’s tumultuous times such as sky high unemployment, an economy that really hasn’t done anything for the last five to six years, hopefully you will agree with me that when the centralized federal government begins doing mindless issues such as negotiating terms and agreements for criminals or those who have openly committed crimes against the Nation.
To just walk freely into our country and gain amnesty, free health care, welfare, and unemployment because hey! they just arrived and need some walking around money. Why don’t we chose a day of any month and open the lines for the illegal-undocumented-unnatural-individuals issue them a US Benefits card and open the door to issue only to them food stamps.
The United States of America and the Congress as well as the President thereto have issued nothing less than seven amnesty contracts with those who have arrived in unconventional ways. And the House Republicans as well as the Senate, and House Republicans and Democrats are writing the new amnesty laws as I type. Senator’s Schumer, McCain, Rubio, and Graham, what is it do you think is going to happen if you continue with your plans and grant a massive 11 to 25 million person amnestyfor those who are not acting as though something that is not theirs and yet gained illegally is going to accomplish?
During days such as I’ve described all I want to do is get home and read “other” immigrant stories – those who have not protested in the streets at everything from racial profiling to accommodating ways to be located in this nation at eight months and thirty days before the newest arrival of unchartered and unearned citizenship?
Please…what cheers me up is reading the stories of immigrants of older times arriving to this country.
No sooner was the Statue of Liberty erected than its meaning began to change. It quickly acquired a new significance from its location on Bedloe’s Island in New York harbor. Nearby was Ellis Island, which during the late nineteenth century became the largest point of entry for immigrants to the United States. In the moment of their arrival, they shared a common experience that became part of the mythology of the republic.
Imagine the agony of parting and the anxiety of an unknown future being very painful for most of them. The long sea voyage was difficult, and often times dangerous. Then at last they reached the New World, and had their first sight of Liberty with her upraised torch.
Most of the immigrants retained an indelible memory of the moment. One particular gentleman who was arriving from Italy, never forgot the instant when his ship sailed into New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty suddenly came into view. He remembered that a great silence fell suddenly across the deck of the immigrant ship – a silence filled with awe and hope and glorious inspiration. Parents reached down and raised their children above the rails to see the Statue of Liberty, “shadowy through the mist.” This gentleman even recalled the feeling that Liberty was beckoning to each of them, bidding them welcome in the great republic that was to be their home. .
I believe that this was the attitude that built America. This was the attitude that immigrants had being what we so aptly refer to as “America…the land of immigrants.”
Not that anyone one of these immigrants planned or conspired, to break any law to achieve their goal – no they endured the process. And before they asked for a thing mind you, they worked until almost death to fend for their family members.
TIME TO REVIEW VISA UNDERSTANDING…
If one were to look at the array of visas offered to potential immigrants from other countries, allow me to say that their options are ready just about everything one could possible imagine. Just as a quick ramble-off let us consider just a few of these visas for cursory purposes. Then let us look at them with what it is that the multitude of visas provide both for the benefit of the potential immigrant and the U.S. as well as what cost will it be.
First the easiest ones that don’t take a lot of explanation; however, please understand that each application of course works both ways – normally one for the applicant and the other for the applicant’s family and/or relatives, domestic partners, and many other forms as well.
We believe these to be the most sought: Application to work in the United States (Form I 765), A visitor’s visa (B-2), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Form I 821D), Temporary Protected Status (Form I 821), and this is where things really get mixed up; El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria. We are reminded that the expiration date for all TPS status is often extended.
And we would hope you would ask about the Diversity Lottery. Ready? Is it possible to win a green card? Yes! There is actually an official lottery offered by the United States government to give individuals from under-represented countries the opportunity to live and work in the United States permanently and legally. It is commonly known as the Green Card Lottery. The official title is Diversity Visa Program and it is operated by the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. Now on to H-1B visas.
Not everyone agrees with the desire to expand H-1B visas.
The H-1B visa is referred to as a “professional” visa category. In a recent article in the Stanford News top scholars were discussing the implications of this new type of visa, albeit it is not that new. The article is titled, Stanford Scholars see Political Hurdles in Immigration Reform. This particular type of visa is the one used in the article so I compiled some information. (For further reading click here.)
Minian said she believes that is unfair to bring more skilled workers to this country through H-1B visas while blocking employment of other migrants who have already built families and communities here.
Here is one dissenting opinion: Expanding H-1B visas is a vulnerable concern. The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H). It allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. If a foreign worker in H-1B status quits or is dismissed from the sponsoring employer, the worker must either apply for and be granted a change of status to another non-immigrant status, find another employer (subject to application for adjustment of status and/or change of visa), or leave the US.
In addition, in the case of “H-1B-dependent employers” (usually those with more than 15% of their workers on H-1B visas), the law requires these employers to recruit U.S. workers in “good faith” (8 U.S.C. 1182(n) (1)(G)).
As a general rule, a person who is in one non-immigrant status may not change status or change employers in that status until he or she applies with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for such a change, and such change is granted. However, a provision called “H-1B portability” permits certain individuals already in the United States in H-1B status to commence employment for a new employer once a new employer’s H-1B petition is filed with USCIS.
Congress has placed a numerical “cap” on H-1B visas. For Fiscal Year 2015 (which begins October 1, 2014), the limit is 65,000 cap-subject H-1B visas, with an additional 20,000 visas available for individuals who have earned a master’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. educational institution. Although some exemptions from the cap may be available (principally for institutions of higher education), most employers are subject to the cap. As with last year, we expect the H-1B cap to be reached the first week of April. Once the H-1B cap has been reached, employers will be unable to file new cap-subject H-1B petitions until April 1, 2015.
Consequently, employers are advised to make H-1B sponsorship decisions within the next few weeks. It is important to prepare H-1B petitions as early as possible—and well before April 1st—so that a complete petition can be submitted to USCIS on the first day the quota opens. USCIS received more than 85,000 H-1B petitions during the first week of April 2013, and established an H-1B lottery to determine which petitions would be accepted for processing.