AWCheney’s Forum On Immigration

Identity Theft

Identity theft in American society has reached epidemic proportions. No one believes for one moment that it is ONLY illegal aliens who participate in this devastating crime, but the fact is that thousands upon thousands of them do exactly that. In fact, unless an illegal alien can find work for cash under the table on a regular basis, those actually employed regularly must have illegal documentation…because they don’t qualify for legal:

Although one’s first reaction might be one of sympathy, consider that this is in no way a victimless crime…the key word here being crime. Those people coming into this country illegally do so with intent to defraud our system with malice aforethought, so they are no less guilty than the American citizen who decides to go out and sell drugs, or mug someone, or break into a home to feed his family, perhaps even out of desperation…they have chosen to commit a crime and must be held accountable. Where is the sympathy for the victim in all this, and why should there be a double standard?

The following links are to videos of a cross section of such victims, and very enlightening:

Here we see that our soldiers overseas, and their families, can be particularly vulnerable to this potentially devastating crime.

What of those who steal a stranger’s identity and then proceed to commit another crime? One of the compelling reasons to identify illegal aliens who commit a crime (i.e. 287g program) is because, if released on bond, they are more often than not lost in the wind, assuming another identity. But what happens to those whose identity they have assumed?

We are asked to sympathize with the illegal aliens who come here, yet so many of them seem to have absolutely no desire to become upstanding members of our community. Having stolen an identity, it’s so easy for them to ignore any responsibility for their actions…at what cost to others?

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July 9, 2008 4:45 am Posted by | Illegal Immigration | , , , | 8 Comments

Border Security…NOW!

Although the task of physically closing the border would seem to be insurmountable, what about those U.S. security fears following 9-11 which led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the passage of the Patriot Act? We sacrificed many of our freedoms to have those fears alleviated (which I thought was a bad idea from the get-go…just ask my husband about my tirades at the time)? What about that incredible power over our lives that we willingly turned over to so few people in our government on the promise that they would give us that security in exchange for the liberty we were abrogating? Well, here’s what’s happening with at least part of that promise:

This is part 2 of a 4 part series that aired in December of 2007…well worth your time to watch. The links to parts 1, 3, and 4 are as follows: Part I Part III Part IV

We most often speak of our porous Southern border in terms of multitudes of illegal unskilled workers, gangs, and drugs being smuggled into our country…but how about those folks?

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July 7, 2008 7:10 am Posted by | Illegal Immigration | , , , , , | 18 Comments

Thomas Jefferson and the Immigration Debate

Thomas Jefferson has oft been cited by the proponents of lax immigration policy as a champion of their cause, quoting this passage from the Declaration of Independence:

“He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.”

A history of the background of this passage can be found in the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups in the section entitled “Immigration: History of U.S. Policy, ” subsection “The Open Door Era, 1776-1881,” page 488:

“The rejection by the British government of colonial demands for a more open immigration policy to attract newcomers was one of the many grievances that led colonists to take up arms against the British in 1775. The Declaration of Independence attacked the King and the Privy Council for endeavoring “to prevent the population of these states” by refusing to recognize general naturalization acts passed by colonial assemblies and by restricting westward settlement in the Proclamation of 1763 and the Quebec Act of 1774.”

This naturalization effort was very much a part of the effort of the colonies toward expansion with new immigrant groups at the forefront opening new territories. The British government was naturally loathe to have their colonies expanded to unmanageable proportions until such time as their control was firmly re-established in those colonies already existing, where that power was already beginning to slip. With the enormous amount of unexplored territory, and potential lands and resources available to present and future colonists, it was a logical next step, and one over which the British feared losing their control.

What is forgotten in this debate is that Thomas Jefferson was also NOT favorably disposed toward unbridled immigration or of immigrants unwilling to assimilate:

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular.” –Thomas Jefferson to Hugh White, 1801. ME 10:258

“Shall we refuse the unhappy fugitives from distress that hospitality which the savages of the wilderness extended to our fathers arriving in this land? Shall oppressed humanity find no asylum on this globe? The Constitution, indeed, has wisely provided that for admission to certain offices of important trust a residence shall be required sufficient to develop character and design. But might not the general character and capabilities of a citizen be safely communicated to every one manifesting a bona fide purpose of embarking his life and fortunes permanently with us?” –Thomas Jefferson: 1st Annual Message, 1801. ME 3:338

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July 5, 2008 1:53 am Posted by | Illegal Immigration, Immigration | , | 15 Comments

The “Attrition” Theory

It has been argued that the states and localities that are attempting to control an overwhelming illegal alien problem with enforcement of existing laws and establishment of new, more strict laws and regulations are deluding themselves that it will have any effect. Well, there seems to be some evidence to the contrary:

Since January 1, 2008, Arizona has seen that attrition in large numbers when a new law went into effect which “shuts down any businesses that repeatedly hire illegal immigrants.” I’ve long felt that, if the enablers could be shut down, there would no longer be any incentive for people to cross the border illegally…and it wouldn’t take much time before the word would spread and, perhaps, the problem become manageable with further influx reduced measurably. Along with the attrition, we might actually see the light at the end of the tunnel and be able to properly address immigration reform.

July 3, 2008 7:53 am Posted by | Illegal Immigration | , , | 10 Comments

Border Security?

There is little argument in the illegal alien debate that our borders are extremely porous, and there is well-founded concern that physical barriers are highly ineffective (watch what is happening in the background during the President’s interview):

The completion of the NASCO (North American SuperCorridor Coalition) superhighway will actually extend the “border” through the heart of the United States. If we are unable to control the borders we already have, how are we possibly going to secure this superhighway?

What’s the answer? Is it stronger enforcement of immigration laws, particularly those which affect the economic standards of illegal aliens in this country, thus hoping to encourage attrition and discourage others from coming? Is it stronger laws and penalties for violations of immigration laws, as they have in Mexico? Is it stronger enforcement and increased penalties against employers of illegal aliens? Is it a combination of these, or something else that might be the answer? Or do we just open up the borders and throw up our hands in resignation (North American Union)?

Anybody have any suggestions?

July 1, 2008 3:32 am Posted by | Illegal Immigration | , , , , , | 32 Comments

The Changing American Workplace

I first viewed this YouTube video some time ago after following a link posted on a comment thread at BVBL and found it to be extremely compelling. I thought that I should share it here and offer it for commentary. The employment of illegal aliens vs. legal residents has been of great concern in the debate of illegal immigration, yet it seems to be seldom addressed except in comments, at least from the perspective of employees. This video touches on almost every concern of the “anti” crowd regarding the impact of the employment of illegal aliens and should, I trust, stimulate a vigorous debate.

Note: This is not what I had intended as the first on-issue post here, but I’ve run into some difficulties in the research on the other which I hope I can resolve by tomorrow.

June 29, 2008 2:54 pm Posted by | Illegal Immigration | , , | 11 Comments