35 Alexander Hamilton
36 George W. Bush
37 Howard Dean
38 John Edwards
39 Michelle Obama
40 Wilbur Mills
41 Thomas Jefferson
42 a-4, b-1, c-2, d-3, e- DUH
Number of Incorrect Answers
0-5 You would make Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater proud
6-10 Newt couldn’t do better
11-15 You don’t watch MSNBC, do you
16-20 Yeah, you’re an Democrat
21-25 I’m guessing you’re under 25
26-35 You may have voted for Obama
36-42 You voted for Obama twice AND support ObamaCare. You may be stupid.
ANSWERS TO FROM THE FRONT QUIZ
Before the problem of illegal immigration can be resolved, we must deal with a number of key issues. Among these are philosophical issues, improper justifications for tolerance, understanding the scope of the problem, and stopping the flow of illegal immigrants. These actions need to precede any attempt to grant legal status (as the president has illegally done!) or to develop a comprehensive reform program (as the president and some in congress want). This is a 30-year-old problem; it cannot be solved with the stroke of a pen, and it WILL not be solved with another 10-20,000 page ill thought out law.
The Philosophical Issues
We must not allow LEGAL immigration into this country to be used interchangeably with ILLEGAL immigration. This is a favorite tool of those pushing blanket amnesty. “We are a nation of immigrants,” is the cry, with no effort made to differentiate between legal and illegal entry. Legal entry into the country, whether temporary or permanent, must be:
Controlled and manageable
Allowed to those who benefit the country and denied to those who don’t, or worse, cause harm
Consistent with our historical American character, language, values and culture
Limited with regard to refugee and emergency admissions – we cannot save the world
Difficult, accompanied by a desire to assimilate, and willingness to pay a price in time and effort. As Thomas Paine observed, “That which is obtained too cheap, is esteemed too lightly.”
The False Justifications
The hollow reasons generally given to justify illegal entry must be rejected. There are valid reasons to be permitted into this country legally, among them: to secure the blessings of freedom, consistent with good citizenship; to pursue opportunities inherent in that freedom, with independence and responsibility; and enjoy the protections of life, speech, religion, and other constitutional guarantees. Among the reasons that are NOT valid and do not justify illegal entry are:
“They (minors) were brought here through no fault of their own.” If your parent robs a bank and buys you a new car with some of the stolen money, you do not get to keep the car since it was acquired through “no fault of your own.”
“They are just seeking employment and a better life.” EVERY immigrant coming to this country is seeking a job and a better way of life. We provide a basis for them to do so legally.
“There are jobs Americans won’t do.” There are Americans working in coal mines and washing windows on high-rise buildings! In fact, there are no jobs that legal citizens won’t perform. There is simply a price at which they will be taken according to supply and demand. Undercutting market rates by using illegal foreign labor is not the solution! To the degree there MIGHT be a legitimate need for seasonal foreign workers, residency should be legal and interim, not a permanent path to citizenship. Making citizenship a negotiable commodity, whether for seasonal or unpleasant work, by a lottery pool, or other gimmicks, cheapens the value upon U.S. citizenship.
“They have only known this country and have gone through school here.” This reason would not exist if we had a history of screening for citizenship eligibility to enter school in the first place. See next.
“They were born on U.S. soil and are therefore citizens.” The United States and Canada are the only developed nations in the world to still offer Birthright Citizenship to tourists and illegal aliens. Ignored is the requirement that the person must also be “…and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Illegal residents are subject to the jurisdiction of their HOME country, not the U.S. Congress needs to close this loophole.
“They have not committed any crimes or violated any laws.” By entering the country illegally, they have violated U.S. immigration laws! In addition to the obvious, large numbers have and continue to commit crimes, for which they are largely released and not prosecuted. A great many have fake ID, making it impossible to know whether they have criminal backgrounds or not.
“It would be cruel to split their families apart.” The American citizens did not split their families, they did. Like all of the preceding points, we reward this continued pattern of behavior by making US rather than THEM responsible for their choices and actions.
“It’s impossible to deport them all.” Bull – they arrived here by the tens and hundreds and they can be returned in the same manner. In 1954, President Eisenhower deported or encouraged voluntary return, some 2-3 million illegal immigrants. It can be done. It is a matter of will and logistics. As noted below, cooperation of home countries is essential, and both interim retention and transport home can be conducted by the military. Detainees for deportation would not be housed in hotels, and they would not be sent home on commercial jets. It is a return trip for those who violated our borders; it is not a return home from Spring Break!
Defining the Scope of the Problem
There is talk about cutting off amnesty for those here as of a certain date, with no way of verifying when they arrived, and whether it was their first, second, third (or ?) entry. There is special consideration for those in school, with no way to prove that. How hard is it to fake school documents! The problem has grown tremendously since the 1986 amnesty because there are no consequences for illegal entry and non-compliance with regulations, there are only benefits.
The FIRST THING required before ANY further immigration action (from congress - not the president) is registration of ALL individuals residing in the country illegally. Right now, we don't know if there are 10 million, 12 million or 30 million people here illegally. We need to know:
Who there are – actually, not as shown on fake documents
Where they live
When they arrived here
Who all of their immediate family members are, whether in this country or not
Whether they are employed, where and doing what
Whether they are in school, where, when did they begin, what is there statusWhere they live
What, if any, false documents they hold
Many will question whether people here illegally will comply with a registration program. For the first time, failure to participate in a program dealing with illegal immigrants will have consequences. Those here illegally would have six months to register, or be declared a Non-registrant Felon. Anyone not registering would be subject to arrest and/or immediate deportation (at home country's reimbursement) and ineligible for any future consideration for temporary or permanent alien residence, or citizenship application. Registrants would be required to notify the government within 30 days of any change of location, employment or education status.
The “carrot” of the registration program is that those who register would be granted non-permanent legal residence so long as they remain in compliance. Registration would be the ONLY pathway to legal residence.Administration of the program would be through state HHS offices, though it could also be administered through the post offices and other agencies, similar to passport application processing. Once registered, they would be subject to verification of education, language, work and other skills; criminal background; and health condition. Pregnant females would be sent home immediately, as would any individuals carrying communicable diseases. Minor children would be placed with relatives or sponsors and returned home to their immediate families as soon as they could be located. They would not be registered in school.
Once we have a better understanding of the problem, we can assess the size and scope and THEN explore possible solutions. Right now, the approach is "ready, fire, aim." That is clearly not working.
Stopping the Flow
Along with registration should be the sealing of the borders by establishing military bases and patrols along the entire length, and expanded coast guard patrols on ocean fronts. Included in the military functions would be the patrol of borders, along with ICE agents, in the course of general training and other military duties, and the housing of any illegal entrants until they are registered and deported.
Fences have been approved and not built; border patrols have been overwhelmed by sheer numbers and the weight of bureaucracy. The borders have limited entry, but still there are millions who have crossed. The defense of the country from attack is the primary function of the military. Border security is a job for them. The process needs to be implemented at northern AND southern borders. Military housing centers would also be used for interim retention of those facing deportation until they can be transported home by military cargo planes or busses.
None of this can be accomplished without home countries taking responsibility for their citizens. Treaties for such responsibility of a country's citizens should be a condition for continued participation in NAFTA, CAFTA and any other economic relationship.
Revising the legal immigration system
“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”
- Ronald Reagan