A SELF-INFLICTED PROBLEM — ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

border.pngSupposedly, illegal immigration is a problem we cannot solve. Supposedly, we cannot stop people from sneaking across the border, overstaying their visas, or whatever it is someone might do to sneak into our country. Supposedly, we cannot stop employers from hiring illegal aliens. Supposedly, an intelligent person believes illegal immigration is a problem we cannot solve.

What supposedly is true is not true. We can stop illegal immigration. So why don’t we do it? Our problem is one of priorities. For a relatively small number of employers, illegal immigration equates to cheaper labor and higher profits. For nearly half of our politicians, illegal immigration translates into more votes. Unfortunately, most voters don’t really care about preserving America’s republic. Instead, they want their Social Security, their Medicare, their food stamps, their mortgage deduction, their unemployment insurance, and so forth. Don’t too many of us hope to receive a bribe from the politician we voted for?

Nonetheless, if we wanted illegal immigration to stop and for the illegal immigrants to go home (and their home is not here), we could make them leave. Here is how it could be done.

Although employment of illegal aliens is prohibited, the prohibition has been eviscerated by proliferation of fake IDs and lax enforcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Still, while employers have little to fear from ICE, most live in dread of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), ordinarily requiring even illegal employees to come up with a Social Security number for IRS reporting purposes.

The IRS shares these Social Security numbers with the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration, having issued them in the first place, knows which are invalid or being used by multiple employees. Although the administration occasionally notifies employers of Social Security number discrepancies, it has refused to share that information with ICE, notwithstanding entreaties by the Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration. Were ICE given this information (starting with the roughly 200,000 Social Security numbers numbered 000-00-0000), it could rid the workforce of most unlawful workers simply by notifying companies that employ workers with discrepant Social Security numbers that ICE will pay a visit to any such worker who fails within a month to straighten things out at the local Social Security office. The Social Security Administration may argue that privacy considerations prevent disclosure of Social Security number abuses, but only a severely strained interpretation of our Social Security laws could outlaw sharing evidence of a possible crime, such as identify theft or unlawful employment, with responsible law enforcement agents. (excerpted from CHIP: Turning off the parent magnet on immigration – www.washingtontimes.com)

Because we let politicians bribe us, the so-called crisis resulting from children sneaking across our border is only one aspect of a larger problem. For decades our elected officials have with increasing impudence deliberately ignored their duty to enforce and obey our laws. So it is that when President Obama wants more Democrat voters, he just invites more welfare recipients into our country. And so it is that even though everyone knows what Obama is doing, he is getting away with us.

When America has finished its last days as a constitutional republic, what will we tell our grandchildren. Will they believe us when we lie and say it never was? Supposedly, they might, and wouldn’t that be easier than explaining why we did nothing?

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OF WHAT IS TOM AFRAID?

cross2Of what is Tom afraid? When I was little, I feared as nameless horrors hunger and pain. The warm hugs of my mother and the sometime too distant strength of my father brought some comfort. Yet in time I learned that Daddy and Mommy were just bigger and older versions of my brothers, my sisters, and myself. I began to understand that they too could fail.

As I grew older, my fears multiplied. Fears reality could not provide my imagination amplified. I remember that as a little boy I watched a movie in theater about Hercules and the monsters he fought. By today’s standards, I doubt most would think that movie terribly frightening, but I was only a little boy. So I walked out, too disturbed to continue watching.

As an adolescent, the son of enlisted soldier, I went to numerous schools, and I got used to being the new kid in school. In new school after new school, I began to perceive how greatly our idealized world diverges from reality. In the ideal world, good boys beat up the bullies, or the authorities step in to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. In reality, good boys endure and do their best to keep body and soul intact, and they set aside their pride when sanity demands fleeing before the enemy. So it is that as an adolescent, I began to learn that the authorities who ran the “system” could not be trusted to make that “system” work.

Because the “system” works poorly, I began wondering why and how it could be fixed. Because of such wondering youngsters (and adults), there are endless streams of news articles, books, magazines, and programs in the broadcast media, and I read, listened and watched. Hopeful, I studied hard. Perhaps I could do my part to help the “system” evolve. Eventually, I joined the military. With the enthusiasm and innocence of youth, I began working to fix the system and to provide for myself and my family.

What have I learned in the years since then? At first my fears grew. Our Creator made this world far more differently than I understood as a child. Instead of informing us, knowledge and experience reveals our ignorance. Wise Socrates put it this way.

When I left him, I reasoned thus with myself: I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know. (from here)

If wisdom consists in admitting our ignorance, what good is knowledge? Are not the ignorant are powerless? Socrates was powerless. Faced with insurmountable public criticism, he drank a mixture containing poison hemlock. Rather than wise, Socrates’ “solution” struck me as fatalistic, but isn’t death inevitable? Should we just accept death? Perhaps Socrates, growing old, saw nothing ahead but the infirmities of old age.

When I was a young man, what was my solution for the problem of death? How did I hope that I, my family and my friends would survive death? As a devotee of science fiction might, I imagined that somehow future generations would discover the secrets of the universe. Perhaps, if we pioneered the way, future generations would find a way to save us.

Having given up on the Creator, I had made mere mortal man the hope of my salvation. In retrospect, that was silly. Look at a list of our presidents, our great leaders, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan…. Even the best of them — take your pick — did not know how to conquer death. They did not even know how to begin to solve that problem, and the worst them simply craved fame, fortune, and power.

Faced with this seemingly irresolvable dilemma, I did what most people do. I pretended the problem did not exist. I went on as before. Perhaps Socrates would have understood. Nonetheless, I eventually did something I should have done long ago. I started reading the Bible, and I discovered the problem I was desperate to solve had already been solved long ago, before Creation.

The Bible defines the problem of death as the consequence of sin. Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3). Therefore God cursed the world for their sake and our sake.  God also promised a savior (Genesis 3:15).

As I read, I discovered the Bible is the story of how Jesus Christ redeemed mankind. To help us understand, Hebrews 9:23-28 provides a brief summary. This passage begins by describing what Jesus does in the true temple, where He presents His sacrifice on our behalf.

Hebrews 9:23-28 New King James Version (NKJV)

Greatness of Christ’s Sacrifice

23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

So what are we to do? Not much, apparently. Jesus Christ did what we — what no man could do. He died for our sins. We must only repent, accept His sacrifice, be grateful, and strive to obey His commands.

Obey His commands? What was the primary thing Jesus commanded us to do? ‘

John 13:34 New King James Version (NKJV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Even the Old Testament commanded the Jews to love their neighbor (Leviticus 19:18).  So what was new about this command? When He lived among us, Jesus provided a perfect example.

How did Jesus love? Rob Barkman is in the midst of a wonderful series, “To Love As Jesus Loved.” The series provides a detailed Biblical exposition of 1 Corinthians 13. Here are links to what  has posted thus far.

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Spiritual Gifts: When Did The Accrediting Gifts Go Out Of Existence? — Reblogged from Settledinheaven.org

bibleBecause Rob Barkman post tend to be long and thoughtful, I get to them as I can. So it has taken awhile to add these last two posts to the list.

In the last two posts,  considers what the Bible has to say about:

  • Satan and his minions faking spiritual gifts to deceive us.
  • The criteria we should use for discerning those who come from God.

Spiritual Gifts: Criteria For Trying The Spirits actually provides excellent criteria for choosing a good Christian church.

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WHEN DOES ENOUGH BECOME ENOUGH?

Here is what immigration is suppose to look like.

Here is what immigration is suppose to look like.

Have you been reading stories like this? (H/T to Gunny GObama Readies Pen For “Executive Amnesty” …)

 

Obama Eyes Major Immigration Move (time.com)

The President may be preparing to provide temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants

When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences. (continued here)

President Barack H. Obama The First, Chief Golfer of the United States, Legislator Extraordinaire, supposedly heads the executive branch of our government. Our Constitution does not give the president power to make laws. Instead, the president enforces existing laws. Nevertheless, this president has a pen, a phone, and a golf club.

So what has the The Chief Golfer of the United States done about illegal immigration? He has engineered a crisis. By working hard (with his golf club) to not enforce — to undermine — existing laws, he has encouraged illegal immigration. He and the Democratic Party have even made it known that welfare is available anyone willing to cross our borders illegally. Even so Obama and the Democratic Party expect the people of this country to accept their “fix,” comprehensive immigration reform via “executive orders.” That is how stupid they think the people of this country have become. Given that the Democrats also run our education system……

In the post previous to this one, WHAT CAN WE DO TO STRENGTHEN OUR SOUTHERN BORDER?,  Delegate Bob Marshall suggests some action items.  In addition to praying for our country and our leaders, we each need to take responsibility.

We also need to wonder what once made this country great. What was it about the spirit of Americans that once made America a place where good things happened? Was it this? Instead of waiting for somebody else to do something, did Americans look to themselves to do what needed to be done? Did we once look to God for guidance instead of government for handouts? Knowing that we are His hands and feet, did more Americans seek to serve instead of being served?

Think about the words below. Read President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s entire speech (Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961) and wonder whether we today could take such a speech to heart.

     To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required–not because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

     To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge–to convert our good words into good deeds–in a new alliance for progress–to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house. (from here)

As it happens, we are no longer the master of our own house. Instead of communist subversion, we have been overcome by our own greed for government handouts. We have let conniving politicians buy our votes.

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WHAT CAN WE DO TO STRENGTHEN OUR SOUTHERN BORDER?

traditionsHere is some weekend reading. Delegate Bob Marshall sent out this email Tuesday.  He posted it here on his website too. Since Marshall has given the matter a lot of thought, and he an expert legal matters, what he wrote is worth taking the time to read.

Southern Border Crisis Alert 

Dear Friends,

Between October, 2013 and May, 2014 more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly Central Americans, crossed our border without authorization and over 100,000 more are expected by the end of the year.  Unlike illegal entrants from Mexico or Canada who can be legally deported immediately by our Border Patrol without a hearing, persons from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, etc. must be given a hearing before deportation under a Bush-era law.

Foreign Governments Undermine US Immigration Law 

The presidents of Mexico and Guatemala have agreed to expedite safe and assisted 72 hour passage for even more unaccompanied minors and adults to travel across Mexico so they may illegally enter the U.S.

Reuters News reported (6/20/14) that an aide to the president of Honduras stated at a meeting in Guatemala City attended by Vice President Biden, that,  “…‘As long as (U.S.) immigration reform is not approved, the exodus of children to the United States will continue,’”

Obama Administration Non-Response

Rather than increase Border Patrol or establish National Guard presence on our 1900 mile border with Mexico, (as Texas Governor Rick Perry is now doing) the Obama Administration is preparing for long term stays by illegal entrants and is seeking to house growing numbers of unauthorized immigrants in upscale hotels across the U.S. through contracts to various church groups and non-profits.

The San Jose Mercury-News (7-29-24) reports, “Along with dealing with the flood of children traveling alone, the Border Patrol has also arrested more than 55,000 people traveling as families, mostly mothers with young children. Because of a lack of detention space many of those people have been released with a notice to report back to immigration authorities at a later date. The Obama administration has repeatedly declined to say how many people have been released and how many have reported as ordered.

This Administration calls the influx a new crisis.  However, they have been soliciting contractors to feed and house tens of thousands of undocumented children for some time. Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, disclosed recently that he had been approached by the Obama Administration for assistance.   “A few weeks ago, the Regional Office of HHS asked us (and several other states) whether we could and would temporarily shelter some of these children while they are processed under our law for deportation or for reuniting with their families in the States.  The request was for up 90,000 square feet of space to use for up to 4 months to accommodate up to 1,000 stranded children.  The types of facilities sought by HHS and FEMA ranged from military bases to unused shopping malls.”

I wrote Governor McAuliffe urging him to identify Virginians who are qualified to act as Administrative Law Judges (magistrates, retired or substitute state judges, members of the Virginia Bar) to assist ICE in quickly determining the status of those who illegally entered the U.S. through our southern border.  This is important because many who arrive hope that the federal delays become de facto legal status or at least allow stays of several years.

I also asked two Congressmen for documents from our State Department regarding the true number of actual refugee applications our Central American embassies have received.  In the past year, Virginia relocated approximately 2,100 persons determined to be bona fide refugees by our foreign embassies from countries worldwide.

ACTION ITEM # 1

Please contact Governor McAuliffe and urge him to identify qualified individuals in Virginia (retired or substitute judges, magistrates, attorneys) to help serve as Administrative Law Judges to clear the backlog of deportation hearings.   Virginia judges with local roots in the community are more likely to administer federal asylum laws and regulations fairly and without undo influence from the Obama Administration than invisible administrators hired by Washington.
Also, urge Governor McAuliffe to ask fellow Governors to do the same in their states.

ACTION ITEM # 2 – State Construction of a Security Fence  

Please contact the Governors of the Border States with Mexico, and ask them to build National Security fences in their states just as Israel did to significantly reduce terrorist incursions.  If you have friends living in these states please urge them to contact their governors as well.  I wrote all four border state governors in 2010 urging them do this since Congress has not done so.  Unfortunately, none wrote back.

You can contact the Governors of the Border States by going to the links below:
Governor of Texas
Governor of New Mexico
Governor of Arizona
Governor of California

Dangers to the Community and to Unaccompanied Minors  

As a father and grandfather, it greatly concerns me that parents having difficulty supporting their children would be willing to send their children away.   However, our emotional reaction must not substitute for prudential judgment.

Immigration officials are clearly overwhelmed by the numbers of background checks they must do to prevent gang members and terrorists from crossing our southern border.   Furthermore, if children can so easily illegally enter the USA, so can terrorists.  The Obama Administration testified on July 22, 2010, before a House of Representatives Subcommittee that terrorists and persons from watch list countries were coming across the Southern Border.  How many more are taking advantage of the chaos at the border now?

The Washington Times (5/14/14) cites documentation compiled by the Center for Immigration Studies that in 2013 Obama’s  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens (felonies and misdemeanors) from jail who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings.  They had accumulated nearly 88,000 convictions.

Overwhelmed federal officials could also allow minors to be “claimed” by individuals who could exploit them in prostitution, drug activities or slave wage jobs.   How many will be recruited by gangs?  How many gang members are coming in to the US?  Who verifies that parents actually arranged for their children to leave home?

ACTION ITEM # 3

Please contact your congressman and urge him to take action to secure our borders and also to change the 2008 law prohibiting immediate deportation of persons.

Religious Service Groups Targeted

Yesterday, President Obama, with Governor Terry McAuliffe and numerous LGBT activists standing by his side in the White House, signed an executive order (7-21-14) claiming vague authority under the US Constitution, to require all federal contractors and sub-contractors to hire applicants regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Obama had been asked by Faith groups, including many of his supporters, to provide an exemption for religious groups.   Obama, in a stunning display of intolerance, defied them to side with activists who will now be able to initiate workplace law suits against church agencies.

The implementation of Obama’s immigration policies depends greatly on the co-operation of religious organizations which have received literally hundreds of millions in federal dollars for refugee resettlement and services.  Now that the Federal Government has all these contracts with religious agencies they are going to force them to violate their religious beliefs in their hiring practices.  Will Obama, if religious leaders balk, back away from his executive order?  Will religious leaders choose to accept this assault on their Faith or morals and continue accepting federal dollars?

Conclusion

I was reliably informed a few years ago about a woman working in a cleaning crew in a Manassas building.  She did not come to America legally, and she was extorted to have sex with her supervisor who threatened to turn her over to authorities.  The victim refused to report this to authorities.  How many of these children will be the victims of human traffickers and other people looking to exploit them in this same way?

If we really care about children we would not want harm to come to them.   Facilitating the present lawless entry is harmful.   Thank you for caring about children and the security of our homes, communities and nation.

If you’d like more information about the Southern Border Crisis please check out my latest post on my website.

Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,

Delegate Bob Marshall

Since Marshall wrote his email, please note what President Obama has done. Instead of trying to fix the immigration problem, he is clearly trying to make it worse. Check out these articles.

Does our president have to ask other nations not to send their children to invade us? That should be a joke, but he expects us to take him seriously — while he contrives to bring more illegal immigrants into our country.

Why doesn’t Obama care what you or I think about all these illegal immigrants? He has his own agenda. Obama wants to transform America into his kind of republic, a banana republic. Why else would he import “refugees” from where those bananas are grown.

Do you want your children and grandchildren to live in one of those countries south of our southern border? What do you think will happen if we keep bringing all those people up here?

If we want to keep our republic, we need to act like we love our freedom more than we want government handouts. Otherwise, those worse than useless politicians we keep electing won’t do anything except fasten our chains.

Is Congress actually going to do anything? Have you seen any evidence they will? Why are the great and powerful standing by, looking important, and doing nothing — like window dressing? What are we doing that is any different?

Marshall has some action items.  It a start.

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