In a speech at the Netroots Nation Conference in Phoenix Elizabeth Warren spoke on her view of America. She laid out her 11 commandments of her progressive movement. On face value who wouldn’t support her ideas. It all sounds inclusive and good for every American. If you take the time to do a little research on the issues you discover quickly that she is actually exclusionary and her ideas will require some violence and coercion to be implemented. I personally consider this Warren’s I’m running for the Democratic nomination announcement. Warren will easily defeat brand Hillary and move to make the republican nominee appear to be against everyday Americans. Now more than ever is the time to move away from political parties of the status quo and find independent candidates who embrace America for who she is and desire to work within the limits of the constitution.
I will get the “Trigger Warning” out of the way at the front. This will not be a post that a lot of people will like. I am not writing this as a Christian, but rather as a fed up American. As I write this, today is Palm Sunday 2017. I woke to see that 2 Coptic Christian Churches were bombed today in Egypt. My initial reaction was shock, but it quickly turned to assuming it was Islamic Terrorism yet again. I was not surprised to see that my initial gut instinct was right. It isn’t much of a leap these days to guess that a terror attack on Christians, or Jews, is done by Islamic Terrorists.
Deportation is the lawful expulsion of an undesired alien or other person from a state or nation. Border Control is the measures adopted by a country to regulate and monitor its borders. Just as deportation and border control is toxic to democrats, it is a big vote getter if you are a republican. Democrats are quick to denounce deportation as inhumane and xenophobic, but deportation and border control has long been a law of nations throughout modern history. In fact one of the most heinous acts of deportation in American history came under Herbert Hoover, a democrat, attributed with helping to usher in the Progressive Era. The very nature of sovereignty is derived from a nation’s ability to govern its own land and control its borders. Much like the way democrats leverage amnesty, republicans love to talk up deportation and border control. Most tend to push border control more than deportation but they play hand in hand.
Amnesty is defined as an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole. Amnesty is a dirty word in political circles if you are a republican, but a vote getting policy if you are democrat. Most democrats I know portray it as the compassionate and caring thing to do to protect families. Democrats want amnesty, and push it as a way to get more votes whether they want to admit it or not. Why wouldn’t an illegal immigrant want amnesty and then in turn vote for the party that gave it to them? That is just simple human nature. It isn’t necessarily nefarious behavior on the part of the immigrant, but it is on the part of Democrats. It is tragic that they use this issue, and manipulate entire people groups to get votes, and this behavior extends far beyond immigration. Just look at Abortion, and the Equal Rights movement.
Now with that behind us let’s look at what the Constitution and US law has to say about Immigration. Article I Section 8 Clause 4 “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”. I would like to note that Article I Section 9 Clause 1 does speak to immigration, but it speaks more directly to migration, or importation of slaves into the country. Nowhere in the constitution does it give authority over immigration to the states, and since it expressly gives the power to the congress, the 10th Amendment is not in play on this subject. U.S. immigration law is very complex, and there is much confusion as to how it works. The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), the body of law governing current immigration policy, provides for an annual worldwide limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants, with certain exceptions for close family members. It can be debated whether setting immigration standards and how many immigrants can be accepted is in conflict with the Constitution. I will speak to this more in the section on Sanctuary Cities. Lawful permanent residency allows a foreign national to work and live lawfully, and permanently in the United States. Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to apply for nearly all jobs (i.e., jobs not legitimately restricted to U.S. citizens) and can remain in the country even if they are unemployed. Each year the United States also admits non-citizens on a temporary basis. Annually, Congress and the President determine a separate number for refugee admissions.
When I started writing this I intended for it to be a simple primer on the issue of immigration in America. Little did I know how long I would spend researching and writing this. To keep it from getting to long for one sitting I have decided to break it up into smaller, more digestible parts. This first part will be more of a basic backgrounder on immigration in the US. From there will dig more deeply into Amnesty and Deportation. Then the final part will be my own attempt to create a framework for what a solution to immigration could be from my point of view. What I originally wrote begins after the break.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.