Immigration & Amnesty | May
JIM SENSENBRENNER HAS BEEN
PROVIDING SOUND LEADERSHIP AGAINST AMNESTY
Congratulations to House
Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner for his brilliant analysis of the
immigration issue in a news conference this morning.
Among the key points made by
Chairman Sensenbrenner are these:
1) "What we need to do
is to secure the border and to cut off the attraction of cheap jobs in the
2) "[T]he Simpson-Mazzoli
bill (in the 1980s) failed
because the employer sanctions were never enforced. And unless we have good
internal enforcement as well as border security, there will be people who
will have a strong economic attraction to try to get around the fence or
over the fence because there is no internal enforcement of the immigrations
always cheaper to hire an illegal immigrant than it is to hire a United
States citizen or someone who is legally here with a green card".
is wrong, because amnesty rewards someone for illegal behavior. And the
system that has been set up in the Senate will also result in gross document
fraud, because if someone can prove they’ve been here illegally for five
years, then they can get the reward of citizenship by doing a few things and
paying $2,750 in fines".
5) "Ronald Reagan was
honest when he called the legalization procedure (under Simpson-Mazzoli)
‘amnesty.’ What’s going on now,
in calling it a ‘pathway to citizenship’ or ‘earned legalization,’
is not honest, because it is amnesty".
6) "The mistake of
Simpson-Mazzoli is that amnesty was offered and employer sanctions were
never enforced. And because employer sanctions were never enforced, only a
third of those eligible for amnesty bothered to sign up, because they feared
they’d lose their jobs by pricing themselves out of the market by
7) "The amnesty
provisions in the Senate bill are almost a carbon copy of Simpson-Mazzoli".
8) "We’ve got a lot
of employers that have been breaking the law in hiring illegal immigrants.
They get amnesty under this bill (the Senate bill), too".
9) "The problem…is
that more and more illegal immigrants are displacing American workers,
because in many cases the illegal immigrants are paid in cash, they work for
less. In some cases, the Social Security and state and local taxes have not
been taken out. So an industry or a company that is dependent upon illegal
workers is lowering their labor costs by 30 to 40 percent".
don’t buy the argument that there are certain jobs that Americans will not
do. Americans will do and have done any job as long as they’re paid enough
11) "The Chamber of
Commerce has adamantly opposed checking out existing employees…If we don’t
check out the existing employees, then an illegal immigrant currently in the
country cannot change jobs, because if they move jobs, they’d get checked
out, and they would get caught. And that establishes a de facto program of
indentured servitude for people who are illegally in the country in their
12) "I’m the first to
admit that it’s impractical to round up and deport 12 million people, all
of whom will have lawyers filing all kinds of motions in either immigration
courts of federal district courts. With the border controls and the
enforcement of employer sanctions, the jobs for illegal immigrants will dry
up. And if you can’t get a job because employer sanctions are enforced, my
belief is that a lot of the illegal immigrants will simply go back home
13) "[S]ecuring the
border is not just an immigration issue. It’s a drug enforcement and
national security issue, as well….I have seen figures that indicate that
85 percent of the illegal drugs on the streets of Chicago that are sold by
gangs come across the southwestern border. So we’re not only dealing with
the people problem, but we’re dealing with criminal enterprises, we’re
dealing with a huge drug problem, and we’re dealing with a potential
terrorism problem as well, because the border is not secured".
I urge you to contact
your Senators and Representatives, urging them to back Chairman
Sensenbrenner on this issue and to favor House immigration legislation,
while rejecting that proposed by the U.S. Senate.
Scott | May
A GREAT ONE IS GONE
My dear friend, Otto Scott, has
died at the age of 87.
His official biography states
"Otto Joseph Scott, born Otto Scott-Estella Jr., age 87, passed away
peacefully on May 5, 2006 in Issaquah, WA. Otto is survived by his
daughters, Katherine Anne Scott-Estrella, residing in Tucson, AZ, Mary
Nazelle Crispo, residing in Brooklyn, NY, grandson Alexander Widen, Phillipa
Scott-Girardi (Stephen Girardi) grandsons Gabriel Molina, and Matthew
Girardi, and Ann Elizabeth Scott-Hugli (Hans A. Hugli), residing in
Sammamish, WA; grandchildren, Roxane Sri
Hugli and Alexander Philip Hugli.
"Otto Scott was preceded
in death by his wife of 34 years, Anna Barney Scott, in August 1997. Mr.
Scott served in the US Merchant Marines during WWII, and had a successful
career in advertising and as a journalist after the war ended.
"He then went on to pursue
his lifelong dream of being a writer and was the author of ten books: The
Exception, the story of Ashland Oil, James I, the fool as king, The
Creative Ordeal, the story of Raytheon, Robespierre, the voice of
virtue, The Secret Six, John Brown and the abolitionists, The
Professional, a biography of J.B. Saunders, The Other End of the
Lifeboat, The Great Christian Revolution, Buried Treasure,
the story of Arch Mineral, and The Powered Hand, the history of Black
"He made a living from his
corporate biographies, yet achieved fame from his thorough knowledge of
history and poetic use of language. Mr. Scott was also the author of Otto
Scott’s Compass, a monthly journal of contemporary culture which ran
for fifteen years, and was widely read by well-known conservatives".
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