Skilled, Educated Immigrants Must be Top Priority

Activists promoting amnesty for illegal aliens are becoming more and more brazen and confrontational in hounding Republicans to sign on to so-called ‘immigration reform’. And once again the political left is being exposed for what it is – opposed to our Constitutional decorum, procedures and freedoms and on myriad occasions lawless.

Barack Obama and his wife even had time to meet recently with immigration activists on the streets of Washington. Gee, this is the same president who didn’t have time to include the words “under God” when reciting the Gettysburg Address.

How do we know that the current brand of ‘immigration reform’ is wrong for America?

Well, just look at who supports it – radicals like Obama, extremist Democrat groups, aggressive illegal aliens and a media billionaire named Mark Zuckerberg who founded Facebook. Even that was suspect; two Harvard students claimed that Zuckerberg stole the idea of Facebook from them.

If you think that a guy like Zuckerberg cares about America, forget it. In the end such liberals care only about their billions and about small groups like illegal aliens, just as Democrats never care about the common good but only about individual groups (blacks, gays, ecologists, feminists, sex changers etc.).

Meanwhile Democrats have for decades blocked increases in the number of skilled and educated immigrants legally allowed to come to America while Republicans have actively supported those increases. Democrats do this because skilled and educated immigrants usually become productive, self-reliant citizens without need for government handouts. These immigrants often become patriotic Americans and vote Republican.

At the same time unskilled, uneducated and poor immigrants who have surged illegally over our borders often degrade our economy, commit crime, crowd our schools and hospitals, refuse to learn English and become dependent on the taxpayer, and they will vote largely Democrat if they become citizens. Period. End of story. This will further entrench socialism permanently in our country.

Illegal aliens are becoming so brazen that they are now even engaging in unlawful activities, joining hard-left Democrat activists. They are bullying Republican politicians at town hall meetings, they joined a protest at the private residence of one GOP congressman, and even participated in a demonstration blocking the deportation of other illegals.

This alone shows that there should be no ‘immigration reform’ as currently stated, which is nothing more than amnesty for illegals and millions of votes for Democrats. If these illegals are breaking our laws in coming here and now are breaking our laws and contravening our sense of propriety and decorum without even being citizens you can imagine how they will act if they do become citizens. Illegals already are accessing tens of billions of dollars in US government handouts ever year. And now they want more, more, more.

And if you think that illegals are not breaking our laws in another way by voting in our elections already, you’re misinformed. Obama’s illegal alien uncle, who was arrested in Massachusetts in 2011 for drunk driving, had both a Massachusetts driver’s license and a federal Social Security number even though he has been under a deportation order for 20 years. And to register to vote an illegal alien needs… a driver’s license and a Social Security number. There are probably hundreds of thousands of illegals voting in our elections today – maybe many more – and tilting elections to the Democrats.

In a recent column on conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly wrote the following:

Most Americans believe that the United States of America is an exceptional country. The "borders test" proves that people are coming to America, not fleeing from America to exit to other countries.

…Most of the millions of immigrants we have welcomed came from countries where the only government they knew was one that made all decisions about economic and social policy. The current level of legal immigration to America adds thousands of people every day whose views and experience are contrary to the conservative value of limited government.

The influx of these new voters will reduce or eliminate Republicans' ability to offer an alternative to big government, increased government spending, and favorite liberal policies such as Obamacare and gun control. New voters will lean on our hard-pressed health care system and overcrowded public schools to demand more government services.

Amnesty advocates point to the assimilation of large numbers of immigrants in the early years of the 20th century. But that was followed by a national pause and slowdown of immigration from the 1920s to the 1960s, which allowed newcomers to assimilate, learn our language, and adapt to our system of government.

Under current law, 1.1 million new legal immigrants come in every year. The Congressional Budget Office projections indicate that amnesty, plus its scheduled increases in legal immigration, will add an additional 4.6 million new voters by 2014.

An enormous body of survey research shows that large majorities of recent immigrants, who are mostly Hispanic and Asian, hold liberal views on most policy issues and therefore vote Democratic two-to-one. Their motivation is not our immigration policy; it is economic issues.

The 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent of immigrants prefer a single government-run health care system. The 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 69 percent of immigrants support Obamacare, and the Pew Research Center found that 75 percent of Hispanic and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government.

A Harris poll found that 81 percent of native-born Americans believe the schools should teach students to be proud of being American, compared to only 50 percent of immigrants who had become naturalized U.S. citizens. Only 37 percent of naturalized citizens (compared to 67 percent of native-born citizens) think our Constitution has a higher legal authority than international law.

The Pew Research Center reported in 2011 that, of all groups surveyed, Hispanics have the most negative view of capitalism in America — 55 percent. This is even higher than the supporters of Occupy Wall Street.

… The current level of immigration, even without amnesty, will add nearly 15 million new potential voters by 2036, a large share of whom will favor the left. To allow this to happen will make Republicans a permanent minority party.  (end of Phyllis Schlafly excerpt)

This all means that today’s illegal aliens are not what we long have considered to be model immigrants.  Oh, sure, poor immigrants have historically supported social welfare programs. But radical liberals are pushing today’s illegals farther and farther to the political left where the whole Democrat party is. This is bad for America and we cannot afford to legalize millions of illegals who hold extremist political positions like these.

We did not invite these illegals to come to America; they hopped the border and broke our laws to get here. It therefore is not our duty or responsibility to make them citizens.

Billionaire Zuckerberg says that ‘immigration reform’ is the “biggest civil rights issue of our time”. But to liberals every issue is the “biggest civil rights issue of our time” whether it be nationalized health care or welfare handouts or anything else they care to promote. This is part of their emotional propaganda campaign built around the buzzwords of “civil rights”.

To America’s illegal immigrants we conservatives say the following: “There are millions of people all around the world who have been waiting patiently for years in their home countries to get a shot at the American dream, just a chance to live legally in America. They must come first in ‘immigration reform’, particularly skilled and educated immigrants who will strengthen our economy.”

Now here is another quick thought on a different subject:

Amtrak Trains Waste More Energy

On November 25, 2013 an Amtrak train, the Southern Crescent, going from New Orleans to New York City, derailed in South Carolina. News reports said that it had 218 people on board – 207 passengers and 11 crew members.

The train had two locomotives and nine passenger cars. The total weight combined of those locomotives and those passenger cars, without the passengers, is roughly 1,000 tons. knows this from extensive study of railroads.

Yet a Boeing 737 could carry that same number of passengers but only weighs 50 tons without passengers, or 5% as much as the Amtrak train.

So how does an Amtrak train weighing 20 times as much as a Boeing 737 “save energy” moving those passengers, as environmentalists and Democrats claim over and over that Amtrak “saves energy”? Wouldn’t those passengers save a large amount of energy by flying?

Of course they would. Meanwhile the 737 goes about ten times faster than the Amtrak schedule says that the train goes, and even faster than the train actually travels considering the horrible on-time record of long-distance Amtrak trains which routinely run 8 or 12 hours late or even more.

Amtrak is the biggest waster of energy and time in all of American transportation. The above example is just one out of hundreds every day.

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