A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
From WOP's to Wet-Backs to illegal aliens to undocumented immigrants, the fact remains -- they broke the law. (By the way, for the young amongst us, WOP is an acronym. It stands for WithOut Papers.)
Recently US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is reported to have said that referring to illegal aliens as "criminals" seems insulting to her. That may be, but the fact remains they broke US law, therefore they ARE criminals.
Consider this from an article entitled: Sotomayor: Labeling Illegal Immigrants Criminals Is Insulting: "Sotomayor was asked at a talk at Yale Law School later in the day about her use of the term “undocumented immigrants” rather than the traditional illegal alien. Sotomayor characterized the issue as a regulatory problem and said labeling immigrants criminals seemed insulting to her.
I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation,” Sotomayor said." -- SOURCE: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/02/04/sotomayor-labeling-illegal-immigrants-criminals-is-insulting/
Here's the thing: WHICH "conversation" is Justice Sotomayor listening to, and/or taking part in? Because, you see, the conversation I most often hear is the one about the criminals breaking and entering our country across our southern border with Mexico. Oh, and I might add that silly politically correct nomenclature used by Justice Sotomayor as in: "undocumented immigrants" incites belly laughs of derision for the leftist airheads who insist on using such infantile language to justify illegal activities by the less fortunate of other countries who choose to compound their current station in life by becoming criminals in an adjoining country.
In an article entitled: "The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer" written by Robert Rector and Jason Richwine, Ph.D. at heritage.org we learn this: "In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers. Amnesty would provide unlawful households with access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare. The fiscal deficit for each household would soar." -- SOURCE: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/05/the-fiscal-cost-of-unlawful-immigrants-and-amnesty-to-the-us-taxpayer
From that same article we learn this: "The typical unlawful immigrant is 34 years old. After amnesty, this individual will receive government benefits, on average, for 50 years. Restricting access to benefits for the first 13 years after amnesty therefore has only a marginal impact on long-term costs.
If amnesty is enacted, the average adult unlawful immigrant would receive $592,000 more in government benefits over the course of his remaining lifetime than he would pay in taxes.
Over a lifetime, the former unlawful immigrants together would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay $3.1 trillion in taxes. They would generate a lifetime fiscal deficit (total benefits minus total taxes) of $6.3 trillion. (All figures are in constant 2010 dollars.) This should be considered a minimum estimate. It probably understates real future costs because it undercounts the number of unlawful immigrants and dependents who will actually receive amnesty and underestimates significantly the future growth in welfare and medical benefits." -- SOURCE: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/05/the-fiscal-cost-of-unlawful-immigrants-and-amnesty-to-the-us-taxpayer
Not only is the US being invaded by a virtual army of illegal aliens, the US taxpayer is being taken to the cleaners as well.
While Congressmen are reassuring their electorate back home that no immigration reform bill will pass the House this year, it seems Republicans and Democrats, from the House and Senate, are meeting secretly in an attempt to reach an agreement on immigration reform, which will, no doubt, provide a pathway to citizenship.
Consider this from politico.com: "It sometimes seems like House Republicans are in their own universe when it comes to rewriting the nation’s immigration laws. But since late last year, key House Republicans have been meeting with House and Senate Democrats as they try to reach a deal." -- SOURCE: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/immigration-chuck-schumer-paul-ryan-103057.html#ixzz2sN1cUXOW
It is important to note, I think, that Speaker Boehner and Congressman Paul Ryan have both advocated for some form of legislation this year. Read more here: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/immigration-chuck-schumer-paul-ryan-103057_Page2.html#ixzz2sN3LbaSL
According to the article at politico.com: "Activists from United We Dream, a broad network of young immigrants, fanned out all over Capitol Hill and visited roughly 50 House Democratic and Republican offices, distributing a list of their own principles for immigration reform. Topping their list: a “meaningful and inclusive path to citizenship for undocumented Americans.” -- SOURCE: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/immigration-chuck-schumer-paul-ryan-103057_Page2.html#ixzz2sN4EJb57
OK. So, the GOP wants us to believe there will be no agreement this year. But do you trust them? I don't.
And why, in the world does the GOP think Hispanics and Asians are going to vote for republicans? What the deuce are they smoking up there on the hill?
Reading a few nationally recognized polls should shed some light on the liberalism of Hispanics and Asians and their dislike of capitalism. For instance, in this article from National Review we learn the following: "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. Pew also found that 53 percent of Hispanics have a negative view of capitalism, the highest of any group surveyed. This is even higher than the 47 percent among self-identified supporters of Occupy Wall Street.
The Pew Research Center has also found that 75 percent of Hispanics prefer a “bigger government providing more services,” and only 19 percent prefer a smaller government. Pew also reported that 55 percent of Asians prefer “bigger government providing more services,” and only 36 percent prefer a smaller government. So it’s no surprise that in 2012, 71 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of Asians voted for Obama." -- SOURCE: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/370166/liberal-newcomers-phyllis-schlafly
Let me be clear: If the House passes an immigration reform bill before November, the Republicans can write off the 2014 election. It will be over. The GOP will lose its chance to win control of the Senate and may, in fact, lose control of the House, because conservative republicans -- and independents -- will stay home in utter disgust.
J. D. Longstreet