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Defeat of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Was a Hollow Victory

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AMERICAN OUTRAGE

By Michael Cutler/retired INS Senior Special Agent.

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The Senate bill (S. 744) that would have created Comprehensive Immigration Reform was defeated in the last session of Congress. 

The media played up the fact that the Americans who opposed that disastrous legislation “won.”  Most so-called “journalists” noted that the “victory” belonged to the “Anti-Immigrant” groups.  Of course it is anything but “Anti-Immigrant” to oppose the implementation of a massive program that would provide unknown millions of illegal aliens with lawful status and the official identity documents that would attest to their having been provided with such status. 

The point is that the numbers of such aliens would be so huge that no in-person interviews would have been possible, nor would there have been any way to conduct field investigations into the truthfulness of the information contained in the applications.  Commonsense alone should have made it clear to all that this would undermine national security- however, there are two documents that provide additional support for these well-founded concerns, the “9/11 Commission Report” and the “9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel.” Remarkably, those important reports that were written in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are never mentioned in the media and rarely by our politicians in Washington or elsewhere, for that matter. 

The immigration laws take a balanced approach to immigration- establishing the categories of aliens who should be denied entry into the United States because they would pose a threat to national security, public safety and/or the jobs of American workers.  Those laws also establish the basis by which aliens should be deported (removed) from the United States.  However, those laws also provide for the lawful immigration of aliens, as I noted above, and also permit tens of millions of nonimmigrant aliens to enter the United States for various lawful purposes.  In point of fact, those who favor the enforcement of the immigration laws understand that the laws take a balanced approach and far from being “Anti-Immigrant” are simply “Pro-Enforcement.” 

Obviously it was significant that the catastrophic legislation known as Comprehensive Immigration Reform was not enacted, however, once again, Obama has taken to using his phone and his pen to make certain that the immigration laws that are already on the books are ignored by the employees of the DHS (Department of Homeland Surrender) thereby creating opportunities for criminals and terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves in towns and cities across the United States. More

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