DREAM ACT: MISLEADING AMNESTY ON AMERICAN CITIZENS
November 28, 2010
By now I am certain that you know that the administration and members of both houses of Congress are planning to make yet another attempt at ramming the DREAM Act down our throats. I hate being partisan about this but, for the most part, it is the "leadership" of the Democratic Party that is most heavily involved in this legislative betrayal.
The efforts aimed at enacting this massive amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens is being cloaked in language that is so misleading that if a corporation in the United States utilized such deceptive language, that members of Congress would be clambering for hearing into deceptive practices!
First of all I want to remind you that the DREAM Act is an acronym for: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.
As I have noted on a number of previous occasions, it is absolutely misleading to say that this legislation is intended to assist "Minor Alien."
The most recent version of the House bill would enable aliens who had not attained their 35th birthday by the time that the bill would be signed into law while the most recent Senate bill had no age cutoff whatsoever! Furthermore it is truly ironic that while the usual advocates for open borders and massive amnesty programs for illegal aliens often feign anger at the use of the word "Alien" when I debate them, the term "Alien" was incorporated into the DREAM Act because, I suspect, the drafters of this legislation were so determined to link the concept of the "American Dream" with the goals of the advocates for amnesty and open borders! (You cannot make this stuff up!)
There is a website known as the DREAM Act Portal. Here is the link to this website that is attempting to enroll volunteers to push for the enactment of the DREAM Act.
The proposed legislation notes that aliens must possess "Good Moral Conduct" in order to be eligible to participate in the program if it is passed. Here is what this portal notes about this requirement (Good Moral Conduct):
While the DREAM Act has not outlined specific guidelines of what “good moral character” should be, it can be characterized as being a law-abiding resident of the United States. This list may or may not be a comprehensive, however, it is a good way to gauge one’s moral character. For example, some students may have committed minor crimes such as misdemeanors before they turned 18; those minor incidents may not hinder their application process for Conditional Permanent Residency as much as being convicted of a felony would. However, since there are no guidelines, we cannot be 100% positive on which crimes would impact one’s application.
In other words, even an alien who has been convicted for committing crimes may not be disqualified from being placed on a pathway to United States citizenship under the auspices of the DREAM Act!
We have been told that the DREAM Act would enable illegal aliens who join the military to be placed on a pathway to United States citizenship. Certainly there are a number of illegal aliens who have gone in harm's way as members of our military and some have been grievously injured or died as a result. They certainly have rendered our nation and our citizens an invaluable service. However, I believe it is wrong for our military to permit illegal aliens to enlist. Under the aegis of federal laws, it is a felony for an illegal aliens to possess a firearm that affects interstate commerce. In fact, ICE just issued a press release about a field operation that targeted criminal aliens who were deported from the United States and then reentered the United States without first obtaining permission to do so. Criminal aliens who commit this crime face a maximum of 20 years in jail. (I am proud to have worked with then New York State Senator Al D'Amato back in the 1980's to enact this important law.
I have provided you with a copy of the press release. You will notice that at least one of the aliens who was arrested was, additionally charged with violation of title 18 United States Code, Section 922(g)(5). This statute deals solely and exclusively with the crime of possession of firearms by illegal aliens. It should be of great concern that illegal aliens are able to join the military and acquire training in the use of weapons and combat tactics. While there are certainly violent gangs that are comprised of United States citizens, it is of great importance to understand that there are many members of violent gangs in the United States who are illegal aliens and are obviously very interested in honing their skills to use weapons to enhance their criminal activities.
I have also provided you with an article that appeared in March of this year on a website relating to the United States military. This article referenced an FBI report on concerns about gang members who have joined our military.
I can also tell you from personal experience as an INS special agent that back in the late 1970's I worked extremely closely with the NYPD and the agency then known as Naval Intelligence, now known as NCIS, seek to locate and apprehend members of the United States Marine Corps who had falsely claimed to be United States citizens so that they could join the Marines and acquire the training the ultimately received. These individuals were illegal aliens; most of whom were citizens of Jamaica and Panama.
After completing firearms training they went AWOL and stole weapons from the armory or acquired firearms from other sources and committed a series of extremely violent bank robberies in the New York area putting their training to bad use!
It was subsequently determined that a number of military recruiters had been involved, in some instances, with securing the false identity documents for these recruits so that they could meet their extremely stringent recruiting quotas.
Clearly our military is now being stretched extremely thin with the military operations being conducted in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as in other parts of the world. There is an extreme need for new recruits and my concern is that the DREAM Act may well encourage many more illegal aliens to join the military and that the vetting process would fail to properly identify members of transnational gangs creating a national security nightmare for our nation and also pose a serious threat to community safety.
There have been numerous reports about how gang graffiti is now showing up in Afghanistan and elsewhere making it clear that there are transnational gang members in our military.
USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is the agency of DHS, the agency that I have come to refer to as the Department of Homeland Surrender. This beleaguered and inept agency has an absolutely abysmal track record in terms of the way that it adjudicates applications for various immigration benefits including the conferring of resident alien status and even United States citizenship upon aliens. If this agency is unable to deal with its workload now, what do you suppose would happen if millions of additional applications in conjunction with the DREAM Act were suddenly dumped into that agency's administrative hopper?
As I have previously noted on so many previous occasions, this concern is not an empty one. Several years ago, USCIS claimed to have lost the relating immigration files of 111,000 aliens who applied for a wide variety of immigration applications including some 30,000 who applied to become naturalized citizens. The adjudicators at USCIS actually adjudicated those applications without the relating files!
Those adjudicators were indeed, "flying blind" and over some very dangerous terrain!
Here is the link to an article that appeared in the Washington Post approximately 4 years ago that reported on this outrageous demonstration of nonfeasance, misfeasance and malfeasance committed by the agency that quite literally is charged with the responsibility of giving out the keys to America's front door that United States citizenship represents:
I wish I could tell you that the leadership at USCIS learned from their mistakes and addressed the deficiencies to be found in that agency. The problem is, I cannot reassure you that all is well. In point of fact, if anything, the situation at USCIS is probably even worse now!
On October 19th of this year, the Washington Times Investigative Editor, Jerry Seper wrote a news report that was entitled:
"USCIS official's transfer probed- Whistle blown on 'negligence and mishandling' of records"
I can assure you that as hard hitting and disturbing as that news article is, what was reported is only the tip of a very huge iceberg! Stay tuned for more reasons to not be able to sleep at night!
Here is something else for you to consider: when our government geared up to enact the Amnesty in 1986 under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) we were told that roughly one million illegal aliens would emerge from the "shadows" to participate in this program. In reality, approximately four million illegal aliens were legalized and placed on a pathway to United States citizenship!
Today MSNBC estimates 2.1 million illegal aliens would participate in this new massive program. Would you like to guess how many will illegal aliens actually jump on this outrageous program now?
Previous efforts to enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform were defeated by We the People making phone calls and sending faxes to their representatives in Washington. We played the game, "Can you hear us now?" Needless to say they most certainly did hear us then and we must make certain that they hear us now- today!
This past Election Day, the citizens of our nation sent a flock of Congressional Turkeys packing. We need to follow-up with immediate and decisive action to make certain that don't take the opportunity to get even with our citizens and our nation by ramming the DREAM Act through the legislative process!
The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there. The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
The collective failure of We the People to get involved in make our concerns known to our politicians have nearly made the concerns of the great majority of the citizens of this nation all but irrelevant to far too many politicians. I implore you to get involved!
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the "American Dream" the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm's way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same. We need to create a "Bucket Brigade of Truth!"
If our nation's continuing failures to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has real integrity concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional "Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
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All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
Border security and the creation of an immigration system that possesses real integrity are neither a "Conservative" issues, nor "Liberal" issues- simply stated, these are most certainly AMERICAN issues!