PART 2 of 2
Former Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson
October 25, 2011
In Part 1, leftist groups promoted the Utah Compact to further the cause of comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty). Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce and other business associations had launched conferences and lobbying efforts at the state level through a group called ImmigrationWorks USA, a coalition of businesses working to promote comprehensive immigration reform. If there was ever going to be a conservative player in the amnesty fight, it would be here. The public tends to think of businessmen as conservative on political policy.
The founder, President, and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA is Tamar Jacoby, who once was viewed as conservative but over the years has drifted ever leftward in the immigration wars. Most recently, she was appointed as a Fellow of the New American Foundation. NAF supports universal health care, the green agenda, global governance, the Palestinian Arabs and, of course, amnesty.
The point man for ImmigrationWorks USA is Todd Landfried. Earlier in his career, Landfried worked for the Clinton Administration's "reinventing government team" and also worked with Vice President Al Gore's "Intergovernmental Team." After leaving Washington, Landfried had a Democratic-oriented radio program in Phoenix for several years which one newspaper called a "far-lefty" program. He recently served as the Executive Director of the Maricopa County (Phoenix area) Democratic Party organization and subsequently as a party officer. Landfried is now the adopted uncle of the Utah Compact. Under the direction of ImmigrationWorks USA, he chaperones the Compact on its tour through the states and lobbies it before state legislatures. He also presents the Compact to the public as a conservative document in ImmigrationWorks USA conferences. His audience is unaware of his liberal history and beliefs or the background of the founder of ImmigrationWorks USA.
The Board of Directors of ImmigrationsWorks USA is also quite interesting:
Randel K. Johnson is one of the board members. He is a senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce responsible for labor, immigration, and employee benefits issues before Congress. Further, Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum, the mastermind of the Utah Compact. Johnson's three-way board membership links the major groups who created the Utah Compact and are pushing for amnesty.
Another Director with ImmigrationWorks USA is Marshall Fitz, who is Director of Immigration Policy at the aforementioned Center for American Progress. Before he came to ImmigrationWorks USA, Fitz served as Director of Advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a big promoter of comprehensive immigration reform. The AILA has close ties to the National Lawyers Guild, which is tied to the Communist Party.
Then there is former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe who is a Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., a public policy and grantmaking institution that promotes "cooperation" on transatlantic and global issues between the U.S. and Europe. In addition, Kolbe sits on the Board of the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Mexico Institute "seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship," with particular attention to security cooperation, economic integration, and migration. Much has been written about the movement to "integrate" our economy with Mexico and "cooperate" with the Mexican government on security issues. Such plans sacrifice U.S. sovereignty and ignore our Constitution.
Kolbe isn't the only member of the Board of ImmigrationWorks USA who also sits on the Board of the Mexico Institute. Dr. Andrew Selee, the Director of the Mexico Institute, is also a board member of ImmigrationWorks USA. Selee, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, is an associate of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) and a member of the Mexican Collective for Security and Democracy (CASEDE). He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relation's Independent Task Force on Immigration, chaired by Jeb Bush and Thomas F. MacLarty; as well as a steering committee member of the Migration Policy Institute's Task Force on Immigration and America's Future. Selee joins Kolbe in holding dual board member positions with both the Mexico Institute and ImmigrationWorks USA.
That not one but two members of the Board of the Mexico Institute (one of them the Director) serve on the Board of Directors of ImmigrationWorks USA suggests the importance of comprehensive immigration reform to the goals of the Mexico Institute and the international corporations. Indeed, ImmigrationWorks USA appears to be an advocacy arm of the global governance team. These international corporations care nothing for U.S. sovereignty and would sell their mothers if they thought they could make a nickel. Their ultimate goal has always been to erase the border between the U.S. and Mexico, U.S. sovereignty notwithstanding. With the assistance of Tamar Jacoby and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they continue to try.
ImmigrationWorks USA sponsored a national conference in Washington, D.C., in July to make a little more noise about the Utah Compact and keep the issue in front of Congress. In a meeting with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) the day before the conference began, immigration advocates settled on their new spin, which was really an old spin known as "the economic argument." After the meeting, Schumer told Politico reporters, "We decided we ought to start highlighting the fact that immigration creates jobs rather than takes them away .... Everyone agreed that is how we are going to start talking about immigration, as a job creator."
ImmigrationWorks USA is supposed to be the conservative public face of the Utah Compact. While Hispanic activists stage protests outside state legislatures, the "suits" come inside and give testimony before legislative committees about how reasonable and how conservative comprehensive immigration reform is. The "suits" are the calm, respectable voice of the movement. While the protestors figuratively beat up on the legislators, the "suits" speak gently and softly, a welcome relief from the shouting demonstrators outside the state building. Like a good cop/bad cop operation, the vitriolic protestors with their Saul Alinsky tactics wear the legislators down and the "suits" then gently lead them to the desired finish a vote in favor of aamnesty. Working together, the Hispanic groups, the Chamber of Commerce, the PICO church groups, and the globalists surround the legislators and knead them like clay until they absorb them into willing acceptance of comprehensive immigration reform. That's the plan anyway. Like a one-two punch, they think that the legislators and Congress will fall for the trap.
If you feel dizzy trying to absorb so much information about so many groups, you shouldn't feel bad. Hispanic advocacy groups have sprouted like weeds into a vast, complicated network, funded by George Soros and other radical donors and leftist foundations. At one time it was estimated that Soros alone had built and was funding a network of more than 500 organizations all working toward socialist goals. I suspect the number is considerably higher by now. Some groups appear to be little more than a shell operation a website with an email address. Others seem to be quitte active. That there are so many groups is supposed to enhance the illusion of broad public support for amnesty.
It doesn't matter which direction you approach the Utah Compact. Whether through its creators, its signers, its supporters, or its promoters, all roads lead to "radical." The Utah Compact was dreamed up by radicals, facilitated by radicals, fine-tuned by radicals, and funded by radicals. Now it's slithering from state to state, escorted by radicals who would have you believe that it's nothing more than a nice little conservative message. In recent months, local groups in Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania have adopted versions of the Compact. Other states will likely follow. But make no mistake. There are NO conservatives who support the Utah Compact except for some who mistook its statement of principles as well intended. Taken singly, we can all agree with some of its principles. But taken in its entirety, the Compact is devilishly deceptive and manipulative. It is the vehicle by which the Left means to slam amnesty through Congress, something which the vast majority of Americans don't want.
Wherever you live, you can expect the Utah Compact to show up in your state, pushed by coalitions of churches, Chambers of Commerce, and other business groups. Exposing the radical background of those who created and promote the Compact will help to nullify its impact.
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The Utah conservatives deserve a lot of credit for initially blowing the whistle on the Utah Compact. Blindsided just before the start of their 2011 legislative session and with no time to research the background of the Compact in great depth, they still managed to pass needed enforcement legislation to help in the immigration fight in their state. Since then, they have laid the groundwork for repealing the most onerous pro-illegal-alien bill that passed in Utah this year. Meanwhile, they have mounted a campaign to remove from office the sellouts who caved in to the amnesty crowd and ignored their constituents. So, hooray for the Utah patriots and everyone else who saw through the Utah Compact! And now, get ready. The battle for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress is about to begin again. For part one click below.
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Karen Johnson served in the Arizona legislature for 12 years, from 1997 through 2004 (AZ House of Representatives) and 2005 - 2008 (AZ Senate). Her all-time favorite committee assignment was chairing the Federal Mandates and States' Rights Committee. During her service in the legislature, she supported the Second Amendment, individual, property and of course states rights, as well as the Right to Life, and she still does. Karen and her husband, Jerry, have 11 children and 35 grandchildren. She believes strongly in the doctrine of liberty and does not desire to be tethered to ANY particular party.