Congress Letter on Immigration

And now for my letter to Gibbs.  Just venting…

The Tea Party was created because of Democrats who follow through on what they say and by Republicans who don’t.  It was just a few days ago that Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid said that building a fence wasn’t truly possible, but now they have supported a bill by saying it would do just that.  There are laws today that require the building of a fence, yet nobody is enforcing it and, as we have plainly seen over the last few years, Congress is incapable of providing any oversight.  After watching John Boehner draw lines in the sand in the 112th Congress only to scrap them and draw new lines (budget, CR, debt ceiling, and repeat), I cannot trust a bill that comes out of Conference with members that he will appoint.

I would rather you take out the special crony citizenship path of the bill and keep the border security portion.  If you can’t, however, here’s an idea.

Add a Voter ID law.  Say that all voters in a federal election must register and sign up for an ID that is only legal for one person at one location.  It would encourage illegal immigrants to “come out of the shadows” and begin the citizenship process.  For those disinterested in citizenship, they would be prevented from voting.

Rubio, Flake, and even McCain had campaigned on border security, and now have passed a citizenship path where the fence is up to the discretion of the Executive.  We’ve had these scabs picked off before by previous GOP Congressmen and have become very cynical to what anybody says.

Half-measures and small victories are no longer possible.  Progressives of both parties have slowly but constantly pushed and pushed for central control and loss of Legislative power.  Take that power back and stop the money flow if you have to.  Central power will always work against the individual, and we’re counting on you to start treating citizens and workers with respect.

Ohio Senator Letters on Immigration

I’ve been quite busy, but I felt a need to write my Senators about the Immigration bill.  I have the conservative Rob Portman with a tendency to use bi-partisan-speak, and the liberal Sherrod Brown with a tendency to use Marx-speak.  Here are the letters I quickly wrote over lunch.

Portman:

Please do not support the current immigration bill to be due for a vote this week.  I do not spend my time writing Congress, but I need to take time out of this day to do so.

The Democrat line is that conservatives and Republicans are inconsiderate of the real lives of illegal immigrants.  There seems to be a beltway line that Republicans need to “do something” to gain support of Latinos.  Both of these forces are pushing the wobbly GOP to support a bad bill.

As a person who considers himself more Tea Party than Republican, I promise you that there is a lot more compassion on our side for illegal immigrants than on the other.  The irlanguage seems to suggest that we need illegals to be codified as a second class citizen.  These immigrants will get perks for their labor (no Obamacare, preferred hiring), but there is nobody advocating to them for anything resembling liberty.

If you want to see how compassionate we can be with illegal immigrants, then just pass one bill.  BUILD A FENCE, SECURE THE BORDER.

It would be funny if it weren’t so sad that I need to remind you “The first priority of our immigration policy must be to enforce our immigration laws at the border and in the interior. ”  Of course Rubio, Flake, and even McCain made similar statements while campaigning only to flip after getting elected.  I don’t expect that from you.

You should be out in the open opposing this Immigration bill.  So should McConnell for that matter – I’m not sure what you guys are thinking.  Please listen to the voters and not K Street political consultants.

Brown:

Please vote against the Immigration bill that is due for a vote this week.  You did a good thing by opposing the previous bill a number of years ago because it would hurt the American worker.  I promise you that this will do the same.  It seems that the unions who are for this bill are doing so for political reasons, and sacrificing the short-term hurt for the long-term gain.

These individuals who will get provisional status will also get perks that appeal to business owners.  There will be an incentive to hire people that come with legal waivers and exceptions over native-born Americans who have no such luxury.   Additionally, I’m confused as to the criminal record exceptions where certain crimes are waived for provisional citizens.  This is another unfair segregation of native-born Americans.

If equality of opportunity means anything in this country, it is that people are not given special treatment for reasons that have nothing to do with the individual.  I expect to be treated in a way because of who I am and what I’ve done, and NOT because I fall into this class or that category.  Being a part of the “crony” class is all well and good as long as everything is going our way, but not when we are suddenly on the outside at the back of the line. 

The only solution is to reject special treatment for groups of people, in this case the non-citizen worker.  Let them go through the normal immigration process, and work to fix the process while you’re at it.

So, back to me now, I took a harsher tone with Portman because we don’t know for sure where he will land.  Ohio had Voinovich and DeWine for a number of years, two Republicans with 70% conservative ratings landing them in the middle-left of the caucus.  Portman has a reputation of being more conservative that those two, and apparently we need to keep reminding him of that.

Brown is a liberal, but he also voted against the Kennedy immigration bill because it hurt the worker.  Every once in a while, Brown, Sanders, and Kucinich might take the right position but for the wrong reason.  Nonetheless, the bill is unfair to Americans… or native-born citizens.

Next stop, the House.  We can’t trust Boehner to keep a bad bill from passing so it’s best to pass no bill whatsoever.