Carrying the Water for the Progressive Agenda - Part 3

Written by Lynn Atherton-Bloxham on Tuesday, 30 July 2013. Posted in Opinion, Lynn Atherton-Bloxham

In addition to granting massive new powers to the federal leviathan, an attorney has warned that the bill would cause a number of new problems that will harm the nation.

Carrying the Water for the Progressive Agenda - Part 3

A favorite mantra among those either against all immigration or in favor of greatly limited immigration seems to be that absolutely no changes can be made to present immigration law until, “we secure our borders.” Many are insisting that they need a 100 percent no penetration border before an agreement can be reached. Certainly the old East Berlin Wall almost achieved that and evidently a similar North Korean model would almost satisfy the most vocal Conservatives.

Heavy duty troops, drones, and expensive technology all aligned along this border will hopefully keep people out (oops, it can also keep people in. Well, no matter.) No longer will people, particularly those to the South of us, come to work, live, marry, visit, vacation and shop. "Better to trade Bullets than Butter"..or do they have that wise saying backward.

But pause and consider the warning of Immigration Attorney Angelo A. Paparelli.

“No law will ever be so successful as to prevent determined families from reuniting even if it means crossing a heavily fortified national border illegally.

  • Eliminating the "pull" factor of American jobs will not remove pressures on the border caused by the "push" of economic misery, political instability, religious intolerance, dictatorial regimes, natural catastrophes, wars and revolutions.

  • E-Verify will not succeed in closing the systemic holes allowing unauthorized persons to gain employment in the U.S. until Americans are willing to accept the loss of privacy and liberty inherent in a massive national database and system requiring all native-born and naturalized citizens to pay for, obtain and proffer a fraud-proof national work-permission card in order to be hired.

  • An unrealistically low quota, such as the maximum of 200,000 visas allotted per year under the "W" category proposed in S. 744 for unskilled and low-skilled foreign workers, disregards the needs of the American economy and creates new pressures to breach the border illegally.

  • If illegal entries are to be stemmed, then abuses at U.S. consular posts abroad, such as the recurrent problems of far-too-powerful, abusive, inadequately staffed, unmonitored and sometimes even criminal consular officers (like the American visa officer in Vietnam who is alleged to have sold nonimmigrant visas for up to $70,000 each) must be more vigorously policed and subject to robust review.
  • Border enforcement requires a far more substantial investment in the courts than is proposed by Sen. Cornyn or the G8 (as these letters from the Judicial Conference of the United States to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee underscore), and a dramatic revamping of the atrocious "system" by which "immigration justice" is meted out.

  • Secret, unchecked administrative processes in the immigration system, just like the recently revealed NSA monitoring of all Americans' phone calls, must be subject to the rule of law, an expanded right to counsel and greater transparency.

  • Immigration protectionism will boomerang and ultimately harm America just as much or more than trade protectionism.”

I would beg my Conservative friends to re-consider the critical insights and sensible warnings of an attorney who has spent his career dealing with the bureaucratic, unworkable immigration system. I would also ask them to reconsider why they reject freedom of movement while advocating for freedom in other areas. 

For the complete article please see HERE.  

Image: dhs.gov/

About the Author

Lynn Atherton-Bloxham

Lynn Atherton-Bloxham

Lynn Atherton-Bloxham has been an enthusiastic pro-freedom activist for many years.  As a former registered commodity and stock broker, her work has included conducting financial and economic evaluations for businesses. As a writer and political and social analyst, her work has appeared in many publications, starting with the Johnson County Missouri Conservative Newsletter in 1962 and continuing since with the Kansas City Business Journal, The Heartland Institute, the California Libertarian Journal, and the Oklahoma Libertarian Forum.

Copyright © Lynn Atherton-Bloxham. Used with permission.

Comments (2)

  • Becky Akers

    Becky Akers

    30 July 2013 at 12:48 |
    Ah, Tom Lahman...about the level of reasoned debate I expect from the "out-of-the-closet" more-power-to-government crowd. Thanks for graphically proving once again that such "crowd" has no actual arguments against honoring our God-given right to move freely, even over imaginary lines on the ground. Rather, you offer only ad hominem attacks on brave writers like Lynn Atherton-Bloxham.

    For liberty, even for those with the poor sense to be born elsewhere than the USSA,

    Becky Akers
  • Tom Lahman

    Tom Lahman

    30 July 2013 at 10:50 |
    More B.S. from an "out-of-the-closet" open borders advocate!

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