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DEMOCTAT SENATORS ATTEMPTING TO PASS STEALTH AMNESTY PROGRAM

 

By Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
May 28, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

While the nation's news media and many Americans are absorbed with the presidential race, several Democrat senators, including California's Sen. Diane Feinstein, are attempting to surreptitiously pass legislation that would give illegal aliens amnesty.

In the past, such bills died in the House of Representatives, which tends to have more conservatives than the US Senate. However, the belief that illegal aliens are good for their party's future appears to drive Democrats to use any means necessary to totally open US borders.

"This is getting serious and most Americans are oblivious to it because the news media and liberals want an uneducated, uniformed electorate," claims conservative strategist Mike Baker.

"What the Democrats have done should outrage all Americans -- they attached their amnesty bill to the Defense Appropriations Bill. It's an old trick, usually used to hide pork-barrel," said Baker.

"Senators Feinstein, Larry Craig and Barbara Mikulski are leading the charge to getting amnesty for millions of illegal aliens -- past, present and future," said former intelligence officer and NYPD detective Sidney Francis.

"We are coming dangerously close to a lawless society," added Francis.

A review of the bill shows that the law would:

*Grant a three-year work visa followed by a permanent greencard to all illegal aliens who
have been working as shepherds, goat herders and dairy herders.

*Grant a five-year work visa to the estimated 1.3 million illegal aliens working in other
agricultural jobs -- plus all of their families. There is no instruction on what happens after the five years.

*Grant a tripling of the maximum number of H-2B visas for lower skill, nonagricultural
seasonal workers.

*Grant industries an extra 218,000 additional permanent green cards for skilled foreign
workers.

The liberal-led committee also adopted other immigration-related amendments, including one that drastically expands the H-2B visa program for nonagricultural seasonal workers.

Billions of Dollars

Globally, alien smuggling generates billions of dollars in illicit revenues annually and poses a threat to this nation's security, according to security experts.


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For instance, the composition of DHS's largest investigative component -- US Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- includes the legacy Customs Service, which has extensive experience with money laundering and other financial crimes. Another DHS component, US Customs and Border Protection has primary responsibility for interdictions between ports of entry. In summer 2003, ICE announced that it was developing a national strategy for combating alien smuggling. Among other objectives, the General Accountability Office determined the implementation status of the strategy and investigative results in terms of convictions and seized assets.

In this regard, ICE and CBP signed a memorandum of understanding in November 2004 to address their respective roles and responsibilities, including provisions for sharing information and intelligence.

"The bottomline is there is a lack of resources to cover our borders and ports of entry. For instance, there are about 18,000 border patrol agents at both borders. However, a city with a population of 8 million has a police department numbering over 40,000 men and women. And that doesn't include other police departments operating in that city," said Det. Francis.

"18,000 agents? That doesn't sound like a serious effort to me. And if and when there is amnesty for illegal aliens, there will be total chaos," said the former New York detective.

In fiscal year 2004, about 2,400 criminal defendants were convicted in federal district courts under the primary alien-smuggling statute, and ICE reported seizures totaling $7.3 million from its alien-smuggling investigations.

For the first 6 months of fiscal year 2005, ICE reported $7.8 million in seizures from alien-smuggling investigations. A concern raised by ICE and the Department of Justice is the lack of adequate statutory civil forfeiture authority for seizing real property, such as "stash" houses where smugglers hide aliens while awaiting payment and travel arrangements to final destinations throughout the nation.

However, the Justice Department does not have a legislative proposal on this subject pending before Congress because the department's legislative policy resources have been focused on other priorities, according to sources.

National Security Threat

A recently released Government Accountability Office report addressed what investigators found during a limited security assessment of seven border areas that were unmanned, unmonitored, or both -- four at the US-Canada border and three at the US-Mexico border.

In three of the four locations on the US-Canada border, investigators carried a duffel bag across the border to simulate the cross-border movement of radioactive materials or other contraband. Safety considerations prevented GAO investigators from attempting to cross north into the United States from a starting point in Mexico.

On the US-Canada border, investigators found state roads close to the border that CBP did not appear to man or monitor. In some of these locations, the proximity of the road to the border allowed investigators to cross without being challenged by law enforcement, successfully simulating the cross-border movement of radioactive materials or other contraband into the United States from Canada.

In one location on the northern border, the U.S. Border Patrol was alerted to GAO activities through the tip of an alert citizen. However, the responding Border Patrol agents were not able to locate GAO undercover investigators. Also on the northern border, GAO investigators located several ports of entry that had posted daytime hours and were unmanned overnight.

Meanwhile, on the southern border, investigators observed a large law enforcement and Army National Guard presence on a state road, including unmanned aerial vehicles. Also, GAO identified federally managed lands that were adjacent to the US-Mexico border.

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"This should upset those Democrat senators who are pushing for amnesty. Instead they are siding with criminals, lawbreakers and possible terrorists," said Police Officer Edna Aguayo (NYPD).

"Why in the world do the senators want to import more murderers, rapists, child predators, and other lawbreakers for the sake of a few votes? Could it be they don't care?" asks Off. Aguayo.

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"This is getting serious and most Americans are oblivious to it because the news media and liberals want an uneducated, uniformed electorate," claims conservative strategist Mike Baker.