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By Steven Yates
June 5, 2006

Considering the 614-page bill the Senate just passed, here are some key elements.

(1) It�s an amnesty bill. Period. Illegal aliens who have been in the U.S. for five years or more (around 60 percent) would receive amnesty. Those here two to five years (another 25 percent) would have to go to a �port of entry� for �temporary work permits.� They would spend six years in a provisional status and then become legal permanent residents (LPRs). In five more years, they would become U.S. citizens. This is in addition to the �temporary guest worker� program, which would allow �guest workers� the option of becoming permanent residents and then U.S. citizens. Foreigners would need a job offer from a U.S. employer. One can foresee �employment firms� springing up immediately to recruit cheap foreign labor. Again, �guest workers� would remain in the U.S. six years; in their fourth year they could apply for and receive LPR status if they have learned English or enrolled in an English class (note: these aren�t the same thing, which means that a requirement to learn English is effectively gutted). Spouses and children could come in with them and gain LPR status. Those who become U.S. citizens can continue bringing in relatives indefinitely.

CNN�s Lou Dobbs called the programs this bill sets up �full amnesty for all illegal aliens in this country, even though nobody knows whether the number is 11 million, 12 million or 20 million.� More illegals are crossing our porous Southern border each day. Charles Hurt, writing in The Washington Times, informs us that this bill �would more than double the flow of legal immigration into the United States each year and dramatically lower the skill level of those immigrants�. These proposed increases are in addition to the estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens already in the U.S. whom the bill would put on a path to citizenship.� Employers, by the way, also get amnesty�exemption from civil and criminal penalties under past immigration laws�just so long as �temporary guest workers� are paid �prevailing wages� (U.S. citizens do not have to be paid a �prevailing wage�). This further diminishes the rule of law in favor of pandering to special interests. The latter range from the militant illegal-alien lobby (funded by the treasonous Ford Foundation) to corporations who plan to reap windfalls from an anticipated surge of cheap labor. Finally, it insults Hispanics who have obeyed our immigration laws, by providing a faster track to U.S. citizenship for lawbreakers.

(2) According to the Congressional Budget Office, the earned-income tax credit to be paid out to those who entered this country illegally will be at least $29 billion over 10 years. The earned-income tax credit is paid to low wage earners�which nearly all illegals are. By the end of year 20, the cost could skyrocket to over $50 billion in a single year, as more ex-illegals and new immigrants learn to work the system. Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, one of the nation�s leading authorities on welfare reform, has called this bill a �fiscal catastrophe� in the making. There are provisions offering Social Security to illegals despite the likelihood of this system going belly-up when enough Baby Boomers retire and try to collect from it. Even if they obtained work through stolen or forged documents. Rector estimates that after 20 years of the programs created by this bill, around 103 immigrants would have entered the U.S. or achieved legal status. That is over a third of the present population of this country!

(3) Under an AgJOBS provision, illegal alien agricultural workers who have worked 150 �workdays� over the last two years will receive a �blue card� allowing them to live and work here permanently. Current law defines a �workday� as one hour of work per day (this is in the bill). So an illegal who has worked as little as 150 hours over the last two years will qualify for a �blue card.� �Blue card aliens� can only be fired for �just cause� (e.g., committing a felony); they cannot be terminated for any other reason, and can call for legal arbitration of violations to be paid for by Homeland Security. Law-abiding U.S. citizens, it goes without saying, have no such protections.

(4) Ex-illegals will be eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities and even receive Stafford loans and other kinds of federal assistance under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965. This means that the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, S.C., must offer in-state tuition to someone who entered this country illegally while charging out-of-state tuition to a law-abiding American who applied for admission from, say, an Augusta, Ga., address.

(5, etc.) There are additional �separation from employment� loopholes for illegals; the phrase separation from employment is defined so vacuously it could mean anything. There is tax-amnesty. There are loopholes regarding background checks and communicable disease checks for spouses and children of illegals. There are supposed �provisions� aimed at protecting U.S. workers from the flood of cheap labor this bill will doubtless inspire by requiring employers to prove to the Department of Labor that they made a �good faith effort� to recruit Americans, whatever that means. There is more; keeping this to a reasonable length precludes listing every bad, destructive provision in this abominable bill.

My main source here: Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), �Immigration Bill Is Worse Than You Think,� Human Events Online, May 25, 2006. (Other sources include an article by Robert Rector and several items from The Washington Times.) Sessions writes interestingly, �The legislation has an incredible number of problems with it. Some � can only be considered deliberate.� And near the end, �It is clear the people who drafted this legislation had an agenda and the agenda was not to meet the expectations of the American people. The agenda was to create a fa�ade and appearance of enforcement � When you get into � the bill and study it, tucked away here and there are laws that eviscerate and eliminate the real effectiveness of those provisions. It was carefully done and deliberately done.�

Yes! Sessions almost gets it! Along these lines, consider remarks made by El Presidente, Vicente Fox, who visited our Southwest a few days ago. Fox told a Salt Lake City audience, �Let us talk frankly about our most pressing challenge and our most promising opportunity: migration.� Note: he said migration. Not immigration or emigration, but migration, which means to move freely into another region (not necessarily country). Fox also said, �My administration has � pursued this course with the firm conviction that a legal, orderly migration policy, with full respect for human rights and dignity, will benefit the security and prosperity of both of our nations.� Note here the reference to security and prosperity: code for those in the know regarding the SPP agenda noted above, and likely to be missed by those who are not.

Jerome R. Corsi (author of Unfit to Command and Black Gold Stranglehold) nails things down (three articles for Human Events Online so far�here, here and here). He correctly diagnoses our government�s refusal to do anything substantial to protect our Southern border as �globalist agenda to create a North American Union, effectively erasing our borders with both Mexico and Canada�. Secretly, the Bush Administration is pursuing a policy to expand NAFTA politically, setting the stages for a North American Union designed to encompass the U.S., Canada and Mexico.� This agenda has been called NAFTA-Plus. Who will benefit from NAFTA-Plus? Expansionist government, transnational corporations (think Halliburton and Big Pharma), globocrats, and those in globalist-minded public-private partnerships. Soft fascism knows no borders.

The super-elite wants everything in place by 2010. The primary author of the CFR�s Building a North American Community, Robert Pastor (director of the Center for North American Studies at American University), has proposed a Permanent Tribunal on Trade and Investment to �permit the accumulation of precedent and lay the groundwork for North American business law� and a North American Parliamentary Group to ensure that Congress cannot impede progress towards a North American Union. As noted by Corsi in the second of the articles linked above, Pastor has floated the idea of a North American currency�the amero, intended to replace the dollar and the peso.

The EU was sold to the French, Dutch, etc., as a �free trade zone,� and a lot of economists�fixated on that magic phrase free trade�fell for it hook, line and sinker. That�s the Real Matrix�where this is somehow about �free markets� (for cheap labor, cheap foreign-made crud, etc.). Today, European economies are in near-depression conditions�from their addiction to socialism as much as from their attachment to the EU globocracy. The individual nations have lost their sovereignty. The EU�s open-borders philosophy has overwhelmed them with Muslim immigrants, many of them dangerously violent as this past year has shown. Native European birthrates are falling. U.S. economists (who are surprisingly na�ve on all these issues) are falling for the same nonsense that has just about destroyed Europe. We still hear them singing NAFTA�s praises despite the exporting of our manufacturing base, the devastation of America�s middle class, and the income gap between rich and poor that has grown since 1994, the year NAFTA went into effect.

To sum everything up: NAFTA was not about free trade and it was not about prosperity for all. It was about the slow rise to total power of a transnational super-elite in international banking and other corporate centers, and the destruction of America�s financially independent middle class. The same charge can be directed at all subsequent �trade� agreements and the globocracies and public-private partnerships that have grown up around them. Amnesty for illegals and the refusal by the Executive branch to secure our borders cannot be understood apart from this larger endeavor, the gradual creation of a North American Union modeled on the European Union. Both, finally, are stepping stones to the final goal: a fascist World State, to emerge as elements of these regional globocracies and the corporations growing up within them �partner� with one another. For this to happen, the U.S. economy must be socially engineered downward to third world status. Mass immigration accomplishes this; so does corporate �downsizing� and the �outsourcing� of jobs to China and India (economies built up via WTO policy and meddlesome government interference that by itself drives a lot of business overseas). Economists who embrace Globalization (thinking they are defending the �free market�) are embracing the emergence of the fascist World State�also know as the New World Order�whether they know it or like it or not.

�Welcome to the Desert of the Real!� ~~Morpheus, The Matrix.

This is not �conspiracy theory� because the �conspirators� are not hiding. Not really. Their activities are readily visible, often on their own websites as we�ve seen. What they are counting on is that most of America will stay plugged into the Real Matrix. That is, that nearly all of our trained economists will remain locked into worlds of numbers and abstract theory, and that a government-school educated sheeple will keep watching sports, sitcoms, and Survivor. Many doubtless will. But the trajectory of the debate over the illegal alien colonization of this country suggests to me that a vocal segment of our population is waking up. Let�s be sure we see behind the veil, though. The illegals may have broken our laws, but they aren�t the really dangerous enemy. The super-elite is the really dangerous enemy! All of us need to tell our so-called leaders loudly and clearly that we do not want a North American Union. We want to keep the United States of America, a sovereign Constitutional republic!

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Steven Yates earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1987 at the University of Georgia and has taught the subject at a number of colleges and universities around the Southeast. He currently teaches philosophy at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville Technical College, and also does a little e-commerce involving real free trade. He is on the South Carolina Board of The Citizens Committee to Stop the FTAA.

He is the author of Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong With Affirmative Action (1994), Worldviews: Christian Theism Versus Modern Materialism (2005), around two dozen philosophical articles and reviews in refereed journals and anthologies, and over a hundred articles on the World Wide Web. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where he writes a weekly column for the Times Examiner and is at work on a book length version of his popular series to be entitled The Real Matrix (hopefully!) to be completed this summer.












To sum everything up: NAFTA was not about free trade and it was not about prosperity for all. It was about the slow rise to total power of a transnational super-elite in international banking and other corporate centers, and the destruction of America�s financially independent middle class.