Bad News On Immigration: “Conservative” Candidates Found Wanting….Some As Bad As Dems…

http://www.numbersusa.com/content/node/11556

Yes I know a Republican is not by definition a conservative, and I know everyone has their own litmus test. However, a Republican is supposed to be more conservative than a Democrat.  But when the top of the Republican curve is set by a B- we are in trouble.

Some people’s favorites are no better than the president on immigration. That means an “F”. And Sarah Palin is coming in at a D. That makes her slightly better than the “conservative Democrat” Jane Harman. I believe Harman had a D-.

One thing that  strikes me about this list from Numbers USA is the fact that “our” candidates don’t really seem to care. Most of “our” candidates are “unhelpful” on a lot of  immigration issues. I suppose there are lots of reasons why candidates would be “unhelpful” on immigration issues. None of them are really good in my mind. To be “unhelpful” on so many immigration issues suggests that the candidates are not committed to true immigration reform.  Which I believe is one of four or five issues critical to conservatives. It suggestsd they  aren’t being briefed and calls into question the kinds of issues advisors they haved.

I think most of them are “branding” themselves and talking in generalities with an eye to being elected rather than solving our problems. Some of that is necessary. Sarah Palin, for example, has had to brand herself to get a basic sense of her message into the public mind. Unfortunately it is easy to go overboard and keep talking generalites and puff long after the “brand” is established.

I am afraid we may be having another “personality” election when the voters get to decide which candidate they feel warm and cuddly about rather than which one will take stands on serious issues. More “compassion” that isn’t actually compassionate contrasted to “cruelty” that is actually common sense.

Now is  the perfect time to start calling these people and demanding a better stance on this and other issues!

PS: I have been wary of both Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann I like Sarah Palin and I feel comfortable with her expressed attitudes. However, I still see a lack of substance in her stated positions. Until she gets at least a solid B on immigration I will have a hard time taking her seriously as a candidate.  There are lots of other issues where she talks well but is unspecific.

The obvious retort is that she is not actually a candidate. So? Her other option is to be a leader and opinion driver helping to steer the national conversation. Unfocused platitudes and a “conservative attitude” are no substitute for having a concrete record on immigration.

Michele Bachmann, on the other hand, is a light-year ahead of the field on this issue and that must make people take notice. She is handling herself well and so far is the candidate with the best record on immigration which is a serious issue. Are there other concerns? Of course. Fortunately, there is still time.

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2 Responses to Bad News On Immigration: “Conservative” Candidates Found Wanting….Some As Bad As Dems…

  1. Dave Francis says:

    WE NEED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. REDUCE THE DEBT CEILING BY MANDATING E-VERIFY, SECURE COMMUNITIES AND URGENTLY SECURING THE US BORDER.

    Has any American thought to question the Liberals and Democrats, why they think the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act is broken? Is so, like any bill–why cannot be amended, as they are able with any law that passes through Congress? Again, the next question is why these people in the Senate are pushing for another Amnesty, when such an event would injure the American people adding to the bleeding national deficit. Even if the Congress found the votes to pass another Amnesty, isn’t it incredulously pathetic to add another 2.5 Trillion to the US treasury 14.5 Trillion dollars deficit. This is according to the Heritage Foundation Robert Rector’s projection, after analyzing the 1986 volume Amnesty that cost only 76 Billion dollars. Are you willing to have your tax dollars spent on legitimizing every person who breaks our laws? For over three decades nothing has been done, in fact the Simpson/Mazzoli bill was an absolute failure.

    IF AMERICANS DON’T START SPEAKING UP AND DEMANDING THAT THEIR OWN INTERESTS ARE FULLY RECOGNIZED BY THE POLITICIANS, THEY WILL BE SADDLED WITH AT LEAST 20 MILLION FOREIGN NATIONALS, WHICH THEY WILL HAVE TO SUPPORT, PLUS GOD KNOWS HOW MANY FAMILY MEMBERS UNDER THE CHAIN MIGRATION LAW.

    The world of Academia have stated in many publications, that is mostly Liberal progressive oriented media that immigration of any kind, is good for the economy? They insult Californians, Arizonians; Nevadans legal residents burgeoned down with a never ending influx of poverty, which taxpayers are–FORCED– to sustain. Fair’s statement is, “American taxpayers spend $113 billion annually subsidizing illegal immigration and padding the pockets of businesses addicted to cheap labor. Taxpayers at the state and local levels bear the brunt, providing $84 billion in services annually while the federal government spends $29 billion. In some states, reducing the fiscal burden of illegal immigration would represent nothing short of an economic miracle: The latter figure is — incidentally — almost exactly equal to the interest payment on the total federal debt this past April. Of course, the debt continues to grow uncontrollably because the government must borrow to keep up with, among other things, the growing cost of illegal immigration.

    The report examines the likely consequences if an amnesty for the illegal alien population were adopted similar to the one adopted in 1986.Estimates are in–BILLIONS–of dollars. This is also based on only 13 million foreign nationals squatting here. The full report is available in pdf format. http://www.fairus.org/site/DocServer/USCostStudy_2010.pdf?docID=4921

    Federal Expenditures on Illegal Aliens

    Education Title 1 program $1,332,900,000
    Migrant education program $236,900,000
    Title 111 program $538,000,000

    Education Subtotal $2,107,800,000

    Medical Emergency medical care $250,000,000
    Fraudulent use of Medicaid $1,235,000,000
    Medicaid cost of childbirth $1,238,100,000
    Medicaid for children $1,626,800,000
    other medical outlays $1,600,000,000

    Medical Subtotal $5,949,900,000

    Law enforcement Scaap compensation $330,000,000
    Federal incarceration $678,400,000
    Byrne grants $24,300,000
    Detention and removal $2,545,000,000
    Project safe neighborhoods $39,500,000

    Residual ice functions $2,824,000,000
    Exec. Office of immigration review $222,500,000
    Southwest border prosecution $33,000,000
    National Guard $642,000,000
    Coast Guard $500,000,000

    Law Enforcement Subtotal $7,838,700,000

    Public assistance Free and reduced meal program $2,264,600,000
    Temporary assist. Needy families $1,030,000,000
    Housing assistance programs $637,000,000
    Child care & development fund $633,000,000
    Public Assistance Subtotal $4,564,600,000

    General expenditures $8,184,400,000

    TOTAL $28B, 645,400,000

    State/Local Expenditures on Illegal Aliens ($ M)

    Alabama $298 Illinois $4B,592 Montana $32 Rhode Island $278
    Alaska $139 Indiana $608 Nebraska $262 S. Carolina $391
    Arizona $2B,569 Iowa $350 Nevada $1B,191 S. Dakota $33
    Arkansas $244 Kansas $442 New Hampshire $123 Tennessee $547
    California $21B,756 Kentucky $280 New Jersey $3B,478 Texas $8,878
    Colorado $1,451 Louisiana $224 New Mexico $608 Utah $453
    Connecticut $957 Maine $41 New York $9B,479 Vermont $38
    Wash D.C. $312 Maryland $1B,724 N. Carolina $2B,063 Virginia $1B,905
    Delaware $305 Massachusetts. $1B,862 N. Dakota $32 Washington State $1B,510
    Florida $5B,463 Michigan $929 Ohio $563 W. Virginia. $31
    Georgia $2B,399 Minnesota. $744 Oklahoma $465 Wisconsin $883
    Hawaii $155 Mississippi. $106 Oregon $705 Wyoming $51
    Idaho $188 Missouri $338 Penn. $1B,378 TOTAL $83B,851

    RECEIPTS FROM ILLEGAL ALIENS

    Category federal State/local

    Income -$2,302,800,000 $244,200,000
    Social security $7,000,000,000
    Medicare tax $1,637,100,000
    Excise and miscellaneous $2,489,700,000
    Employer (FUTA & income) $632,600,000
    Property tax $1,378,000,000
    Sales tax $2,333,000,000

    TOTAL $9B, 456,600,000 $3B, 955,200,000

    Fair also provided, “The savings can’t be realized overnight because much of the expense is mandated by law requiring the education of the children of illegal aliens, many of whom are U.S. born, and for emergency medical treatment. But it is a responsible step in the right direction. Reducing these costs requires the administration to actually enforce existing immigration laws, complete border fencing, allow states to participate in the enforcement process, and otherwise deny benefits and incentives to illegal aliens. Fewer than 6 percent of legal immigrants were admitted because they possessed skills deemed essential to the U.S. economy. Most are admitted because of family ties to earlier immigrants, many of whom are living in poverty or near poverty. As a result, immigration bloats an already-existing surplus of low-skilled workers, increasing job competition and driving down wages for American workers.

    We can all stand with our fellow jobless countryman by Calling House and Senate Leadership NOW Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 As a conclusion, Arizona needs our help from years of a neglected border and the flow of–ECONOMIC–foreign nationals. Don’t take my word for the facts, as you can find the ugly truth of the illegal settlement at NumbersUSA that has been forced upon us for over thirty years. There have been 6 hidden small Amnesties and the clandestine millions of skilled workers that have arrive here every year, in competition from US workers high paying jobs.

    Those not content with the governments excuses for not constructing the REAL DOUBLE FENCE–can donate to the website at: https://www.buildtheborderfence.com/azborder/index.xhtml

    MAKE OTHER PEOPLE AWARE OF THE OMINOUS FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF ANY NEW AMNESTY

    • Thanks for the comment, Dave.

      I am also afraid that we are worrying too much about the debt, which although it is bad, is not the immediate threat. Our growth is anemic at 1.3 pct. This is the direct fault of the banks and their friends in the WH and Congress. We have to fix that first and get the economy moving. But that is another topic.

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