Here’s a cross post from Common Sense America. It goes hand in hand with what I wrote about Tancredo throwing down the gauntlet to the Senate. I hate to have to depend on the House to stop the senate from doing something stupid but it does show the common sense of the founding fathers.-Logan
By ChristiThe American people may have to thank our Republicans in the House of Representatives once again. Last year, they effectively killed the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill with their enforcement first stance and this year, with fears of an even larger American giveaway coming out of the Senate, House Republicans are locked and loaded:
In a sharp rebuke to President Bush, House Republicans today introduced their own immigration reform and border security bill, a tough measure that would bar illegal immigrants from gaining legal status, require employers to check the legal status of all workers and make English the nation’s official language.
The Secure Borders First Act stresses operational control over the border as one of its core principles. The bill would reject “amnesty” and insist that the administration do more to enforce existing laws.
The lawmakers behind the bill also introduced a seven-page resolution detailing the myriad ways in which they believe the Bush administration and its predecessors have not only failed to implement immigration laws, but made it easier for illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S.
“The federal government has lost credibility with the American people on immigration,” said Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley), who contributed sections of the bill.
The bill’s authors, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Peter King (R-N.Y.), cast their bill as a challenge to the immigration legislation the Senate is expected to take up again this week.
King derided the Senate bill as a danger to national security because it would not secure the borders. He said its provision allowing illegal immigrants to eventually gain citizenship was “against the wishes of the American people.”
“We want to stop the Senate amnesty bill in its tracks right now,” King said.
But what about the backlash? What about all of the angry illegal aliens that may once again take to the streets?
King said House Republicans were not worried about another round of demonstrations. “We shouldn’t allow policy to be determined by riots,” he said. “We have to do what’s right, not by threat of what’s happening on the street.”
Now we’re talking! The LA Times goes on to outline some of the details of this bill:
The new bill addresses major issues in immigration but it also turns a microscope on smaller issues that particularly frustrate conservatives. It would ban the use of matricula consular cards, identification cards issued by Mexican consulates and used by immigrants to open bank accounts or buy homes. It would make three convictions for drunk driving grounds for deportation.
The bill would require the deployment of at least 18,000 more border patrol agents by Dec. 31, 2008. It would also require the full implementation of US-VISIT, a long-troubled program that is meant to track entries and exits by land, sea and air.
American citizens would be affected by many of the changes proposed for workplace enforcement, including the mandatory database checks of employee eligibility, the creation of tamper-proof birth certificates and a nationwide electronic system for tracking birth and death records.
Smith said the bill would also allow for greater information sharing among the Homeland Security Department, the Social Security Administration and the Treasury Department to identify illegal immigrants. “One of the problems we have is that databases don’t mix,” Smith said. “We have to correct that … if you’re going to have any kind of worker verification program.”
Another section would modify an existing guest worker program for agriculture alone, lowering current pay requirements and no longer obligating farmers to provide housing for foreign workers. “There’s a consensus that foreign workers are needed in the agriculture sector,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).
Workers would not be able to bring their family and would not be able to gain citizenship, and one-quarter of their wages would be held in escrow to be picked up at the border when they returned home. They could stay for up to 22 months at a time and could participate repeatedly in the program but would have to return home between work periods for a duration of one-fifth the length of their stay in the U.S.
The bill would require the detention and deportation of all gang members. Currently, gang members are not deportable unless they have committed a crime. Those from some countries can hold special immigration status, while others can stay in the U.S. as asylum seekers. The bill would close those harbors and enable tougher sanctions against gang members by adopting State Department procedures used against terrorist groups.
“There are 850,000 criminal gang members in the United States,” said Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). “They are the sixth largest army in the world.”
Sounds good so far . . . I’ll get a copy of the actual bill – and the resolution – and I’ll post it ASAP.
Hat tip to my friend Craig over at Red Satellites
Here is a resolution introduced by Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) today:
Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should immediately and unequivocally call for the enforcement of existing immigration laws in order to reduce the threat of a… (Introduced in House)
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110th CONGRESS 1st Session H. CON. RES. 119Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should immediately and unequivocally call for the enforcement of existing immigration laws in order to reduce the threat of a terrorist attack and to reduce the massive influx of illegal aliens into the United States. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 18, 2007
Mr. GOODE submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONExpressing the sense of the Congress that the President should immediately and unequivocally call for the enforcement of existing immigration laws in order to reduce the threat of a terrorist attack and to reduce the massive influx of illegal aliens into the United States.Whereas a primary duty of the Federal Government is to secure the homeland and ensure the safety of United States citizens and lawful residents;
Whereas as a result of the attacks on this country on September 11, 2001, perpetrated by al Qaida terrorists on United States soil, the United States is engaged in a global war on terrorism;
Whereas almost 6 years after those attacks, there is still a failure to secure the borders of the United States against illegal entry;
Whereas the failure to enforce immigration laws in the interior means that illegal aliens face little or no risk of apprehension or removal once they are in the country;
Whereas the Government of Mexico actively encourages illegal immigration to the United States by, among other things, publishing ‘how to’ books and urging State and local entities to accept the matricula consular as valid identification;
Whereas granting amnesty to illegal aliens, or even proposing legislation or efforts for amnesty for illegal aliens, serves only to generate more illegal immigration;
Whereas if illegal aliens can enter and remain in the United States with impunity, so, too, can terrorists enter and remain while they plan, rehearse, and then carry out their attacks; and
Whereas the failure to control and to prevent illegal immigration into the United States increases the likelihood that terrorists will succeed in launching catastrophic or harmful attacks on United States soil: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That-
(1) the President and the Secretary of Homeland Security should immediately use every tool available to them to secure the borders against illegal entry;
(2) the President should announce publicly that he will oppose any proposal to grant legal status, or amnesty, to illegal aliens and that he and the Secretary of Homeland Security will use every tool available to stop illegal immigration into the United States and to announce efforts for the removal of illegal aliens from the United States;
(3) the President and the Secretary of Homeland Security should seek the assistance of State and local law enforcement personnel in enforcing immigration laws, whether through formal agreements to cooperate or through the elimination of sanctuary policies; and
(4) the President and the Secretary of State should warn Mexico that any further actions it takes to encourage illegal immigration to the United States will be viewed as interference with our domestic laws, in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
Source: THOMAS (Library of Congress)