STILL ON BORDER PATROL
Well, President Obama did it anyway, no matter what the public thought: Almost half of Americans — 46 percent — say President Obama disapprove of the idea of taking executive action on immigration, this according to a USA Today poll. Meanwhile, the evasive solutions liner on the horizons, even as some offer historic perspective and a reality check as the hours go by until then.
“The 1986 immigration law gave amnesty to millions of immigrants but included no border security,” recalls keen-eyed policy analyst Roger Fleming, a former House Judiciary Committee counsel and contributor to PJMedia. “Not much has changed since then. Last year’s Senate bill, S. 744, specifies a path to citizenship, but does not in fact require the border be secured. Here America stands 28 years later with an open border and 11 million additional undocumented immigrants due to a government policy that fails to stop illegal entrants but spends millions on a bureaucratic maze to legally deport them. Our border policy entices people to enter surreptitiously, and then labels them illegal once they’re here.”
So secure the border, he says — high-tech fencing, aerial surveillance and manpower as required. There would even be an added benefit.
“There’d be no more labeling of people in America as illegals. They’d either be here legally or working their way toward legal status. If the world knew our border was secure, there would be little incentive to try to cross it. The human- and drug-smuggling cartels would suffer for it; and fewer would die in vain seeking illegal entry,” Mr. Fleming adds. “This summer Americans saw a snapshot of what has been happening on the border for decades — and they’re not forgetting it. Border security, despite best efforts, is not considered a racist term; and common-sense members from both parties must step up and do what is right by citizens on both sides.”
“Confirmed taxpayer dollars that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid from 2009 to 2014 — about $1 million per year — is roughly 24 times the average salary earned by full-time American workers in the same general time frame,” says Brittany Hughes, a reporter for CNS News. “The average annual full-time U.S. salary was about $41,600 in those years, which multiplied 24 times is $998,400, or nearly $1 million a year.”
Ms. Hughes consulted public records to discover that the consultant also made more than President Obama, whose salary is $400,000, and a gaggle of Democratic luminaries. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, also an outspoken proponent of Obamacare, earns an annual salary of $193,400. That’s less than one-fifth Gruber’s yearly Obamacare earnings,” she points out. principles are just as important today as they were at our Founding. We must get this right.”
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