Courtesy of Fran Coppock
Courtesy of Fran Coppock
Legalizing Illegals Would Cost $6.3 Trillion — The Heritage Foundation released a study, May 6, saying that granting legal status to those who are residing in this country illegally would cost the nation $6.3 trillion.
Defenders of the most recent amnesty bill before Congress are outraged at the claim.
“This study is designed to try to scare conservative Republicans into
thinking the cost here is going to be so gigantic you can’t possibly be
for it,” said Haley Barbour, the former Mississippi governor and RNC chairman who is supporting the plan.
One suspects that The Heritage Foundation numbers better reflect the reality than Mr. Barbour.
One further suspects that those who run this country regardless of party are royalty-wannabees at heart and would dearly love for the rest of us to be entirely dependent on them them for jobs, education and protection.
Maybe even food, heat and electricity.
Swamping the existing safety net and destroying the dollar would go far in destroying the institutions that are meant to preserve our freedom.
With that said amnesty is not a bad word and should be part of the solution. If giving amnesty to one magic illegal solved the problem would you do it? Sure and that would apply to a dozen, or 100 or 1,000, or 10,000 or maybe even a million.
But giving amnesty to all by right is a very, very bad idea considering the number who come here to milk the system or involve themselves in crime.
And amnesty must not even be hinted at as the first step in addressing this matter. The first step must be to get government involved in the enforcement of immigration law. Golly, what a radical idea. This means that the federal law enforcement agencies must not merely allow — which they notably do not — local ones to question the immigration status of those who they stop for crimes, but actually encourage them to do so.
More importantly, this means that all government bureaucracies — whether a local school district, or a state department of motor vehicles or a federal social services office — demand the residency status of those who seek to use them with the understanding that they will report them if they are found here illegally.
Ever wonder why the self-appointed princes and princesses in Harrisburg and Washington want to put the burden on enforcing the law on the owners of pizza shops seeking help but shout down all who suggest that it is maybe the government’s job? Just one of those things that make you go hmmm. Or should anyway.
Immigration Reform Could Save Obamacare — Texas, California show how immigration reform could save Obamacare
Hat tip Bob Guzzardi
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on Fox News Sunday, yesterday, Feb. 17, and said I think people want a little different phase on immigration frankly. They don’t want somebody who wants to round people up, put them in camps and send them back to Mexico.
Associated Press transcribes interviews from newsmakers on the Sunday shows. Concerning Paul’s interview they left out the word “don’t” from his quote and sent it out with a headline “Sen. Paul: Voters Want To Round Up Immigrants”.
Sorta changes the meaning — and impression — don’t it. It appears AP’s reporters don’t listen to the actual words when they have a stereotype in mind. More damningly, the editors who write headlines don’t bother to consider the ease at which mistakes can be made in transcribing when the opportunity presents itself to further such stereotypes.
AP did send out a correction to its credit.
Luzerne County correspondent Dot Hayer reports that an arrest has been made in Hazleton regarding the sale of false identification to illegal residents.
Orlando Guzman Garcia was nabbed the morning of Jan. 11 at a home at 185 S. Wyoming St. He is charged with conspiracy to commit identity fraud.
He is accused of trafficking identity kits that included Social Security cards, birth certificates and other documents of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens to illegal immigrants. He charged between $700 and $2,500 per kit.
Garcia allegedly got the documents from Caguas, Puerto Rico and paid for them with wire transfers.
Garcia faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Garcia was among of at least 50 arrested in the case.
Biggest Winners Of 2011 Is Illegal Immigrants
It’s that time of year when Freindly Fire heaps praise upon those most deserving.
So in the spirit of consistency, the Biggest Winner of 2011, just like every year, is illegal immigrants. They
are granted driver’s licenses, free education — in some cases all the
way to college — and free first-rate health care. Not only do they pose a
national security threat, but a personal one, as many are criminals
released back onto the streets because the government refuses to deport
them. Their presence has forced the closure of hospitals, ripped jobs
away from American workers, depressed wages and caused taxes to increase
And let’s not forget that many illegals are voting in our elections.
How’s that for irony: foreigners deciding American elections. Maybe
that’s why both parties pander to illegals, including leading GOP
candidates Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.
And every time the illegals win, the American people lose.
For a country so incompetent that it took a quarter-century just to
build a simple subway in its capital, and equally as long to construct
the Tehran airport, Iran sure knows how to gain international attention.
Year after year, Iran successfully extorts the West, and the U.S.
continues to play the Iranians’ game. Now, Iran is threatening to cut
off the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which one-sixth
of the world’s oil supply passes.
And what does America do? Prepare for yet another armed conflict —
with yet another Muslim country. That would make Iran the eighth — yes,
eighth! — Muslim nation the U.S. has attacked since the Clinton
Administration, truly a bipartisan debacle. Despite the insanity of this
possibility, in which oil could spike to $200 per barrel and decimate
whatever is left of the world economy, some talking heads continue
advocating such military intervention. Going to war with random Middle
Eastern oil nations isn’t sound foreign policy. It’s lunacy.
Here’s an idea. Maybe if we got off our duff and stopped kowtowing to
radical environmentalists who offer no solutions, we could pursue
energy independence with the virtually unlimited resources literally at
our feet. And guess what happens when we start producing $2 gasoline
and diesel? We wouldn’t give a damn about Iran. Or Iraq. Or Libya.
Who’d have thought another Texas governor could be so entertaining?
From taking 12 hours to come up with a response to Mitt Romney’s $10,000
bet, to shrinking the size of the government (apparently, we have only
eight Supreme Court Justices and no Department of Energy), Perry has
been in a class by himself. Of course, not knowing the date of the
election nor the correct voting age, while priceless, won’t help Perry
stay in the race. But his significant campaign cash just might, which
would undoubtedly provide more “Oops, I Did It Again” moments. So hats
off to the only politician who could make George W. Bush look like
See “Rick Perry” above. This election is the GOP’s to lose — and they are well on their way to doing so.
Give credit where it’s due. The Occupy Movement was able to dupe the
media (admittedly, not a very hard thing to do) into providing nonstop
coverage of…pictures of tents and filth. How newsworthy.
It was bad enough that Occupy had no organization, no spokesman, and
absolutely no message. But for the media to cover, night after night,
lazy hippies who thought it cool to camp out, not work and get free
things from idiots who thought it politically correct to patronize hobos
So incompetent was the Orgy — I mean Occupy — Movement that it took
the media to inject its own rationale for why the “protests” were
occurring — income inequity. Well, here’s a newsflash: there is, and
should be, income inequality. As in, the person waking up every day at 6
a.m. to work a 12 hour day should makes more money than a sloth looking
for a handout.
In the immortal words of The Big Lebowski: “Your revolution
is over… Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your
parents did — get a job, sir! The bums will always lose!”
Despite commanding an uber-hyped team whose spectacular failure was
surpassed only by the Phillies, the best three-quarter coach in football
— and the one who game after game commits bush league mistakes that an
eighth-grade coach would never make — will absolutely,
put-it-in-the-bank-guaranteed be back leading the Philadelphia Eagles
next season. Where he leads them is equally predictable: not to a Super
Bowl Championship. Reid has simply been in Philadelphia too long and
has settled into a comfort level where winning The Big One, while nice,
isn’t an imperative. He seems content with the moniker of being the
winningest coach in franchise history along with all the other
superlatives that don’t mean a bloody thing in a town that bleeds Eagle
Reid has proven his value at turning around a franchise, but that is
where his usefulness ends. The Eagles should, but won’t, bring in a
closer to seal the deal and get the job done — like Jon Gruden did with
So Reid will win another season where his mediocrity will be on full
display, and, this being Philly, will undoubtedly be making this list
again next year for all the wrong reasons.
Archbishop Wood Football
Their season was full of confidence and hope, a fourth straight Catholic
League title and a state championship in their sights. Yet Archbishop
Wood stumbled in their opener, losing that crucial first game. Many
teams would have folded, finding excuses as to why the season was
slipping away (read: 2011 Philadelphia Eagles). But Wood rebounded, and
dedicated their efforts to the memory of former legendary coach Skip
Duffy, who lost his battle with cancer in September.
And the rest is history. Wood rolled out 14 straight wins, racking up
average margins of 38 points in the regular season and 41 points in the
playoffs, culminating in the total evisceration of perennial powerhouse
Bishop McDevitt, 52-0, to win the state championship. In doing so,
Wood has earned a place as arguably the best Class AAA football team
Perhaps Andy Reid and Company should be taking notes from Wood — not
plays and calls, but the intangibles that always, always win
championships. Dick Vermeil’s character in the Vince Papale movie Invincible
said it best. ”The team with character will find a way to beat a team
with talent…great teams weren’t just playing for themselves. They played
for a city. The people of Philadelphia have suffered…You are what gives
And in times like these, hope is needed more than ever. Congrats,
Archbishop Wood, for demonstrating what so many professionals have long
ago forgotten — that character still means something.
Philadelphia City Council, June 23, approved 17-0 a resolution to make Philadelphia a Sanctuary City.
Granted, the resolution was non-binding but it unambiguously declared a desire by the city’s leaders to end a three-year-old agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement which gave that agency access to city arrest data.
Penn and Temple are headquartered in Philadelphia, and I am sure every one of the administrators and faculty at the schools — including millionairess presidents Amy Gutmann and Ann Weaver Hart — think this is a good idea.
How many people does it take to change a light bulb at Penn and Temple? Just one is required if one has an iota of a speck of common sense. One suspects however, that light bulbs are not getting changed at those schools as they are entirely populated by Obama Democrats.
Of course, being a Republican is not a guarantee of having common sense. Those who led the GOP in Pennsylvania are dim enough to vote millions to these people who despise them.
There is no reason to force The Forgotten Taxpayer to fund people at Penn and Temple who contemptuously and condescendingly dismiss and disdain common sense conservative and all Republicans, except Jon Huntsman, as stupid, racist, homophobic, misogynist bigots.
One has to wonder why the GOP leaders are stupid enough to fund those who despise them.
Some might think it unfair that I call all at Penn “Obama Democrats”. They point out how the Daily Pennsylvanian recently ran a gushing front page press release praising former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman who is among those seeking the Republican Party nomination for the president.
Huntsman was, until April 30, Obama’s ambassador to China.
So, I concede the point. There are Obama Republicans at the school as well.
This article is being republished with permission of Chris Freind
By Chris Freind
“College is becoming a pipe dream for too many children, not because
they aren’t talented or willing to work hard, but because they can’t
That’s a true statement, as tuition costs have far outpaced
inflation. So the elected official who said this must have a clue,
right? Not a chance.
In an act that simply defies comprehension, State Representative Tony
Payton (D-179) of Philadelphia has just unveiled a bill that “would allow
undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at any
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school, community college
or state-related university.” (This is similar to the proposed federal
law known as the DREAM Act).
Hey Tony, nice to stick it to all the law-abiding Pennsylvania
residents who want to attend college. And who says good constituent
service is hard to find?
Why the handout to those who least deserve it? Because, as Tony
explains, “undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial
aid, (so) college is often extremely expensive and simply out of reach
for many of these students.”
Oh, the tragedy.
Of course, there is something that apparently hasn’t occurred to Tony
as to why federal financial aid — political codespeak for American
taxpayer dollars — is not available to these folks. They’re ILLEGAL. As
in, they have broken the law to get here and are breaking the law being
here. Every single thing they do hurts American citizens and throws
our nation deeper into the red.
Yet not only are we supposed to feel guilty, but if Tony has his way,
we should compensate them for their plight by sacrificing our children —
so that theirs can have an education courtesy of the taxpayers.
Let’s set the record straight with facts — not rhetoric. Illegal
immigrants depress wages and take American jobs (and please, spare us
the tired argument that “they only take the jobs Americans don’t want” —
completely false). They cost taxpayers hundreds of billions (thousands
directly out of each American family’s pocket) through healthcare costs,
education expenditures (in Pennsylvania, every illegal in our public
schools costs $15,000 per year, and that’s not including the extra money
needed for additional teachers and classrooms), prison expenses, and
yes, government services.
In the case of higher education, as addressed in Payton’s bill, it’s
important to remember that just because we are talking about state
universities, space is not unlimited. So one of two things is true: with
illegals in attendance, the college will either 1) close its doors to
new applicants after a given class is filled, thereby denying the RIGHT
of a legitimate Pennsylvania resident to attend that school, or 2) once a
classroom hits capacity, the need to hire additional professors and
expand school facilities is triggered — both expensive propositions
borne by the forgotten taxpayer.
The only saving grace is that, with Republicans in control of
Harrisburg, Payton’s bill should have no shot at passage. But that’s not
the point. The real question is how such a bill could even be
considered in the first place, and how 11 other states already passed
And quite frankly, this author doesn’t know what’s worse: the fact
that a bill was introduced that empowers people to break the law, or the
almost complete silence of Payton’s colleagues and the media on such a
When you cut right down to it, Tony Payton’s bill advocates the
commission of a crime, and there isn’t any way to spin that to the
contrary. (Federal law explicitly states that aiding an illegal
immigrant is a crime.) Among other things, it would aid and abet known
lawbreakers. Period. The fact that the feds do this on a regular basis,
along with states (such as issuing driver’s licenses to known illegals)
and municipalities just rubs salt in the wound. The government should
not be above the law.
But if this debate is to advance, it is important to focus on the
core issue. And that is not whether a wall should be built (or if it is
a racist barrier), or whether amnesty is a godsend (or a sell-out deal
to the pro-illegal immigration forces).
While these are important side discussions, the only relevant point
is that when individuals attempt to circumvent a law because they don’t
like it, the entire American system of justice — the very rule of law
that keeps us civilized — breaks down. Once elected officials start
picking and choosing what laws they will follow (setting the example for
their followers to do the same), we all take a hit.
There’s no getting around the fact that Payton’s legislation overtly
mocks the law. Under his bill, eligible students would have to attend a
public or nonpublic secondary school in Pennsylvania for at least three
years (an admission that we the people have already forked over at least
$50,000 in education costs), pay state income taxes for at least three
years prior to enrollment in college (how can you pay income taxes if
you are here illegally, and how can the state abdicate its
responsibility to apprehends these known lawbreakers), and provide an
affidavit to the institution of higher education that the student will
file an application to a become a permanent resident (giving a sworn
legal document to a state entity that attests that one is here
illegally, without fear of repercussion, is just insane).
Since the illegal immigration debate lends itself to easily getting
off track, here’s the bottom line: For those who believe illegals should
have rights, change the law to accommodate them — don’t break it.
Lobby for amnesty and fight to change the definition of “illegal
immigrant,” but do not cavalierly pick and choose what laws you want to
follow because you happen to disagree with some.
That’s what they do in places like Iraq. It is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
On behalf of Rep. Payton’s real constituents, shame on you, Tony.
Dot Hayer, our correspondent for Northeast Pennsylvania, reports that our Federales, as one suspects they will soon be calling themselves, forced the release of a Mexican man who had been living illegally in this country for six years while apparently fraudulently collecting benefits.
Oswaldo Tlamis-Perez, 30, was stopped by Beaver Meadows Police Chief Michael Morresi for speeding and showed him a Mexican registration card as identification along with two public benefit Access cards bearing different names. He also had $3,000 in cash.
The Access card is an electronic benefits transfer card now used in Pennsylvania in lieu of food stamps.
Tlamis-Perez was taken to the State Police barracks in Hazleton and agents of the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were contacted. ICE determined Tlamis-Perez had been living in the U.S. illegally for six years then told Beaver Meadows to let him go as he was not “a priority case”.
So Chief Morresi cited him for speeding and driving without a license and dropped him off at the Luzerne County line. Beaver Meadows is in Carbon County.
State Rep. Tara Toohil (R-116) and Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11) are demanding answers from the Obama administration.
And the people of Luzerne County are likely thinking a moat filled with alligators would look pretty good on the border.
The depth of the trough to which Democrat-led America has sunk has been revealed with Comedy Central star Steve Colbert being the plumb.
Colbert testified before the subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee House of Representatives today in a satirical skit concerning immigration law at the invitation of subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren of California and with the approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“This is America,” Colbert said. “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”
With Colbert’s performance, Congress, and the law, objectively became a post-modern joke.
On the same day and not that far away, Christopher Coates , who had been voting chief for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, spoke under oath before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about how his bosses have been laughing at the law since Obama took office.
Coates backed up in detail claims by former Justice official J. Christian Adams that the Department has been purposely ignoring complaints by whites of voting discrimination.
Coates also corroborated claims that civil rights attorneys were pressured politically into dropping the case against the New Black Panther Party for an incident that happened on Election Day 2008 at a polling place at 1221 Fairmount St., Philadelphia.
Colbert will lead the news tomorrow which is understandable since freak shows and traffic accidents are hard to turn one’s eyes from, but as much as the dino-media and Obama might wish otherwise, the Justice Department bigotry is not going away and will, in fact, be discussed in ever-increasing tones as the weeks roll on.