Saturday, March 15, 2008

Washintgon Times editorial

Save the SAVE Act
Thanks to the energetic work of Republicans and some sober-minded Democrats, the House may indeed get to vote on immigration reform legislation worthy of the name sometime soon. The bill is the SAVE Act (H.R. 4088), introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler, North Carolina Democrat, which aims to dramatically reduce the number of illegal aliens in the United States through stepped-up enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

In the coming weeks, many rank-and-file Democrats will have to make a very difficult choice: carry water for Nancy Pelosi or respond to the legitimate concerns of their constituents.

Peter DeFazio is not on the list as far as I can tell. He is on our side on this one and we should encourage him to let congress vote on this.


Del said...

Daniel: Thank-you for your continued efforts, so far highly successful, in contributing to the political radicalization of the Latino working class in the United States.

Anonymous said...

An enforcement-only bill will never go through the senate. the bill that gets passed under a new administration will include legalization (i.e., the dreaded a-word).

The question is this: after the amnesty happens, will


Call your Representatives TODAY and urge them to oppose the SAVE Act.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative.

Urge ALL Representatives, but especially Democrats, to not sign the discharge petition. At least one Representative who has co-sponsored the bill, Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), has publicly stated that he would not sign the discharge petition.

What would the SAVE Act do?

It would require more than six million employers to verify the work status of more than 130 million workers within four years, regardless of their status, using a federal database already known to have an unacceptably high error rate.
It would make it easier for the government to put religious and humanitarian workers behind bars for so-called "alien smuggling."
In a half-baked attempt to address our immigration crisis, the bill would throw more resources toward ineffective border and interior enforcement rather than offer a comprehensive solution.
We need leaders who will tackle the tough issues and solve a complicated problem intelligently, not offer false promises and empty rhetoric. The SAVE Act is the return of the Sensenbrenner Bill (HR 4437). It represents a failure in leadership and a cynically motivated attack on immigrant families.

Who supports the SAVE Act?

The chief co-sponsors of the SAVE Act are Bigots Rep. Heath Shuler (D-North Carolina), Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-California), and Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado).

Rep. Tancredo has made a career, including a failed presidential candidacy, based on anti-immigrant rhetoric. Americans rejected his anti-immigrant platform and candidacy. They should also reject his hateful legislation.

Rep. Bilbray leads the House Immigration Reform Caucus and is a former lobbyist of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, an organization recognized as a hate group by mainstream civil rights and research organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center. FAIR has leadership with blatent links to the Aryan Nations and other White Supremicist Groups.

Don't let cynical election year politics hijack opportunities for real reform. America needs rational, workable and humane immigration laws. Make sure your voice gets heard!

tellit said...

Oh good, a post from the good folks at The United Church of Christ. Don't let the name fool ya', folks. It's a bunch of secularist, progressive, political activists masquerading as a church who should have their tax exempt status revoked anytime now. Think of them as Unitarians on crack. Also happens to be the "house of worship" Barack Obama belongs to, along with his longtime spiritual mentor, the good Reverend Wright- you know, the guy who hates white people, loathes America and spews forth such crap from the pulpit of his "church".

Hat tip to Daniel for allowing these folks to post freely on his blog, unlike our more "progressive" friends when faced with alternative views.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see. Thanks STOP ANT-IMMIGRANT LEGISLATION, I will make a call on Monday Morn.

Chuck Currie said...

Open your eyes, people! America is bad! BAD, BAD, BAD!!! We can draw no distinction between illegal alien and immigrant! There should be no borders, no rules, no national sovereignty, just an unmanaged socialist Utopian dream. Can I get an Amen?

Anonymous said...

Anon 735: You mean like Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and our very own NW Republican?

Just One Conservative Schmuck said...

Real Conservatives OPPOSE the SAVE Act.

Alliance for Security and Trade
American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Meat Institute
American Nursery & Landscape Association
American Staffing Association
American Subcontractors Association, Inc.
Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated General Contractors
California Landscape Contractors Association
California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC)
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Employers for Immigration Reform
Federation of Employers and Workers of America
Florida Employers for Immigration Reform
Georgia Employers for Immigration Reform
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
International Foodservice Distributors Association
International Franchise Association
Mason Contractors Association of America
National Association of Home Builders
National Christmas Tree Association
National Club Association
National Chicken Council
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Restaurant Association
National Roofing Contractors Association
Nevada Restaurant Association
North Carolina Christmas Tree Association
North Carolina Green Industry Council
Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc.
Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association
Professional Landcare Network
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Society of American Florists
Texas Association of Business
Texas Employers for Immigration Reform
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
Tree Care Industry Association
Virginia Poultry Federation
US Chamber of Commerce
United Fresh Produce Association
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Because the status quo is clearly unacceptable, exposing employers to unfair liability and worker
shortages under a dysfunctional system and a growing patchwork of state and local laws.

The SAVE Act addresses only the enforcement side of the immigration equation and, with respect to worksite enforcement provisions, groups from all sides of the political spectrum have serious concerns including:

· Immediate addition of at least one million employers and about a third of the workforce
into the Basic Pilot/E-Verify program no later than one year after enactment (this includes
federal contractors, federal agencies, and employers with over 250 employees), without any
testing or revamping of the program.
· Re-verification of entire existing workforce within four years of enactment, which will be
an enormous administrative burden on employers and employees. These employees have
already been found to be authorized to work under current law.
· A new requirement that the Social Security Administration (SSA) must issue a “nomatch”
letter to every employer with one or more employees that have provided information which
does not correspond with information in the SSA database. Upon receipt of an SSA nomatch
letter, employees only have 10 business days to resolve issues before the employer
must terminate the worker—even the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) final rule
gave 90 days after receipt to correct a problem. This provision presumes the employee
guilty before innocent despite the well-known inaccuracies that have been documented in
the SSA database, and the common reasons for a no-match letter such as a typo, name
change, or mistake.

· There are no benchmarking provisions to ensure that DHS and SSA assess the accuracy
of their databases and correct problems before or even during the rollout out of the
· There is no timeframe given for DHS to give a final non-confirmation/confirmation of
employment eligibility to employers. Employers could find out a year or more after the
hire date that their employee is unauthorized after training and investing in them, and
would have to immediately fire them.
· No liability protection is included from discrimination lawsuits for an employer who
relies on E-Verify information and does not hire or fires a current employee, in the event
that the future or current employee is later found eligible to work in the United States.
· Preemption is not addressed in the legislation, except in terms of not allowing states to
opt out of E-Verify. Immigration is a federal issue and business cannot work successfully
in a country with patchwork state and local laws that can often contradict each other.


Thank you!

Anonymous said...

WOW! A Newspaper actually supports Humane immigration reform.

Attrition thru Enforcement is the most effective & efficient way to reduce Illegal immigration.

Yes, there are Greedy Pig Biz groups that want to hang on to thier Endentured Servants-some Republicans.

AND their are those that want the Working Poor to remain Poor and Vote for even more Gov't Nanny programs and ignore the Human Rights of American workers and Legal immigrants-most Democrats.

But the Public over all wants a fair working field to compete in and the working public are registering in record numbers as an Independent for the reason of our Kings & Queens refusing to solve this problem we pay them to do.

Over all if as many contacted thier rep, as they did last summer, this SAVE Act would fly thru both Houses with a big YES.

Even if they do not, most States are gearing up to make the E-Verify mandatory anyhow as the Citizens have had it and those laws will be passed by the People, OUR local Gov't.

ILLEGALS- you can go home now, with all that American money & stuff you stole OR go ahead and wait to be forced to leave, with nothing.
I say leave why you have the choice, soon you will not.

And Yes thank you Daniel for allowing Free Speech, the Liberals do not on thier blogs.

Anonymous said...

I get really, REALLY sick of the black-and-white world that some of you morons keep perpetuating. As a liberal, I know perfectly well that there are SOME liberal blogs that censor, and there are also some liberal blogs that DON'T censor. I know that Daniel is a right-winger who doesn't (so far) censor, but I also know (from personal experience) that Ann Coulter is a right-winger who DOES censor on her board ... I was summarily dismissed two days after my registration was approved -- I wasn't swearing, name-calling, or threatening, I was merely presenting a different point of view, and the moderator kicked me out because I was causing "trouble."

Let's not play this silly game that "right-wingers" never censor, but "liberals" do. Both camps have their own brands of political correctness, and some members from both camps practice censorship, and it's bullshit regardless of who does it. For morons who are unfamiliar with such an approach, this is called standing for a principle, and not for a party. You might try it sometime, Anon 12:30.

Anonymous said...

A Newspaper actually supports Humane immigration reform.

Behind the Times
Who Pulls The Strings at Washington's No. 2 Daily?

The Washington Times, the right-wing daily that bills itself as an alternative to the Washington Post, is owned and influenced by Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. But most journalists seem unable or unwilling to consider the political implications of this fact -- despite the role of Washington Times executives in the Koreagate scandal of the 1970s and the Iran-contra scandal today.

Since its inception in 1982, the Washington Times has gained a circulation of about 100,000 and the endorsement of President Ronald Reagan, who reads it every day. Founding editor and publisher James Whelan resigned in July 1984, charging that top Unification Church (UC) officials had taken over the paper in violation of UC guarantees of independence. In 1987, Times editorial page editor William Cheshire and several staff members also resigned over UC interference.

The Washington Times public relations line -- printed as fact in a Time magazine profile (6/15/87) -- maintains that the newspaper is "owned by a group of Korean investors affiliated with the Unification Church." These "investors" -- the Korean-based Tong-II Industries -- do not seem to view the Times as a profit-making venture. Current Times editor-in-chief Arnaud de Borchgrave told the Washington Post (5/6/87) that a Tong-II executive described one of the company's factories as "the logistical tail of the Washington Times." "They are very conscious of the fact that a certain portion of their profit comes to us to meet the subsidy," de Borchgrave said.

A 1978 congressional committee disclosed that 53 percent of Tong-II was owned by the Unification Church. But there is no proof that Tong-II is the sole, or even the principal, funder of the Times. New World Communications (NWC), the privately held parent company of the Washington Times and other Moon media outlets, is neither obligated under the law nor willing to disclose its financing.

Three NWC executives are not only top Unification Church officials, but have also had high-ranking posts in the Korean CIA (KCIA). Sang Kook Han, a "personal assistant" to the KCIA director in the early 1960s, later served as South Korea's ambassador to Norway and Panama. In 1984, Han was installed at the Washington Times, precipitating the resignation of editor James Whelan. Currently senior vice president of New World Communications, Han is described by Whelan as the "de facto publisher" and "inspector general" of the Times.

Kim Sang In, another NWC executive, was KCIA station chief in Mexico in the '70s. There, according to U.S. congressional investigators, he functioned as the "control agent" for Tungsun Park, who bribed U.S. officials to gain favors for the South Korean government in what became known as "Koreagate." Congressional probers disclosed that illegal espionage operations linked to Koreagate were carried out by the Unification Church at the behest of the KCIA.

Bo Hi Pak, the president of NWC, served as liaison to the U.S. intelligence community while posted in Washington as South Korean military attache in the 1960s and early '70s, according to the Koreagate inquiry. Pak is also president of CAUSA (Confederation of the Associations for Unity of the Societies of the Americas), the political arm of the Unification Church. CAUSA was instrumental in providing aid to the Nicaraguan contras.

What are the intentions of those who own and control the Washington Times? The Koreagate probe revealed that the Moon organization functions as a highly integrated unit; each component may maintain the appearance of independence as a means towards larger ends. James Whelan believes he was forced out of the paper because he was too independent.

Opposition to constitutional democracy is a theological premise of The Divine Principle, the basic text of Unificationism. Moon's speeches are riddled with contempt for "American-style democracy," which he denigrates as "a good nursery for the growth of Communism." "We must have an automatic theocracy to rule the world," Moon has declared.

Former top UC official Steve Hassan believes that the Washington Times is a "Trojan horse" within the conservative movement. Hassan told EXTRA!, "Conservative politics is glad to have a voice through the Times, but ultimately it has nothing to do with conservatism. It has to do with fascism."

Eli Barnhardt said...

I was also banned from Coulter's chat room, and Michelle Malkins and NW Republican. And I never swear or insult either.

Anonymous said...

I got banned from Blue Oregon for insulting Rob "Mr. Eyebrows" Kramer. Apparently Kari Chisolm didn't like my humor. Oh, well, the fact remains, Rob Kramer needs a serious eyebrow wax.

Anonymous said...

Rob's last name is spelled "Kremer". I do agree though, that guy needs a wee bit o' eyebrow waxin'. Maybe the Botox slut on KPAM can hook 'em up.