The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

On immigration, DACA and Rep. Ferguson’s security bill


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Aug. 29, 2018 - 8:23 PM

In his recent guest column here railing against Congressman Drew Ferguson’s pending immigration security legislation, the Rule of Law, immigration enforcement and protecting American workers, Jack Bernard very nearly hit every talking point thrown out by the U.S.

Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the liberal media and the rest of massive corporate-funded anti-enforcement lobby.

Mr. Bernard made it clear that he favors a repeat of the toothless “one-time” 1986 immigration amnesty and path to U.S. citizenship that was the cause of much of today’s illegal immigration crisis.

Memo to Republicans: Another amnesty would be the biggest single voter-roll increase in Democrat history.

Any “dilemma” President Trump has on “separating families at the border” is that the illegal crossers have been educated on how to make false pleas for asylum and that bringing children – their own or rented from industrious entrepreneurs – will result in a better chance of being allowed to live and work in the United States. So, either the illegal aliens are locked up while their case is sorted out, or they are released to disappear, usually forever, into the interior of the U.S.

Children cannot be confined in the adult holding facilities. It’s illegal. And dangerous.

Mr. Bernard says Obama’s 2012 re-election scheme to grant de facto DACA amnesty to what has now become a special, protected class of illegal aliens known as “dreamers” was “wildly popular.”

We respectfully note that contrary to what Mr. Bernard writes, Obama’s amnesty was not an executive order – it was merely a policy memo. And that pre-DACA, Obama himself publicly announced more than 20 times that he lacked the authority to unilaterally do what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions.

Any DACA popularity was founded on ignorance or defiance of the law and endless promotion by the open borders lobby.

According to the Associated Press, so far this fiscal year, agents in the Yuma, Ariz. border sector have apprehended nearly 10,000 families and 4,500 unaccompanied children, a giant increase from just seven years ago when they arrested only 98 families and 222 unaccompanied children.

Think of the future “we need another DACA for the children” arguments.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has reported that “almost 8 percent of total DACA requestors (59,786 individuals) had arrest records as of the date the systems were queried, which included offenses such as assault and battery, rape, murder, and drunk driving, among others” according to officials.

Rep. Ferguson’s legislation also acknowledges the fact that about half of the total illegal aliens in the U.S. today did not come here illegally. They came on legal, temporary visas and then refused to leave as promised. Over 700,000 foreigners overstayed their visas in 2016, according to DHS. We do not have a system in place to track them.

Rep. Ferguson’s bill would fix that lunacy.

According to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than green card holders (legal immigrants) and according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, more illegals than border-state Arizona.

On legal immigration, it helps to understand that the USA takes in more than one million legal immigrants each year – more than any other nation. Many people who study the issue – this writer included – view that number as too high for badly needed assimilation, including preserving English usage. And realize that high immigration numbers reduces American wages.

For example, work from the eminent Harvard economist George Borjas shows that when immigration increases the size of the labor pool by 10 percent, wages for African American men drop 2.5 percent – and their employment rate declines by nearly 6 percent.

About 62 percent of Americans want immigration cut by 50 percent or more (Pulse Opinion Research, courtesy NumbersUSA.com, July, 2017) We hope readers of all description will heed the 1995 words of Barbara Jordan, the late Democrat and chair of then-President Bill Clinton’s U.S. Commission on Immigration

Reform: “Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave.”

D.A. King

Marietta