Looking at the potential presidential frontrunners for both the Democrat and Republican parties reveals that virtually everyone of them would surrender America's borders. Not one of the presidential frontrunners from either party would protect our borders against illegal immigration. Just the opposite. They would continue George Bush's policy of wide open borders, including his determination to grant amnesty to illegals. In other words, when it comes to protecting our borders, there is not a nickel's worth of difference between the two major parties' leading presidential contenders.
Democratic presidential frontrunners include John Edwards, Barak Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Republican frontrunners include John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani.
In fact, virtually every Democratic candidate, and even the vast majority of Republican candidates, would provide no relief to America's border problems. And, yes, that includes Sam Brownback and Newt Gingrich. Notable exceptions include Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul, and Tom Tancredo, with Tancredo at the head of the class.
Obviously, should Hunter, Paul, or Tancredo miraculously win the White House, the push for a North American Union (NAU) complete with a NAFTA superhighway and a trilateral, hemispheric government, would be stopped dead in its tracks. For this reason, the GOP machine (and the insiders who control it) will never allow someone such as Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul, or Tom Tancredo to obtain the nomination.
It's time the American people faced a hard, cold reality: no matter who the two major parties nominate in November 2008, the push for open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, and the NAU will continue unabated. In other words, anyone one believes that unimpeded illegal immigration (and related issues) just might be the biggest threat to our national sovereignty and security (and count me as one who does) will not be able to vote for either the Republican or Democratic nominee in 2008. It's time to start preparing for that reality now.
Does that mean that Republicans should not do everything they can to help Tancredo, Paul, or Hunter gain the nomination? Of course not. If the vast majority of the GOP rank and file would get solidly behind these three men, one of them might have a chance of succeeding. However, the track record of the GOP faithful is not very reassuring.
Instead of supporting principled, uncompromising men of integrity, such as the three men named above, Republican voters will doubtless buy into the party mantra of pragmatism and help nominate another spineless globalist such as currently occupies the White House, which will leave us exactly where we are now.
So, here is the sixty-four million dollar question: What will principled conservative voters do in 2008? My hope and prayer is that after failing to receive their party's nomination, Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo, and Duncan Hunter (or at least one of them) will leave the party and bring their (his) followers to the Constitution Party (CP). In all likelihood, the CP will have ballot access in over 45 states. It is already the third largest political party in the country and is currently the fastest growing political party in the nation. A national leader such as Paul, Tancredo, or Hunter would provide the CP with a very attractive alternative to the globalist candidates being offered by the two major parties.
By nature, I am not a single issue voter. However, I am sensible enough to realize that there are currently a handful of issues that will literally make or break America's future. And right now, the illegal immigration and emerging North American Union issues are at the very top of the list. Further failure on these issues will mean the end of America as we know it. And I mean very soon.
Regardless of what Hunter, Paul, and Tancredo ultimately do, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents who believe we must protect America's borders, stop the burgeoning North American Union, and secure our national sovereignty must be prepared to abandon the two major parties' presidential nominees in 2008 and support an "America First" third party candidate. Even a virtually unknown candidate with limited experience, but someone who understands the issues and has the backbone to do what is right, would be head and shoulders above what the two major parties are currently shoving down our throats.
Better start preparing yourselves for it now, folks.
© Chuck Baldwin
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Two federal agencies are refusing to turn over a mountain
By LIZ CHANDLER
Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Two federal agencies are refusing to turn over a mountain
of evidence that investigators could use to indict the nation's
burgeoning workforce of illegal immigrants and the firms that employ them.
Last week, immigration cops trumpeted the arrests of nearly 1,200
illegal workers in a massive sting on a single company, but they admit
that they relied on old-fashioned confidential informants and an
unsolicited tip to get their investigation going.
It didn't have to be that hard.
The IRS and the Social Security Administration routinely collect strong
evidence of potential workplace crimes, including names and addresses of
millions of people who are using bogus Social Security numbers, their
wage records and the identities of the bosses who knowingly hire them.
But they keep those facts secret.
"If the government bothered to look, it could find abundant evidence of
illegal aliens gaming our system and the unscrupulous employers who are
aiding and abetting them," said Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.
The two agencies don't analyze their data to root out likely immigration
fraud - and they won't share their millions of records so that law
enforcement agencies can do that, either.
Privacy laws, they say, prohibit them from sharing their files with
anyone, except in rare criminal investigations.
But the agencies don't even use the power they have.
The IRS doesn't fine even the most egregious employers who repeatedly
submit inaccurate data about their workers. Social Security does
virtually nothing to alert citizens whose Social Security numbers are
being used by others.
Evidence abounds within their files, according to an analysis by Knight
Ridder and The Charlotte Observer.
One internal study found that a restaurant company had submitted 4,100
duplicate Social Security numbers for workers. Other firms submit
inaccurate names or numbers reports for nearly all of their employees.
One child's Social Security number was used 742 times by workers in 42
"That's the kind of evidence we want," says Paul Charlton, the U.S.
attorney in Arizona. He regularly prosecutes unauthorized workers, but
says it's hard to prove employers are involved in the crime.
"Anything that suggests they had knowledge . . . is a good starting
point. If you see the same Social Security number a thousand times, it's
kind of hard for them to argue they didn't know." The potential crimes
are so obvious that the failure to provide such information to
investigators raises questions about Washington's determination to end
the widespread hiring of illegal immigrants at cut-rate pay.
For years, the illicit workforce has ballooned.
An estimated 7 million unauthorized workers are gainfully employed in
the United States. They're picking crops, building homes and tending
yards in a shadow economy at work every day. In some cases, they work
for the government on public projects that pay them with taxpayer money.
They've built roads in North Carolina, military housing in California
and even helped reconstruct the Pentagon after the 9-11 attacks, until
law enforcement got word.
They also work at airports, seaports, nuclear plants and other sites
vulnerable to U.S. security.
Those are the sites where immigration officials have focused their
attention. But on Thursday, they announced a new push toward busting
bosses who hire unauthorized workers.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has asked Congress for
access to the secret earnings files, a tool he says would help "get
control of this illegal workforce."
In last week's bust at IFCO Systems North America Inc., a Houston-based
maker of wooden pallets, more than half the workers were using invalid
or stolen Social Security numbers.
"We need to be able to ... spot that kind of widespread abuse and not
really just have to wait for tips," Chertoff said.
The IRS wants to protect the privacy of its records because disclosing
them might cause companies and employees to stop reporting income and
paying taxes - and go underground where exploitation is more certain.
"At least now," IRS commissioner Mark Everson told Congress in February,
"we are collecting some taxes in these areas, and we are working to
collect even more."
The records at issue are the earnings reports, sent by employers along
with money withheld for taxes and Social Security.
They contain workers' names and Social Security numbers, and when they
don't match Social Security records, the information is set aside in
what's called the Earnings Suspense File.
Created in 1937, the file contains about 255 million unmatched wage
reports representing $520 billion paid to workers but not credited to
their Social Security earnings records.
Typos and name changes can cause wage reports not to match Social
Security records. But increasingly, officials cite unauthorized workers
using bogus Social Security numbers as a driving force behind the
The incorrect worker files mushroomed during the 1990s, as migrants
poured into the United States. Almost half of the inaccurate reports
come from such industries as agriculture, construction and restaurants,
which rely on unauthorized labor.
"We believe the chief cause of (unmatched) wage items . . . is
unauthorized work by non-citizens," Social Security's Inspector General
Patrick O'Carroll told Congress in February.
The IRS also receives the mismatch information. It tries to match
workers involved to its records, then probes to see whether the workers
are paying taxes.
Particularly disturbing is that possibly millions of the Social Security
numbers belong to other people.
In Utah, after Social Security provided data for one criminal probe,
investigators discovered that Social Security numbers of 2,000 children
were being used by other people.
"What do you think we'd find if we had the ability to analyze all of
their information?" said Kirk Torgensen, Utah's chief deputy attorney
general. "It would be invaluable. How short-sighted is it that the
government doesn't follow this trail?"
Getting a job is easy for illegal immigrants.
One Honduran man, who crossed the U.S. border in Texas and settled in
Charlotte, N.C., paid $50 for a Social Security card, but the
construction company that hired him never asked to see it.
He's grateful. The job has allowed him to buy a home, a computer for his
two boys and an aquarium filled with goldfish for the living room.
He's worked for the company for four years and now earns in a day what
he made in a week back in Central America.
"I'm happy here," said the man, 37, who asked not to be named for fear
he'd get fired and deported. "Over there, we don't have anything. You
can't even afford to go to McDonald's."
Many of his fellow workers are illegal, he said. He thinks the company
To work lawfully in the United States, individuals must have valid
Social Security numbers or authorization from the Department of Homeland
But the law doesn't require companies to verify that workers give them
names and numbers that match Social Security records.
So most companies don't check.
That loophole, created by Congress in 1986, makes it hard to prove
whether employers know they're hiring illegal workers.
Internal federal studies suggest that errors are so frequent that some
companies must be aware of the illegal status of their employees.
- About 8,900 of the nation's 6 million employers accounted for 30
percent of inaccurate reports.
- Ten states account for 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, but have 72
percent of the unmatched earnings reports.
- Some companies repeatedly have reporting problems, including 40 that
made the worst 100 list repeatedly over a span of eight years. One
company submitted 33,000 errant earnings reports in a single year.
Some of the country's most successful prosecutions have come with help
from Social Security, which will open specific files once a criminal
investigation is under way.
The records played an important role in last week's nationwide sting at
IFCO, but investigators didn't learn about the company's immigrant
workforce until a year after Social Security began sending notices
asking the company and employees about the errors.
"The only reason we got onto this case was because of a lucky tip," said
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Dean Boyd. "We could have
launched this case a year earlier. It sure would make our jobs easier
and save the taxpayers a lot of money if we had access to their
Most immigrants simply use Social Security numbers to get work, experts say.
They make up numbers, buy them on forged cards, or steal them.
But their demand has fueled a massive industry of suppliers who make
fraudulent documents or steal real ones.
Federal officials downplay the risks that people face when others use
their numbers for work. Safeguards are in place to protect retirement
and disability benefits, they say.
Lenders, too, say most won't lend money if an applicant's Social
Security number doesn't match the name on record.
But sometimes those safeguards fail.
Prosecutors and consumer groups say they see plenty of fraud committed
with stolen Social Security numbers.
In Utah, prosecutors charged dozens of immigrants who got lured into a
fraud ring to buy homes. The immigrants managed to obtain 87 home loans
using Social Security numbers they'd obtained.
"The whole world revolves around the Social Security number. You need it
to get employment, a driver's license, credit. . . . The more demand
there is for stolen numbers, the odds are they're going to hit your
number," said Torgensen, Utah's deputy attorney general.
Jay Foley warned that obtaining someone's number can also be the first
step toward total identity theft. He started the Identity Theft Resource
Center in San Diego after his wife became a victim.
"Someone can open credit in your name. You can be hounded by collection
agencies," he said. "I've seen people lose their homes and their
marriages over this."
The Santa Fe Police Department is considering the
possibility of recruiting Mexican nationals to fill vacant police jobs.
LAS CRUCES Sun-News | 05/16/2007
Senate Democrats, Republicans and the White House forged a compromise
today on an immigration bill that would grant quick legal status to
millions of illegal immigrants and increase border security.
The bill, which would establish a temporary worker program, is not
"amnesty," insisted Arlen Specter, R-Pa., in anticipation of criticism.
"This will restore the rule of law," he said.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, nevertheless, called the deal "Amnesty, a
pardon and reward for lawbreakers."
"Many senators claim that their deal renews respect for the rule of
law," King said. "Let me respond to that absurd statement by stating
clearly, you cannot simultaneously tear down and rebuild one of our
constitutional principles. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and
the rule of law. The price for amnesty is the sacrifice of the rule of
King, ranking Republican on the Immigration Subcommittee of the U.S.
House Judiciary Committee, said each of the senators who struck the deal
"should wear a scarlet letter 'A' for amnesty."
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., also was quick to label the bill "amnesty."
The senator said it "rewards people who broke the law with permanent
legal status and puts them ahead of millions of law-abiding immigrants
waiting to come to America."
"I don't care how you try to spin it, this is amnesty," DeMint said.
"I hope we don't take a thousand page bill written in secret and try to
ram it through the Senate in a few days," he added. "This is a very
important issue for America and we need time to debate it."
The complex measure also would create a separate program for
agricultural workers and institute high-tech methods to verify workers
are in the U.S. legally.
President Bush, calling the agreement a "historic moment," looks forward
to signing the bill into law, said Homeland Security Secretary Michael
The House is not expected to act until the Senate passes a bill.
The bill features a new point system for awarding green cards that gives
priority to education and skill level over family connections.
Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., called the deal "the best possible chance we
will have in years to secure our borders and bring millions of people
out of the shadows and into the sunshine of America."
Illegal immigrants would be allowed to come forward and obtain a "Z
visa" that puts them on a track for permanent residency within eight to
13 years. Fees and a fine of $5,000 are required and heads of household
first must return to their home countries.
The illegals would be able to obtain a probationary card right away to
live and work in the U.S., but the path to citizenship cannot begin
until completion of border improvements and the high-tech ID system.
The temporary worker program also would be delayed until the new
security measures are in place. The workers would be required to return
home after two years and would not be on a track for permanent status.
The guest worker visas could be renewed twice, but the worker would be
required to leave for one year between each renewal.
Democrats wanted guest workers to be allowed to stay indefinitely.