By Rick Oltman, December 3, 2018
With control of the House of Representatives changing over to the Democrats in January, it is a sure bet that we can expect absolutely nothing to come out of the divided Congress vis-a-vis immigration law enforcement and border security. There will be junk bills, there always is with a divided Congress, but nothing meaningful will be produced.
Right now, the Central American caravan is using up all the oxygen in the room. But as the Mexican government deals with them, “encouraging” them by several different means to return to their nation of origin, we need to focus our attention on what can be done to defend America and enforce our law in the next two years without the help of a divided Congress.
That brings us to the states.
Some states are hopeless when it comes to enforcing our immigration laws: California and New York head the list. But there are several states that have the ballot initiative process where citizens can get proposed laws on the ballot. And a well-financed and thoughtful effort can be successful in many states.
The two years leading up to the 2020 elections can be used to pass good laws, but also to continue the debate and discussion about the costs of illegal immigration, crime, victims, etc. As that discussion takes place, we know that those opposed to enforcement will be outraged-to-apoplectic. Candidates at the local, state, and federal levels will be getting their campaign issues ready for the coming election and can take positions supporting the law or not. And the voters can then decide on whom to elect based on the immigration issue.
E-Verify would be a terrific issue to put onto a state ballot.
E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
A state law that required all business and government employers to run all employees and job applicants through the federal E-Verify database can be easily explained and defended to the American workers/voters in those states. And E-Verify is a great deterrent to those thinking they can sneak into America and get a job.
In addition, a law that required all welfare offices to run their applicants through E-Verify would certainly cut down the number of illegal aliens applying for taxpayer funded benefits. This has never been considered to my knowledge.
An initiative requiring all state and local law enforcement to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would end a lot of “sanctuary” nonsense.
In short, with the gridlock coming from the swamp, it is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work in the next phase of preserving our country and our culture. Because … .
When the government won’t act, the people must.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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