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Presidential Candidates Pro Illegal Immigrants: Giving Social Security Benefits and Making English the Official Language July 14, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in Democrats, elections, illegal immigrants, immigration reform, news, politics, Republicans, Social Security, welfare.

It is important to realize that the problem of illegal aliens is one created by democrat liberal policy. When the liberal-led Congress in 1965 opened the borders to all comers, the democrat-engineered problem began. Edward Kennedy was among the members of Congress who encouraged mass immigration and illegal aliens. The current democrat controlled Congress is attempting to do the same as has been demonstrated by the recently failed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act. One other thing Americans must realize is that reform is a poor substitute for liberal politicians as well as state officials not dedicating sufficient resources and enforceable laws to eliminate illegal aliens in the first place. As demonstrated in Immigrant Amnesty: An Analysis of the US Chamber of Commerce Plan, it is not only economically feasible to remove all illegal immigrants but it would be financially beneficial to those Americans working in low-wage jobs, which suggests liberal democrats do not really care about those Americans.

In addition to taking needed jobs from American citizens and lowering their wages, immigration reform will also diminish social security. According to Nevada Senator John Ensign, immigration reform legislation will “allow the immigrants who receive amnesty to qualify for social security based on work performed prior to their amnesty.” The issue is this: “People who broke the law to come here and broke the law to work here can benefit from their conduct to collect social security.” In 2006, Ensign first proposed an amendment–S. Amdt. No. 3985— to correct that problem. However, the Senate rejected it. Among those who rejected it was presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Barak Obama (D-IL), Sam Brownback (R-KS), and John McCain (R-AZ). (To review how other senators voted, see the roll call here.)

Another issue included in the debate over immigration reform has been making English America’s official language. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe proposed an amendment to change “title 4 United States Code, to declare English as the national language of the United States and to promote the patriotic integration of prospective US citizens.” As such, the amendment, number S.Amdt. 1151, was an addition to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, and it was exactly the same amendment proposed in 2006. Just as last year, it passed by a majority vote comprised mostly of Republicans, but nearly all Democrats opposed it. Why? Because it would alter current laws affecting foreign language speaking immigrants. Put differently, it was not favorable to a vast number of non-English speaking immigrants currently residing in the United States, and it was intended to force a coherent patriotism on all Americans. It was decidedly opposed to the multiculturalism of liberal globalism.

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama were among the 33 who opposed making English the only national language. Of the 64 who voted in favor of it were Samuel Brownback and John McCain. (If interested in votes of others Senators, you will find the complete list here. You can review the 2006 roll call vote here.)

Democrats like Hillary Clinton would do more than allow working illegal aliens to have the benefits of social security they had paid in through deceived or not-so-deceived employers. In 2006, she attempted to pass an amendment in order to “establish a grant program to provide financial assistance to States and local governments for the costs of providing health care and educational services to noncitizens, and to provide additional funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.” It was voted down, but it shows liberals’ disregard for law and American taxpayers. Barak Obama was among those in favor of amendment no. 4072, while Sam Brownback and John McCain opposed it. (The entire roll call of votes by senators can be reviewed here.)

So what about the other leading presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani?

According to the Boston Globe, Mitt Romney’s position on immigration has changed over time. Congressional Immigration Reform had his approval because illegals were required “to register with the government, work for years, pay taxes, not take public benefits, and pay a fine before applying for citizenship.” That was in 2005. Today, Romney is opposed to the current reform. He now describes it as an “amnesty plan that would reward people for breaking the law and cost taxpayers millions to provide them benefits.” As stated in On the Issues, Romney would tell the illegal aliens to go home and apply for immigration or a work visa like all other immigrants or foreign workers.

There is reason to doubt Romney concerning his position on making English the official language. In a Human Events article, Phyllis Schafly points out his unacceptable use of foreign languages in campaign ads. All other candidates may be doing the same except for Brownback and Giuliani. Nevertheless, while speaking in Spanish to a Florida crowd, the Washington Post quotes Romney, telling the Union Leader in New Hampshire, “We cannot be a bilingual nation like Canada.” Go figure.

When it comes to Rudy Giuliani, his position on illegal immigrants receiving social security benefits is closer to liberal democrats. According to Western Michigan University College Republicans, Giuliani “has demanded that the federal government provide Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, and welfare to illegal immigrants.” This makes him, as far as John Hawkins is concerned, comparable to Nancy Pelosi on the issue.

Does this raise questions about his adherence to the rule of law? Amanda B. Carpenter wrote in Human Events that “he is well known … for willingness to shelter illegal aliens from federal immigration laws in the Big Apple.” His position could be construed as a commitment to humanitarian treatment of human beings and a way to make society more secure. People of the book would have no problem with the humanitarian part. However, breaking the federal law applicable to states is still breaking the law, and deporting illegal aliens is the law. The question then is whether he is also liberal in his commitment to the rule of law.

What is certain about Giuliani is his liberal position on making English America’s official language. In The Daily Backround, Arlen Parsa, quoting a 1996 New York Times article, reveals his consistent opposition to attempts to make English the official language in New York County. Maybe his recent support of such a national policy reflects a real change of mind, or it may be typical political campaign rhetoric. For conservatives and traditionalists, trusting Giuliani to represent their views will be very difficult.

This article was inspired by an e-mail titled “Shocking Senatorial Votes” and written by Edna Flansberg that listed the Senate roll call vote on these two issues.

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1. Janet Perez Eckles - July 14, 2007


Divided or United?

By Janet Perez Eckles

While colorful fireworks burst through the dark skies, and red, white and blue flags flap in the wind, a sense of pride swells up in me. Not an arrogant pride, but one of gratitude and appreciation. Let me tell you why.

As I sit at my computer tapping on my keyboard, comfortable in my home’s air-conditioning and other luxuries, my mind goes back to my native country of Bolivia. I go back to my birthplace, where daily protests block streets and put an abrupt halt to business. Homes where electricity, water and gas are often available for only hours at a time and are sometimes turned off completely without notice.

Schools with empty classrooms abound-teachers are marching through streets demanding a raise in pay from their monthly salary equivalent to $150. Remote areas exist where indoor plumbing and electricity are unknown, with no hope of ever enjoying these amenities that we take for granted. A government that fosters corruption and selfish ambition keeps the country stagnant. A land where a “give-me” mentality prevails over diligence and commitment.

Unfortunately, I believe I’m describing not just Bolivia, but the majority of third world countries where there is no 4th of July celebration. Instead, hopelessness sends fireworks of anger, rage and bitterness. Freedom often means more opportunities to experience gloom and poverty. Although my native country, its people, and its scenic countryside still tug at my heart with love, my appreciation for my American citizenship grips me with awe and gratitude.

As immigrants entered its borders centuries ago, they united in arduous work and sacrifice, enduring suffering to lift its principles and liberty for us to enjoy today. They marched to their place of work without making demands on the government. Rather, they put their demands on themselves in the spirit of prosperity. Their patriotism shone with their desire to build a country where freedom prevailed, and they united in an effort to give to the community rather than insist on benefits without earning them.

Coming from an immigrant who knows both sides, I would shout today from the rooftops, “America is still the greatest country in the world!” But the greatest obligations we have are to embrace her ways, learn the language, adjust to her culture, and contribute rather than tap into her resources. And while our family keeps our Hispanic culture in our hearts with its music, ethnic dishes and traditions, our desire is to support unity, not promote division. And this writer believes demands for drastic changes in the laws that contradict the principles exalted by the founding fathers might dangerously nudge us to a “Divided States” rather than a “United States.”

As we celebrate our Fourth of July holiday, may we all toss our colorful ethnic contributions into a blend of strength, sound principles and unity for our country!


Janet Perez Eckles, an immigrant, blinded by a retinal disease is a Court-certified Spanish interpreter, ladies’ Sun

day school teacher, national inspirational speaker, freelance writer, and contributor to seven books. She authored, “Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life.


Janet Perez Eckles

2. R. Murphy - January 1, 2008

My family-line has been here since 1632, ALL LEGAL immigrants. The US is only 231 years old and look what the (majority of) European immigrants have done here. Why should we want illegals here at all? Illegals from countries whose nationals are too lazy or too crooked to bring their nations up to the level of this one? When here, they do not learn our language, but work at changing ours to theirs. They did not earn the benefits, but collect them at the expense of myself and other seniors. Come here illegally and then birth children who automatically become US citizens, WHY? And on and on it goes. Enter illegally or go to jail or go home.

3. the Editor - January 2, 2008

I couldn’t agree more.

My mother’s family line crosses the Atlantic also–maybe even from the same gene pool of Murphy.

4. mt - February 26, 2008

I want to say, I wholeheartedly agree with the writers above, as my grandparents came here LEGALLY, had to learn to speak English, and faced many obstacles to working, it was a time when the Irish were not welcomed here, “dogs and Irish need not apply”, was posted everywhere, but they did what they had to do, and they did it legally, they did not take from the system, they put into it, and worked hard, I never got to meet my grandfather, he died before I was born, but I am proud of my grandparents and my ancestry, as we all should be of our ancestry.

America is a melting pot of many cultures, something we should all be proud of, we can all learn from each other, and in doing so, become enriched by others, and others become enriched by us.

I work hard, and have from the time I was 15, I have much empathy for others, and hope I have instilled that in my children, and I think I have succeeded there, but I am angry, not so much with the illegal aliens themselves, they do what they can get away with, but with our polititians who do not listen to the American people, they are suppose to be public servants, not just self serving servants, it no longer matters to some of them what the majority of us think or want, they forge ahead with their own adjendas.

I am angry with corporate America who hire illegal alients, therefore, committing a crime against the America people, so why are there not more demonstrations, or boycotts?

I don’t know how much exactly our American dollar is worth now, I know I can afford less and less as time goes on, and our salaries should rise, but don’t now, not enough to keep up, this is also starting to hit people with higher pay scales as well. I dare say that retirement is not an option for alot of law abiding citizens of the United States anymore.

It’s the thought that people can come here illegally, and actually get to live the American Dream, and the legals, all who came here legally, and who were born into this great country, are having a very hard time living the American Dream due to the drain on our economy.

Indeed, there are alot of legals and those who were born here who also drain our systems, we can only work on one at a time, by that, I mean, I think we all know someone who drains our economy for no other reason than they simply do not want to work, and find all sorts of means to do that. We all get depressed sometimes, and sometimes the depression is chronic or long lasting, sometimes, it is debilitating, and that is a condition that should be given consideration, when it is debilitating, but some use that, find ways around working, simply because the thought of working depresses them, someone who feigns an illness, and can find a doctor to corroborate their feigned illnesses, etc., criminals who are afforded the luxury of being able to go to college, violent criminals, and they tie up the judicial system with frivolous lawsuits, etc.,etc.

One at a time, but know, that some, not all, illegal aliens commit violent crimes here, I do have empathy for the plight of those who do not come here to commit other crimes, but charity begins at home, we must feed ourselves for strength, in order to help those who are weaker, by becoming weaker in our economy, we are depleating ourselves of the economic strenth to reach out to others less fortunate, it just makes sense.

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