Nancy Pelosi is playing a dangerous game. Let’s look at the facts.
When Donald Trump was still a candidate for the US Presidency, one of his cornerstone promises was to “build the wall.” He was running against Hillary Clinton, who’s popularity among Democrats was so high it was almost sacrosanct. Even Bernie Sanders couldn’t beat her. But she lost the general election to Donald Trump. Those facts are not disputed.
But, now, Nancy Pelosi had decided to make the obstruction of “the wall” a pillar of her service as the reinstated Speaker of the House of Representatives. She needs to realize that she runs the risk of so strongly galvanizing Trump’s support base that she will guarantee his re-election in 2020. I don’t say this to attempt to change her mind (because I harbor no delusions that my word has so much weight) but because I want to be fully understood when I say the following.
While I believe that Pelosi is delusional in thinking that blocking the wall will help the Democratic Party, I do not believe that she is wrong about why she is blocking it. Building the wall will not do anything to prevent illegal immigration.
Why do I say that? It is VERY simple. Even if the wall is built, it will do nothing about any of the reasons WHY people choose to illegally enter the United States.
There are 3 main reasons why someone would illegally enter the US. In no specific order, they enter the US for jobs, citizenship, or entitlements.
As it stands now, an immigrant who illegally enters the US for a job can make a better living working the same job as a US citizen, while taking only half the wages the citizen needs to earn. An illegal immigrant pays no taxes, gets free health care, and (as I have witnessed myself) they will often live with 3-5 families in one home, while avoiding getting a driver’s license, car insurance, or other things US Citizens need to survive. That does NOT stop them from driving cars on our streets, or using our health care system – they just don’t pay for any of it. We pick up the difference by paying more for our insurance, licenses, and basic needs.
Citizenship – another reason that someone would illegally enter the US is if a woman is pregnant and wants her child to be a US citizen. The whole world knows that the US is one of the few remaining sovereign nations that grants unrestricted Birthright Citizenship. While it was once fairly common among developed nations, it is now seen as anachronistic, a throwback to a time that is no longer relevant. Most G-8 countries do not use this system anymore. The US does, which is why more people than ever are turning to the US, looking to fulfill their dreams for their children’s future successes. There is only one way to do anything about this – end the practice. We only need a minor change to make a major difference. Just require that all future Birthright Citizens have at least one parent who is already a US Citizen, and this will no longer be a draw for illegal immigration.
Entitlements – free welfare, medical care, and even government subsidized smart phones go a long way to encourage people to believe that they can live a better life in the US than they could in their own home country. As the law is currently written, no hospital can legally refuse to treat any patient purely on the grounds that they can’t afford to pay for emergency care. Plus, any married man working an “under the table” job, which is illegal, has a wife who qualifies to apply for welfare benefits on the grounds that her family has no income. The welfare agencies are not only not required to verify citizenship status, they are actively PREVENTED from doing so by Federal mandates. Once again, the fix for this is simple. Start requiring ALL welfare agencies to verify LEGAL US residency, every 6 months, and this will no longer support those who are here only to take advantage of our generosity and altruism.
Best of all – those are all changes that cost almost nothing. We don’t need a $50 Billion dollar wall to stop illegal immigration. We just need to end the reasons why citizens of other countries would want to enter our country illegally. Leave the current LEGAL entry system alone – people who are willing to follow our rules to legally enter the US should always be welcome.
And, let’s not forget, Donald Trump is a businessman. He’s intimately familiar with “the Art Of the Deal” – he even had a book written in his name on that very subject. So, if Pelosi were to go back to the negotiation table with Donald, and offer full support for ALL 3 of these suggestions, we might see an immediate end to the debate about the wall AND our illegal immigration problem.
Kudos to my wonderful wife for sending this to me!
WE DO LIVE IN SUCH A DUMB COUNTRY!!
By Jeff Foxworthy:
If plastic water bottles are okay, but plastic bags are banned, — you might live in a nation (state) that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair or a three-year-old girl can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE IN ALL UPCOMING ELECTIONS. MOST OF THE IDIOTS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY SAY ONE THING AND DO THE OPPOSITE KNOWING THAT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM IN DO NOT PAY ATTENTION
LET’S SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT!!!
IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.
IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.
IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET ……. !!!
A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS,
SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE, FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE,
A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE, THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT, AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.
The following is an excerpt from an email I got several days ago. – V
So much for Obama’s “rigorous vetting and screening” processes.
The FBI just fessed up to arresting two male Islamic “refugees” living in the U.S. on terrorism-related charges.
Federal officials caught Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan red-handed in Houston, Texas providing “training, expert advice and assistance, and personnel” to ISIS.
The Obama Administration granted him permanent legal status in 2011 after arriving from Iraq.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab was intercepted in Sacramento, California after lying about his ties to ISIS and traveling to Syria.
Both were terrorists masquerading as Islamic refugees.
And they fooled Obama Administration officials as they carried out suspected terrorist-related activity in America.
I sounded the alarm about Obama’s refugee program months ago.
It threatens our national security.
And the Obama Administration is failing miserably at thoroughly vetting these so-called “refugees” and filtering out the terrorists.
Even worse, Obama’s Syrian refugee scheme is set to bring 10,000 MORE potentially radical Islamists into America over the coming years.
That’s why I’m writing to you right now hoping you decide to get involved and take action to stop it.
I’ve set a goal of collecting 1,000,000 signatures this year from American patriots like you.
So far, over 80,000 people have signed the petition — which means we need 920,000 more signatures this year.
My plan is to whip up a grassroots firestorm of opposition demanding that Congress stop Obama’s Syrian refugee program.
With enough public pressure, especially during this year’s campaign, I’m confident our elected officials will pay close attention to our demands.
And believe me, if 1,000,000 fed up Americans like you are actively aware and involved, we will win this fight.
But without your action, it simply won’t be possible.
If you would like to help fight the Obama administration’s expansion of the refugee program, the link to sign your own copy of the petition is here:
DHS Official Unable to Give Number of Syrians in U.S. or Number of Expired Visas
A senior Department of Homeland Security official was unable to tell Congress the number of Syrian refugees who have entered the United States in the last year and the number of Americans who have travelled to Syria and returned, in testimony on Capitol Hill that angered many lawmakers.
and, if that isn’t bad enough, check this out
(the following is from an email I got from a group called American Security Coalition)
Barack Obama barked out orders and Congress rolled over and obeyed.
In the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill negotiated by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Republicans caved and fully funded Obama’s refugee program.
And while the Republican controlled House passed legislation with a veto proof majority that would have tightened the screening for refugees entering America, that language was dropped on the cutting room floor of the trillion dollar spending binge.
Now thousands of refugees from Syria — and other lawless Muslim nations — will nest in America.
Foxnews.com is reporting 100,000 Syrians have already flooded into our country since 2012.
Vernon, it’s not a hypothetical for ISIS to exploit the refugee program as a Trojan Horse to sneak jihadist fighters into America.
At least one of the Paris terrorists entered France as a refugee.
Walsh got it right!
In recent news, I found a note on Liberty News that a Texas State Judge recently faced a lawsuit that baffles me and humors me at the same time. A group of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS banded together to sue the State of Texas because they felt they were not getting all of the rights due to them.
Go back and re-read that last sentence again.
This one is going to go to the Supreme Court, if the “offended parties” are represented by a legal team with deep enough pockets to take it there. Now, go ahead and click on the link to find out what the judge’s ruling was . . .
In the wake of so many recent reports about illegal immigrants (even one who had previously been deported, and was now living in a “sanctuary city”) killing people, I thought a look at the other extreme would be in order.
The drunken thug hollered threats at the parishioner as she stepped out of her church in Boulder, CO on the evening of July 30.
Police say Heriberto Haro-Luna, inebriated and out of control, confronted his estranged wife in the church parking lot, grabbing her by the neck and threatening to slit her throat.
As this confrontation exploded, an employee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church was walking to his car –- with his concealed handgun.
Haro-Luna rapidly put the woman in a choke-hold and viciously stabbed her.
As she gasped her final prayers, the church employee drew his handgun and sprang into action. The assailant fled and was quickly apprehended by police.
Thanks to the quick action of the armed church employee (he has not yet been identified), the 41-year old woman is expected to make a full recovery.
Sadly, this kind of attack is not an isolated incident.
Less than two months ago, the infamous massacre at a Charleston, SC Bible study left nine people dead and even more injured.
No one was able to effectively stop the shooter as he unloaded round after round into the defenseless people.
You see, South Carolina law forbids guns in places of worship without express consent from the church’s owner.
The Emanuel AME Church opted to be a “gun-free zone.”
The pastor, Clementa Pinckney, also served as a SC State Senator and was a staunch supporter of gun control, regularly opposing concealed carry and self-defense legislation.
In 2011, Pinckney voted against a bill that would’ve allowed gun owners to bring their guns to church.
So on the evening of June 17, 2015, when the crazed shooter brought his gun to the Bible study illegally and opened fire, the law-abiding parishioners were sitting ducks. Tragically, Senator Pinckney was among the slain victims.
Yet, after this senseless shooting, anti-gun talking heads on every major media outlet parroted rhetoric about how gun control could’ve prevented this.
The only thing that could’ve prevented the Charleston, SC massacre would’ve been a good guy with a gun in that church.
And as disheartening as these “gun free zone” shootings are, I am very glad to report that similar incidents are stopped by armed citizens on a regular basis, saving hundreds of lives.
Take the incident in Texas, where a pro-gun pastor proved he’s nobody’s victim.
On July 28 of this year, a would-be robber kicked down the door of the Church of New Beginnings in Baytown, TX with Pastor Benny Holmes inside.
Holmes had a gun, so he was able to defend himself and hold the intruder until police arrived.
It isn’t just pastors who have been known to save the day, though.
In Boiling Springs, SC, a shotgun-wielding man interrupted Sunday service by kicking in the door of the pro-gun Southside Freewill Baptist Church.
Stepping into the church, the intruder brandished his shotgun and took aim at the pastor, only to be met by a parishioner’s handgun pointed right back at him.
Upon seeing the churchgoer’s handgun, the intruder froze.
This brief moment allowed several members of the congregation to seize the thug’s shotgun, disarming him and preventing a potential tragedy.
And of course, one of the best examples of a shooting stopped in mid-course by an armed citizen happened a few years ago at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO.
On December 9, 2007, Jeanne Assam ended what could have become one of the worst mass shootings in American history, saving possibly hundreds of lives.
The church was the second stop for Matthew Murray, a madman on a murderous rampage through local worship centers.
First, Murray went to the Youth With a Mission office, a training center for international missionaries, in Denver, CO – a city so harsh on guns, even open carry isn’t legal.
Entering the YWAM office, he asked to stay the night and after being declined, the 24-year old opened fire with a handgun, killing two people before slipping out the door.
12 hours and 65 miles later, Murray struck again, this time at Colorado Spring’s New Life Church.
As soon as he reached the parking lot, Murray opened fire, killing two teenage girls and wounding three others.
Stepping past his five victims, Murray moved towards the church, shooting out the glass doors, then walked down the hallway towards the congregation with over 1,000 rounds on his person, along with 3 firearms and a grenade.
Thankfully Jeanne Assam, a member of the congregation, was carrying her handgun that day and had volunteered to serve as church security. As Murray entered the building, Assam returned fire, stopping him in his tracks and saving the lives of the 7,000 people worshipping inside.
Police and officials later confirmed that the death toll would almost certainly have been in the hundreds without Ms. Assam’s brave actions.
Time and time again, law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights have saved countless lives and helped serve justice – often without a single shot being fired.
Stories like these are proof that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens save lives.
Yet, after every mass shooting, the gun control zealots bombard the media with their message that stricter gun laws are the answer.
But if the gun-grabbers had their way and the law-abiding were disarmed by so-called “gun free” zones, there would’ve been nothing between the madmen and their victims.
I shudder to think about what would’ve become of so many innocent churchgoers had law-abiding citizens been stripped of their firearms.
After all, if someone is willing to break God’s law and commit murder in a house of worship, why would they obey state or federal laws not to have a gun?
You and I know that logic just doesn’t add up.