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 NYC Mayor Called 'Blooming Idiot' for Supporting Illegal Aliens

By Randy Hall   CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor   July 06, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is "a blooming idiot" for giving testimony on Wednesday that supports illegal aliens while attacking the rights of American gun owners, a pro-gun group has charged.

During testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing held in Philadelphia, Bloomberg said: "Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders ... our city's economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported. The same holds true for the nation."

That comment drew the ire of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), which accused the mayor of being "a blooming idiot" for preferring to see the country overrun by illegal aliens than give a break to law-abiding American gun owners.

"While Bloomberg has launched a campaign to attack the rights of American gun owners," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, "it is obvious he is rather selective about whom he considers a criminal."

"He doesn't seem at all alarmed that among the millions of illegal aliens sneaking into this country are criminals and possible terrorists," Gottlieb added. "But evidently, he thinks that scenario is far preferable to one in which law-abiding citizens can arm themselves against thugs, including ones that are here illegally."

Bloomberg also told the hearing, which was chaired by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), that if the government expects more border patrols to stop undocumented workers from pouring into the country, "you might as well sit on the beach and tell the tide not to come in."

Gottlieb also disagreed with Bloomberg's assessment of border control enforcement.

"More than a year ago," he recalled, "CCRKBA launched a campaign calling on the Bush administration to concentrate on border control, not gun control. We knew then, as we know today, that Americans are greatly concerned about illegal aliens."

"While many of those illegal immigrants are here to take jobs, others come here to commit crimes, ranging from drug trafficking to murder," Gottlieb noted. "Some of their victims have been police officers on duty. Yet there hasn't been a whimper from Mayor Bloomberg about this, only about ratcheting down on firearms.

"New York City has suffered a recent rash of stabbings, some of which were apparently committed by illegal aliens," he noted, "yet where is the mayor's concern about that? It's not the weapon, it's the criminal."

During Wednesday's hearing, Bloomberg also called the nation's immigration laws "fundamentally broken" because employers are required "not to do anything more than eyeball" a workers' documents while knowing that bogus Social Security documents and "fake green cards are a dime a dozen."

Rather than "winking at businesses that hired illegal immigrants," Bloomberg said, the government should require all workers to carry "biometric" cards that use DNA or a fingerprint ID -- and require that employers check such cards against a national database.

"Mayor Bloomberg should be demanding tighter security along our borders instead of mounting dubious gun shop stings as a way to thwart crime," Gottlieb said. "Instead of interfering with ongoing criminal investigations to grab a headline, Bloomberg should devote his energies to making this country more secure, and that doesn't require him to trample on anyone's gun rights.

"He would rather harass American gun owners who have broken no laws, instead of going after illegal aliens who have broken our immigration laws by just being on our soil," he added.

Also disagreeing with Bloomberg's testimony at the hearing was a Pennsylvania mayor who has pushed for local ordinances cracking down on illegal immigrants. Hazleton Mayor Louis Barletta used the occasion to ask for federal government assistance toward his efforts.

"We must dig deep into the city's accounts to pay for illegal immigrants, while illegal immigrants do not pay their fair share of taxes, either to the city, the county, the state or the country," Barletta said.

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Congressman Culberson said, "Unfortunately, the Administration signed a totalization agreement with Mexico on June 29, 2004, and the White House will not let Congress see it, which makes me very suspicious. Reliable reports tell me that this agreement will put every illegal alien from Mexico and their entire extended family anywhere in the world on our overburdened Social Security system.  I strenuously oppose the effort to legalize illegal aliens through the Senate bill, and I will vigorously oppose any effort to open up our Social Security system to illegal aliens and their families through this totalization agreement. The Appropriations Committee agreed with me today that we should not place this immense and totally unfair burden on our Social Security system."

 How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico
In the Monitor   By John Dillin   July 06, 2006

WASHINGTON George W. Bush isn't the first Republican president to face a full-blown immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border.  Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America's southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond.  President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents - less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.

Although there is little to no record of this operation in Ike's official papers, one piece of historic evidence indicates how he felt. In 1951, Ike wrote a letter to Sen. William Fulbright (D) of Arkansas. The senator had just proposed that a special commission be created by Congress to examine unethical conduct by government officials who accepted gifts and favors in exchange for special treatment of private individuals.

General Eisenhower, who was gearing up for his run for the presidency, said "Amen" to Senator Fulbright's proposal. He then quoted a report in The New York Times, highlighting one paragraph that said: "The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican 'wetbacks' to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government."

Years later, the late Herbert Brownell Jr., Eisenhower's first attorney general, said in an interview with this writer that the president had a sense of urgency about illegal immigration when he took office.

America "was faced with a breakdown in law enforcement on a very large scale," Mr. Brownell said. "When I say large scale, I mean hundreds of thousands were coming in from Mexico [every year] without restraint."

Although an on-and-off guest-worker program for Mexicans was operating at the time, farmers and ranchers in the Southwest had become dependent on an additional low-cost, docile, illegal labor force of up to 3 million, mostly Mexican, laborers.

According to the Handbook of Texas Online, published by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas State Historical Association, this illegal workforce had a severe impact on the wages of ordinary working Americans. The Handbook Online reports that a study by the President's Commission on Migratory Labor in Texas in 1950 found that cotton growers in the Rio Grande Valley, where most illegal aliens in Texas worked, paid wages that were "approximately half" the farm wages paid elsewhere in the state.

Profits from illegal labor led to the kind of corruption that apparently worried Eisenhower. Joseph White, a retired 21-year veteran of the Border Patrol, says that in the early 1950s, some senior US officials overseeing immigration enforcement "had friends among the ranchers," and agents "did not dare" arrest their illegal workers.

Walt Edwards, who joined the Border Patrol in 1951, tells a similar story. He says: "When we caught illegal aliens on farms and ranches, the farmer or rancher would often call and complain [to officials in El Paso]. And depending on how politically connected they were, there would be political intervention. That is how we got into this mess we are in now."

Bill Chambers, who worked for a combined 33 years for the Border Patrol and the then-called US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), says politically powerful people are still fueling the flow of illegals.  During the 1950s, however, this "Good Old Boy" system changed under Eisenhower - if only for about 10 years.  In 1954, Ike appointed retired Gen. Joseph "Jumpin' Joe" Swing, a former West Point classmate and veteran of the 101st Airborne, as the new INS commissioner.

Influential politicians, including Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D) of Texas and Sen. Pat McCarran (D) of Nevada, favored open borders, and were dead set against strong border enforcement, Brownell said. But General Swing's close connections to the president shielded him - and the Border Patrol - from meddling by powerful political and corporate interests.  One of Swing's first decisive acts was to transfer certain entrenched immigration officials out of the border area to other regions of the country where their political connections with people such as Senator Johnson would have no effect.

Then on June 17, 1954, what was called "Operation Wetback" began. Because political resistance was lower in California and Arizona, the roundup of aliens began there. Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country.  By mid-July, the crackdown extended northward into Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, and eastward to Texas.  By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State voluntarily.

Unlike today, Mexicans caught in the roundup were not simply released at the border, where they could easily reenter the US. To discourage their return, Swing arranged for buses and trains to take many aliens deep within Mexico before being set free.

Tens of thousands more were put aboard two hired ships, the Emancipation and the Mercurio. The ships ferried the aliens from Port Isabel, Texas, to Vera Cruz, Mexico, more than 500 miles south.  The sea voyage was "a rough trip, and they did not like it," says Don Coppock, who worked his way up from Border Patrolman in 1941 to eventually head the Border Patrol from 1960 to 1973.

Mr. Coppock says he "cannot understand why [President] Bush let [today's] problem get away from him as it has. I guess it was his compassionate conservatism, and trying to please [Mexican President] Vincente Fox."  There are now said to be 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the US. Of the Mexicans who live here, an estimated 85 percent are here illegally

 43 leaders oppose amnesty candidates
Pledge campaign against supporters of Senate bill, Pence compromise
Posted: July 7, 2006  -   2006 WorldNetDaily.com

A group of 43 influential opinion leaders including Alan Keyes, Phyllis Schlafly, David Horowitz and Swiftboat activist John O'Neill have signed a declaration pledging to withhold support for any candidate, Democrat or Republican, who votes for legislation providing "amnesty" or a guest-worker program for illegal aliens.

The members of a group called the Secure Borders Coalition say the immigration bill passed by the Senate and a plan proposed in the House by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., which they call "amnesty lite" are unacceptable.

They describe Pence's plan as providing for "the wholesale importation of aliens and a path to citizenship for them."

The leaders, who are circulating their declaration among other conservative leaders and grassroots activists, say their stance represents a major break with the Bush White House reminiscent of the battle over the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court.

The declaration points out the Heritage Foundation estimates the Senate bill will bring in at least 60 million foreigners during the next 20 years.

"If the demographics of the so-called temporary workers are similar to those of the illegal aliens already here, more than half will be high school dropouts," the declaration states. "They will work low-paying jobs that require payment of little or no income tax. They will be 50 percent more likely to receive government benefits than those in non-immigrant households. And 42 percent of their children will be born out-of-wedlock but all their children born in the U.S. will automatically become American citizens."

The cost of the Senate amnesty for illegal immigrants alone, according to the Heritage report, would be $50 billion a year for entitlements, including Medicaid, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Earned Income Tax Credit, food stamps, public housing, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and federally funded legal representation.

"Any amnesty would move America toward a future like France, which is staggering under the burden of 'guest' workers who never went home," states the declaration.

The declaration says the plan proposed by Pence, hailed by supporters as a compromise, would "place no limit whatsoever on the numbers of foreign workers who could be imported by U.S. employers from any country anywhere in the world."

"By flooding this country with so many immigrants, legal and illegal, controlling immigration will become impossible and by dumping that burden onto an already-overburdened system of government benefits, these proposals are a threat to the future of the United States," the declaration states.

The declaration concludes: "Passing no bill is better than passing any new amnesty, legalization, guest worker or foreign worker program of any kind."

The backers "call for enforcement now" and favor a "policy of attrition of the illegal population through strong enforcement of our nation's immigration laws, which includes, first and foremost, the securing of our borders."

The signatories, whose affiliation is listed for identification only, are:
Peggy Birchfield, Religious Freedom Action Coalition;
Jim Boulet, Jr., English First;
Brent Bozell, Conservative Victory Committee;
Bay Buchanan, Team America PAC;
Mario A. Calabrese; Christine Carmouche, GrassTopsUSA;
Jim Clymer, Constitution Party National Committee;
Kristen N. Cooper, Foundation for American Christian Education;
Jerome R. Corsi, author;
Kay Daly; Tom DeWeese, American Policy Center;
James R. Edwards, Consultant to NumbersUSA;
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch;
Don Feder, Don Feder Associates;
John Fonte; Paul Goedinghaus, Alamo Alliance;
William Green, RightMarch.com;
Ellen Grigsby, Open Doors USA;
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring, Inc.;
Carl F. Horowitz, National Legal and Policy Center;
David Horowitz, Center for the Study of Popular Culture;
Joan L. Hueter, American Council for Immigration Reform;
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Hope Christian Ministries;
Kevin Kearns, U.S. Business and Industry Council;
Alan Keyes, Declaration Alliance;
Mal Kline, Accuracy in Academia;
Gary G. Kreep, United States Justice Foundation;
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies;
Deborah Lambert, Accuracy in Media;
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Toward Tradition;
K.C. McAlpin, ProEnglish;
William J. Murray, Religious Freedom Coalition;
John O'Neill, Swiftboat Veterans;
Howard Phillips, The Conservative Caucus;
Alan Potter, Constitution Party of Virginia;
Marc Rotterman, American Conservative Union;
Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum;
Rick and Caryann Shaftan, Neighborhood Research/Mountaintop Media;
Rev. Lou Sheldon, Traditional Values Coalition;
Chris Simcox, Minuteman Civil Defense Corps;
Kent Snyder, The Liberty Committee;
Mike Valerio, Mike and Helen Valerio Foundation;
Richard A. Viguerie, Conservative HQ.com.

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