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Stop With The Four-Letter Words Already

Stop With The Four-Letter Words Already

By Marilyn Snyder

Published in the Redlands Daily Facts, November 21, 2013

Despite President Obama’s insistence that immigration re­form be hustled through Con­gress before the end of the year, John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, squelched the notion when he said the issue was dead for this year.

“Thank goodness,” thought many in the tea party, who have been focusing their efforts on the repeal of Obamacare. To other groups, however, every day is a day to battle against im­migration reform. That puts them in a face-to-face clash with our own Redlands State Senator Bill Emmerson.

Emmerson, along with 14 other California State legisla­tive Republicans, sent a letter to Boehner calling for a vote on im­migration reform.

This begs the question: Why would state Republicans, as op­posed to Democrats, want to encourage a vote? Especially since there is a better-than-even chance that the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in this country are more likely to become Democrats rather than Republicans.

Furthermore, 52 percent of Americans believe that im­migrants are a burden on this country because they take jobs away from others and consume health care and welfare ser­vices, according to the Pew Re­search Center. In their letter to Boehner, state Republicans mention pro­viding legal clarity for millions in California who can become “an entirely new population of full taxpayers” spurring an “eco­nomic renaissance.”

We the People Rising, a Southern California activist group that opposes illegal im­migration, determined to once again stand up for their beliefs. Joined by members of the Cali­fornia Coalition for Immigration Reform and the local Redlands Tea Party Patriots, they rallied in front of Emmerson’s office in Redlands on Wednesday, ignor­ing the light rain. As they enthu­siastically waved “Stop illegal immigration” signs, equally en­thusiastic motorists honked in support.

I confess I was appropriately intimidated by the police cars circling the rally and then by the four California Highway Patrol and Redlands police officers lin­ing the doorway to the senator’s office as we trooped in to meet with him. The protestors’ pur­pose was to ask him to write a new letter to the California Re­publican congressional delegation in support of American workers and enforcement of the law, and to withdraw his signature from the previous letter.

Emmerson graciously heard out the earnest pleas of his constituents who described their personal experiences with becoming a naturalized citizen, watching our schools deteriorate, and experiencing losing jobs to illegals. It was especially heartbreaking to hear the story of Dominic Durden’s mother who told of her son being killed by an unlicensed illegal alien last year.

According to Robin Hvidston, executive director of We the People Rising, they have already visited four of the signers of the letter and would be visiting the rest of them asking them to rescind their signatures.

When it comes to immigration reform, however, here is one important consideration: “Federal comprehensive immigration reform” is a phrase that contains a nasty, vile four-letter word — “comprehensive.”

Any time a governmental body attempts to pass a “comprehensive” law such as Obamacare, both the intended and unintended consequences of a gargantuan law create well-observed massive problems for the people.

For example, the 900-plus pages of the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, turned into about 10,000 pages of regu­lations (as defined by The Wash­ington Post’s Fact Checker).

I won’t bore you with their math, but according to Obam­acareWatcher. org, reading at 200 words per minute, the Obamacare Regulations would take 180 hours to read. That’s four and a half 40-hour busi­ness weeks. No sensible person should be encouraging the pas­sage of these monstrous bills.

In fact, in a change of pub­lic statement about the immi­gration law he was working on in the Senate, Sen. Marco Ru­bio said, “I still continue to be­lieve, as I always have, that the best way to address immigra­tion reform is in individual bills that build on each other sequen­tially.”

Any time a state legislator en­courages a federal legislator to put a comprehensive bill to the vote, well … it is indeed time for him to support his constituents, not illegals, first, and to stop al­ready with the four-letter words.