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Rapid Principles of Immigration Reform And Amnesty (2014)

November 28, 2014
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Back in 2007 I put together a set of immigration reform suggestions (click here for the the final post that includes links to the other reforms). Please note, that those were very much a first draft and there are several things I would change (especially regarding when “z visas” could be allocated – primarily thanks to Obama’s unconstitutional use of executive action).

I thought it was time again to put up some principles those suggestions were founded on. This is just a very quick set of thoughts. Nothing more.

Separate Bills

No omnibus or comprehensive behemoths no one can read nor debate and vet. All bills will be publicly available for review a minimum of one week days prior to a vote. If amended, the same applies prior to the final vote on passage.

Enforcement First

The federal government has proven itself entirely untrustworthy of implementing enforcement measures (we’ve been burned on various occasions to include the 1986 amnesty). That adage goes “fool me once…” and we’ve been fooled more than twice. Enough.

E-verify is fully implemented prior to any amnesty being granted. Those here illegally will remain such and likely retain their current jobs as E-verify only applies to new hires. Turning off the job magnet will greatly help the situation. Enforcement also includes heavy fines for businesses who violate E-verify requirements and don’t check their new hires – this should also help reduce human trafficking.

Enforcement targets will be defined and must be met. Thanks to Obama’s stunt, an agreement will be necessary that no executive actions will delay enforcement measures and targets nor can an action begin issuance of amnesty provisions prior to the above being met. Doing so, should automatically trigger funds being removed or not allocated to the amnesty program and the program to immediately cease operations.

Truthfully, the way Obama doesn’t care about constitutional norms, I really don’t think it would be wise to deal with him at all on this – it would be fine to pass the enforcement provisions but wait for the next president to negotiate with on amnesty (Obama has proven himself entirely capricious and totally untrustworthy). He really screwed this whole thing up with his latest unlawful stunt. I hope the next president won’t be so prone to fits of executive fiat when s/he doesn’t get their exact way. At least waiting for the next president would give us time to find proper means for decent background checks and entry verification.

No Taxpayer Burden

Taxpayers will foot no bill whatsoever. The illegal immigrants and/or their employer will pay the full cost of any amnesty program. Amnesty recipients will be permanently disqualified from public benefits (private charities are not barred from providing assistance) excluding emergency, life-saving care and law enforcement assistance. Employers must provide a bond for their amnestied worker and provide health insurance (no corporate welfare subsidies by taxpayers).

Identity Theft disclosure and Restitution

It is no secret that illegal immigrants use stolen social security numbers (often of children) and fraudulent documents (see this week’s report on ABC4: Child identity theft in Utah is growing, but you can protect your children*. They must disclose those used and pay restitution to the victims. Failure to do so, would result in legalized status termination and they are deported.

Proper Background Check

It will probably take a couple of years to find new and effective methods for illegal alien background checks and verify time in country. We want to be able to prevent document fraud related to establishing time in country and identity for background checks (find means to verify with utilities, other record keeping agencies). I prefer no amnesty for those here less than eight years – ie when the last amnesty was attempted. A two year time period for this type of study will also be enough time to get a reasonable president in office who won’t arbitrarily torpedo efforts.

No Citizenship, No Chain Migration

Simple as that. They are entirely ineligible from becoming citizens (even if they marry one) and can not petition for additional family members from entering.

Terminate Birth Citizenship

Include a provision that ends the practice of granting citizenship children born to those illegally within the country.

Fairness to Prospective Legal Immigrants

System revamped to give priority to those who actually respected our laws enough to wait in their home countries. This can be done prior to enforcement measure implementation since it does not pertain to illegal aliens. The system needs to be more efficient.

Seasonal Labor

Consider partnering with temporary labor agencies (private sector) to provided bonded labor for those who need seasonal labor. This also could be done right away as it doesn’t pertain to illegal aliens.

I may add to this post but we’ll see… as I just wanted to keep things based on principles and not get into the weeds on details (I just don’t have the time anymore). For more details, refer to the first link above and associated posts I put up years ago (even those really are just a first stab that need refining).

*Note: It is highly recommended to protect you child’s credit using the instructions in the article but do note that it will not protect them from employment record corruption, fraudulent tax burdens/earnings, and/or medical identity corruption associated with unauthorized use of their Social Security Number.

Utah Counties’ Mail-In Election: Let’s Simplify Voter Fraud

November 5, 2014

Wish I could go into more detail on this but don’t have the time.  This is just a note of concern.

In Davis County, the election was run as a mail-in only election (ie ballots were mailed out to registered voters and they had to either mail them in or hand deliver them).  Personally, I really don’t at all like this methodology.  It makes me very uncomfortable and exposes the process to increased risk of fraud for one of the most fundamental rights we have. Let’s face it, it isn’t hard to grab someone else’s ballot, fill it out and mail it in or disrupt stuff by stealing ballots.  This is the low hanging fruit – certainly, there are more intricate methods to “stuff the ballot box” that this method opens up.  Nor is there really any way to verify voters’ identities.

It should also be noted that Davis County and a few other Utah counties are not the only ones experimenting with this stuff. Other states are as well and raising concerns which are being picked up by national media:

Colorado election law prompts concerns about voter fraud

I really hope this ends up as the one and only trial of this type of voting.  The vast majority are able and should be willing to get off our butts, go to the voting booth with ID, and in the process, disrupt potential voter fraud.

The Lost Post: Attorney Generals, ID Theft And Illegal Immigration

November 1, 2014
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Somehow I managed to lose this post or forgot about it some time ago (ie before Swallow was elected).  I stumbled back onto it and whatayaknow – it still kinda works since we’re in the process of officially electing a replacement.  Dude, even the link still works! What’s a time-cramped blogger to do with a gimme like this? Anyway, here it is:

It’s been a while since I wrote on identity theft and illegal immigration. This is just one more data point from the Utah AG related to SSN theft/fraud and how damaging it is:

“The main problem with identity theft is related to the social security number itself,” said Scott Morrill with the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

Morrill works the investigation division and specializes in identity theft. He said the Social Security Administration doesn’t do enough to track, protect, or identify the misuse of peoples’ social security numbers. For criminals, a social security number is the golden ticket and if they’ve got your social security number, it was fairly easy to get the rest of your information.

In the past the SSA Chief Actuary and the Utah AG’s Office have noted the link between illegal immigration as a significant driver of SSN identity theft (illegal immigrants initially use the number to obtain employment and may, thereafter, use it for credit, medical care etc). Even when just used for employment, SSN theft has serious and destructive consequences to the victims (tainted work records can result in disqualification of government benefits, tax refunds, tuition/scholarship programs…). Victims are often children as dealers prefer their IDs since they are ‘clean’ and unlikely to check for fraudulent activity.

Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff initially came out strongly against illegal immigrants engaging in the practice (particularly involving children) and later decided it wasn’t a big deal even joining the board of the pro-amnesty National Immigration Forum and pushing for amnesty. Time will tell how seriously new Attorney General takes SSN theft regardless of who commits it.

Select 2014 South Davis Candidates And Issues

October 23, 2014

This is not a comprehensive list – just a few select candidates issues.  Here’s my opinion in a very rushed post, for what it’s worth.
RAP Tax – See my post entitled “Heed Bastiat: Bountiful RAP Tax (2014)” for details.  A partial summation from the post:

I guess all I can say is that I have a lot of hobbies and interests I enjoy participating in.  I take the time and money to pay for those and don’t demand that my wealthy neighbor, the widow on a fixed income, or a struggling young family pay for or subsidize my fun.  I am fortunate and grateful that I get to voluntarily donate and assist others.  I would just ask that the same courtesy be granted to me and to those least able to pay.

Board of Education
I’m going with Laura Belnap.  While I don’t see eye-to-eye with her on everything, she’s much more open to parental input and involvement than her opponent.  She is responsive and willing to engage, something I hope (and expect) that she’ll carry on into office. Belnap also has previous education experience and served on other boards. Finally, she appears to be independent (which give citizens a better voice) rather than being propped up by entrenched political interests.

Commission Seat B
I’m going to go with Ryan Macfarlane. Jim Smith is way too tied in with the Chamber of Commerce and I simply have trouble believing he’ll keep citizen interests as the top priority.  Various Chambers of Commerce (particularly the National and Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce) have been bastions of promoting and lobbying for corporate welfare and cronyism.  Their reps tend to just toe the line and I’m not interested in this.  Udy, on the other hand, will tend to far the other way with well-intentioned projects that have the tendency to raise taxes and burdens on residents (although her focus on transparency is worth giving her a second look).  I believe, Macfarlane will hold spending down and keep a sharp eye out for how appropriate current and future programs will be.

Constitutional Amendment A
I’m going to oppose this.  After the IRS was used to target tea party and conservative groups, I think it is best to keep the split on the commission and prevent a single political affiliation from dominating the commission seats.  I don’t really care for arbitrary qualifications (like party affiliation) but make an exception in this instance.  Yeah, the vast majority who are placed in the position will be well-qualified and serve honorably but it just takes once to really muck things up (especially if you can get away with it with media complicity ala Obama IRS…imagine if this were Bush or Nixon!).  An recent experience, I say we keep the current check/balance.

Constitutional Amendment C
Opposed but primarily because I don’t see the need.  It seems that the AG’s office can fulfill the requests.  The voter’s guide opponents also make a good point that having each agency head with a personal counsel could allow undue influence on them rather than having a more disinterested assigned attorney from the AG’s office.  I’m open to feedback on this one – feel free to comment with reasons why this should be supported.

Heed Bastiat: Bountiful RAP Tax (2014)

October 20, 2014

Bountiful’s RAP (Recreation, Arts, and Parks) Tax is up for renewal in a few weeks.  While  it may be well intentioned, it represents a means for favored special interests groups and politicians to fund their pet projects at the expense of their neighbors and fellow citizens.  Long ago, Frederic Bastiat warned about the practice of drifting from core government functions and dubbed it “legal plunder“. More recently, economist Milton Friedman revealed why these special interests often prevail.

Ironically, often these special interest tax campaigns are bankrolled and pursued by those who can most afford them and the projects they fund.  Those most able to pay and benefit distribute the otherwise voluntary burden to those least able to do so.  They also tend to argue that their burden is a light burden and attempt to shame those opposed as unrefined and miserly.  Their tax may be small but it is heaped upon all the other taxes and fees placed upon us.  Make no mistake – it adds to families’ financial burdens to fund very non-critical functions.

Then there are the pitfalls of these funding pools.  It introduces government inefficiencies and pressure from groups or politicians to aggrandize projects into legacy projects.  Costs balloon and the project becomes orders of magnitude larger:  something we recently witnessed in Bountiful (this time it had a happy ending…for now).  Not to mention the pitfalls of the types of events that are funded.  Just to add insult to injury, the politicians and benefiting groups hold a groundbreaking, thank themselves for the hard work….and totally neglect taxpayers.

I guess all I can say is that I have a lot of hobbies and interests I enjoy participating in.  I take the time and money to pay for those and don’t demand that my wealthy neighbor, the widow on a fixed income, or a struggling young family pay for or subsidize my fun.  I am fortunate and grateful that I get to voluntarily donate and assist others.  I would just ask that the same courtesy be granted to me and to those least able to pay.

Please vote no on the RAP Tax (“Proposition 6″) and let folks willingly fund the projects they value rather than forcing others to pay for them.  ​A community that voluntarily helps one and other is a true community.

 

Utah’s Illegal Immigration Humanitarian Border Fiasco Enablers

July 7, 2014

It’s been months since I posted here. Wish I could keep up better but time is very short so I’ll just get on with it.

For about the last month, we’ve been (and still are) witnessing a royal mess at our southern border. The crush of people coming through seems to have so overwhelmed the border patrol that we effectively have an open southern border and defacto amnesty not only for those already illegally in the United States but for the entire world as long as they can get to the Southern border.

The results of this free flow amount to an environment ripe for human trafficking, child rape and victimization, and a likely public health hazard (here too) as illegal immigrants are being transported and dropped of in various states (and let’s be honest – they ain’t showing up for their court dates). Obviously, the situation is being capitalized on by various criminal enterprises to more effectively funnel their own “products” and personnel into the US.

So who turned the magnet on that has Central Americans believing (and their media affirming) the welcome mat is out on the US southern border? Who gave them that idea and enabled all this? Nationally, it’s the usual suspects: the President, the majority of Democrats and plenty of Republicans (McCain, Grahamnesty etc), various amnesty groups, religious organizations, the US Chamber of Commerce, and a plethora of corporate welfare leaches, crony capitalists with their amoral lobbyists.

And how about on the local level?..In Utah, we have our enablers:

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and it’s head, Lane Beatty. They’re the mastermind of the illegal labor/cheap labor at all costs unconstitutional Utah amnesty legislation (which is also hardly a favor to the illegal immigrants, in my estimation). They’re also the same group that sold it (and the Utah Compact sophistry) to the LDS Church to get them to lobby legislators for it’s passage. HB116 serves as an enticement that leads illegal immigrants to believe that they will be welcomed, defacto legalized, and provided for – it turns on the magnet locally. Of course, that legislation is so loused-up that implementation keeps getting delayed and the bill’s Godfather (Bramble) now plans on repealing it in a couple of years…if you trust the word of a died-in-the-wool Chicago-style politician. Meanwhile, the magnet with the promise of potential implementation stays on.

The LDS Church (at least Public Affairs) likes the Utah Compact. They intentionally continue to avoid differentiating legal and illegal immigrants, make special provisions for illegal immigrant missionaries and do so under the guise of “keeping families together”. From the get-go that line was always a farce and the current situation demonstrates this perfectly: 1. Children are leaving their families and being placed at risk and in the hands of predators to come over here under a false promise creating orphans and 2. Other children are coming here and ICE is trying to link them with family already here (ie: mom and/or dad ditched them at home when they illegally came into the US).

Better yet, a few Sundays ago I listened to a missionary report on teaching an illegal immigrant family that couldn’t be baptized because the father was still married to his first wife in Mexico (I think he left her with the kids too – so much for keeping that family together) because he couldn’t go back to get a divorce. Meanwhile he’d had children with his illegal immigrant girlfriend in the US. Well, the father died so the shack-up girlfriend wasn’t living in sin anymore and they were able to baptize the family (in the US). It was intimated that things worked out well because dad died (WTH?!). I wondered if I had somehow flipped on an LDS Jerry Springer episode!

Evidently, ditching children, shacking up and having more kids is not uncommon and is deserving of support and “prosecutorial discretion”.  One wonders which family we should keep together…

Anyway, back to our list of local enablers:

Salt Lake City Police Chief Burbank, Radio Host Doug Wright, and Former AG Mark Shurtleff. Besides being amnesty shills who set up a sanctuary city (Burbank) and helped make Utah a sanctuary state, they also find illegal immigrant identity fraud funny.

Senator Curt Bramble (and HB116 supporters in the Legislature). See the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce section for details.

Paul Mero and The Sutherland Institute. Open borders folks who also supported HB116. I’m still not sure if their often inept political posturing isn’t actually a hindernace to the Utah amnesty push but they’re big amnesty proponents.

Senator Orrin Hatch – an early DREAM Act proponent (with his ousted compatriot, Bob Bennett who was outwardly supportive of amnesty). Hatch has been co-opted by the crony capitalists and high tech rich kids like Mark Zuckerberg (such as a  traveling and monetary relationship ).

Governor Herbert’s lackluster leadership on this issue (especially E-Verify) and coziness with the Salt Lake Chamber, even heading to DC to do their bidding and, of course, signing Utah’s amnesty bill.  Let’s also not forget the House and Senate leadership at that time (eg Speaker Becky Lockhart and and former Senate President, Michael Waddoups). Lockhart and others have also just doubled down to keep the orphan magnet flowing with a letter to congress to shove amnesty down our throats:

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Becky Lockhart, House Majority Leader Brad Dee and 23 other GOP legislators — joined by former U.S. Senator Jake Garn — signed the letter.

The other usual suspects – amnesty and race-focused groups, Tony Yapias, etc. etc.

I’m sure we can expect them all to step up and personally fund medical care, child and adult victim rape/abuse counseling, housing, transportation, resettlement (keeping families together, of course), and education for all the illegal immigrants entering thanks to their promises. Surely, they’ll continue to do so in perpetuity so as to avoid any costs to taxpayers and those supportive of actually obeying laws both personally and in business and to avoid employment-related identity theft by the illegal immigrants (and avoid child victims of this identity theft). Surely they’ll pay for the humanitarian crisis they’ve created and provide for the orphans they’ve created.  Or are victims just collateral damage and enablers’ foreseeable mess something the rest of us are on the hook for?

So let’s keep enticing people to enter illegally with promises of amnesty, tax-subsidized in-state tuition, and free transportation to their final destination, among other programs. What could go wrong?

Dodging Truth-In-Taxation With Municipal Power Rate Manipulation (Kaysville, Bountiful)

May 2, 2014

Last year, Kaysville residents successfully blocked the city from using its power department to overcharge them on power and pocket the excess money in city coffers.  The same practice continues in other Utah cities with their own power generation departments (notably, Bountiful City).

Cities engaging in this behavior benefit in two ways. First, cities can, and do, falsely claim that they keep taxes low (power rate manipulation cloaks the true tax burden). Second, they avoid scrutiny from legally required truth-in-taxation hearings (instead, they just increase power rates or customer charges).

Now that Kaysville City can’t hide behind the power department, the uncomfortable truth of actual tax burden is emerging (Utah town proposes 102% property tax hike):

A proposal on the table in one Utah town could end up doubling property taxes. That proposal in Kaysville would increase property taxes by 102 percent.

City leaders say the tax hike is necessary to counter a ballot initiative last year, known as Prop 5.

In November, voters restricted Kaysville from using money from the city-owned power company for general fund expenses.

“There is no public process there, there is no transparency,” Gregory Frank, a supporter of Prop 5 told ABC 4 Utah’s Kim Johnson last April. “What we’re trying to do is keep Kaysville city from circumventing truth in taxation laws.”

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