Switzerland Just Fine Without Selling Illegal Immigration Indulgences
My wife and I just
returned from a week in that
wonderful orderly country of Switzerland, mostly in
the city of Basel, which lies on the border of France
and Germany. Many French and German nationals commute to
Switzerland daily, but return to their homes after work.
Immigration works there. The
Swiss value citizenship and make it
very hard for any immigrant to gain permanent residence.
Public transportation in Basel, via trams which run
often, makes auto and truck traffic light and the air
quality clean. The flow of the majestic Rhine as it
turns north at Basel from its east-west flow, sparkles
in the morning sunshine.
The contrast between how
clever and wise the Swiss are about immigration was
sharply drawn for me, when upon our return I read the
recent news about the latest push for completely
open borders (and marriage to Mexico) here in the
The Washington Post`s
lead editorial of Monday, March 26, 2007, proclaims "Hope
for Illegal Immigrants| A bill in the House
sounds the opening bell for real reform".
The editorial begins:
"The battle over immigration
reform was joined in Congress last week with the
introduction of sweeping legislation that would toughen
enforcement, tighten border controls and provide
eventual citizenship for millions who entered the
country illegally. That the opening legislative salvo
came in the House, where real reform went nowhere in the
last Congress, and that the bill has bipartisan sponsors
generated fresh optimism that the broken-down
immigration system may be replaced by a workable one.
The optimism will be justified, though, only if the
White House, which has been trying to coax a consensus
on immigration from divided Republican lawmakers, sticks
to its guns and fashions a blueprint for action that is
both practical and comprehensive."
In truth, this latest
American sovereignty and the
Rule of Law is neither “practical” nor
"comprehensive"…unless you believe in completely
open borders and the abrogation of our Rule of Law. This
huge bill, which is another cover-up for slave
importation by American companies, is unenforceable.
The Post`s editorialists
apparently have no concern for American citizens in
lauding this 697 page bill submitted, last week by two
Jeff Flake (R-CO) and
Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill), entitled the “Security
Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy"
or STRIVE Act. Talk about striving to take a shot at all
American citizens and legal residents.
Congressman Gutierrez on his 3/22/07 News Hour, Lou
Dobbs made these enlightening comments about STRIVE:
"Look at the number of people
come into this country legally every year. Can we do
that? We`ll look at full screen so the congressman can
see this. There`s a lot of distortion here. I think it`s
important to get these facts out. Two million people
legally admitted to the United States each year. In
addition—14 percent of those, by the way, those people
given permanent residency
are from Mexico. Two million people legally admitted
to the United States. Four hundred thousand skilled
foreign workers and their families receive H-1 visas
“Nearly 900,000 other legal
foreign workers are admitted on some type of employment
visa. Six-hundred sixty thousand
student visas are issued every year. And 455,000
people given temporary employment transfers.
Help me out. What are we
trying to do here? I mean, we have—we have an—lawful
immigration system that brings in 2 million people a
year, plus all of these other workers that overwhelms
any other immigration system in the world. All of
Russia, all of the European Union combined can`t
even come close to matching our immigration levels. And
that`s a population 40 percent higher than our own. Help
me out." [Transcript]
The demographic impact on
the USA, particularly on the
middle and working class families will mean that by
2050, in addition to having
500 million people here, the preponderant number
low skilled semi-slaves who will undercut even more
the wages of our own poorer citizens.
This legislation is
unenforceable, because present immigration regulations
not being enforced. This legislation would result in
just another amnesty, added to
the six before it. As Dobbs pointed out, counting on
the "screwed up" US Homeland Security Department
to take on this new complex task, when it can`t even
the U.S.- Visit program, seems totally unrealistic.
True reform activist, Bay
Buchanan, in commenting on this new travesty, notes,
"Before, it was a `guest
worker` program, then a `temporary worker`" program. We
exposed those as amnesties. Now Flake and Gutierrez
aren`t even pretending they are temporary—they`re
calling it a `new worker program.` The bill will allow
at least 400,000 foreign workers a year. All of these
`new workers, can apply for citizenship and permanent
residency. Do you think we need more immigration? Flake
and Gutierrez do. There are nearly a dozen `visa
reforms` in this bill that will import more and more
foreign workers on top of the `new worker program.`
Among the many `reforms` that will increase legal
immigration, STRIVE will more double employment based
visas from 140,000 to 290,000, and increase
H-1B high skilled visas by 30,000 a year."
editorial unwittingly pillories itself with its own
words when it proclaims,
"Conservatives opposed to
citizenship for illegal immigrants are fond of
pillorying it as "amnesty." This bill provides
nothing of the sort. In addition to requiring (exiting
and) lawful reentry to the country
[DAC: during the 6 year
it would entail immigrants paying a $2,000 fine and any
back taxes they owe, clearing a security and background
English and civics, compiling a felony-free record,
and submitting proof of past employment. Only after six
years and after satisfying those requirements could
workers apply for permanent residency status, which
could lead to citizenship."
Imagine trying to follow
bouncing balls! In effect, this bill advocates
resurrecting the practice, popular in the Catholic
Church before the Reformation, of selling
“indulgences , whereby parishioners could pay to
have their sins absolved by their priests. These illegal
aliens would in
effect pay these minuscule "indulgences" to
our government to buy their way back in.
rich terrorists gladly pay this pittance to stay and
form cells which could strike us in our homeland?
This bill does not offer
real reform. It simply recycles past bills, such as the
McCain/Kennedy bill which passed the Senate last
S 2611, with a few obfuscating legislative twists,
designed to lull voters into thinking it offers true
And the with imprisonment
Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean, we know that
our government is in cahoots with somebody or some group
some country not working in the interests of
The passage of this bill
will ensure that our country will be overwhelmed by
cheap labor, a tsunami which will wipe away our
tax-supported services, our environment, our civil
rights and our public safety. Our children and
grandchildren will wonder how we got there.
You may not be there to
tell them of our generation`s abject failure to protect
their interests. But historians will mark the failure of
our leaders to enact real patriotic reform as the
beginning of the end of the American Dream.
By the way, don`t think
that you can readily flee to Switzerland.
The Swiss are too smart to trade massive influxes of
aliens for mere money, when order, tranquility, public
safety, and a
broad middle class are worth so much more.
Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.