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Problems with immigration


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

How many immigration amnesty programs have been declared since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act? Most folks think one only and believe it was Reagan’s 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act granting amnesty to 2.7 million illegal aliens. Like most conventional bits of wisdom that is wrong.

As New York Times writers Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliott point out, there have actually been seven. One under Reagan and six under Clinton. “In 1994 there was a temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 with Extension Amnesty in 1997. Also in 1997 there was the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act” granting amnesty to “nearly 1 million Central American illegal immigrants. The 1998 Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act...granted amnesty for 125,000 illegal immigrants.” “In 2000...the Late Amnesty Act granted amnesty to an estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants who claimed they should have been amnestied under (Reagan) in 1986 (plus) the LIFE Act Amnesty (that) reinstated the 1994 rolling amnesty and included 900,000 more.”

Then there was a “non-amnesty Citizenship USA program...during the Clinton era...to speedily naturalize 1 million (illegal) Hispanic immigrants...prior to election day 1996.” Clinton tried to create “instant Democrats.”

John T. Morton (is) “an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...In the summer of 2010, the American Federation of Government Employees Council 118 represent(ing) about 7,000 ICE workers, cast a vote of no confidence in Morton’s leadership. The council accused Morton of ‘abandoning ICE’s core mission of enforcing immigrations laws and focusing policies related to amnesty.”

Worse, “on June 17, 2011...the Obama administration bypassed Congress (and) issued the DREAM Act and backdoor amnesty via a Morton memorandum...The nineteen factors listed in the June 2011 memo not only are consistent with those outlined in the DREAM Act but also provide grounds to potentially grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.”

According to Klein and Elliott, “based on these guidelines...it would seem almost impossible for ICE (personnel)...to not rule favorably for and to not prosecute and/or deport millions of illegal immigrants.” So now our country’s immigration policy is based on a memorandum written by no one more than an assistant secretary who d .....
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One Moment Please... The Almanzo 100 is coming, again!

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Pre-marriage, pre-career, and pre-children, I was quite a dedicated biker once upon a time. No, not a “Harley” biker. I pedaled my way to the finish line with mountain bikes, touring bikes and cross-trainers -- everything but a unicycle. Ther ..... 
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Live for today and plan for tomorrow

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand when they sense danger as the well known myth might have us believe. Unfortunately, people do bury their heads metaphorically by denying or ignoring the facts. It is easy to be swayed by words which ..... 
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Unedited online comments posted in response to: “Harmony City Council discusses Dobie Days issues” See more online comments at fillmorecountyjournal.com.

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
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Article comment by: Erin There is no issue in having a party, who doesn’t love a party. The biggest issue for me is that dogie days was started with the idea to honor our vets. Great attempt the first year with a great ceremony and high hopes of w ..... 
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Extremes?

By Andrew Kingsley

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

A few weeks ago, Karen Reisner wrote a very good commentary on the impact and importance of a third party candidate. I can really appreciate that she takes the time to use factual and informative means. I feel she was right in many ways, particularl ..... 
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Remembering the Great Depression

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Mon, Feb 6th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

If one reads histories written by generic historians about the Great Depression of the ‘30s chances are you won’t learn much, if anything, of value. Books about the Depression written by credible economic historians or economists like Hayek, Fri ..... 
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One Moment Please... What's new at the Journal?

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

In casual conversation, I have people ask me: "What's new at the Journal?"

That's a pretty open-ended question these days.

My answer to those who are wondering what's going on inside the belly of the newspaper is often: "Well, there' ..... 
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The future is now

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

How does our nation determine the direction it needs to take in order to continue on the pathway to economic and social success? In order to find a direction in which our nation should move, first we need to look back and see where we have been. In ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Dobie Days

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Commentary

I would like to address the article, "Harmony City Council discusses Dobie Days issues." These "issues" stem from a conflict with a neighbor, with whom we had a good relationship in the past. As a landowner I have a right to not allow people on my p ..... 
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