Friday, January 16, 2015

Defunding the President’s Amnesty Plan

Our nation’s immigration system is broken. Millions of people have illegally crossed into our country through a porous border or overstayed visas with no repercussions. Meanwhile, those who attempt to come here legally are met with a massive bureaucracy, years of waiting, and are still unlikely to be approved.

President Obama’s selective enforcement of the law, including a decision late last year to give legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants without the consent of Congress is making this crisis worse not better. As history has shown, amnesty only encourages more individuals to break our immigration laws.

Worse than the specific policy, not enforcing laws on the books sets a bad precedent which undermines our constitutional form of government. Our founders intended the executive branch to enforce the law – not to rewrite or ignore the laws it does not like. If the President wants to change immigration law, he should seek support in Congress to pass legislation.

Last month, the House, the Senate, and the President agreed to a bill funding the government through September of this year with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security which was only funded through February. In doing so, we delayed debate on the President’s immigration executive orders until Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate.

Now we are making good on our promise to address the President’s overreach. This week, the House passed H.R. 240, the Homeland Security Appropriations bill – which would fully fund the department with five amendments. Two of these amendments would specifically prohibit appropriated funds or user fees from being used to enforce the President’s executive actions or similar programs.

Another amendment to the bill would make clear the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should stop putting the interests of unlawful immigrants ahead of legal immigrants. Due to the President’s amnesty actions, law-abiding immigrants, permanent residents, and U.S. citizens are waiting longer for service at USCIS centers including the Nebraska Service Center in Lincoln. For example, a replacement citizenship certificate is currently taking eight months or longer to process.

This issue is far from resolved, and our bill with amendments cannot become law without being passed by the Senate and signed by the President. We cannot solve this problem on our own. Solutions will require both sides to work through regular order to come to an agreement. However, stopping the President’s overreach would be an important first step in this process.

About the Author:

Congressman Adrian Smith from Nebraska serves on the Committee on Ways and Means. Congressional Rural Caucus (Chair), Congressional Rural Veterans Caucus (Chair), Modern Agriculture Caucus (Chair), Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, Congressional Western Caucus and Congressional General Aviation Caucus.

Smith has been noted for his consistent voting against tax increases, massive government bailouts, and in his opposition of the affordable healthcare act (aka ObamaCare) which is creating massive uncertainty for our nation's job creators. Smith, a co-sponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment and a supporter of a Congressional earmark moratorium, has earned a reputation as a solid conservative through his votes to protect the rights of gun owners, efforts to limit the scope of government, and his strong pro-life voting record.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Netanyahu's Paris Message

נפגשתי היום עם ראשי הקהילות היהודיות בצרפת וביקשתי להודות להם על האירוח החם. התרגשתי מאוד מהמפגש עם בני המשפחות השכולות. אמרתי להם שאני מבין היטב את הרגשתם ושעם ישראל כולו מחבק אותם. זה היה רגע של סולידריות יהודית אמיתית.

הביקור בפאריס הוא גם רגע של סולידריות אנושית כללית. מהרגע שבעיית האבטחה נפתרה והתאפשר לי להגיע הנה, היה טבעי וחשוב שאבוא ולכן באתי.

יש הרבה משמעות למה שהעולם ראה: את ראש ממשלת ישראל צועד עם כל מנהיגי העולם במאמץ אחד נגד הטרור, או לפחות בקריאה להתאחד. זה דבר שמדינת ישראל אומרת שנים ארוכות, זה דבר שאנחנו אומרים אותו כאן היום בתוספת אחת פשוטה: אם העולם לא יתאחד עכשיו נגד הטרור, מכות הטרור שחווינו כאן ילכו ויגדלו בהיקפים שאנשים אינם משערים אותם.

I met today with leaders of Jewish communities in France and to thank them for their warm hospitality. I was thrilled to encounter with the bereaved families. I told them that I understood their feelings and with Israel we embrace them. It was a moment of true Jewish solidarity.

Visiting Paris is also a moment of global human solidarity. Once the security problems were resolved and it allowed me to get here, and it's important that there was natural progression and that's why I came.

There is a lot of meaning in this event because the world has ever seen the Prime Minister of Israel marching with all world leaders in the effort against terrorism, or at least the call to unite. This is something that the State of Israel has done for many years. It means nothing what we say here today unless one simple resolution comes out of it: If the world unites against terrorism now, fights terrorism then what we experienced here will grow on a scale that people have not imagined.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Al-Jazeera News: Unknowingly Biased Against Israel or Just An Arm of Muslim-Arab Propaganda?

I watched an Al-Jazeera-American network news documentary tonight that showed how Israel was the instigator of the 1967 Six Day War by attacking Egypt. I'm getting a little tired of these so-called news agencies revising history. Masking itself as a report on the accidental firing by Israeli jets on an American naval vessel (USS Liberty) on June 8, 1967, its real purpose became transparent to anyone who is aware of the actual historic details of the incident and what transpired over those six days of all out war in Israel.

I was very much around in 1967 and the Al-Jazeera documentary is a mockumentary at best and a total distortion of what really took place on that day when Israel was attacked on three fronts by the Arab nations of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. After smaller incursions from Palestinian fighters and terrorists crossing over from Lebanon and Syria earlier in the year that resulted in Israeli victories over these Arab insurgent infiltrators an all out attack began on June 5, 1967 by a confederation of Arab-Muslim States known as The United Arab Republic (UAR) and ended on June 10, 1967 with the total defeat of the UAR and Israel regaining the Sinai Peninsula (which they eventually gave back to Egypt), all of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, The Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the West Bank. In a diplomatic move (and one that has proven over time to be a big mistake on Israel's part) then General Moshe Dayan returned the Temple Mount back to Muslim control but kept the Western Wall as a place for Jews.

Dayan should have kept control over the entire Temple Mount and oversaw the destruction of that monstrosity known by most in the West as the Dome of the Rock. But, since we Jews put respect for all faiths and sacred places as a primary principle of our existence Dayan followed that inner guidance of respect and allowed the Qubbat As-Sakhrah to remain. That may have been one time he should have let his military sense override that respect -- but we shall never know.

In any regard the Al-Jazeera report was so full of fallacies and inaccurate reporting that it led me to two conclusions --

1. It was either done to mislead the younger generations of Americans who may watch that channel as an alternative source of news about the events of that time period nearly 48 years ago so as to propagate the false belief that Israel is not a real ally of America and Western Democratic governance, or --

2. This lie has been so perpetuated over the last 5-decades in the Arab world that they see it as true history.

In either case what was reported was pure lies and nothing more than an hour's worth of pure propaganda bullshit.