Speaker Boehner, Down but Not Out

During his 22 years in Congress, House Speaker John Boehner has never been the American workers’ true friend. This became painfully apparent when Boehner blocked U.S. Representative Lamar Smith’s 2011 Legal Workforce Act from coming to the floor for a full House vote. Smith’s bill would have mandated E-Verify, the free, online program that confirms whether a new hire is legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Won't Fly

Before an airplane pilot accelerates down the runway and heads for the wild blue yonder, a meticulous pre-flight check of the airplane must be performed to ensure that the airplane's systems all function properly and the aircraft is airworthy. In considering the impending flight, the pilot will also check weather conditions and any other factors that may result in a disaster.

Immigration Reform: No Flatline Yet; None Anticipated

Comprehensive immigration reform advocates greeted Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s joint announcement that a budget deal had been reached with unabashed joy. [“Republicans Go Vitriolic against Ryan-Murray Budget Accord,” by E.J. Dionne, Anchorage Daily News, December 11, 2013]

If You Like Your Job You Can Keep It – NOT!

The “Affordable Care Act” is raising many questions and the blood pressure of many Americans who have discovered that, because of this flawed legislation, they are losing the healthcare insurance and/or their doctors even though they were happy with both. So much for assurances by the administration and our leaders!

Comprehensive Immigration Reform – What Would President Lincoln Have Likely Said?

One hundred and fifty years ago President Abraham Lincoln made what is one of the most momentous speeches ever made by any leader of any country, the Gettysburg Address.

The Impact Immigration Reform Would Have on High-Skilled American Workers

Now that the government shutdown has ended and we have been given a “breather” from the contentious arguments from both sides of the political aisle in Washington, the President has made it clear that during the political “ceasefire” he will focus attention on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Background Checks Require a Reality Check

In the wake of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013, that resulted in the death of 13 people, including the gunman, President Obama, as reported by ABC News on September 17, 2013, said:

The fact that we do not have a firm enough background-check system is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings.

Myth Busting: Jobs Americans Won't Do

For many years, advocates for immigration anarchy, a/k/a “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” have pushed a fallacious statement about “jobs Americans won't do” to convince Americans that illegal aliens are not taking American jobs because they do the work Americans won't do.

California Prison Early Release Plan Won't Be Delayed, Supreme Court Rules

The title for my commentary was borrowed from the news report that was posted August 2, 2013, by the Huffington Post. While neither the title for the article nor the material contained in the article even mentioned immigration, in point of fact, this is an immigration story.

No Do Overs

When we were growing up and playing a game, if somehow something went wrong, one of us would yell, “Do over!”

We then got to replay the last play of the game we were playing.

When laws are passed that create unintended consequences, those laws can be tweaked or even repealed altogether by subsequent laws. Even the United States Constitution has seen this sort of process play out. The 18th Amendment outlawed alcoholic beverages. The 21st Amendment was ratified to repeal the 18th Amendment. In essence, this constituted a “Constitutional Do Over.”