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A LEADERSHIP ASSESSMENT ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY
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President Barack Obama’s and Congress’ views on many issues leave Conservatives, Libertarians and the GOP with a great deal of unease. There is nothing new in this statement. It’s in the Media and on the Internet every day. The Proposed IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION (S.744) is one of many, where Electeds and Citizens alike tend to be heavily split along Party lines. In the LINKED powerpoint charts, we’ll address the IMMIGRATION ISSUE, with the objective in mind of generalizing the reasons for this unease. This is not a matter of accepting any of the many “conspiracy theories” that are voiced in abundance. BUT IT IS a matter of, as Ronald Reagan would say, giving the benefit of: Trust . . . . But Verify !

In considering the many doubts, yet still digging for the root cause, it surely must have something to do with the Federal Government’s Leadership, both in style and substance. So initially here, it’s some aspects of this Leadership that are assessed. This is done by looking at management technique, which is often broken down into 3 key components of carrying out a program i.e., conceiving the initial Goal or IDEA; developing a PLAN to carry out the idea; and then providing the Leadership to implement the plan and ACHIEVE THE DESIRED RESULTS. In the end, it is the bottom line result which is the gauge of the sum effort of the Idea, Plan and Leadership.

This assessment is explained in terms of a review of Federal actions regarding the essence of S.744

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A LEADERSHIP ASSESSMENT ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY

  1. 1. IMMIGRATION ISSUEOVERVIEWTHE LEGISLATION:“COMPREHENSIVE ”- - BUT INCOMPREHENSIBLEAMNESTY - - A COMPLICATED ALBATROSSCOST IMPACT IS LARGECONCLUSION:THE MATTER OF GOVERNMENTAL LEADERSHIP
  2. 2. GOOD IDEAS ARE A DIME A DOZEN !A GOOD IDEA & A GOOD PLAN ARE A FINE START !BUT THE FINAL ACTION+ACCOMPLISHMENT WINS THE PRIZE !
  3. 3. President Barack Obama’s and Congress’ views on many issues leaveConservatives, Libertarians and the GOP with a great deal of unease. There isnothing new in this statement. It’s in the Media and on the Internet every day. TheProposed IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION (S.744) is one of many, where Electeds andCitizens alike tend to be heavily split along Party lines.Here we’ll address the IMMIGRATION ISSUE, with the objective in mind ofgeneralizing the reasons for this unease. This is not a matter of accepting any ofthe many “conspiracy theories” that are voiced in abundance. BUT IT IS a matter of,as Ronald Reagan would say, giving the benefit of: Trust . . . . But Verify ! Inconsidering the many doubts, yet still digging for the root cause, it surely musthave something to do with the Federal Government’s Leadership, both in style andsubstance. So initially here, it’s some aspects of this Leadership that are assessed.This is done by looking at management technique, which is often broken down into3 key components of carrying out a program i.e., conceiving the initial Goal orIDEA; developing a PLAN to carry out the idea; and then providing the Leadershipto implement the plan and ACHIEVE THE DESIRED RESULTS. In the end, it is thebottom line result which is the gauge of the sum effort of the Idea, Plan andLeadership.Put another way, if the President were the CEO, Congress his FinanceDepartment, and you were on the Board of Directors - - would you vote to retain ordismiss them. Ooops, wait a minute! The President IS the CEO of our Nation andCongress has the power of raising and spending money. Also, each of us ISINDEED a member of America’s Board. So let’s consider the matter in that lightand then let’s undertake to do our official duty.PRESIDENT BARACK H. OBAMA & OUR CONGRESS- -A CITIZEN’S ASSESSMENT
  4. 4. THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE - - OVERVIEWA FEW BRIEF BRIEF OVERVIEW THOUGHTSON THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE:ON ONE SIDE: citizens who believe thatborder control is currently adequate andthat the issue is: suitable amnesty for the11 million illegal immigrants already inAmerica.ON THE OTHER: Citizens who believe thatlaws have been broken and amnesty alonewill simply incentivize further lawbreaking.Accordingly, a necessary prerequisite isan effective border control system toprotect Citizens and every American.CRITICS OF THE S.744 IMMIGRATION PROPOSAL ARGUE:• Amnesty is acceptable only with several strong provisos: effectiveborder security and crime control; fairness to those who have chosen alegal immigration path; controls over the government benefits andservices to be provided to immigrants; clear standards for legalemployment until full citizenship is established; and some others.• The total immigration issue is complex and has large costconsequences. Handling this legislation too fast and in one massivebill is likely to lead to festering issues and an ineffective solution.
  5. 5. IMMIGRATION ISSUEOVERVIEWTHE LEGISLATION:“COMPREHENSIVE ”- - BUT INCOMPREHENSIBLEAMNESTY - - A COMPLICATED ALBATROSSCOST IMPACT IS LARGECONCLUSION:THE MATTER OF GOVERNMENTAL LEADERSHIP
  6. 6. IMMIGRATION ISSUE - - THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS• Nancy Pelosi wasn’t kidding when shesaid Congress would have to passObamacare “to see what’s in it.” That’sbecause the bill gave federal agenciesfree rein to write regulations that wouldbecome the real-world version of thelaw—and even though it passed in 2010,the regulations are still being writtentoday.• The immigration bill does the samething—it gives over congressionalauthority to federal agencies, allowingunelected bureaucrats to work outmany details later.History shows that big bills designed to solve everythingwind up creating as many problems as they address. Theybecome loaded with payoffs for special interests andoften introduce measures that work at cross purposes.Moreover, the Citizenry are basically kept in the darkabout laws and regulations that can significantly affecttheir liberty and pocketbook. Why “kept in the dark”?Let’s take a look at the 844 page Immigration bill, S.744 .
  7. 7. TITLE I—BORDER SECURITY Page 1TITLE II—IMMIGRANT VISAS Page 32TITLE III—INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT Page 59TITLE IV—REFORMS TO NON-IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAMSPage 658THE END ( mercifully) Page 844Yes … that’s 844 pages. That’s about 50 times the size of ourU.S. Constitution. And as a recipe for freedom, opportunityand prosperity, our Constitution has acquitted itself superbly.SENATE BILL S.744‘‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity, andImmigration Modernization Act’’Here’s a top level look at the INNARDS OF S.744 comprising 844 pages:
  8. 8. SENATE BILL S.744‘‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity, andImmigration Modernization Act’’We haven’t the time or space to assess the 6 page table of contents of S.744,so here is a breakout of Title 1 only (and Title 1 is just 32 pages):
  9. 9. IMMIGRATION ISSUE - - THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESSSo, where does the legislation stand ? May 9, 2013: Senators in the Senate Judiciary Committee killed efforts torequire full border security requirements before legalizing illegal immigrants.Members also rejected following through on a 2006 law that ordered thegovernment to build 700 miles of two-tier fencing on the 2,000-mile-long border. “The key to me is not 2,200 miles of fence, it’s not 90 percent operationalcontrol, it’s stopping the reason they come, and that is to get jobs,” SenatorLindsey Graham said. “You control jobs, you will turn everything into a trickle.” The crux of the immigration “gang of 8” deal is that it offers illegal immigrantsquick legal status but withholds a full path to citizenship until after the HomelandSecurity Department spends more money on border security, begins to checkvisas of those leaving by air and sea, and creates a mandatory system foremployers to check immigration status before they hire. Republican opponents scoffed, saying they wanted the bill tied to final results,not to promises of spending. They also made clear that they don’t trustHomeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, who has maintained that shebelieves the border IS secure. Lawmakers said voters remembered the lesson of the 1986 amnesty, whenmillions of illegal immigrants were promised citizenship and voters werepromised stiffer security. THE CITIZENSHIP WAS GRANTED, BUT NOT THESUBSEQUENT SECURITY.
  10. 10. IMMIGRATION ISSUEOVERVIEWTHE LEGISLATION:“COMPREHENSIVE ”- - BUT INCOMPREHENSIBLEAMNESTY - - A COMPLICATED ALBATROSSCOST IMPACT IS LARGECONCLUSION:THE MATTER OF GOVERNMENTAL LEADERSHIP
  11. 11. THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE - - AMNESTYAmnesty is a complicated issue all by itself. Certainly there are families and goodpeople who have been living in the U.S. for many years. Deporting them will includesignificant suffering of many. On the other hand, these people have all broken America’slaws. But a blanket amnesty has adverse impact on those immigrants who are still waitingtheir turn to come to America through the legal, but bureaucratic regulations. Yetturning a blind eye to lawbreaking is certainly not in the best traditions of America.The table below gives a little more insight into who we’re dealing with. Many have beenhere for multiple decades.Some say that amnesty isneeded to put an end tothe intolerable misery ofmany.But these data wouldseem to show that as of2010, about 63% (orabout 6.9 millionunauthorized adults)have survived the ordealfor over a decade.And there are more points noted in the next chart.
  12. 12. THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE - - AMNESTYA FEW FURTHER ISSUES REGARDING AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS (I.E.’s) :• Granting amnesty inherently incentivizes others to come here to ignore our laws, sincewe make it very desirable to thrive under our laws and government benefits.• Some argue that the legislation already assures border security. But a careful readingby several noted analysts, concludes that indeed, although the bill discusses bordercontrol, what is promised is that the government (DHS) will develop a “strategy” for bordercontrol. But a “strategy” for protecting the border IS NOT a binding implementation . So,in fact, the building of a solid consensus around this legislation, as would be expected ofgood lawmaking process, has some notable flaws.• Fraud is also a natural fallout of government ignoring the law. Below , 2 charts show thatmany I.E.’s (i) are working at jobs while American citizens cannot find employment. (ii)about 25% of IE’s have been convicted of crimes and the annual jail costs are not small.
  13. 13. IMMIGRATION ISSUEOVERVIEWTHE LEGISLATION:“COMPREHENSIVE ”- - BUT INCOMPREHENSIBLEAMNESTY - - A COMPLICATED ALBATROSSCOST IMPACT IS LARGECONCLUSION:THE MATTER OF GOVERNMENTAL LEADERSHIP
  14. 14. THE COSTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATIONCOST ELEMENTS A COST ILLUSTRATIONGovernment provides four types of benefits andservices that are relevant to unlawful immigration:• DIRECT BENEFITS. (E.g., Social Security,Medicare, unemployment insurance, andworkers’ compensation.)• MEANS-TESTED WELFARE BENEFITS.(E.g., Medicaid, food stamps, the refundableEarned Income Tax Credit, public housing,Assistance for Needy Families, etc.)• PUBLIC EDUCATION. (At a cost of $12,300per pupil per year, these services are largelyfree or heavily subsidized for low-incomeparents.• POPULATION-BASED SERVICES. (E.g.,Police, fire, highways, parks, and similarservices, which generally have to expand asnew immigrants enter a community)A detailed cost analysis from the Heritage Foundation, helps illustratethe magnitude of financial impact associated with the Senate “Gang of8” immigration proposal. The $24,721 bar shows the averagegovernment payout (from sources in left part of the figure) for an illegal,but amnestied family. The right figure shows also the taxes paid in by thefamily. When average total costs are projected through retirement of allthose amnestied, the net addition (benefits paid out less taxes paid in)will be $6.3Triilion over the multiple average years to retirement.
  15. 15. But is there another cost to illegalimmigration and unfettered amnesty?I think the answer is YES and I relateit to this quotation from a celebratedand astute observer of our politicallandscape, journalist Thomas Sowell.Ultimately, whether through legal orsometimes illegal means, Immigrantswill gain the power of the vote. But isit right that:(1) such votes can be “bought” aspolitical gifts with the promise ofgovernment largesse and favoritismto those voters.(2) such vote be granted withoutsome proof of knowledge of theAmerican heritage and history of ourunique Constitutional structures forfreedom and opportunity.Many, such as myself, think items (1), (2) are not proper andthat the quotation of Tom Sowell above has strong relevancyto this matter.
  16. 16. IMMIGRATION ISSUEOVERVIEWTHE LEGISLATION:“COMPREHENSIVE ”- - BUT INCOMPREHENSIBLEAMNESTY - - A COMPLICATED ALBATROSSCOST IMPACT IS LARGECONCLUSION:THE MATTER OF GOVERNMENTAL LEADERSHIP
  17. 17. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - - LEADERSHIP EXHIBITEDWe’ll examine the Leadership issue in terms of the criteria: Idea / Plan / Achievement
  18. 18.  We set out to assess leadership based on the 3 management toolsof: a good IDEA, PLAN and ACHIEVED RESULT through effectiveLeadership. The IDEA of resolving the thorny issue of Illegal Immigration issound for ethical, legal and humane reasons. Moreover, it is longoverdue, having last been addressed (inadequately, as it turns out)in 1986. The current round of PLANNING (culminating so far in Senate BillS.744), has yet to be fully played out. But it is in progress.Unfortunately, the Bill is muddled in differing political views andgoals. The Senate Leadership , by working through the bi-partisan“Gang of 8”, deserves some commendation. Unfortunately, as was covered on national TV on May 9th, the fullSenate Judiciary Committee has reverted back to a politicalconfrontation. Along party lines, Conservative amendment votes totie an assured method for curtailing future illegal immigration, whileproviding a path to resolve the situation of 11 million existing I.E.’s ,have been almost fully blocked by the Progressive wing.ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - - LEADERSHIP EXHIBITEDSo, Let’s Recap Some Key Info PresentedPage 1 of 2
  19. 19. We’ve also seen, as noted in the prior charts of this total discussion: The legislative package produced is a behemoth of complexity, andwill further expand as it proceeds to the Regulatory bureaucracy. Complex Legislation such as this, is an affront to the AmericanCitizenry. It’s another example of arrogant micro-management byour elected Representatives rather than reliance on: carefuldeliberation, public transparency, ultimate incorporation of theCitizen’s voice , and reliance on State Government and privateBusinesses. A crux of the issue is amnesty and how resolution of this mattercan be aligned to assure that future illegal border crossing will bedisincentivized, contained by adequate border security, and blockedby Government and Business hiring practices which are fully alignedto the law and to effective lawful enforcement. THE STAKES FOR SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION ARE HIGH ANDIMPACT THE EXISTING AMERICAN PROBLEMS OF CONTINUINGDEFICIT BUDGETS AND LONG-TERM ACCUMULATION OF DEBT.ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - - LEADERSHIP EXHIBITEDSo, Let’s Recap Some Key Info PresentedPage 2 of 2
  20. 20. SOME SUMMARY THOUGHTS ON FEDERAL LEADERSHIP RE IMMIGRATION AND BORDER POLICY.Despite significant efforts, President Obama and his Congressional Leaders have failed,as of this date of May 10, 2013, to pass significant legislation to address the matter ofimmigration and border security:Accordingly, a Leadership grade of D is given by this Citizen. It is not a total failure, but theoutlook for for successful, long-term resolution seems murky at best. By many estimates,the current Bill will be rejected by the more Conservative House of Representatives. Sowho is to blame? Well, not the Citizens, they haven’t really been invited to participate toany significant extent. Clearly the blame for failure must be shouldered by the Presidentand Congress.The Leadership to resolve the problem will not have produced long-term output that is tothe benefit of a good majority of American Citizens, current illegal immigrants, and Citizensyet unarrived - - either by transportation or birth.Well, Mr. President and Congress, speaking as anAmerican Citizen: we do not need, nor underany circumstances want, Leadership so puffedup with their own righteousness and importancethat our American Heritage means little. Yoursis a Leadership, focused on increasingcentralization of power - - that is both abhorrentand wrong-headed to many Americans. It’s astyle and Leadership which must be given agrade of: D - - TOTALLY UNSATISFACTORY.ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - - LEADERSHIP EXHIBITED
  21. 21. BIBLIOGRAPHY1Morning Bell: “Top 5 Problems with the“Comprehensive” Immigration Bill” , Heritage.org, JamesCarafano, April 23, 20132Morning Bell: :5 Ways the ImmigrationBill Is Like Obamacare”, Amy Payne, Heritage.org, May 2, 20133“The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants andAmnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer”. Heritage Foundation: SpecialReprt #133, Robert Rector and Jason Richwine, Ph.D., May 6,20134“Senators kill amendments tied to bill on immigration;border security issue put on back burner”, Stephen Dinan - TheWashington Times Thursday, May 9, 20135“Senate bill doesn’t stop most illegal immigration: Fed study”,Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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