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Immigration hearings are basically just a sham

Published 9:43am Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What’s the point of holding a Congressional committee hearing if no one in attendance is going to bother to read the proposed legislation beforehand?

That’s exactly what happened at the April 22 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the immigration bill.

Our government has gotten so out-of-control that it is now commonplace for massive legislation to receive almost zero serious scrutiny. Recall that with Obamacare, members of Congress placed their vote and then later admitted that they had not bothered to read the contents of the bill.

We’re just now finding out what a complete train wreck that legislation is.

These politicians defended their actions with gibberish about the bill’s designers “having their hearts in the right place.”

I say that’s a crock.

These bills come straight from the ultimate arrogance of pity — and pity destroys its object. Pity says to its object, “You are useless and need me to even survive.”

If you question that statement, have a deep look at the psychological destruction done to people by our welfare state systems. They become belligerently angry shells of the human beings they could have been had they been given respect instead of pity.

The proposed “immigration” (read amnesty) legislation will affect every aspect of American life, including our national security, our welfare programs, taxes and spending, and our health care system.

Let us remember that this entire piece of legislation deals with amnesty for 20 million people who are — by the very definition of “illegal aliens” — criminals; trespassers here stealing our jobs and resources.

Are we to blindly welcome millions of criminals mostly destined to become people who vote for their living instead of work for it? Our welfare systems have already generated enough angry parasites of our own, thank you.

We have plenty of work to do to help our own people create productive lives that generate self-respect without adding 20 million criminal trespassers to the load.

The stakes are very high, and the American public should be given enough time to learn the truth about what is actually in this 840-page bill.

We need to remind Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman that the government works for us, and we demand an open and transparent process for this bill.

Jeff Smith

Cleveland

(formerly of Ironton)

 

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  • mikehaney

    Jeff Smith–agree, we have another train wreck coming. But on the bright side, more bought votes for the democrats.

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  • mickakers

    Jeff Smith; As a PS: We “aliens” put the American Indians on reservations and subjected them to abject poverty. I think a little humility and examination of conscience is in order.

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  • mickakers

    Jeff Smith; I concur with your thoughts when it comes to reading and understanding legislation before casting a vote. I have reservations when it comes to your comments pertaining to “pity”. There is an absolute need for care and concern for the less fortunate members of our society. In many cases their poverty and need have been forced upon them by the greed, self-centeredness and selfishness of their fellow citizens. I also have reservations with your comments in regard to immigration. The vast majority of us (ancestors) were “illegal aliens”, “trespassers” at one time. Ask the American Indian. And by the way, there were many criminals shipped over from England. Some food for thought.

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