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    Descriptive info: NAFBPO.. P.. O.. Box 2012.. Brunswick, GA 31521-2012..

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  • Title: National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
    Descriptive info: Honor First.. National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers.. Our paramount mission is to contribute to the security and stability of the United States.. To that end, we shall propose and be advocates for immigration laws and policies that we believe serve those national interests, and we will oppose those that do not..

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  • Title: NAFBPO's Front Page
    Descriptive info: The Front Page.. Click a button to read the article.. Congressional Hypocrisy Regarding Amnesty.. 10/28/2013.. Nowhere in Senate bill (S.. 744)is there a requirement that illegal aliens must learn English,.. The dangers of illegal immigration and amnesty.. 8/26/2013.. America, can't you see that our moral compass is broken.. Tax break lets illegal aliens cheat US kids.. 8/25/2013.. - On July 25 Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) introduced legislation to prevent illegal immigrants from claiming billions in tax credits intended for American citizens and legal workers.. Proposed legislation assures Border Patrol's access to border areas.. 7/26/2012.. - H.. R.. 2578 and H.. 1505 merged, with clarifying amendments.. Washington Post sneers at self-deportation.. 2/9/2012.. - NAFBPO responds.. Illegal immigration is immoral.. 12/7/2011.. - Link to an essay by Victor David Hanson in National Review Online.. Latino organizations play the race card.. 11/28/2011.. - Latino organizations and some politicians place ethnic solidarity above the national interest of their country.. BP Transportation check discontinued.. 10/6/2011.. - The office of Customs and Border Patrol has told field units to stop enforcement efforts at transportion terminals.. NAFBPO calls for a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Operation Fast & Furious.. 9/25/2011.. - Over our careers NAFBPO officers were involved in many, many investigations of illegal conduct.. Operation Fast & Furious went so far afield from what is acceptable investigative conduct, and the political and diplomatic stakes are so high that the Department of Justice cannot be trusted to get to the bottom of it.. Thus, we believe only an Independent Counsel will serve justice.. NAFBPO declines to endorse E-Verfify Bill.. 7/21/2011.. -H.. 2164 would make mandatory the use of E-Verify by all employers in the U.. S.. This bill, while good overall, contains a fatal flaw that can be remedied easily.. Click the button to read our letter that explains why we cannot support this otherwise-desirable piece of legislation.. Reasons Amnesty is a.. Very.. Bad Idea.. The subject of what to do with millions of aliens illegally in  ...   Who will pay for the online hookups? And whom do we trust to take the prints, whether in ink or electronically? Volunteer agencies? (Watch for the upcoming Fraud writeup.. ).. The FBI has admitted that it will not be able to keep up with the volume of submissions in the time period allowed for amnesty.. What we will see again is what happened in 1986: applications will be approved by default after the period for a response "times out.. " In 1986 it was six weeks.. Many applications were approved by default and many of those were found later to have had disqualifying criminal records but the law made it impossible to go back and reconsider the case - the files were sealed.. Even if it revealed a criminal arrest warrant the agency holding the warrant could not be notified.. Furthermore, if an application was denied based on a criminal record the applicant could not be referred for deportation proceedings - he was allowed to stay illegally in the U.. The proposed law mimics that procedure and where it doesn't, regulations will.. Criminal gang members cannot qualify unless they sign a statement renouncing their gang affiliation.. We leave the outcome of that provision to your imagination.. Foreign record checks? NAFBPO laughs at the thought and you should, too.. They simply cannot be had in most cases, and when obtained from countries where corruption is standard operating procedure they are unreliable.. Think about legalizing cartel drug dealers and assassins, terrorists, murderers and pedophiles.. We will not be able to identify them before we place them on a path to citizenship.. In short, the stage is set to legalize a great many aliens who are dangerous to America and Americans.. Those in Congress pursuing amnesty know all these things and are willing to let it happen anyway.. The only way to avoid this social disaster is to hold their feet to the political fire.. Click here to return to the top..

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  • Title: NAFBPO Introduction
    Descriptive info: Who We Are:.. "I,.. , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.. So help me God.. ".. We are former officers of the United States Border Patrol and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.. We all swore the oath above.. In this day, when such things are too often seen as archaic, it is with us still - none of us remembers hearing an expiration date when we  ...   and Naturalization Service, where they did the jobs that made it possible for the field officer to function.. Now, though, we are retired.. Distinctions of rank and responsibility are gone, but we share a common heritage: we are brothers and sisters of the badge.. Now we want to share with you the things we know.. Before we do so, let us tell you the credo we have adopted:.. "If we didn't live it, if we don't know it, if we can't prove it, we won't say it.. Immigration laws exist for a reason; we know what those reasons are.. Click the button in the left column and let us tell you why we need them.. Once you understand why they matter we can go on to more complex subjects..

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  • Title: Why do we have immigration laws?
    Descriptive info: If you have come here from outside the NAFBPO website, click.. HERE.. to go to the main site.. If you got here from within the NAFBPO site, just close this page.. Why do we have immigration laws?.. It's really quite simple: they are designed to protect Americans and U.. society from things that are seen at the time as dangerous or bad for us.. While immigration to this country is, overall, a good thing, not all things about it are good.. Immigration laws are designed to control those things that are not.. Since the mid-1960s, our immigration laws have been intended to protect us in four major areas.. In no particular order, they are:.. Public safety - Alien criminals may not enter the U.. legally or remain here except in extraordinary circumstances.. At one time, protecting public morals was seen as a public safety issue, so prostitutes, polygamists, sexual deviates and some others were not allowed to come here.. The idea of public morality seems a quaint concept now, but once upon a time it was important to us.. Public health - For decades carriers of contagious diseases or those afflicted with physical or mental diseases affecting their ability to support themselves were not allowed to enter the U.. To a large degree, most of those have fallen by the wayside in the actual application of the law, but they are still on the books.. Jobs - In one way or another, most people earn a living by selling their sweat to someone else who needs it.. Sweat is like  ...   to perform skilled or unskilled labor may not enter.. unless.. he has a certification.. well, never mind.. It all gets very complicated once you get into the "unlesses" that apply to every facet of immigration laws.. But FYI, the term "work permit" is nowhere in the law, and neither is "guest worker.. ".. Some people assume that our immigration laws are racist or biased in favor of certain nationalities.. Not so now, although it was true for a long time.. Orientals, for instance, were not allowed to immigrate to the U.. and there were national quotas for immigration, with the quotas being weighted to give preference to northern Europeans, then later, to natives of the Western Hemisphere.. That is no longer so; the last vestige of race or national origin in the law disappeared in 1965.. Just remember this: our immigration laws are not whimsical.. They exist for a reason, and they adapt over time to new reasons, becoming more strict or less strict in any particular area as society's needs, desires, and perceptions change.. For more than thirty years we have ignored the fact that there are good reasons for immigration laws and allowed illegal immigration on an unimaginable scale.. We are now paying the price for that.. The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers' paramount mission is to contribute to the security and stability of the United States.. Website:http://www.. nafbpo.. org.. If you have come here from outside the NAFBPO website,.. click.. If you got here from within the NAFBPO site, just close this page to go back..

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  • Title: The Right Way to Reform Immigration
    Descriptive info: This material, prepared in 2008, presents a brief overview of the major aspects of how NAFBPO believes immigration control and reform should look.. For a more recent view, see our.. Proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform.. published on Oct.. 3, 2010.. How to Reform and Control Immigration.. Is there a solution to the nation's immigration problem?.. Yes.. But before we propose a solution we must first define the problem more precisely.. We do not have an "immigration problem;" we have an.. illegal immigration.. problem.. Our system of legal immigration, while it needs a tune-up to meet the national interest, is acceptable while we take care of the immediate problem.. Later, we can look to fixing what's wrong with the legal immigration system.. The elements of a solution are easy to consider and hard to do.. They will require political will that may not exist.. The solution will require discarding some common preconcieved notions and adopting some different ways of looking at things.. Most particularly, it will require considering solutions that meet the national interests, not a narrow range of interests.. There is no single silver bullet that will resolve things; it will take a package of programs that act together.. Failure of any one of them will result in the entire solution tumbling like a house of cards and we will wind up back where we are now.. What follows below is a list of the major points.. Each has a link to broader explanation of the point.. The explanations will open in new windows.. Close them to return to this page.. The current population of illegal aliens must be addressed.. Amnesty, or anything like it, is not a solution, it is a blessing of illegal conduct that will simply encourage more illegal conduct, and in and of itself be damaging  ...   not well-founded (we'll discuss that).. We are talking about an economic life and death issue for them, so it is to be expected that they will oppose any plan that will dry up the source of foreign labor.. Their current push is for a guest worker program to bring foreign workers here.. We should make them part of a solution that is better for the nation.. That is a domestic temporary worker program, whereby the unemployed are given the same benefits as a foreign worker: recruitment, transportation to where he is needed, housing, decent wages, and transportation home when the job is over.. This is not a solution that should be designed in Washington and imposed on employers.. They must have the primary role in shaping it, with the government as moderator, enabler, and monitor.. No labor shortage.. Temporary worker program.. Americans won't do it?.. We must ignore the demands from leaders south of the border that we allow their people unhindered access to our jobs.. There is clearly a diplomatic push underway to make that happen, with claims that attempts to control immigration are violations of human rights.. Hogwash.. Every nation in the world has the right to control who comes into and stays there; to have it otherwise defeats the concept of "nationhood".. No, those leaders are pursuing their own agendas, and it is not human rights.. As long as the U.. is a place for their populations to come, and a source of income for their economies, they will continue the push.. A firm set of laws that deal with the phenomenon of illegal immigration will send a message that will go a long way toward controlling the border and.. that.. will force those leaders to undertake reforms that will make their countries places that their citizens stay.. Website: http://www..

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    Descriptive info: A Proposal for Comprehensive.. Immigration Enforcement and Reform.. by.. The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO).. Table of Contents.. A Message from the Chairman.. 1.. Introduction.. Executive Summary.. The Complete Proposal.. Step 1.. – Secure our borders.. 2.. Step 2.. – Interior enforcement.. 3.. Step 3.. – Enforce existing laws and use other existing tools.. 4.. Step 4.. – Identification fraud.. 6.. Step 5.. – Temporary worker programs.. Step 6.. – Amnesty.. 8.. Step 7.. – What to do with those here now?.. 10.. Step 8.. – Immigration Legislation.. 11.. Step 9.. – Other Matters.. 12.. Step 10.. – Summary and Closing.. 16.. October 3, 2010.. The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) is a national, non-profit, public interest organization of concerned citizens.. Our ranks include officers who spent their careers on the Canadian and Mexican borders, in Florida, on the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico, and in foreign lands enduring discomfort and danger as they worked to protect and serve our nation.. Many of us went on to high positions in the Border Patrol or its parent organization, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.. Now, though we are retired we recall our oath of office and we share a common bond and heritage with our brothers and sisters who still serve our country as members of the Department of Homeland Security.. With that oath and bond in mind, we submit to you A Proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform.. We ask that you take the time to read it and as you do, please remember that our credo is and always will be: "If we didn't live it, if we don't know it, if we can't prove it, we won't say it".. Thank you for your attention.. Sincerely,.. Thomas J.. Cronin.. Cronin.. Chairman.. Illegal immigration and how to deal with it is a grave problem confronting this nation.. It generates highly-charged, emotional responses that often destroy any attempts to create rational solutions.. For decades, through the tenure of many administrations both Republican and Democrat, the United States has neglected to properly address immigration issues.. It has only made token efforts to control illegal immigration.. We are now paying the price for that neglect.. People from around the world want to come to this country to reside but we cannot uncritically open our borders to the masses of the world.. What we must do, then, is create immigration policies that address, first, national needs and well-being, and second, honor our history as a nation of immigrants.. We are surrounded by a world in chaos and it is impacting the everyday lives of our citizens.. A war on terrorism, rampant drug and alien smuggling, sexual slave trading, criminal gangs, fraud of many sorts: all have roots in illegal immigration and all are tearing at the fabric of our society and eroding our sovereignty.. Americans are worried about our national security, about our jobs, about crime in our communities, about overcrowding in our schools, about emergency room chaos in our hospitals, about increases in our taxes, all of which can be attributed in some degree to illegal immigration.. We should first address the concerns of our own people before expending time and treasure on resolving other nations’ problems with our immigration policies.. Recognizing that past arbitrary, fragmented efforts to end illegal immigration have not succeeded, NAFBPO has drawn upon its body of collective experience to compose an outline of an overall, coherent solution.. Click here.. to skip summary and go to full text.. Step 1 – Secure our borders.. Border security between ports of entry.. Officer strength is nearly adequate at the projected 20,000 officer level;.. Current and anticipated technology is useful as an adjunct to manpower but is no substitute for it;.. Adequate space for processing and detention must be assurred;.. Prosecute for immigration violations whenever possible, particularly for alien smuggling violations.. Border security at ports of entry.. As many as three-quarters of illegal aliens enter through ports of entry, either surreptitiously or by fraud.. The balance between expediting traffic and conducting meaningful inspections tilts now toward expediting traffic.. The balance must be recast in favor of thorough inspections.. Ports of entry (land, air, and sea) have not received adequate attention in recent years.. They are undersized and understaffed.. Criminals know that and act on it.. The inspections staff must be increased significantly.. The effectiveness of inspectors can be enhanced by technologies not yet widely used: it should be brought on-line as quickly as possible.. Step 2 – Interior enforcement.. ·.. Increase the force of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents devoted to immigration enforcement.. Only a small portion of the total number of ICE agents enforce immigration laws.. Vigorously enforce employer sanctions.. This is a fundamental, but not sole, precept for interior control.. Seek out and remove any aliens found illegally in the U.. S, not just criminals.. No illegal alien should feel safe from detection and removal.. Investigate and prosecute those who commit immigration fraud.. Respond to calls from other law enforcement officers who have encountered people they believe are illegal aliens.. Ancillary units upon which ICE enforcement depends, from detention and removal to intelligence to trial attorneys and immigration judges must be increased in size commensurate with the increase in enforcement personnel.. Step 3 – Enforce existing laws and use other existing tools.. Employer sanctions – aggressively prosecute those who knowingly hire illegal aliens.. At present, there are not enough prosecutions to provide a deterrent lesson to those who knowingly hire illegal aliens.. Section 287(g) – return to widespread granting of authority to state and municipal law enforcement agencies authorizing their officers to make immigration arrests.. E-Verify program – encourage the now use of this voluntary program that verifies the eligibility for employment of job applicants.. Its diligent use should be an affirmative defense against fines when illegal aliens are found on a job.. No-Match letters – make a matter of law the practice of having the Social Security Administration issue letters to employers when withholdings submitted under an SSAN do not match the name in SSA records.. Non-Citizen entry-exit matching system – this process will record both the arrival and departure of aliens as they pass through ports of entry.. At this time, there is no record kept of departures; thus we have no idea of who has remained longer than he should have.. Sanctuary cities – cities that impede or fail to cooperate with ICE in detecting illegal aliens should be penalized by loss of federal funds for justice programs.. In egregious cases, city authorities should be prosecuted for willful concealment of aliens.. Step 4 – Identification fraud.. Issue a secure, tamper-resistant Social Security card as the sole evidence of eligibility for employment in the U.. Implement the Real ID Act, HR 98 – this law, if passed, would be an important tool in dealing with fraudulent documents and their use.. Step 5 – Temporary worker program.. A TWP may only be implemented after demonstration of a secure border and proof of a meaningful employer sanctions program.. A TWP must be a plan for temporary workers.. Aliens may apply for jobs only from their home country.. All aliens seeking consideration for TWP must appear in person at a consulate or dedicated office overseas to allow criminal and background checks.. The “H” and “L” nonimmigrant classifications allow aliens to perform temporary services when legal U.. workers are unavailable.. They are fraudulently used in many cases.. The programs and participants should be subjected to intense reconsideration.. Step 6 – Amnesty.. Widespread problems with the 1986 amnesty should have taught us something.. Fraud was endemic to the entire process.. Current proposals for a legalization program are a corrupt bargain.. They allow the illegal alien to buy his way out of the offense.. He pays, not a fine, but a bribe because the money changing hands gives him what he wants.. The fact that he is bribing the government as a whole does not sanctify the deal.. Registering the estimated 10-12 million applicants would be a monumental task, impossible to accomplish in any rational time frame or fashion.. Judicial involvement in any legalization program would certainly expand it beyond recognition, just as happened with the 1986 law.. Chain migration, that is, families following to join those getting amnesty, would number around five times as many more over 20 years as gained the benefit initially.. An accurate cost of an amnesty is incalculable, but an estimate by the Heritage Foundation supposes that it could be around 2.. 6 Trillion dollars over 20 years.. Another amnesty will again send a signal to the world that the U.. is not serious about enforcing its immigration laws.. Step 7 – What to do with those here now?.. NAFBPO does not contemplate nor encourage massive waves of arrests and deportations.. A proper application of social pressures will cause millions to depart on their own.. To create those pressures, illegal aliens must be denied access to jobs, public benefits, sources of identification (particularly driver’s licenses,) vehicle registrations, mortgages and loans from federally-insured institutions, and tuition assistance at public educational facilities.. Step 8 – Immigration legislation.. The fundamental balance of priorities for immigrants established by our immigration laws must be changed from family reunification to prefer those who bring skills and job-creating investment to this country.. Citizenship by virtue of birth in the United States is an idea past due for change.. Citizenship should be granted at birth only to children born to U.. citizens or to aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence.. Congress should issue a “sense of the Congress” statement immigration laws matters and they deserve careful enforcement, not deliberate neglect as a policy.. Step 9 – Other matters.. Border security – Violence in Mexico by drug cartels is spilling onto and over the border.. The Border Patrol’s training should be expanded to deal with armed threats by small units and their armament should be upgraded commensurate with that mission.. Use of the military on the border – The National Guard is an appropriate entity to provide logistical support, training, and armed backup for the Border Patrol.. Environmental legislation – Creation of wilderness areas along the border is sought by environmental groups and supported by apologists for illegal immigration who would prefer an open border.. It must be opposed vigorously.. Visa issuance process – This is the first line of defense against illegal and fraudulent entry through ports of entry.. It is often not used effectively as the tool it should be to detect and deter those who would come here for nefarious purposes.. Blanket visa waivers – on a basis of reciprocity, we do not demand visas from nationals of many countries regarded as low-risk for fraud, and friendly.. The existence of terrorists in every nation, now, makes this process suspect in that people from that country arrive on our shores without previous screening.. Departure verification – we have no system in place to verify that an alien who has come here has departed as he stated he would or was required to do.. Thus, we do not know who is here.. Improving the tamper-resistance of immigration documents is always a worthwhile goal.. Steps in that direction were recently taken; they should continue.. The Matricula card – this is a Mexican identification card issued to Mexican citizens by Mexican consular offices in the U.. It is not secure identification in any way, shape, or form, yet it is accepted by many government entities and private institutions, such as banks.. It must be declared invalid as a matter of law.. State and local police cooperation – in short, this should be encourage, not discouraged.. Section 287(g) of the INA (discussed above) should be promoted as a tool for law enforcement.. The annual alien address report – this report, discontinued in the early 1970s, should be reinstituted.. Modern technology makes it easy and national security calls for its use.. Step 10 – Summary and Closing.. Immigration laws exist for four primary reasons.. They are:.. Protect national security and sovereignty.. Protect American jobs and social programs.. Protect public safety.. Protect public health.. For decades we have neglected immigration laws, forgetting that they exist for demonstrable reasons.. Good laws and diligent enforcement benefit the nation, both in what they encourage and what they forbid.. We are paying the price now for that neglect, and it is time for it to cease.. The nation should reexamine its immigration laws in light of national interests and the interests of individual Americans, then adopt laws and practices that benefit us all.. NAFBPO believes that the existing statute, although 58 years old, is an adequate framework for the purpose, needing only modification along lines we have set forth to be effective for further generations.. Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform.. Members of NAFBPO have served at all levels and in all areas of operation in the nation’s immigration system.. NAFBPO has collective millennia of experience in dealing with immigration matters and an institutional memory that dates back over half a century.. Our experience qualifies us discuss the flaws we see in present laws, policies, and practices, to set out steps that we see as necessary to improve our control of illegal immigration, and to suggest improvements to the system for legal immigration.. Bringing about a rational immigration system, one that serves national interests above all, will require a number of steps taken together—let us say that again:.. steps taken together.. There is no one, silver bullet that will solve the problem.. To say “secure the border” without also saying “secure the interior” or to say “employer sanctions” without also saying “strengthen the border” is in each case addressing but half the solution.. It all must begin with enforcement.. Otherwise, nothing else put in place, such as guest worker programs or increased legal immigration, will matter, for there will always be those who would circumvent any law.. Let us begin.. We cannot have national security or sovereignty without a secure border.. Recent initiatives have enhanced border security but the task is far from complete.. The nation must keep in mind that border violations are of two types: surreptitious entry across the border (by land, water or air) and entry through ports of entry.. Each is as important an aspect of border security as the other.. Border security between the ports of entry.. The Border Patrol must have sufficient manpower, equipment, technology, physical infrastructure, and detention space to provide both deterrence through visible force and to detect and prevent successful illegal entries.. NAFBPO believes that current staffing levels are nearing optimum, but the best results will only come about once the thousands of officers hired recently become seasoned in the job.. Furthermore, new technologies have been put in place to support the officer on the ground.. They are undergoing a period of settling in and are not yet fully reliable.. Finally, the penalties provided by law for illegal entry and smuggling must be enforced or there is no deterrent to repeated attempts.. Border security at the ports of entry.. U.. border enforcement strategy suffers from a severe imbalance of resources.. While much-needed strengthening has gone to the Border Patrol over the last five years, the Inspections operation at ports of entry have not received commensurate attention.. In fact, resources at the ports of entry, from personnel to facilities to equipment and technology, have increased by only a tiny fraction of that given to the more high-visibility operations of the Border Patrol.. Criminals notice such things and adjust their modus operandi to take their operations to where risks are lower.. A 2009 study by the Texas Border Coalition indicates that much smuggling of people, drugs, and weapons has shifted from the open lands of the border between the ports to the ports themselves, concealed in the vast volume of traffic that is international trade.. As many as three out of four aliens entering the U.. illegally may be coming through those neglected ports of entry.. The process of inspection of aliens arriving at a port of entry must maintain a balance between determining who the applicant is and what he intends, and keeping the line moving.. At this time the balance is always struck in favor of moving traffic along and the unavoidable result is an incomplete inspection process.. That balance must be recast; the inspection process must be thorough.. The obvious answer is more personnel and expanded facilities.. That solution, however, quickly reaches a point of unsustainability.. We must thus turn to technology as a force multiplier.. Expand the current use of electronic readers and machine-readable documents, primarily passports and visas.. This serves two purposes: such documents are more likely to be secure from fraud and they speed up the validation process for the inspector.. Although the technology is in place at many locations on our borders it is far from universal.. Quick-scan fingerprint identification at the time of inspection.. (For a further note on this, see the discussion of departure verification below.. ).. Facial recognition software supporting all documents.. The reader must understand this: NAFBPO has tremendous respect for the integrity and skill of trained inspectors given enough time to do their job.. However, the situation at major ports of entry now is such that detection of fraud, mala-fide applicants, criminals, and terrorists is as much a matter of luck as it is skill.. Furthermore, as the stakes in the game (people, drugs, money, bombs, etc) escalate the factor of corruption must be acknowledged.. Appropriate technology can go a long way towards dealing with both those factors.. Step 2 – Interior enforcement.. A framework of laws, regulations, and enforcement practices must be created to make it difficult for illegal aliens to avoid being found or to gain what they now seek in coming here.. Consequently, a balanced enforcement effort, providing a strong border backed by stringent interior enforcement, is absolutely necessary.. Otherwise, the border will continue to be overrun.. Alan Bersin, Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said recently, “This is not about sealing the border.. Until we have a legitimate labor market between Mexico and the United States, people will attempt to come here to work.. " Leaving aside his unfortunate views on what constitutes a “legitimate” labor market, it is clear that he understands what is the primary driving force behind illegal immigration: jobs.. But he totally ignores the role that interior enforcement must play in gaining control of the border.. The border can be controlled, but not until the powers in Washington, D.. C.. are willing to undertake the necessary steps to make it inconvenient to impossible for an illegal alien to stay here.. That starts with eliminating their access to jobs and goes on to keeping out of their reach all things that enable them to stay.. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must be given funding, manpower, and resources sufficient to:.. Vigorously enforce the employer sanctions passed by Congress in 1986.. Carry out the removal of any aliens illegally in the U.. As this is being written, ICE resources are largely used to pursue and remove only  ...   be astronomical.. Here, we quote from a study done by the Heritage Foundation in 2007: Giving amnesty to illegal immigrants will greatly increase long-term costs to the taxpayer.. Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would, over time, increase their use of means-tested welfare, Social Security, and Medicare.. Fiscal costs would rise in the intermediate term and increase dramatically when amnesty recipients reach retirement.. Although it is difficult to provide a precise estimate, it seems likely that if 10 million adult illegal immigrants currently in the U.. were granted amnesty, the net retirement cost to government (benefits minus taxes) could be over $2.. 6 Trillion.. http://www.. heritage.. org/Research/Reports/2007/06/Amnesty-Will-Cost-US-Taxpayers-at-Least-26-Trillion#_ftn23.. Finally, another amnesty will again send a signal to the world that the U.. is not serious about enforcing its immigration laws and that it is just a matter of time until the next amnesty.. Step 7 – Dealing with those here now?.. A large number of those here illegally, depending on their individual circumstances, will qualify for administrative relief that will allow them to stay under existing law.. As to the others, they do not belong here – they came without invitation or permission and we owe them nothing but humane treatment and a speedy departure.. We need not undertake massive waves of arrest and deportations, nor should we.. Instead, we must apply firm and relentless pressure to make it inconvenient to impossible for them to stay.. We know they will leave when confronted with that because the national experience with the current recession has driven many illegal aliens back to their homes abroad when they couldn’t find jobs.. That is further manifested by the experience of Oklahoma and Arizona, where laws were passed making things difficult for the aliens and they departed by the thousands for other states more hospitable to them.. This approach has benefits for the nation, American employers, and the alien himself.. We, the nation, would avoid the uproar and disruptions that roundups would cause.. The employer, as his source of cheap, ready labor dries up, could make his accommodations to the new situation over a period years.. And the alien, since he would plan his own departure, can take care of all his business before he leaves.. Here are some of the things that we should remove from the reach of illegal aliens:.. Jobs, certainly.. Public benefits of any sort.. Sources of identification, particularly driver’s licenses.. Vehicle registration and licenses of any other sort.. Mortgages or loans of any sort if underwritten or guaranteed by a government entity.. Tuition assistance or write-downs at any public educational facility.. Step 8 – Immigration Legislation.. The United States largely has the immigration laws it needs.. Most of the current noise about immigration reform comes from groups whose sympathies lie with their ethnic brethren from abroad and from employers who continue to want cheap, tractable labor, just as they have since the Chinese were brought over to build the railroads.. While both of these desires may be understandable they do not always parallel the interests of America or Americans (and as always, we include our legal alien guests in that category.. Congress must first ensure that a complete structure of immigration control and enforcement is in place and working properly.. Such a structure will require close coordination between border control forces and interior enforcement agencies.. That does not exist now.. The current political inclination is to spend money on hiring and equipment and call the problem on the border solved.. Not so, and we, the public, should not fall for it.. We must demand proof of control.. and not accept empty claims made to allow an administration or Congress to move on to amnesty (and they will try) without actually having the border under control.. Second, Congress should decide what immigration policies will benefit America and Americans, not the interests of other countries before our own.. Then it should reformulate existing laws to bring about those policies.. NABPO makes the following suggestions:.. The fundamental balance of priorities for immigrants established by our immigration laws needs to be changed.. Since 1965 our laws have favored family reunification at the expense of bringing skilled technical and professional workers here, and those with money to invest in enterprises that will create jobs.. That must change – there is little to be found in family reunification that serves our national interests.. To the contrary, most immigrants to this country now are unskilled and, since they tend to occupy the lower rungs of the economic ladder, they and their families draw heavily on social programs.. It is one thing to allow an unskilled worker and his wife and children to immigrate.. It is yet another to encourage the parents and siblings to follow.. In this day of easy, rapid travel around the world coming to the U.. from abroad does not cut one off from all future family contact as it did in years past.. Reformulated laws do not necessarily have to limit overall immigration numbers, in fact, they probably should not.. But they should change the nature of most of our immigrants to a category that benefits the present and future needs of the country as a whole—that is, skilled workers or those with money to invest to create jobs.. NAFBPO believes that Congress should strike a new balance in the preference system under which immigrant visas are issued.. Granting citizenship automatically to those born on U.. soil is not properly an immigration issue itself, but it affects immigration by drawing people here to have their babies.. It is an idea that has outlived its time and its purpose; the U.. is nearly alone among developed nations in such a generous grant of citizenship.. NAFBPO supports the idea of changing the law in that respect.. Children born on U.. soil should not be citizens unless their parents are U.. citizens or lawful permanent residents.. Congress must then issue a “sense of the Congress” statement to this and future administrations that immigration laws matter and they deserve careful enforcement, not deliberate neglect as a policy.. Step 9 – Other Matters.. Border security isn’t what it used to be.. Over the last three decades our concerns have escalated from what was once as much a humanitarian issue as a security issue, to concerns over paramilitary violence, organized crime, and international terrorism.. The requirements to meet these concerns have likewise increased to the point that anything less than well-formulated interagency response will inevitably leave the nation’s citizenry vulnerable to a new and expanding set of threats.. needs to consider every asset available to maintain the integrity of our borders.. The border is an increasingly violent place for officers to work.. There is a threat of encounters with heavily-armed smugglers or even paramilitary units using military-style tactics as they smuggle drugs and people from Mexico.. The Border Patrol has not been confronted with a threat of this nature since the days of prohibition and NAFBPO notes that it was during that period that more Border Patrol officers were killed than at any other time since.. NAFBPO believes that the Border Patrol is, and should remain, the primary line of defense along our borders.. With nearly 20,000 officers now, the Border Patrol arguably has manpower enough to secure the border.. The Border Patrol’s tactical response unit (BORTAC) is well able to carry out most special operations, assuming they have time to assemble and prepare a team.. However, most officers are not currently trained and equipped to deal with threats they now face.. They should be trained and equipped to meet these new threats and made a credible deterrent at the border.. Currently, it appears that the highest levels of the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection lack the inclination to meet the threats directly, with whatever force is necessary.. Instead, they are willing to surrender U.. territory to criminal gangs.. Signs along the border cautioning people against entering large areas of the U.. including some national monuments, offer sad proof of that statement.. That must change; the U.. must never concede one foot of our territory.. Military on the border.. There is a role for the military on the border, and the National Guard is the best solution.. Guard units should work within their own overall command structure under the direction of the Sector Chief they assist.. Those units should support the Border Patrol tactically, technically, and in a training role.. It is from the Guard’s tactical field experience that the Border Patrol can most benefit in learning new operational techniques.. And finally, armed units of the National Guard should be in place as quick response teams to back up Border Patrol officers in any encounter in which it finds itself outgunned.. In such cases, Border Patrol officers should disengage and allow the National Guard to act by its own rules of engagement.. There are those who complain about “militarization of the border.. ” NAFBPO notes this argument and says that a military presence on the border is a good thing under existing circumstances.. Mexico uses its military on the border without complaint from the U.. despite their frequent armed incursions into the United States.. For the United States to do the same would send a powerful message to Mexico and Mexicans about just what the border means.. Environmental legislation.. There is, among environmentalists and in Congress, a move to create huge swaths of formally-designated wilderness along the borders with Mexico and Canada.. In places, they will extend deep into the United States.. The controlling legislation, the Wilderness Act of 1964, prohibits any motorized conveyance or man-made structure with wilderness areas.. That includes landing of aircraft.. What this means is that, as a practical matter, the Border Patrol is prohibited from patrolling wilderness areas except on foot or horseback.. Smugglers and illegal aliens observe no such prohibitions.. The effect on border security is predictable – wilderness areas become a highway and haven for them.. Furthermore, environmental sensitivity not having seeped into the consciousness of smugglers and illegal aliens, the lands protected from the Border Patrol become dumps as passers-through deposit all manner of trash and garbage by the ton.. The Department of Homeland Security periodically announces that it has reached an accommodation with the other agencies involved, usually the Department of the Interior’s Forest Service or the National Park Service.. DHS typically goes on to say that the ability to control the border will not be impacted by the creation of wilderness areas.. At NAFBPO we have, cumulatively, hundreds of years of border enforcement experience.. We declare those announcements by DHS to be, at best, willfully blind to reality and at worst, an attempt to undermine the meaning of our borders.. There are some things that technology cannot compensate for, and an officer on the ground at the right place and time is one of those things.. The ability to be wherever needed, whenever, is fundamental to Border Patrol operations and legislation such as that being considered is utterly foolish if a secure border is to be created.. Visa issuance process.. The visa process is a useful tool if executed correctly.. Briefly, a visa is a license to apply for admission to the U.. at a port of entry.. Visas are issued by the U.. Department of State.. Someone wanting to come to the U.. takes his passport to the U.. Consul abroad and completes a visa application.. In a perfect world the consul conducts necessary record checks and either issues or denies a visa.. In fact, the background checks of visa applicants tend to be cursory to nonexistent.. Visas are the first line of defense in determining the identity, intentions, and bona fides of an applicant and the Department of State must do it thoroughly, for everything in the downstream process depends on it.. Visa Waivers.. The visa process can reduce or slow down the number of people wanting to come here which can affect our economy.. Therefore, in the case of a number of “friendly” nationalities, it is waived entirely.. This is a two edged sword.. Unfortunately, in this day and age there very well may be factions in these nations that would do harm to the U.. Germany, for example, may be the source of a very small number of status violators and thus appear to be a low-risk country for visa waivers.. However, there is a strong presence of radical Islam in Germany and they, too, qualify for visa waivers.. Consequently, the visa waiver program should be scrutinized and applied sparingly, if at all.. Local Cards.. has for decades issued what is called a “local card”, a document used in lieu of a passport and visa.. It allows the holder to enter for a limited period of time and to go only to the border states.. Historically, this card is one of the most fraudulently-used documents; many holders violate their status after entering and/or the document is borrowed, altered or counterfeited.. In July 2008, the Department of State began issuing passport cards as a lower-cost alternative to the U.. passport book.. In October 2008, they began issuing the second generation border crossing card (local card) based on the architecture of the passport card.. Both of these initiatives are to mitigate the risk of fraudulent use and they are continuing to be evaluated.. This is certainly welcomed; however, this is just part of the problem.. The inspectors at our ports of entry use a variety of methods to identify fraudulent documents but are unable to take full advantage of the machine-readable technology due to lack of equipment.. Department of State must tighten up its anti-fraud procedures.. In a recent test auditors from the Government Accounting Office submitted seven applications for U.. passports with blatant fraud indicators in the applications.. Five were approved without comment.. Departure verification.. At this time, there is no method in use to verify that an alien who entered for a temporary period and for a specific purpose has left the United States at all, much less on schedule.. An automated fingerprint scan at departure can clear the record of arrival.. Recently, the U.. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had redesigned the Permanent Resident Card – commonly known as the “Green Card,” to incorporate several major new security features to deter immigration fraud.. State-of-the-art technology such as this inhibits counterfeiting, obstructs tampering and facilitates quick and accurate authentication.. The Matricula card.. This is an identification card issued by the Mexican government to its citizens abroad.. Mexico has been pushing state and local governments in the U.. to accept the card as a valid identity document, arguing that it allows Mexican citizens to establish their true identities to police and authorities.. It does not.. The cards are increasingly used to open bank accounts, transfer money, and board airplanes, but they should not be accepted.. First of all, there is no security surrounding their issuance.. The bearer may be who the document says he is, but often, he is not.. Second, it is another document that can facilitate illegal aliens in making their way around the U.. and becoming established within our communities.. State and Local Police Cooperation.. American law enforcement must work together toward national security.. State and local authorities must be encouraged to work with the federal government to detect and detain foreigners who are in our country illegally.. Only by detecting and identifying them can we establish who among them is dangerous to Americans.. At present, local police can hold an illegal alien for being illegal only if local law gives them that authority.. In the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act, Congress included a provision (8 USC 287(g)) that empowered the Immigration & Naturalization Service to provide training to local law enforcement agencies, who would then gain authority to detain suspected illegal aliens.. This has been applied in a few instances and has worked well.. It must be expanded to agencies throughout the U.. The thousands of police officers nationwide are potentially powerful allies in the fight against illegal aliens, foreign terrorism, and criminal activity on our soil.. This tool will greatly assist in interior control and thus, border security.. The annual alien address report.. Reinstate the annual alien address report.. Discontinued in the 1970s, this report required all aliens residing in the U.. to report their current address in January of each year.. This would provide an extremely valuable source of information about the location of aliens residing here and possible leads to the location criminal permanent residents.. Step 10 – Summary and Closing.. We have immigration laws to regulate which and how many foreigners we are going to allow to enter this country; that is the sovereign right and duty of every country.. Properly formulated and enforced, immigration laws will:.. Protect American jobs and social programs.. Enhance public safety.. Guard public health.. The United States is at a critical point in its fight with (and over) illegal aliens.. We are besieged by the aliens themselves and their governments who try to make the case that the U.. owes their citizens the right to come, unimpeded, to this country.. And those who violate our laws are supported, comforted, and encouraged by their co-ethnics, their sympathizers, and our very own government.. In the spring of 2009 NAFBPO presented a series of editorials on the need for vigorous control of illegal immigration and how various U.. administrations have failed to meet that need.. Those arguments may be found.. on our website.. so we will not go over them again here except to say that the situation is critical, the national well-being and security are imperiled, and our leaders are betraying us by failing to address this problem.. Instead, they call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a code phrase for amnesty for illegal aliens.. Their version of “comprehensive” reform is, at its heart, a corrupt bargain, an acceptance and blessing of illegal behavior in return for money.. As currently proposed, so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” will not “reform” anything; it will simply institutionalize the problem by starting it all over again.. In this document NAFBPO has set out nine steps that we believe are required to achieve real immigration reform.. Necessarily, our presentation is heavily weighted toward enforcement.. That is so because without enforcement nothing else matters.. Those charged with resolving this sad situation must realize, must realize, that simply reinforcing the border will solve nothing.. If there is not multifaceted, aggressive interior enforcement the border will never be secure.. In Steps 8 and 9 (Legislation, and Other Matters) we have made significant suggestions for change to legal immigration and citizenship laws and to current practices and policies.. We recognize that they will certainly ignite controversy if considered by the people, Congress, and regulators.. However, we do not restrict our suggestions to what is easy, but what is necessary.. In that, we recall our statement of purpose:.. To that end, we shall propose and be advocates for immigration policies and laws that we believe serve those national interests, and we will oppose those that do not contribute to the national well-being..

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  • Title: No Amnesty!
    Descriptive info: Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Is a Terrible Idea for the Nation!.. There is a huge push on the part of the current administration, certain members of Congress, the U.. Chamber of Commerce, the Mexican government, many industrial and growers' organizations, and many unions, to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the United States.. No one has any good idea of how many - estimates range as high as twenty million and at NAFBPO we would not call that an unreasonable guess.. Let's call it what it is, an amnesty.. That's what the aliens who would benefit call it, so we will too.. The American proponents of it don't like the term, though, for the word says we are forgiving the criminal violation of the law by the illegal aliens - and the American people would not look favorably on something presented in that light.. You can't change what it is by calling it something else, though, so "amnesty" it is, and.. it is a corrupt bargain.. to boot.. They say the beneficiaries will have to pay a fine, and application fees, and will have to learn English.. NAFBPO says that's like letting a burglar off the hook AND keep everything he stole if he will just 'fess up and pay a thousand-dollar fine.. In fact, it is that aspect of the process that makes it a.. corrupt bargain.. It is indistinguishable in concept from the practice so common in other nations of buying your way out of a legal bind by passing money to an official to get what you want, whether that is staying out of jail or buying a favorable decision on an application for some benefit.. It is corruption and it should not even be tolerated, much less proposed as the solution in a nation ostensibly devoted to the rule of law.. We had an amnesty in 1986 for three million people.. It was supposed to be in conjunction with getting control of the border so the situation would not get out of hand again.. As we know now, it didn't work, and it's not hard to understand why not: Illegal behavior rewarded encourages more illegal behavior.. Yet despite the failure of what was to have been a solution back then, certain people want to do it all over again.. Never mind.. why.. they want to have another amnesty, we'll examine that in.. another essay..  ...   an adverse public health impact,.. both as to imported disease and cost to the U.. medical system.. The community of illegal aliens from around the world already suffers from diseases not commonly found in the U.. S, many of them contagious - and mostly, they can't pay for their own care.. will have to formally take them on to care for if they are legalized.. Click here for disease information.. Click here for health costs information.. With the stroke of a pen we will create more poor Americans.. We have spent trillions in the War on Poverty trying to alleviate poverty for Americans.. No wonder we can't succeed in reducing the poverty numbers - we keep providing recruits for the other side of the war.. And the jobs the illegals take result in more poor Americans, too.. We can't afford an amnesty.. - it would cost too much.. Applying a conservative estimate of the per-person processing cost from the 1986 amnesty, unadjusted for inflation, it would cost about $2,500,000,000 (two billion, five-hundred million dollars) to process ten million illegal aliens.. What else could we do with that money that would be worthwhile for the country?.. The government lacks the resources to carry out the job.. , and there is no way to hire and train enough people to do it well.. So it will become just a rubber-stamp operation geared toward producing the biggest number of approved cases possible.. Millions will gain status by fraud,.. just as hundreds of thousands did in the 1986 amnesty when many responsible officers involved estimated that 30% of the application were fraudulent.. Smugglers and manufacturers of phoney documents will make millions.. Click here for more information.. It won't solve the illegal immigration problem;.. it will make it worse.. You have to be pretty naive to look at the 1986 amnesty and not see that it directly contributed to the current problem; naive, or willfully blind, that is.. The 1986 amnesty was to be a one-time thing as far as we were concerned, but the aliens knew better, so they came.. And now.. An amnesty for ten million people now will result in at least sixty to seventy million people over the next twenty years.. as family members come to join those who got amnesty.. Most of them will be uneducated or undereducated.. What does that mean for our society? Must we.. really.. do that?..

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  • Title: NAFBPO-American Jobs for American Workers
    Descriptive info: Proposal for an American.. Temporary Worker Program.. Certain categories of employers in the United States have, over the past three decades, become dependent on illegal aliens.. Chief among these are agriculture, construction, and services, but there are others.. They allowed themselves to be seduced by the allure of an endless supply of undemanding labor, made cheap by its sheer quantity.. For nearly two generations now, they have had only to snap their fingers and unskilled and semiskilled labor came running from around the world.. It has reached the point that they cannot imagine life without that supply of cheap sweat available to them, so they claim disaster will flow if that supply is cut off or diminished.. They call for a Guest Worker Program, with foreign workers being brought to this country to take American jobs.. For reasons one can only speculate about, the current administration professes to believe there will be a labor shortage without a Guest Worker Program, or worse still, an amnesty by some other name.. We will not undertake here to refute that claim of a labor shortage we have addressed it elsewhere, both as to the substance of the claims and the deleterious effects of trying to indulge them.. You can read our thoughts on the matter.. Despite what they say, there is more than ample evidence to indicate that the American employer and the administration have either talked themselves into a delusion, or are, in some cases, outright lying in the face of the obvious.. The basic, underlying fact is this: while the generally reported unemployment rate is quite low, under five percent as this is written in March, 2008, the true unemployment rate (although that s not what the report calls it) is nearly double that at 9% (see first sidebar comment).. The government publishes the latter figure, too, but it is seldom cited, probably because it paints a bleaker picture than an administration would like to tout.. In fact, the 9% figure reflects that nearly fourteen million American workers are looking for jobs -- and things do not look good for the future at this writing.. does not have a labor shortage in fact, there are clear indications of a labor surplus in this country.. Updated May 20, 2010.. The nation is recovering from an economic crisis but unemployment remains high, and the administration presents us with the thought that it may be the new "normal" state of affairs.. Figures for May, 2010, are these:.. The.. unemployment.. rate is 9.. 9%, or 15,260,00 workers.. The percentage of.. underutilized.. workers is 17.. 1%, or 26,844,000 workers looking for a job.. See the the sidebar for an explanation of the difference.. The links there connect to current reports and explanations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.. We also recommend that you read our editorial,.. Our Leaders Betray Us - Immigration and Jobs.. To be sure, there are places in the United States where there are not ample workers for particular jobs at any given, transient time.. Agricultural jobs in some areas during harvest season is an example, or unskilled construction during a building boom but even then, what constitutes a shortage is disputed.. However, assuming for the sake of argument that there are genuine, localized labor shortages, NAFBPO says that a foreign guest worker program is both unnecessary and undesirable for any number of demonstrable reasons.. The point is this: there are enough American workers to fill the jobs, but they are often in the wrong places.. So, we call upon our federal and state governments, American employers, unions, and the American worker to develop a national program we will for the moment call American Jobs for American Workers (AJAW).. (Before we go further, let us stress that here, and in every instance where we refer to an American worker we include those legal immigrants who are legitimate guests in our country.. Our proposal is this: create a domestic temporary worker program.. Instead of recruiting foreign workers who come and compete with American job seekers and drive down wages, recruit American workers from across the country to fill jobs where labor shortages exist.. Offer to our own workers the same benefits that any formal guest worker program must offer to foreigners, that is, transportation to the temporary work area, training for the job, decent housing or an allowance, basic medical care, guaranteed wages and working conditions, and finally, transportation back home when the job is over.. NOTE: We have found some misperceptions on the part of readers about what we propose here.. For clarity's sake, let us expand a bit.. We do not propose anything similar to an existing farm worker registry program or one that is easy to finesse or cheat, as is common with the existing programs.. Instead, we suggest in the broadest terms that employers of any type who believe they need foreign help first be required to contact employment security departments (ESDs by whatever name) in various states.. Which states can be defined as  ...   them - that is primarily agriculture, construction and the trades, and hotel and restaurant services.. That would not hurt the employer because he can raise his prices to cover the wage increase.. The consumer would not suffer in any noticeable fashion unless employers used increased wages as an excuse to gouge consumers.. For some specific figures on the impact of wage increases, click.. here.. In today's world wages are not the major portion of the total cost of production.. A wage increase for American workers would be a good thing for the worker and for the economy.. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of the working poor would be raised above the poverty level.. All worker would have more income to put back into circulation and that money.. would stay in the United States.. As it is, nearly 100 billion dollars a year is sent abroad by alien workers in this country, 24 billion to Mexico alone in 2007.. The dirty little secret of illegal alien labor in this country is that the people it hurts the most are Latinos and African-Americans.. They are often at the lower end of the wage scale, and it is they who have been impacted worst by falling wages brought about by the surplus of labor that exists in this country, and they are beginning to wake up to that fact.. We can fix that if we safeguard American jobs for American workers.. Timing and Gradualism.. NAFBPO does not suggest that illegal aliens suddenly be removed from the U.. and the AJAW program put in place -- it can't be done and no one we know proposes any such thing.. The process must, for several reasons, take place over time.. The "enforcement through attrition" strategy, (read about it.. ) whereby illegal aliens leave on their own as opportunities for them dry up, will take time - perhaps five to seven years.. During this time the AJAW program can be designed and implemented.. Americans will replace the departing illegal aliens in the workforce and employers can use the AJAW program to recruit them.. The Underemployed Worker.. Consider that the individual who has been replaced by an illegal alien is probably at the lower end of the employment/economic spectrum.. He is almost certainly undereducated.. Very likely, he has had no experience in the world outside his home area.. To someone like that the thought of taking off to look for a job in some strange place is daunting, so it is more psychologically comfortable to stay home with family and draw whatever benefits he can.. That he does so doesn't mean he doesn't want to work; it means he's afraid to jump into the unknown alone -- most people are.. But if some of the unknowns are removed from his mental equation his outlook changes.. Offer him a job and a ride with others from his area, and give him the knowledge he can get home when it's done and his world becomes a different place.. NAFBPO believes there are millions of workers who want to keep shoes on their kids' feet and food on the table but just don't know how to find a job.. American employers, working together, can tap into that resource.. Bureaucracy and Oversight.. A foreign Guest Worker Program requires that the employer work his way through bureaucracy in the United States and Mexico to get his help.. It's not an easy process and it has a terrible lead time.. The process adds significantly to the actual cost of labor.. Now, though, there are a couple new factors to contend with, ones that have not been widely recognized yet by employers.. Briefly, in January, 2008 the D.. Court of Appeals (which hears all National Labor Relations Board cases) held that an employer could not refuse to bargain with a union just because the members were illegal aliens.. While it appears that the NLRB excludes agricultural workers from the definition of "employee", it also appears that workers in places like packing houses.. are.. defined as employees.. This means that unions can organize those workers and represent them in labor matters.. The case is titled United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, No.. 06-1329, AGRI PROCESSOR CO.. , INC.. , PETITIONER v.. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD.. It can be read.. At last report the Mexican government had forty-seven consular offices in the U.. , more than any other nation has here.. The most recent opened in Little Rock, Arkansas in April, 2007.. President Felipe Calderon has instructed his diplomatic corps to be aggressive in protecting the rights of Mexicans in this country.. His predecessor, Vicente Fox, said publicly that "Where a Mexican stands, there is Mexico.. " Calderon demonstrably subscribes to that concept.. Employers can anticipate increasing contact with Mexican consular staff over employee rights.. Or the American employer can avoid the whole international issue by hiring his fellow Americans and doing for them what he is willing to do for a foreign guest worker..

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  • Title: NAFBPO Other Statements
    Descriptive info: NAFBPO's press releases, positions, and other statements.. March 7, 2007.. A letter to the editor of the website of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists about use of the term "undocumented immigrant" instead of "illegal alien".. April 15, 2007.. A guest editorial for the Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima, Washington explaining why amnesty is a bad idea for the nation.. June 4, 2007.. A statement at the National Press Club, Washington, D.. explaining the solution that NAFBPO proposes.. Sept.. 7, 2007.. A press release about Social Security "No-Match Letters" to employers.. 19, 2007.. A letter to the editor.. of the Las Cruces (New Mexico) Sun-News about the impact of wilderness designations on Border Patrol operations.. Oct.. 18, 2007.. A press release.. about NAFBPO's opposition to New York governor's plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens.. 31, 2007.. Supporting Oklahoma's adoption of a law limiting opportunities for illegal aliens.. Dec.. A press release Endorsing HR 4088, the SAVE act, pending in Congress as of this writing.. It would enhance immigration enforcement in  ...   the M3 report.. March/April 20, 2009.. - a series of editorials on the egregious failure of administrations to enforce immigration laws.. March 24, 2009.. - Our leaders betray us.. March 30, 2009.. - Failing to protect American jobs and American workers.. April 6, 2009.. - Neglecting national security.. - Ignoring public safety.. April 13, 2009.. - Ignoring public health dangers.. April 20, 2009.. - Closing thoughts.. 12, 2010.. An interview - a NAFBPO spokesman is interviewed by radio host G.. Gordon Liddy.. July 14, 2011.. A letter to Congress explaining why NAFBPO opposes HR2164, a bill requiring use of E-Verify.. August 22, 2011.. NAFBPO demands that the administration rescind its new policy suspending deportation cases except for "serious" criminals.. October 11, 2011.. The office of Customs and Border Patrol has told field units to stop enforcement efforts at transportion terminals.. This discontinues a very productive operational technique the BP has used for decades.. More articles and statements will be added as NAFBPO develops its positions.. Thank you for your interest..

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