Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obama: Legalize Illegals to get them Healthcare!!

Help Save Maryland Newsletter

Based on the article below, I think its a good time to remind all HSM members to get ready for the coming battle on Amnesty. And lets not forget the on-going fight to keep illegal aliens off the proposed healthcare dole.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the National Council of La Raza ("The Race) continue to pressure Democrats at the federal and state level to push for comprehensive immigration reform. Its Amnesty pure and simple for the illegal alien criminals who continue to enter and setup shop in our country.

We all know that enforcing the law through programs like E-Verify for businesses, 287g for law enforcement, demanding "Legal Presence" for all taxpayer funded programs and services as well as cutting off funding for support groups like ACORN, La Raza and CASA of Maryland will do the job.

By creating an environment where illegal aliens are faced with no employment opportunities, no healthcare or safety nets, they will self-deport to their home countries. This humane and family-oriented process will slowly but steadily become a fiscal bonanza for the American taxpayer.

As HSM is focused on Maryland issues we recommend the following:

1 - Join the national groups NumbersUSA AND FAIR . Both do an excellent job in keeping citizens aware of daily immigration issues on the national level.

2- Subscribe to the Washington Times Like FOX TV, the Wash Times provides more balance and coverage than that other Washington paper. Less expensive too!

3- Please don't forget to donate to HSM. Please mail a contribution to:

Help Save Maryland
P.O. Box 5742
Rockville, MD 20855

4 - Don't ever think that what you do doesn't matter. Write that letter to the editor or to our worthless Maryland elected officials (federal, state and local). Pickup the phone and call them as well. Participate in meetings, rallies and town halls.

Be polite, have fun, challenge and stick it to the opposition. The historic 9-12 Taxpayer Rally in DC was a success because hundreds of thousands of Americans each made the individual decision to work together.

Keep the Faith! We will not Fail!

Brad Botwin, Director, Help Save Maryland

Originally published 04:45 a.m., September 18, 2009, updated 07:49 a.m., September 18, 2009

Obama: Legalize illegals to get them health care

Stephen Dinan (Contact)President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage. He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.

"Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don't simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken," Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. "That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.

Mr. Obama added, "If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all."

Republicans said that amounts to an amnesty, calling it a backdoor effort to make sure current illegal immigrants get health care. "It is ironic that the president told the American people that illegal immigrants should not be covered by the health care bill, but now just days later he's talking about letting them in the back door," said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee. "If the American people do not want to provide government health care for illegal immigrants, why would they support giving them citizenship, the highest honor America can bestow?" Mr. Smith said.

But immigrant rights groups see the speech as a signal that Mr. Obama is committed to providing health care coverage for anyone in the United States legally, regardless of their citizenship status. "It's the first time I've certainly heard, publicly, him talking more about legal immigrants," said Eric Rodriguez, vice president for research and advocacy at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). "I think that was certainly positive progress. We were absolutely concerned about not hearing that."

On Wednesday, hours before Mr. Obama's speech, the NCLR had given the administration a public scolding, demanding that Mr. Obama needed to make "a public commitment ... to ensure that those who are here legally are covered."

A White House spokesman did not respond to questions about where the White House would make the cutoff for eligibility, and Mr. Rodriguez said he's still waiting for an answer from the administration. "We don't know where they mean to draw the line," he said. "Our biggest concern is that most people don't realize legal immigrants are currently barred from receiving health care benefits for the first five years in the country."

Under the 1996 welfare overhaul, most federal aid programs are restricted to citizens and legal immigrants who have been in the country for at least five years. Democrats have tried this year to chip away at that rule. Immigration has dogged Mr. Obama in the health care debate. Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, shouted, "You lie," when the president, in an address to Congress last week, said his plans wouldn't cover illegal immigrants.

Lawmakers - who got an earful from constituents back home during August - have insisted on extra checks to make sure illegal immigrants do not have access to taxpayer-funded programs. Senators have worked on language that would prevent illegal immigrants from buying insurance through a proposed insurance exchange envisioned in the health care reform package. But the NCLR said that could lead to situations where some members of a family would be covered and others, including children of illegal immigrants, wouldn't be.

Mr. Obama said legalizing illegal immigrants is a way to take the sting out of the entire issue. But Republicans said by pushing to legalize illegal immigrants, Mr. Obama is signaling that those here illegally eventually will get access to taxpayer-funded benefits. Still, the push to pass a legalization bill is beginning to gain steam, even as advocates fret that the White House is moving too slowly. On Thursday, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat and an outspoken advocate for legalization, agreed to take leadership in writing a new, more generous bill.

"We simply cannot wait any longer for a bill that keeps our families together, protects our workers and allows a pathway to legalization for those who have earned it," Mr. Gutierrez said. "Saying immigration is a priority for this administration or this Congress is not the same as seeing tangible action, and the longer we wait, the more every single piece of legislation we debate will be obstructed by our failure to pass comprehensive reform."



Sometimes there is more than one good reason for a slowdown. That's the case when it comes to Thomas E. Perez, the nominee to head the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Mr. Perez is the Maryland secretary of labor. His resume -- two graduate degrees from Harvard University and a previous staff role in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department -- looks solid on paper. But several published reports have said that Republicans have slowed Mr. Perez's nomination in protest of the Obama administration's dismissal of already-won voter-intimidation cases against agents of the New Black Panther Party. Those reports may or may not be entirely accurate. Either way, that's not the only reason to hesitate before confirming Mr. Perez.

Mr. Perez's record involves more than just his curriculum vitae. He has served as president of the board of CASA de Maryland, an immigrant-advocacy organization known for taking several rather extreme positions. For instance, CASA has fought against keeping illegal immigrants from getting state drivers' licenses. Mr. Perez himself has supported efforts to grant in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants. And he has been a strong proponent of giving preferential treatment to members of some races or ethnicities in admissions to schools to train health professionals.

On that latter point, Mr. Perez argued that racial preferences could be used not just for "remedial" purposes -- not just to make up for past discrimination -- but to meet other social objectives as well. Perhaps none of these positions individually is so radical as to be disqualifying. But for a division already being turned by the Obama administration into a veritable hotbed for providing legal cover for racial grievances, Mr. Perez's cornucopia of leftist positions should give senators pause. He should not be confirmed without a full and open airing of all these issues.

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Brad Botwin, Director, Help Save Maryland


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