Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Bringing LIBERTY to Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, May 12, 2007, 10:30am

A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio Address

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Notes and Summary of the Broadcast

PRESIDENT BUSH: "Reforming our immigration system is an important opportunity to show that elected officials in Washington can work together to find practical solutions to the problems that matter most. ... I am optimistic we can pass a comprehensive immigration bill and get this problem solved for the American people this year." [read more] [listen]

A Libertarian Response:

Kevin Craig's Platform: Immigration

The 2004 Libertarian Party Platform: Immigration
The 2006 Libertarian Party Platform: Immigration

What are the "the problems that matter most" when it comes to immigration? What should matter most to Americans?

If we judge by polls and blogs, what matters most is jobs and "security."

  • Jobs - immigrants are often willing to charge employers less money for their labor. This competition worries those who want to be paid more by their employers. Anti-immigrationists want the government to keep immigrants from competing against them. Anti-immigrationists want the government to compel employers to hire anti-immigrationists, even if employers would rather pay lower wages so they can charge lower prices for the finished product.
  • Security - an immigrant just might be a terrorist. The rights of all immigrants to flee corrupt dictatorships and work to support their families should be restricted in order to screen out any immigrants who might possibly someday maybe be a terrorist. The "War on Terror" (foreign policy) trumps the rights of all non-violent immigrants.

In response, we should note:

  • Low-wage immigrants raise our standard of living, as Prof. George Reisman and other Free-Market economists have shown (see our  immigration series).
  • Washington D.C.'s foreign policy, involving military coups and destruction of the middle east in an attempt to protect oil industry profits, has changed America from a nation admired by all to a nation feared and despised, leaving us less secure from fanatic vengeful attacks.

What should matter most to Americans is preservation of our God-given rights, rights which were also given by God to those of other nations. The freedom to travel, to flee corrupt dictatorships, seek employment, and engage in "the pursuit of happiness" is being attacked by immigration laws. The anti-immigration culture threatens the rights not only of immigrants, but of American citizens.

America was built on a foundation of "self-evident truths." Among these truths is the fact that we are created by God and our rights come from God, not the government. Whatever the Republicrats and Demoblicans can do with the God-given rights of immigrants, they can do to natural-born U.S. citizens. If the government can violate the Fourth Amendment rights of immigrants, it can do so to U.S. citizens -- and this is in fact what is happening.

Congress is not going to close the borders, like the anti-immigrationists want.

The leadership of both Democrats and Republicans is working to abolish all borders in North America, in a plan modeled after the European Union. Nobody heard the term "European Union" 20 years ago, but the architects of the EU recently threw themselves a 50th Birthday Party. In their minds, the European Union began 50 years ago with an innocuous trade agreement creating the "European Coal and Steel Community." Today the EU represents the abolition of sovereign nations and creation of a regional central state.

President Bush entered into an agreement with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin which is for North America what that trade agreement 50 years ago was for Europe. It is the abolition of the United States as a sovereign nation.

There will be no immigration problem between the U.S. and Mexico under this agreement, because the border between the U.S. and Mexico will be as superfluous as the border between Missouri and Arkansas.

This means all talk about "reforming" our immigration laws is disingenuous. It is political talk designed for upcoming elections.

The President says he wants an immigration policy which makes us "secure," "competitive," is "orderly," and "welcoming." He mentioned five issues that he says must be considered by the drafters of needed reform:

1. Security
Only another Berlin Wall can hope to provide "security."
2. Employers must be able to know who is legal (a subtle call for "Real ID")
A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform by Rep. Ron Paul
3. Temporary worker program - legal orderly way to fill jobs Americans are not doing.
Bush does not agree with those who believe immigrants hurt Americans.
4. Legalize the illegal
Eventually, all Mexicans will be legally present in the "North American Union." Bush is not going to deport them.
5. Melting pot - assimilation
To what should Mexican immigrants be assimilated? The correct answer should be: the constitutional ideals of "Liberty Under God." But Bush and Washington D.C. have long ago repudiated these ideals. They don't defend the Constitution or our God-given rights. Immigrants will assimilate the values of statist regulation (rather than "Liberty") and autonomy ("ye shall be as gods").

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, 4 July 1776: -- He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

The Democrat Party Radio Address: Major General Melvyn S. Montano, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

  • The federal government was unable to respond effectively to the disaster in Greensburg, Kansas, because too many National Guard units were fighting an unnecessary war in Iraq.

Libertarian Response to Democrats: In the U.S. Constitution, "We the People" did not delegate any authority to the Federal Government to respond to tornados in Kansas and "rebuild the local economy." This is a job for non-profit relief organizations, churches, charities, and businesses.

Davy Crockett: "Not Yours to Give"

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