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




Bringing LIBERTY to Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, May 19, 2007, 10:30am

A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning Radio Address

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Notes and Summary of the Broadcast

Note: The President also covered the subject of immigration on May 12.

THE PRESIDENT: This week, my Administration reached an agreement with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate on immigration reform. I thank the leaders in both parties who worked hard to produce legislation that will secure the border, restore respect for the law, and meet the legitimate needs of our economy.

A Libertarian Response:

Kevin Craig's Platform: Immigration

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

Bush's Remarks A Libertarian Response
Here's how the bill works: First, it will require that strong border security and enforcement benchmarks are met before other elements of the legislation are implemented. These benchmarks include completing our plan to double the number of Border Patrol agents, improving border infrastructure, and maintaining enough beds in our detention facilities so that all those apprehended at the border can be held and returned to their home countries. You have the right to travel wherever you want, so long as you are not trespassing on the property of others. The federal government claims to own nearly 50% of all the land in the United States. This is not what America's Founders envisioned. America stands for private property, not collective government ownership. Private people like you should own this land, and you should be able to decide who do invite on your own private property
We will also improve work site enforcement by implementing an effective system to verify worker eligibility using tamper-resistant identification cards, and by imposing stiffer penalties on companies that knowingly violate the law. Once these benchmarks are met, they will trigger other provisions of comprehensive reform. You have the right to hire the best employees. "Best" can mean "most talented," or "cheapest," whatever you believe will help you meet the demands of consumers, whether high quality or low price.

An ID card which is "tamper-resistant" can still be forged.

The legislation will create a new temporary worker program. Such a program will help our economy and take pressure off the border by providing foreign workers with a legal and orderly way to enter our country to fill jobs that Americans are not doing. To ensure that this program is truly temporary, workers will be limited to three two-year terms, with at least a year spent outside the United States between each term. Temporary workers will be allowed to bring immediate family members only if they demonstrate that they can support them financially, and that their family members are covered by health insurance. Employees and employers have the right to make contracts for terms as long as they agree. The government has no right to say "You can only create an employment contract lasting two years, and you have to live somewhere else for 1 year before creating another employment contract.

Individuals have the right not to purchase insurance.

This legislation will also help resolve the status of illegal immigrants who are already in our country without amnesty. Those who come out of the shadows will be given probationary status. If they pass a strict background check, pay a fine, hold a job, maintain a clean criminal record, and eventually learn English, they will qualify for and maintain a Z visa. If they want to become citizens, they have to do all these things, plus pay an additional fine, go to the back of the line, pass a citizenship test, and return to their country to apply for their green card. Congress has the authority under the constitution to create laws governing naturalization (citizenship). The Constitution does not give Congress the authority to comprehensively regulate the lives of citizens or non-citizens. Human beings have the right not to be citizens of the United States. Citizens of the United States have the right to be able to hire people who are not citizens of the United States, or associate in other ways with people who are not citizens of the United States.
This legislation will also strengthen our efforts to help new immigrants assimilate. The key to unlocking the full promise of America is the ability to speak English. This bill affirms that English is the language of the United States. And it provides new opportunities for immigrants to learn English and embrace the shared ideals that bind us as a nation. Human beings have the right not to be assimilated. Citizens of the United States have the right to speak any language they wish, and speak that language with people who are not citizens of the United States.

What are the "shared ideals that bind us as a nation?" Who has a right to determine these ideals?

In addition, this legislation will clear the backlog of family members who've applied to come to our country lawfully, and have been waiting patiently in line. This legislation will end chain migration by limiting the relatives who can automatically receive green cards to spouses and minor children. And this legislation will transform our immigration system so that future immigration decisions are focused on admitting immigrants who have the skills, education, and English proficiency that will help America compete in a global economy. The federal government has done an incredibly poor job of educating Americans. Now the government proposes to educate immigrants. The government will fail, of course, Uneducated immigrants will be admitted.

This is nothing but a plan for comprehensive regulation of human beings.

I realize that many hold strong convictions on this issue, and reaching an agreement was not easy. I appreciate the effort of Senators who came together to craft this important legislation. This bill brings us closer to an immigration system that enforces our laws and upholds the great American tradition of welcoming those who share our values and our love of freedom. Citizenship should be granted to those who "share our ideals." God-given rights are not conditioned on sharing those ideals.
Thank you for listening.  

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.

A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform by Rep. Ron Paul

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.

U.S. Constitution: Article I, Section 8, Clause 4: To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

Background on this Clause of the Constitution

The Democrat Party Radio Address: 

  • Convening a national summit on children.

A Libertarian Response to Democrats:

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