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Will Rod Blagojevich pro-illegal immigration scheme violate law?

In November 2005, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich - a very strong supporter of illegal immigration - created the "New Americans Immigrant Policy Council" (press release link) to come up with ways to deal with immigrants in his state. The report from the NAIPC has been released, as has a report from a similar panel. Blago has endorsed their findings, but has not committed any money. And, whether any money will be found is still to be determined.

As even the WaPo discloses ("Ill. Governor To Announce New Benefits For Immigrants" by Kari Lydersen), these benefits would be for both legal and illegal immigrants:

Key points of the New Americans program include increasing the number of dual-language schools, English-as-a-second-language programs and bilingual staff members at state agencies, as well as providing job training for skilled and unskilled immigrants. The program is described as the first of its kind nationwide.

Tom Vilsack and Mike Huckabee might beg to differ; the "welcoming centers" proposed in one of the reports matches those offered in Iowa. There are only two points worth noting in the WaPo coverage: that one of the members of one of the panels is "former Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner Doris Meissner", and this:

Susan Tully, national field director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the program will put Blagojevich in violation of U.S. immigration law... "He does not have the right under the Constitution, even as governor of Illinois, to grant benefits to people who haven't been cleared by immigration and customs agents," she said.

The article "Aid for immigrants proposed" by Oscar Avila has more on the proposals, but like the WaPo report it doesn't offer much backstory.

Now, let's look at the seamy underbelly of Blago's scheme.

The 11/2005 press release doesn't differentiate between illegal and legal immigrants. And:

The Governor shall appoint a 15-person New Americans Immigrant Policy Council comprised of the chairs of the Joint Legislative Immigrant and Refugee Policy Task Force, a representative of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and other appropriate parties.

Like Blago, the ICIRR is a strong supporter of illegal immigration. They were involved in the Jim Oberweis smear. And, they helped organize some of the Chicago illegal immigration marches; Blago spoke at at least one of those. Not only that, but after the first march their president Juan Salgado spoke at Los Pinos, the Mexican White House. And, their president is Josh Hoyt.

I look forward to the WaPo and the Chicago Tribune disclosing who Blago is affiliated with.

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Immigration · Wed, 12/13/2006 - 10:08 · Importance: 4

Wed, 12/13/2006 - 15:13
Jeebie

I do believe our demopublican leadership believes itself to be a separate, privileged, ruling class, with an emporer, dynasties, and fiefdoms to be passed out to the loyal barons and dukes. Their agenda no longer bears any resemblence to our founding fathers agenda. Their respect for the Constitution and the rule of law, absent, disregarded, or ridiculed. Just as the citizens are disregarded, dismissed, and ridiculed when they ask that the law be enforced. That justice be served. That their homes and lands be protected. And it is too bad they are so out of touch with their citizens and their history books. Arrogant emporers and royalty who believe themselves above the law sometimes get a rude awakening by the serfs, just before the guillotine falls. Pro Patria! Sleep well tonight, little prince Blago.

Wed, 12/13/2006 - 13:41
eh

And BTW, did it really take some "New Americans Immigrant Policy Council" to come up with these mundane suggestions? Just get here -- legally, illegally, however -- and you're a 'New American'.

Fred's right about one thing -- something's awfully rotten about all of this.

Wed, 12/13/2006 - 12:15
Fred Dawes

Once more! "we have no government", only a ruling class!
Its all about the show and its all about the violation of our so called Laws, its about abuse and disbedence to the ideals of freedom and duty, read eh.

by the way the USA Will soon be known by the name of the NAU! READ ALEX JONES. And may God help you all.

Wed, 12/13/2006 - 12:02
eh

I look forward to the WaPo and the Chicago Tribune disclosing who Blago is affiliated with.

Sarcasm aside, they wouldn't bother because ethnic advocacy, even foreign agent-like behavior, is not seen as a problem; in fact, exactly the opposite -- it is seen as totally legitimate, even laudable.

What counts here is racially sensitive political correctness, which this whole issue of immigration, legal and illegal, is absolutely awash in. Blagojevich is seeking to score big on that here (perhaps more or less reflexively). And probably will.

Forget about any kind of deeper analysis, even asking of obvious questions. Like does immigration that puts such a burden on taxpayers -- dual-language schools, English-as-a-second-language programs and bilingual staff members at state agencies, as well as providing job training for skilled and unskilled immigrants -- really make sense? How have similar recent immigrants fared? Right now the MSM is like deadweight in America's terminal decline.