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Questions about the Surge of Unaccompanied Illegal-Alien Minors

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 24, 2014

Much has been written about the large numbers of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States. However there are a myriad of questions that need to be asked and answered about the effect that this will have on the United States. Here are a couple of dozen:

Who Is Paying?

  1. Are American taxpayers covering the $1.4 billion to $2 billion costs to care for children illegally entering the United States while still continuing to provide hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign assistance to the home countries of these children?

Illegal Aliens Receive Immediate Medical Care; Veterans Left to Die

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 12, 2014

In response to an influx of young illegal aliens, the Obama administration has moved rapidly to provide them with a full range of medical and other services. In response to the needs of American veterans, the president has failed to keep campaign promises made seven years ago. Read more...

Radio Talkers Giving Illegal Aliens a Pass on Identity Theft

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 28, 2014

Conservative talk radio hosts frequently talk about the scourge of identity theft as they do paid commercials designed to get their listeners to sign up for identity theft protection. However they don't tell their listeners that illegal immigration and identity theft go hand-in-hand, since illegal aliens routinely use the Social Security numbers of Americans in order to get jobs, credit, etc. Read more...

Illegal Aliens and Child ID Theft: "Acts of Hate"?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 5, 2014

Why does Jeb Bush hate American dads and their children? That question flows naturally from the fact that the illegal-alien dads, who Jeb has said sneak into the United States as an "act of love" for their families, immediately turn to what can only be described as "acts of hate" against American families.

One of the very first things that Jeb's illegal-alien dads do is to illegally obtain a Social Security number (a felony) in order to get jobs and other benefits reserved for American citizens and legal immigrants. Read more...

How Many Illegal Aliens Would Jeb Bush Amnesty?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 10, 2014

Like Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Chuck Schumer, and other amnesty advocates, Jeb Bush seems to believe that if you don't acknowledge that the vast majority of illegal aliens commit multiple, job-related felonies then the felonies don't exist.

And like the other amnesty advocates, he appears to believe that if he throws enough gorilla dust in the air that he will be able to put one over on the American people. Read more...

Evangelical Immigration Table — Purveyor of Principles or Ravenous Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 31, 2014

The Evangelical Immigration Table has developed its own principles for immigration reform that attempt to "honor both the rule of law (Romans 13) and the call to welcome the stranger (Matthew 25)".

However, a problem arises when the evangelical principles are applied to the following, real-life equation:

Illegal Aliens = Child Identity Theft
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Wells Fargo Official Links Lending to Immigration Reform

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 21, 2014

According to a Utah Policy report, during a pre-legislative CEO briefing at the Salt Lake Chamber, Dave Golden, the head of Wells Fargo Bank's western commercial lending division and an influential member of the Salt Lake Chamber, said that bankers won't start lending until they see stability and certainty in tax policy, immigration reform, health care, and debt management.

Including immigration reform among the conditions for banks to start lending is consistent with Wells Fargo's long-standing emphasis on gaining the business of individuals who are unlawfully in the United States and who rely on the Mexican "matricula" card for identification to open bank accounts. Read more...

Will Boehner Lose the House by Shifting the Focus from Obamacare to Amnesty for Illegal Aliens?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 17, 2014

Many House Republicans put politics ahead of principle when they voted for the budget deal that funds the government through FY2015. They reportedly did this in order to keep the focus on Obamacare, which many Republicans believe is the key to success in the 2014 mid-term elections.

However, Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio) and other key members of the House leadership now appear to be getting ready to switch the focus from Obamacare to immigration reform. Read more...

NIF's Shurtleff Caught Up in Criminal Investigation
May involve activities related to immigration enforcement

By Ronald W. Mortensen, January 9, 2014
May involve activities related to immigration enforcement

Two senior Republican Utah state senators, Lyle Hillyard and John Valentine, have raised concerns about the competency, disarray, big losses, and missteps of the Utah Attorney General's Office. However, during the 12 years that Republican Mark Shurtleff served as Attorney General, these same legislators, along with their Republican and Democrat counterparts, said nothing in spite of red flags popping up everywhere.

Interestingly, Utah legislators are not the only ones who were willing to overlook Shurtleff's questionable activities. The National Immigration Forum (NIF) worked closely with Shurtleff to promote amnesty for illegal aliens during the time that he was still serving as Utah's Attorney General. Once Shurtleff left office, the NIF appointed Shurtleff to its board of directors, where he continues to serve as of this writing. And the NIF continues to use Shurtleff as a high-profile "conservative" spokesperson for amnesty. Read more...

Immigration Reform: American Bankers Association Chief Calls for Open Borders and Amnesty

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 21, 2013

Frank Keating, head of the American Bankers Association, has finally come clean about big business' ultimate immigration reform goal — totally open borders with the unrestricted movement of millions of foreign workers into the United States.

In a remarkably candid Op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, Keating writes:

We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. ... As Ronald Reagan might have put it, it's time to open the doors.

NIF Needs to Drop Amnesty Push and Stand Up for American Kids
Board Member Reconfirms that Illegal Aliens Commit Child Identity Theft

By Ronald W. Mortensen, November 4, 2013
Board Member Reconfirms that Illegal Aliens Commit Child Identity Theft

National Immigration Forum (NIF) board member and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has once again acknowledged that illegal aliens commit child identity theft. Read more...

National Immigration Forum Board Member: Prosecute, Deport Illegals Using US Kids' Social Security Numbers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 29, 2013

President Obama and the National Immigration Forum (NIF) are ramping up the pressure on Republicans in the House to legalize millions of illegal aliens and to create a pathway to citizenship for them. NIF is flying in pro-amnesty lobbyists today to push House Republicans to back the Schumer-Rubio bill passed by the Senate in June.

However, according to comments made by an NIF Board member, former Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, illegal aliens are involved in serious felonies including rampant child identity theft. While serving as Utah Attorney General in 2005, Shurtleff issued a press release and held a press conference where he said: Read more...

House Conservatives Targeted by Bloomberg-Soros-Zuckerberg Amnesty Snake Oil Peddlers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, October 22, 2013

According to USA Today, around 300 "conservatives" will be flown to Washington D.C. by the same people who brought us the 2008 economic meltdown, record levels of illegal immigration, rampant child identity theft, a declining middle class, and efforts to implement gun control, and who openly consort with self-declared felons. Read more...

Expanding the "Lower Class" Through Immigration Reform

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 19, 2013

The headline in the Christian Science Monitor reads: "US poverty rate steady at 15 percent, but 'lower class' is booming". According to the Monitor: Read more...

Heal Thyself Archbishop – Moral Obligation Is Not a One-Way Street

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 12, 2013

The Rev. John C. Nienstedt, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, asserts that "We have a moral obligation to provide those who have come here [illegally] with an opportunity for full citizenship."

The archbishop's effort to impose a moral obligation on all Americans for the benefit of foreign nationals is nothing new and it is done with a high level of confidence that we will accept yet another moral obligation because of the guilt imposed on us by influential religious, political, media, and civic leaders. Read more...

Syria and Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

By Ronald W. Mortensen, September 4, 2013

Could the president's decision to ask Congress for a resolution supporting military action in Syria be a major setback for the proponents of amnesty for illegal aliens?

Before Syria entered the mix, advocates for "comprehensive immigration reform" were already worried that the limited number of legislative days through the end of the calendar year would make it difficult to pass an amnesty bill that covers both illegal aliens and their employers, in addition to substantially increasing legal immigration. Read more...

What Do Sen. Hatch and High-Tech Billionaires Have Against Americans?

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 28, 2013

Too many worry that allowing more immigrants "would just displace American workers, but that's just a doggone joke," [Sen. Orrin] Hatch told a forum sponsored by FWD.us, a political advocacy group formed by such high-tech leaders as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. (Source: Salt Lake Tribune)

Of course, Hatch and the high-tech billionaires conveniently ignore the fact that: Read more...

Zuckerberg Shares Stage with Admitted Felon; Turns His Back on Innocent American Children

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 23, 2013

On August 5, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the stage with Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal alien and self-acknowledged felon, to support amnesty for illegal aliens. At the same time, Zuckerberg turned his back on innocent Americans, including an untold number of children, who are victims of job-related felonies committed by the vast majority of illegal aliens. Read more...

Republican Establishment Swallows the Democrat Line on Immigration Reform - Hook, Line, and Sinker

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 13, 2013

Isn't it interesting that both Democratic and Republican establishment types express great concern about the future of the Republican Party and that they both arrive at the same conclusion — the future of the Republican Party depends on granting 11 million illegal aliens legal status and a pathway to citizenship.

In the case of Democrats and others on the left, the feigned concern is clearly self-serving and disingenuous. Read more...

Future Headlines if Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Enacted

By Ronald W. Mortensen, August 5, 2013

Republican strategists see immigration reform as the salvation of their party. Leading Republican senators along with a few Republican House leaders are at the forefront of the amnesty push. So assuming they get their way, how will headlines and news reports read in the future?

November 2013. House Republican Leadership Caves; Path to Citizenship Now the Law Read more...

Boehner's Failure to Acknowledge Massive Document Fraud and Identity Theft Leads to Bad Policy

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 29, 2013

During an appearance on "Face the Nation", House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Bob Schieffer, "We have a problem with 11 million people who are here without documents."

Unfortunately, this means that the Speaker is developing public policy based on an erroneous premise because, as I wrote in 2009: Read more...

Immigration Reform Takes an Anti-American Approach When It Comes to Employment

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 22, 2013

Based on their public comments and actions, it is clear that the business interests that support comprehensive immigration reform hold American workers in extremely low esteem and that they all too frequently take an anti-American approach when it comes to hiring and retaining workers. Read more...

Senate Immigration Reform Bill: Winners and Losers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, July 8, 2013

As with any piece of comprehensive legislation, the Senate immigration bill S.744 has winners and losers. The winners are those who benefit from illegal immigration and from a big, ongoing supply of foreign workers. The losers are those who don't.

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Hoeven-Corker Amendment – Long on Amnesty, Short on Everything Else

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 24, 2013

The Hoeven-Corker amendment has been incorporated into the full text of the amnesty bill (S. 744) expanding it from its original 800-plus pages to just under 1,200 pages.

The first thing that jumps out about the Senate's desperate attempt to pass comprehensive immigration reform is just how similar this process is to the 1986 amnesty, which granted illegal aliens citizenship with a promise of future border security and restrictions on the employment of illegal aliens. And we all know how well that worked out! Read more...

Hatch's Back Tax Demand Targets Illegal Aliens, Ignores Their Employers

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 18, 2013

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says that illegal aliens must pay back taxes. Most Americans would agree with that.

However, Hatch doesn't call for employers who hire illegal aliens under the table to pay back taxes. Almost all Americans would disagree with that.

Here is what Hatch is quoted as saying about illegal aliens paying back taxes: Read more...

Amnesty, Government Surveillance, and High-Tech Companies

By Ronald W. Mortensen, June 11, 2013

Why do America's high-tech business elites support amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens who have so little to do with their industry or their fortunes?

Is it because of loyalty to the illegal aliens working for the janitorial contractors that clean their facilities?

Is it because they want their domestic servants who are illegally in the United States to be legal so they can pay them higher wages and benefits? Read more...

Hatch Supports Amnesty Despite Clear Utah GOP Opposition

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 24, 2013

The pro-amnesty wing of the Utah Republican Party continues to be rebuffed by thousands of state and county delegates despite incessant attempts to get the party to embrace the Utah Compact's phony amnesty agenda.

In spite of grassroots opposition to amnesty, Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch voted for S.744 in the Judiciary Committee, placing the interests of the Salt Lake Chamber (which created the Utah Compact, and threatened him with recall) ahead of the interests of the popularly elected Republican delegates who are largely responsible for returning him to office. Read more...

Schumer-Rubio Immigration Reform — Border Security Focuses on Inputs, Not Results

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 10, 2013

According to the Washington Post, during debate on amendments to the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill:

Democrats on the committee, along with two Republican allies who participated in developing the legislation, countered that the federal government has invested record amounts of money and manpower on border enforcement, helping to reduce the amount of people trying to cross illegally.

Schumer-Rubio Bill: Employer Strategies and the National Interest

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 7, 2013

While most of the focus has been on the multiple amnesties and other benefits that S. 744 bestows on illegal aliens, only scant attention has been paid to the strategy and tactics that powerful business interests will use to get a business-friendly amnesty bill passed that is not necessarily in the interest of the citizens or the nation.

S.744 is very similar in many respects to Utah's amnesty bill (HB116), which was passed in 2011 and has been touted as a model for the nation. Read more...

Schumer-Rubio's $1,000 "Penalty" Is a Bargain

By Ronald W. Mortensen, May 3, 2013

The Schumer-Rubio led Gang of Eight continues to argue that "comprehensive immigration reform" is not amnesty because illegal aliens applying for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status have to pay a stiff penalty — $1,000 (pp. 83-84 of S. 744). A second $1,000 penalty comes into effect when the illegal aliens eventually apply for permanent resident status. (pp. 107-108) Read more...