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William Gheen will be presenting before an audience of people in South Carolina today-none of which will be the next President of the United States. Only one participant, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, is seen as a legitimate contender for the Republican nomination. The other participants are Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. From ALIPAC’s release:

“I am happy to see such an impressive array of conservative movers and shakers gathering in South Carolina to send a clear message to GOP hopefuls running for president,” said William Gheen President of ALIPAC.

The event is co-sponsored by the Fox News Channel.

(2) WAIVER- Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the Secretary of Homeland Security may waive the ground of ineligibility under paragraph (1), (4), or (6) of section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the ground of deportability under paragraph (1) of section 237(a) of that Act for humanitarian purposes or family unity or when it is otherwise in the public interest.

Conspiracy theorists like William Gheen made a big deal about the waiver authority included in the December version of the DREAM Act, claiming that itr allowed for the federal government to extend DREAM Act relief to all undocumented immigrants within the United States. Gheen recently restated this on the State of Things with Frank Stasio.

Aside from being incorrect, Gheen’s claim doesn’t make any sense. The waiver only applies to paragraphs (1), (4) and (6) of section 212a of the the Immigration and Nationality Act, which are health, welfare and unlawful entry considerations. It also states that DHS can only do so “for humanitarian purposes or family unity or when it is otherwise in the public interest.”

Let’s humor the idea for a second: if the President were to interpret the waiver so loosely as to apply it to twelve million people rather than the estimated two million, why would he need the DREAM Act at all? The president can already unilaterally halt deportations, as 22 Senators are now asking him to do. He can also freeze someone’s immigration status (known as “paroling-in-place”) without legislation. The motivation to do what Gheen claims Obama is doing isn’t there, even it were possible.

The problem has been Obama’s failure to do everything he can for immigrants, not what he might do with legislative backing. Nonetheless, this is one conspiracy theory you will still find all over the Internet.

Recently on The State of Things with Frank Stasio, Viridiana pointed out to ALIPAC’s William Gheen that “there are no illegal alien lines at the grocery store”, countering his claim that undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes. That point was reinforced today by this article in the New York Daily News, which points out that undocumented immigrants paid $11.2 Billion last year alone, while General Electric, which earned $14 billion last year, paid exactly $0 in taxes. Aside from sales, excise and property taxes, the IRS issues undocumented immigrants 9-digit ITINs which allow the government to collect income tax from them.

The report comes from the Immigration Policy Center and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Read more on the report here.

According to Citizens for Tax Justice, “…the new IPC report serves as an important reminder that undocumented taxpayers make important financial contributions to the fiscal health of state and local governments.”

Well put.

Listen to yesterday’s broadcast here. It’s a lively discussion.

The underpinning of Gheen’s argument is that immigrants are to blame for corporate interference with American politics.

As far as “attrition” being humane, here’s something to remember:

attrition (əˈtrɪʃən)
— n
[...] constant wearing down to weaken or destroy (often in the phrase war of attrition)

Feel free to leave your reflections in the comment section.

According to Immigration Clearing House, Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland) upbraided the President of the nativist Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) for sending an email to all of the members of the General Assembly which described those who voted against HB 33 as traitors.

“This e-mail is ugly and it is hateful and it is vicious and it is despicable against two extraordinary honorable members of this body who I have a great and deep respect for not to mention all the members on this side.”

Read it all here

“I intend to work against the agenda of the LDS Church in Utah and across America as long as your church continues to try to aid and abet illegal aliens in violation of our existing federal laws.”

The message from Americans for Legal Immigration, or ALIPAC, is clear: the Mormon Church needs to get in line, or else. William Gheen, the President of ALIPAC, is mobilizing his supporters to take action against the Church—even to threaten its tax exempt status—over their stance on immigration. The quote above is an exerpt from a sample phone script sent to ALIPAC supporters to read when they call the Church.

ALIPAC claims that the Church and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) are the real power behind the recent approach taken by the state, which includes heightened enforcement measures for those arrested for felonies and serious misdemeanors, but also creates a state guest worker program in partnership with the federal government.

“They are going to deny involvement with this Amnesty”, ALIPAC claims, except that the Church has already publicly stated its support of the Utah Compact, a broad-based document that emphasizes family unity, federal solutions to immigration and maintaining the focus of law enforcement on serious criminal activity. ALIPAC is claiming now that the Church of Latter-day Saints is secretly doing something worth revoking its tax exempt status.

The passage of HB 116 irked the fringe right because it hoped to pick up more steam in western states for Arizona-style enforcement. Instead, they were shot down in one of the most conservative states in the country. The rebuke left one Republican state representative to complain that “People think we’ll be seen as compassionate”. How tragic.

Unfortunately, the state also recently repealed the Utah DREAM Act. It did, however, reserve the right to in-state tuition for undocumented students who could prove that their parents paid taxes in the state for three years prior to enrollment.

ALIPAC tends to call anything short of door-to-door raids an amnesty with a capital ‘A’ (they actually always capitalize it), but despite the guest worker program, HB 116 is still an expansion of police power to enforce immigration law. However, since the Utah law explicitly states that law enforcement officers can only use those new powers during serious crimes, minor traffic violations or immigration status alone won’t be grounds for detention. Basically, since it can’t be abused as a dragnet like Secure Communities or 287(g) are, ALIPAC doesn’t like it.

ALIPAC is telling the LDS Church that they’re coming for them. In Utah. Somehow I doubt the Church is scared of threats from William Gheen.

In a plea to lawmakers yesterday, the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC laments the “Democratic leadership in Raleigh” for not passing “comprehensive enforcement legislation”. That’s probably because Republicans control both the North Carolina House and Senate.

While ALIPAC’s release focuses entirely on legislation, it blames the Democratic governor, I guess. It never mentions her by name (I won’t either, since they didn’t).

North Carolina is having a hard time with its budget, and as ALIPAC points out, “lawmakers are aiming to make billions of dollars in cuts to the state budget which will have a dramatic impact on many North Carolina citizens including teachers, health care professionals, and state workers”. However, if they’re looking for lawmaking to happen, they ought to take it up with the Republicans who are currently in charge of putting forward legislation.

“Over thirty states have enacted significant immigration enforcement measures with comprehensive enforcement legislation passed in places like Georgia, Arizona, South Carolina, and Oklahoma.” said William Gheen, probably quoting himself. “These states report gradual, humane, and significant declines in their illegal alien populations. North Carolina needs to follow their example. Those state’s [sic] are no longer paying billions in taxes for illegals.”

Totally humane. This was humane, too. So was this. Oh, yeah, and this? More power is exactly what police need.

Tax revenue is something states receive, not pay, and those states are receiving billions in revenue from undocumented immigrants. While ALIPAC admits that undocumented immigrants do pay some taxes (hey, credit where credit is due), “they collectively consume much more than they pay in tax resources through their use of food stamps, unemployment, welfare, educational resources, law enforcement resources [and] medicaid”. Except that the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA 96) requires proof of citizenship for public benefits, so undocumented immigrants don’t get any of those things. And while they leave out that (also since 1996) the Internal Revenue Service has been issuing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers to undocumented immigrants for the purpose of paying income tax, there’s no service that undocumented immigrants have not rightfully paid for.

Just to hammer things down, a 2007 study carried out by the White House Council of Economic Advisors determined that undocumented immigrants pay (on average) $80,000 more than they use in public services.

There’s some info to take to Raleigh.

By Domenic Powell

Just days before the American Renaissance has its national conference in North Carolina, ALIPAC has released a statement defending the race-science publication. The American Renaissance recently made national headlines when Fox News released a memo stating that the Department of Homeland Security was directing “strong suspicion” at the publication. It was later reported that DHS had nothing to do with the statement, and Fox didn’t provide where its source came from.

That hasn’t stopped ALIPAC—which is based in North Carolina—from calling for a Congressional investigation of DHS in a statement released January 21:

“ALIPAC is calling on members of Congress to investigate why the Department of Homeland Security sent a memo to the media containing false information implying that the Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, was motivated by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ religion and stance in favor of Amnesty [sic] for illegal immigrants.”

As Politico reported ten days before ALIPAC released its statement, the erroneous memo came from the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, not the DHS. The memo was improperly sourced by Fox News, but even that was determined over a week ago.

The Christian Science Monitor referred to the American Renaissance as an anti-immigrant group, but the primary focus of the publication is race science rather than immigration policy. The February 2011 issue discusses migration to Europe more than the United States, and does so in the context of racial preservation. It also assumes an all-white audience:

“In Life After the Collapse, Thomas Jackson reviews Archeofuturism by French author Guillaume Faye (written in 1998 and only recently translated into English). This remarkable book peers into the near and distant future, and sees “multiculturalism” running its course, leading to the fracturing and disintegration of Western nations, and speculates on what will emerge from the rubble. Dr. Faye fully recognizes the significance of race and, while strongly connected to the European peoples and their cultures, he prescribes a complete revolution of the current order as soon as possible to maximize the chances for the long-term survival of our descendants.”

The American Renaissance will hold its major conference February 4-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference will focus on “Defending the West.” The announcement of the conference states that “Ours is an era of fear and self-censorship. Virtually no whites are willing to break taboos about racial differences in IQ, the costs of “diversity,” or the challenges of non-white immigration. We are different. We believe these are vital questions.”

ALIPAC has made a serious error by perpetuating misinformation long after it was determined to be faulty. They are calling for unwarranted investigations into DHS, stirring opposition and fear of the federal government. They have done so in the defense of an organization that promotes policy that favors whites over other groups—more blatantly speaking, in defense of an organization that supports white supremacy. Any public official that is contacted by ALIPAC supporters about this issue should rebuke the organization immediately.

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