by Russell D. Longcore
One of my friends, an old curmudgeon named Jim, pointed me to an article about the LEAVE Act, currently winding its way through Congress. “The “Loophole Elimination and Verification Enforcement Act” (L.E.A.V.E…how clever!) is California Congressman Gary Miller’s offering on solving the immigration nightmare in America.
Let me see if I understand. Over time, Congress creates a labyrinthine gauntlet of immigration and naturalization laws and overlays them on the 50 states. Then they fail to enforce their own laws, causing chaos in the states. Then the Congress proposes even more laws, which are supposed to fix the volumes of immigration laws they’ve already screwed up.
It’s the perfect plan.
Remember…the US Constitution has only one phrase under Article I, Section 8 pertaining to US citizenship: “Congress shall have power…to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.”
The first problem Congress has is the concept of uniformity. DC is much more attuned to meeting the needs of the special interests that line their pockets with campaign contributions, and hire them as consultants and lobbyists when they leave the Capitol. If you can find any law that is uniform toward all affected by it, I’ll eat my hat.
Second problem is that most legal dictionaries in the USA define “naturalization” as “The process by which a foreign person becomes a U.S. citizen.” Therefore, Congress only had the power to create a process by which a foreign person could become a US citizen. The Federal Government, also known as “The United States of America,” has no authority whatsoever to create a process whereby a foreign person could become a citizen of any state. DC also has no Constitutional authority to control the borders of the states. It is simply not in the Constitution. You might pull out your copy of the Constitution and read it. I just did, and I did not find the words “border” or “borders” even once in the entire Constitution or Amendments. Perhaps I missed it. I could be wrong…it’s happened before. Recall that the southern border of the “USA” in 1789 was the southern border between the State of Georgia and Spanish Florida. The western borders of many of the States were the territories owned by France. And the northern borders of a few States lay next to Canada, owned by Great Britain.
But whenever has that musty old document ever thwarted the will of Congress?
Then, in Article I, Section 9 it reads: “The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.” Last time I checked…which was today…that paragraph has not been rewritten or amended in the 222 years since ratification of the Constitution. Do you see anything in that paragraph that provides authority for the Federal Government to regulate the numbers of foreign persons admitted to any State? No. What I see is the right to either approve or prohibit importation, not regulate the numbers that any State allows to be imported.
This is yet another example of how far from our native liberty Americans have fallen over the last one hundred years. The government schools, in lock step with the churches of America, have done a masterful job of dis-educating and mis-educating the American populace regarding individual liberty, property rights and the contents of the US Constitution. The consequence of this treasonous education is that we now have Americans that cannot even look to their grandparents for truth because the grandparents were mis-educated in schools and churches. The functional understanding of the Constitution, liberty and law that was instilled in every man and woman, merchant, farmer and laborer in 18th century America is only a distant echo of a legend of long ago.
The collective intelligence of America allows these unconstitutional bills to be introduced into Congress, debated like they actually could be lawful, and then passed into law. It’s akin to a Mafia organization deciding to enforce a protection racket on a city. And then the citizens of the city get together and argue about just how much money they are willing to pay for the protection. The solitary voices that point out that the protection racket is criminal are laughed out of the meetings. The general populace agrees to be plundered and meekly open their pocketbooks.
The States of the Union should solve their own issues of naturalization and immigration. They should notify the Federal Government that the laws enacted that supersede Constitutional authority are null and void and will not be enforced in the States. Once that’s done, the States should secede from the Union. Even better than that would be to skip the Nullification step and simply enumerate the myriad ways the United States violates the Constitution in their Ordinance of Secession and just go ahead and secede. One magnificent act of liberty done once and for all.
Dear readers, this is simply one bill of hundreds or thousands that follow the same path. The great majority of bills introduced, debated, passed and signed into Federal law are entirely unconstitutional. Out of a $3 TRILLION budget for 2011, perhaps 10% of it could be considered lawful spending. 90% is criminal theft committed by your elected officials with your permission. But America arranges the deck chairs on the Titanic and listens to the pretty music. And just like the real Titanic, there are not nearly enough lifeboats to save all souls on board.
It’s going to get ugly pretty soon, my friends. Better build your own lifeboat.
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