As Vladimir Lenin predicted, we are paying for the rope to hang ourselves with our own policies. America’s taxpayers are being forced to fund the invasion of our southern border and judicial amnesty through lawfare.
Members of the Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday about his policy of cutting off the legal aid program for illegal aliens pending an internal review of the program. Evidently, the DOJ had promised it would not suspend the program without first informing the subcommittee. Therefore, Sessions reluctantly agreed to continue the program for now.
The obvious question everyone should be asking is: Don’t Republicans control the subcommittee? Why do Democrats have control enough to demand something as egregious as paying for legal aid for a dangerous invasion flooding our country with drugs and gangs?
This subcommittee exemplifies the problem we have in Washington. On a committee level, most of the work is a reflection of the bipartisan swamp. Democrats control the witnesses at hearings and the focus of legislation. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., the subcommittee chairman, clearly supports this program, because if he had any control over the committee, he should be demanding that the DOJ discontinue the program, not restart it. Some of the other Republicans on the committee include Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Lindsey Graham, and Shelly Moore Capito, who are all indistinguishable from Democrats.
Paying for illegal aliens violates law and tradition
The funding of legal aid for illegal aliens is one of the most egregious examples of stolen sovereignty and a foundational violation of the social compact between government and the citizenry. It’s particularly jarring given that, as Sessions has long said, illegal aliens are among the most powerful constituencies in this country and are supported by the “masters of the universe” – from the lobbyists and big businesses to all the cultural institutions and the media. They have thousands of pro bono lawyers from the ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Immigration Law Center, and other Soros-funded groups. It is the forgotten American who needs legal help, not illegal aliens.
Moreover, you might be wondering how politicians could be upset with Sessions for not funding lawyers for illegals when our law explicitly prohibits it (8 U.S.C. 1362). Yes, we understand that we live in a time when a president is sued for following the law and ordered to violate law, but is this what Republicans campaigned on?
It should be noted that, for years, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the main government program offering legal aid to the indigent, has been used to funnel taxpayer funds to open-borders litigation. Similar to the scheme of funding abortions, they allow the organizations to open separate “branches” for illegal alien representation that are officially not funded by the program, but they use the taxpayer funding to shift resources that enable them to violate the intent of the original law against funding legal aid for illegals. The president promised to all but eliminate the program, but the omnibus he signed increased funding for the LSC by six percent.
The American people are not only disenfranchised and stripped of their sovereignty, security, and public safety; they are forced to subsidize the theft as well.
How far we have come from the 1891 immigration law, which not only barred the entry of
those who would constitute a public charge (still the law on the books), but held the owner of the vessel that transported those aliens liable for the cost of their return trip and their temporary stay on American soil. Now, unelected judges and bureaucrats are demanding that, contrary to law, taxpayers supply the full smorgasbord of privileges, including driver’s licenses, health care, and education, for illegals. And now they are using taxpayer dollars for legal fees so they can stay here against our will.
The open-borders foxes guarding the enforcement henhouse
What is extra outrageous about this program, known as the Legal Orientation Program, started in 2003 by the Bush administration, is that the same open-borders legal firms that benefit from it then have power to lobby against abolishing it. The border crisis is the lynchpin of our drug crisis and so many other issues, and the legal profession is the lynchpin keeping this racket open and perpetuating a market through which the drug cartels can continue moving their poison along with the migration.
Further complicating the issue for Sessions is that the union for the immigration judges who work under the DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EIOR) is strongly supportive of this program. Why? Although there are some patriotic immigration judges, many of them were former immigration attorneys. In other words, foxes guarding the henhouse.
As Ian Smith, a conservative immigration expert, explained a few years ago in the Washington times:
Although it is true that immigration attorneys understand immigration law and, therefore, may appear best suited for a role in the immigration courts, it’s not an exaggeration to say that their work hinges on impeding those very laws and pushing for ever more-porous borders. AILA, for instance, attacks states that try to pass their own immigration laws and it claims publicly that the president’s unilateral amnesty programs are, in fact, legal.
So we are funding outside open-border groups of people who then work as judges of laws they despise and seek to subvert. According to data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), at the height of Obama’s suspension of immigration enforcement, 45-55 percent of illegals who came before immigration judges were granted amnesty. In places like New York and Boston, immigration judges were releasing over 70 percent.
Who is representing the American citizen? Who is representing the mother in New Hampshire who lost her son from an overdose of fentanyl-laced heroin brought in by these policies?
The reality is that many of the “unaccompanied minors” coming over the border are MS-13 gang members who, according to Texas Department of Public Safety, are among the primary drug distributors in America. That is why the growth in MS-13 from 2013 to 2017 coincided precisely with the drug overdose epidemic that inexplicably and unnaturally skyrocketed in 2014-2016.
Yet rather than hold hearings on how to clamp down on the MS-13 and drug-smuggler loopholes in our enforcement and in the immigration courts, another committee, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, headed by Sen. Rob Portman, is holding a hearing today to accuse the Trump administration of treating the UACs too harshly and separating them from their parents.
The Immigration Reform Law Institute recently started an initiative to solicit the help of patriotic lawyers who want to give voice to America’s sovereignty and security and combat the thousands of left-wing open-borders lawyers. Their group is called Attorneys United for a Secure America. And no, they don’t receive taxpayer funding, even though they are the only immigration law group that represents the American taxpayer.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.