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Monday, February 21, 2011

Oppressing immigrants; who'll be next?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Garrick Feldman recommends a current editorial in his Leader newspaper on current state and federal efforts to oppress immigrants. It's worth your reading.

It's about the new government employees and paperwork that will required so that ALL citizens will duly prove their citizenship before receiving a government service.

It's about the meanness of rolling back Gov. Mike Huckabee's initiative to prove pre-natal care, even to pregnant women who couldn't demonstrate citizenship.

It's about Tim Griffin and others hoping to restore the days of Dred Scott with unconstitutional legislation to end birthright citizenship.

On legislation to create a new bureaucracy to bar the tiniest of public benefits to immigrants:

The premise of the legislation is that unlawful immigrants do not pay taxes (even Sen. Mark Pryor repeats this silly mantra), so they should not receive any of the services of government at any level. But what taxes do they not pay? The sales and excise taxes they pay for groceries, clothing, gas, electricity, cigarettes, gasoline and virtually every commodity or service they buy are not rebated to them because they are immigrants. State and federal income taxes, Social Security, disability and Medicare taxes are withheld from their paychecks and remitted to the state or federal treasuries, although they will never get Social Security or Medicare or disability benefits if they are disabled.

The bill would serve two purposes—to make life miserable and hopeless for this fresh generation of immigrants and to demonstrate that they are not welcome in our country and our community.

Isn’t that what Jesus would want?

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