Latest anti-immigration laws reek of “Big Brother-ism”

A large mural in Fremont, Nebraska depicts all manner of individuals holding or waving American flags — apparently to show that this city of 25,000 in the country’s heartland stands for freedom and liberty.  The reality, based on a vote of its citizens on Monday, is quite different.  According to the new law, no one in Fremont will be able to rent or lease a home, apartment, or even a bedroom in an assisted-living center, without first applying for and being granted an “occupancy permit” from the local police.

Let me repeat — in the “All-American” town of Fremont, Nebraska, before anyone over the age of 18 can rent or lease a house, apartment, or room (or even move from one rented room to another one), they will have to go to the police, fill out an application, pay a fee, and obtain a permit in order to avoid criminal charges being brought against them and/or the person who rents to them.

The rationale for enacting this outrageous and what in an earlier time would be termed “un-American” edict, is — of course — fighting the influx of illegal aliens into the town; drawn to Fremont as well as to other locales across the country by the need for cheap labor.  However, the grossly disparate and overly broad manner in which Fremont’s citizens have chosen to address this problem, ought to worry Americans everywhere.  The fact that such an ordinance could be enacted and supported proudly by a majority of citizens in any part of the United States, apparently with no understanding of or concern for what it does to undermine the very notion of liberty and freedom, should serve as a clarion call to Americans everywhere that the very foundational principles of our country and our Constitution are in imminent danger.

Fremont’s action follows by several weeks the enactment of a law in Arizona that in essence empowers police in that state to stop anyone, any time, any where to demand their citizenship papers.  The Arizona law, already under constitutional challenge, is being hailed by many so-called “conservative” and Republican office holders and candidates across the country, as an appropriate way to address the problem of illegal immigrants in the country.  At a recent candidates forum in Georgia, for example, each GOP gubernatorial candidate expressed support for the Peach State enacting a measure similar or identical to Arizona’s law, and which would also empower local police to stop individuals and demand to see citizenship papers.

Regardless of whether laws such as those enacted in Arizona or Fremont, Nebraska are stricken down as offensive to our Constitution, the fact that they apparently enjoy the support of a majority of Americans and of many public officials and candidates, is deeply troublesome.  Such measures clearly illustrate that a majority of Americans are willing to grant far-reaching – even arbitrary — powers to law enforcement to infringe their liberty simply to salve their concern over policy disputes.

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joe

June 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

I’m all for keeping the govt out of my business, but when the illegals have the potential to break our system with their massive influx where we have to fund every aspect of their lives (housing, food, clothing, education, etc) then I say we do whatever is necessary until we get our borders secured, all illegals deported and a new immigration policy in place. Fremont rocks and so does AZ!!!

Franklin

June 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

Hey Borat….Listen Einstein…. That’s EXACTLY how it started in Germany in the 1930’s. People were detained for not having their “papers”. Those who were not of Arian descent or looks were “fined”,’detained” or whatever nice spin you call it. They had to get “permits” to run their “foreign” businesses and go to certain areas.To extrapolate from Fremont’s or Arizona’s current actions is NOT a far stretch. It’s a slippery slope to be sure. There’s still a lot of old Jewish folks left wearing tattoos who can still attest to the state “making sure people are legal citizens”. I hardly ever agree with Bob, but this time he is 100% correct.

Borat

June 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

So Bill, using your brilliant logic, unless we are decendencts of native American then our ancestors were illegal immigrants. Did the “native Americans” make it illegal to come here then? What immigration laws did they break? What could our ancestors have done to be here legally, moron?

Steve

June 23rd, 2010
9:47 am

What is a community to do if the federal government doesn’t do its job? This problem is the result of a massive failure of our government to perform its fundamental responsibility of securing our borders. At the same time it has expended enormous resources on doing things it isn’t responsible for, like my health care, my children’s education, etc.

Marcos

June 23rd, 2010
9:51 am

The problem is so many right wing conservatives lack a true education in how this great country works. They are so willing to take the easy way out and in the process throw their rights and REAL liberties out the window. There are plenty of ways to stem the tide of illegal immigration without giving up our rights and freedoms.

Old Man

June 23rd, 2010
10:03 am

Here would be a better solution: Give the meat packing companies that hire these people the corporate death penalty for hiring ineligible workers, seize all of their profits, stocks, and bonds. Publicize their contracts and allow companies that play by the rules bid for their business, and levy criminal charges against their managers.

The problem is with illegal employers. If you owned a meat-packing plant, why would you pay American citizens a minimum wage and insurance, when you can hire a person with no rights who, if he complains will get sent back to his impoverished home country and lose his ability to ever become a US citizen?

The meat-packing industry wants illegal immigrants. They have ZERO interest in providing either good jobs or a safe food supply. (google: pounds of recalled meat).

Al Gore

June 23rd, 2010
10:19 am

Marcos I guess the right wing conservatives lack the benefit or your government education. What is the easy way out that you are referring to? Enforcing our immigration laws? Enlighten us professor.

Gilbert Baeza

June 23rd, 2010
12:46 pm

Bill wrote: “Unless you are Native American……all of our ancestors came here illegally. Don’t be ignorant.”

Saying something ignorant, then asking people not to be ignorant is…well…ignorant.

The Native Americans were defeated in warfare. A new country was established, and everyone who entered the borders, whether from Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America, through LEGAL means, is LEGAL citizen. If one skirts the proper channels, and enters by some means other than naturalization, then that person is an ILLEGAL.

Stating that Native Americans are the only legal immigrants is sheer ignorance of current international law, and proves that you have no logical argument…just baseless rhetoric. Get informed, fool.

Gilbert Baeza

June 23rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Old Man,
You have an excellent idea, but unfortunately this would create an extremely hostile business environment. Competitors would arrange to plant illegals using fake ID’s into other businesses, and then blow the whistle. The list of possible ways in which to set up a business to fail in this way are limitless. Sometimes a business owner genuinely thinks he or she is hiring a legal citizen. The law would definitely be abused.

I do, however, think that your line of reasoning is in the right direction. Punish the ones who do the hiring. Remove the incentive to work here illegally, and the illegal immigration will dry up and go away overnight.

Plato

June 23rd, 2010
1:07 pm

“That’s EXACTLY how it started in Germany in the 1930’s.”

This is known as “argument ad nazium” or “reductio ad hitlerum”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reductio_ad_Hitlerum

This is a fallacy even in first year critical thinking classes. It doesn’t fly in academia or the courtroom. Essentially, this is the claim that the more desperate someone gets in their attempt to damage an opponent in an argument, the more analogies to Nazis or Hitler will be thrown around. It shows just how desperate one becomes to try and prove a point.

For example, Hitler was an animal rights activist. Does this mean that anyone for the rights of animals is automatically wrong in their reasoning? No, of course not!

There is no doubt the Nazis/Hitler committed heinous acts, but to revert to the “argument ad nazium” every time you don’t like something shows that you have an incredibly limited ability to use logic/reason, or to argue a simple point.

Bryan G.

June 23rd, 2010
2:47 pm

Plato – I believe Hitler was a vegetarian, ipso facto…just kidding.

joan

June 23rd, 2010
7:35 pm

They are illegals. Get over it. They don’t belong here. Send them home or shoot them.

Greg in the Highlands

June 23rd, 2010
11:29 pm

Well Bob-”The same logic and mentality of the people of Fremont made it socially and morally acceptable to the people of Germany during the Holocaust to get rid of the Jews. This is a disturbing trend led mostly by fear and anger among older, white people with prejudice….wait, isn’t that the same demographic in 1940’s Germany that created the vacuum for Hitler to come into power?” Yes, that’s true. And most of the Germans were Christians following what the bible tells them to do.

Pdwag

June 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

Seriously? Occupancy permits are common in many towns across the united states. Regardless of citizenship status, they are an absolute crock and obviously nothing but a money making device for the city. It’s a nuisance tax, regardless of how the city veils it. It may be that Fremont used the immigration issue to push for the permits in order for their citizens to be more accepting to the thinly disguised invasion on rights. Shame on Fremont either way.

Eli Jones

June 29th, 2010
6:56 pm

“DID YOU KNOW THAT MUSLIMS ARE EXEMPT FROM OBAMACARE”

Has anyone heard of Dhimmitude? It means surrendering to Muslim Demands and paying Muslims a tax for the right to be non-Muslim: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhimmitude

Why are Muslims and Christian Scientists exempt from being forced to carry Obamacare?

http://search.aol.com/aol/search?query=muslim+exemption+from+Obamacare&s_it=keyword_rollover

Unbelievable for America!

I had my doubts so I checked with Snopes. There is an exemption for the Muslims in the Health Care Bill. Obama supporters check it out yourself.

Had never heard the word until now—Type it into Google and start reading… Pretty interesting. Note that Muslims and certain other religions are exempt from the Obamacare penalties and it is supported by law. We are surrendering from within! The prez is leading us right down the path to total Muslim control and you don’t even care! Maybe you voted for him but now the truth comes out. Maybe you should rethink what you have done to our country.

Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to islam.

The ObamaCare bill is the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia muslim diktat in the United States . Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be “gambling”, “risk-taking” and “usury” and is thus banned. Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this. How convenient. So I John Smith, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, cars and etc. and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance at our expence. Non-muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize muslims. Period. This is Dhimmitude.

Dhimmitude serves two purposes: it enriches the muslim masters AND serves to drive conversions to islam. In this case, the incentive to convert to islam will be taken up by those in the inner-cities as well as the godless Generation X, Y and Z types who have no moral anchor or belief in God! If you don’t believe in Christ to begin with, it is no problem whatsoever to sell Him for 30 pieces of silver. “Sure, I’ll be a muslim if it means free health insurance and no taxes. Where do I sign, brother?” Now all you Obama voters get in line for your free stuff!… However, I suggest you don’t hold your breath!…

I recommend sending this email to all your contacts. This is desperately important and people need to know about it and what the past election has done to all of us!

PS Have you heard about the summit Obama is holding this month in DC for the future Muslim business leaders in the US? He wants to increase their ability to begin business opportunities in the US for the Muslim community! Better start looking for a country that doesn’t cater to the Muslims ~ Austrailia doesn’t because this country will be overrun by Muslims like Europe is currently experiencing.

And you thought our problem was only the illegal Mexicans!……

Lobster

July 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

If this is a free country then I shouldn’t have to prove my status on demand. No authority should be able to make me cough up my “papers” if I am minding my own business. If you are picked up for a crime then it is a different matter. And who in their right mind would trust any politician who says he can solve your problems with a new tax?

If you hire someone here illegally you should be stung in the pocketbook, if you hire 50 your business should cease to exist? And if you bus in illegals from Mexico City (which meat packers have been known to do) you should serve at least 5 or more years.