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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 8:45 am 
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amnesty rewards illegal acts
By The Washington Times Friday, May 3, 2013

The Bible recognizes national borders. When Moses led the Israelites to the Promised Land, he asked the King of Edom for permission to cross through his kingdom, but “Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army. Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them” (Numbers 20:14-21).

Each year, America welcomes more than 1 million immigrants who have requested permission to enter by following our immigration laws. Our nation has every right to enforce our immigration laws so that our people are not overwhelmed by foreign workers competing for scarce resources such as jobs.

The Gang of Eight’s immigration amnesty bill will reward more than 11 million foreign lawbreakers with legal status at a time when some 20 million Americans are unemployed. We should not place illegals on the same level as citizens or legal immigrants who respected our laws.

Everyone wants to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but John 10:1 reads, “[A]nyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.”

Here’s the good news: Anyone who repents by turning around and taking the right path may enter America or the Kingdom of Heaven. God doesn’t change His laws to accommodate lawless behavior, and neither should our government.

CHEREE CALABRO
Valparaiso, Ind.


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 Post subject: Re: Letters to the Editor
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:12 pm 
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Stop immigrants from further driving up poverty rate
May 31, 2013 3:32 PM |
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Alarms were raised in the May 26 opinion piece, “We must confront growing poverty rate in suburban Indy.” The suburban poverty rate increased by 64 percent over 10 years due in part to the fact that so many new immigrants work for minimum wage.

The best way to keep poverty from growing is to prevent the Gang of Eight amnesty bill from passing. It gives immediate work status to 11 million illegal immigrants and grows the legal foreign worker population by 33 million over 10 years. We already have 20 million unemployed Americans, many of whom are minorities. Our black unemployment rate is 13.8 percent and Hispanics follow at 9.6 percent.

Amnesty will hurt everyone, immigrant and citizen alike. We cannot provide enough jobs for our own people. Why are we deceiving new immigrants into thinking we can provide jobs for them?

The new low-skilled workers eventually will be entitled to all public benefits including unemployment, Social Security and health care. These poor immigrants won’t pay enough in taxes to offset the $6 trillion in public benefits they will cost according to the Heritage Foundation.

Prevent more poverty by urging Congress to vote no amnesty.

Cheree Calabro

co-founder, Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform & Enforcement
***This is the article about poverty which prompted my letter: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a ... 3305240013
We must confront growing poverty rate in suburban Indy
May 23, 2013 |
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The soaring poverty rate in the suburbs, spotlighted in an important new book from the Brookings Institution, underscores the pressing need for low-cost solutions that have support across party lines.
Why so urgent? Poverty will get worse before it gets better, whether in cities or suburbs. As a recent Indianapolis Star article pointed out, it’s certainly getting worse in our area. The city’s poverty rate increased from 11.95 to 21.4 percent between 2000 and 2011. The suburban rate rose from 5 percent to 7.7 percent.
Nationally, Brookings authors Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube found suburban poverty had increased 64 percent over the past decade, a substantially faster growth rate than in urban areas. They call for the creation of a “Metropolitan Opportunity Challenge” that would funnel federal resources to regions and, in their words, “reinvent the system from the ground up.” It is an ambitious and attractive idea but while we wait for implementation, let’s not overlook steps to ease poverty now.
For example, one factor in the suburbanization of poverty is that so many new residents, especially recent immigrants, work for the minimum wage in service sector jobs.
An immediate step to buttress the earnings of low-income workers would be to index the federal minimum wage to inflation. Without this measure in place, workers will see their earnings effectively decline as the economy recovers and prices rise. Both President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supported the idea during their campaign.
Another way to lift low wage workers out of poverty is to train them for better jobs. At present, there is no systematic national effort to assist states in providing subsidized employment or job training. Temporary, subsidized public works projects and job training programs will create new jobs and deliver valuable services to taxpayers.
We also need to improve the programs that make up the so-called safety net that protects the poorest Americans without necessitating whopping new expenditures. Medicaid patients and providers must be encouraged to move treatment out of emergency rooms and into offices and clinics. This “managed care” approach rewards doctors for keeping patients healthy whereas the current fee-for-service model generates more income when the sick require more treatments.
These are just a few potential answers to the problems the Brookings’ authors identify. All have demonstrated cross-partisan support. None carry hefty price tags although it’s reasonable to ask if we can afford to do nothing. Even as the economic recovery inches along, the number of Americans living in poverty is expected to continue to grow. That’s unacceptable, no matter their address.
Graham is dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He is the author, with Kristin Seefeldt, of the new book, America’s Poor and the Great Recession (Indiana University Press). http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a ... 3305240013


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 Post subject: Re: Letters to the Editor
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:59 am 
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Immigration legislation is even worse than in 1986


May 30, 2013 12:00 am


Eight Senate gang members have drafted an immigration bill that’s worse than the amnesty bill signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

Senate Bill 744 gives those here illegally instant registered provisional immigrant status, which means they are free from being deported if they register for amnesty.

Before there’s any increase in immigration law enforcement 11 million illegal immigrants will be given work permits and the ability to apply for a Social Security card!

When the people in charge of handing out our immigrant visas are against this new immigration plan, it has to be a real bad piece of legislation.

S 744 includes a new guest worker visa that will bring in thousands of workers even though we can't provide enough jobs for our own citizens!

Call Sen. Joe Donnelly at (202) 224-4814 and Sen. Dan Coats at (202) 224-5623 and tell them no more amnesty and to vote against S 744.

- Greg Serbon, state director, Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement, Griffith


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 Post subject: Re: Letters to the Editor
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:19 pm 
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jobs for Americans first
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The Washington Times
Friday, June 7, 2013


Watch out whenever a politician says he is focused like a laser on creating jobs. Whether he’s the first biracial president or a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight, he obviously means jobs for foreign workers, not Americans.

We have more than 20 million unemployed Americans of every race. The unemployment rate for black Americans is a shameful 13.8 percent, with Hispanics following at 9.6 percent.

So the Gang’s solution is to grant immediate work status to 11 million illegal immigrants and increase the legal foreign worker population by 33 million over 10 years? How can they implicitly promise jobs to immigrants when they can’t even provide jobs for their own? Amnesty will hurt everyone, immigrant and citizen alike. The safety net will break when we cannot afford the public benefits necessary to care for somewhere between 11 million and 33 million new, unemployed foreign workers.

Call your senators and tell them to vote against amnesty because, “Whoever does not care for his own relatives, especially his own family members, has turned against the faith and is worse than someone who does not believe in God” (Timothy 5:8).

CHEREE CALABRO

Co-founder, Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform & Enforcement

Valparaiso, Ind.


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