The STRIVE Act of 2007 Sells America and Americans into Bondage of the NAU!

January 24, 2007

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The “Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007” (H.R. 1645), or STRIVE Act, is another bill proposed by the 110th Congress under the guise of “comprehensive immigration reform.” In truth, the STRIVE Act is not serious immigration reform; it is merely a rehash of “North American Cooperative Security Act” efforts in 2006. The STRIVE Act is a dangerous legislative proposal that advances the Security and Prosperity Partnership, and thus the North American Union!

The STRIVE Act certainly does not do what the majority of Americans want of federal government: 1) STOP THE INVASION of illegal aliens into the United States; and 2) BUILD THE FENCE along the 2000 mile southern border with Mexico. Sponsored by Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL), and co-sponsored by 74 Members of the House, the Act authorizes expenditures of your tax dollars on “studies,” “assessments,” and “reports” of data banks, technological capabilities, and controlling processes that no freedom-loving American dare permit.

In general, the STRIVE Act:

  • converts “illegal aliens” into “authorized aliens”
  • expands existing bureaucracies, and creates massive new bureaucracies
  • establishes a New Worker program to create work for, and attract into the United States, even more millions of aliens from around the globe to compete for your job and suck up your taxpayer-funding social services
  • waives numerical limitations on many types of immigrants
  • grants amnesty and provides permanent legal residence for “aliens (here in) nonimmigrant status”
  • authorizes the DREAM Act of 2007 to steal college placement from your children
  • establishes the AgJOBS Act of 2007 so “blue card” aliens can steal work from Americans
  • shares-the-wealth of your tax dollars with Mexico, Canada, and Central American countries, and
  • helps create or enforce several new federal data banks that will infringe on your rights to privacy and destroy your freedom to work as you choose

It’s imperative we stop this very dangerous piece of legislation dead in its tracks. Here are some of the most egregious provisions:

Section 113 would report to Congress on the progress being made in the development of a common security perimeter around Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It seeks to waive visa requirements for cross-border travel, and seeks the “common enrollment,” through biometric identification documents, of ALL who work and travel within this geographic region. But rest assured – Section 301 contains the following clarification:

“(6) NO AUTHORIZATION OF NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS- Nothing in this title may be construed to authorize, directly or indirectly, the issuance, use, or establishment of a national identification card or a national identification system.”

Section 121 instructs the Secretary of Homeland Security to “cooperate with…Canada and…Mexico…to determine the financial and technical support needed by the countries of Central America from Canada, Mexico, and the United States to meet (their security) needs…and establish a program to provide needed equipment, technical assistance, and vehicles to manage, regulate, and patrol such (Central American) international borders (and) to establish a program and database to track individuals involved in Central American gang activities.”

Section 124 requires any “Governor of a State (first obtain) approval of the Secretary of Defense (before ordering) any units or personnel of the National Guard of such State…(to) the southern land border of the United States…for the (temporary) purpose of securing such border. Such duty shall not exceed 21 days in any year.” Such deployment of National Guard troops is the only authorization that “may” be given for construction of actual, physical fencing in the STRIVE Act.

Section 134 requires all “travel and entry…and evidence of status (in fact)”every document…issued by (DHS) which may be used as evidence of an alien’s authorization to travel shall be machine-readable.” Whether an alien successfully steals an American’s identity papers as they now do, or DHS succeeds in forcing every American who travels outside the United States to accept biometric identification papers, this section applies to American citizens.

Section 135 requires immigration officers “collect biometric data from…any lawful permanent resident (of the United States) who is entering the United States.”

Section 202 allows interdicted aliens to “voluntarily depart the United States.” While this sounds reasonable, in practice, it permits apprehended criminals to go no further into Mexico or Canada than the international border, positioning them well for immediate illegal re-entry.

Section 218 denies United States Attorneys any “basis for admitting evidence to a jury or releasing information to the public regarding an alien’s immigration status.”

Section 301, ‘Section 274A (~ 29 pages long!) requires “an employer hiring an individual for employment in the United States shall verify that the individual is eligible for such employment” via search of a national workforce management database. This means anyone seeking work, citizen or alien. This “Electronic Employment Verification System” can only be accessed with the employee’s new, biometric Social Security card. But do not worry; just like your existing Social Security card, “This card shall not be used for the purpose of identification.”

“The Secretary, in cooperation with the Commissioner of Social Security, shall implement an Electronic Employment Verification System… not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the STRIVE Act of 2007.

The …standard developed shall be…a cross-agency, cross-platform electronic system that (will) share immigration and Social Security information necessary to confirm the employment eligibility of all individuals seeking employment.”

Section 301 further states, “No officer or employee of any agency or department of the United States, other than such an officer or employee who is responsible for the verification of employment eligibility or for the evaluation of an employment eligibility verification program at the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Labor, may have access to any information, database, or other records utilized by the System.” So law enforcement officers, whether in your county or state, or in a federal agency, such as ICE and the Border Patrol, may not access this federal database to verify a person’s citizenship.

This section further deems “It is an unfair immigration-related employment practice for a person or other entity, in the course of the Electronic Employment Verification System…to use the System for screening of an applicant for employment prior to making the individual an offer of employment.” So, employers cannot use this huge database to ensure they do not hire illegals.

Section 306 directs the Commissioner of Social Security to assign “social security account numbers to aliens…authorized to work in the United States.”

Section 401 establishes a New Worker program for nonimmigrant aliens who will keep their homes in other nations but come to the United States temporarily to “initially” perform services in a specialty occupation, such as registered nurses or fashion models, or agricultural labor, or as a “trainee in a training program that is not designed primarily to provide productive employment.”

Section 402 grants H-2C visas to any nonimmigrant alien who “is capable of performing the labor or services required for an occupation (and who) provide(s) information concerning (their) physical and mental health, criminal history and gang membership, immigration history and involvement with groups or individuals that have engaged in terrorism, genocide, persecution, or who seek the overthrow of the United States Government” and who signs a statement swearing the provided information is true.

Section 407 grants “employment-based immigration visas…to (an) alien having nonimmigrant status…upon the filing of a petition for such visa…by the alien’s employer; or by the alien, if the alien has been employed as an H-2C nonimmigrant in the United States for a cumulative total of 5 years.”

Sections 501-524 deal with different visas and work programs for foreign nationals. Don’t miss reading Section 505, which expedites “employer petitions for aliens of extraordinary artistic ability,” and Section 522, which establishes a “new fashion model nonimmigrant classification.”

Section 641 (the AgJOBS Act of 2007) prohibits employers from firing “blue card” aliens “except for just cause.”

Section 646 directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to “establish special procedures to properly credit work (with the Commissioner of Social Security) in cases in which an alien was employed under an assumed name.”

Section 651 “amends” the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 408(e)(1)) to waive prosecution for Social Security fraud. You’ll have to carefully compare the bill language against the Social Security Act by visiting the following web address. (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec
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)

Section 652 “amends” Title II of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.) to provide employment security preference to union labor, and to “protect” U.S. workers by demanding they receive no less pay, etc., than visa workers. Remember, once the U.S. job market is saturated by the flood of “authorized aliens,” wages will drop like a rock.

Section 653 establishes a “schedule of fees for the employment of aliens.” So your Uncle Sam will get paid for alien employment.

Section 664 authorizes grants to “establish a national program for a broad, university-based, Mexican rural poverty mitigation program.” After all, the U.S. War on Poverty has been such a roaring success!

Section 712 “amends” Section 329 of 8 U.S.C. 1440 to add “an individual who is not a citizen of the United States shall not be denied the opportunity to apply for membership in the United States Armed Forces.” If any alien serves at least two years (and learns the language and history of, and takes the oath to, the United States) they may become a citizen. Shouldn’t they prove language proficiency and swear their oath of allegiance before they serve in the U.S. military?

ACTION TO TAKE

You must make your voice heard, loud and clear! It is imperative you contact your member of Congress. If your Congressmen has already declared support of the STRIVE Act (view cosponsors at this web address http://thomas.loc.gov/
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) give them Holy Hell, and don’t let up until they remove their name from sponsorship of this bill. Get your friends and neighbors in your congressional district to join you.

Also contact Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi; House Majority Whip, Steny Hoyer; House Minority Leader, John Boehner; and House Minority Whip, Roy Blunt.

Tell every Congressman you contact to oppose the STRIVE Act, H.R. 1645, because:

·         The STRIVE Act will not stop the invasion of illegals, but will instead convert them to “authorized aliens.”

·         The STRIVE Act will flood the U.S. job market with millions of additional “authorized aliens.”

·         The STRIVE Act advances the pernicious “National Human Resource Management” system that only benefits big business and an oppressive central government.

·         The STRIVE Act advances government databases that will be used to track all “human resources.”

·         The STRIVE Act creates invasive and trackable biometric identification cards for American citizens.

·         Earlier, well-respected studies have concluded “guest worker programs are not in the (American) national interest…and would be a grievous mistake.”

· The vast majority of Americans oppose guest worker amnesty!

· 82% think that not enough is being done along the borders to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into the country. (New York Times/CBS May 2007)

·         The STRIVE Act will not secure our nation’s borders, will not safeguard her citizens, will further decimate our liberty and economic health, and destroy our national sovereignty.

Phone calls would be the most effective way to contact your Congressmen, as emails and faxes are many times ignored. Call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the House office you request.

If you prefer, though, you can email each of your Congressmen by going to their websites at http://www.thomas.gov.

If you choose to write, and do not know your Congressmen’s mailing addresses, you may simply address your letters as follows:

Office of Representative (Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Tom DeWeese
[email protected]

Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.