Dreaming up immigration nightmares for a price
Published: May 31, 2011 at 7:16 am
Did you know that the DREAM Act, which would grant resident status and form a path to citizenship for illegal alien students who want to go to college or enter the military, is a full-blown nightmare? Did you know it’s the greatest threat to the nation’s sovereignty, national security and economic future? Me, either.
For the most part, I never realized the crisis that faces our nation. We’re quickly approaching the point of no return. Soon, we could be offering illegal immigrants in-state college tuition rates or free trips to Afghanistan or Pakistan (on the condition that they shoot some dangerous people).
I have Sean McCaffrey, the former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, to thank for this revelation. Last year, McCaffrey formed Ban Amnesty Now, a 501(c)(4) organization devoted to issue advocacy. The issue, if you aren’t catching on, is scaring people half to death about Hispanics.
Last year, McCaffrey told the Yellow Sheet Report, an insider tip sheet published by the parent company of Arizona Capitol Times, that “our goal, as a group, is to educate Americans about what’s going on with illegal immigration and to stop Washington from passing an amnesty scheme.” After that, he pretty much stopped returning our calls. Thankfully, we still receive the emails.
Like the one last year that warned “thousands of illegal aliens” had “taken to the streets” to register to vote and otherwise “steal” the House and Senate elections. The shocking news came as shocking news to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who immediately declared the claims to be downright false.
That tidbit was even enough to get the attention of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then the honorary co-chair of BAN, whose name appeared below the incredible “news.” Arpaio’s political machine, which has always been into showmanship, declared McCaffrey’s allegations to be “baseless and reckless,” and threatened McCaffrey with a lawsuit to get him to stop using the sheriff’s name and likeness. It took months for McCaffrey to comply.
Interestingly, Yellow Sheet learned last year that McCaffrey had about as much respect for truth as he did for the people who signed up to receive his emails in vain hopes of impacting domestic immigration policy.
Last October, McCaffrey was quietly attempting to rent his million-plus email distribution list to the campaign consultants of candidates, never mind the fact that he pledged on his website not to release subscriber information to outside parties.
Since then, he’s kept people up to speed on dead-on-arrival federal legislation to stop the children of illegal immigrants from becoming citizens. Debating the issue — and taking either side of the equation — is perfectly fine, and altogether expected. Currently, the citizenship rights of those children are protected by legal interpretations of the 14th Amendment, which McCaffrey argued is propped up as an “immoral shield” to protect illegal immigrants’ insatiable desire to undermine the nation.
Similar debates can and are held on the DREAM Act, and, of course, McCaffrey has every legal right to tell as many people as he can that the legislation will lead to hordes of illegal immigrants soaking up welfare and voting for Democrats — which he has. I suppose questioning why immigrants, legal or not, should get cheaper access to higher education than U.S. citizens lacks the alarmist firepower.
And it might be nice to observe an illegal immigration or “comprehensive” reform debate that draws a distinction between assassins for the Los Zetas gang from the kitchen staff of Pei Wei and the bed-turners at the Holiday Inn. It’s also hard to imagine mass WWII-era deportations, or cutting off children from basic health care and education.
In the meantime, McCaffrey needs your help. BAN’s honorary chairman, Senate President Russell Pearce, is facing a possible recall. For $25, $50, $100 or $500, you can help BAN help Russell, “the man who put his career on the line to defend our borders.”
Just how McCaffrey’s BAN intends to do this is unknown. As a tax-exempt 501(c)(4), the group is prohibited from spending its money on campaign efforts to directly promote or oppose political candidates. In an email, our illegal immigration evangelist skipped on detailing how it would help stop a Pearce recall, and instead directed “legal-ish” questions to an attorney. BAN’s tax designation doesn’t require that he disclose his contributors or financial records, and McCaffrey declined an invitation to do just that. Still, given the horrific nightmare ahead, I was sort of hoping he’d make an exception. Until then, I’m as confused as Arpaio consultant Chad Willems, who last year raised an interesting point: “What exactly that money is being used for is a mystery.”
— Christian Palmer is the associate editor of the Yellow Sheet Report