For the past few months, GOP State Committeeman Rob Eichmann – a pseudo-conservative hatchet man for Mike Doherty and shill for the GOP Establishment – has conducted a ruthless Alinskyite campaign to drive U.S. Senate candidate Bader Qarmout out of the primary so that Joe Kyrillos could run unopposed.
To his credit, the candidate has stood his ground and Eichmann – who has since become unhinged – is determined to wage a scorched earth campaign of personal destruction against Bader Qarmout.
The centerpiece of Eichmann’s attack is Qarmout’s Immigration Reform Plan referred to in Part 1. I read the plan, discussed it at length with Bader Qarmout in the course of several long conversations and have come to the conclusion that while it is not perfect, it is lucid, intelligent, sensible and as good a springboard as any for a productive discussion of this issue.
Rather than reprint whole sections here, I’ll summarize it for you:
The Qarmout Immigration Reform Plan
- It has been estimated that the resident illegal population is comprised of 12 to 18 million adults and 3 to 8 million minors. Deporting every one of them is impractical and far too expensive.
- The purpose of this plan is to offer a practical solution to fix a broken system.
- Those who break our laws to gain entry to this great nation corrupt the very thing they risk life and limb to become part of. When a country’s laws are transgressed for personal gain – and that transgression is not penalized – the system itself will begin to fall apart.
- The Qarmout Plan differentiates between the criminal and non-criminal illegal aliens. Criminal illegal aliens – those who further break the law after entering our nation illegally - would be deported immediately.
- Illegal aliens who participate in this plan are not permitted to benefit from ANY federal entitlement programs, nor will any children born in the U.S. to mothers who participate in this plan be granted automatic citizenship.
- This plan complies with our system of jurisprudence that fines lawbreakers and imbues a period of probation upon them as well.
Step 1: Secure all borders and ports.
Step 2: Within a window of one or two years, all illegal aliens must register with an officially designated office to become legal resident aliens. Those who do not do so after the window closes will be deported.
Registrants would be required to pay a fee of $150.00 per adult and $10.00 per child under 18 years old. The registration application would require the applicant to be photographed ($20.00 fee) and fingerprinted ($23.00 fee).
The completed application would be entered into a nationwide database system and the applicant issued an alien number similar to an H1 visa for a probationary period of 10 years. In every government or commercial transaction where a social security number is required, the registrant would have to produce his or her alien registration number.
This new visa would allow the applicant to work “on the books,” pay taxes, open a bank account (thereby keeping more of their earnings here in the U.S. to benefit our economy) and secure a driver’s license.
The applicant would be required to submit a form filled out by his/her sponsoring employer; the form would be filed with the IRS and the division of taxation for the state in which they reside. During this time frame, the employer must pay the applicant no less than the prevailing minimum wage and must withhold the usual state and federal taxes.
Additionally, every applicant 18 years and older must pay the federal government a fine of $10,000 over the course of the 10 year probationary period. Applicants under the age of 18 must pay (or have paid for them) a fine of $1,000. The amount can be paid up front, in installments or deducted regularly from the applicant’s paycheck.
This new visa would NOT allow the applicant to vote.
Any illegal alien convicted of other criminal activity of any kind while participating in this plan will be immediately deported. After 10 years of legal employment with no criminal record, applicants who have fully paid the fine can move to the next phase of this plan.
Step 3: After the 10 year probationary period has ended, the applicant would be eligible to apply for a Green Card – or, they can return to the country of their origin. Those who apply for a Green Card will receive no preferential treatment.
Green Card holders are NOT allowed to vote in the United States.
1. Overall, the plan is a thoughtfully comprehensive one that attempts to take into account all relevant factors and situations. It does a commendable job of balancing the demands of justice with the necessity for mercy.
2. I regret that he didn’t include another option for qualified illegal immigrants between the ages of 18 and 34: military service. The law as it now stands makes provision for citizenship through military service under certain conditions. If I had my druthers, I’d simplify it:
If you are an illegal immigrant between the ages of 18 and 34 and you
- Enlist in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Serve for five uninterrupted years with no infractions
- Become proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language
- Pass the U.S. Immigration Citizenship Test
You are automatically eligible for American citizenship. Assuming you aren’t killed in combat, you will swear your oath as an American citizen on the day you are honorably discharged from military service. Any person of good character willing to shed their blood or lay down their life for this nation in which they are still a legal stranger deserves without question to be granted citizenship.
3. Initially, I balked at Step 2, thinking it to be unnecessarily redundant and overly harsh, but have since come round to agreeing with its provisions – as this is the phase of the plan which imposes the punitive measures that justice demands. Moreover, it would generate short-term revenue that could be applied to enforcing immigration laws and maintaining a secure border.
4. Qarmout fails to outline the mechanism for separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Where do we draw the line regarding long-term immigrants vs short-term immigrants? 10 years? 20 years? 25 years? What other criteria will be used to make that determination? Most importantly: in which venue will the determination be made – the courts or the Congress?
5. What happens if the Step 2 applicant is unable to pay the fine or fails to pay the full amount of the fine? Is he or she immediately deported? Qarmout is unclear on this point.
6. I like the fact that illegals must apply for this program within a one or two-year window or face deportation. But he doesn’t address the fate of minor children born in the U.S. prior to implementation of his plan whose parents end up being deported: do we deport U.S. citizens? If so, what does that say about the Constitution and Due Process? If not, who will take care of these minors?
7. Qarmout would deny automatic U.S. citizenship to any children born of mothers who participate in this plan. I’m all for it – in fact, I’m all for abolishing the whole anchor baby system. There’s just one roadblock to that desideratum and it’s called the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.“
Qarmout would have to either amend the Constitution or enact in Congress a statutory limitation of the application of this amendment. Good luck with all of that.
8. I don’t like the fact that Qarmout sets no deadline for applicants who have completed the probationary period to apply for their Green cards. I’d set it for one year and then toss them out if they fail to apply.
9. I like the fact that applicants are completely barred from receiving any federal entitlements. This would necessarily include such things as food stamps and guaranteed loans for college tuition – making the Qarmout Plan superior to the DREAM Act.
So what is it about the Bader Qarmout Plan that drives Eichmann nuts? In one of his many spittle-flecked fulminations he seethes:
Under Bader Qarmout’s plan, for $2.75 a day – $19.25 a week – an illegal can stay in the United States and then, after 10 years, it’s free.
Bader Qarmout is taking American residency and selling it for $2.75 a day– that’s just $1,001.00 a year. That’s bargain a basement price that doesn’t even cover the $1,117.00 it is costing every taxpaying family in America. 20 million illegals paying $1,001 a year vs. 110 million households paying $1,117 a year. How is that a good deal for taxpayers?
That’s being a bad neighbor, Bader.
Bader Qarmout’s plan is one of the most liberal in America. And that’s just for starters. Qarmout differentiates between “illegals” and “criminal Illegals”, buying into the false idea that breaking the law to be in the United States isn’t really breaking the law.
Like the neophyte he is, Bader Qarmout hasn’t even given a moment’s thought to what will happen to his very liberal “$2.75 plan” once the Democrats get hold of it. If $2.75 a day is the so-called “conservative” starting point, what will the plan look like if it gets through the Senate? Maybe we’ll have to pay illegals to stay?
The $2.75 plan is another reason conservatives need to reject Bader Qarmout and his ridiculous campaign for U.S. Senate.
If you understand that Eichmann’s attack is founded not in an honest critique of Qarmout’s proposal or a desire to discuss the finer points in the hope of achieving an informed consensus, but an obsession with trashing Bader Qarmout at every opportunity, then you will understand the importance of ignoring Eichmann and actually studying the Qarmout plan.
The bottom line in this debate is simple: we either deport ALL illegals, regardless of how long they have resided here or we permit a carefully segmented portion of that demographic to remain. Bader Qarmout argues that we cannot simply punt out of the country individuals and families who have lived here for close to a generation. His opponent in the primary – NJ State Senator Joe Kyrillos – has already indicated that he agrees with this perspective.
Exit Question: When will Rob Eichmann understand that the man he supports for U.S. Senator is pretty much on the same immigration page as the man he has been trashing for the past few months?
Answer: It was a rhetorical question. Eichmann knows perfectly well that, if anything, Kyrillos would regard Qarmout’s plan as TOO conservative.
You see, Eichmann doesn’t really care about this or any other issue. All that matters to him is the Establishment gravy train – on which he has hitched a ride, much like a remora that has attached itself to a shark. If Movement Conservatism prevails, he will be marginalized and ultimately shunned as a turncoat. Needless to say, he will not hesitate to slander, libel, defame, besmirch and ultimately destroy anyone who stands in his way.
There is a word that defines such individuals. ‘Nuff said.