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The Coastal Post - October, 1996

Government's Terror Laws

BY DON DEANE

Laws are accumulating in the state and nation which will have enormous impact on every citizen in the country. One at a time they are being passed by legislators who have neither the time nor technical expertise to fully grasp the scope of what they are approving. Legislative aides, special interest attorneys and bureaucrats combine with the complexity and volumnity of the legislative process to produce unintended results and horrific consequenses.

Publicly elected leaders are taking their lead on the basis of trends, politics of the time, fundamental conservativism, and a dogmatic religious minority who would foist their fervorous, rigid beliefs on society as a whole. The nation's leaders are using machine guns to destroy misquitos which will only reproduce many times over because of the stagnent pools of water surrounding the house of state. The walls, contents and family of the house will be destroyednot the misquitos or their breending grounds.

Three Strikes

Three Strikes legislation and an accumulation of misplaced frustration with lawlessness and violence has resulted in U.S. jail and prison populations to increase by 2.1 timesfrom 744,208 to 1,585,401 between 1985 and 1995. Better than 60 percent of these incarcerated and perhaps twisted souls are locked up for drug related crimes.

Prisons don't work. What's more, the availability of drugs in prisons and jails is better than in most communities, thanks to the complicity of the jailers. But the most interesting dicotomy is that as our politicians become more tight-fisted in addressing the root causes of crimelack of education, unemployment, physical and sexual abuse of children, parental drug abuse, a lack of parenting, and povertythey collectively elect to spend $39,635,025,000, $39.6 billion to lock people away.

Immigration Laws

Illegal immigration is clearly the result of the huge economic desperity between where the immigrant comes from and where he wants to go. Existing poverty "here" and perceived plenty "there" is and has always been the root cause of immigration. The collapse of Mexico's economy, contributed to in large part with the passage of NAFTA, has exaserbated the relative poverty and plenty between the United States and Mexico.

"Tough" new immigration laws in answer to the growing public concern about illegal immigration and the impact which it has on communities and government budgets (welfare, SSI, food stamps, medical costs, schools), falls way short of solving the problem. It provides no legal sanctions on employers who knowingly hire illegals, thus doing nothing to reduce the economic suction of illegals to the jobs.

A case in point is the meat packing industry. U.S. News & World Report in an investigative piece published September 23 concluded that the face of meatpacking has been radically transformed over the last 10 years. The multi-billion dollar industry has come to rely on a steady stream of illegals from towns in Mexico, paying little above minimum wage in one of the nation's highest job accident fields. Previously a unionized industry, three huge giantsIBP, Cargill's Excel Corp. and Con-Agra Monfort Inc.control 80 percent of all beef production in the country. Employees who averaged annual salaries of $30,000 in 1981 ($51,800 in today's dollars), now earn $12,500 per year.

The bill which passed the House on September 25 deleted funds for 350 inspectors to enforce wage laws which are often violated by employers who hire illegal aliens. It also eliminated stiffer civil penalties for employers who hire illegals.

Other highlights of the bill which will do nothing to stem the flow of illegals, include:

Cut off federally funded treatment of HIV-infected immigrants;

Deport legal immigrants if they rely on public benefits in their early years in the U.S.;

Prevent legal immigrants from becoming citizens if they fail to reimburse the government for any public benefits they previously received;

Allows for the deportation of lawful permanent residents who have been convicted of any drug crime (including possession of marijuana), fire arms crime and a number of other crimes regardles of when the convictions occurred;

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Raul Yzaguirre, President of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino civil rights group, called Wednesday's vote part of the Republican-controlled Congress' "extremist" agenda.

"It makes further cuts in services to legal immigrants, undermines civil rights protections for Americans, and makes life harder for American workers at the same time that it makes it easier for businesses to break the law," Yzaguirre said.

A Senate version of the bill which was approved in May had provisions that would test a computerized national ID system to create a file of every single worker in the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union noted that the bill would also dangerously expand the government's power to listen to private phone conversations by dramatically expanding the list of federal offenses used to authorize wiretaps.

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The World Trade Center and Oaklahoma City bombings have produced an anti-terrorist crime bill which would not have prevented the catastrophic explosions but will do much to threaten the Constitution and the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Allows the Secretary of State to designate certain foreign entities as "terrorist organizations." The terrorist designation can be based on "classified evidence" and if challenged in court, the Secretary of State decision can be defended on the basis of secret evidence;

Makes it a crime for anybody to contiribute money or other material support to the activities of the "terrorist" organization including the legal social, political and humanitarian activities of the group;

All members of the group are ineligible for visas, even if they have never been involved in illegal activities;

The government can use secret evidence to deport alleged members of such groups;

Creates a special court that will use secret evidence to deport U.S. residents or visitors suspected of being member of terrorist groups. The classified evidence will be presented to the judge but the alien will be provided only a summary of the evidence;

Allows major military intrusions into civilian law enforcement, violating the long-standing Posse Comitatus Act;

Allows the use in court of illegal wire-tapping evidence, violating Fourth Amendment search prohibitions and Ninth Amendment privacy protections. * Destroys the habeus corpus protection, violating the Constituions Article I, which says it can be suspended only "when in cases of rebellion or invasion the publilc safety may require it.

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