In a recent story, former Arizona Senator Karen Johnson (Sen. Russell Pearce sympathizer) penned an opinion regarding the Utah Compact and her concern that it may derail Mitt Romney. It’s unfortunate that she does not support the Utah Compact modeled after the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower compact was signed on board the Mayflower ship historically known for bringing Pilgrim immigrants from across the oceans. In a symbolic way, this was the first American Constitution. John Quincy Adams, a child of Mayflower passenger John Alden, in principle calls the Mayflower Compact the foundation of the U.S. Constitution in a speech given in 1802. It is unfortunate for Ms. Johnson to forget about the Pilgrim immigrants who landed on Plymouth to help make this great nation that Shining City On A Hill.
It appears Johnson is in the business of myth-making. I take issue with her false accusations that I am an “open borders” advocate, when in fact I helped architect and support Secure Borders and Legal Immigration Reform as the previous President of SOMOS REPUBLICANS. I have since stepped down from leading SOMOS and changed my affiliation as an Independent voter due to the bigotry and the likes of Ms. Johnson. Where was Johnson at when I was being a Patriot and honorably serving my country during Gulf War I?
“Some Mesa LDS businessmen who support amnesty joined forces with the radical Left to take Senator Pearce down. One of these men, Daryl Williams, an LDS attorney who did not live in Pearce’s district but actively campaigned against him, gave firesides (an LDS cottage meeting) and seminars on the Utah Compact, never missing a chance to say that Senator Pearce was violating church doctrine.”
Her assumptions above are inaccurate as one can clearly see for themselves in the FIRESIDE ON IMMIGRATION video below of a lecture given by Daryl Williams discussing the Utah Compact. If the Mayflower Compact, the Utah Compact and the CATO Institute positions on immigration are indeed radical, then she ought to make another study of what the term radical left really means. In fact, one could easily depict her as wearing a tin foil hat filled with persecutory delusions as she was part of the 9/11 movement espousing the controlled demolition theory.
Accusing President Obama of not providing Americans with his real birth certificate?
The opponents announced their strategy early in the recall campaign. DeeDee Blase, head of Arizona’s Somos Republicans, an open borders advocacy group, said: “The biggest win with regard to our efforts is getting a special supporter who is a devout member and a member of the high council of the Mormon Church. We have scheduled lectures that will be specifically aimed to members of the LDS community as well as the business community. We know that Mesa has a Mormon stronghold, and in order for us to have an overall effective campaign, we must win over the Mormon community. It is imperative for them to know that Russell Pearce (a member of the LDS community) refuses to listen to the Mormon Prophet, and he refused to uphold the Constitution of the United States….
….Blase’s accusation revealed that the recall campaign would promote a religious test for holding office. “Obey the Mormon Church or you’re not qualified for election.” Pearce was repeatedly accused of being disobedient to his Church leaders because of his strong views on immigration. His opponent was portrayed as a choir boy who obeyed the prophet. It cost Pearce votes among LDS voters.
Blame for this dilemma goes not to the Marxist radicals who ran the campaign against Pearce or even to the LDS Church hierarchy, which had lobbied hard for the Utah immigration bills and seemed to support the Utah Compact. The blame goes entirely to the members of the LDS Church in Pearce’s legislative district who swallowed the false argument that Pearce’s highest duty as an elected official was to satisfy the wishes of the LDS Church.
Ms. Johnson is entirely mistaken on my being an open borders advocate, and she must be learned to the history and stances on immigration I have had because facts are stubborn things. Provided below is what I have publicly supported before I stepped down as President of SOMOS REPUBLICANS:
12 Steps to Securing Our Borders and Legal Immigration
1. BORDER SECURITY: The preservation of our national security must be the paramount objective of the immigration policy of the United States. At least 5,000 additional border patrol agents should be added on the border between the United States and Mexico and an additional 10,000 border patrol agents should be assigned to duty on the North border. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should work in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to take appropriate measures, including the addition of drug and bomb sniffing canine units that will deter drug activities.
2. PROCESSING APPLICATION FEES: The creation of a path to citizenship for undocumented persons should not increase the bureaucracy in Washington or add to the already heavy burdens on the American taxpayer. All applications for legal status by undocumented immigrants should be processed as efficiently as possible and all expenses in connection with the processing of such applications, including background checks, should be borne by the applicant in the amount of $500.00
3. OFFENSE FINE: There is no right that we Americans hold more dearly than the privilege of calling ourselves citizens of the United States. We do not advocate amnesty, therefore, undocumented individuals should be required to pay a fine as a civil penalty (not to exceed $1,500 per person of $5,000 per family) for entering in the country illegally and after a background check clearance has been carried out.
4. REGISTRATION: Upon enactment, undocumented persons must register with the DHS for background check, and wait until the border is certified as “secure” by DHS in order to trigger legalization. Persons should be given the opportunity to remain in the United States as residents with a temporary legal status
5. REGULARIZATION PROCESS: Upon certification, undocumented immigrants who satisfy the requirements for temporary legal status with moral character and no criminal record will enter into a six year program before becoming citizens of the United States. No participants in the program shall be entitled to receive any federal government assistance while they are in the program which will consist of three phases.
6. PAYING BACK TAXES: Undocumented immigrants must apply for a Social Security Number from the IRS and pay any income taxes owed. We recognize that undocumented immigrants contribute to the system by paying state and federal sales, use and excise taxes.
7. ASSIMILATION AND MANDATORY ENGLISH EDUCATION: Undocumented immigrants who are qualified to enter the Regularization Process shall be required to take courses in English and Civics as a condition to obtain a certificate of completion for citizenship. The hours of study should be twice the amount to what the Reagan Administration had proposed as part of immigration legislation championed by the President in the 1980s.
8. THE U.S. LABOR MARKET / AG JOBS / D.R.E.A.M. ACT: Individuals who satisfy all of the requirements of the Regularization Process shall become permanent legal residents of the United States. Depending upon the labor demands, the DHS can begin the Green Card process if employment levels are 5% or below. If the national unemployment levels are greater than 6%, the DHS will only process those (a) undocumented immigrants working in unskilled industries where the demand for their labor remains very high such as the case in the agricultural and hospitality sectors, (b) highly skilled workers in competitive industries where demand cannot be satisfied by the existing population of legal residents of the United States and (c) individuals who complete or have previously completed four (4) years of service in the United States Armed Forces. Individuals not satisfying such criteria would be granted a two year extension of the Regularization Process status.
Entire Secure Borders and Legal Immigration Reform Position Paper found here.
No where in the above position paper does it indicate I am an open borders advocate as she claims. In fact, the fees, fines, and the background checks entirely debunk her conspiracy theory.
In addition to the open borders theory Johnson has invented, I took note of her hypocritical stances when she wrote:
The LDS Church has on occasion taken strong positions on moral issues such as abortion, homosexual marriage, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Churches have every right to take a position on moral issues, of course. They also have a right to take positions on policy issues, such as immigration. Church voices are important in public debate. However, elected officials must always remember that when they vote on a particular bill, they are acting as elected officials, not representatives of their Church.
In other words, in the above it appears Johnson is fine with individuals and religious leaders taking a stance on abortions and homosexual marriages, but it appears she wants those same individuals to not get involved on matters that would lend compassion towards immigrants and/or fellow mankind.
Finally, Karen Johnson need not concern herself with regard to how the Utah Compact will derail Mitt Romney. Romney will purely derail himself and this is
indicative to me because he is not abreast with regard to how the immigration tide has already changed when moderate Republican candidate Jerry Lewis beat extremist Republican Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce during the November 2011 Special Elections.
I dismissively wager $10,000.00 that Mitt Romney will end up looking like Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko when all is said and done. Romney proved he resorts to money when all else fails as he continues to act like a spoiled rotten rich little kid.