SIDNEY – Continuing support for the efforts of President Trump and immigration laws reform were the messages presented by two visitors from the nation’s capitol during a Shelby County Liberty Group Town Hall session Monday.
A crowd of some 40 people heard an update from U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, and Joyce Mucci, a Regional Field Representative for FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform). Both fielded questions from the audience to conclude their talks.
Jordan touted Trump’s accomplishments during the president’s first 18 months in office. He said economic growth is higher than ever before and listed other economic and social trends moving in positive directions.
“We hear how being a politician is a tough thing. But, it’s easy. Tell the people what you are going to do once you are elected. Then do what you told the people you were going to do. That’s why they voted for you.”
“President Trump is keeping his word. His willingness to take on that town (Washington, D.C.), is something positive. He is getting things done,” said Jordan.
He told the crowd to see how the basic freedoms of the U. S. are being attacked. He spoke of the creation of “safe space” and free speech zone” areas being created on college campus’.
“Free speech! Isn’t that we (the U.S.) are all about. Everyone has the right to free speech, so why are these things happening. I asked a college professor if it was okay for someone to say, ‘Trump is president’ and the first thing he says is, ‘that depends’.”
“That’s just stating a fact, yet they can’t say it. This is what these people, who we pay a ton of money to, are teaching our children,” Jordan said.
Jordan spoke of the continued turnover of high ranking officials of the FBI as sign of change. He claimed the embattled officials were part of Hillary Clinton camp’s attempt to oust Trump and the Russia investigation into election involvement.
A visitor asked Jordan why the U.S. continues to send money to foreign countries. He referred to Trump’s work to correct lopsided agreements with other governments. He mentioned NATO stating Trump is expecting allies to pay their fair share.
His bid to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives led to his priorities, if elected. He said he would continue to support Trump’s effort to construct a border wall next to Mexico. His second priority would be to reform the welfare system allowing the able-bodied recipients to work while receiving benefits.
He also noted priorities were to make tax cuts permanent and provide an alternative to the Obamacare healthcare program.
Jordan said the information from Mucci would support much of his goals for immigration support.
Immigration changes discussed
Mucci, who lives in Kansas City, Missouri, works for FAIR out of Washington, D.C., to educate people about their views of bringing about immigration reform.
She said the immigration law is a sovereignty issue for the U.S. Early laws were that immigration was allowed by determining when and where it happen; under correct administrative approval; and, only when it served to enhance the American population.
She told of politics interfering with what should be common sense solutions.
Mucci said it has been a series of bad decisions by several presidential administrations that has led to a path of self-destruction regarding illegal aliens. Living in a post-911 world atmosphere creates additional fears regarding immigration, she added.
She reported the U.S. is paying $116 billion annually for illegal aliens and their children to provide an education, medical care, law enforcement, etc. In Ohio, $649.1 million was spent last year. Of that, $418.9 million was for education with $76.1 million for law enforcement costs, Mucci said.
She questioned why any politician would be against better control of immigration. The efforts of organizations to battle immigration crime includes clearing away employers who exploit people through low wages, sex and human trafficking and smuggling, and discourage families giving their children to strangers to cross the border.
Mucci questioned why sanctuary cities exist. Again, politics lead to decisions that benefit only people who are in the country illegally. She spoke of these places shielding the criminal element as drug cartels now focus distribution in cities friendly towards the immigration cause.
Speaking of the people surge of the southern borders led to President Obama using his judicial power to enact the DACA Program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in 2012, basically an amnesty program for certain age groups of illegal aliens.
Mucci said the U.S. has the largest immigration burden than any other country. Governments not providing for the basics needs of their people is the main problem, she said.
She pointed to the Washington-based politicians refusing to enact proper laws will allow the problem to continue to grow. She encouraged letting elected officials know their stance on immigration.
Mucci can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or through the organization’s website at www.fairus.org.
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