The Good, the Bad, and the Grizzly –
Reflections of a Federalist Mama Bear
Bad Bills and Bitter Pills – Democrats Attack the Constitution Through Unconstitutional Bills
Episode Two: Legislative Attacks on Requirements for Allegiance to the United States for Employees of Elected Officials in the U.S. Congress or Senate
The progressive media, socialist organizations, and some elected Democrats are escalating their attacks on the principles our Founding Fathers used to create the United States of America and the Constitution. Indeed, the Progressive Movement of the late 19th century[i] started these assaults with “a total rejection in theory, and a partial rejection in practice, of the principles and policies on which America had been founded and on the basis of which the Civil War had been fought and won only a few years earlier[ii].”
These attacks are occurring on all fronts, and at all levels of government, from local governments to state governments, and from federal government employees to federal agencies and elected officials. Assaults on the Constitution, our national sovereignty, our national identity, and our citizenship laws are becoming everyday occurrences. The idea that Americans seek to destroy our Constitution and the founding principles of federalism, individual, and state rights is, to me, a bitter pill to swallow.
Can ANYONE tell me why an elected representative would want to hire people who do NOT have an allegiance to the United States? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Well, that’s what this latest bill does. H.R. 97 – American Dream Employment Act of 2017[v], introduced by Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA-26). The purpose of the bill, as stated in its text is: “To amend the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016, to enable the payment of certain officers and employees of the United States whose employment is authorized under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and for other purposes.”
The real purpose is to weaken the requirement of allegiance for employees of United States Congressmen and women. AND, it makes me wonder what is going on in Representative Brownley’s office. The full text of the bill can be found HERE
But what does this actually do? I went to Public Law 114-113-DEC. 18, 2015, which is the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.” This 888-page document authorizes all federal government spending for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.
On a side note, this document has neither page numbers, nor does the document’s .pdf format allow you to click on a link to review a specific section of the document. Instead, it requires one to read through the full document to identify the section to which this bill references. I have concerns about the lack of transparency in the bills and the attempts made to make the bills and subsequently approved laws accessible to interested individuals who want to know what our elected officials are doing while Congress is in session. But I digress.
The following is the text, as extracted from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016:Division E – Financial Services & General Government Appropriations Act, 2016, Title VII, General Provisions, Government-Wide Departments, Agencies, and Corporations (Including Transfer of Funds) Section 704 is found on pages 233-234, and reads as follows. The changes submitted in the bill are highlighted:
SEC. 704. Unless otherwise specified in law during the current fiscal year, no part of any appropriation contained in this or any other Act shall be used to pay the compensation of any officer or employee of the Government of the United States (including any agency the majority of the stock of which is owned by the Government of the United States) whose post of duty is in the continental United States unless such person:
(1) is a citizen of the United States;
(2) is a person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
(3) is a person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
(4) is a person who owes allegiance to the United States; ;or
(5) is a person who is employed by the House of Representatives or the Senate, and has been issued an employment authorization document under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program of the Secretary of Homeland Security, established pursuant to the memorandum from the Secretary of Homeland Security entitled ‘Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children’, dated June 15, 2012:[vi]
Provided, That for purposes of this section, affidavits signed by any such person shall be considered prima facie evidence that the requirements of this section with respect to his or her status are being complied with:
Provided further, That for purposes of subsections (2) and (3) such affidavits shall be submitted prior to employment and updated thereafter as necessary: Provided further, That any person making a false affidavit shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction, shall be fined no more than $4,000 or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both:
Provided further, That the above penal clause shall be in addition to, and not in substitution for, any other provisions of existing law:
Provided further, That any payment made to any officer or employee contrary to the provisions of this section shall be recoverable in action by the Federal Government:
Provided further, That this section shall not apply to any person who is an officer or employee of the Government of the United States on the date of enactment of this Act, or to international broadcasters employed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, or to temporary employment of translators, or to temporary employment in the field service (not to exceed 60 days) as a result of emergencies:
Provided further, That this section does not apply to the employment as Wildland firefighters for not more than 120 days of nonresident aliens employed by the Department of the Interior or the USDA Forest Service pursuant to an agreement with another country.
While this bill seems fairly innocuous, it is extremely subversive. The bill:
- removes the requirement for allegiance to the United States for any employee of a Congressional Representative or Senator for employees if that person has a DREAMER employment authorization document established pursuant to the memorandum from the Secretary of Homeland Security entitled‘Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children’, dated June 15, 2012
- does not require these DREAMER employees to obtain citizenship, file a declaration of intention to become a permanent lawful resident, or pledge allegiance to the United
Even President Theodore Roosevelt, a progressive, understood the need for allegiance to America.
Again I ask, can ANYONE tell me why an elected representative would want to hire people who do NOT have an allegiance to the United States? Anyone?
In the light of the loss of (now up to 29) children attending the Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England, how can we allow those who are without allegiance to our country work in our national government? A perfect example of this can create conflict of interest comes from previous comments from the Mayor of London, who stated that, “terror attacks ‘part and parcel’ of living in a major city.[vii]” Let me attest: Terror Attacks are NOT “a part and parcel of living in a major city” in the United States. And it must remain that way. Those who do not have allegiance to the United States, no matter their country of origin, must not be allowed to work in our national government. These unaffiliated workers would have no loyalty to our Constitution, or to the principles of federalism and the checks and balances established by our Founders to limit national government overreach, or to protect our citizens. This bill, and others like it, cannot be allowed to pass.
It is indeed a bitter pill to see elected officials seek to negate the Constitution, and even bitterer to see the same officials seek to undermine our country by hiring those who have no allegiance to the United States. It grieves me to see the elected official from the Democrat party attacking the bedrock principles upon which this great nation was founded, succeeded, and once thrived.
More than grief, however, I am enraged and IRATE when I see how little allegiance these elected officials have to these United States and how they seek to subvert allegiance to our Country, our laws, our Constitution. These attacks MUST stop.
We, as citizens of this great nation and these United States, MUST act to prevent such attacks. But how?
- Pay attention to what Congress is submitting for vote. You can track any bill introduced through https://www.congress.gov/
- Contact your elected Senators and Representatives by phone, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, email, AND letter (a written letter is ALWAYS best) and let them know you reject this bill and WHY.
- Tell them you reject any actions that weaken our Constitution in general.
That’s what I’m going to do with this bad bill and bitter pill!
[i] “The Progressive Transformation of American Politics: Report” William A. Schambra and Thomas West. Heritage.org/Political-Process. July 18, 2007. Retrieved from the Web May 4, 2017. http://www.heritage.org/political-process/report/the-progressive-movement-and-the-transformation-american-politics
[iii] “Who Is Responsible for America’s Security?” Edwin Meese, III. The Heritage Foundation. August 19, 2011. Retrieved from the Web May 19, 2017. http://www.heritage.org/the-constitution/report/who-responsible-americas-security
[iv] “Liberal Lawyer Admits: If Obama Issued the Same Travel Ban as Trump, Courts Would Have Upheld It” (with video.) Chris Enloe. TheBlaze. March 19, 2017. Retrieved from the Web May 19, 2017. http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/03/19/liberal-lawyer-admits-if-obama-issued-the-same-travel-ban-as-trump-courts-would-have-upheld-it/
[v] H.R.97 – American Dream Employment Act of 2017. 115th Congress (2017-2018). Introduced by Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) on 1/3/17, with no co-sponsors. Retrieved from the Web May 15, 2017. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/97/text
[vi] ‘Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children.’ Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Memo dated June 15, 2012. Retrieved from the Web May 15, 2017. https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf
[vii] “Sadiq Khan: London mayor says terror attacks ‘part and parcel’ of living in a major city.” Gabriel Samuels. Independent.co.uk. September 22, 2016. Retrieved from the Web May 23, 2017. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sadiq-khan-london-mayor-terrorism-attacks-part-and-parcel-major-cities-new-york-bombing-a7322846.html