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Friday
Nov202015

ALG - ICANN pressured to police online content 

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Nov. 19, 2015, Fairfax,Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued thefollowing statement in response aMayer Brown law firm synopsis of the October meeting of the InternetCorporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Dublin where topicsdiscussed included "the scope of ICANN's ability to regulate onlinecontent":

 

"The U.S. governmentcontract with ICANN to administer the domain name system has not even lapsedyet, and already, ICANN is openly discussing the scope of its ability toregulate online content. ICANN will be the world's only hub for linkingeasy-to-remember domain names to IP addresses. The only legal constraint thatstops them from censoring content is the First Amendment protections associatedwith fulfilling a U.S. government contract. Remove the contract, and cede theInternet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, as the Obama administrationintends, and those protections are void.

 

"That is notalarmism, that is cause for alarm. Congress must continue the appropriationsrider authored by Rep. Sean Duffy denying funds to the Commerce Department totransition this authority to a private entity such as ICANN. Anything else isleaving it up to chance, and eventually, China, Russia, or who knows overseasto eventually capture this function. This will be an unregulated globalmonopoly as opposed to a U.S. government vendor, and merely modifying ICANN'smission statement will not be a legally binding mechanism to uphold the freedomof speech and of the press. 

 

"While outgoing ICANNCEO Fadi Chehade said some of the right things at the meeting, other thingsthat were mentioned such as a 'voluntary framework to handle contractualobligations regarding content,' with or without 'teeth' are troubling and justadd more proof that the transition should not occur. ICANN clearly is underpressure to get into the business of policing content. Congress can just makethis really easy for them and just say no to the transition — again."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/icann-pressureonline-content/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Friday
Nov202015

ALG - Urge Congress to close the border and issue travel restrictions out of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia! 

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Nov. 19, 2015

 

Dear Liberty Activist,

 

Clickhere to urge Congress to close the border and issue travel restrictions out ofAfrica, the Middle East, and Asia!

 

The House of Representativesis considering a proposal that would require some additional FBI scrutiny for about 10,000 refugeesfrom the war in Syria and Iraq.There's only one problem, it ignores the vast majority of people who travel tothe U.S. every single year from the region with regular visas.

 

"This seems like a cynicaljoke rather than a serious effort to beef up security," said Americans forLimited Government President Rick Manning. "Rather than thoroughly vet andrestrict the hundredsof thousands of visas issued out of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia,and have a real discussion about the wisdom of the geographic allocation of ourlegal immigration system, Congress is papering over these larger issues with aknee-jerk small approach focusing upon 10,000 Syrian refugees expected in thenext year. They must be kidding."

 

The whole approach has anobvious loophole, Manning noted: "Even if they make it harder to qualify as arefugee, the fact is our borders — thanks to our open-ended visa program — arestill wide open. The enemy will just apply for employment, student, or basictravel visas. The 9/11 hijackers were all on legal visas, not pretending to berefugees seeking asylum," Manning added.

 

"That is why if Congressis truly serious about this issue they will restrict travel on the basis ofregion where the enemy is traveling out of until this situation is sorted, thewar has ended, and the enemy is eliminated. Having open-ended immigration fromcountries you are at war with is exceptionally unwise. In the meantime, theenemy, after fighting in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, with blood fresh on theirhands, are sneaking into the West and hiding in expat communities. Those whoare already here and home-grown terrorists are a separate issue subject to theFBI, counterterrorism officials and local law enforcement. What Congress can donow, to limit this threat, is close off travel from areas the enemy is known tooriginate and travel from."

 

You know what to do! Let'sget on Rally Congress and urge Congress to close off the border and restricttravel from regions where the enemy is known to travel from. Don't letyour member complain about 10,000 refugees all the while ignoring the hundreds of thousands of immigrants coming in from that region via our open-ended visasystem.

 

As ALG's Manning concluded,"This is the big discussion that we need to have in our nation. Do we want tofollow the suicidal immigration policies that find Europe beset by no-go zonesinhabited by immigrants who follow Sharia Law and have no intention ofassimilating, or do we want to follow our nation's immigration laws and controlwho gets the privilege of entering the United States? That is the real choiceCongress faces."

 

Let's keep fighting!

Thursday
Nov192015

ALG - Congress' refugee response a cynical joke?

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Nov. 18, 2015, Fairfax,Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting adiscussion draft House of Representatives proposal to require some additional FBI scrutiny for refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq that was exposed by Conservative review.com:

 

"This seems like a cynical joke rather than a serious effort to beef up security.  Rather than thoroughly vet and restrict the hundredsof thousands of visas issued out of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia,and have a real discussion about the wisdom of the geographic allocation of our legal immigration system, Congress is papering over these larger issues with a knee-jerk small approach focusing upon 10,000 Syrian refugees expected in the next year. They must be kidding.

 

"Even if they make itharder to qualify as a refugee, the fact is our borders — thanks to our open-ended visa program — are still wide open. The enemy will just apply for employment, student, or basic travel visas. The 9/11 hijackers were all on legal visas, not pretending to be refugees seeking asylum.

 

"That is why if Congressis truly serious about this issue they will restrict travel on the basis of region where the enemy is traveling out of until this situation is sorted, the war has ended, and the enemy is eliminated. Having open-ended immigration from countries you are at war with is exceptionally unwise. In the meantime, the enemy, after fighting in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, with blood fresh on their hands, are sneaking into the West and hiding in expat communities. Those who are already here and home-grown terrorists are a separate issue subject to theFBI, counterterrorism officials and local law enforcement. What Congress can donow, to limit this threat, is close off travel from areas the enemy is known tooriginate and travel from. 

 

"That is the big discussion that we need to have in our nation. Do we want to follow thesuicidal immigration policies that find Europe beset by no-go zones inhabited by immigrants who follow Sharia Law and have no intention of assimilating, ord o we want to follow our nation's immigration laws and control who gets the privilege of entering the United States? That is the real choice Congress faces."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/congress-refugee-response-a-cynical-joke/

 

Attachments:

 

Immigrant Visas Issued (by Foreign State of Chargeability or Place of Birth) Fiscal Year 2014, The U.S.Department of State at http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/AnnualReports/FY2014AnnualReport/FY14AnnualReport-TableIII.pdf

 

H.R. Discussion draft, "To require that refugees admitted to the United States due to the Syrian Civil War shall be subject to review to identify security threats to the United States," at https://www.conservativereview.com/~/media/files/conservative-review/articles-supporting-documents/hudson_american_safe_act_2015_discussion_draft.pdf

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Tuesday
Nov172015

ALG calls for immediate moratorium on all Middle East refugees and immigration to the U.S. 

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Nov. 16, 2015, Fairfax,Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued thefollowing statement urging President Barack Obama to issue an immediatemoratorium on all Middle East refugees and immigration, in light of the fact that at least one of the Paris bombers was a Syrian warrefugee:

 

"President Obama, andevery sane leader in the West, needs to immediately issue a moratorium againstall refugees and immigration from the Middle East. Under U.S. law, the President singularly hasdiscretion to allow refugees in, and to refuse entry. Generally, under 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) thePresident can refuse entry to any class of immigrant for any amount of time hedeems appropriate. Thereare currently 16 such proclamations already in effect. It's time for number17.

 

"The fact is, even ifonly a tiny percentage of the Syrian war refugees were adherents to radicalIslam, every country that lets them in must accept they are also invitingsleeper cells into their country. And since there is no way to scan them at theborder, the only solution is to simply say no way. Not until this situation isunder control.

 

"As for immigration,Congress should immediately suspend the chain migration system, not as a partof any overall reform, but just stop it dead in its tracks. Visas are issued tothe relatives of U.S. citizens right now without any consideration of themerits of entry. The insanity at the border must be brought to an endimmediately, or the American people will seek new leadership who will bring itto an end. Enough pussy-footing around. It's time to get real."

 

Attachments:

 

8 U.S.C. 1182(f) Suspensionof entry or imposition of restrictions by President at https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1182

 

Whenever the Presidentfinds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the UnitedStates would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may byproclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entryof all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or imposeon the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Wheneverthe Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply withregulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines forthe detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to theUnited States (including the training of personnel in such detection), theAttorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to theUnited States by such airline.

 

InterviewAvailability: Pleasecontact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interviewwith ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

 

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Thursday
Nov122015

ALG - Sen. Cory Gardner bill insulates IRS from undue public sector union influence 

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Nov. 11, 2015, Fairfax,Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued thefollowing statement praising Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) for introducing thePreventing Unionization of Revenue Service Employees Act that would bar theInternal Revenue Service (IRS) from unionizing:

 

"Senator Gardner'sapproach goes to the heart of the Hatch Act civil service protections thatensure the bureaucracy is not subject to undue political influence. The rise ofpublic employee unions as major contributors to the left has long been a threatto the political neutrality of the civil service system. The IRS' unprecedentedtargeting of conservative organizations and donors makes it all the moreimportant that Senator Gardner's brilliant legislation become law."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/sen-cory-gardner-bill-insulates-irs-from-undue-public-sector-union-influence/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.