Your Inside View to the Strategies and Activities of the Conservative Movement in Washington
Issue 109 * October 1, 1995
The National Center for Public Policy Research Amy Moritz, President 300 Eye Street N.E. Suite 3 * Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 543-4110 * Fax (202) 543-5975 E-Mail: [email protected]
Bob Goldsborough, President of Americans for Immigration Control, reviewed immigration-related legislation in the Congress and poll data. Recent polls, he said, show that 74% of Americans say immigration policies need to be changed, while 14% say no changes are needed. 63% of Americans says our immigration policy (which allows 900,000 legal immigrants a year) is too generous; 25% say it is about right; 6% say it is too restrictive. To the question: "Which of the following options would you most favor to reduce immigration?, 65% said a temporary moratorium, 16% chose a cut in legal immigration to 450,000, 3% chose a cut to 300,000. The same percentage of Hispanic and "white" Americans, 65%, supported a "temporary moratorium to give our country time to absorb immigrants we have already accepted." Goldborough also reviewed a New York Times Magazine article discussing ten American cities where native-born Americans no longer feel welcome as residents. Contact Americans for Immigration Control at 410/435-7086.
Captain Timothy Hunter of State Department Watch distributed and discussed a State Department Watch press release detailing "five major financial problems" at the State Department, including: "the practice of... officials using government resources to 'joy ride' around the world on shopping sprees and vacations" and "the State Department's inability to account for upwards of $250,000,000 [in] missing funds." State Department Watch also charges that the State Department has "cooked the books" to hide 100,000 overseas alien employees. Contact the State Department Watch at 202/669-5558.
General Milnor Roberts (USAR-Ret.) of High Frontier reported on his meeting with and the case of Michael New, the U.S. soldier who is refusing to wear a United Nations uniform. New has received much support from the public, Roberts said, noting, "Soldiers swear to defend the Constitution of the United States, not to defend the United Nations." Contact High Frontier at 703/671-4111.
Jeff Gaynor of The Heritage Foundation introduced Evgeni Volk, a Heritage Foundation staffer based in Russia. Volk, who hosts a radio show in Moscow, reported that the Russian transformation to democracy is under serious challenge by the "old order" and noted instances in which economic and political freedoms in Russia are now being suppressed. Contact the Heritage Foundation at 202/546-4400.
Dr. Emilio-Adolfo Rivero of the New Cuba Coalition reported on the Helms-Burton "Cuban and Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act" (S. 381) and Castro's response to it; described the New Cuba Coalition's 50,000 watt radio broadcasting into Cuba; and the New Cuba Coalition's new world wide web site at http://tribeca.ios.com/~new_cuba/new_cuba.html. Contact the New Cuba Coalition at 301/927-2167.
General Milnor Roberts (USAR-Ret.) of High Frontier reported on Rep. Martin Hoke (R-OH)'s bill to require the President to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. Roberts noted that the President has told Americans that they don't have to worry about Russian Ballistic Missiles any more because they are targeted at the Pacific Ocean, but the President did not mention that it would take Russia about 15 minutes to change the target. Roberts also reviewed other missile defense-related legislation. Contact High Frontier at 703/671-4111.
Journalist and author Al Santoli reviewed the urgent need for "a national strategy for dealing with China" and relayed his concern that "big business profits" are getting a higher priority than national security when it comes to the PRC. Santoli distributed news articles, including one showing how the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1990-93 sold highly-sensitive missile technology to China without consulting with either the Departments of State or Defense. "With the money that are making from [industries that used to provide American jobs making items like MacDonald's Happy Meals toys] they are building a military complex," Santoli said. Contact Al Santoli at 202/225-2965.
Sara Fitzgerald of the Victims of Communism Memorial Commission discussed progress of plans to build a museum for the victims of communism like the Holocaust Museum on the Washington Mall, and stressed the Commission's interest in hearing suggestions from the public on the project. Contact the Victims of Communism Memorial Commission at 202/785-0266.
In a statement released September 27, the American Security Council (ASC) is urging Members of the House Appropriations Committee's Foreign Operations Subcommittee to join the Senate and support a one-time exemption to the 1985 Pressler Amendment, which bans most U.S. assistance and arms to Pakistan and impedes U.S.-Pakistan cooperation unless the President certifies that Pakistan does not possess a nuclear explosive device. The Pressler Amendment was designed to retard development of nuclear weapons in South Asia, but it has failed. India has an aggressive nuclear weapons program and U.S. sanctions on Pakistan have degraded Pakistan's conventional military strength and in so doing have made the nuclear option more attractive to Pakistan. Critical to the U.S., says the ASC, is the fact that sanctions on Pakistan have impeded America's ability to work with Pakistan on terrorism, narcotics trafficking and related law enforcement issues important to the U.S. As a result, Senator Hank Brown (R-CO) developed and promoted in the Senate (where it was adopted 55-45 on September 21) a one-time exemption to the Pressler Amendment to lift the U.S. impoundment of $368 million worth of military equipment Pakistan purchased from the U.S. but the U.S. impounded in 1990. The Senate also voted to resume U.S. aid and cooperation with Pakistan on narcotics, counter-terrorism and law enforcement issues. The ASC reports that the exemption promoted by conservative Senator Brown is also strongly supported by the Clinton Administration and by leading Democrats expert on foreign policy, such as former International Relations Committee Chairman Lee Hamilton (D-IN), who says, "The costs of the Pressler Amendment might have been acceptable if U.S. policy had succeeded... Unfortunately, the premise of this legislation is no longer acceptable. Both India and Pakistan have the ability to develop nuclear weapons in short order. We need to devise a better policy..." The House Appropriations Committee's Foreign Operations Subcommittee is expected to take up the issue after Columbus Day. A two-page issue summary is available from the American Security Council. Contact Gregg Hilton or Dr. Robert Spiro at 202/296-9500.
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