President Obama and his administration are giving free Obama Phones to some illegal immigrants as they crisscross the country on route to their final destination cities. They say the illegals will only be able to use the smartphones temporarily, but we ask the reasonable question, “When was the last time a temporary government program actually turned out to be temporary?”
For example, back in 2006 USA Today reported that the government would finally stop collecting a 3% federal excise tax on long distance telephone calls. Here’s the shocking part:
The tax was imposed in 1898 to help pay for the Spanish-American War. It was designed as a tax on wealthy Americans, back when phone service was considered a luxury.
“It’s not often you get to kill a tax, particularly one that goes back so far in history,” Treasury Secretary John Snow said.
With that history in mind, count us a doubtful that this smart phone for illegal aliens program will be ended anytime soon. Without making any judgment as to whether the program is good or bad, we simply wonder why these same smartphones aren’t more widely available as part of the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phone program.
Breitbart.com provides details on the illegal immigrant program:
GEO Care, a federal contractor, has started loaning smartphones to certain illegal immigrant families enrolled in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Family Case Management Program.
The FCMP is an alternative to detention that pairs illegal immigrants with social workers who help them get their footing in cities across the U.S. — including assisting the new arrivals with accessing housing, education, medical services and legal assistance — while they await immigration hearings.
The Obama administration has billed the program as a way to ensure the illegal immigrant families show up for their immigration hearings.
How’s that working out? Not so well according to a report from WashingtonExaminer.com and
House Judiciary Rep. Bob Goodlatte:
Ninety percent of the mostly-teen illegal immigrants flooding over the Mexico-U.S. border won’t show up for their immigration court hearing, meaning at least 135,000 of the youths will simply vanish into the country this year alone, according to a key House committee chairman.
The smartphones are being given to illegal immigrant family “heads of household” after the flood across the border in South Texas and head to their destination cities. That’s where the magic fairy dust starts getting sprinkled on the story.
After the illegal alien families arrive at their destinations, they are expected to return the smartphones so they can be sent back to South Texas and given to other illegal alien families. We’re not oddsmakers, but we’d guess the odds of these smart phones ever showing up in South Texas are about a million to one.
Admittedly, this is a very small program. Only 25 smartphones have been given out so far and a maximum of 50 are built into GEO Care’s budget. Our problem isn’t with the cost nor the scope of the program. No, our problem is that illegal aliens are given smartphones while it’s nearly impossible for American citizens to get a smartphone from the free government cell phone program.
This is clearly unfair to tax-paying American citizens and long-time residents who struggle to survive with no phones or inferior, older, refurbished cell phones. When will they get free government smart phones equal to those being given to illegal immigrants?
Wake up, Washington, DC. Millions of Americans have been standing in line for free government smart phones and it simply isn’t fair for illegal immigrants to move to the front of the line.
For a complete list of free government cell phone companies that offer smart phones, see our article “Which free government cell phone companies offer smart phones?“