Barack Obama has been pushing hard for the TPP and fast-track authority. The fact that he advertises it as the “most progressive” ever raises concerns for those of us who have seen where Progressives are taking us.
What we have heard far less about is TPP’s evil sibling, TISA, the trade in services agreement. It focuses on services instead of goods which is significant since the U.S. has become a service industry.
The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is an international trade agreement between the U.S. and 23 other countries including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel. The agreement laudably aims at liberalizing the worldwide trade of services such as banking, health care and transport but it’s not all good.
Wikileaks released new sections of the agreement three weeks ago. If the U.S. becomes a party to all or some of the provisions of this agreement, the U.S. would be required to “change its immigration laws” according to Rosemary Jenks of Numbers USA, and we would be subject to set rules affecting privacy and the Internet that will be enshrined in International law and that we must abide by, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Economic Policy Institute states that there is little doubt that it [TISA] will constrain the future ability of the United States Congress to regulate U.S. immigration policy. In fact, deregulating the U.S. work visa system, and therefore opening it up to foreign corporations that provide services (as opposed to goods) is the explicit purpose of an entire annex (section) in TiSA, entitled “Movement of Natural Persons.”
U.S. visa processes would have to change to accommodate TISA requirements but there would be no requirement to show there aren’t U.S. workers available for the jobs. The period for processing applications can’t exceed 30-days which would lead to rubber stamping of visa approvals – it’s simply not enough time. They also don’t want face-to-face interviews. Spouses are covered under visas and any children born here would automatically become citizens. And there’s more.
We could conceivably have a flood of people coming here with a de-regulated visa system.
We just don’t know because the trade deals/agreements are so secret. As one congressman said to me about another trade deal – TPP – “If the American people knew what was in it, it would never pass.”
EFF has stated that TISA negotiators are “locking in a very specific rules in national laws through international law and it is being done without transparency.
Barack Obama is a serious and dangerous globalist. If he decides to use these trade agreements to violate our laws and our sovereignty, he will do so without guilt.
American manufacturing has been decimated by foreign competition, according to Dick Morris, former Clinton adviser, and now the service industry could be as well under TISA.
Under the draft TISA, if a hotel, for instance, wants to bring all of its service employees to the U.S. to work for the same wages they would get in their home country, it will reduce the number of jobs available for Americans.
The revelations in TISA caused Ted Cruz to change his vote on fast-track last week.
Morris believes this is tied to his plan to re-categorize illegal immigrants as refugees.
Refugees could become citizens and vote within months.
Morris also talked about Jeh Johnson’s plan to give amnesty to families here illegally who have been held in long-term detention. He believes they will be re-categorized as refugees.
The administration has done exactly that in isolated cases. They have called illegal immigrants from Central America refugees who are escaping gangs and drugs.
The U.N. has a formula to re-categorize illegal aliens as refugees and they could compel us to do it if they say the people are fleeing some dangerous situation.
We could have untold millions of unassimilated foreigners voting in elections in the near future. We could very quickly become a one-party country and we are almost there now.