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Over 150 conservative leaders, groups sign letter opposing Gang of 8 bill
Daily Caller ^ | 05/21/2013 | Caroline May

Posted on 05/21/2013 12:06:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Over 150 conservative leaders, groups and grassroots activists have signed an open letter opposing the Senate immigration reform bill.

“We write to express our serious concerns regarding the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, S. 744. We oppose this bill and urge you to vote against it when it comes to the Senate floor,” the letter to be released Tuesday and obtained by The Daily Caller reads. ”No matter how well intentioned, the Schumer-Rubio bill suffers from fundamental design flaws that make it unsalvageable. Many of us support various parts of the legislation, but the overall package is so unsatisfactory that the Senate would do better to start over from scratch.”

Signed by conservatives leaders and group representatives including radio host Laura Ingraham, Fox News personality Monica Crowley, Red State’s Erick Erickson, radio host Mark Levin, Hoover Institution’s Victor Davis Hanson, and The Daily Caller’s Mickey Kaus, the letter highlights a number of issues the signers have with the legislation including their concerns that the bill:

* Is bloated and unwieldy along the lines of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank;

* Cedes excessive control over immigration law to an administration that has repeatedly proven itself to be untrustworthy, even duplicitous;

* Legalizes millions of illegal immigrants before securing the borders, thus ensuring future illegal immigration;

* Rewards law breakers and punishes law enforcement, undermining the rule of law;

* Hurts American job-seekers, especially those with less education;

* Threatens to bankrupt our already strained entitlement system;

* Expands government by creating new bureaucracies, authorizing new spending, and calling for endless regulations;

* Contains dangerous loopholes that threaten national security;

* Is shot through with earmarks for politically connected interest groups;

* Overwhelms our immigration bureaucracy, guaranteeing widespread fraud.

The letter also argues that while immigration reform is important, the Senate’s immigration reform bill will only make matters worse.

“Reforming our immigration system is an important priority. But S.744 is such a defective measure that it would do more harm than good. We urge you to vote against it and against any cloture vote to bring up the bill. Only then can a constructive, measured debate take place on how to improve America’s immigration policy,” the letter reads.

Ingraham, one of the letter’s signers, elaborated on her decision to sign the letter in an email to TheDC, noting that she read the entire bill and has seen most of the amendments to close loopholes and improve enforcement be discarded in mark-up. According to her, the “heroes of battle for our sovereignty” have been Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions “who are fighting every day in the Senate to expose the glaring inadequacies of this legislation, which affords huge and unreviewable discretion to DHS to waive admissibility and deportation rules.”

“The Republicans who parrot the mindless ‘we must do something’ mantra might wish to review how the Democrats responded to Obamacare criticism in 2010. I recall the liberal cries of ‘We must do something…the health care system is broken….’” Ingraham continued in her email to TheDC. “What is broken is our system of government whereby the elites in both parties consistently ignore the will of the people on an issue as important as border enforcement. This bill will make life more difficult for middle class Americans and legal immigrants who are already struggling to find decent-paying jobs that cover the bills. Some Republicans are desperate to agree to anything in hopes of winning the Latino vote. They are on a fools errand, will infuriate their grass roots supporters, and will compromise their remaining credibility as a ‘law and order’ party.”

Tuesday’s open missive comes on the heels of a letter to all Members of Congress from immigration enforcement unions and law enforcement officials warning that the legislation will act as a barrier to a safe legal immigration system.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; amnestybill; gangof8; gangofeight; immigration

1 posted on 05/21/2013 12:06:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/20/senate-panel-oks-tax-welfare-benefits-for-newly-le/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Heritage%2BHotsheet

From what I can see, this article illustrates that Marco Rubio is a damn liar.


2 posted on 05/21/2013 12:10:47 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The letter also argues that while immigration reform is important, the Senate’s immigration reform bill will only make matters worse.

All I had to know was that Chuck Schumer was involved and that was an obvious foregone conclusion.

3 posted on 05/21/2013 12:11:11 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Some Republicans are desperate to agree to anything in hopes of winning the Latino vote”

Stupidity. This voting block only makes up 7% of votes. In the last election NObama carried 72% of that block. Models show that keeping all other metrics the same Romney would have needed to get 75% of that measly 7% to win the electorial college tally. It is a fool’s errand and a false pretense that we need the mexican vote.


4 posted on 05/21/2013 12:11:32 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: chris37

IMO, Rubio and Ryan are toast; no credibility anymore.


5 posted on 05/21/2013 12:15:24 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SeekAndFind
S. 744 is a suicide note to the world from America.

As much as we love to make fun of and laugh at all the other countries on the planet, NONE of them are moronic enough to do to their countries what the 8 gangstas are doing to this country. Those countries are all laughing at us. Especially Mexico.

6 posted on 05/21/2013 12:18:01 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: chris37

” From what I can see, this article illustrates that Marco Rubio is a damn liar.”

And still advertising this on Limbaugh.


7 posted on 05/21/2013 12:18:07 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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Gang of 8holes


8 posted on 05/21/2013 12:20:11 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Gene Eric
Gang of 8holes

aka "Gang of Ocho"

9 posted on 05/21/2013 12:24:37 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: SeekAndFind

National Conservative Leaders

Barbara Anderson, Citizens for Limited Taxation
Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families
Rev. C.L. Bryant, One Nation Back to God
Howie Carr, New England Talk Radio Host
Ann Corcoran, Refugee Resettlement Watch
Monica Crowley, Ph.D., Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Glynn Custred, Professor Emeritus CSU East Bay
Jim Eagan, Sumner United for Responsible Government (Tennessee)
Elaine Donnelly, Founder and President, Center for Military Readiness
John Eastman, former Dean Chapman University Law School
Ken Eldred, CEO, Living Stones Foundation
Erick Erickson, Editor of RedState
Maria Espinoza, Houston Eagle Forum, The Remembrance Project
T. Willard Fair, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc.
John Fonte, Hudson Institute
David Frum, Frum Forum
Brigitte Gabriel, President and Founder, Act for America
Frank Gaffney, President Center for Security Policy
Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Donna Hearne, Constitutional Coalition, St. Louis, Missouri
Roger Hedgecock, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
John Hinderaker, Powerline.com
David Horowitz, David Horowitz Freedom Center
Laura Ingraham, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
Mickey Kaus, Columnist, Daily Caller, author The End of Equality
Roger Kimball, Encounter Books and The New Criterion
Cliff Kincaid, President, America’s Survival
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies
Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Christians for a Sustainable Economy
Lars Larson, Radio Host, Compass Media Networks
Mark Levin, Author and Radio Host
David Limbaugh, Lawyer and Author
Herb London, President, London Center for Policy Research
Dr. Gina Loudon, Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show host and Author
Rich Lowry, Editor, National Review
Michelle Malkin, author of Invasion and syndicated columnist
Ed Martin, Chairman, Missouri Republican Party
Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Ken Masugi, Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
Andy McCarthy, Executive Director, Philadelphia Freedom Center
Eric Metaxas, Author and Speaker
Paul Mirengoff, Powerline.com
Frank L. Morris, Sr., Ph. D.
Mike Needham, CEO, Heritage Action
C. Preston Noell, President Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Peter K. Núñez, Former U. S Attorney, Southern District of California; Former Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Department of the Treasury
Rev. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action
John O’Sullivan, Editor-at-Large, National Review
Daniel Pipes, President, Middle East Forum
Judson Phillips, Founder Tea Party Nation
Andy Ramirez, Law Enforcement Advocate and Journalist
Sandy Rios, Vice-President, Family PAC Federal and Morning Host for AFR Talk
Phyllis Schlafly, President and Founder, Eagle Forum
Dimitri K. Simes, President & CEO, Center for the National Interest
Smart Girl Politics Action
Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science and of Law, Vanderbilt University
Tea Party Nation
Peter Thomas, The Conservative Caucus
Virginia Thomas, Liberty Consulting
Brad Thor, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Phil Valentine, Nationally Syndicated Conservative Radio Host
Richard Viguerie
Former Congressman Allen West
Tom West, Professor, Hillsdale College
Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association and American Family Radio
Activist Leaders throughout the Country
Cathie Adams, President, Texas Eagle Forum; Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas
Alabama Federation of Republican Women
American Grizzlies United (Wisconsin)
Will Anderson, Conservative Radio Host, WBHP-AM, Huntsville, Alabama
Angela Bean, Coordinator South Atlanta Tea Party Patriots (Georgia)
Michael Berry, Conservative Radio Host, KTRH-AM, Houston, Texas (Syndicated)
Blanchard Tea Party (Idaho)
Jack and Joan Billman, Greencastle Defenders of Liberty, Greencastle, Indiana
Michael Brown, Conservative Radio Host, Denver, Colorado
Martha Brewer, Lamar County Tea Party Patriots (Alabama)
Melody Burns, Conservative Radio Host, WGDJ-AM, Albany, New York
Canton T.E.A. Party (Georgia)
Sam Clovis, President Serious Civics for America, Inc. (Iowa)
Common Sense Campaign of South Alabama
Carroll County Tea Party Association (Georgia)
Darin Danielski, Lake County Area Defenders of Liberty, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Dyersville Tea Party (Iowa)
Dave Elswick, Conservative Radio Host, KARN-FM, Little Rock, Arkansas
Kay Edmonds, Precinct Delegate, Clinton, MI, l9.12 Forum Steering Committee Member, Lenawee GOP Executive Committee Member, Veteran (Post Korea)
Empower Indiana (Indiana)
Bill & Prudence Fields, Eagle Forum, Virginia
Friends of Idaho
Greg Garrison, Conservative Radio Host, WIBC-FM, Indianapolis, Indiana
Georgia Conservatives in Action
Helen Glover, Conservative Radio Host, WHJJ-AM, Providence, Rhode Island
Kay Godwin and Pat Tippett, Co-Chairs, Georgia Conservatives in Action
Becky Gerritson, President Wetumpka TEA Party, Wetumpka, Alabama
Donna Goeddaeus, Northwoods Patriots Tea Party, Conover, Wisconsin
Green Bay (Brown County) Wisconsin TEA Party
Greencastle Defenders of Liberty (Indiana)
Ron Hei, Tea Party Patriots of Covington County
Wally Hauck, Ph.D., President of Optimum Leadership, Member of Milford, CT Republican Town Committee
Hamilton County Patriots (Indiana)
Mark Herr, The Midsouth Tea Party (Tennessee)
Marcia Hora, Iowa Grassroots Coalition
Dustin Inmman Society, Georgia
Illinois Tea Party
Danny B. Joyner, Commander, Alabama Patriots, Brewton, Alabama
Joyce Kaufman, Conservative Radio Host, WFTL-AM, Palm Beach, Florida
Dave Kramer, Dyersville Tea Party (Iowa)
Las Vegas Valley Tea Party (Nevada)
Janna Loar, State Leader Ohio Counts
Bill McLain, Conservative Radio Host, WORD, Greenville, South Carolina
Michigan Eagle Forum
Montgomery Tea Party (Alabama)
Matt Murphy, Conservative Radio Host, WAPI, Birminigham, Alabama
Reid Mullins, Conservative Radio Host, KTOK, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Lisa Nancollas, Pennsylvania State Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots and Mifflin County Tea Party Patriots
Sara Jo Odom, Eagle Forum of Oklahoma
Patriots of Liberty TEA Party, Auburn, Alabama
Bobbie Patray, President, Eagle Forum of Tennessee
Carol Payne, Eagle Forum, Lubbock, Texas
Pennsylvania Coalition for Responsible Government
Bill Post, Conservative Radio Host, KYKN, Salem, Oregon
John Putnam, Chairman, Jasper County Republican Central Committee (Missouri)
Merre Putnam, State Committeewoman, 32nd Senatorial District
Steve Ramey and David Hancock, Gwinnett Tea Party (Atlanta)
Russell Ramland Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum, Dallas, Texas
Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Activist, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Janet Smith, Local Coordinator, Greenfield Area Tea Party, Greenfield, Indiana
Standpoint Tea Party Patriots (Idaho)
Rainy Day Patriots (Alabama)
Rob Schilling, WINA-AM, Charlottesville, Virginia
Jeff Schwilk, San Diegans for Secure Borders Coalition
Kim Simac and Shirley Kufeldt, Northwood Patriots, Eagle River, Wisconsin
Todd Isaac “Ike” Skelton, Lebanon Tea Party (Missouri)
Janet Smith, Greenfield Area Tea Party (Indiana)
Loretta and Ricky Short, Wetumpka TEA Party (Alabama)
Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum of Alabama
South West Pennsylvania Eagle Forum
Pam Stout, Idaho State Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Barbara Susco, Florida Eagle Forum
Taxed Enough Already Party, Barbour County, Alabama
Taxed Enough Already Party, Quitman County, Georgia Tea Party North (Indiana)
Brian Tilton, Conservative Radio Host, WTPL-FM, Concord, New Hampshire
Joe Thomas, Conservative Radio Host, WCHV-AM, Charlottesville, Virginia
Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots (Indiana)
Dawn Wildman SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, Inc.
Lynn Woolley, Lynn Woolley Show, Syndicated, Texas
Don and Skeet Workman, Eagle Forum, Lubbock, Texas
Sally Zelikovsky, Founder of Bay Area Patriots and Coordinator of San Francisco Tea Party
Dennis Zellaha, Tea Party Patriots and Iowa Grassroots Coalition (Iowa)

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/21/over-150-conservative-leaders-groups-sign-letter-opposing-gang-of-8-bill/#ixzz2TxPrAayh


10 posted on 05/21/2013 12:33:20 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: chris37

Probably he is a Latin and will favor his “Own People!” That is normal and natural.


11 posted on 05/21/2013 12:43:52 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind

They should call it the Schmuckie Shumer screw the US bill.
He’s hiding behing 7 other skirts.


12 posted on 05/21/2013 12:56:29 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Java4Jay

If I am going into battle, that’s the list of people I would want on my side. This only reinforces my opinion of this crappy bill.


13 posted on 05/21/2013 1:10:40 PM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: SeekAndFind

What these idiots are doing, is putting American’s behind the (EIGHT 8) ball.

They’re screwing us...


14 posted on 05/21/2013 1:38:30 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

That’s kind of weird, because I always try to only operate out of reason when a White guy is in trouble.

Are you saying I’m not normal or natural?


15 posted on 05/21/2013 1:40:12 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I hope so.

I’ve no use or time for either of them. Liars both.


16 posted on 05/21/2013 2:03:41 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

And racist too...

Which also seems to be natural.


17 posted on 05/21/2013 2:04:44 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Every time I hear that stupid commercial, it makes me throw up a little.

He sounds like such a moron, and I guess I am too for voting for him.


18 posted on 05/21/2013 2:06:28 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Thanks for posting this. Thank God for these Patriots standing up for what's left of this great nation.

FWIW, NumbersUSA has a toll free number to call your senators and tell them what you think about this destructive bill.

Here's the info in the email I received:

You are part of our first line of defense against amnesty and 33 million work permits for foreign job seekers over the next 10 years and your help is needed this week. You have a Senator(s) on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will vote on S. 744 tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22.

Please phone your Senator TODAY
800-843-6735

All you have to say is something like:

"My name is _______ from ________. I'm calling to ask the Senator to please vote NO on S. 744 when the Judiciary Committee votes on final passage this week."

19 posted on 05/21/2013 2:11:19 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: chris37

He apparently fooled a lot of people. I knew he was FOS after he touted the “Dream Act” years ago.


20 posted on 05/21/2013 2:12:36 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I wish I knew.

Sadly I have been had. Gonna do my best to make him a one term senator.


21 posted on 05/21/2013 2:19:22 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

That’s all you can do.


22 posted on 05/21/2013 2:20:46 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think illegals should ever qualify for citizenship. I agree that it is unpalatable to send them home. What is to be done then? Identify them and legalize their ability to stay here. Consider allowing some type of work permit process without eventual citizenship. Do not allow access to welfare benefit programs. To cover these types of needs, these identified illegals could rely on family, charity, or return to their country of origin. Upon completion of sentencing for any crimes, convicted illegals should be deported to their country of citizenship.


23 posted on 05/21/2013 2:31:13 PM PDT by Sam Clements
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To: Java4Jay

Thanks for posting the list. Taking note of who and WHO DID NOT sign this.

Amnesty Liberalism will be the death of the GOP


24 posted on 05/21/2013 3:23:24 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Carry_Okie
Schumer makes everything worse.
25 posted on 05/21/2013 6:03:24 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: SeminoleCounty

Not everyone who has already announced their opposition to the bill has signed this letter. If someone has made it clear, individually, they oppose this bill, I take nothing from their signature not being on this letter.


26 posted on 05/22/2013 12:13:20 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear..."(Glenn Beck))
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To: Sam Clements

Well.... that would make sense, but it would also diminish the D vote.

We can’t have that. The D’s wont allow it through the courts, and the R’s are so afraid of being called racist, that they will go along with anything Sharpton, Jackons, and MSNBC says.

3rd party is needed.

Oh and btw, my tax bill was levied today, and we owe about 12k more than CPA for 24 years figured. Taking to our accountant tomorrow.

So, I am guessing this post will cost me another 2-3 k.

Don’t think for a second the R’s ain’t involved in this crap either, they hate the tea party just as much as the rats do.


27 posted on 05/22/2013 2:02:20 AM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bump to help stop this nation destroying travesty.


28 posted on 05/22/2013 2:12:21 AM PDT by Colorado Buckeye (It's the culture stupid!)
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