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  • Senate Gang of Eight: Immigration Is "Ours To Lose"

    04/18/2013 4:40:39 PM PDT · by AuntB · 45 replies
    ABC ^ | April 18, 2013 | Jordan Fabian
    The Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight" oozed confidence on Thursday that they could deliver on their promise to pass the most significant immigration bill in a generation. Organizers gathered over 20 leaders from business, labor, religious and civil rights groups in order to display broad support for their plan. In an unlikely pairing, renowned anti-tax activist Grover Norquist stood alongside AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the leader of the nation's largest labor coalition. Senators from both parties yukked it up with jokes throughout the hour-long affair. "We'll oppose only those amendments that are intended to prevent a comprehensive solution from passing,"...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tea Party Patriots Smashes Rubio, Likens Immigration Push to Pelosi's Obamacare Passage

    04/18/2013 12:59:30 PM PDT · by Celtic_Storm · 48 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 4-16-13 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    After Tea Partiers in Florida protested at the home state offices of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday at an event organized by Tea Party Patriots, Rubio quickly, but largely unsuccessfully, tried to reaffirm his commitments to conservative principles when it comes to the immigration fight.
  • New Senate Immigration Amnesty Plan Bears Union Imprint

    04/18/2013 11:55:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 18, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
    If there were any doubts that the oft-used term ‘comprehensive immigration reform' is a stalking-horse for amnesty, a new Senate proposal should dispel them. The measure, touted as a way to fix our ‘broken' immigration system, will do the opposite. Not only will it demean U.S. citizenship and rule of law, it also likely will produce adverse economic effects. The main feature of the 844-page bill is that it would allow millions of illegal immigrants to apply for legal residency and eventual citizenship. Significantly, the bill bears a strong union influence. And labor officials aren't bashful about it. Ana Avendano,...
  • Holding Their Feet To The Fire (anti-amnesty demonstration in D.C.)

    04/18/2013 11:49:05 AM PDT · by OddLane · 11 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 18, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    Although the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon temporarily delayed its introduction in the U.S. Senate, much to the chagrin of Mexican journalist, i.e. hack, Jorge Ramos, the Gang of Eight has finally introduced their bill, which is just as bad as we anticipated it being. Below is an account of a New York ICE protest of the bill which occurred last week. Joanna Marzullo tells the tale of NY ICE members telling truth to well-funded, open borders demands after the jump.
  • Limbaugh Gives Rubio National Audience to Promote Amnesty

    04/18/2013 10:15:56 AM PDT · by Arm_Bears · 187 replies
    Why?
  • IF RUBIO'S AMNESTY IS SO GREAT, WHY IS HE LYING? ... Ann Coulter

    04/18/2013 12:15:14 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 44 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 17 April 2013 | Ann Coulter
    When Republicans start lying like Democrats, you can guess they are pushing an idea that's bad for America. During his William Ginsburg-like tour of the Sunday talk shows last weekend, Sen. Marco Rubio was the Mount Vesuvius of lies about his immigration bill. Here is how Rubio explained the powerful border-enforcing mechanism in his bill on "Fox News Sunday," which he denied was merely a meaningless goal: "Basically, Homeland Security will have five years to meet that goal. If after five years, Homeland Security has not met that number, it will trigger the Border Commission, who will then take over...
  • Immigration bill calls for slew of regulations, new bureaucracy [Office of Citizenship and New...

    04/18/2013 8:15:19 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Immigration bill calls for slew of regulations, new bureaucracy By Ben Goad and Kevin Bogardus - 04/18/13 05:00 AM ET The sweeping immigration reform bill unveiled Wednesday would bring a raft of new regulations and add more layers to the federal bureaucracy. The 844-page Senate bill calls for a dramatic expansion of the country’s worker verification system, an overhaul of visa programs and a new set of proposed regulations allowing undocumented workers to become “registered provisional immigrants.” The bill would establish penalty systems for employers and create protections for vulnerable immigrant workers in order to achieve the largest overhaul of...
  • Rep. Smith: Immigration Bill 'Worse Than We Thought,' Legalizes Relatives & Previously Deported

    04/17/2013 9:29:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 17, 2013 | Craig Bannister
    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said today that the Senate immigration bill is even worse than feared, since it legalizes illegals' relatives and even those previously deported: "It's hard to believe, but the Senate immigration bill is worse than we thought. Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty. The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty." Rep. Smith says the Senate immigration bill shreds current immigration laws: "And the Senate proposal offers amnesty to far more illegal immigrants than we thought. In...
  • Rep. Lamar Smith: Immigration Bill "Worse Than We Thought"

    04/17/2013 5:44:28 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 25 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 17, 2013 | Craig Bannister
    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said today that the Senate immigration bill is even worse than feared, since it legalizes illegals' relatives and even those previously deported: "It's hard to believe, but the Senate immigration bill is worse than we thought. Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty. The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty."
  • Lindsey Graham Tanks Among Republicans

    04/17/2013 8:14:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 4/17/13 | fitsnews
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s approval rating among Republican voters in South Carolina has plunged by fourteen points in just two months – evidence of growing dissatisfaction with his increasingly leftward ideological bent. According to the results of a new Winthrop University poll, Graham’s approval rating among GOP voters in the Palmetto State is 57.5 percent – down from 71.6 percent in February. “This drop corresponds to the entry of two vocal challengers, and discussion of a third, into the primary race against him,” the Winthrop pollsters note. It also comes on the heels of Graham’s high profile attack against fiscally...
  • Legal immigration balances economics with opportunity

    04/17/2013 4:16:17 PM PDT · by LiberTEAWatch · 7 replies
    Glenwood Springs Post Independent ^ | April 16, 2013 | James D. Kellogg
    The fate of 12 million illegal aliens estimated to be living in the United States is hotly debated in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the problem is a symptom of beltway politicians' failure to enforce immigration laws and modernize our legal immigration system. At this point, some form of legal status for many illegal residents is necessary for a practical solution. But every elected leader has an obligation to ensure America remains the land of opportunity. That means stopping the current tide of illegal entry and residency with improved border security and visa tracking. At the same time, we must reformulate and...
  • President Obama: Marco Rubio ‘positive force’ on immigration

    04/17/2013 1:54:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 17, 2013 | Katie Glueck
    President Barack Obama called Sen. Marco Rubio a “positive force” in the immigration debate and is “reasonably confident” that an immigration deal will be reached, he said in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with NBC’s “Today” show. “I think that he has been a very positive force,” he said of Rubio (R-Fla.), who is a member of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform team. Speaking with Savannah Guthrie from the White House, Obama continued, “As have all the senators who’ve been involved. … And my hope is not only that we … end up with an immigration bill that shows that we’re...
  • Immigration Bill Includes Protections for Families Broken Up by Deportation

    04/17/2013 1:40:07 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    ColorLines ^ | Wednesday, April 17 2013, | Seth Freed Wessler
    The comprehensive immigration reform bill, released early this morning by a group of eight Senators, both Republicans and Democrats, includes provisions to reunite families separated by immigration detention and deportation. It also includes provisions to keep U.S. citizen children of deported parents from languishing in foster care, a problem Colorlines has documented, and to protect deportees from losing parental rights. Since 2011, Colorlines.com has reported on the the fallout of immigration enforcement on families and children. An investigation we released in late 2011 found there are thousands of children stuck in foster care with deported parents. Data I obtained in...
  • Immigration bill bans racial profiling by federal law enforcement

    04/17/2013 1:21:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 17, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The immigration bill senators introduced Wednesday bans racial profiling by federal law enforcement officers in most routine encounters, such as traffic stops. Under current federal law and court precedents, racial discrimination is illegal — but there is no specific ban on racial profiling by federal officers. But buried inside the 844-page Senate immigration bill is a section specifically prohibiting the use of race or ethnicity as a factor in “routine or spontaneous law enforcement decisions, such as ordinary traffic stops.” Still, that language already represents a compromise. An earlier draft of the bill, reviewed by The Washington Times, had applied...
  • The Gang of Ocho’s huge border security loophole

    04/17/2013 11:31:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | April 17, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., produced a press release today claiming that his new “Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act” creates “six security trigger steps that must be met before any currently illegal immigrant is given access to a green card.” And it is true. His bill does create six such triggers. But it also creates a huge loophole that makes them entirely irrelevant. From the bill: (B) EXCEPTION.—The Secretary shall permit registered provisional immigrants to apply for an adjustment to lawful permanent resident status if — (i)(I) litigation or a force majeure has prevented one or more of...
  • [Rand] Paul says he is considering 2016 presidential bid

    04/17/2013 8:48:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 17, 2013 10:16 AM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, popular with conservatives and libertarians in the GOP, said Wednesday he is considering a presidential campaign in 2016 but will not make a decision before next year. Paul said at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that he wants to be part of the national debate and said that remaining open to a presidential bid would give him a broad audience on a number of policy issues. …
  • Rand Paul Defends Immigration Reform: 'I've Got A News Flash' For Coulter And Limbaugh

    04/17/2013 9:00:54 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 21, 2013 | Rand Paul
    Confronted with critical quotes from Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Thursday morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stood firm on his immigration reform stance and fired back at anyone who would try to question his resolve. After Paul explained his stance on border security, the conversation shifted to undocumented immigrants who are already in the country. Fox host Bill Hemmer said, "you know you're a ripe target for the word amnesty," and then played clips of what media figures like Coulter and Limbaugh have been saying about the senator since he indicated his openness to a "pathway to...
  • No, America Does Not Have “De Facto Amnesty”

    04/17/2013 8:46:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 22, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The most bizarre argument that advocates of amnesty are making is that we have “de facto amnesty” now. The argument goes that since we have de facto amnesty now, we should just have the real thing and get it over with. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have gone around repeating it. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) responded Thursday to critics on the right who say the immigration reform he supports will be catastrophic to the Republican Party and, more importantly, the country. “I’ve got a news flash for those who want to call people names on amnesty: What we have now...
  • Gang of Eight Bill Opens Door to Bigger Amnesty [A Frightening Prospect!]

    04/16/2013 10:38:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | April 16, 2013 | Fred Bauer
    Gang of Eight Bill Opens Door to Bigger Amnesty By Fred Bauer April 16, 2013 Over at Talking Points Memo, Benjy Sarlin has posted a legislative summary of the Gang of Eight immigration-reform proposal, which is due to be released by tomorrow. Assuming this summary draft is accurate, one thing is clear: This proposal truly lives up to the name of “comprehensive immigration reform.” It would be a far-ranging proposal, one that would substantially transform the immigration system of the United States. The major parts of the bill seem to include: a process for legalizing current illegal immigrants, a few...
  • Breaking! New Immigration Bill Gives 'MarcoPhone' to Immigrant Guest Workers

    04/17/2013 8:41:48 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 51 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Wednesday April 17, 2013
    According to the newly filed bill, immigrants who are allowed to enter the United States under a work visa, will be ‘granted’ a cellular phone. Move over “Obama phone,” we present the new ‘Hola, Como Estas?!’ MarcoPhone. Here is the actual mention of the free phones in the bill- SEC. 1107. ACCESS TO EMERGENCY PERSONNEL. (a) SOUTHWEST BORDER REGION EMERGENCY COM-MUNICATIONS GRANTS.— The Secretary, in consultation with the governors of the States in the Southwest Border region, shall establish a 2-year grant program, to be administered by the Secretary, to improve emergency communications in the Southwest ELIGIBILITY FOR GRANTS.—An individual...
  • **Looking for George W. Bush Quotes on Proposition #187 (vanity)**

    06/02/2002 5:07:26 PM PDT · by Sabertooth · 26 replies · 432+ views
    June 2nd, 2002 | Sabertooth
    I'm looking for quotes and links by George W. Bush regarding his opposition California's Proposition #187, which would have denied State tax-funded benefits to Illegal aliens. I'm interested in his quotes during the1994 campaign and afterward.
  • Marco Rubio, Steve King Square Off On Whether Boston Bombs Should Refocus Immigration Debate

    04/16/2013 8:32:58 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 36 replies
    Fox Latino ^ | April 16, 2013 | Elizabeth Llorente
    Rep. Steve King, one of the most vocal proponents in Congress for strict immigration enforcement, called on his colleagues to slow down on moving ahead with plans to overhaul the system in the aftermath of the Boston bombing. In an interview with The National Review, a conservative publication, King, a Republican from Iowa, said the reports that investigators were talking to a Saudi college student should prompt lawmakers to put a greater national security focus on immigration reform. The effort by King, as well as some conservative groups, to tie the bombing to immigration drew a rebuke by his fellow...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Statement on Release of Immigration Bill

    04/16/2013 3:48:03 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 22 replies
    Mike Lee ^ | Mike Lee
    Lee Statement on Release of Immigration Bill “As of this afternoon, senators have received only a set of talking points promoting the new immigration proposal. Once it has been released, I strongly encourage my colleagues to read the bill and then decide for themselves whether this reform will accomplish what proponents are promising. It is unfortunate that we have so little time to digest and evaluate such an expansive piece of legislation before we hold our initial committee hearing. As senators, it is our duty to read the bill and fully understand the impact it will have on our immigration...
  • Rasmussen poll: Border Security Hawks Aren't Racist, Most Americans Say

    04/16/2013 2:28:18 PM PDT · by AuntB · 21 replies
    Rasmussen/Thetowncrier ^ | April 16, 2013 | Rasmussen/Thetowncrier
    Sorry Grover Norquist! Sorry Cesar Conda and your phony little boss Marco Rubio and his gang of 8 henchmen who are using SPLC talking points against MOST AMERICAN CITIZENS to pass an amnesty for your corporate bosses! [snip] Immigration hawks worried about appearing racist can breathe a sigh of relief. Only 11 percent of U.S. voters think people who want to secure the border and prevent illegal immigration are racist, according to a poll released this week by Rasmussen Reports. (See the wording here.) The number was higher for liberals, with 22 percent saying they thought border security advocates were...
  • George Will: Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants Necessary to 'Sustain the Welfare State'

    04/15/2013 1:46:13 AM PDT · by Bratch · 57 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 14, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    On ABC's This Week Sunday, George Will made a comment about the need for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that is likely to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle. "As the baby boomers retire, and as the birthrate declines, we need something to replenish the workforce to sustain the welfare state" (video follows with transcript and commentary):*NOTE: Video at link* JONATHAN KARL, SUBSTITUTE HOST: George, right to you. You heard a debate among Republicans on immigration. Which side should the Republican Party come down on? GEORGE WILL: Every conservative sympathizes with what Jeff Sessions was saying...
  • ABC News: Support for Gun Checks Stays High; Two-Thirds Back a Path for Immigrants

    04/16/2013 12:43:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04/16/2013 | Gary Langer
    Support for a process providing legal status to undocumented immigrants reached a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while vast public backing for expanded background checks on gun sales held strong – two prominent issues coming to the fore in Congress.With a vote on gun control measures pending, 86 percent support extending background checks to gun sales at gun shows and online. Much smaller majorities support banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, 56 percent in each case, with the latter down from its peak, 65 percent in January, a month after the elementary school shootings in Newtown,...
  • Should Conservatives Seek an End to Immigration, in Order to Save the Republican Party?

    04/16/2013 10:52:43 AM PDT · by pinochet · 62 replies
    The key to giving Republicans a fighting chance to win the presidency, is to end immigration to America, which will permit the immigrants who are already in America to assimilate to American values. Asian voters supported Obama with higher percentages than Hispanics. Asians gave Obama 73 percent of their vote, while Hispanics gave Obama 71 percent of their vote. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-08/asian-voters-send-a-message-to-republicans.html I agree with Ann Coulter. More immigration will kill the Republican Party, and by extension, destroy American values and the American identity. The insane people at the Republican national committee, think that they can strengthen the Republican Party by importing...
  • After Boston, Congressman Urges Caution on Immigration Reform

    04/16/2013 12:10:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | April 16, 2013 | Robert Costa
    Representative Steve King of Iowa, a prominent House conservative, says Congress should be cautious about rushing immigration reform, especially after Monday’s bombing in Boston, where three people were killed. “Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King says. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.” On immigration, King says national security should be the focus now, and any talk about a path to legalization should be put on hold. “We...
  • Deportees Can Come Back Under Draft Immigration Bill

    04/16/2013 10:50:01 AM PDT · by AuntB · 31 replies
    National journal ^ | April 16, 2013 | FAWN Johnson
    Details about the much anticipated, bipartisan immigration proposal are starting to emerge even as the “Gang of Eight” senators who are drafting the immigration legislation cancelled their Tuesday press conference in response to the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Under the measure, immigrants who were in the United States before Dec. 31, 2011 and were deported for noncriminal reasons could return to the country with a provisional legal status if they a legal spouse or child in the country or if they qualify for the Dream Act This comes from a summary of the immigration bill slated to...
  • Gang of Eight's Proposal Will Make Obamacare Costs Soar

    04/16/2013 10:34:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 16, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    A little noticed provision of the Obama health law is likely to become a big roadblock to immigration reform. Obamacare makes legal immigrants eligible for subsidized private health plans on the exchanges, regardless of how recently they arrived. The Gang of Eight immigration plan — proposed by four Republican and four Democratic U.S. senators — is expected to double the number of legal immigrants coming into the country over the next decade. That would add at least $100 billion and possibly $200 billion to the cost of Obamacare health plan subsidies, depending on how many new arrivals don't get covered...
  • Marco Rubio’s chief of staff bloviates about immigration ‘enforcement triggers’

    04/16/2013 10:31:43 AM PDT · by AuntB · 10 replies
    Twitchy/Nothing but truth ^ | april 14, 2013 | Twitchy
    @SooperMexican Remember Obama want ZERO triggers. We have tough, multiple enforcement triggers.— (@CesarConda) April 14, 2013 “@SooperMexican: .@CesarConda it better be in the final bill.” If it is not, then my boss will not support it.— (@CesarConda) April 14, 2013 Cesar Conda, Sen. Marco Rubio’s chief of staff, talks a good game. E-Verify, an Entry-Exit system, border fence, border security. Wow! Alas, according to Mickey Kaus, the much-ballyhooed “triggers” don’t come into play until after illegal immigrants are given the ability to obtain legal status to live and work in the United States. If you read closely, you learn that...
  • GOP senator blasts ‘rush’ on immigration, demands hearings

    04/16/2013 9:09:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 16, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) blasted Democrats on Tuesday for scheduling only two hearings on the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. Sessions accused Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) of trying to rush the legislation to the Senate floor with “minimum public scrutiny.” “Chairman Leahy’s decision to now hold two hearings in two day — one on Friday, one on Monday — is only further proof of the majority’s desire to rush this bill,” Sessions said in an email to The Hill. “We are talking about legislation that will impact virtually every aspect of our society, reshape our entire immigration...
  • 12:30 Noon 4/16 PROTEST at Marco Rubio's office against amnesty for illegal immigrants

    04/16/2013 9:01:12 AM PDT · by Moseley · 7 replies
    Martin 9/12 Committee [Martin County, Florida] ^ | April 16, 2013 | Tea Party Patriots
    WHAT: Go to Senator Rubios's office with a sign or a flag (or both) and hold a sign-waving protest outside the office. Then deliver a letter inside. WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2013. TIME: Noon, local time. Senator Marco Rubio office 4580 PGA Blvd, Suite 201 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 Phone: (561) 775 3360 http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/ for more office locations in Florida On Tuesday, April 16, Tea Party Patriots is urging all of our members to join activists across the nation protesting the back-room deals that are voted on before anyone can read them. We're being told now that the Immigration...
  • Immigration Reform: The Truth Challenged and Useful Idiot Sen. Marco Rubio

    04/16/2013 6:17:45 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Immigration is back in the headlines this week. ABC News is reporting the senators from the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” are expected to unveil their comprehensive immigration bill, on Tuesday. Reportedly the bill is about 1,500 pages in length and “includes a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.” Like ObamaCare, it appears the bill will have to pass before anyone knows what is really in it. Meanwhile Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appeared on the Sunday talk shows to push the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. Let’s look at what Rubio said...
  • Chuck Schumer, John McCain sell immigration bill

    04/16/2013 6:17:31 AM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/16/13 | KATIE GLUECK
    Sens. Chuck Schumer and John McCain, writing in The Wall Street Journal, on Tuesday touted the immigration deal that the bipartisan Gang of Eight has reached. “Like all genuinely bipartisan efforts, this bill is a compromise,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) and McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote in the Journal. “It will not please everyone, and no one got everything they wanted. The legislation we introduce on Tuesday has more support than any past effort.” The two lawmakers are expected to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss their proposal, which includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the country and tougher...
  • Boston terror delays senate's immigration hearing, but not bill

    04/16/2013 5:50:12 AM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Big Government, Breitbart ^ | April 15, 2013 | Mathew Boyle
    The bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight” pushing immigration reform is moving ahead with its plan to roll out an approximately 1,500-page bill this week despite the bombings that rocked the Boston marathon on Monday. The bill reportedly grants amnesty to the at least 11 million illegal immigrants in America. “Millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States could earn a chance at citizenship under a sweeping Senate proposal to be released Tuesday that would represent the most ambitious overhaul of the nation's immigration system in three decades,” the Washington Post wrote in a breaking news alert late Monday night.
  • Businesses gear up for fight as immigration details leak

    04/16/2013 5:59:25 AM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | April 14, 2013 | Anna Palmer
    The business community has long supported the idea of immigration reform — particularly the high-tech sector and the construction industry, which badly need the workers. What they don’t support are some of the specifics leaking out on a new immigration reform proposal expected Tuesday from the Gang of Eight. Now, companies and trade groups — that have been pressuring the key Senate negotiators — are preparing to unleash their lobbying forces broadly on Capitol Hill in hopes of securing changes to the package. And that could spell trouble for the bill since any significant change to even a single element...
  • Dem Super PAC already attacking Republican “Gang of Eight” members for being too hard on illegals

    04/15/2013 7:35:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 15, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Even TPM seems incredulous. The left’s supposed to wait until after Republicans help pass amnesty to start shrieking that they’re Latino-hating racists who’ll never change. Enter American Bridge, a prominent Democratic super PAC devoted to tracking Republican candidates and gathering opposition research. The group is out with a dossier Monday entitled “Barriers to Reform: The anti-immigrant and extremist money blocking progress in the Senate.” The report singles out a handful of Republican senators for what it describes as “disturbing” anti-immigration rhetoric and notes donations they’ve received from individuals and foundations who have also funded border hawk groups like FAIR and...
  • Utah Chamber Of Commerce Leader Threatens Senators Hatch And Lee With Recall

    04/15/2013 1:04:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 18 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 12 April 2013 | Ronald W. Mortensen
    Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the powerful Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, threatened Republican Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee with recall if they don't bow to the Chamber's demands for immediate amnesty for illegal aliens and their employers.
  • Marco Rubio catches Potomac Fever [Amnesty]

    04/15/2013 12:23:37 PM PDT · by Moseley · 51 replies
    BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | April 15, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    It’s called Potomac Fever. Senator Marco Rubio – seduced by the establishment – is leading the charge for amnesty for illegal immigrants. Rubio took the April 14 Sunday news shows by storm. But the senator degenerated into pure political spin. First, Rubio claims that this plan is not amnesty, because trespassers have to “qualify.” How do they qualify? They fill out a form. And they have to continually steal a job from a U.S. citizen. They have to remain employed, while tens of millions of American citizens are out of work. They must pay taxes. But they can’t be turned...
  • Asking for Trust, Evading Verification

    04/15/2013 11:46:46 AM PDT · by AuntB · 2 replies
    Center for Imm Studies ^ | April 15, 2013 | Jerry Kammer
    A Chronology of Border Patrol and DHS Positions on Border Security Metrics In a March 26 breakfast meeting with Washington reporters, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Congress should not include border security metrics as a prerequisite or "trigger" in immigration reform legislation to grant legal status to about 11 million people living in the country illegally. "Relying on one thing as a so-called trigger is not the way to go", Napolitano said. "There needs to be certainty in the bill so that people know when they can legalize and then when a pathway to citizenship … would open up."...
  • Sowell: Immigration Sophistry

    04/15/2013 11:40:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 16, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Most laws are meant to stop people from doing something, and to penalize those who disregard those laws. More generally, laws are meant to protect the society from the law breakers. But our immigration laws are different. Here the whole focus is on the "plight" of those who have broken the laws, and on what can be done to lift the stigma and ease the pressures they feel, so that they can "come out of the shadows" and "normalize" their lives. Merely using the word "illegal" to describe their breaking the law is considered to be a sign of mean-spiritedness,...
  • Paul's Story (An Immigrant Speaks Out Against Amnesty)

    04/15/2013 10:25:46 AM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 15, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    The depressingly familiar “debate” we’re having over the aptly named Gang of Eight’s amnesty plan has covered a lot of territory, most of it found within well-maintained Potemkin villages created by a barely credible fourth estate. We, along with others of a similar disposition, have already explained the stupendous innumeracy-to say nothing of intellectual bankruptcy-of the Republican Party’s volte-face on illegal immigration. In the future, we’ll explore how the open borders left has succeeded in framing this debate, which-as Mark Steyn points out-consists to a large degree of ruling contrary opinions-or even established facts which contradict their dogma-illegitimate. Today we’d...
  • A look deep inside the Gang of Eight bill — and how they’ll sell immigration reform to conservative

    04/15/2013 10:17:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/15/2013 | Byron York
    Republican members of the Gang of Eight know they’ll have a tough time selling comprehensive immigration reform to a significant number of conservatives. Of course some in the GOP are still panicked by last November’s election results and will be inclined to sign on to almost any deal. But many of the more conservative Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill will have to be convinced that the Gang’s proposal is an acceptable way to go. It won’t be easy. Starting this week, with the release of the bill, the Gang will launch an extensive public information campaign — lots of press...
  • Barletta's Battle to Halt Illegal Immigration

    04/15/2013 8:40:24 AM PDT · by AuntB · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 13, 2013 | Jonathan Strong
    At a closed-door GOP Conference meeting April 10, Rep. Lou Barletta went up to the microphones for the first time since he was elected to Congress in 2010. The Pennsylvania Republican told colleagues about his unique experience as a mayor trying to deal with increased crime and strains on city services as the population of Hazleton, Pa., swelled by 50 percent because of an influx of illegal immigrants. “The emergency room in the hospital, the wait time began to increase to six, seven, eight hours. If you follow illegal immigration this is not uncommon because illegal immigrants will use the...
  • Establishment Showers Praise on Rubio on Sunday Shows

    04/15/2013 4:46:38 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Breitbart News
    Sen. Marco Rubio, elected to Congress in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party support, earned praise Sunday from prominent members of the Republican establishment for leading the party toward support for immigration reform. David Brooks, the New York Times' resident conservative, called Rubio "heroic" on NBC's Meet the Press, while former George W. Bush aide Karl Rove praised Rubio's leadership on Fox News Channel's Fox News Sunday. While some inside-the-Beltway Republican stalwarts appear to approve of Rubio's gambit, others are more skeptical. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has led opposition to Rubio and his "Gang of Eight," while conservative activists...
  • Marco Rubio’s Amnesty Pitch: From the Predictable to the Ridiculous

    04/15/2013 7:09:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/15/2013 | Mark Kirkorian
    This past Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union program, Senator Rubio complained to Candy Crowley that “everyone’s focused on passing these laws that have proven ineffective and will prove ineffective in the future.”He wasn’t talking about immigration then, but about guns. On immigration, he was the one making the argument for “passing these laws that have proven ineffective and will prove ineffective in the future.”Rubio on Sunday managed a “Full Ginsburg” — appearing on all five Sunday talk shows on the same day. In fact, he established a new benchmark, perhaps from now on to be called the “Full Rubio,”...
  • Do you agree with Rubio that the "immigration" plan isn't amnesty?

    04/15/2013 7:04:37 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 41 replies
    4/15/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    This "immigration bill" (why not call it what it is a so-called attempt to deal with ILLEGAL immigration) not just an immigration plan - why do they leave the WORD illegal out - supposedly has some key components: 1.) Penalties. 2.) Back to the end of the line. 3.) Illegals cannot get gov't handouts (food stamps, etc). I thought that for all these years they weren't eligible, weren't receiving them an/or they never did in the first place... 4.) An E-Verify system. Big Problem though...where is the simultaneously offered strong border control component(s), with many more border control agents, strong...
  • A Gang of Six Plots a Revolt {on immigration}

    04/15/2013 4:43:05 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | Bob Costa
    King and his crew are not driving the negotiations, and they increasingly feel like outsiders within their own party. “The meetings of the Gang of Eight and the secret meetings in the House of Representatives — the people who have been standing up for the Constitution and the rule of law haven’t been invited to those meetings,” King tells the assembled group of reporters. The other huddlers — Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Lou Barletta (Pa.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), and Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) — nod and grimace. “We’ve got all the rich guys and the elitists talking to each...
  • Points system in bill would reward and select immigrants

    04/14/2013 7:45:15 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 14, 2013 | By David Eldridge and Stephen Dinan -
    Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said his plan would make illegal immigrants wait years to gain citizenship. Republican leaders are counting on Mr. Rubio to sell the plan to skeptical conservatives. “This is not amnesty. Amnesty is the forgiveness of something,” Mr. Rubio said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re going to create an alternative that says, ‘OK, you want to stay here, you’ll have to wait more than 10 years, you’ll have to pay this fine, you’ll have to pay your registration fee, you’ll have to be gainfully employed, you won’t qualify for any federal benefits, and then after all...