May 24

Speaker Boehner: House Prefers Its Own Immigration Bill

House Speaker John A. Boehner on  Thursday flatly ruled out chances of the House passing the Senate’s  immigration bill, saying his chamber will debate its own bill instead.

The Ohio Republican and his top lieutenants in the party issued a joint  statement that seemed designed to tamp down some of the momentum behind the Senate bill, which emerged from a committee on a  bipartisan 13-5 vote this week, and to stake out a House GOP  position. 

“While we applaud the progress made by our Senate colleagues, there are numerous ways in which  the House will approach the issue differently,” the Republican leaders said in  their statement. “The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration  system, but we will not simply take up and accept the bill that is emerging in  the Senate if it passes. Rather, through regular  order, the House will work its will and produce its own legislation.”

Read more at the Washington Times

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May 23

Poll: Americans Want Border Security First

A Fox News national poll found that 73 percent of voters want border security before any other changes in immigration policy. The Senate’s immigration “reform” bill only offers plans and recommendations for border security before granting amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens.  

Read more at FoxNews.com.

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May 23

Union Officials: Senate Bill Can’t Prevent Fraud

Two immigration enforcement union heads say that the Senate immigration bill will not be able to screen out fraudulent applications by illegal aliens. Kenneth Palinkas, president of the union representing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement union head Chris Crane both maintained that the agencies whose employees they represent simply don’t have the manpower and resources to give adequate attention to the applications of 11 million illegal aliens seeking amnesty. The result will be widespread fraud.

Read more at The Daily Caller.

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May 22

Amnesty Bill Approved by Committee, Moves to Full Senate for Vote

A far-reaching bill to remake the nation’s immigration system is headed to the full Senate, where tough battles are brewing on gay marriage, border security and other contentious issues, with the outcome impossible to predict.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure 13-5 Tuesday night, setting up an epic showdown on the Senate floor after Congress’ Memorial Day recess. The legislation is one of President Barack Obama’s top domestic priorities – yet it also gives the Republican Party a chance to recast itself as more appealing to minorities.

Read more at AP

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May 22

Senators Okay Welfare for Amnestied Illegal Aliens

The SenateJudiciary  Committee voted Monday to allow illegal immigrants who get legal status to  begin collecting tax-welfare payments, as the panel spent a fourth day working  through amendments to the massive immigration bill and party-line splits began  to emerge.

In one major change, the committee  voted 17-1 to make a third drunken-driving conviction a deportable offense for  the newly legalized immigrants if at least one of those offenses occurs after  they are approved for legal status.

Read more at the Washington Times

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May 21

Conservative Groups Stand against Amnesty

A coalition of prominment conservatives, a total of 150 groups and individuals, expressed opposition to the immigration “reform” bill now moving through the Senate. Among the signers were radio host Mark Levin, activist and commentator Phyllis Schlafly, former congressman Allen West, and co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, Jenny Beth Martin.  

Read more at The Washington Post.

 

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May 21

Senate Committee Pushes Bill to Passage

The Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing the Senate immigration “reform” bill to passage as quickly as possible, probably by the end of the week. The committee voted down amendments to ensure that the bill would bring effective enforcement of immigration law. The full Senate probably will consider the legislation in early June. 

Read more at Politico.

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May 20

Tech Billionaires Seek to Hire Foreigners, Lay Off American Workers

The technology industry got much of what it wanted in a bill that overhauls federal immigration law.

But in the give-and-take of political bargaining, the legislation emerged with some provisions the industry considers unappealing. Now its lobbyists are feverishly working to get rid of them.

Whether it gets its way could shape, in part, the fate of the overall package — and with it, the fate of millions of migrants to this country.

The industry achieved its main goals in the draft Senate bill: an easing of the green card process and an expansion of the number of skilled guest worker visas. That draft, though, includes language that it considers excessive regulatory oversight of when a company can hire a temporary foreign worker and lay off an existing American worker.

 

Read more at The New York Times

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May 20

Ad Campaign Peddles Deception

An organization called “Americans for a Conservative Direction” is spending one million dollars to air a pro-amnesty TV ad in Texas, Florida, and Kentucky. The organization is an offshoot of Mark Zuckerberg’s political action group, FWD. Zuckerberg, a billionaire, is the founder of Facebook.

Fact Check: There is little about this organization or its ad that is either conservative or factual. One of the five board members of the organization is former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour who once lobbied for the Mexican government on behalf of Mexican illegal aliens and amnesty. Barbour tried to deny this charge, but documents of his firm clearly show otherwise. (Los Angeles Times 3/23/11 article by Melanie Mason and Maeve Reston).

It is hard to see what is conservative—or indeed patriotic—about working for a foreign government to reward its citizens for lawbreaking.

The ad itself features Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) making all kinds of claims about the Senate amnesty bill put together by the bi-partisan “Gang of Eight,” of which Rubio is a member. The announcer, referring to the gang members, says “conservative leaders” have a plan. To describe Democrat members, such as Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer, is a stretch to say the least. And Republican members such as John McCain and Lindsay Graham are hardly conservative on immigration.

The announcer then goes on to say that the Gang plan has “the toughest immigration enforcement measures in the history of the United States” and calls the plan “border enforcement on steroids.” Anyone who reads the bill knows these claims are absurd. Illegal aliens can start applying for legal status as soon as DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano submits a plan for border control. And what if the plan doesn’t work after five years? Then a Southern Border Security Commission would have authority to make recommendations. That’s it. All paper, no teeth.

Of course any plan serious about border control would demand proven effective enforcement before amnesty applications, and this is exactly what some senators tried to do with an amendment. That, however, was voted down. Voting against it were Republican “conservative” gang members Lindsay Graham and Jeff Flake.

Also the bill allows some of the deported relatives of resident illegal aliens to come back to the U.S. and apply for legal status. No legislation in the past has allowed such a benefit for those who have broken our laws. So much for the “toughest” bill in our history.

Rubio further claims in the ad that illegal alien applicants would have to undergo background checks. But history is any guide, overworked immigration authorities will have little time to do much checking, and fraud would abound as it did among applicants for the 1986 amnesty.

Applicants would have to pay fines, as Rubio says, but only a wrist slap initial sum of $500 and another $500 over the next six years. Applying for permanent residence and citizenship after that would cost $1,000. Still, the bill offers significant exemptions for paying these fees. And it also allocates $150 million to illegal alien advocacy groups for them to assist the amnesty. Some of that may go for paying the fees.

Something completely false claimed by Rubio is that applicant cannot be receiving public assistance. In fact, they can keep on getting what they’re getting. And as they gain legal status and eventual citizenship they will have more opportunities to receive benefits.

This advertisement is simply an attempt to delude conservatives and others who are skeptical of amnesty. Purely and simply, it is deception on steroids.

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May 20

Amnesty Bill Would Legalize Thousands of Criminal Illegal Aliens

The eligibility criteria established for the Schumer-Rubio amnesty, S.744, are so generous that 45 percent of the criminal aliens in ICE’s recent caseload would qualify for legal status, according to the Center for Immigration Studies’ examination of ICE records. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants with criminal convictions, and tens of thousands of aliens with arrests on top of serious immigration violations would be legalized under the provisions of the Gang of Eight bill. The proposed amnesty would significantly curtail ICE efforts to expel immigrants who have been a threat to public safety in American communities, including gang members, drunk drivers, and other offenders considered non-serious by the bill’s proponents.

Read more at CIS

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