Apr 17

Facebook Billionaire Gets Special Break in Amnesty Legislation

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg generated international attention last week for his entry into Washington politics. In launching a new political group, he positioned himself as a leading advocate to help aspiring entrepreneurs and other ambitious immigrants achieve the American dream.

Yet behind the scenes on Capitol Hill, Facebook lobbyists were engaged in another form of politics: pressing to insert a few new words helpful to Facebook’s business interests into a sprawling legislative proposal….

The payoff on the immigration provision could be substantial, allowing Facebook and other technology companies to avoid a requirement that they make a “good-faith” effort to recruit Americans for jobs before hiring from overseas. Facebook could also sidestep proposed rules that would force it to pay much higher wages to many foreign workers.

Read more at The Washington Post

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Apr 17

Senator: Border Security Weak in Forthcoming Immigration/Amnesty Bill

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said the border-security requirements in  legislation drafted by the Senate’s Gang of Eight appear weaker than those  included in the 2007 immigration reform legislation that failed.
Sessions  attended a briefing on the bill Monday evening by the Republican members of the  Gang of Eight.

 “I’m not going to quote what they said in there  but how the trigger works and the way it would be effected in some ways appears  weaker than the one in 2007,” he said.
Read more at The Hill

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Apr 17

Sen. Sessions Blasts Immigration Bill Secrecy, Wants More Hearings

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 system, introduce at least 30 million new foreign workers into the  economy, and directly impact every single American worker and taxpayer.”

Read more at The Hill

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Apr 17

Amnesty Bill Would Allow Deported Illegals to Return to U.S.

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 ….

But the “gang” also was clearly listening to Democrats and immigration advocates who have been ardently protesting the family separations that result from President Obama’s deportation policies. Allowing deportees to return to the country would put a salve on the wounds of families whose parents or spouses have already been deported but who would have qualified for legal status if they hadn’t been unlucky enough to get noticed by immigration authorities.

Read more at the National Journal


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Apr 17

Outline of Amnesty Bill Released by Senators

Millions of illegal immigrants would be put on a pathway to legal status and  eventually have the chance to apply for citizenship in exchange for paying fines  and taxes, under the terms of the immigration overhaul being unveiled this week.

According to an outline of the bill released to Fox News late Monday night,  the massive legalization program would be twinned with a multibillion-dollar  effort to boost border security.

It would require the Homeland Security Department to create and launch plans  for border security and fencing before illegal immigrants can enter a  provisional status. This could happen as early as six months after enactment of  the bill.

Read more at Fox News

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Apr 16

Rubio Says Amnesty Bill Isn’t an Amnesty

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), said that the Senate amnesty bill and he and his fellow “Gang of Eight” senators propose is not an amnesty because “Amnesty is the forgiveness of something.” Nevertheless, the bill proposes to forgive illegal aliens of their lawbreaking by granting them legal status and a pathway to citizenship. The bill would require them to meet certain conditions for legalization, but so did the 1986 amnesty which everyone conceded was an amnesty. 

 Read more at U.S News and World Report.

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Apr 16

The IRS Allows Illegal Aliens to Cheat on Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows illegal aliens to get away with cheating on two programs, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). A Treasury Department study found that the IRS paid $4.2 billion in ACTC refunds to illegal aliens in 2010. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) has introduced legislation to stop this fraud.      

Read more at The Washington Times.

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Apr 15

Schumer and Fellow Gangsters Plot Deception

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a leading member of the Senate pro-amnesty “Gang of Eight,” made the following pitch to NBC News to promote the amnesty legislation that he and the other members have drafted: “First, people will be legalized . . . Then we will make sure the border is secure . . . . I think most of the American people will agree with that.

Fact Check: In reality, most Americans don’t believe promises from Schumer and other politicians that the border would be secured after passage of amnesty. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll, 53 percent said it was unlikely that promises would be kept to control the border. Only 38 percent believed that it would happen.

The skepticism of more than half the people is quite justified, especially in light of what happened after passage of the first and largest amnesty of illegal aliens in 1986. That legislation specifically was a deal: legal status and a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens in exchange for effective immigration law enforcement. The latter promise was never kept.

There was another broken promise too. Said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX): “In fact, a compromise was agreed to back in 1986. [It] was a solemn vow that we would bring up amnesty one time, once, and only once, and there would be no more amnesty.” Congressional Record, H 8632, 10/2/90.

One who went back on both of these pledges was none other than Chuck Schumer, who served in the House in 1986. Now he promises enforcement again, even as he advocates yet another mass legalization of illegal aliens.

And further indication of Schumer’s essential dishonesty is the content of the “Gang of Eight’s amnesty proposal. As an article in The New York Times 4/10/13 observed, “[I]n a delicate compromise worked out over weeks of negotiations, the bill does not impose any specific measurements of border enforcement results that, if they were not met, would stop the immigrants from proceeding to citizenship.”

Thus it appears that Schumer’s current promise—and that of his fellow gangsters as well—is just so much deception to hoodwink overly trusting Americans. No doubt they figure that if such hoodwinking worked once, it can work again.

The best way to defeat this deception is simply to reject the premise that we must make some kind of deal in order to have our laws enforced. If we are truly a nation under law, we simply should enforce our laws, period. And also, as a nation ruled by law, we categorically should reject amnesty, a policy which undermines law by rewarding lawbreakers.         




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Apr 15

Amnesty Talk Spurs Border Crossing Rush by Illegals

The debate in Washington on immigration  reform has had no political impact, but the debate is having a major impact on  south Texas, 1200 WOAI news reports.

Officials say the number of people  entering the U.S. illegally is way up and, tragically, the number of  undocumented immigrants who have been found dead in the unforgiving Texas Brush  Country is way up, and is on path this year to beat last year’s record for the  number of people found dead in the ranch country.

Linda Vickers, who owns a ranch in  Brooks County, which is Ground Zero for the immigration debate, pins the blame  directly on talk of ‘amnesty’ and a ‘path to citizenship’ for people who entered  the U.S. illegally.

Read more at WOAI radio

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Apr 15

Report: Amnesty Bill Will Increase Mass Immigration to U.S.

While much of the debate over immigration has focused on the fate of the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. without legal authorization, one of the biggest immediate impacts of the reform bill being prepared in the Senate would be a sudden, large surge in legal migration.

The U.S. admits about 1 million legal immigrants per year, more than any other country. That number could jump by more than 50% over the next decade under the terms of the immigration reform bill that a bipartisan group of senators expects to unveil as early as Tuesday. The impact would be felt nationwide, but areas that already have large immigrant communities would probably see much of the increase.

The immigration package includes at least four major provisions that would increase the number of legal immigrants, according to people familiar with it. Some of the parts could generate as much controversy as the provisions dealing with those who enter the country illegally or overstay their visas, according to those with long experience of the politics of immigration.

Read more at the L.A. Times.

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