Apr 22

Heritage Foundation: Amnesty Imposes Tax Burdens on U.S.

Now that the “Gang of Eight” has introduced a comprehensive immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, the cost to taxpayers of implementing amnesty for an estimated 11 million unlawful immigrants has come into focus.

The core problem with amnesty is clear: It encourages more unlawful immigration in hopes of future amnesties, and it treats unlawful immigrants more favorably than more than 4 million law-abiding people who wait outside our borders, following the rules, for their chance to come to contribute to the economic and social well-being of America.

A properly structured lawful immigration system would help our economy. This is why Heritage and conservatives have long argued for reforming the legal immigration system to make the process more efficient, more merit-based. We need an immigration process that attracts high-skilled workers and encourages patriotic assimilation to unite new immigrants with America’s vibrant civil society.

Amnesty for unlawful immigrants is totally different. Amnesty would impose significant tax burdens on Americans that are completely unnecessary to capture the positive economics that would be associated with a properly reformed lawful immigration system.

Read more at the Heritage Foundation

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Apr 19

Conservative Opposition to Amnesty Grows

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is failing to win over conservatives with his pitch for amnesty. Conservative opposition to amnesty appears to be growing. One indication was rejection of Rubio’s appeal by talk show host Mark Levin. Said Levin, “Count me out: the border is NOT secured and Obama cannot be trusted, period.”

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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Apr 19

Amnesty Bill Allows Feds to Permit Deported Aliens to Return to U.S.

The Senate’s pending  immigration bill includes roughly 400 exemptions, exceptions, waivers,  determinations and grants of discretion.

The bill’s complexity is forcing opponents and supporters to comb through its  844 pages before they can declare their conditional support or opposition to the  high-stakes measure.

“WAIVER.—The Secretary, in the Secretary’s sole and unreviewable discretion,  may waive the application of subparagraph (A) on behalf of an alien,” says one  passage on page 71 of the complex document.

The prospective beneficiary of that discretion by a political appointee,  according to the bill, is “an alien who departed from the United States while  subject to an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal.”

The document mentions “discretion” or “discretionary” 41 times.

Read more at the Daily Caller

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Apr 19

Boston Bomber Could Have Been Deported After 2009 Conviction

One of the Chechen terrorists who carried out the Boston Marathon bombings could have been deported years ago after a criminal conviction and the other was granted American citizenship on the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old killed in a wild shootout with police, was a legal U.S. resident who nevertheless could have been removed from the country after a 2009 domestic violence conviction, according to a Judicial Watch source. That means the Obama administration missed an opportunity to deport Tsarnaev but evidently didn’t feel he represented a big enough threat.

Read more at Judicial Watch

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Apr 19

Meet Braves’ Pitcher John Rocker at AIC Foundation Reception in Atlanta

Come Meet Former Atlanta Braves’ Pitcher John Rocker!

Vivian DuBose, Mark Wingate, and former Atlanta’s Braves’ pitcher John Rocker invite you to a reception for the benefit of the American Immigration Control Foundation, featuring remarks by Phil Kent, AIC Foundation national spokesman and panelist on WAGA TV’s The Georgia Gang on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Capital Grille, 255 East Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta, Georgia.  $100 per guest. Please RSVP to Patti Peach at her email address: pattipeach@mindspring.com.

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Apr 19

Boston Bomber Suspects Are Immigrants From Chechnya

Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist.

Body: The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars. A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who had been living in Cambridge, just outside Boston, and said he “may be armed and dangerous.”

Two law enforcement officials told the AP that Tsarnaev and the other suspect, who was not immediately identified, had been living legally in the U.S. for at least one year.

Read more at the Salisbury Post

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Apr 19

Amnesty Bill Gives Employers $3,000 Incentive to Hire Foreign Workers

Under the immigration reform bill, some employers would have an incentive of  up to $3,000 per year to hire a newly legalized immigrant over a U.S.  citizen.

In avoiding one controversy — the cost of providing millions of newly  legalized immigrants with ObamaCare subsidies — the Senate “Gang of Eight” may  have risked walking into another.

The bipartisan legislation released Wednesday dictates that those granted  provisional legal immigrant status would be treated the same as those “not  lawfully present” are treated under the 2010 health law.

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Apr 19

Amnesty Bill Provides $50 Million for Legal Aid to Illegal Aliens

The Senate’s Gang of Eight immigration bill offers $50 million in  taxpayer-funded assistance to help illegal immigrants file for the multi-stage  amnesty offered by the controversial bill.

The proposed spending is intended to help illegals get “registered  provisional immigration status,” which is the first stage of the legalization  process.

The money can be given to activist groups to support immigrants who need help “completing applications and petitions, including providing assistance in  obtaining the requisite documents and supporting evidence … applying for any  waivers for which applicants and qualifying family members may be eligible,” according to Section 2106, beginning on page 131 of the complex 844-page  bill.

Read more at the Daily Caller

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Apr 19

Removals of Illegal Aliens Decline 40 Percent Under Obama

…In her testimony on April 8, Vaughan noted that, contrary to the administration’s claims, the number of illegal-immigrant removals has dropped 40 percent since June 2011, when ICE director John Morton issued the first of several directives outlining significant changes to the agency’s enforcement policies. “There has been a significant decline in enforcement activity as measured by the number of removals,” Vaughan says….

Read more at National Review

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Apr 19

Bomb Suspects Are Immigrants With Legal Permanent Residency Granted by U.S.

With a bomb strapped to his chest, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed early Friday after he and his accomplice robbed a 7-Eleven, shot a police officer to death, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives out the window in an extraordinary firefight with law enforcement, authorities told NBC News.

The second suspect — the one in the white hat in photos released by the FBI — was on the loose, and police ordered people in the Boston suburb of Watertown to stay in their homes and businesses not to open. Boston shut down its buses and subway system for the hunt.

The suspects are Chechen brothers with the last name Tsarnaev, law enforcement officials told NBC News. The suspect at large, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, is 19 and has a Massachusetts driver’s license, they said. Law enforcement officials told NBC News that both men are legal permanent residents of the United States, had been here about a year and had military experience.

Read more at NBC News

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