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Big Government Dysfunctional Amnesty Week

Big Government Dysfunctional Amnesty Week

While you were watching the Obama Scandals and the NSA leaks, Harry Reid was moving the Gang of 8 immigration bill to a vote.

The Gang of 8 got a big boost when Sen. Kelly Ayote endorsed the bill this weekend.

But hope is not lost. From Byron York, On immigration, an opposition strategy emerges: Hold Gang to its own words:

Opponents of the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill have focused on a multitude of weaknesses in the legislation. Its border security triggers are ineffective, they say. Same for its internal enforcement provisions. It would allegedly lower wages for low-skill American workers. It would reward immigrants for the act of coming to the United States illegally. And so on.

But with the Senate scheduled to take up debate on the Gang bill Tuesday, a new opposition strategy is emerging: to expose the weaknesses of the bill by holding Gang members to account for their own words. In countless public statements, Gang members have touted the “tough” measures in the bill. But it’s common knowledge among opponents that several of the purportedly tough provisions are weakened by waivers and exceptions. What if opponents came up with amendments that hewed closely to the Gang members’ statements of purpose — but took out the waivers and exceptions and replaced them with tight requirements? What would happen then?

Sen. Mike Lee called the Gang of 8 Bill “big government dysfunction“:

We are being presented with a choice between the Gang bill, or nothing.

Common sense, recent history, and the ongoing legislative process of the House of Representatives confirms that is a false choice.

There is another way, a more sensible and successful way.

We can do better than another thousand-page mistake. Haven’t we learned our lesson? Isn’t it time we tried?

Rather than fix our current immigration problems, the Gang of Eight bill will make many of them worse. It is not immigration reform. It is big government dysfunction.

All advocates of true immigration reform – on the left and the right – should oppose it.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been stellar on opposing the Gang of 8 bill, writes in an Op-Ed today, Sen. Sessions on immigration bill’s broken promises:

The so-called Gang of Eight immigration plan now being considered by the Senate fails to live up to every major promise made by its sponsors. Far from improving the immigration system, their 1,000-page proposal would exacerbate many of its flaws. It would dangerously undermine future enforcement while imposing substantial burdens on taxpayers and taking jobs and pay from U.S. workers.

Indeed, the two unions representing our nation’s immigration and customs officers and those who process immigration applications have strongly urged opposition.

The sponsors’ promise of enforcement first was broken when lead sponsor Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared: “First, people will be legalized…. Then we’ll make sure the border is secure.” About 11 million immigrants who are here illegally — which includes 4 million who have overstayed their visas — would receive work permits, Social Security numbers and access to state and local benefits within six months of passage. The Department of Homeland Security merely has to submit a border plan, not accomplish that plan. Those legalized will then be free to compete for jobs at a time of low wages and high unemployment. It’s amnesty first, not enforcement first.

Update: Rubio: Legalization Will Come Before Border Security


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Anybody who trusts the federal government…including the bureaucratic state…to do what is promised is in need of a brain transplant.

Freddie Sykes | June 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

OMG! Someone has actually read the Gang of Eight bill and gives Section and Paragraph of what she thinks is wrong with it.

The permanent money streams flowing to unaccountable community groups reminds me of a throwback to Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall. This was already established in the Unaffordable Health Care Act and now they are doubling down with this “emergency” immigration act.

GINNI THOMAS: Six big problems with the immigration bill from someone who has actually read it

    It gets even worse!

    While the IRS is spending taxpayer funds to suppress conservative groups, the HHS is giving taxpayer funds to “progressive” community organizations/organizers! On top of that,

    The Senate immigration bill includes the same misuse of community organizations. Sections 2106, 2534, 2535 and 2536 fund community organizations to educate immigrants about citizenship. This started in 2009, and a past recipient is the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, which claims to “build political power through citizenship drives and voter registration.” [emphasis added]

    [Source: Betsy McCaughey, Democrat, former Lieutenant Governor of New York, author of Beating Obamacare, and fellow at the “conservative” Manhattan Institute and Hudson Institute think tanks, writing in Investors Business Daily, May 15, 2013, page 13 — online here.)

Henry Hawkins | June 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

Marco… Rube-sy, baby… you’re a knucklehead.

Americans need to be fruitful and multiply. They need to subdue their land. With the schools having failed to teach the terms and circumstances of reality, that responsibility has now returned to the parents.

Staggering stupidity and bad timing to sign on to this bill right now. Only the GOP could be this stupid.

The GOP position should be an indefinite hold on all major “comprehensive” legislation until these various scandals are sorted out. The scandals all have in common mismanagement and corruption issue related to over-sized government. This is an ideal opportunity to reinforce conservative principles and kill a bad bill while tying it into Obama and in a larger sense the very basis of liberal big government.

Instead a sizable contingent in the GOP are abrogating conservative principles AND rescuing Obama at a moment when they could have him reeling on the ropes. Meanwhile, Rubio is proving himself a frantic liar as he spins the legalization issue this way and that for whatever audience he’s facing at the moment.

Uncle Samuel | June 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Here is a detailed run-down on S744 – the Amnesty Bill – giving 40 reasons to oppose it:

Here is an Immigration expert who opposes S744 –

Here is a great quote re: 1000+ page monster bills:
“A 1,000 page bill is not meant to be read. Indeed, it is not even meant to be enforced. It’s a cipher to accomplish other things.”
(Chris Bolts, Sr. comment)

Uncle Samuel | June 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I’ve written my Senator – have you?

    RWGinger in reply to Uncle Samuel. | June 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Good doe you!
    My 2 Senators are working to make sure this bill does not pass as written( Cornyn and Cruz)

    So I wrote to Kelly Ayotte to urge her to look more closely into the bill. I listed only 3 problems that will cost us, taxpayers, huge amounts.

    I urge everyone to write the GOP Senators who are voting for this

Midwest Rhino | June 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Rubio keeps offering the false choice between what he calls the current status, “de facto amnesty”, and their new improved amnesty.

Replacing America’s foundation seems at the heart of every open borders plan, seeking to import third world socialism, and replacing the American dream of self reliance and rugged individualism.

The guys at V-Dare have some good points on what the Big Gov Gang really want. Tea party types are enemies DC statist dreams.

Perhaps the response to open borders America should be defining amnesty as an “ethnic cleansing” of traditional America. The “occupiers” have invaded, and demand we surrender to them … Congress sides with the invaders, largely based on race.

“Amnestied invaders and their relatives will enjoy Affirmative Action at all skill and educational levels (even South Asians are eligible), along with American blacks. The white American working class will be discriminated against throughout the job market.”

Henry Hawkins | June 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Like Stimulus and Obamacare, it’s a big, bad bill on its merits, regardless of politics. The Gang of Eight is Eddie Haskell (Schumer) talking the Beaver (Rubio) into going in together on a new bicycle. Eddie gets the new bike first, while the Beaver gets his turn and Eddie’s half of the money, uh… later.

I’ve already sent faxes and made calls to my congress critters regarding this. And yes, I agree that the best course of action is to simply enforce what is already on the books regarding immigration policy.

If this passes we can safely assume that we learned nothing of the last attempt at immigration “reform.”

This is all about votes, not about fair play as that playing field is already tilted not in our favor…

Uncle Samuel | June 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Pajamas Media:Rubio Speaks with Forked Tongue on Immigration Reform

Heard this before regarding Rubio.

Juba Doobai! | June 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm

This weekend somebody told Kelly Ayotte she looks presidential.

I guess she believes it.

BannedbytheGuardian | June 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Brave 7 year old boy called Marco survives capsized boat & his mother drowning to swim 93 miles to Florida shores.

This stylish boy showed impressive fortitude & flair. When asked how he did it , Marco replied – I just set myself on 220 sets of the individual medley 100 mtrs of butterfly then 100 metres of Backstroke then 100 metres of breastroke & then a 100 metres of freestyle .

Not surprising Marco rose through the Florida assembly to be Speaker. He got the story.

Rubio – the champion Cuban Refugee.

Rubio has proven himself a bald-faced LIAR and unfit for the job he has already, much less any higher office.

House Republicans have a daunting task to stop this monstrosity. Fortunately, some help from the unions may make Democrats think twice about jumping on the bandwagon. About time unions did something positive, at least 70 years overdue.

Uncle Samuel | June 11, 2013 at 3:29 am

It gets worse – Rubio says: Legalization first, then border control:

Yeah sure – look what they did to Reagan. The borders were never secured.

Nope – those who make big money on drugs, porn, sex-trafficking, etc. don’t want the border closed – ever. And corrupt politicians take their dirty money to keep them open.

Rubio, you’re making yourself into a real Boehner.