Did Boehner Make a Backroom Amnesty Deal?
Jan. 15, 2014
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has apparently reached a backroom deal with amnesty supporters, big labor, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to pass a law that would give legal status to illegal alien workers without giving them full citizenship---YET.
The House leadership plans not to call this amnesty. They will likely wait and submit the bill after the primary qualifying deadline so incumbents won’t face opposition by Tea Party challengers.
If Boehner gets this accomplished it is only a matter of time before there is a move to grant the legalized workers a full amnesty and citizenship.
Call Speaker Boehner and your Congressman now at 202-224-3121. Tell them to oppose Boehner’s plan to legalize millions of illegal alien workers. Remind them that we have 21 million Americans out of work and that you vote.
ONCE AGAIN, DEMOCRATS VOTE TO CUT VETERANS’ BENEFITS IN ORDER TO ENABLE FRAUD BY ILLEGAL ALIENS
Even if, like me, you are beyond being shocked by anything the Democrats do, this is remarkable. For the second time, Harry Reid and his Senate Democrat cohorts have refused to allow an amendment to revise the Ryan-Murray spending deal to be voted on. The amendment would restore the cuts in veterans’ benefits that are part of the deal, and instead raise the money by closing a loophole that makes it easy for illegal aliens to defraud the federal government out of billions of dollars. It seems like a pretty easy choice: keeping our promises to veterans, versus enabling fraud by illegal immigrants. But the Democrats have again chosen, not just to prioritize illegal immigrants over veterans, but to prioritize fraud by illegal aliens over maintaining existing veterans’ benefits. You almost have to see it to believe it.
The motion to allow the amendment to come to the floor for a vote was made by Kelly Ayotte:
It is remarkable that on a day when our news media are consumed by a lane closure on a bridge, the Democrats’ support for billions of dollars in fraud by illegal aliens isn’t even a news story.
Betrayal - Republican National Committee Supports Amnesty
Embracing the false notion perpetuated by the open-borders lobby that the Party will continue to lose elections until it pushes amnesty, the Republican National Committee (RNC) today told its members they must support "comprehensive immigration reform." (See Growth and Opportunity Project at p. 8, Mar. 18, 2013)
The call to support an amnesty agenda appeared in a report released this morning entitled the "Growth and Opportunity Project". Commissioned by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in response to the Party's failure to win the White House or Senate in 2012, the report's authors include Henry Barbour, Sally Bradshaw, Ari Fleischer, Zori Fonalledas, and Glenn McCall. (Id. at p. 1)
If Republicans fail to "embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform," the report warns, "our Party's appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only." However, in making such a sweeping statement, the report's authors neglect to consider the number of Americans opposed to amnesty who may either leave the Party or simply refuse to vote for Republican candidates as a result of such an about-face by the Party establishment. (Id. at p. 8)
Despite the fact that granting a reprieve to the nation's 11-12 million illegal aliens will increase job competition for the 22 million un/underemployed Americans, as well as the number of individuals who are eligible for public assistance and ObamaCare, the RNC also claims amnesty will help grow the economy. "We also believe that comprehensive immigration reform is consistent with Republican economic policies that promote job growth and opportunity for all." (Id.)
In issuing the report, the RNC appears to be taking its marching orders on immigration policy from President Obama. In a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House last Wednesday, President Obama told them they would benefit more from passing amnesty legislation than the Democrats. (Associated Press, Mar. 13, 2013) Only five days later, the RNC appears to agree, calling on its members to support "comprehensive" immigration reform.
To express your views to the RNC, call 202-863-8500. You can also email them at http://www.gop.com/contact-us/
Update: MS Illegal Immigration Enforcement Legislation - 2013
After years of illegal immigration enforcement legislation dying in the Democrat controlled MS House of Representatives, hopes were high for a breakthrough on enforcement legislation when Republicans gained majorities in both the house and senate two years ago.
Expectations were dashed last year when the Republican controlled house passed a strong illegal immigration bill, only to see it killed in a Republican dominated senate without a vote.
This year several effective immigration enforcement bills were filed in the house and senate. As expected none of the senate bills survived the committee process. However, unexpectedly, several strong bills died in house committee.
HB 1221, designed to strengthen our current E-Verify law by requiring the Attorney General to enforce lawful hiring by employers, did receive committee support. House leadership decided not to bring the bill to the floor and allow a vote.
Regardless of what happens at the federal level, state enforcement is necessary to protect our citizens.
There is no indication that President Obama will vigorously apply enforcement mechanisms that are already in place under current law. Without effective enforcement on the federal - or state - levels, illegal immigration PROBLEMS will persist.
MFIRE needs your continued support and activism in helping our elected leaders to understand that jobs and public benefits should only go to Mississippi citizens and qualified legal immigrants.
President - MFIRE
Americans with Minimal Education Compete for Jobs with Illegals
WASHINGTON (December 18, 2012) – A new study released by the Center for Immigration Studies shows the impact of amnesty on American workers. Illegal immigrants, of whom 79% have no more than a high school education, compete with less-educated U.S.-born citizens for employment opportunities. Of the 54.7 million working-age Americans not holding a job, more than half (27.7million) have no education beyond high school.
The complete study can be found at: http://cis.org/amnesty-and-the-employment-picture-for-less-educated-workers
"The president seems to believe that jobs are plentiful for less-educated Americans who compete with illegal immigrants for jobs. In fact, the employment picture for such workers remains bleak," notes the study’s author, Dr. Steven Camarota, the Center’s Director of Research.
Of the 11-12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, seven to eight million are thought to be holding jobs. It is less-educated U.S.-born minorities and the young who are impacted the most by the size of the pool of potential workers in the U.S., as their unemployment rates are much higher than those for the population as a whole.
- For the native-born who are young (18-29) with a high school education, the unemployment rate is similar to those who have not completed high school (all ages) — 18.5 percent vs. 17.2 percent.
- For U.S.-born Hispanics without a high school education, the U-6 unemployment rate is 32.5 percent.• For young U.S.-born Hispanic high school graduates, the U-6 unemployment rate is 28.8 percent.
- For U.S.-born blacks without a high school education, the U-6 unemployment rate is 44.4%.
- For young U.S.-born blacks without a high school education, the U-6 unemployment is 41.8%.
AMNESTY WON'T GET REPUBLICANS ELECTED
November 28, 2012
The Republican strategists who confidently predicted that their candidate, Mitt Romney, would win the 2012 election are already pontificating about what Republicans must do to win in 2016. After their disastrous defeat, strategy and policy mistakes, and expensive super PAC advertising that failed to win votes, why should anybody take their advice again?
The elitists now tell us that amnesty for illegal aliens, a.k.a. “immigration reform,” is the key to future Republican nirvana. That’s wrong-headed advice.
Read more: http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/column/amnesty-wont-elect-republicans.html#.ULbfhaCm6Lg.email
Gov. Phil Bryant Joins Suit to Stop Illegal Immigration
Joins Border Patrol Agents to Challenge "Big Sis" Napolitano - Sec. of Homeland Security
October 10, 2012
Governor Phil Bryant, on behalf of the state of Mississippi, today joined a federal lawsuit challenging Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s directive ordering federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers not to enforce federal immigration laws or initiate removal proceedings against a broad class of approximately 1.7 million illegal immigrants.
ACTION TO TAKE NOW: Call Governor Bryant and thank him for looking out for the tax paying legal citizens of Mississippi. His phone is 601-359-3150
Lawmakers need to address illegal immigration
Aug. 15, 2012, Clarion-Ledger, Dr. Rodney Hunt, MFIRE Pres.
Do states have a role in enforcement of federal immigration law? In a word - yes.
Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions give us clear guidance for state legislation and have also affirmed the right of states to protect their citizens from the harmful effects of massive uncontrolled illegal immigration. President Obama's edicts invoking what he calls "prosecutorial discretion" have made a mockery of existing federal law and make it even more imperative that our state leaders step up and protect us.
Read more: http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012208160343&nclick_check=1
Amnesty by Executive Fiat Plan Implemented Today
This is an administrative version of the DREAM Act, which Congress has repeatedly rejected. The White House claims it’s just setting enforcement priorities, exercising “prosecutorial discretion” over whom to arrest and deport, and that those who benefit are just getting a temporary reprieve from deportation. That is a brazen lie.
Read more: http://cis.org/
Study: Obama "Dismantles" Immigration Enforcement
July 24, 2012, Fox News
A detailed timeline being released this week by a leading anti-illegal immigration group documents what the organization describes as a pattern by the Obama administration of looking the other way on immigration enforcement.
While the charges are not necessarily new, the detailed list of grievances regarding the administration's immigration policy could provide fodder for those trying to paint President Obama as weak on enforcement in advance of the November election.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/24/study-accuses-obama-administration-gutting-immigration-enforcement/#ixzz21ZsELGoC
THE SUPREME COURT, IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT & MISSISSIPPI
July 27, 2012 - Yall Politics / Frank Corder - Opinion
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down it ruling on Arizona's hotly debated illegal immigration law on Monday. Many in Mississippi have sought to build on the legislation as the federal government continues to refuse to handle the issue. Rep. Becky Currie and others in the legislature stepped out last session to promote the effort. Gov. Phil Bryant was even on board.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS IMMIGRATION CHECKS
June 25, 2012
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court struck down parts of Arizona's effort to crack down on illegal immigrants but left one key part intact in a ruling that gave both sides of the debate something to cheer.
In a 5-3 ruling, the court said Arizona in effect had tried to set up a parallel enforcement system that punished illegal immigrants more harshly and interfered with congressional authority over the nation's borders. The court rejected parts of the state law known as SB1070 that made it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work and that authorized warrantless arrests of people suspected by state and local police of committing deportable offenses.
However, the court upheld the law's directive that state and local police check the immigration status of people they stop when they suspect them of lacking authorization to be in the U.S.
Read more and view video: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304898704577480392205316110.html?mod=WSJ_Home_largeHeadline
Naked Lawlessness: Obama’s Amnesty-by-Fiat
Charles Krauthammer (June 22, 2012)
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations [of immigrants brought here illegally as children] through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed.”
— President Obama, March 28, 2011
Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed. Yet Obama last week suspended these very deportations — granting infinitely renewable “deferred action” with attendant work permits — thereby unilaterally rewriting the law. And doing precisely what he himself admits he is barred from doing.
Obama had tried to change the law. In late 2010, he asked Congress to pass the Dream Act, which offered a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants. Congress refused.
When subsequently pressed by Hispanic groups to simply implement the law by executive action, Obama explained that it would be illegal. “Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. . . . But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”
That was then. Now he’s gone and done it anyway. It’s obvious why. The election approaches and his margin is slipping. He needs a big Hispanic vote and this is the perfect pander. After all, who will call him on it? A supine press? Congressional Democrats? Nothing like an upcoming election to temper their Bush 43-era zeal for defending Congress’s exclusive Article I power to legislate.
With a single Homeland Security Department memo, the immigration laws no longer apply to 800,000 people. By what justification? Prosecutorial discretion, says Janet Napolitano.
This is utter nonsense. Prosecutorial discretion is the application on a case-by-case basis of considerations of extreme and extenuating circumstances. No one is going to deport, say, a 29-year-old illegal immigrant whose parents had just died in some ghastly accident and who is the sole support for a disabled younger sister and ailing granny. That’s what prosecutorial discretion is for. The Napolitano memo is nothing of the sort. It’s the unilateral creation of a new category of persons — a class of 800,000 — who, regardless of individual circumstance, are hereby exempt from current law so long as they meet certain biographic criteria.
This is not discretion. This is a fundamental rewriting of the law.
Imagine: A Republican president submits to Congress a bill abolishing the capital gains tax. Congress rejects it. The president then orders the IRS to stop collecting capital gains taxes and declares that anyone refusing to pay them will suffer no fine, no penalty, no sanction whatsoever. (Analogy first suggested by law professor John Yoo.)
It would be a scandal, a constitutional crisis, a cause for impeachment. Why? Because unlike, for example, war powers, this is not an area of perpetual executive-legislative territorial contention. Nor is cap gains, like the judicial status of unlawful enemy combatants, an area where the law is silent or ambiguous. Capital gains is straightforward tax law. Just as Obama’s bombshell amnesty-by-fiat is a subversion of straightforward immigration law.
It is shameful that congressional Democrats are applauding such a brazen end run. Of course it’s smart politics. It divides Republicans, rallies the Hispanic vote and preempts Marco Rubio’s attempt to hammer out an acceptable legislative compromise. Very clever. But, by Obama’s own admission, it is naked lawlessness.
As for policy, I sympathize with the obvious humanitarian motives of the Dream Act. But two important considerations are overlooked in concentrating exclusively on the Dream Act poster child, the straight-A valedictorian who rescues kittens from trees.
First, offering potential illegal immigrants the prospect that, if they can hide just long enough, their children will one day freely enjoy the bounties of American life creates a huge incentive for yet more illegal immigration.
Second, the case for compassion and fairness is hardly as clear-cut as advertised. What about those who languish for years in godforsaken countries awaiting legal admission to America? Their scrupulousness about the law could easily cost their children the American future that illegal immigrants will have secured for theirs.
But whatever our honest and honorable disagreements about the policy, what holds us together is a shared allegiance to our constitutional order. That’s the fundamental issue here. As Obama himself argued in rejecting the executive action he has now undertaken, “America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the president, am obligated to enforce the law. I don’t have a choice about that.”
Except, apparently, when violating that solemn obligation serves his reelection needs.
April 30, 2012
NEW OPINION POLL SHOWS MS REPUBLICANS FAVOR ENFORCEMENT
Do you support or oppose immigration reform to assist law enforcement officers in enforcing our state and federal immigration laws? See the survey's memorandum of findings below:
RE: Public Opinion Poll conducted March 29 — April 1, 2012
This telephone survey was conducted from March 29 - April 1, 2012, in DeSoto, Harrison, Madison and Rankin counties, among a sample of 302 identified Republican voters with a margin of error of + or — 5.6%, yielding the following breakdown of responses to the question:
"Do you support or oppose immigration reform designed to assist law enforcement officers in enforcing our state and federal immigration laws?"
83% Support 8% Oppose 9% Unsure
Clearly, Republican voters in the four largest Republican counties in Mississippi are strongly in favor of giving law enforcement officers the ability to enforce state and federal immigration laws.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett
Opponents of reforming immigration have pulled out every reason they can to keep the status quo in Mississippi.
Builders and agricultural groups have said it would be bad for their business and ultimately the economy. Hard to fathom how that could be if they aren’t hiring illegals.
Maybe it could be because it’s bad for families as some religious groups have said. I was always told the law was blind and showed no favoritism, and these people are breaking the law, right? If that is the case it is they, not the law that is breaking up their family. Why should illegals not accept responsibility for their choices?
If someone is attempting to car jack me, I’m not going to ask them about their families before I decide to pull my .38. Justice should not be determined by a persons family situation, or connections. No one–regardless of the crime, the income level, or the level of connections–should be allowed that entitlement. Aren’t conservatives against entitlements? Don’t conservatives believe in the benefit of hard work and accepting responsibility for ourselves and our actions?
Then there is the law enforcement communities. They have become so enslaved to the dollars they drag in to run their departments that the thought of having to spend the extra time and dollars to ENFORCE THE LAW is apparently too much for them to handle.
Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory, says that the immigration -enforcement measure, House Bill 488, could intrude into the responsibilities of local law-enforcement agencies.
“It appears that this particular bill deals almost exclusively with the state of Mississippi instructing policemen and sheriff’s deputies how they’re to act when they arrest somebody,” Bryan said recently.
Isn’t that what lawmakers do? Shape laws to be enforced? Otherwise, why are we paying these people?
And exactly why did the Lt. Governor place this legislation in a committee that he almost certainly knew it would go to die?
We’ve heard a number of other excuses from the legal community, the business community, the law enforcement community, and legislators. When further challenged, the general response is that the problem really isn’t that bad in Mississippi.
However, as the numbers below indicate, it is. In the past 10 years, the number of estimated illegal immigrants in Mississippi have skyrocketed, while the number that have become legal residents have not.
Yes folks, we have a problem.
- Estimated number of illegal immigrants in Mississippi in 2000………….8,000
- Estimated number of illegal immigrants in Mississippi in 2010…………..35,000
- An increase of 337.5%.
- Number of persons obtaining legal permanent resident status in Mississippi in 2000………………….1,074
- Number of persons obtaining legal permanent resident status in Mississippi in 2009………………….1,652
- An increase of 53.82%
Effort to Increase Enforcement Fails
April 6, 2011
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A house chairman on Thursday abandoned his effort to revive tougher immigration enforcement provisions that included requiring local police to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities.
HB 488 (the MFIRE endorsed Immigration Enforcement) the bill, which was killed earlier this week by a Senate Dem. Chairman Hob Bryan who was appointed by Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, now appears to be dead this legislative session.
Through his spokesperson, Tate Reeves earlier indicated that increasing enforcement of the law against illegal immigration is not a priority.
Gov. Bryant Stands Firm for Immigration Enforcement Bill
March 29, 2012 (Clarion Ledger)
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves refers bill to Judiciary B Committee chaired by Democrat Hob Bryan, who voted against enforcement last year.
Mississippi House Passes Immigration Enforcement Legislation. March 19, 2012
The Mississippi House of Representatives passed an omnibus immigration enforcement bill, H.B. 488, by a bi-partisan vote of 70-47.
The bill, entitled “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act,” is similar to both Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56. The bill’s key provisions do the following:
- Require law enforcement officers to determine a person’s immigration status during a lawful arrest if they have reasonable suspicion the person is an illegal alien (§2);
- Prohibits state and local sanctuary policies (§2);
- Prohibit illegal aliens from entering into state business transactions (§3);
- Requires the revocation of the business license of any employer who knowingly hires an illegal alien (§5); and
- Grants the State Board of Contractors authority to review contractor compliance with the State’s mandatory E-Verify law (§8); and
- Authorizes the Governor to research and publish information regarding jobs that may become available by passing the Act (§ 11)
The bill provides that its provisions do not apply to nonprofit, religious, or charitable organizations who provide immediate basic and human needs to illegal aliens. (§9)
Supporters of the bill explained their motivation to pass H.B. 488. “It's about the rule of law,” Mississippi House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson (R) said about the bill. (Fox News Latino, Mar. 15, 2012) “We want to say you're welcome here, we just want you to follow the proper procedures, the proper protocols.” (Id.)
However, the Southern Poverty Law Center has told Mississippi officials it will sue the state if the bill passes. “I would suggest that just because the state can pass that doesn't mean it's a good idea,” said Mary Bower, legal director for the SPLC. (CNN, Mar. 16, 2012)
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s spokesman said the Governor would not be deterred from supporting the bill by the threat of a lawsuit. (Id.)
The bill now heads to the Mississippi Senate.
Action to Take: Encourage individual senators, the leadership, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to bring the bill out of Senate Judiciary A Committee for a floor vote. The taxpaying citizens of this state deserve nothing less.
Lt. Gov. Reeves' phone is (601) 359-3200.
As we reported Rep. Beckie Currie's Illegal Immigration Enforcement Bill was referred to House Judiciary B Committee chaired by conservative Rep. Andy Gibson.
We have just learned that it was also double referred to the House Education Committee, chaired by Rep. John Moore.
With Reps. Gibson and Moore we now have a great opportunity of getting the bill out of committee with no amendments.
Rep. Gibson supports this legislation but still needs to know that is has the overwhelming support of the public.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last week announced that the Obama administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants in the past year.
But the Obama administration is using smoke and mirrors to achieve its so-called historic record. Take away the illusion, and the facts show that the administration conjures up its deportation statistics.