By BYRON YORK | SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
On Tuesday, the chief human resources officers of more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging quick passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Of course, the U.S. unemployment rate is at 7.3 percent, with millions of American workers at all skill levels out of work, and millions more so discouraged that they have left the work force altogether. In addition, at the same time the corporate officers seek higher numbers of immigrants, both low-skill and high-skill, many of their companies are laying off thousands of workers.
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Administration Rebrands controversial immigration post to skirt funding cut-off
Barnini Chakraborty September 5th, 2013
The Obama administration is being accused of trying to pull a fast one on lawmakers by re-branding a controversial immigration job -- a "public advocate" for both legal and illegal immigrants -- after Congress explicitly voted to defund it.
The administration over the summer quietly changed the name of the position, first created in February 2012, from "public advocate" to deputy assistant director of "Custody Programs and Community Outreach." It was a change in name only. The administration kept the person in charge and the job description the same.
By doing so, the White House has been able to keep the post off the congressional chopping block – a move Judicial Watch called “sneaky” in a recent report.
“It’s simply part of the president’s well-established pattern of abusing his authority to blow off Congress, especially when it comes to immigration,” the conservative government watchdog group said.
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by Matthew Boyle 30 Aug 2013
“I’m worried about conference,” Paul said Friday, according to Roll Call. “The only way to avoid a problem with conference is for the speaker of the House to say we are not going to conference, and we will not allow a vote on anything coming out of conference that resembles the Senate bill, and if there were a much more limited bill that emphasizes border security first, that we would do that.”
"Conference" refers to a legislative process wherein after the House passes its own immigration bill, it will enter negotiations with Senate leaders and even the White House to reconcile the differences between the two chambers' bills. Conservative lawmakers fear that in conference, Boehner would allow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to include a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the final law submitted to President Barack Obama.
Paul asserted that if Boehner passes anything like the Senate bill, conservatives in the House will more than likely drive him out of office.
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FAIR Legislative Update May 28, 2013
The Gang of Eight's "comprehensive" immigration reform bill now exceeds 1,000 pages after the Senate Judiciary Committee's amendment process, according to the Washington Examiner. (Washington Examiner, May 24, 2013) As introduced, the bill (S. 744) was 844 pages but had expanded to 867 pages as the result of what's referred to as a "manager's amendment" introduced by Gang of Eight member Chuck Schumer at the beginning of the Judiciary Committee "markup." Now, after a two week process of voting on amendments the bill has swelled to over 1,000 pages.
Unsurprisingly, the Democratic-controlled committee used their majority status to give more to illegal aliens and reject major amendments to improve border security. In fact, 80 of the 81 amendments introduced by Democrats for a vote were approved. (Senate Judiciary Committee S. 744 amendments) Additionally, the pro-amnesty Republican committee members, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Gang of Eight Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), had all 15 of their amendments accepted. (Id.) On the other hand, every substantive pro-enforcement amendment offered by Committee members were rejected. (Id.)
Study pegs cost of immigration bill’s mass legalization at $6.3T
Published May 06, 2013
The comprehensive immigration overhaul being taken up in the Senate this week could cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion if 11 million illegal immigrants are granted legal status, according to a long-awaited estimate by the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The cost would arise from illegal immigrants tapping into the government's vast network of benefits and services, many of which are currently unavailable to them. This includes everything from standard benefits like Social Security and Medicare to dozens of welfare programs ranging from housing assistance to food stamps.
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