First Big Bird, Now Grover

It’s not always about the money . . . for example, Grover Norquist, who was in the news today, is ideologically committed to open immigration. However, why else would the Los Angeles city ID card double as an ATM card? This is about normalizing the presence of illegal aliens in the U.S. and making it easier for them to evade law enforcement.

GED Requirement is “Insurmountable” For Some Illegal Aliens Seeking Amnesty

“Between 320,000 and 350,000 of the 1.7 million undocumented immigrants who are potentially eligible for deferred action are impacted by the education requirement, according to estimates from the Migration Policy Institute and the Pew Hispanic Center. They are 16 and older and do not have a high school diploma or GED, and are not currently enrolled in school,” US News reports.

“‘I mean, there’s obviously limited resources and in an environment of limited resources, allowing illegal immigrants to enroll [in state funded GED classes]would mean that legal immigrants or American citizens would not be able to get classes … that’s just math. There’s no way to avoid that,’ said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that supports tighter immigration controls.”

It’s Really About the Money

That’s the conclusion to be drawn from Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa’s plan to introduce ID cards for illegal aliens. “A new plan from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa could give millions of immigrants access to banking services. Under the mayor’s proposal, Los Angeles would create an official city photo identification card for immigrants that could also be used as a prepaid ATM card for their private bank account,” Fox News Latino writes.

“‘Los Angeles is making it easier for people who have violated federal immigration laws to live in the city,’ said Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group critical of illegal immigration. A City Council committee will discuss the ID card proposal on Tuesday, the Times said.”

Houston Discusses New Jail Screening Program

“The Harris County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. immigration officials are negotiating the “finer points” of an agreement that would continue their partnership through an embattled jail screening program, officials said,” the Houston Chronicle reports.

“The sheriff’s agreement – and those of many other participants nationwide in the program known as 287(g) – is set to expire this fall amid mounting controversy and confusion over the Obama administration’s plans for the program, which deputizes local law enforcement to assist immigration agents.”

First Big Bird, Now Grover

“[Amnesty is] the most important thing to focus on if you’re concerned about the future of the country both as an economic power and as a serious leader of the world, or simply as a successful society,’ [Grover] Norquist said in a recent speech. ‘It’s not only good policy to have more immigrants in the United States — dramatically more immigrants than we do today, to having a path forward for those people who are here. It’s not only a good idea, but it’s good politics.'”

“I think we need comprehensive reform that deals with the people who’ve been here for some time,” Norquist said, going on to cite a quote whose origin he couldn’t quite remember. “I don’t care how tall the fence is as long as the doors are big enough.”

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    There are many rich older Americans who “get it” when it comes to illegal immigration and support the efforts of groups like FAIR. It’s a waste of time and energy to even converse with those opposed.

    With the Citizens United case, FAIR and others should start 501c4 nonprofits to flood pro-FAIR candidates into Congress. From my perspective, it may be the only recourse at this point. We all know the stats, the dollars, the cost in all areas that this issue is costing the US. Current politicians simply do not care or do not agree- or are too cowardly to admit they do. Identify key states, key demographics and change Congress.

    If this becomes FAIR’s mission – then millions of Americans will support them since they will visibly see the results of their donations.

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    Immigration is an “economic driver” all right. Mass immigration drives DOWN wages and opportunities for the poorest and most vulnerable Americans with a flood of cheap labor. It drives UP taxes and debt to pay for services- form schools to prisons- for more and more people. The overpopulation that results from it drives DOWN quality of life for everyone. The U.S. can’t even create the 150,000 jobs a month we need just to keep up with current population growth let alone support more people. Your brain is narrowing and dwindling if you buy the mass immigration garbage and if FAIR puts any words in the mouth of that fool Grover Norquist they’re doing him a favor.

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    Can’t believe I’m applauding Grover Norquist, but way to go! Like so many others, he finally gets it, that comprehensive immigration reform is an economic driver. And as FAIR’s zero immigration base narrows and dwindles, you’ll see more conservatives and Republicans support it.

    And no, Norquist didn’t say “amnesty” that’s FAIR’s words shoved in his quote. Poor reporting FAIR, putting your own words in his mouth, but I’m not surprised.

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      Stan, he didn’t have to….Grover Norquist has been an advocate for amnesty, signing a pledge seeking “legal avenues” for illegal aliens, and implored Republicans to allow employers in the agriculture and hospitality industries easier access to foreign workers in order to drive down wages.

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    richard harris on

    23 Million Americans unemployed. (U6 Real Unemployment)

    Real no. of illegal aliens working about 25 million. The solution to our high unemployment is self-obvious. Deport all illegal aliens.

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    The Last Norquist Article Topped it Off, He stated:

    “…“I don’t care how tall the fence is as long as the doors are big enough.”…”

    What a buffoon statement.