Court to Hear Suit By Illegal Aliens Challenging Filibusters

Court to Hear Suit By Illegal Aliens Challenging Filibusters

“Solving one of the nation’s most hotly debated issues – comprehensive immigration legislation – may hinge on a little-understood procedural rule that’s played an increasingly crucial role in Congress. The filibuster is intended to protect the voice of the minority party in Washington. But several undocumented students were in federal court Monday charging senators with abusing a filibuster that, they say, unconstitutionally denied them ‘a path to American citizenship,'” reports.

Immigration Debate Draws Lobbying Dollars

“As Congress prepares to tackle the massive issue of immigration, legislators understood that the central issues have not changed much since their last attempt failed in 2007,” USA Today reports.

“Shortly after the election, a group of influential Republicans announced the creation of Republicans for Immigration Reform, a super PAC designed to help GOP members of Congress who support a comprehensive immigration solution. The super PAC was created by Carlos Gutierrez, former Commerce secretary for President George W. Bush, and Charlie Spies, the treasurer of Restore our Future, the primary super PAC that backed Romney’s presidential campaign.’

Illegal Alien Intern Arrested on Capitol Hill

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested an unpaid intern for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) office, who was a registered sex offender and an illegal immigrant. The intern, Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, was arrested in New Jersey last Thursday, as first reported by The Associated Press. Sanchez came to the United States on an expired visitor visa from Peru,” The Hill reports.

“The Department of Homeland Security knew that Luis Sanchez Zavaleta was both an illegal alien and a registered sex offender as early as October. Nevertheless, high ranking DHS officials placed electoral politics ahead of public safety and the law, when they instructed ICE agents not to arrest Mr. Sanchez until after the 2012 elections,” said Dan Stein, president of FAIR in a press release.

Rubio: Immigration Bill Must Balance Interests

“Look, I’m open-minded on the approach [to an immigration bill], except that my preference is we have to deal with it comprehensively. I just question the wisdom of doing it in one massive piece of legislation, the reason being that every time that Washington has tried to tackle an issue like this comprehensively, you end up trading one good policy in exchange for five very bad policies or four very bad policies,” said Sen. Marco Rubio on the Hugh Hewitt radio show.

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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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    if by any chance there is a comprehensive immigration program approved. required that each alien prove that is covered by a medical insurance from the country they are coming, paid by the goverment of that country, with a coverage of 5 years at least.

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    How can illegals bring a lawsuit? I thought the courts were for citizens – is there anyone who can explain the legality of this? Related, there are many lawyers who bring lawsuits on behalf of illegals regarding alleged workplace violations, like wages withheld, overtime not paid, etc. Is there some legal loophole I’m not aware of? I thought illegal meant …. illegal….?


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      Tom is not legal,for sure that student is suppost arrest in a spot,jail and deportate and warming not come back.But that is happening years of very soft regulation and enforce,now mexican illegals is control and give order to American,imaginate what will happenig when legalice 25 to 30 millions of illegals?And doing because Dems is help.One no one fromn outside come to your home and said I am now a owner and you loose all and go sleep in a street and that is legal.Mexico GOV are in a back of a complot for many decades,waiting Dems win,and now tha is what happening,let a garbage enter and destroy we peoples.Like portorrican,we was help in a past,and now are againt American,support illegals.Also for decade we soportate to much Mexican and donate money,and Many mexican are billioner today with we money.Who are smart and who idiot?If we no figth today,now,USA are complete dead.

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      It seems illegals heve more rights than the people that are legal! Amnisty for illegals has to stop. They need to wait in line like our ancestors did! They had to learn english and so did the kids before they were allowed into any American school!!

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    During the 2010 lame duck session, Republicans and conservative Democrats revealed their cowardice and used a parliamentary trick – the filibuster – to defeat the DREAM Act which had a majority of Congressional support and support from Americans. Not their convincing arguments, not the side of justice, just a trick that wasn’t supposed to be used this way.

    2013 will be different.

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    illegals have not right to even be here, much less to be heard in court. they need to go back where they came from to file court cases. we the nation need to send all illegals back to their own country and put up walls to keep the illegals out. let them come here with their green cards or by any legal means and i will welcome them. the early ones who came here had to learn english to become a citzen now we spend millions hiring translators to teach in school the ones who cant speak english and for jobs so the illegals can work when they should be sent back instead.

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    cynthia curran on

    Well, the Pac was involved with helping Jeff Flake against Cardon in the Arizona primarty, let Republcians lose. Let’s get Blue Dog dems running again against the open borders right and the open borders left.