Nation’s Largest Amnesty Organizations Demand Citizenship for Illegal Aliens

The nation’s largest amnesty organizations gathered in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to issue a joint call for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.  (The Press Enterprise, Dec. 11, 2012) The groups attending the meeting in D.C. included the National Council of La Raza, America’s Voice, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Hispanic Federation, Voto Latino, and Mi Familia Vota. (See La Raza press release, Dec. 12, 2012)

At a press conference, these amnesty organizations proudly demanded that Congress reward law-breaking by passing amnesty legislation.  (McClatchy News Service, Dec. 12, 2012) “Our movement has been very clear: the centerpiece of broad reform is citizenship,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice. (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 13, 2012) He insisted that Republicans aren’t going to successfully confront their political problem and risk further alienating Hispanics if they oppose citizenship. (Id.)  The organizations also demanded that lawmakers grant illegal aliens citizenship as part of a large, “comprehensive” immigration reform bill instead of a series of smaller, targeted bills. (See The New York Times, Dec. 12, 2012)

The groups also demanded that Congress act now.  According to La Raza President Janet Murguia, the November election was a “game changer” that provided Congress the mandate for bi-partisan amnesty legislation in 2013.  (See The New York Times, Dec. 12, 2012) Stating that Latinos had demonstrated their power in the 2012 elections, she said: “We intend to continue to build that power. To grow that power.  And now we intend to use it to advance comprehensive immigration reform.”  (McClatchy News Service , Dec. 12, 2012)

To pressure Congress, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina promised a “massive” grassroots campaign. “Failure is not an option,” Medina said. “Comprehensive immigration reform is going to happen. Whether it will be over the political bodies of some of the current members of Congress, only they can decide.” (The New York Times, Dec. 12, 2012)

Finally, these amnesty advocates warned that they will hold accountable those lawmakers who oppose amnesty.  They promised to issue report cards on Members of Congress indicating their support for amnesty legislation.  (Houston Chronicle, Dec. 13, 2012)  “Make no mistake,” said Mr. Medina, “[W]e will be watching.”  (The New York Times, Dec. 12, 2012)

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  1. avatar
    Barbara Griffith on

    All of this puts me in mind of what has happened to the EU since the Muslims moved in about 2 decades or more ago. They have taken over the UK, with people afraid to speak their minds about what has happened to their country and the loss of free speech. That is what is in the process of happening in the US. And all Obama is interested in is taking away our guns. With these politicians spending the country into bankruptcy with more and more out of work homeless with no jobs in sight. I also believe the presidency was another stolen election just like the Bush election was. Every illegal alien that is working for the unions was bussed to the polls and voted for Obama with phoney ID’s.

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    Who are these organizations, and who do they represent? I have researched one, NCLR and discovered that their funding is 95% corporate and 5% memberships. And their funding is enormous! So these, or at LaRaza, can not be correctly labeled grassroots organizations by any means. If you follow they money, they are representing corporate interests, not popular interests. I believe the IAs are merely pawns in their game, the extent of which I am hazy at best.

    Lota work ahead of us.

    happy holidays.

  3. avatar
    Living With Open Eyes on

    If we are going to let illegal aliens join this country when there are already too many people here, then we should demand (with military force if necessary) that the countries they are immigrating from give up their sovereignty and become part of the United States.And pay taxes, have traceable backgrounds and best of all – no free healthcare. Otherwise we need to physically deport every last one of them. Period.

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      I See Where You’re Coming From

      And I hear the disappointment in your blog. I have a few anomalies with your plan though:

      Why in Hades do we want 3rd world countries, like Mexico, added on to America? They’re completely overpopulated, out of water, limited education and would drag our country into a ditch….period.

      The bottom line, America isn’t responsible for the buffoon mess they made of the IAs’ motherlands….just send the IAs and their illegal anchor babies back to their own motherlands to fix and depopulate their own nests.

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        Living With Open Eyes on

        You are dead on track, those countries have nothing to contribute to the USA. I’m just grasping at straws, desperate for those we elected to do something about a problem that keeps going and going..It just seems like nobody cares about American CITIZENS anymore.

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    Half the world wants to come here and La Raza says we “must” include a path to citizenship for those who broke the law by coming here and use false identification to stay here and work. It’s a mockery of the idea of what American citizenship is. You raise your hand and swear to the support the constitution, the basis of our laws, and yet there is some “civil right” to be rewarded for your law breaking. And they do the usual “broken system” nonsense, when the truth is the only thing broken is the will to enforce the law. They mention enforcement but only as it applies to criminals. So they won’t say it, but they are in fact endorsing the idea that all you need to do is get here and you’re here to stay. La Raza and all their fellow organizations have never ever acknowledged that they they think this country has the right to keep out and remove those who want to enter without permission. All their weasel words indicate the exact opposite. Their goal is more illegal entry, more law breaking, and threats to anyone who objects.

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      We Need to Think About Immigration the same Way Washington State and Colorado Legalized Pot

      And flushed our worthless federal drug control laws [making drug use worse the last 50 years] with the Mexican Drug Cartel profits/crime down the toilet….the Seattle Seahawks call the “12th Man”…screaming liberals and conservatives ganged together to call our govenment a bunch of buffoons….it works!

    • avatar
      Mass Immigration Is Not Sustainable on

      If you do not bow to their demands, it will be over your “dead body”.