Chamber of Commerce Joins Amnesty Push

Chamber of Commerce Joins Amnesty Push

“The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday that the “door to the American dream must always remain open” as he announced a broad coalition of business, labor, faith organizations, law enforcement and ethnic groups intent on overhauling the nation’s immigration system,” the Washington Post reports.

“Tom Donohue outlined his priorities for immigration legislation and expressed optimism that after years of ill-fated efforts, there is momentum in the White House and Congress to tackle the politically charged issue. The backing of the Chamber, which represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses, is certain to provide a critical boost to the push for reform against stiff opposition.”

Today’s Leap of Logic – E-Verify Isn’t Perfect, Therefore We Need Amnesty

“According to E-Verify’s government audit, a national mandate would deem 1.2 million to 3.5 million legal employees, like Ken Nagel’s daughter, initially ineligible to work. In 2008, Intel, the computer chip maker, put its new employees through E-Verify and 12 percent were declared ineligible,” says David Bier at Forbes.

“All these measures admit that the U.S. government does not believe it can create a system that stops illegal immigration at the border. Rather than admit defeat, America needs the only proven solution to the problem: an accessible legal pathway for immigrants.”

Border Apprehensions Low Despite More Funds

“Despite massive increases in manpower, the U.S. Border Patrol is still intercepting only about 61 percent of would-be illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an audit that the investigative arm of Congress released Wednesday,” the Washington Times says.

“The findings, which for the first time show a broad estimate of how many illegal immigrants the Border Patrol fails to catch each year, emerge as pressure builds on Congress to move past border security and begin to grant legal status to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.”

Iowa Defends License Denial for Obama Amnesty Beneficiaries

“The head of Iowa’s Transportation Department defended himself Wednesday against criticism over a new policy barring driver’s licenses for certain young immigrants allowed by a new federal rule to live in the United States,” the AP reports.

“[Paul] Trombino said his agency worked with lawyers in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and Gov. Terry Branstad’s staff to interpret the impact of the rule on Iowa residents. He said they believe that while the federal government allows those who meet the criteria to stay in the country and work, it does not give them legal authorization to be in the country, which is required to obtain a driver’s license.”

Cuba Drops Exit Permits, Impact on Out-Migration Unclear

“For the first time in five decades, Cubans will no longer need an “exit permit” to travel. The change, which takes effect Monday, is part of a broader immigration reform by President Raul Castro making it easier for Cubans to go abroad — and also to return. But critics say the communist government continues to treat travel as a privilege, not a right, and a useful tool to punish dissent,” NPR reports.

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    Seattle is not that densitypopulated, try Santa Ana or West Anaheim. Santa Ana has few apartment buildings over 2 stories but was once the 4th most denseness population for cities over 300,000. It once was about 12,000 people per square feet and West Anaheim I think is 9,000.

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    Concerned Citizen on

    The Chamber, Latino political activists, President Bush and many others were optimistic in 2006, yet they lost. I’m neither optimistic nor pessimistic but expect the fight will continue no matter who wins this round. That is, unless and until most illegal aliens have gone home and the country finally focuses on becoming the high-tech, low-crime, and high-education nation that ought to be our destiny.

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      On Education

      Did you know Concerned Citizen that in Seattle during the 70s we had the same amount of students in our Seattle area schools as today, yet the staff supporting them was about half what it is today…..throwing more money at the schools obviously isn’t teaching them math and science adequately.

      There’s many reasons for this anomaly today [wasting funds teaching IAs English is one]; but you know, I think it goes beyond fiscal appropriations or mis-appropriations IMO. We’ve crowded out hope for our kids with all this overpopulation competing for scarce jobs and lowering wages in this overpopulated new era of resource shortages….they don’t have big backyards to play in like we did, many of our kids are growing up in apartments/condos with no backyards. We emphasize debt to over-building and cramming them in high population density neighborhoods, like Seattle, the wonder why they can’t grasp algebra.

      The rest of the world depended on America leading math and science inventions like we did in the past; now we look to the rest of the world and in their cramped hopeless overpopulated countries, there’s no major scientific innovations either. We must depopulate America, the world depends on American hope.

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        Concerned Citizen on

        Softwarengineer, great points. As an engineer, you’re seeing the impact on a first-hand basis. It’s incredible when we compare the optimistic, can-do, scientifically hungry United States of before with the cheap labor, finger-pointing culture of today. I’m completely sick of hearing how American kids are incapable of competing on the world stage. Give them support and they will achieve.

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      what americans? the indians centuries ago? Come on, if not your parents, your grandparents or grand grandparents, came from somewhere. Why not give the same opportunities to these undocumented aliens to become llegal? think about your past before write or speak…..

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        And Your Mexicans from the South You Support

        We’re invaded by Spanish Europeans that destroyed the Aztecs and Mayans; then inter-breeded with them and other native indians of the time to create per CIA reference a non-ethnic group, called Latino.

        That makes them much better than Americans….LOL

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        Because we need to curb our population. We are 3rd in the world after China and India. China has a population policy, why don’t we? Or should we institute one once our population exceeds 1 billion, and it’s too late?

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    What I find interesting is all the cities in Claifornia that have illegal immirgants a lot of the illegal immirgants are not employed. Santa Ana has a 11 percent unemployemnt and the city has a very large illlegal immirgant population but with a 11 percent unemployment many are living off of relatives or their Ameircan Born children to afford to live hereillegality without jobs. Tell that to both left and right that promote their immirgantion constantly since they do the jobs Ameircans will not do and they will not tell you that most of the illegal immirgant towns have unemployment way above the national rate.

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    Maybe we should all boycott the businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce. If they start losing lots of money, maybe they’ll not support amnesty for illegal aliens.

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    We should compile a list of businesses who are members of the Chamber of Commerce and boycott them. Maybe they’ll stay out of the issue if they lose most of their patronage.

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    Gosh, what a surprise. The US Chamber of Commerce says we need more workers of all kinds. Translation, our businesses want cheap labor. It’s no coincidence that the mass immigration of the last three decades has gone hand in hand with reduced income levels for everyone but those at the top. “At the top” being all those big business owners. It was also claimed in that article that we need to stop sending people with advanced degrees back to their home countries. The real question is why are they here to begin with. Those slots should go to American students. A lot of times, American kids with fairly high grades can’t get into taxpayer funded state schools.

    And unless I’m mistaken the e verify process is producing far fewer rejects now than in 2008. Part of the problem is that Social Security does nothing when a number is being used by more than one person. And no one has to be denied a job if there is not a match. Give the person a month to straighten it out while they’re working. The person here legally can do that. The person here illegally will not. Prosecute anyone else who tries to get a job without legal authorization to do so.

    As for the Cubans issuing more visas, a lot of them will simply travel to Mexico and then proceed to the border where they get automatic entry. Add that to the ones who come here for a “visit” and stay and we have a virtually open access for Cubans. Many end up in South Florida where rents are already sky high. It’s time the American public made the connection between housing prices and rent and the incessant flow of immigrants into areas like California, New York, and Florida.