Pressure Builds on Senate Group to Reveal Bill

Pressure Builds on Senate Group to Reveal Bill

“A bipartisan Senate group working on immigration reform plans to set a timeline for unveiling legislation, as it feels subtle pressure from the chairman of the Judiciary Committee to act,” The Hill reports.

“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a lead negotiator of the ad hoc group on immigration reform, says he and his colleagues realize the clock is ticking. They hope to soon have a timeline for unveiling legislation.”

Measuring Border Control

“Immigration reform is one of President Barack Obama’s priorities for his second term, and for a wide-reaching package to pass, lawmakers need to be convinced that the border with Mexico is secure. But that is no easy sell. Apprehensions of undocumented aliens at the frontier have dropped 50 percent since 2008, going to 365,000 people last year, which the Obama administration cites as evidence that border security measures work,” AFP News reports.

“But the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), dampened the government’s optimism last week.
A report submitted to the House of Representatives said the number of apprehensions at the US-Mexico border ‘provides some useful information but does not position the department to be able to report on how effective its efforts are at securing the border.'”

Some ICE Centers Release Illegal Aliens While Others Don’t

“An Immigration and Customs Enforcement decision to release some undocumented immigrants from detention centers because of looming budget cuts is being applied unevenly across the country. ICE wouldn’t explain Thursday why prisoners were let go beginning Tuesday from some facilities but not others,” USA Today says.

“Around the country, 300 illegal immigrants were released from federal custody in Arizona, stoking an already white-hot controversy in the border state that has one of the nation’s toughest laws against illegal immigration.”

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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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    Greegory Johnson on

    well, hey, AZ should know the prisoners they released, and that State has the authority to kick them out on their own, according to our consitution, One of the things the illegals are saying is they don’t understand the immigration laws, well, if you came here legally, you sure would. IF the Feds don’t do their job, according to our constitution it goes to the states. we do have the sex offender law, we should do the same thing for illegal immigration, where the community gets to be notified if they release an illegal immigrant. Than that community can deal with it and kick them out.

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      That’s not true in the case of immigration. The states can not do it on their own. It’s a federal responsibility to remove them. States CAN pass plenty of strict ID and e-verify laws and cut off any benefits of any kind, and that will do the job pretty quickly for most of them. They will then move to the states that like illegals. Like California, I guess they’re not broke enough already.

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    Senator Graham says that “The reason you have 11 million illegal workers is that a lot of employers can’t find labor”. What that really means is that they don’t want to pay American workers a decent wage with benefits, so they hire illegals. Meatpacking in the Midwest used to be high paying union jobs 20 years ago, and then the packing companies decided they could make far bigger profits with illegals, to the point that they were actually advertising in Mexico that they would hire anyone with little checking of status.

    Hotels cry a river that they can’t get maids but there might be a lot of women who would be willing to drop the kids off at school, go to work, and then pick them up afterwards, if they could make some decent money doing it. Not the minimum wage that people like Bill Marriott, who is one of the big proponents of a guest worker program, wants to pay. It’s a given that one of the big reasons an amnesty did not pass in 2007 was because of the guest worker programs included and now we have a much larger unemployment problem. Even a lot of people on the left are getting the idea now that immigration, legal or illegal, is about cutting wages.

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      Mass Immigration Is Unsustainable on

      “The reason you have 11 million illegal workers is that a lot of employers can’t find labor”.

      Especially when all you’re looking for is illegal labor! “Can’t find labor”, what an insult when so many Americans are un- and underemployed.

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    The question is, what states other than AZ where at odds with this demented administrations inept immigration enforcement, and had illegal aliens released in their state also?

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      Greegory Johnson on

      VA, they kicked out all the illegal immigrants in a county there, and the violent crime rate dropped by about 40 percent, after AZ passed their law, numerous states passed similiar laws, and all 50 states have put in a petition to seceed from the union, any other questions. As well the last poll I read said over 50 percent of the legal population was for kicking the illegals out and 35 percent against. I am sure the liberal media fudged the numbers in favor of illegal immigration as well.

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        John Winthrop on

        I am sure there are illegals that are exemplary and criminal ones……………what is ironic is that most criminal attempts for guns such as the congresswoman shot in the head and the latest the schools were from our own………………….NOT illegals….