Senate Gang of Eight Crafts Amnesty in Secret

Senate Gang of Eight Crafts Amnesty in Secret

“The eight senators meet in private several times a week, alternating between Sen. John McCain’s and Sen. Charles Schumer’s offices. They sit in arm chairs arranged in a circle and sip water or soft drinks as they debate temporary workers and border security. In a capital riven by partisanship and gridlock, they are determined to be the exception and actually get something done,” Fox News reports.

They meet for an hour or an hour-and-a-half at a time on days when the Senate is in session. No reporters stake out these meetings and aides stand or sit in the background, behind their bosses. They’re assiduous about avoiding leaks and tight-lipped on the details of how their talks are going.

Some Evangelical Groups on Board With Amnesty

“But while nationally, immigration reform may be a path for Republicans to regain a fraction of the Latino vote, immigration reform is not a key issue for all Republican member of congress back home; in fact, for some it may be a liability,” US News says.

“According to the Wall Street Journal, roughly 60 percent of GOP congressional districts have fewer than 10 percent Hispanic voters. That is where the religious right hopes to step in. The Faith and Freedom Coalition released a framework they say is consistent with biblical teaching in February outlining support for immigration legislation that includes earned legal status and family reunification.”

Senate Amnesty Push May Be in Early April

“The Senate’s Democratic leaders may try to rush a nation-changing, economy-shaping immigration law though the Senate as soon as the Easter recess ends April 8, before the public can even read the bill, say GOP insiders. The GOP’s concerns are fueled by the Senate judiciary committee’s failure to schedule any hearings so that senators, advocates and the public can analyze the draft bill, which is expected to be several hundred pages long,” the Daily Caller reports.

Dairies Say They Need Foreign Workers

“The Alpina Foods Inc. plant that just opened in Batavia, New York, to feed the nation’s growing appetite for Greek-style yogurt should have nearby dairy farmers such as Matt Lamb scrambling to expand their herds. It isn’t — and not because cows are in short supply. Lamb says he’s reluctant to add to his family’s 5,000-cow dairy operation for fear he won’t have enough workers to milk them every day. That’s partly due, he says, to U.S. immigration laws that were designed for seasonal farm laborers instead of the year-round, seven-days-a-week ones he needs,” Bloomberg News says.

“‘They can never adequately explain why they can’t raise wages,’ said Eric Ruark, research director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform in Washington. ‘If there’s a labor shortage, you raise wages. That’s classic supply-and- demand. Maximizing profits for the producer should not be the main goal of our food system.'”

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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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    Mass Immigration Is Unsustainable on

    Don’t you just love it when a bill emerges from secret meetings and then supposedly has to be voted on before anyone has even read it? That’s what they will want on a bill which throws your current system under the bus (mass amnesty), radically expands immigration going forward, dumps millions of “guest workers” into a workforce with high unemployment, etc. Let’s just rush into that and figure out how it would work after the fact.

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    John Winthrop on

    Somebody has to do it…….else you can run for public office and do something…….

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    They’re going to “craft” their little bill, dump it on the public and the rest of Congress and then insist it be voted on in a rush. Any bill like this is going to have LONG term consequences if it’s passed. Sorry, gang of eight, you can’t be trusted and it’s YOUR fault. Chuck Schumer was a leader for amnesty in the House in 1986 and we got NONE of the promised enforcement. McCain was tough on border enforcement when he had an opponent in the 2010 primary. He was Mr. “just finish the danged fence”, but now he insists that it is finished. But his “virtual” fence is as full of holes as his logic. Everyone knows he was talking about finishing a physical fence, which is the only thing proven to work, but since he got reelected he thinks he’s free to backtrack. You couldn’t trust any of these people if their tongues were notarized.

    Not to mention that this bill is just a Trojan Horse for business interests anyway. It’s cast as “reform” but it’s also a plan for a massive guest worker program to undercut the wages and benefits of citizens. You think that a company is going to give an American worker medical benefits and vacation, over not having to give those things to temporary workers? Not to mention not have to pay matching Social Security for the imported labor. There is NO reason why all these things have to be tied together in one bill and it’s just one MORE reason to vote down this sellout of the average American.

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      Craft a Bill????

      Those lazy loots aren’t coming up with anything new…..they just got the copy machines running overtime re-gurgitating the old 2007 bill we already told them WE DON’T WANT.

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        I was being sarcastic which is why I had quotes around craft. It’s all the same old same old. They just don’t want anything concrete to be available to be commented on.