Boehner Says House Amnesty Plan “Responsible”

Boehner Says House Amnesty Plan “Responsible”

“Leaders in both parties voiced confidence in an emerging House immigration agreement, giving momentum to an issue that has been a bright spot early in President Obama’s second term. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) praised a bipartisan group for coming up with “a pretty responsible solution” on immigration, the first public endorsement the Speaker has made on the substance of secretive talks that have gone on for more than four years,” The Hill reports.

“They’re essentially in agreement over how to proceed,” Boehner told reporters at a press conference. “There’s a lot of issues here that have to be dealt with,” he added. “I think what the bipartisan group came up [with], frankly, is a pretty responsible solution.”

Will Rand Paul Bring Tea Party Along on Amnesty?

“Sen. Rand Paul’s support for comprehensive immigration changes and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants could go a long way toward helping get a bill into law, overhaul advocates and his fellow Republicans believe. It’s ‘a signal to the tea party and libertarian right that immigration reform is OK,’ said Frank Sharry, executive director of left-leaning immigration advocacy group America’s Voice,” Roll Call writes.

Four Factors Working Against Amnesty

“The next few months offer the best chance in a generation for the two parties to solve a problem that has bedeviled Congress like few others. Both sides agree the U.S. immigration system is broken. Both would seem to gain from a deal that clears a pathway out of legal oblivion for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. Support is building for a landmark pact. But while negotiations are progressing in both the House and Senate, an agreement is a long way off. As the talks grow more detailed, obstacles to a deal may begin to emerge,” says Time Magazine.

Sessions Says Hearings Needed on Secret Amnesty Bill

“Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and five other Republican senators are trying to stop the Senate’s Democratic leaders from rushing a huge business-backed amnesty and guest-worker bill through the Senate before it can be debated by the public,” the Daily Caller writes.

“On March 19, Sessions and the other senators sent a letter asking Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, to schedule hearings on the complex bill.”

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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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    The open borders lobby works really hard spinning fairy tales about how wonderful it is to have 20 to 40 million alien squaters. In huge numbers Citizens of a foreign power have broken into our home, evade arrest and refuse to leave (yes, possibly 40 million but almost certainly more than 20 million, see Immigration They keep repeating 11 million because the smaller number is not as scary as the truth.

    The respected Heritage Foundation has estimated that amnesty for illegal aliens would cost the US about 2.6 trillion (yes, TRILLION) dollars. The truth is that illegal aliens are a very heavy burden on our economy, but the open borders lobby will never admit that, even though there is plenty of documentation to prove it.

    $100,000 dollars to educate illegal alien children, K-12. Emergency rooms closed, free health care from a medical system into which they have contributied virtually no money. Free school lunches and food stamps, yes food stamps, and on and on.

    Why is there even a controversey over controling our borders and expelling illegal aliens? These are basic functions a nation must do to exist. Why do we have a government that fabricates one excuse after another not to enforce its own laws?

    The Answer is simple: the “controversy” is not about illlegal aliens. It is about getting political power by creating a huge hard core Democrat voting block. It’s about “political correctness” that intimidates many Americans of European heritage to support really stupid policies; it’s about small businessmen who think no one will work for them for low wages and no benefits (or they simply want bigger profits). It’s about labor union bosses who owe the Democrat Party (and some RINO Republicans) payback for government protection and favorable “labor” laws. It’s about universities that do not educate but rather indoctrinate our naive and innocent young people, it’s about almost all major philanthropic foundations being taken over and run by the politcal hard left, using their “charitable” money, mult-billions, to propagate the hard left’s perverse political agenda (see the book, The New Leviathan, by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin). It’s about the news media that is a propaganda arm of the hard left.

    It’s about a society, a culture that the political left has permeated and made so sick it no longer has the moral strength or the will to perform the most obvious and fundamental activities to preserve its own existence: to do whatever is necessary to secure its borders and remove the citizens of a foreign power who should never have been here in the first place

    There is a lot more but that is ehough for now.

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    Its Responsible Alright

    To “foreign/corporate overpopulation brainwashers” calling LEGAL Americans mean spirited racists if they want environmental planning and depopulation.

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        The system is fine now. Obey the law and apply. The only “improvement” needed is to enforce the laws on the books. And I don’t need to hear about how long people have to “wait”. There are billions of poor people in this world. They don’t get to come here just because they think it’s owed them. No country has such a system, including all the ones who constantly complain about our “restrictive” system. I want someone to give me a new Mercedes. Guess what. I don’t get it just because I want it, and I’m not a victim when I don’t.

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          John Winthrop on

          softwarengineer you should look into those countries……… should know JAPAN was always a closed culture…BUT Australia does have immigration from all over the World…it has a point system…………and you Leland…………… the time you and I are old there is need for immigration like the past 300+ years to be competitive AND enough youngsters to pay your and my SS………….

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            Immigrants on average are less skilled and educated than U.S. natives. Consequently they will take more out of the public coffers than they will put in. They will not be a net asset for Social Security.

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            joh nwinthrop on

            John Vinson i think you are living in Lala land……………all immigrants I see in the technology are as educated and actually more educated than the average american…….but to be FAIR what does education really mean?……you see Steve Jobs had a non academic one and yet became a millionaire……… I meant an Academic education……… I am appalled at your comments REMEMBER all immigrants are not all from Mexico and no education…………………………i wonder sometimes why the Europeans say we are stupid……………………but I will give you the benefit of the doubt.