Gang of Eight Want NO Amendments

Gang of Eight Want NO Amendments

“All the members of the bipartisan ‘Gang of Eight’ pushing immigration reform in the U.S. Senate will band together to block any efforts by other senators to offer amendments to their legislation once it is introduced, the Washington Post reported on Sunday,” according to

“‘A bipartisan Senate group on immigration legislation is attempting to craft an agreement so secure that the eight members will oppose amendments to its core provisions, an arrangement that could delay the introduction of a bill, people familiar with the negotiations said,’ the Post’s David Nakamura wrote.

“In response to Nakamura’s article on Monday, Gang of Eight member Sen. Marco Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant told Breitbart News that his description of the process being worked on is not correct.”

Would Immigration Raise GDP Growth?

“Conservative champions of opening the flow of legal immigration into the United States are invoking economics in hopes of winning Republican lawmakers’ support — specifically, the idea that more immigration will increase growth and cut the federal budget deficit,” the Washington Post writes.

“The American Action Forum, a conservative think tank, will release an analysis on Tuesday that projects that an overhaul of immigration laws could boost gross domestic product growth by a percentage point each year over the next decade. That growth would produce tax revenue that would reduce federal deficits by a combined $2.5 trillion, according to the group’s president, the economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin.”

“Other conservative groups say expanded immigration will hurt the economy and the budget. In a 2007 analysis, the Heritage Foundation think tank said an immigration bill that was pending at the time would cost the government $2.6 trillion over the long run — beginning in 25 to 30 years — because of an increased demand for social services, particularly retirement benefits.”

“‘If the net benefits taken by amnesty recipients and their families exceed the Social Security and other taxes paid,’ Heritage’s Robert Rector wrote in the analysis, ‘the amnesty recipients will undermine rather than strengthen the financial support for U.S. retirees, even before they reach retirement age themselves.'”

Timeline for Bill Slipping

“Under pressure from pro-immigration advocates, Schumer is pushing hard to finalize an immigration deal by the end of this week. But several Senate aides familiar with the talks said Monday that it’s far more likely that the group will announce its proposal next week at the earliest. Rubio alluded to the latter prospect in the private conference call Monday, saying he planned to read ‘every’ page of the comprehensive overhaul, meaning it may take a ‘few’ weeks until the legislation can be unveiled, the source said. A Rubio spokesman declined to comment,” Politico reports.

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    The studies of those amnestied in 1986 showed they were on government assistance programs at very high levels 20 years later. Now we want to repeat this disaster with 4 or more times that number of people.

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      John Winthrop on

      Leland that is the reason they r working on this…….to make sure this time The People will finally enforce the law because let’s face we r accountable as a whole……no 100% compliance……….and that the system will not be taken advantage of…..I also hope by doing this, they realize further and they fix our system to make sure citizens do not fall off the radar and do not take advantage of it…… it is a good thing this is happening…… is waking up EVERYBODY!!!!

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    LaRae Bailey on

    If you really want to know most americans do not want any amnesty for illegals, we want them out of this country and off the welfare roles. they do not deserve to be here now or later. no legalization for any reason. Politicians want them here legal to gain their votes, ensuring the next election. the wealthy want them here for cheap labor just like the unions do. they will also gain new members out of this. shame on all who vote for this, it will haunt you on election day too.

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    These 8 American traitors are Top of the line in their field!
    Ignoring the will of the American citizen!
    If their amnesty scheme is passed these traitors will go down in history as
    the horrible gang that willfully destroyed the United States of America!

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      John Winthrop on

      You are so dramatic….
      So negative to wish on the country such a un-American feelings and future…..

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      John Winthrop on

      What lack of transparency………..eventually they will unveil the plan like it or not……or you would like to have a video in your cube of everything you do and say on real time in your company…..probably not….I thought so…..

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      John Winthrop on

      Remember we still have to protect our core freedoms…….we still have a beautiful place to keep and maintain otherwise………so be more accurate & precise when u use: lack of transparency……….