Damn the Torpedoes, Full Steam Ahead

According to a CBS report on the meeting between Gang of Eight senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and President Obama on Tuesday, Sen. Schumer was quotes as saying “He doesn’t want to drag this out because that’s the way bills get killed,” Schumer said.

Why the haste? Because president Obama knows that the more time that the American public has to learn about the loopholes in the amnesty bill the greater will be the opposition to its adoption. Apparently, that also means that he thinks that Congress might be swayed by the electorate that put them in office. There is a novel concept – democracy might actually work and allow the majority to outweigh all of the special interests that have a stake in the adoption of the amnesty proposal.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    I believe the “birthers” questioned the wrong aspect of then-candidate Obama’s “American” credentials. What they should have looked at was the fact that his mother married two foreigners of different races and religions and he received at least some of his early education abroad. And, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of that, he seems to have grown up more of an internationalist than any of his predecessors in the White House. I have also heard or read that his single mother had to struggle to support herself and her children and needed her parents’ help to do so. That may be why he seems to think that less fortunate people from all over the world should be given the chance to come here, even if American taxpayers wind up supporting them.

    And, let’s not forget that he has relatives who are here illegally but whom I.C.E. has refused to deport. And, at one time, his father was up for deportation from Hawaii for having overstayed his student visa.

    Mitt Romney charged that President Obama did not believe in American exceptionalism. What he should have pointed out is that he doesn’t seem to believe in American sovereignty.

    However, we are all just expressing our frustration here at the forthcoming loss of our country if the Amnesty bill gets passed. Is anyone going to publish a list of Senate and House “Red State Democrats” and any Republicans like Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) who have not yet drunk the 2012 Election Kool-Aid (certainly not including McCain and Graham) so we can deluge them with phone calls and e-mails?

    And, finally, Admiral Farragut said “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed”, not steam, “ahead!” at the Battle of Mobile Bay.

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    The gang of eight, with their manifesto, plan to destroy this country by keeping the millions of illegal aliens here and inviting millions more. They don’t mention the drain on our social or natural resources, the overcrowding of our schools, prisons and hospitals, loss of American’s jobs, the burden placed on taxpayers, the Tower of Babel when English is (was) our one common bond, the total disinterest of becoming true Amercans by today’s immigrants and untold havoc wreaked by the invasion of our borders and by allowing the many other ways of getting the third world into this country. Evidently, they care little about their own children and granchildren. The gang lives in their own little world inhabited by happy immigrants who suddenly obey our laws and are ready to be ustanding citizens. Dream on,gang of eight. Those of us who love our country have a dream too.

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    So TRUE…As Americans learn MORE about this CRAP/BILL the more
    angry we are becoming…No AMERICAN is actually in Favor of the bill.
    It needs to be KILLED Pronto…..NO GOOD FOR AMERICA.

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    The 911 commission called for ending all immigration from terrorist and terrorist infested nations. It also called for ending immigration from jihadist hot bed provinces like Chechnya. The U.S. federal government has chosen to ignore this vital 911 immigration recommendation. Now we see TRANSPLANTED terrorists killing and maiming Americans in Boston due to D.C. politicians retaining dangerous pre-911 refugee and asylum immigration policies ….that are completely indefensible.

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    It is simply amazing to me that the people of Arizona and South Carolina keep sending megalomaniacs like McCain and Graham back to Congress year after year. They spend 5 1/2 years pushing amnesty for any of the millions and millions and millions of illegal aliens who crossed our border, and then say (right before the primary) “I’ve changed my mind… I’m against amnesty.” Rubio would never have won the Republican nomination in Florida without lying about amnesty. Further, we are watching American citizens getting blown up again because we have NO CONTROL over our immigration system. One of the Boston bombers could have been deported by Obama because he had a domestic violence conviction. Please, Florida, Arizona, Kentucky (Paul), and other states, stop sending these evil men to Washington. Let’s kill this amnesty together and make them focus on border security.

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    What we have is an immigration policy that starts with the assumption of the more the merrier. Just talk about the Statue of Liberty [we had 85 million people when that was erected] and that makes everything all right. We are on immigration autopilot, in which no one questions why we need a million legal immigrants a year, and why this so called “reform” will increase that by at least 50%.

    We are admitting people just to fill some quota, with real little idea of who they are and why they need to be here. Or why we are admitting so many at a time of mass unemployment. Some companies say they get two to three hundred applications for one position.

    As shown by the Boston terrorist incident, we admit people who come here solely because this country provides a better life than the hellhole they came from. But they have little loyalty to this country or Americans. These so called “refugee” programs get started and there is no end to them. It is a proven fact that Russians for one are heavily involved in organized crime. Especially gangs in New York and Florida who do nothing but steal information about American citizens and then sell it to crime syndicates.

    immigration has become some cult to which we are all supposed to swear allegiance, or you get called a racist, nativist, and xenophobe. But there is no reason we need the masses of people coming now, much less increasing that number.

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    Concerned Citizen on

    Right, Jack Martin. Meanwhile, a manhunt is underway for a Chechnyan immigrant who hates America so much, he killed and maimed innocent people who were out enjoying America’s storied public use of roads. Parades, races, protests…America’s road symbolize our freedom. The Gang of 8 is not so interested in that freedom.

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      Boston Has Some of the Strongest Gun Control Legislation in Place in the Nation Too

      Since 1999 to 2011, the Mass state’s “gun” homicides approximately doubled anyway. Also, if they can’t get guns easy they make homemade bombs taht even worse.

      The state is sanctuary and pro-amnesty too.