LA Times Editors Say Gang Members Deserve Amnesty

LA Times Editors Say Gang Members Deserve Amnesty

“The Senate Judiciary Committee is just beginning its markup of the bipartisan immigration bill, but already opponents and supporters of the sweeping legislation are fighting over which immigrants should be allowed to legalize their status and which should be deported,” the LA Times says in an editorial.

“Clearly it makes sense to refuse legal status to immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes. But some lawmakers, including Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), are backing a provision that goes too far, excluding immigrants who have no criminal history simply because their names appear in a database of gang members or on a gang injunction.”

Republicans in Secret House Amnesty Group Ready to Bolt

“Republicans in the House bipartisan immigration group are threatening to leave negotiations if they don’t come to an agreement Thursday. Reps. John Carter of Texas and Raul Labrador of Idaho both separately said the time for negotiations is over,” Politico reports.

“‘I think it’s time for us to move ahead with a Republican plan if nothing happens tomorrow,’ Labrador said. He characterized such a plan as ‘conservative immigration reform.’ That the House’s eight-person bipartisan group appears to be breaking down is a major development in the immigration debate. If the House does not come out with its own plan, it will make immigration reform a lot more difficult. The theory from Republican leadership was that the bipartisan group’s product would give the House GOP buy-in.”

Immigration the Major Source of Population Growth

“Immigration will be the primary driver of population growth in the United States within a few decades, a milestone not seen in almost two centuries, the Census Bureau projected Wednesday. The Census Bureau said immigration will outstrip natural increase — the difference between births and deaths for the total population — by as early as 2027, but no later than 2038. The differing scenarios depend on how many immigrants continue coming to the U.S.” the Washington Post says.

Rubio Amendment List Leaked

“Sen. Marco Rubio’s office circulated a list this month of ways to toughen security in the immigration bill he helped negotiate, including potential amendments to cut down on chain migration, to require newly legal immigrants to show financial self-sufficiency and to build 700 miles of double-tier fencing along the border,” the Washington Times says.

“Mr. Rubio’s spokesman said the list was drafted by senior aide Alberto Martinez and was shared with some offices of senators who were interested in changing the bill. The list appears to be a debate that lays out problems some critics have raised and amendments that could be made to allay those concerns.”

ICE Union Says Obama Administration Has Abdicated Enforcement

“According to Chris Crane, the current president of the union for ICE agents, the National ICE Council, President Barack Obama, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and ICE Director John Morton have all but abdicated their leadership in the enforcement of immigration laws and the protection of U.S. borders and citizens,” the Examiner writes.

“In a letter to Congress on May 9, Crane and a number of law enforcement executives complained that while business groups, activists, and other special interests were closely involved in the drafting of the proposed Schumer-Rubio immigration reform bill (S. 744), law enforcement personnel were excluded from those sessions.”

La Raza, Islamic Groups Will Get Tax Dollars Under Amnesty

“In a recent NRO piece entitled “Saul Alinsky and the Gang of Eight,” I discussed how, if Schumer-Rubio becomes law, federal dollars devoted to “immigrant integration” will pour into left-wing and Islamist activist groups to fund their own vision of that process. Now the 844-page bill has been replaced by an 867-page bill that makes the “Alinsky section” of the legislation even stronger,” says John Fonte at National Review.

“Apparently the senators wanted to make sure that leftist and Islamist advocacy organizations (CASA, La Raza, MALDEF, and CAIR and other Islamist groups) would not simply be grant recipients themselves, but would also be entrenched on the “New Immigrant Councils” that will help guide strategy, funding, and implementation at the local level. One could guess why the four Democrats on the Gang of Eight wanted leftist and Islamist organizations with such ‘legal and advocacy’ experience in behalf of immigrants placed on the new immigrant councils, but why did the four Republicans agree to it?”

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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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    John Winthrop on

    That is definitely unconstitutional as far as the law is concerned………………BUT……..what they can do is that if after the fact……if caught committing a crime and a gang member then you are out………………………

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    Re gangs. To many middle-class Americans, immigrants are people who docilely mow lawns or clean houses. They’ve never seen a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) tattoo up close, as many working-class Americans have. They’ve never heard fellow bus passengers, young people, saying that they’re forbidden to wear red or blue (gang colors) at school, or a young Hispanic passenger saying that he was glad that his brother was under house arrest – otherwise, he would have been shot and killed at the party where a friend, whom they had just buried, had been killed.

    There is ethnic bias in the media re foreign criminals. Mostly, they’re Russian mob members. Yet, in California, the growth of Latin American gangs is staggering. There are areas of Los Angeles county where African-Americans lived for generations, but now are being driven out by fear. The D.C. area has seen a huge growth in gangs who recruit based on their version of Latino pride. A good person has to keep reminding himself/herself of the good values and practices of many other cultures.

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    There are approximately 5 million people waiting around the world who are applying for citizenship through the established process. Why does this administration want to give amnesty to those who disrespect our laws and have come across the border illegally or overstayed their visas? Since amnesty has been discussed, the traffic over the border has tripled. People who are dishonest enough to sneak in will also lie about the length of time they’ve been here and there will be those who will help them.

    Open border groups have a lot of money to buy politicians, starting at the top. Who benefits? Cartels/gangs, drug dealers, human smugglers, prostitution rings, very low income workers who drag down wages and suck the community coffers dry. Why aren’t the media investigative reporters looking into the groups that are pushing for amnesty against the wishes of the majority of American taxpayers?

    I read that a search is on in Hawaii for an estate for obama to purchase. He’s going to dump all his costly, destructive, demoralizing programs on us and then head thousands of miles away to an island while we have to deal. He’s done his dirty work, who will benefit?

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    A few weeks ago, one of the South Florida papers carried a story about how much residents have to pay for housing, 41% of income, when the norm is supposed to be 25 to 30%, and how it leaves them less money for everything else. Shocking huh? Half the world is moving there, like California and New York City, and no one can figure out why housing prices and rentals are soaring. It’s called supply and demand, and no one has figured out a way around it. More demand for the same supply, prices go up. The British government did a recent study that estimated that immigration raised housing costs in that country by 15%. Again, not shocking, but if we do a similar study, the cries of racism will never stop.

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    It is time to do some RINO removal. Why is there any need for a “Republican” amnesty plan? The only “plan” the Republicans need is one that closes the border and enforces the laws already on the books.

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    It looks as though it is getting close to that time to renew my passport. Destination: Far Greener Pastures aka Not the U SA

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    To give amnesty to the millions of aliens in the country illegally as Ronald Reagan did,,it is certain that the successive waves of would-be illegals would find their way as those illegally in the country, and it would become a vicious circle., which would continue as the day is long..I understand that they are not apparently terrorists but it would be difficult to distinguish the genuine from the fake. Do not forget the Boston bombers found their way to US as refugees and keep in mind what the young one captured had written in a note that he left in the boat he was hiding.I understand the Democrats ,especially the President made a pledge to the community of the aliens that he would give his blessing to the aliens once elected, which he is doing as the elected President.If the amnesty is implemented,the population of the community would sky rocket.and the future elections would depend on their wishes.Politics should be out of it and the law should follow its course according to the law of the land…

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      At what point in time did our congress members fail to be able to discern right from wrong (illegal entry)?
      8 or 9 million American citizens unemployed, 11 million illegals allowed to stay in our contry and compete with our citizens for jobs, and allowing 1 million people to immigrate annually. Go figure! I say make illegal entry a felony; can I get an amen?