Reid Tries To Rush Amnesty Ahead of Falling Support

Reid Tries To Rush Amnesty Ahead of Falling Support

“With a new poll showing falling support for the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced an accelerated schedule in which the Senate would take a final, up-or-down vote on passing the bill by the end of next week,” the Washington Examiner reports.

“‘I’m just telling everybody that we’re going to either file cloture on this on Friday or Saturday or Sunday or Monday,’ Reid said as the Senate opened its morning session. Filing for cloture means that a final vote would be held three days later. So if Reid filed for cloture on Monday, June 24, a final vote on the bill would be held on Thursday, June 27. The Senate’s July Fourth break starts the week after.

Obamacare Impact Favors Hiring Immigrants Before Citizens

“As I’ve outlined previously, under Obamacare, businesses with over 50 workers that employ American citizens without offering them qualifying health insurance could be subject to fines of up to $3,000 per worker. But because newly legalized immigrants wouldn’t be eligible for subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges until after they become citizens – at least 13 years under the Senate bill – businesses could avoid such fines by hiring the new immigrants instead,” says Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner.

Let’s be clear about something. In a free market, if a new immigrant worker can do a job better than an American worker for a cheaper price, there shouldn’t be a problem with a business hiring the immigrant. But when the immigration bill interacts with Obamacare’s employer mandate, it functions as a reverse tariff against hiring American citizens. It would be like subjecting Americans to a $3,000 tax on purchasing American cars, while allowing them to avoid that tax by purchasing cars from Germany, Japan, or any other country other than America. That’s not free trade. That’s government rigging the game against American citizens.

Sens. Hoeven, Corker Try to Push Different Border Amendment

“A border-security amendment being authored by Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., for the immigration-reform bill would leave in place the hard trigger for the pathway to citizenship envisioned by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, but it would seek to establish more objective metrics to define what it means for the border to be under operational control, Hoeven told National Journal Daily Monday evening,” National Journal reports.

“Hoeven and Corker had been working on an amendment to the immigration bill with Republican members of the Gang of Eight after an amendment released last week by Cornyn—which called for total “situational awareness” of the border and a 90 percent apprehension rate of border-crossers before registered provisional immigrants could begin applying for green cards—was widely panned by Democrats as a poison pill.”

Sen. Schumer Says What Does it Matter How Many People Come to the U.S.

“There was a striking moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s debate on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill when Republican Jeff Sessions and Democrat Charles Schumer argued over the number of immigrants who would be allowed into the country under the new legislation,” notes Byron York at the Examiner.

“Sessions cited reports suggesting the figure would be more than 20 million over the next decade in addition to the 11 million or so who are already in the United States illegally. Schumer took issue with that, although he wouldn’t name a figure of his own.
Then Schumer declared the whole dispute beside the point. ‘It is not that, ‘Oh, this bill is allowing many more people to come into this country than would have come,’ ‘ he said. ‘They are coming. They’re either coming under law or not under law.'”

Obama Secretly Runs Amnesty Bill Effort

“The White House is playing a larger role in developing the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill than its supporters publicly admit, according to a forthcoming article in The New Yorker. ‘No decisions are being made without talking to us about it,’ the official said of the Gang of Eight negotiations … ‘This does not fly if we’re not O.K. with it,’ a senior Obama official told author Ryan Lizza for the pending article. White House officials also believe the emerging bill will be a huge success for President Barack Obama,” the Daily Caller reports.

“‘If a Gang of Eight-style bill is signed into law by the President, it will probably be one of the top five legislative accomplishments in the last twenty years,’ the official said. ‘It’s a huge piece of business.'”

About Author


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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    sherri palmer on

    I live in NJ..this state ranks #5 with the highest # of illegals and you better believe that it looks like more.

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    It is being pushed down our throats that our immigration system is broken. Is it? Why do we need a whole new set of immigration laws? What are the problem areas? Why can’t those areas be repaired? The system can be tweaked to reduce the backlog of applications for those actually respect our laws enough to go through the legal process. The biometric exit system can be completed. As you all know, the biggest break in the system has been created by this administration – lack of enforcement. Let the police, Border Patrol and ICE do their jobs. Take the handcuffs off. Illegals in our area know they can’t be touched.

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    I am for the Immigration Bill after the House gets done with their offer and it is worked out between the House and the Senate. I would rather have FAIR write the bill but, then, no one ask me?
    Why? Because, it will only get worse. A tough Bill with tough border security, E-Verify and a system to fingerprint who and who is not coming in and out of the country is much better than having a “shadow economy. And no federal benefits! If this is correct! It should include tax reform. Will the Earned Income Credit be offered? Will the Child tax credit be offered. Right now, I believe those filing taxes can get the Child Tax Credit without being in the country legally but with the ITIN number – and, of course, they must have children. Many may be living illegally in the country with someone who is here legally and if they have children together, the one that is legal can file for both the tax credits and get up to the max. This has driven the IRS crazy and opens up the tax system to much fraud.
    The Justice System has done a house cleaning on much of the fraud in Medicaid, medicare and food stamps but the IRS is understaffed and dealing with constant rule changes which leave them little to work with. Identity fraud is rampant in this country.
    A problem with the bill is the J 1 Visa who lets Exchange students study and work and gives them work permits.. If Senator Sanders is correct – their are plenty of young Americans willing to work in restaurants, do landscaping work in construction and many other jobs. I do not think any visas should ease any rules that require them to give “American workers first.
    ,The premise of this bill was to bring 11 million people out of the shadows – so immigration status should be limited to those (and possibly immediate family of children or parents of those in the shadows. Sincerely

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      This will not stop illegal immigration neither will its penalties be inforced. All of the border security action items in the bill require that a plan be made not in place or enforced but just created the penalties involved can be waived by ANY official for any or no reason, the 11-12 million number was first quoted in 2001 dont think it hasnt increased for two yaers only they stated that the flow reversed that didnt overcome a million plus a yeat for the prior 10 years the real number is closer to 20 million and their immediate families who would then be allowed to enter under current chain immigration rules none of which will be changed by this legislation and the FACT that you could be allowed 2 violent mistermeanors on your record and the ability for officials to waive even more crimes for “humanitarian” reasons like family unity could bring far more truly violent foriegn criminals into legal status.and as far as “rules that require them to give “American workers first.” ha thats truly laughable Diversity initiaves that require that any visable minority gets first opportunity are in place at millions of businesses and that initiave will trump any other initiave.
      You are exactly why this BS will pass you have bought into the heartstring hype that has been preached relentlessy by the MSM the reality is far uglier and if this passes dont look for illegal immigration to end because we will have 20-30 million more “immigrants” wanting to bring their families here at any cost just like the current situation and they will just again “wait in the shadows” for the next time is right situation…

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    The immigration reform bill isn’t going to pass, its just smoke and mirrors to cover Obama trying to slide through a top loaded Labor board anyway. He is trying to pack it with pro-union democrats so that they can get rid of the right-to-work states that are stealing away the unions power and the money the unions are used to raking in. If he gets his way every worker in the country will be forced to pay dues to the unions.

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    The Democrats are just doing what the party of evil does. The Republicans are the party of stupid. They are supposed to be the party of the rule of law and moral absolutes. They should be united against this progessive bill like they were united against. Obamacare.

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    Beware the Coming Tide. I live in NY and Schumer is a bane to getting anything done that has a conservative ovetones. Between him and his evil twin Senator Kristan Gillibrand they have turned NY into a Democratic Dynasty that has a 68% Majority of Registered Democratic voters. The net resull? NY is a Welfare State with hand outs for all the uneducated and lazy. The same thing is happening to America as a whole. When is comes to doing the right thing or getting a Government check… the check always wins. Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time before we run out of checks and anarchy takes over.

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    Concerned Citizen on

    Sessions and Schumer are demonstrating two, distinct types of political culture. Sessions engages in reasonable discourse grounded in facts and syllogisms, and Schumer plays power politics based on force and mass numbers of allies.

    Sessions’s approach assumes that other people in the society want ultimately what’s best for the society and will pursue the best public policy through healthy debate and sufficient goodwill. Schumer’s model assumes that we have no real civil society, and future outcomes will be driven by those who are most willing to fight with the most force, legally or illegally. We need Sessions’s thoughtful approach if we’re going to be an advanced country long into the future. I would also add that a 21st century, technologically advanced society doesn’t need the 10 children model we once had as an agrarian culture, when infant mortality was high and labor was needed on the farm.

    Instead, we need creative, highly educated people who will raise economic output per worker, which raises our standard of living and wealth through increased productivity. The cost of getting this kind of education is high, so it’s only logical and rational when thoughtful members of our society are having fewer children, not more. More is better may play well in Schumer’s home state, but it’s not the best policy for our country. Or the world, for that matter.

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      What we need is to get rid of these clowns..I want to start a non-profit that lobbys for American voters and lobbys against illegal immigration, the death grip coorporations have on Washington, and supports fundamental change for the way campaigns are financed. I know, I know it is just a dream, but the thought of getting rid of my Senator Dick Durban (one of the gang of 8 – Who would murder his own mother to give illegals the right to vote (if they vote for him of course) makes me feel all happy and warm inside!

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    What has become crystal clear is that the Democratic party has become the legislative arm of La Raza. All those promises of how tough this bill was going to be, all the back taxes to be paid, the background investigations, the mandatory e verify? All gone. The party that once fought for the middle class now panders to lawbreakers. Not a surprise that this bill would be directed from the White House. Celia Munoz, a former vice president, of La Raza, is director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

    As for Senator Schumer saying that 20 million people will be coming anyway “under law or not under law”, this is the height of hypocrisy. He is the same guy who a few months ago was saying that this bill will not “repeat the mistakes” of the 1986 amnesty that he pushed for in the House back then. And NOW he fights EVERY effort to put any enforcement in this bill. Expecting people to obey the law is now a “poison pill”. This is the same guy who has been selling out tech workers for years in this country, which his ever escalating demands for more H1B visas. He and Harry Reid have met with the directors of Indian tech companies and assured them they will seek more visas for their workers. How about meeting with American tech workers looking for work? Or demand that tech companies train Americans?

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      Just to add to what I said, if Chuck Schumer is claiming that we are unable to pass laws that ensure people are in this country legally, then he needs to resign and let someone else do the job. I mean, your credit card can be cleared for your use only at a gas pump in 15 seconds, but we can’t figure out who is working here legally?

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      I am an independant voter, and after the way the Bush administration screwed the country up I have voted Democratic in the last two elections, but these jackasses who are willing to destroy the country in the name of gettting votes to keep themselves in power (THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY) has convinced me to vote a staight Republican ticket next time (of course some of the Republicans support this BS to so what can you do)?