Boehner Dodges Citizenship Question

Boehner Dodges Citizenship Question

“House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly avoided answering whether he supported a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in an interview aired Sunday on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation.’ Instead, the Ohio Republican talked about immigration reform more generally and refused to give host Bob Schieffer his personal views. ‘Bob, we have a broken immigration system. The legal immigration system’s broken, we have a problem with 11 million people who are here without documents, 40 percent of them, by the way, came here as legal immigrants,’ Boehner said,” Politico writes.

Time for Oregon Voters to Have a Say on Licenses

“Should illegal immigrants have the right to drive in Oregon? Soon, you may get the chance to vote on that question. Recently, a group of Oregonians operating as “Protect Oregon Driver Licenses” received authorization from the secretary of state to begin collecting signatures for a referendum on Senate Bill 833, the newly passed legislation granting “driver cards” to illegal immigrants. To put a measure on Oregon’s November 2014 ballot that will allow voters to approve or reject the bill, the group must collect 58,142 signatures within 90 days of the end of the Legislature’s 2013 session, which will be in late September,” says Oregon House member Sal Esquivel.

“On a momentous issue like illegal-immigrant driver cards, Oregonians deserved better than a fast-tracked bill, a cattle-call public hearing, and a cursory four-week window of engagement. Our referendum aims to do what the governor’s invitation-only work group and our hastily acting lawmakers did not: provide for a sustained and informative public debate, and include rank-and-file Oregonians directly in the decision-making process.”

Gang of Eight Orders Lobbyists to Push House Toward Amnesty

“John McCain and his fellow immigration gangsters called about 50 business lobbyists to the Capitol with a simple message: Pony up and fight. Delivering some of his famous “straight talk,” McCain told them they weren’t spending enough money and were losing the battle for comprehensive immigration reform. What’s needed, McCain said, was a national, coordinated campaign to push the House to act on immigration reform,” Yahoo News says.

“‘This is a political campaign. We’ve gotta have communications. We gotta have coordination. We gotta have advertising. We gotta have a real political campaign with the goal of winning an agreement from the House to sit down and negotiate with us with a bill. That’s our goal,’ McCain told National Journal. But the marching orders managed to anger and alienate both the lobbyists in the room and House Republicans they are supposed to be targeting. Neither group wants senators telling them how to do their jobs,” NationalJournal reports.

Americans Can’t Find Jobs Due to Labor Shortage?

“New Ricochet Podcast on Immigration: It’s 2 against 1, with me and Mark Krikorian discussing the current state of play with Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute. (Bolick and Jeb Bush coauthored Immigration Wars, which proposed a non-citizenship legalization for current illegal immigrants–an idea that seemed out of synch when the book was published but whose time seems to have come again). The podcast is only 45 minutes,” says Mickey Kaus at the Daily Caller.

“[H]is argument rests mainly on the notion that nothing could be worse than not passing a bill, because of the horrible labor shortage crisis currently afflicting the economy. Does that resonate with you?”

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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 worst kept secret in Washington D.C. is that Speaker John Boehner and GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor are both supporters of granting amnesty, legal status, and U.S. citizenship, to illegal immigrants. They must, however, be very stealthy on this issue because the GOP House caucus strongly opposes amnesty and could depose them if they are not careful.

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    BenDoubleCrossed on

    20 million Americans out of work or under employed and these idiots in Washington DC spend their time trying to sell more immigration and a pathway to citizenship to the American public??!!!! And all the while destroying existing full time jobs by pushing a failed health care system overhaul “Obamacare” that already costs more than the system it was to replace! And lets not forget Uncle Sam has been unable or unwilling to pass a budget in 4 years, while running the money printing presses like a fool and borrowing 46 cents of every dollar from China. Could we hire a bigger pile of idiots to represents us if we worked at it?

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    All these politicians are so worried that the gang of 8’s bill or another version will pass the house they are scared to death to say anything against amnesty. If the Democrats have their way these 12 million criminals will be able to vote in the next election.

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    The solution is DUMP all RINO’S (republicans in name only), and VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT!.

    What have they done for America?

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    A complete lie by Boehner. That 40% of those “without documents” did NOT come here as “legal immigrants”.

    If they WERE, they would HAVE documents. They came here on a visa that had a TIME LIMIT for them to leave. Which they IGNORED. These are not victims. They have broken the law. And Boehner and other Republicans need to stop adopting the La Raza type buzzwords, because we already have the Democrats doing that.

    Just like when the president of Mexico came here and stood before our Congress and condemned our attempts to enforce the law and got an ovation from the Democrats. Especially hypocritical because groups like Amnesty International has excoriated the government of Mexico for their treatment of those who cross their borders. Including numerous crimes committed against those people.

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      John Winthrop on

      Leland you do not understand our legal immigration…..I will spell it for you………….they came with visas and overstayed………………

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        You are incorrect, as is Boner. Leland is correct.

        40% of illegal aliens are over-stayers on B1/B2 TOURIST visas. They were never “legal immigrants.”

        Frankly, I don’t think Boner is very bright.

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          John Winthrop on

          Concerned that is exactly what I said…………once they overstay…they are out of status…hence…..illegall….

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          John Winthrop on

          SWE correction….overstay visas are not criminals……… a 21st century citizen………these people that overstay are also as highly or have a higher education than you and me. I am not justifying their stay I am just stating facts.
          I have seen them throughout the country, especially in Chicago…………………….Russians, Polish etc etc Doctors engineers……………………..

          The illegal population is not different form our population or any other….you will find all kinds. types.

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      Stanley McCumber on

      Illegal aliens is illegal aliens.. THEY HAVE BROKEN THE LAW. Put them all in FEMA Camps. or send them home, PROBLEM SOLVED.

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        Stanley McCumber on

        We donot have a labor problem. We have government giving away to much welfare. Why work for minimum wage when you can set on your *** and get… for a family of four almost equal to someone earning $50,000 a year.

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          John Winthrop on

          Yeah Stanley and too many AMericans abusing the WELFARE SYSTEM….39% whites….37% blacks and 17% hispanics……no illegals here…..

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      John Winthrop on

      Leland you make anybody to be ashamed to be an American……..this is what you said

      “A complete lie by Boehner. That 40% of those “without documents” did NOT come here as “legal immigrants”.

      If they WERE, they would HAVE documents. They came here on a visa that had a TIME LIMIT for them to leave. ”

      SO THEREFORE they became illegals and came legally and overstayed their visas……………