FAIR Alert: Speaker Boehner Hires Senator McCain’s Former Chief of Staff to Run Immigration Policy!

Boehner Hires McCain Immigration AdvisorYesterday, House Speaker John Boehner’s office announced that it had hired McCain’s former chief of staff Rebecca Tallent to manage immigration policy for the Speaker. Tallent, a long-time amnesty advocate, has been involved in numerous immigration battles over the years, including pushing Senator John McCain’s amnesty guest worker bills in 2006 and 2007.

FAIR quickly criticized the hiring of Tallent to manage immigration policy for the Speaker, and said it confirms that Boehner’s refusal to conference on S.744 is purely a matter of procedure, not a repudiation of the Senate bill itself.

Yet, the Speaker’s office defended the move. “The speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms — the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” spokesman Michael Steel said. “Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”

Now we need you to make your voice heard and take action!

1. Call House Speaker John Boehner today at 202-225-0600.

2. Write on his Facebook page.

3. Send him a tweet to @SpeakerBoehner or click on the button below.

Let him know that you want the House to pass TRUE immigration reform, not amnesty and not massive guest worker bills that undermine American workers. Remind Speaker Boehner:

• Granting any legal status to illegal aliens unfairly rewards law-breaking. Any form of legal status, including DREAM Act-style proposals, are just as much of an amnesty as a “path to citizenship,” and will do nothing but encourage more illegal immigration, just like it did after the 1986 amnesty.

• Granting amnesty and increasing the number of guest workers unfairly adds millions of workers to compete for scarce jobs when over 20 million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed.

• Guest workers benefit employers, not the U.S. economy or out-of-work Americans. Rather, guest worker programs lower wages and increases dependence on cheap, foreign labor.

• America needs jobs—not increased immigration! The U.S. already has the most generous immigration system in the world, admitting over 1 million legal immigrants annually, along with bringing in 800,000-900,000 guest workers each year.


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  1. avatar

    Incredibly, Speaker John Boehner has big plans to push a destructive and dangerous scheme to give amnesty and U.S. citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants in 2014 ….with the help of his newly hired pro-amnesty aide, Rebecca Tallent. The warning lights are really starting to flash in Washington D.C. over the weak and pathetic leadership of Boehner and his right hand man, Majority leader Eric Cantor. Boehner better start looking over his shoulder as his unhappy GOP caucus is becoming more and more disgusted by the Speaker’s weak, pathetic and just plain wrongheaded leadership. The truth is if Boehner insists on continuing with his present stupid and preposterous amnesty plan, he could very well be deposed as Speaker in early 2014.