It’s has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan’s process of citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission of Southwestern officials declaring the border secure. Not true. I’ve now got clarification from Senate staff working on the bill, and it turns out that the enforcement commission’s judgments will only be advisory, and are entirely nonbinding. Congress’ actions will not be dictated by what this commission concludes;
Republicans may, in the end, have won the frustration factor. Where are these new citizens, even the brightest and best, going to get jobs? When they see how the democ rats have used them, they are not going to be happy. Remember, they are, I believe, smarter than your average Obama voter. If they are really here for jobs and opportunity, they will discover it is best to vote republican.
When Bush was in office, (how long has it been now 6 or 7 years since we were talking about the illegal immigration issue ?) they were using a figure of 12 million plus.
Now they are trying to say we have fewer illegals than we did 6 years ago ???
I would agree with a n earlier comment above... my estimate is at least 20 million illegals (and that´s not even counting the hezbolah and other muslim terror cells that have come in through our southern border in the last 10 years or so)
Rubio got to Hannity and Drudge. This amnesty deal is getting the blackout treatment. Who can normal citizens trust these days? Nobody: not John McCain, not Boehner, not Tea Party fraud Rubio, not Hannity, not Drudge. The GOP is a dilapidated shack that needs to be demolished. There is no competing with a voting public that has been raised on free government cheese and brainwashed from Kindergarten to graduate school. No trophy candidates like Rubio or Liz Cheney are every going to change that fact. Besides, Hillary is going to sweep 2016 -- she already has the blessing of Ryan and Rubio. She´s already gearing up for it with her little softball interview with Greta Van Feminist. Time to burn the place down and move on. Game over.
Before the wimpy Republicans agree to any sort of Democrat legalization program actually swinging into action, they had better make sure that all the enforcement components of the deal are already in place and working, especially an enhanced e-verify type system to keep illegal aliens out of US employment, if not, the Democrats and their ethnic and immigrant rights advocates will sabotage those enforcement components administratively, through the courts, and in future Congresses. That what happened after the 1986 amnesty.
The deal should only give longtime illegal aliens a conditional immigration status, that allows them to stay here indefinitely, to work, and to travel to and from the USA. To go any further in "a path to citizenship" the legalized aliens should have to qualify for an immigrant visa to get permanent residence, as all legal immigrants have to do today, and thereafter meet all the requirements for naturalization, as all legal immigrants have to also do today.
The Democrats bottom line will always be a "direct path to citizenship" for just about all illegal aliens allowing the legalized aliens to progress almost automatically to permanent residence and US citizenship with US voting rights, knowing that about 80% of them would become Democrat voters as always has been the case in the past. The Democrats would never be doing that if they ever thought that a plurality of the legalized aliens would have an epifinany and vote for Republicans in the future. You can bet on that. Most illegal aliens are Mexicans and as the former Mexican President has said many times, Mexicans love being Mexicans and do not need or want US citizenship, they just want to work in the USA and be treated with dignity, so why are the Democrats rushing to grant them US citizenship?
Anything put together by a group with McCain, Graham, Rubio and that other guy is likely to be as out of step with rest of the GOP as is possible. And the chance of something from them getting through the House would be slim to none.
I think that very little of the Obama agenda, or the Obama-Schumer agenda will get anywhere. It´s gridlock time.
This is the Republican reaction to the election. They feel they have to ´reach out´ to get voters. They were told this repeatedly by the liberal media this is why they lost the election, remember? Who cares what it costs taxpayers, what it does to the economy, as long as they gain some perceived ´votes´.
Sad thing is, they will likely lose more votes to their actions than gains due to conservatives bailing to Independent, and voting against them.
The GOP is imploding, all by itself. Obama doesn´t need to go for the throat.
These Republicans do not GET it! Illegal Mexicans like free stuff too..the democrats are the party of free stuff. In a stupid effort to get more votes (which won´t happen because Republicans are supposed to be fiscally responsible..HOW can they be FOR illegals? Answer (it´s not their money used for the free stuff).
Why should Hispanic voters cast votes for the weak kneed Republicans after all the illegal aliens have been granted amnesty? There is no reason, as the Democrats will always out bid the Republicans in creating new rights and increased benefits and services to that population group.
Most illegal aliens are poor generally uneducated people who have low incomes and big families and need social welfare services to survive here. Historically immigrants of that class have become Democrat voters. There is no evidence that such a historical perspective will change, as the liberal Democrats already run and control the ethnic communities where most illegal aliens reside.
If the Republicans go along with a liberal Democrat plan that gives just about automatic US citizenship to all illegal aliens within a few years along with US voting rights, the Republicans will have committed what amounts to long-term political suicide when the Democrats use their many millions of new voters to change the political balance of the country greatly in their favor. Once that happens the Republicans will never again be able to win national elections and it will become clear why the Republicans are called the stupid party.
What did they earn? Contempt. Richly merited. Don´t blame this on Obama. Don´t blame this on the Democrats. Of such, we expect no less than concerted efforts to damage the nation and the society. No. THIS kind of garbage belongs at the feet of the RINO´s in the Stupid Party. Among them being Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Marco Rubio, George W. and Jeb Bush. Contempt, that they´ve earned, and the undying enmity of the citizens of this land. I spit on their shadow.
Folks you might want to start selling everything you have which ties you to this country and start looking for an alternate place to live. I still don´t know where that is, but the USA is going to go down the toilet real fast (ie much faster than it already is) if this passes.
What did the Repubs prove? Latinos will NEVER vite Repub because the Repubs will not give out handouts. The GOP are nothing but foolish SUCKERS. I have to laugh when the Democraps claim they want to help the RINO´S get the Latino vote.
Here is what will happen folks, I will map this out. Cut it out, put it on your fridge, and watch EVERY single part of what I say come true.
1) For the TWENTY million, not suddenly 11, but the TWENTY million illegal aliens, this new deal will give them amnesty.
2) There will be some ´feel good" measures in there, such as paying a fee, back taxes, etc. However, the ACLU and other groups will sue about this, and these "good, hardworking immigrants" will not pay a cent.
3) There will be no crackdown on paying these people under the table, or any serious work on the stealing of others´ identities and phony identifications. So, we will welcome and give citizenship to all these people, many of whom will not pay taxes.
4) We will allow them to bring over family members so that "families are not torn apart". Which will turn 20 million aliens into 40-60 million.
5) For the minority that actually do file a tax return, they can claim all their children and their "poverty status" and pay no taxes, perhaps get additional money sent to them.
6) All these recently arrived family members will get free medicine, school, college grants, paid for by the citizens of this country.
7) If you speak out about this, you will be labeled racist. You may be charged with a hate crime, putting your job and family at risk.
8) Your taxes will go up to accommodate.
9) Some will be happy. The liberals will get more voters, ensuring them a strong voting block. The Republicans will get an endless supply of cheap labor for their big business backers.
10) We are going to lose the Senate in the next election.
Thank you #25, I meant the House. And yes, I think it will be lost.
The momentum of illegal aliens converting to legal alien voters, the rise in minorities, the general dumbing down of Americans, and the rise of wimpified men and women voting with their vaginas likely has doomed us.
We survived Johnson and Carter, but with not nearly the amount of issues mentioned above.
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Culturally relevant government and history classes will be offered to TUSD high school juniors and seniors starting Thursday. The TUSD Governing Board approved the courses 3-2 Tuesday night, with Mark Stegeman and Michael Hicks dissenting. Board members did not offer any comment before voting. The classes, which will be taught from the Mexican-American and African-American perspectives, are replacing the Tucson Unified School District’s now-defunct Mexican-American Studies courses.
Congress is flirting with the possibility of doing something responsible, simplifying the tax code by eliminating some benefits such as those related to mortgages and property taxes. In the Senate, various grandees of both parties are pitching ideas to finance committee chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.). Perhaps you’d like to know what your man in the Senate is proposing? Good luck with that: To provide senators political cover and deniability, the committee put all recommendations under a 50-year top-secret classification, and restricted access to them to just 10 staff members.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) were among the politicians who condemned the rodeo clown who wore a mask of President Obama and asked the crowd if they wanted to see the president “run down by a bull.” The incident took place at the Missouri State Fair over the weekend. Clay issued a statement saying the act showed “an ugly face of intolerance.”“I am amazed that in 2013, such hatred, intolerance and disrespect towards the President of the United States could take place at the Missouri State Fair. Our fair is supposed to showcase the best
Park rangers are keeping throngs of shell collectors and surf fishers away from Cape Point, the most popular spot along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, so a pair of fledgling shorebirds can learn to fly. A barrier island elbow that wraps around the spiral-striped Hatteras lighthouse, Cape Point usually opens for public access by the end of July. (Snip) “We have American oystercatcher chicks still in the area, a brood of two, that are beginning to fly this week,” said Cyndy Holda, a park service spokeswoman. “They are not quite strong enough .
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) told Post Politics’ Ed O’Keefe in a newly released interview that the House has more than enough GOP votes — around 40 or 50 — to pass comprehensive immigration reform if it were brought to a vote.But Gutierrez said Republicans who support the idea are staying deliberately quiet to avoid a backlash from conservative activists.“Some of them I’ve spoken to, and they say, ‘Love to do the activity with you, I want to be able to vote for it, I really don’t need to draw attention to myself at this point,’
Matt Damon will speak passionately in support of America´s public school system and their teachers - but he won´t send his children there.Opening himself up to accusations of hypocrisy, the Hollywood actor, famed for his left wing politics, revealed his ´moral dilemma´ in an interview published over the weekend - and bizarrely blamed his decision on the fact that public schools aren´t ´progressive´ enough. Revealing he is to move to Los Angeles from New York, Damon, 42, claimed he didn´t ´have a choice´ when it came to his four daughters being enrolled into private schools there
President Obama will travel to Desert Vista High School in Phoenix next week to highlight housing and the middle class. The speech, scheduled for Tuesday morning, would be the latest in a series of talks on the progress made and the challenges that remain as the U.S. slowly recovers from a recession. It revisits themes that Obama spoke about during his first presidential visit to Arizona in February.(snip)Obama has delivered campaign-style speeches in the past two weeks on investing in infrastructure, lowering the cost of college loans and overhauling the tax code
President Barack Obama privately told Democratic senators Wednesday he is now personally involved in resolving a heated dispute over how Obamacare treats Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers, according to senators in the meeting. The president’s commitment was delivered at the beginning of Obama’s remarks to Senate Democrats during a closed-door session. At issue is whether Obama’s health care law allows the federal government to continue to pay part of the health insurance premiums for members of Congress and thousands of Hill aides when they are nudged onto health exchanges.
For incoming NBC News boss Deborah Turness, the task of turning around the embattled news division just got tougher. “ABC World News With Diane Sawyer” scored a narrow victory over “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” last week, breaking his 243-week winning streak. Sawyer beat Williams among viewers 25-to-54 years old, the most important category for advertisers on news. Coverage of the George Zimmerman trial and the birth of the royal baby helped “World News” win by a narrow margin of 38,000 viewers. ABC drew 1.917 million viewers, compared with 1.879 million at NBC.
Oprah Winfrey and her co-star in Lee Daniels’ The Butler Forest Whitaker appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night to promote their film. During the interview, Anderson Cooper asked Winfrey to relate the historical themes of the movie to the modern day struggles for African-Americans, including the Trayvon Martin case. Winfrey said she “loves” the film in light of the discussion on race, because it “brings context” to the conversation. She described how the film begins with a lynching scene and ends with walking into President Obama’s office, showing how much has “happened in the span of one man’s lifetime
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The former CIA contractor, who is currently in Russia with temporary asylum, handed over an internal audit and other top-secret documents detailing the illegal behaviour. Most of the infractions involved unauthorised surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order, The Washington Post said. They ranged from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of US emails and telephone calls, it said. The Post said the documents it obtained were part of a trove of materials provided to the paper by Mr Snowden
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Americans continue to harken to the call of the bodacious, idyllic, post-war, big-finned, fabulous ‘50s. Given a choice of any decade in the century, the public would most want to live in the 1950s, this according to a new YouGov/Economist poll. The 1980s comes in second - with some interesting partisan divides between Republicans and Democrats over the decades. And the numbers: 18 percent of Americans would live in the 1950s if they could go back in time; 20 percent of Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats agree. 15 percent of Americans overall would chose to live in the 1960s;
Ten days after claiming the premeditated lynching of Emmett Till almost 60 years ago was the same thing as George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin in what jurors determined was self-defense, Oprah Winfrey Thursday continued to inject racism into this issue. Appearing on CNN´s Anderson Cooper 360, Winfrey said, "It´s ridiculous to look at that case and not to think that race was involved" (video follows with transcript and commentary): ANDERSON COOPER, HOST: I spoke at length to Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey about the film and about race in America, particularly after the Trayvon Martin case. Here´s part of that interview. (BEGIN
Four West Pensacola juveniles and a 19-year-old attacked a 77-year-old man Monday night, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office news release. Demetrius Wilson, 12, Javontae Wilson, 13, and Keyon Black, 16, are each charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on a person older than 65 years of age. Alicia Wilson, 15, and Shaknee Golay, 19, are each being charged with aggravated assault on a person older than 65 years of age. The incident happened about 9 p.m. Monday when dispatchers received a report of several teenagers chasing a man with a stick, the news release said. The victim,
Climate change will lock the world into more frequent and severe heatwaves in the next few decades, researchers have claimed. They say there will be a ´several-fold´ increase in heatwaves up to 2040, regardless of how much carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere, but future efforts to slash pollution could stem the rise in extreme heat events later on in the century. The last decade has seen an exceptional number of extreme heatwaves around the world, hitting the U.S. in 2012, Russia in 2010, Australia in 2009, and Europe in 2003 with damaging impacts on health, the economy, agriculture and
President George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara said she would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016. Barbara Bush, 31, called Clinton “unbelievably accomplished” in an upcoming interview with People magazine, saying she wants to see the former first lady mount a campaign. The former Republican president’s daughter said that her respect for Clinton wouldn’t necessarily mean she would vote for the former secretary of state, however.
BOSTON — With 82 days until his likely reelection as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie laid out his clearest rationale yet Thursday for an almost-certain 2016 presidential campaign: He can win. Speaking privately to Republican leaders here for the party’s summer meeting, he touted his crossover appeal and presented himself as the party’s most electable option to win back the White House in 2016. “We are not a debating society,” Christie said. “We are a political operation that needs to win.” The 41-minute luncheon speech was closed to reporters at Christie’s insistence, sources said, but an attendee at the meeting offered a
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A group called The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) is planning a one million Muslims march to Washington D.C. on September 11th. The timing of the group´s march is seen by many as tasteless (to say the least) considering it is scheduled for the anniversary of the worst domestic massacre in American history perpetrated in the name of Islam. AMPAC ups the tasteless quotient by issuing "demands" for the American government. Staff has split wide headline.