Category: Immigration

Two Different Views on the Cromnibus Bill

Congressional Republicans who voted for the Cromnibus bill are experiencing a great deal of backlash.  Following are two articles on each side of the issue.  One is an op-ed from Rep. Martha Roby  (AL-2) published in Yellowhammer.  The other is from Gaston Mooney, Executive Editor of Conservative Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sessions Denounces Senate Dems for Colluding with WH to Implement Exec Amnesty Post-Election

Senator Sessions released the following on Friday, September 5th after a Politico report on the President’s plans to delay action on executive amnesty until after the midterm elections.

 

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after a Politico report about Senate Democrats’ continued support for the President’s planned executive amnesty, modified only by their desire to alter the timing until after the election:

“A development today reported by Politico ought to send shudders down the spine of those who care about our representative system of government. In an article entitled ‘More Senate Democrats urge Obama to delay immigration order,’ we learn that Senate Democrats—instead of opposing the President’s executive amnesty—urge him to issue it afterthey face voters in November. As one office relayed to Politico: ‘Obama should use his executive authority to make fixes to the immigration system, but after the November elections.’

The only thing that is more shocking than Senate Democrats’ support for the President’s planned executive amnesty is the cravenness of asking him to proceed beginning the day after the midterms. Once again, powerful politicians are colluding with powerful interest groups to deny you, the American citizen, the protection of your laws and your voice in government. They don’t care what you want, or what you think—they scorn and mock our good and decent citizens for wishing their laws to be enforced.

Never in recent memory has the divide between the everyday citizen and the political elite been as wide as it is now.

Just today, the President reiterated his commitment to implement an executive amnesty that would include work authorization for millions of people who entered illegally or illegally overstayed a visa—allowing them to compete for any job in America. His planned action would also reportedly include a massive boost to the already-huge supply of low-wage labor brought into the U.S. for large corporations.

The immigration debate comes down to several central questions:

  • Does our country have the right to control its borders and decide who comes to live and work here?
  • Do citizens have the right to expect and demand that the laws passed by their elected representatives be enforced?
  • Should American workers get priority for jobs and wages?

Any Senator who believes the answers to these questions are ‘yes’ must support the House-passed bill to block the President’s planned executive amnesty—and demand Leader Reid call it up for a vote. Not one Senate Democrat has done so.

A sovereign nation establishes rules about who can enter, work, and live within its borders. In every imaginable way, the President has worked to dismantle these rules—on the border, in our courts, through our visa system, through our asylum system, through our exit-entry system. And with this planned executive action, the President proposes to scrub away what remains of these rules. And Senate Democrats will have been partners in its commission.”

Obama Requests $3.7 Billion in Emergency Funding

Take Action!July 8, 2014

Following criticism from the amnesty crowd, President Obama has retreated on sending unaccompanied illegal children back to their home country. However, the President is making a $3.8 billion emergency supplemental request to Congress to help manage the problem instead of working to stop it. The emergency funding would go to several federal agencies, including the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State, and Health and Human Services for more immigration judges, additional housing facilities and border patrols agents.

We are not surprised that the President is backing down from a tougher immigration policy; after all, his refusal to enforce existing laws and his promises of amnesty are the primary reason that thousands of Central Americans are trying their luck at the border, despite its dangers.

Additionally, regarding the unaccompanied minors, the William Wilberforce Act of 2008 requires that minors from non-contiguous countries be transferred into the custody of HHS instead of being expeditiously deported back to their country of origin. The bill was first introduced by former Senator Joe Biden and then pushed by Senator Dianne Feinstein, swiftly passing through the House and Senate in a 24-hour period during a lame duck session of Congress in 2008. This law prevents swift deportations and has led to crowded, unsafe conditions at the holding facilities.

The Congress must demand that this law be changed so that illegal children from non-contiguous countries are treated the same as illegal children from Mexico and Canada. This change in the law is the most critical demand because it will likely stop the influx of illegal children and families. Supposedly, the Administration will be requesting this change separately, but this change should be made before the President’s funding is considered.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled for a full committee hearing on Thursday of this week. The House Appropriations Committee hearing has yet to be set.

President Obama should not receive any funding until the following conditions are met:

  • The 2008 law should be changed so that unaccompanied minors, regardless of their home country, are all treated the same way. This means that they are quickly interviewed by Border Patrol officers in order to determine if they can claim “credible fear” in their home country, and if they cannot, they are quickly and humanely repatriated.

Then, through the Appropriations process, these conditions should be written into law:

  • No foreign aid will be sent to the sending countries until they agree to take back their citizens; and
  • All extra domestic money should go to the Border Patrol and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations to detain, process, and remove the illegal crossers. Emergency supplemental funding should NOT go to: the Department of Health and Human Services to warehouse illegals; to any agency to transport the illegals around the U.S.; and certainly not to the “charities” paid to resettle refugees across the nation.
Take Action!

Please call Sen. Shelby and Rep. Roby as shown below.  Please email your Congressman and Senators immediately, and demand they make these conditions for funding.

Senate Appropriations Committee (Republicans)
Richard C. Shelby, Ranking Member (AL) – (202)-224-5744
Thad Cochran (MS) –  (202)-224-5054
Mitch McConnell (KY) – (202)-224-2541
Lamar Alexander (TN) – (202)-224-4944
Susan Collins (ME) –  (202)-224-2523
Lisa Murkowski (AK) – (202)-224-6665
Lindsey Graham (SC) –  (202)-224-5972
Mark S. Kirk (IL) – (202)-224-2854
Dan Coats (IN) – (202)-224-5623
Roy Blunt (MO) – (202)-224-5721
Jerry Moran (KS) – (202)-224-6521
John Hoeven (ND) – (202)-224-2551
Mike Johanns (NE) – (202)-224-4224
John Boozman (AR) – (202)-224-4843

House Appropriations Committee (Republicans)
Chairman Hal Rogers (KY) – (202)-225-4601
Frank R. Wolf (VA) – (202)-225-5136
Jack Kingston (GA) – (202)-225-5831
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ) – (202)-225-5034
Tom Latham (IA) – (202)-225-5476
Robert B. Aderholt (AL) – (202)-225-4876
Kay Granger (TX) – (202)-225-5071
Mike Simpson (ID) – (202)-225-5531
John Culberson (TX) – (202)-225-2571
Ander Crenshaw (FL) – (202)-225-2501
John Carter (TX) – (202)-225-3864
Ken Calvert (CA) – (202)-225-1986
Tom Cole (OK) – (202)-225-6165
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL) – (202)-225-4211
Charlie Dent (PA) – (202)-225-6411
Tom Graves (GA) – (202)-225-5211
Kevin Yoder (KS) – (202)-225-2865
Steve Womack (AR) – (202)-225-4301
Alan Nunnelee (MS) – (202)-225-4306
Jeff Fortenberry (NE) – (202)-225-4806
Tom Rooney (FL) – (202)-225-5792
Chuck Fleischmann (TN) – (202)-225-3271
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA) – (202)-225-3536
David Joyce (OH) – (202)-225-5731
David G. Valadao (CA) – (202)-225-4695
Andy Harris (MD) – (202)-225-5311
Martha Roby (AL) – (202)-225-2901
Mark Amodei (NV) – 202-225-6155
Chris Stewart (UT) – 202-225-9730

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Sen. Jeff Session’s Powerful Speech on the Invasion of Our Southern Border

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U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), has become the leading voice in the Senate for protecting American workers from having their quality of life destroyed by competition from low wage illegal workers and upholding the rule of law and American sovereignty against Obama’s decision to ignore his constitutional duty to enforce our immigration and border security laws.

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, Sessions delivered a powerful speech to the Senate….(Read entire article here).

 

See the accompanying Press Release from Senator Sessions’ office here.

 

Below is a letter to Governor Bentley signed by leaders of several conservative Alabama groups, requesting that he contact the Director of FEMA and the Director of Health and Human Services for assistance in this border crisis.

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Immigration letter to Gov. Bentley Pg. 2

SC Upholds Key Provision of AL Law

Today, the US Supreme Court upheld a key provision in Alabama’s immigration law–the provision allowing police to check the immigration status of persons whom they detain before releasing them.  It also allows the police to stop and detain anyone suspected of being an undocumented immigrant.  The SCOTUS blog has a great summary for more information on the ruling.

 

Will the Strongest Immigration Bill in Country Be Weakened?

Will the strongest immigration bill in the country be weakened?  Not if we can help it.  Call your Senator and make it clear that you want them to pass SB541 if they decide to make any changes to the immigration law.  HB658 is NOT acceptable!!  Below are some good examples of how HB658 will weaken HB56.

 

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW HB 658 WEAKENS HB 56?  (None of the following are in SB 541.)

  • HB 658 repeals the provision that makes it a crime to encourage/induce illegal aliens to move to/remain in Alabama.  Yet federal law prohibits “encouraging or inducing aliens to come to or reside in the United States.”
  • HB 658 adds exclusion for churches or church-related organizations so they can knowingly conceal, harbor or shield aliens.  There is exemption in federal law for bona fide nonprofit religious groups, but the exception in HB 658 is very broad and goes beyond that which is exempt under federal law. 
  • HB 658 restricts definitions of “contractor” and “state funded entity” to mean only entities that receive more than 50% total revenue (within last three years) from public funds.  HB 56 prohibits hiring of any unauthorized aliens and requires all contractors to use E-Verify.
  • HB 658 raises the bar of proof prohibitively high for employees to prove employers fired/replaced them with illegal aliens so that employers can get virtual immunity.
  • HB 658 removes the permanent revocation of business licenses after the second violation.  Employers cannot be penalized if second and third violations are not within 5 years of first.

SB541 Is The Right Fix For Alabama’s Immigration Law

Senator Scott Beason, a co-sponsor of HB56, has introduced a bill (SB541) to tweak that legislation and make it easier to enforce and easier to defend in court.  Sen. Beason’s bill was approved by a Senate Committee today and heads to the floor for a full vote.  HB56’s original sponsor, Rep. Micky Hammon, has also introduced a bill (HB658)to address some issues with the immigration law, but many feel that it changes too much, thus endangering HB56 with the courts, and substantially weakens the original legislation. SB541, however, does exactly what GOP leaders promised they would do–it tweaks the law to make it more effective and more enforceable without making it weaker.

Please call your Legislators ASAP to let them know you support SB541 and want them to stand firm against weakening HB56.