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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.”

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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After Passage Of Immigration Law, Unemployment Falls

According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alabama’s unemployment rate fell by 0.5% in October.  Compare that to the national unemployment rate which fell 0.1%.  Alabama also far out paced surrounding states.  Georgia and Mississippi’s unemployment rates both stayed steady, and Tennessee’s fell by 0.1%.

Coincidentally, September is the first month the new immigration law was in full effect.  While no one can conclusively say, it is reasonable to assume the law has been at least in part responsible for the drop.  Senator Bryan Taylor did a good job of explaining the impact in the Birmingham News last week:

While acknowledging it’s impossible to immediately prove whether Alabama’s strict new immigration law is driving down the state’s unemployment rate, state Sen. Bryan Taylor says there are signs it’s a real factor.

For one thing, the Prattville Republican who supports the bill said three of the five states that had the steepest unemployment rate drops in October have implemented new immigration laws. South Carolina, Utah and Alabama all have passed laws meant to curb illegal immigration, he said. The other two — Minnesota and Michigan — haven’t taken as tough a stance.

Alabama, Minnesota and Michigan each had a half-percent decrease in their unemployment rates last month, leading the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“It’s hard to draw a causal relationship conclusively, but it’s certainly plausible,” Taylor said in an interview. “It’s interesting that every time there’s evidence to support the passage of the immigration laws, the opponents seem to shift their arguments to some other reason for being against the bill.”

Opponents of the law will forever deny any kind of causal relationship between the law and the decrease in unemployment, but it will be interesting to see if the rates continue to drop.  They claim illegal immigrants are leaving the state in droves, and someone has to fill the jobs they leave behind.  Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be putting more Alabamians back to work…

See also:

Unemployment Drops As Alabama Immigration Reform Enacted

Most Alabamians Believe Immigration Law Was Needed

Executive Director Brooklyn Roberts Quoted On New Alabama Immigration Law

Executive Director Brooklyn Roberts was interviewed by Jay Reeves of the Associated Press on Alabama’s new immigration law.  A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 where U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn will hear arguments from groups who want the new law blocked.  Governor Bentley and several legislators filed legal briefs last week defending the law saying the federal government is illegally treading on state sovereignty.

EF of AL President Eunie Smith In Birmingham News Talking About New Immigration Bill

Eagle Forum of Alabama President Eunie Smith is quoted in the Birmingham News discussing how the new immigration law will help reduce the jobless rate in Alabama.

Eunie Smith, executive director of the Eagle Forum of Alabama, a conservative group based in Birmingham, countered that with Alabama’s jobless rate above historic levels at 9 percent, there will be lots of state residents who are unemployed or under-employed eager to claim those jobs.

“The bottom line is that if you are here illegally, you are paid less wages than those abiding by the law and often mistreated, so this law is good for everyone,” Smith said.

To read the full article, click here.

Reforming Alabama: Recapping the 2011 Legislative Session

Focus Of 2011 Session Was Serious Reforms

Last Thursday marked the end of the first Republican-controlled legislative session in 136 years.  It was an extremely productive session with Republicans passing several badly needed reforms.  The first of these was Representative Greg Canfield’s Rolling Reserve Budget Act which also had the distinction of being the first bill Governor Bentley signed into law.  It will have a significant impact on the future budgets and prevent proration for years to come.  Also noteworthy were Senator Trip Pittman’s reform of the teacher tenure system, the elimination of the state’s Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP), and Representative Jay Love’s legislation to increase retirement contributions by state employees.

Alabama made national news with the passage of Senator Scott Beason and Representative Micky Hammon’s immigration reform legislation.  According to Kris Kobach, one of the nation’s top immigration lawyers and current Kansas Secretary of State, Alabama now has the strongest law deterring illegal immigration in the country.

The legislature passed pro-life legislation including a ban on abortion after 20 weeks when the unborn child can feel pain (HB18).  Unfortunately, several pro-life bills got caught up in the filibuster process and failed to pass.  These include Personhood legislation that would define persons as all humans from the point of fertilization and the Health Care Rights of Conscience Act which gives health care providers, institutions and payers the right to decline to perform services that violate their consciences.  Also on the health care front, the legislature passed Representative Blaine Galliher’s HB60 which prohibits mandatory participation in any health care system, essentially opting us out of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

The legislature also passed legislation that will improve campaign finance records and improve transparency.  Two great examples are Senator Arthur Orr’s SB136 which requires electronic filing of campaign contributions starting a year before the election monthly, and then requires weekly filings beginning a month before the election, and Representative Paul DeMarco’s Fiscal Transparency Act which requires the State Finance Department to produce monthly financial reports for the General Fund and the Education Trust Fund, and to publish them in a prominent place on the department’s website.  They also took measures to improve election security by passing Representative Kerry Rich’s amendment to the Alabama Constitution to require voters to provide a valid photo ID in order to vote.

Businesses both big and small will benefit from Representative April Weaver’s legislation to allow businesses to deduct 100% of the amount they pay in health insurance premiums on their state income tax and Representative Blaine Galliher’s bill to authorize an income tax credit for employers creating jobs.  The legislature also took steps to protect the right to a secret ballot in employee representation by passing Representative Kurt Wallace’s HB64.

Another good budget measure passed was Representative Jack Williams’ HB13 which will allow for the use of life cycle budgeting in competitive bids and public works projects.

There were a few pieces of controversial legislation that sparked heated debate this session.  One such bill would have reauthorized the Forever Wild Land Trust program.  Eventually a compromise was reached, and the legislature passed Senator Dick Brewbaker’s constitutional amendment to reauthorize the Forever Wild program allowing the people of Alabama to vote on the issue in 2012.

Representative Jack Williams’ bill to grant the Jefferson County Commission limited home rule to levy additional taxes prompted fierce debate on both sides.  After passing the House Jefferson County Delegation by a vote of 9 – 8, the bill died in the Alabama Senate after a contest filed by Senator Scott Beason.

Another controversial bill would have enforced a sales and/or “use” tax on goods ordered on the internet from out of state.  Eagle Forum fought hard against this legislation and we are very pleased to say it did not pass.  To learn more about this bill, go to alabamaeagle.org.  Eagle Forum also worked against Representative John Merrill’s HB6 which would have lowered the mandatory school age from 7 to 6 years of age.  This bill was stopped in the Alabama Senate.

There were a few pieces of good legislation that didn’t pass.  We would have liked to have seen passed Representative Paul DeMarco’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (HB427) and Senator Cam Ward’s Foreign Law Prohibition Bill (SB61), along with Senator Dick Brewbaker’s resolution encouraging the State Board of Education to retain complete control over Alabama’s academic standards (SJR153), but time ran out.  While Senator Paul Bussman’s shared parenting legislation (SB196) did not pass, a constructive dialogue began and we hope he will come back next year with a stronger bill.

Overall, we think the members of the Alabama Legislature, Speaker Hubbard and Pro Tem Marsh deserve a solid A for this successful session, and we hope they will continue to be committed to passing the kind of serious reforms they addressed this year.