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While Scandals Grow, Immigration Bill Coasts Under Radar

House conservatives alarmed: “When we ignore the rule of law we become like the country many immigrants are fleeing," Gohmert said.

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Bill Straub

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May 15, 2013 - 1:34 pm
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WASHINGTON – While the debate over immigration reform appears to have taken a backseat in the public’s consciousness with the number of White House controversies suddenly swirling around, it hasn’t escaped the attention of congressional conservatives who aim to kill it.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed two mark-up sessions on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act with a third scheduled for Thursday. The panel thus far has considered 67 of the more than 300 amendments offered without altering or changing its basic thrust – requiring undocumented workers to seek provisional legal status that allows them to work and an opportunity to apply for permanent residency after 10 years.

That lack of change doesn’t sit well with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a panel member and an outspoken opponent of the legislation pieced together by a bipartisan group known as the Gang of Eight. Sessions declared he has no doubt that once they become aware of the scope of the legislation, “Americans’ opposition to the legislation will rise and that they will call on their lawmakers to do the same.”

“Americans believe in immigration but they believe in a reasonable flow of immigration that promotes assimilation and improved economic opportunity for both immigrants and citizens alike,” Sessions said. “It is perhaps the single issue in which both parties are most out of step with the people.”

Sessions offered an amendment that would have effectively capped the number of immigrants at 23 million over 10 years and placed a cap of 10 million on temporary workers — limiting the grants of legal status and work authorization to 33 million over the next decade. It failed 1-17.

“After today’s committee meeting there is no remaining dispute that the Gang of Eight’s proposal represents a staggering increase in the future flow of immigration — even as polling shows a majority of Americans believe current levels should be reduced,” Sessions said. “At a time when a record number of Americans are on welfare and have dropped out of the work force, our focus should instead be on helping struggling Americans return to the work force.”

Sessions and other conservatives are gearing up for what could be a protracted fight. On Tuesday, six House members declared their intention to mobilize against the legislation, maintaining that providing a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally makes a mockery of the rule of law.

“When we ignore the rule of law we become like the country many immigrants are fleeing,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). “It leads to chaos. Ignore it and you disintegrate into the same type of chaos from which these people came.”

President Obama, who supports the legislation, is failing in his duty to “protect the nation and control its borders,” Gohmert said.

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When are Levin, Limbaugh and Hannity going to man up for America and call Rubio out and denounce him and in no uncertain terms? Those three need to choose between America and their darling little boy Rubio. They keep telling us how against amnesty they are but they all just love Rubio, it’s main pusher, faceman and spokesmouth. What the hell is wrong with them? It’s like someone saying how much they hate communism but they think Stalin is such a great guy. They all need an enema.
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Rubio just said that the Obama scandals are the kinds of scandals you see in the third world, yet he is super amnesty's, which would go a long way in turning America into a third world county, biggest pusher, faceman and spokesmouth. What a despicable little worm.
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Republicans in the House and Senate should introduce bills to abolish the IRS. Now.
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The Gang of Eight Traitors: 35-50 Million new criminals and terrorists andded to America's population and $Trillions added to America's debt... What more info needed than that?
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This is whole point of this slew of scandals. Throw up so much smoke that crap like the Gangsters of 8 Amnesty bill can get through. If that bill goes through, Obama has won and the end of the Republic is here.
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I don't see where America promised citizenship to law breakers such as those illegally entering our country.

Where the hell does Leahy get the idea that such insipid blathering substitutes for common sense?
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Rumor is that since Trayvon is no longer available Barack and Michelle are thinking about adopting Marco as their new son.
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When are Levin, Limbaugh and Hannity going to man up for America and call Rubio out and denounce him and in no uncertain terms? Those three need to choose between America and their darling little boy Rubio. They keep telling us how against amnesty they are but they all just love Rubio, it’s main pusher, faceman and spokesmouth. What the hell is wrong with them? It’s like someone saying how much they hate communism but they think Stalin is such a great guy. They all need an enema.
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The truth is not pretty.
Why we started accepting anyone who can cross our borders instead of selectively picking those from all around the world that could "help" the country is beyond me.
IT will and is the end of the republic.
Once this round of amnesty is complete the false narrative of 11 million illegals will be seen for what it really is. Many many more than double that with a multiplier of three to that number.
Do the numbers and we are broke and headed toward third world status. All because the gang of eight had to cave to a socialist party that wants to destroy Amerika.
Go figure.
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It appears to me to create a defacto North American Union. Perhaps, that is why Demonrats, and RINO's support it.

Mexico's oil revenues should be taken to pay for all the anchor babies, ER visits, court costs, and welfare housing it's poor has demanded American tax payers pay for. What a stinking invasion!

Militarize the border now. No, invade Mexico, and build roads, schools, railroads, water plants, because unlike Afghanistan, Mexico's poor wants to work.
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Mexico's elite I'm sure prefer the status quo: The U.S. Paying their bills for them so they can continue to rape and pillage their subjects...coming to America.
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Human ATM machines. Robert Mugabe loves them too.
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That is too good of a deal for Mexico and not a good enough deal for the USA.
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Rubio just said that the Obama scandals are the kinds of scandals you see in the third world, yet he is super amnesty's, which would go a long way in turning America into a third world county, biggest pusher, faceman and spokesmouth. What a despicable little worm.
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