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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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“We have to make sure we don’t get overwhelmed by people who want to destroy us,” Gohmert said, citing claims that radical Islamists are traveling to Mexico, blending in by assuming Spanish surnames and entering the U.S, undetected.

“We have an obligation in this country to make sure those who come in want to be a part of the greatest nation,” Gohmert said. “We have to first secure the border so only lawful people come in. Let’s secure the border and then we can work out an immigration package.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said the U.S. can’t afford to open its borders to all comers. As it is, 620,000 to 1.05 million immigrants have been granted American citizenship in each of the past five years. Only those capable of becoming “net tax producers” who “generate more than they consume” should be admitted.

“No one else comes close to being as generous as America is with its citizenship,” Brooks said. “The immigration issue is not about whether America is compassionate and generous — we are. The immigration issue is about whether America has the financial resources to accept all of the world’s immigrants into America. There are hundreds of millions of foreigners who, if they could, would immigrate to America.”

Brooks also said he “can’t ratify illegal conduct with my vote” by providing those in the country illegally with a path to citizenship.

“American citizens who have elected me to office to the U.S. Congress have done so because I support the rule of law,” he said. “The American citizens I know from all backgrounds – they support the rule of law. And that means you do not sacrifice your principles for political expediency. That’s the wrong direction to go. That undermines what makes America a great country.”

On the other hand, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said a key consideration in negotiations over immigration reform is making sure “that the pathway to citizenship not be a false promise.”

To this point, Leahy said, the committee has worked in a bipartisan way to “resoundingly reject efforts to put up illusive preconditions that would be nothing more than obstacles to that reaching that goal.”

So the committee is moving ahead. In addition to the provision providing legal status to undocumented workers already here, the bill requires employers to implement the E-verify system to detect illegal workers, offers a new visa program for low-skilled workers and calls on the Department of Homeland Security to develop a $4.5 billion plan to gain effective control of the porous Mexican border.

On Tuesday, the committee adopted an amendment from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member who opposes the bill, which requires the Department of Homeland Security to provide the U.S. Border Patrol with information about the status of student visas at all 329 ports of entry.

The provision, adopted unanimously, comes in reaction to information that an alleged accomplice to the Boston Marathon bombers had overstayed his student visa.

Also read: Immigrating to America Is Not an Entitlement

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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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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