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7 Reasons Not to Swallow Marco Rubio’s Immigration Snake Oil

April 24th, 2013 - 8:07 am

7. Creating Endless Waivers, Exceptions, and Exclusions

The 844-page bill has over 400 waivers, exceptions, and exclusions. It gives enormous power to the secretary of DHS to waive almost any requirements that the bill imposes.

Giving bureaucrats the power to waive laws is a characteristic of Eastern Bloc and third-world regimes. The favored enjoy the suspension of the law. The unfavored must comply.

Current immigration law follows the American model, which gives the DHS secretary extremely limited powers.

Senator Rubio constantly emphasizes that aliens must work to be eligible for legalization and to get on a path to citizenship. But the bill allows DHS to exclude anyone who could not work because of “hardship” or simply “due to circumstances outside the control of the alien”  (page 102).

Tough economy? I’ll bet that’s a circumstance “outside the control” of an alien to Big Sis.

Also, the bill guts most state laws that prohibit the employment of illegal aliens. The anti-Arizona crowd stuck that into the bill.

The bill says an alien can be deported for willfully refusing to comply with law enforcement and security background checks. But then it gives DHS the power to waive these checks, and allows DHS to do so not only for individual aliens but for broad classes of aliens (page 634).

Over and over and over the bill provides tough talking points – border security, background checks, and more. But hidden next to those talking points are off-switches that bureaucrats can flip to satisfy the leftist open-borders constituencies who wrote the bill.

The bill makes America less safe, not more. It does nothing to fix our immigration system. It makes it much worse.

Senator Rubio has said in recent days that if the bill needs changes to better protect America’s safety and security, he is open to that. If he is serious, he should scrap this bill and start over and this time work with Republicans on immigration reform.

More at the Tatler: Audio Essay: Immigration: Can We Get It Right This Time?

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It's a Comprehensive Immigration Surrender.

Our legislators don't have the guts to enforce our law, not a one of them. They don't have the guts to pass new laws restricting immigration in any meaningful way. They just want a face-saving way to surrender without making the people too mad.

They'll just kick the "surrender" can a little farther down the road.

Meanwhile, the only would-be immigrants who will be hindered at all by our laws, will continue to be those who want to be admitted legally.
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To quote Hilary Clinton, "What difference does it make?"

The point is that he is sponsoring a bill that effectively throws American sovereignty out the window.
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Yeah lets do to the whole country what was done to California.

Not one single Republican in any state office here.
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Should the worst happen and immigration reform be made law , why aren't Republicans preparing to welcome all the new voters , give them help with Registering To Vote and any other important stuff , like letting them know that there is a party other than Democrats , and that there are important issues 1st , 2nd , and 4th Amendment protections to protect , and why they is so important .Remember - that these people are not coming from lands that guard the rights of their citizens .

Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights . Carry .
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If this immigration bill passes, there will be a flood of immigrants entering the country. Unemployment will go to 25-30 percent, 60% in the black community. Race war between the black and everyone else. Welfare costs will explode, medicaid costs will explode, just as Obama's health insurance/care debacle hits high gear.

It will be great.
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Make that three of us.
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7 Reasons Not to Swallow Marco Rubio’s Immigration Snake Oil

Number One: It's the same ol' same ol'. The powers that be (the "elite" or the "governing class" -- whatever) benefit; while the rest of us who compete in the workplace and who live outside of exclusive gated communities, pay the tab.

I would ask Marco Rubio, have you ever had a public housing project built next you your hitherto happy property? Say, a duplex inhabited by ... new arrivals ... from south of the border ... who have LOTS of friends ... and who do not see any harm in peeing off the front porch, when the need takes them? Have you ever experienced that? Have you ever had to call in the cops time and again to have to cope with that sort of crap?

No, I suppose not. And that is the thing. The people in Washington, like (alas) Rubio, have no CLUE how their 1.000-page laws and policies affect We, the People.

At the risk of sounding like a Democrat, the U.S. Congress is lousy with fat, happy elites who do not give a damn about the people who sent them there.

They have ZERO connection to our anxieties and impositions. And why should they? They have none of them. They live in their world, we live in ours. We are frightened to death of what the future holds for us, and they live in Washington, D.C. -- the strongest growing economy in America.

They don't have to cope with newly arrived neighbors peeing off the stoop in what used to be a nice neighborhood.
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Looks like by the comments, preaching to the choir. So all here, JOIN NUMBERSUSA and send FREE faxes to all your congressmen. WE need to band together, WE can defeat this. Go to numbersusa.com and sign up now.

We stopped this comprehensive reform under president Bush by joining together and faxing and calling, now we need to do it again as this AMNESTY is even worse!

In every fax I send, in the P.S. section, I always put this:

NO Amnesty, NO path to citizenship, NO government benefits, NO jobs, NO EFFING VOTE EVER. SEVENTY percent of AMERICANS are opposed to this bill! We don't want anything COMPREHENSIVE, or BIPARTISAN, NOT THAT THE GANG OF EIGHT, 4 DEMOCRATS AND 4 RINO's is even close to bipartisan.

JOIN NumbersUSA and help us fight this destruction of our country.
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Why don't we just open our southern border to EVERYBODY from Terra Del Fuego on north, meet them at the border with an EBT card, a section 8 housing voucher, a free medical services card and an Obama phone and an instruction video on how to scam every government program the Democrats can dream up.
When they are all finally here, honest hard-working Americans can go south and build something decent out of the hell-holes they left behind down south. They tell me there is beautiful, productive land south of here that could be made into a paradise on earth for people who actually will work and dream and TRY! Let the democrats rule over the SCUM OF THE EARTH that are too lazy and no-account to be a part of any productive society.
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Paul Ryan pushing this Comprehensive Immigration Turd with 5th Columnist and far Leftist Gutierrez.

Dead to me.
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Unfortunately the Federal Government can't be trusted to enforce immigration law. It's my understanding that this "immigration reform" bill also specifically prohibits state and local government from enforcing the immigration laws that the federal government doesn't want to enforce.

If we really want to do something to stop illegal aliens from coming to the US, we need to have some way that individuals can inflict pain and losses on the employers that hire illegal aliens. For example, victims of odometer fraud receive the larger of $1500 or 3 times the damages. Make it expensive to hire illegal aliens and they'll quit doing it. No jobs for illegals removes most of the incentive to come here in the first place.
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It's a Comprehensive Immigration Surrender.

Our legislators don't have the guts to enforce our law, not a one of them. They don't have the guts to pass new laws restricting immigration in any meaningful way. They just want a face-saving way to surrender without making the people too mad.

They'll just kick the "surrender" can a little farther down the road.

Meanwhile, the only would-be immigrants who will be hindered at all by our laws, will continue to be those who want to be admitted legally.
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I worked on the denaturalization project for the round of fraudulent legalizations that occurred under the Reagan amnesty. Fake documentation to establish physical presence such as fake electric bills, fake letters from fake landlords, fake records of every type. The rush to legalize meant that fingerprints were never even checked by the FBI. Many criminals were legalized and then nationalized before anyone figured it out.

Bottom line: the bureaucracy is incompetent to handle these types of applications. Talk about getting into the weeds!
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