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Bridget Johnson


April 18, 2013 - 6:40 am

The Senate Group of Eight will expound on their 844-page immigration reform bill at a press conference this afternoon, in advance of the first hearing on the legislation tomorrow morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is set to testify.

But the House could come back with its own answer to the bill.

The Group of Eight House members working on their solution consists of Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), John Carter (R-Texas), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).

“Americans want to see the nation’s broken immigration system fixed, and they know it will take bipartisanship to solve this problem in a sensible and rational way. This week, a bipartisan group of Senators stepped forward to introduce their proposal, and we applaud their effort. We are also working on a good faith, bipartisan effort in the House,” the group said.

“We believe we will soon agree on a reasonable, common-sense plan to finally secure our borders and strengthen our economy with a tough but fair process that respects the rule of law so immigrants can contribute to our country. While we have made substantial progress, we continue to work diligently towards a bill that keeps America strong, competitive and true to our values.”

Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) office sent out a series of emails yesterday detailing “myths” peddled and calling out conservative sites including RedState, Michelle Malkin, and Breitbart.

“In addition to enhancing technology and fencing at the border, the ‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013′ includes a provision to give rural residents and business owners near the Mexican border access to cell service and phones so they can quickly report border violence to the police and the Department of Homeland Security. This provision was included in the ‘Border Security Enforcement Act of 2011′, in response to the case of Robert Krentz, an Arizona rancher who was murdered on his property and did not have the ability to communicate directly with law enforcement because of his rural location. Giving people living and working on the Mexican border the ability to communicate directly with law enforcement is important to securing our border,” Rubio’s office said.

“If this bill becomes law, it would not immediately grant legal status to anyone here illegally. On day one, no illegal immigrant is rewarded with anything. On day one, the clock starts running on the Department of Homeland Security meeting the mandatory security triggers – implementing an effective border security plan, mandatory employment verification for all businesses, and full implementation of an exit system. Sixth months later, after the border security and border fence plans are created, funded, and initiated, undocumented immigrants will be able to come forward, must submit to and pass background checks, be fingerprinted, pay fines, pay taxes, prove gainful employment, go to the back of the line, and prove they have had a physical presence in the U.S. since before 2012, among other measures. And if they meet all these requirements, they will earn a temporary status allowing them to work. If they don’t, they will be deported,” another email said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Anything involving Luis Gutierrez will be neither reasonable nor common-sense.
1 year ago
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800 or more pages of "smoke-and-mirrors" especially if "Keating five" master manipulator had his hand in it (read:McCain). Here's the RIGHT WAY TO DO IT:
Right this minute, in USCIS's files, processing centers, immigration attorney's files, immigration courts et al, about 1 millionLEGAL ALIEN applicants for permanent residency, business investments, skilled professionals, and specific catagories are awaiting their adjudications.These 1 million or so applicants have filed their I-129, I-130, Background Information, presented requested police reports, financial reports, affidavits, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificates etc. and in turn received from USCIS their WAC receipt numbers as well as their "A" numbers, too...LEGALLY!!!
Since these 1 million or so LEGAL ALIENS have expended huge amounts of (finances)time, effort, and diligence as a requirement of LEGALLY fulfilling all RULE OF LAW requirements in order to, three years hence, apply for and become naturalized US citizens...why not expedite ALL these LEGAL ALIENS already in line to a 90-day approval period? Currently, granting to some 22 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS a "fast track" to citizenry, thus awarding these ne'er-do-wells who jumped the fence, skirting America's Rule of Law, a prized possession of American Citizenship...cheapens and ruins all those former LEGAL ALIENS' efforts as it does those 1 million or so currently in line.
If We The Elite People of Culture of Corruption in all of Washington DC insist on granting 22 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS citizenship, who CONGRESS allowed to "jump fences," then have these ILLEGAL ALIENS file all USCIS's necessary paper work, assign them an ILLEGAL ALIEN classification(on all their paperwork, too), put them in a "special catagory" and process them ALL (anchor babies, too)in an extended ten(10) year time frame (or longer). With an applicattion period for Naturalization of 5 years. Total 15 years from when ILLEGAL ALIENS first "jump the fence" to citizenship.
Meanwhile all I-129 and I-130 applicants (LEGAL ALIENS) are processed in an expedited, shorter, 90-day fast track. With a 1 year "waiting period" for application for naturalization (must learn to read, write and speak english in 1 years time).
Immediate results of this "switching" of priorities, is to discourage, jumping fences (takes 15 years to citizenship) while, if ILLEGAL ALIENS do it LEGALLY takes a mere three (3)years or less. These ne'er-do-wells will prefer to self-deport, follow these new RULE OF LAW processes and pay all dues expected. A simple fix for an 800 or so page goobly-gook, flim-flammery proposed Immigration reform that will make a mockery of Americans, America and all naturalized citizens. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Takes advantage of all systems CURRENTLY IN PLACE...not one single new bureaucracy.
1 year ago
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"...a reasonable, common-sense plan..."

These words coming from a group containing politicians of both parties prove that whatever they're for, is wrong.
1 year ago
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...if they're serious about getting public support for their idea, they should avoid that phrase -- it's become a red flag thanks to the gun grabbers.
1 year ago
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With all due respect to Sen. Rubio, he seems to be putting a whole lot of faith in the government's willingness to enforce the law. Not seeing it. Afterall, this is the same government that sued the state of Arizona to prevent the enforcement of immigration law. And what is with giving DHS six months to come up with a plan for border security? Don't they already have a plan? Wasn't the border supposed to be secured all along? How long will it take to implement the plan once they come up with it? What happens if the law passes and then the government decides that they don't feel like securing the border? Rubio's answer seems to be "trust me". No thanks.
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