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Bridget Johnson


April 22, 2013 - 2:27 pm

The most-watched Senate Republican in the Group of Eight bipartisan immigration negotiators carefully responded to arguments for and against delaying the bill in light of the Boston terror attacks by Chechen immigrants.

“Let no one be so cruel as to try to use the heinous acts of these two young men last week to derail the dreams, and futures of millions of hardworking people,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) said today.

Earlier, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to put the bill on hold until the attacks are better understood and national security considerations are addressed in the legislation.

“The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system. If we don’t use this debate as an opportunity to fix flaws in our current system, flaws made even more evident last week, then we will not be doing our jobs,” Paul wrote.

“I disagree with those who say that the terrorist attack in Boston has no bearing on the immigration debate,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in the wake of the arguments.

“Any immigration reform we pursue should make our country safer and more secure. If there are flaws in our immigration system that were exposed by the attack in Boston, any immigration reform passed by Congress this year should address those flaws,” he continued. “Congress needs time to conduct more hearings and investigate how our immigration and national security systems could be improved going forward.”

“The attack reinforces why immigration reform should be a lengthy, open and transparent process, so that we can ask and answer important questions surrounding every facet of the bill. But we still have a broken system that needs to be fixed.”

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a member of the House Democrats’ Immigration Task Force, charged “there’s always a danger of a stalling tactic and using this raw emotion, this reaction of the American people have to what happened in Boston.”

“Yeah, there’s weaknesses in the system. But — and — and it exposes the fact that a broken immigration system that we are talking about as we speak, is the weakness,” Grijalva said on MSNBC. “Comprehensive reform that is being talked about as proposed legislation, that can be improved. That is one of the paths to more security for this nation.”

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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Buried within the 844 pages of the bipartisan immigration bill -- amid historic shifts in policies such as a path to citizenship for 11 million unauthorized immigrants -- are pet provisions of the senators who crafted it. (reported by WSJ)
1)South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wants more visas for the meat industry, a major employer in his state.
2)Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., pushed for special treatment for Irish workers; his state is home to a large population with Irish ancestry.
3)Republican Sen. Marco Rubio sought help for the cruise-ship industry, a big business in his home state of Florida.
4)And Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado wove in a boost for ski areas.
5)After months of difficult negotiations -- which nearly derailed an immigration deal -- the business community and labor unions hashed out a new work-visa program to allow up to 200,000 low-skill workers to come to the U.S.
6)Adding extra visas for meat, poultry and fish cutters wasn't part of that deal. Including it was the work of Mr. Graham, said people familiar with the negotiations.
7)The final bill sets aside up to 20,000 additional visas for meat cutters and trimmers. The industry employed 158,480 Americans nationwide in May 2012, according to the Labor Department.
.Are these "pious,holier-than-thou" We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC mentioning any of these 7 items? These are just SOME of the PORKULUS contained in this OMNIBUS IMMIGRATION BILL. Your corrupt legislators hard at work to fleece We The American people. Not one honest bone in one honest body in Culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC. Pray.Amen. 844 pages of PORKULUS!
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“Let no one be so cruel as to try to use the heinous acts of these two young men last week to derail the dreams, and futures of millions of hardworking people.”

Let no senator be so cruel as to foist more of these foreign mass-murderers upon us without so much as a background check. In one moment we have three dead and scores maimed for life. They are just bumps in the road to you Senator. I guess they just have to take one for the team.
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“Let no one be so cruel as to try to use the heinous acts of these two young men last week to derail the dreams, and futures of millions of hardworking people.” So, said Sen. Leahy. Let me rephrase that: Let no one be so cruel as to try use the heinous acts of one young man [Adam Lanza] to infringe on the rights of millions of law-abiding people to keep and bear arms. But I guess, the good Senator can't make that leap.
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