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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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Today we must all be aware that political expediency and latino ethnicity takes precedence over rule of law and constitutional procedure. However you say – WHAT THE – what does this mean… in relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great reconquesta story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a two-faced, I mean a bi-faced, I mean a bi-lingual hombre can receive…the award for reconquesta, unlike Kenyan Hussein Obama whose reconquesta plans don’t drink water.

Amigos – comrades – friends, we are gathered here as an edifice of the great glory that is now vanishing and the intuitive feeling, based on the assumption as Mencken once said, “He who underestimates the American voter will never go broke.” This is merely a small indication to behold and to perceive that which has gone way into the behind and to that which might project .. I mean go forward ... out of the mouth ... i mean .. the future…we’ve got to rip up the constitution so we can rip down those outdated borders! Ladies and Gentlemen. The time will come when a first world America will outlive its usefulness. Marx, either Groucho or Karl, I can't remember which, maybe it was both or maybe it was Harpo, once said that America is the opiate of the people. I say that when America outlives its usefulness and becomes a majority latino nation , then opium...will be the opiate...Ahh that's not a bad idea... we are going to need that especially when the booze runs out ...

And the bi-partisan panel, has determined to give the prize to Marco Rubio for his EARNESTY’S RAINBOW. Now EARNESTY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius…he told me so himself and repeatedly …that he could change perceptions by calling his plan for knocking down those pesky borders EARNESTY …in other words, he could have been more specific, but rather than to allude to an articulation of the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity is the importance of our nation’s shallow first world existence. God damn!

Marco Rubio’s . EARNESTY’S RAINBOW – is a small contribution to a certain degree, since there are over seven billion people in the world today. 450 of them … million live in the United States and Mexico which is a very, very small amount compared to those who will be miserable and dying elsewhere…Well, I say that you will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where citizenship is a commodity and a politician can become a TV personality, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality…I, I, I said that myself many years ago…

But I do want to thank la Raza…I mean the RNC … I mean the DNC and it’s subsidiary the RNC, the organization for the $1,000 in affirmative action latino scholarships they’ve given out…tonight they took in over $4,000,000, but they do have expenses for their consultants you know, and I think that I have another appointment. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I, I must leave. I do want to thank you, and I want to thank Marco Rubio – acting el Presidenta of la Raza Mexiamerica and also Mr. Obama – acting Pharaoh and Drone Commander of the World – and also I want to thank Professor Irwin Corey and thank you. ...
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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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