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June 20, 2013 - 6:54 am

Shot:

ABC News has confirmed that the Senate “Gang of Eight” has reached an agreement to strengthen border security provisions in their bill that they hope will deliver the 70 crucial votes needed for the measure.

According to a high ranking Senate aide, a formal announcement is expected Thursday morning.

A second capitol hill source tells ABC News the agreement will include a major border  build up, with a huge increase in border personnel and an increase in fencing. Attaching the amendment could bring the larger piece of legislation closer to the goal of 70 votes that some members of the Gang of Eight have envisioned.

Chaser:

The Corker-Hoeven proposal would reportedly require a 90 percent apprehension rate at the border, and would use certain metrics to determine whether that number had been hit in order to trigger the vaunted path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country. “How do you have assurance that you’ve secured the order before you get to the Green Card?” said Hoeven. “We’ll put the plan in there specifically, and then based on the number of folks you identify, you’ve got to stop at least 90 percent, arrest them or turn them back.”

Democrats implied they were less than thrilled with the deal, with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) stating that Democrats had caved to “virtually everything” Republicans wanted. “I’ve reached one bipartisan agreement,” Durbin said. “When I look at the road from here to becoming a law, I see a lot of right turns. No left turns.”

It remains unexplained how the government would identify the illegal immigrants crossing the border so as to reach that 90 percent determination; it also remains unclear who would make that determination, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Congress, or some other administrative agency.

That last part is pretty important, no?

I don’t want to start making attack videos to get the Gang’s attention. But I will if they keep this up.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Obama would not accept that high a leakage rate on free condoms.
1 year ago
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An FYI for all my fellow Floridians, if you call Rubio's senate office to voice an opinion you will get a recording asking you to leave a message followed by a second recording informing you that Rubio's voice mailbox is full. One would think that a standing senator would have enough office staff to monitor his calls so that he wouldn't miss any important messages from his constituents but no, on the day of a very important vote, it is impossible for constituents to get in touch with him. Great optics you've got going there, Marco.
1 year ago
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Today they add 20,000 border agents - tomorrow they issue 12-20 million green cards as a 'welcome' for all those 'new' Americans. The day after tomorrow 20,000 new border agents get their layoff notices.

How stupid do these morons really think we are?
1 year ago
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Do you REALLY want an answer to that question?

;-)
1 year ago
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More republicans are jumping ship every day as they hear from their constituents back home...keep up the good work!!! Keep burning the phone lines and internet up on Capitol Hill...especially in Old Yellowstain Boehner's office. All together WE will defeat this abomination!

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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When real border security is achieved there should be more impact noticeable than just numbers of illegals apprehended.

1. Decreases in availability of illegal drugs. The bales of marijuana, the meth and much more being muled across the border by the drug gangs would cause a sharp spike in street prices as supply drops. Addicts complaining about not having access and signing up for rehab would rise. Arrests for possession would plummet.

2. With decreased cross-border traffic the drug gangs will turn on each other in all-out war. Their war chests will shrink, leaving less money to obtain weapons and ammo and pay their men. Being starved of dollars they must slay each other to stay in business.

3. With less dollars in the hands of drug lords the Mexican military and police will have less reason to defect or do deals to supply the weapons given to them by the State Department to the drug lords. As money dries up for the drug lords and attrition reduces their numbers of fighters and supplies of weapons/ammo they will be easier to actually defeat.

3. As the number of illegals sending money back to Mexico drops the Mexican government will face pressure to actually make reforms.

These effects of a more effectively secure border have impacts far above just numbers of illegals captured.
1 year ago
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You make a lot of sense but I think you are being way too optimistic. Everything Rubio has said revolves around "getting people out of the shadows" and your premise is essentially based on that as well. My question is: why would illegals come out of the shadows? Too voluntarily pay fines and back taxes? Some maybe but the vast majority of illegals show no interest in being citizens and there really is no incentive for them to do so. There are no penalities or loss of benefits for remaining in the shadows and many incentives for doing just that.

You are assuming that illegal drugs will decrease due to increased border security but I have absolutely no reason to believe that the border will be secured. If so, why has the federal government fought so hard against it? Illegal drugs will remain illegal. The only way to take the profit out of illegal drugs is to make them legal.

Unlike you, I am a pessimest (or as I like to think, realist) and I think that the numbers of illegals crossing the border will at best stay the same and in all likelihood increase.
1 year ago
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Every time I hear someone talking about bringing illegals out of the shadows I have to laugh. Indeed! Why the hell would illegals want to give up their tax-free jobs? Would it make the girlfriend and kids have to give up welfare - medical - dental - etc? Far from being a tough life - life is good for illegals. I live in the heart of the Columbia Basin - half of the population here is hispanic - and most of those are illegally here - the guys work for cash - the girlfriend and 3-5 kids are on state welfare/foodstamps/medicaid etc. Figuring in all the benefits that a family of 5 gets there is no incentive whatever to leave the shadows to pay taxes and give up those 'side' benefits showered upon them by the states.

Rubio is pandering for votes - PERIOD!
1 year ago
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That has been my experience living in Florida. The anchor baby isn't for obtaining citizenship it is for obtaining welfare. That isn't going to change and why should it? As you say, the economic incentives lean towards remaining illegal.
1 year ago
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Absolutely correct
1 year ago
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I sent an angry, and somewhat impolite, email to my senator Marco Rubio yesterday. Bottom line is that I'm tired of the BS and that is what this is. We have an immigration problem because the government does not enforce immigration law. That is what caused the problem and looking to government for a solution absolute, unmitigated BS insanity. I'm sorry, polite words fail me. Why are they promising us a ninety-percent apprehension rate? Why not a hundred percent or, heck, two hundred percent? The number they promise is irrelevant because if, and its a big IF, they government "apprehends" a single person they will use government cyphering to claim that one person is ninety percent of those who crossed. There is a reason they say its "good enough for government work". My advice to Rubio, et al, stop the lying. Stop acting like the public is too stupid to know what you are doing. Just stop.
1 year ago
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The CBO claims this bill would only result in a 25% reduction in illegal immigration....actually reported by msm as well. So, the obvious question then becomes: what the hell do we need it for; why don't we just enforce the laws already on the books?
1 year ago
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We should enforce the laws on the books and if we did that we wouldn't be in the mess we are in today. Unfortunately, politicians would rather do "big things" than the right thing. I would be surprised if we see a 25% reduction in illegal immigration and we all know that the CBO's numbers tend to be a bit hinky.

The Gang of Eight bill is a huge payoff to Big Business and special interests at the expense of taxpayers and middle and lower class working people. It favors lawbreakers over loyal citizens and legal immigrants and it rewards bad behavior. Not a winning combination.
1 year ago
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That 25% figure is nonsense. No way do all these people want to become citizens. Life is too good as an illegal, when the laws are being ignored.
Sure some kids want to go on to college, etc, but they've already gotten high school diplomas for free. Of course, they demand Dream scholarships, so they can attend college for free. What a country!
1 year ago
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Several states already give in-state tuition to illegals. This bill gives illegals all the benefits and citizens and legal immigrants all the costs.
1 year ago
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