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June 27, 2013 - 7:08 pm
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Well, well…an adult in the room.

There are some good provisions in the Senate bill. The bill replaces the H-2A agriculture visa that has not worked with a much more workable system, affecting the 40 percent of dairy workers in Wisconsin who are immigrants. It also increases the caps for high-skilled workers, allowing this country to better compete in today’s global economy. The bill mandates E-Verify for the first time and takes important steps to clear today’s backlog, ending the ability to work here illegally and significantly easing the process to come to this country legally. However, much work remains.

My bottom line in deciding whether or not I support this bill has always been that it must solve the problem. Unfortunately, I’ve come to the conclusion that it will not. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reaches this same conclusion in its evaluation of the underlying bill, finding that the bill will only reduce illegal immigration by 25 percent. That means an estimated 7.5 million more illegal immigrants will come to this country by 2033, recreating the uncertainty and fear in the next generation of children whose parents decide to come here illegally or overstay their visas.

It’s not surprising that CBO reached this conclusion when you look at the amount of money we are spending on safety net benefits and other costs associated with this bill. CBO estimates that the bill will increase federal direct spending by $262 billion over the next 10 years. Most of those outlays would be for increases in refundable tax credits and in spending on health care programs for non U.S. citizens. That is why I introduced an amendment to prevent noncitizens from accessing the Earned Income Tax Credit. This amendment did not even get a vote, despite that fact that a recent National Journal poll found that 77 percent of all Americans oppose making newly legalized immigrants “eligible for government benefits . . . before they become citizens.”

So…after much weeping and gnashing of teeth, the Senate version of this bill passed. Just like we knew it would. And the border security in it sucks. Just like we knew it would. Now it will go to the House where, after the farm bill vote especially, you have to think the GOP just isn’t in the mood for letting this version of it see the light of day. In fact, everything is pretty much proceeding as we all knew it would, yet EVERYBODY IS FREAKING OUT.

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This bill is only problematic if the House takes it up as is, which John Boehner has already said isn’t going to happen.

Oh, we always believe everything he says, right? That's always worked out so well!
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Not reading the bill before you pledge your vote? NO honor, integrity, or character. I bet they still haven't read obamacare. And some are shocked! Greta has a one page bill, which is so simple. However, we need to state green card status for 11 million only. Suppose there are 25 million? Also, no benefits-obamacare, food stamps, welfare, disability. In this bill, why is the employer charged $5,000 if he/she hires a US citizen? Illegals get first pick at jobs?? Also, why do illegals get much less penalty for committing crimes than US citizens?? Why???
Our taxes will skyrocket... Will these illegals really be paying taxes when 47% of our countrymen pay no taxes??? They must pay taxes! Also, when immigrants come in the legal way, it is because they truly want to be Americans. But these people want benefits, and---what part of we cannot afford this, do they not understand??? Also, no other country in the world allows such a massive group illegally entering and gaining citizenship. Shame on us.
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I am on record repeatedly saying I loathe any "comprehensive" reform or legislative attempts. They exist mostly as vehicles for pork and are always too unwieldy to address the problem. I would have preferred a bill dealing solely with security and enforcement first, as any effective reform would have to flow from that.
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I want someone to callout these politicians who say that we just can't deport all these people. B.S We've done it before. Look up operation wetback. All this crap about they will come out of the shadows. They come to the US to work to send money back to their countries period. They should be called invaders not some nice form of immigrants.
1 year ago
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just as Leroy replied I am stunned that a mom able to get paid $9939 in one month on the internet. have you seen this webpage http://www.wep6.com
1 year ago
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The bill passed by the democrats is a failed one. We don't need a "comprehensive" immigration bill, we need a common sense one. This would consist of securing the border first! Soundly. Concomitantly with that, we need to install a national E-Verify system that works. The entire bill would consist of these two items. After about 5 years of border control, when the fog clears and those illegals who self-deport because they can't find work, we can take the next legislative step to do what is necessary to ensure the sovereignty of this nation and the Rule of Law is being followed consistently. I know that is an antithetical to the desires of the leftists in power who want to "fundamentally transform" this nation into a wussie Nanny State, but that is what is needed for this nation to return to greatness.
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"EARNED-income-tax-credit" Hahahahaha What a joke that is. Remember the illegal they interviewed who put the names of all his nieces and nephews in Mexico on his tax form and got thousands from us? They asked him why he would do that and he answered, "Well, they sent me the money." Why are we paying people just because they have kids, notwithstanding legal or illegal? This is another insanity.

Oh, yeah, btw, they ARE traitors and it IS amnesty.
1 year ago
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I would like to ask liberals "what's the point of even having a border in the first place?" Shouldn't we just dissolve the border and sign the whole dang world up for welfare and register them all as Democrats?

What's the difference? Criminy.
1 year ago
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Canada are wiser than are we. They carefully vet any applicant for immigration, assuring the individual or family can support themselves. Their goal is to allow worthwhile people in who will contribute to their economy and NOT become a burden on their "safety network" programmes. Sure, they allow the newly arrived to sign up for their socialistic health insurance.... but that is the only benefit available. If you've been there a while and end up in financial trouble, becoming a burden on the province, you will soon find they do NOT coddle and care for you, as happens here.
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Everyone forgets, this is all about "it's for the children", and/or "it's the right thing to do". Guilt is such a strong sentiment and it works every time.

It will pass because too many repub representatives mistakenly assume this will garner them more votes from the latino community.
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"It’s insane enough to bloat the nanny state for citizens, psychotic to do it for non-citizens."

No, it's not psychotic. It's treason.


And yes, it IS an amnesty bill. To call it otherwise is either dishonest, insane, or psychotic.
1 year ago
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Treason, as defined in our Cnostitution (the ONLY crime defined in that document) is to aid or give comfort to our enemies..... which means, those nations with which we are in a declared war. There is no Latin country with which we are or have been at war during the past century.

Stupid? Yes. Irresponsible? Yes. Foolish? Certainly. Insane? Likely. Wrong? Absolutely. But treasonous? Nope. Not this one. No matter, this should never pass into law. Let the kinyun wave his magic wand and find the "authority" to do something this stupid though an Executive Order. Let HIM carry that weight.... and watch him be scorned yet more than he is now.
1 year ago
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Boehner will steer it through. Wait and watch.
1 year ago
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IMHO Sen. Ron Johnson is off base about immigrant visa's. We don't need to make it easier or better for more workers to flood over the border.

Claims that American citizens won't do these jobs are so much horse manure. If that is true, then there are some reasons that have jack squat to do with immigration. Perhaps the farmers aren't offering high enough wages. Perhaps 99 weeks of funemployment is too damn much. Perhaps the food stamp program is way too generous.

I will guaran-dam-tee you this - if the gubmint stops feeding the deadbeats, the frickin' deadbeats will mow lawns, milk cows, pick fruit, or even dig ditches in order to eat regular.

A true unemployment rate of about 18% and we want to import more low wage workers? Insane.
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I will guaran-dam-tee you this - if the gubmint stops feeding the deadbeats, the frickin' deadbeats will mow lawns, milk cows, pick fruit, or even dig ditches in order to eat regular.

this is so true..... but why does this not apply to we Yanks?Want to reduce the number of jobs we Gringos won't do? Apply the above principle. The REAL problem is a gummint wants to take from them as has, and give it, no strings attached, to them as hain't. This ain't communism... yet. But there seem to be those who are working overtime to make it so.
1 year ago
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Let me acquaint you with a law long but little known to serious students
(and practitioners) of government, paraphrasing Heinlein's version:
'A man who has missed three meals in a row is willing to kill for food,
which is seldom an optimum response.'
Actually, it takes a little longer, perhaps three days, for hunger to upset
the body's biochemistry, including the Glucose levels, to the point that
self restraint disappears, and impulses that would ordinarily be controlled
explode into violent behavior. Please don't take my word for it; Research
the reactions of the survivors of Super-storm Sandy, or of the Deracho,
which left parts of the East Coast without utilities for a week.
1 year ago
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What you describe is called criminal behavior in any sane semblance of society, and should be punished severely.

If there is productive work to be done for hire, and able bodied hungry people loot, steal, or attack their neighbors for not feeding them, then IMHO they no longer qualify for membership in the human race.

The fact that some sorry excuses for human beings have acted this way in response to adversity in no way validates their behavior.
1 year ago
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I might add, in way too many cases, this criminal behavior is practiced by people who are not being subjected to natural disasters, it's simply their way of life.
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