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Bridget Johnson


November 5, 2013 - 9:30 am

Immigration reform advocates are stepping up their lobbying efforts to get a bill moving before the rapidly approaching end of the year, including the group behind the Conservative Political Action Conference.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room this morning “to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform to bolster U.S. economic growth,” according to the White House.

“America needs immigration reform,” said a statement from the American Conservative Union and American Principles in Action released around the same time. “With over 76 million ‘Baby Boomers’ retiring by 2030 and only 46 million Americans poised to take their place in the workforce, it’s clear we need a forward-looking market-based immigration policy which allows for a growing economy and a labor blueprint that plans for the future.”

“In addition, we are faced with the reality that our current immigration system is dysfunctional: it encourages illegal immigration, does not meet the labor needs of our economy and does not adequately enforce our laws or secure our borders. Conservatives support immigration reform that spurs economic growth and the creation of good jobs for Americans, protects families, promotes the patriotic assimilation of immigrants and ensures that another wave of illegal immigration does not happen again,” the statement continued.

“The House of Representatives is in a unique position to propose genuinely conservative solutions to fix our broken immigration system. We, therefore, encourage the House to continue its work to address the different aspects of the immigration issue in a piecemeal basis through regular order. We recognize that the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees have already passed important legislation that would go a long way in solving many of our immigration problems. A conservative package of immigration bills should provide legal status to undocumented immigrants, but not a special path to citizenship; should establish market-oriented mechanisms to meet the demand our economy has for foreign workers at different levels of our labor market; and should set border security triggers that are based on precise measurements that can be verified independently.”

Signatories of the letter included Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles; Jeff Bell, policy director of the American Principles Project; Frank Cannon, president of the American Principles Project; Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Lawson Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute; Brad Bailey of the Texas Immigration Solution; Diana Furchotgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute; Ed Gillespie, former RNC chairman; Robert Gittleson of Conservatives for Immigration Reform; Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. secretary of Commerce; Deal Hudson of the Pennsylvania Catholic Network; Niger Innis of Congress of Racial Equality; Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorksUSA; Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College; Mario H. Lopez of the Hispanic Leadership Fund; Rosario Marin, former U.S. treasurer; Rev. Sam Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/Hispanic Evangelical Association; and Thomas Winter of

“If President Obama and the Democrats are willing to kill immigration reform in the House because they disagree with these principles, it would show that they are more interested in using the issue politically than actually solving the problem. Moreover, House Republicans should only agree to go to conference if Senate Democrats can ensure that there will be a level playing field for open debate and discussion and that they will not try to impose their own bill.”

Before his meeting, Obama said he’s working with companies that “understand that if we are serious about border security, if we do a better job of streamlining the legal immigration system, if we are holding employers who aren’t doing the right thing accountable, and we provide a pathway to citizenship for those who have paid a fine, learned English, are getting to the back of the line, taking their responsibilities  — that all together, these businesses are going to have more customers, we’re going to see people who are currently working here, out of the shadows, paying taxes and getting right with the law.”

“Keep in mind that my predecessor, George W. Bush, was a strong supporter of this,” Obama added. “We have a fascinating cross-section of people — some unlikely bedfellows, some very liberal folks, some very conservative folks — who all believe that now is the time to get this done. And as we saw in the Senate, there is the strong potential for bipartisan support.”

“…The politics are challenging for the Speaker and others, and we want to make it as easy for him as possible. This is not an issue where we’re looking for a political win. This is one where we’re looking for a substantive win for the U.S. economy and the American people and the businesses that are represented here.”

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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Just an idea but one that might help the cheap labor, illegal Immigration, healthcare to illegals problems. Whatever happened to " at hard labor" attached to criminal sentences? Arrest the illegals, sentence them to hard labor while waiting extradition back to where ever they came from. This way they could be farmed out to those that depend on cheap labor, get medical attention when needed in prison, have a roof over their heads,food in their belly, keep them out of trouble while they serve their time and then they get sent away as soon as possible. This might also cut back on the backlog in our court systems as they probably wouldn't want to fight extradition and I doubt they would want to come back again.
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The crucial thing to do now is remember all the ways these people lied to us recently.

Remember those repulsive advertisements featuring Marco Rubio lying about immigration? That was Al Cardenas, who deserves to be deposed for his sleazy dealings re. Rubio, including some very questionable money games with our tax supported institutions and Rubio in Miami.

And the leaders claim to be speaking for their coreligionists in the pews -- shame on them for using our faith to advance a greedy politics that will hurt poor workers in America, destabilize the middle class, institutionalize even more dependency, and do nothing but bring more strife and chaos to Mexico. Want to improve conditions in Mexico? Go there and do that. Hold their plutocrats, like Obama's pal Carlos Slim responsible for raping their own economies. - leave our workers and families alone.

I'm taking specifically of Catholic leaders. Stop using God's house to push politics that will also, not coincidentally, line your pockets, increase your secular power, and win you kudos among certain intellectual progressive circles where you still desire clout.

We know what all of you will gain from this, yes we do. And we are watching you and keeping very good records of who gets what from these betrayals.
1 year ago
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The amalgamation of unknown notables mentioned above, posing as "conservatives", are a sickening demonstration of the lengths the RINO wing of the (R) party will go to try and usurp the common sense of America's majority.

Those of us in a position to observe the work ethic of the immigrant population being touted as desirable, understand that within five years the majority of this new "work force" will have transformed into overweight, lazy, entitlement-seeking drags on society - as those who have proceeded them have proven.

We don't need Immigration Reform, we need ENTITLEMENT REFORM!!!
1 year ago
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Obama, the Democrats, and many Republicans prepare to stab American citizens in the back. What else is new?
1 year ago
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Nobody has escaped the horror stories which Obamcare is producing. Except for the
silence from the Alphabet TV cable channels, left-minded stations and the mainstream media, the public would have a better understanding of the truth. Obama's administration has lied to us, with politicians being bombarded with the stream of problems arising since the inception of the Affordable Care Act that is NOT "affordable" and there is no end in sight. Each state has massive amounts of insurance policy cancellations, costs are skyrocketing and that's not only for businesses, but individuals. Millions of Americans are losing their individual health care plans. Despite being told by Obama, "If you have a health care plan you like, you can keep it." These hardworking Americans are being cancelled, forced into new plans with outrageous premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. Americans were blatantly lied to. Now the Democratic Party has the nerve to say,” They’re not cancellation notices—they're transition notices to Obamacare." MORE LIES! Older people find themselves with the mandate policies, which determine that they have to pay for abortions, childbearing and treatments they don't need, with co-payments doubled and Federal exchange policies exploding with extra costs.

But what I want to understand that when you sign up your Social Security number is collected and then added to some massive data base. But then what about the ITIN numbers given freely by this incompetent government to millions of illegal aliens? Has this government found an excusable way, to add unknown numbers of foreign nationals, who shouldn't be here in the first place? The Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. IRS issues ITINs to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status because both resident and nonresident aliens may have a U.S. filing or reporting requirement under the Internal Revenue Code. So are ITIN numbers exempt from bamacare, or do the citizens and legal resident taxpayers have to pay for these people who are still criminals under the law. ARE PROCURED SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS GOING TO BE ACCEPTED BY THIS DISFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT FOR HEALTH CARE? Can ITIN recipients bleed us even more and is their some slight of hand in this mandatory health care law, so these uneducated, itinerants further steal from us, because it fits into Obama's plot, to turn our great nation into a third world toilet, just to get millions of more votes. Is this possibly a sly method allowing the population of illegal aliens to gain acceptance in Obamacare.

Just as with the carefully orchestrated re-reimbursement of child tax credits of illegal alien parents, of which the IRS is processing over $4.7 Billion dollars of illegal alien theft, that the people in Washington; specifically the Democrats who refuse to halt this legal robbery not allowing any vote on this outrageous example of Stealing taxpayer money. Either side of the coin is to blame for this repulsive genuflecting to illegal aliens, special interest, big industry since they are beholding to all these entities. Want to be educated about the incessant corruption in Washington and the states? Just click on THE PEOPLE’S legal site and they will illustrate to you the criminal enterprises in Congress.
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There is a basic, easy way to cut the job market from the thousands of illegal aliens arriving here daily:

We demand for—ALL THE PEOPLE—ALL THE CITIZENS—(Lawful Residence have a green card) a bio-metric Social Security ID card, that will slash the illegal foreign workers arriving here to a dribble; stopping voting fraud by non-citizens and halt criminals stealing credit, welfare and other citizen benefits. This programmed card that you would slide through a machine, just the same way you slide a charge card through would deny illegal alien parents from appropriating billions of dollars annually in child credits.

These extra dollars would go a long way in caring for our debilitated, mentally ill, homeless, mothers with two or three children, who cannot cope on a small amount of welfare and veterans that are being denied services. This is a digital document that cannot be counterfeited, even if stolen for reprehensible reasons? Your picture, your thumb-print and even an iris eye scan would distinguish you from anybody else. The manic fools in Congress of both political parties (not the TEA PARTY) are willing to keep spending trillions of dollars, but shy away from this federal issued ID card for a meager $2 Billion that the legislators say would cover every U.S. citizen. A card more powerful than E-Verify or means of enforcement internally or at the borders; a national ID card that Americans need urgently. I only hope some Patriotic American begins a petition, to
Command the legislators in Washington to get a biometric ID law in the Federal Register.

1 year ago
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to provide them with health insurance? Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. This isn’t for a single year, but will go on forever if obamacare is not repealed. Since the Democrats will not join the effort, join with us in voting Republican to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. Vote your pocketbook, not some ideology you have accepted. Remember, it’s your money. This situation is hardly different from being assigned to support an illegal alien. Non illegals get obamacare.
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If you like your country, you can keep it. Period.
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