Backroom Negotiations in House May Bring Comprehensive Immigration Reform "Lite" to the Floor! Call Your Representatives NOW!!!!!
February 14, 2008 – 0948 PST (APR)
Capitol Hill news sources have been buzzing for the past 48 hours about backroom negotiations in the House of Representatives that may bring comprehensive immigration reform "lite" to the floor.
Congressional Quarterly reports that Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA),
Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus, is leading the fight for legislation that
would provide a five-year amnesty visa to illegal aliens currently in the
The negotiations for the five-year amnesty visas are already taking place
at the highest levels of House leadership. They include Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA) and Immigration Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoë Lofgren (D-CA) and are
reportedly bipartisan in nature. Speaker Pelosi, however, denies there has
been any firm decision to move forward. (
Not surprisingly, jumping on the visa bandwagon are business interests
that have been attempting for months to secure an increase in H-2B
visas—visas for unskilled workers. These business interests have made
repeated, but failed attempts since the demise of the 2007 Bush-Kennedy
amnesty bill to increase the number of H-2B visas so employers could import
more cheap foreign labor. Now they are at it again and
Congress seems willing to listen, even during a period of economic downturn
Please call your Representatives NOW
and tell them you want them to reject this plan to reward special interests.
Insist that instead of working on comprehensive immigration reform
"lite" they get to work on serious enforcement legislation. Tell
them you oppose all forms of amnesty and oppose allowing big business to
import even more cheap foreign workers so they can increase their profits at
the expense of
To find the phone number of your Representative, click here.
Stay tuned to FAIR for more updates on these negotiations…