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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Sick Senate -- and America?
Immigration vote reveals deep problems
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Glenn Spencer – -- June 25  
    Last night Laura Ingraham, standing in for Bill O'Reilly, said it like it is.
    The Republican senators who voted for the outrageous Corker amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill may have written their own obituaries, she said. She called it "totally shady and shameful," comparing the actions by the "moderate Republicans" as the equivalence of a "one night stand." "Once the Democrat leadership has had their way with you, they're not going to love you in the morning.":
    During the Senate floor debate Senator Coburn pointed out that Harry Reid did not have bill marked up by the Homeland Security Committee --- the people who know something about border security issues. This was done to avoid accountability and to fool the people. Most of the Republicans on that committee voted against the Corker amendment.
    I have been calling for a systematic approach to border security management for years, and I watched as the people who run the DHS cleverly avoided any real accountability.
    Now I see that the Senate has avoided any real accountability as well --- and it did so in plain sight for everyone to see --- if they want to see it.
    If the American people continue to support politicians who work openly to betray their fundamental interests, then the problem isn't just with the DHS or the Senate --- it is with us.
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End of the American Dream     
Illegal immigration = more identity theft, murder, rape and drug dealing   
Do we want to encourage drug dealers, violent gang members and serial rapists to come into this country? If not, why is that exactly what the Obama administration is doing? Thanks to very foolish U.S. government policies, it is incredibly difficult to immigrate to this country legally, but it is incredibly easy to immigrate to this country illegally...

Associated Press     
Paul Ryan: House 'likely' to OK amnesty   
Senate passage of historic immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions looks near-certain after the bill cleared a key hurdle with votes to spare. -- A final vote in the Senate on Thursday or Friday would send the issue to the House, where conservative Republicans in the majority oppose citizenship for anyone living in the country illegally...

Anthony Martin -- The Examiner     
Revealed: Obama regime classified conservative Americans as "terrorists"  
Are Barack Obama's IRS and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) working together to classify and profile conservative Americans as terrorists? -- A 012 study by DHS characterized Americans who are "suspicious of centralized federal authority," and "reverent of individual liberty" as "extreme right-wing" terrorists.--- Except for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing most attacks against American interests were from Islamic jihad militants.

KFMB-TV -- San Diego    
Usual suspects rally against Escondido Police Dept.   
Members of the San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective rallied Monday outside Escondido police headquarters to protest the department's immigration policy. -- They're demanding the department end its collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. -- Escondido police officials say they only consult with immigration officers if an [illegal alien] breaks a law and has a history of deportation...

Reuters     
Obama urges strong Senate vote on disastrous amnesty scheme   
President Barack Obama said on Monday he hoped the Senate will pass a landmark immigration reform bill with "the strongest possible vote" and urged Congress to advance legislation before a planned summer break. -- Obama and his top aides met with eight chief executives and business owners ahead of a key procedural vote set for later on Monday in the Democratic-led Senate...

Investors.com     
Think NSA spying is bad? Here comes ObamaCare hub  
The Health and Human Services Department earlier this year exposed just how vast the government's data collection efforts will be on millions of Americans as a result of ObamaCare. -- Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., asked HHS to provide "a complete list of agencies that will interact with the Federal Data Services Hub." The Hub is a central feature of ObamaCare, since it will be used by the new insurance exchanges to determine eligibility for benefits, exemptions from the federal mandate, and how much to grant in federal insurance subsidies...

Conn Carroll -- Washington Examiner   
The Corker-Hoeven visa overstay loophole   
You can build the largest fence in the world, and man it with a million border patrol agents, but if you invite hundreds of thousands of [aliens] to enter the country legally every year on a "temporary" basis, and then fail to track whether or not they leave, you'll still get a large illegal [alien] population. And that is exactly the problem with the Corker-Hoeven immigration amendment...

Conn Carroll -- Washington Examiner     
Yes, WaPo, the $3,000 Schumer-Rubio penalty on hiring Americans does exist   
Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted out: "If Gang of 8 bill passes, those newly legalized are exempted from Obamacare. HUGE incentive for employers to hire them instead of Americans." -- The Washington Post's Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler took issue with this tweet, claiming: 1) there is no penalty; 2) even if there is a penalty it would only apply to a small number of jobs; and 3) even if there is a penalty and it applies to lots of jobs, it is illegal for employers to take advantage of it.

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner    
Threat: Sen. Chuck Schumer predicts civil unrest if amnesty is not passed   
On Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Democrat sponsor of the illegal alien amnesty bill currently making its way through the U.S. Senate, said their would be mass riots in our streets if the Republican majority blocks the bill when it comes to the House. -- Schumer made the following, veiled threats on CNN's State of the Union: "This has the potential of becoming the next major civil rights movement. I could envision in the late summer or early fall if Boehner tries to bottle the bill up or put something in without a path to citizenship..."

Montana Public Radio     
Big Sis claims the wretched amnesty scheme is "fair"   
The U.S. Senate is expected to pass an immigration reform bill later this week. -- "It's a big problem; it's been festering in our country a long time - it needs to be addressed." -- The bill faces stiff opposition in the Republican-led House, where bipartisan support is harder to come by. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is among the Obama administration officials lobbying for passage of the bill. In this feature interview, she talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the main objections...

American Border Patrol       
Photo of the day   
Banner at the American Border Patrol ranch in Arizona is almost ready for the thousands of flags that will fill in the word FIRST! The banner is about 90 feet north of the border in Cochise County. -- With a new five-mile border fence, a Border Patrol camera tower looking down on us...

Sen. Johnny Isakson     
Chambliss, Isakson oppose ending debate on immigration Amendment   
June 24 -- Today, the United States Senate voted to end debate on the Leahy substitute amendment #1183 to S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. -- The motion to end debate requires 60 votes in favor, regardless of the number of senators voting against. Due to flight delays, U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., missed the cloture vote. Chambliss and Isakson would have voted no on the motion to end debate...

Les Zaitz -- Portland Oregonian     
Drug Cartels in Oregon: The dealer next door   
T.J. wasn't eager to tell his story. -- He spent six years as a lieutenant of Jorge Ortiz Oliva, a cartel-connected trafficker who ran a national-level meth, cocaine and marijuana empire from Salem. -- T.J. knows talking to The Oregonian could get him hurt or killed. His attorney urged him to stay quiet, and law enforcement officials agreed that he could be putting himself in danger...

Breitbart     
Hollywood gets special breaks in Senate amnesty scheme   
You can add Hollywood to the long list of industries and special interests securing carve-outs and favors in the Corker Amendment to the Senate immigration bill. Film studios and record companies already receive preferential treatment for visa applications. The Corker Amendment, however, goes even further and, in specific circumstances, waives any fees studios have to pay for these applications. These fees are used to underwrite immigration enforcement...

Marco Rubio -- Human Events     
Amnesty: RINO Rubio's final plea filled with heretofore unseen levels of dishonesty
America is a special country. It's so special that people want to come here from all over the world, and they are able to because we have always been a welcoming society. In fact, over one million people come legally every single year. No other country comes even close to us, and we are a stronger, more prosperous and more dynamic country because of it...

Mona Charen -- National Review     
Legislation by panic    
Defending the Gang of Eight’s immigration-reform bill on Fox News Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham sounded the bleat of panic: If it fails and we are blamed for its failure, our party is in trouble with Hispanics, not because we are conservative, but because of the rhetoric and the way we handled this issue. I want to get reattached to the Hispanic community, to sell conservatism, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and grow this party. The party has got to be bigger than Utah and South Carolina. The Hispanic community is close to our values but we have driven them away over this issue...

July 15 -- 9:30 AM ET
DC March for Jobs
We believe it is time that members of Congress act to preserve economic opportunity for American workers - and pass immigration legislation that protects and supports the nearly 22 million American citizens who do not have jobs... Click here for info.

Byron York -- Washington Examiner     
In new amnesty disaster, a big favor for Alaska   
If you search for the word "Alaska" in the original Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, you'll get no hits. But if you do the same search in the Hoeven-Corker amendment, which is essentially a new version of the immigration bill, you'll find "Alaska" right there in black and white. -- The reason is that the Gang of Eight has used the rewritten bill to pay a big favor to the state of Alaska and its two senators, Republican Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Mark Begich...

Washington Examiner    
New amendment adds jobs bill to nation-destroying amnesty scheme   
Opponents of the Gang of Eight immigration bill have spent the weekend looking for hard-to-find changes in a piece of legislation that was substantially re-written by the Hoeven-Corker amendment. But there's one big change that's right out in the open --- impossible to miss, in fact. -- The original Gang bill ended with a section designated Title IV, which was headlined REFORMS TO NON-IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAMS. The Hoeven-Corker version of the bill added a Title V, with the headline JOBS FOR YOUTH...

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