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11:05pm March 25, 2013

President Obama on Immigration: We’ve Got to Finish the Job

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On Monday, President Obama challenged Congress to send him an immigration bill soon after the spring recess. During a naturalization ceremony at the White House, the President talked about the role immigrants play in strengthening the economy and how the United States needs to do a better job of welcoming the best and brightest immigrants to the country.

President Obama outlined some of the key elements of his vision for immigration reform saying, “We know that real reform means continuing to strengthen our border security and holding employers accountable. We know that real reform means providing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the shadows — a pathway that includes passing a background check and paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English and then, going to the back of the line behind everyone else who is trying to come here legally.”

You can watch the President’s speech at the naturalization ceremony here:

28 service members were sworn in as U.S. citizens in the White House ceremony.

Progress is already being made on a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate. Last week, there was a reported snag in immigration negotiations over how to handle low-skilled, year-round, temporary workers.

Organizing for Action, the non-profit group that emerged from President Obama’s campaign infrastructure, is also beginning to mobilize for it’s campaign to pass immigration reform.



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  7. Passing a background check and paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English and then, going to the back of the line behind everyone else who is trying to come here legally. Just who is going to oversee 11 million illegals to verify they passed all the qualifications? What a joke!


  8. THE LIES KEEP COMING ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    Oh! For the REAL truth from the Obama Administration and the Gang of Eight, as they are deliberately engineering their promises, that have been told through the mouthpieces of the Liberal Press. From what I have read and perceived there is not going to be anymore enforcement on the Southern border, than there has ever been. Illegal aliens are going to keep pouring into our country, so that goes to prove without a shadow of doubt, that lawmakers are not going to follow the law in building a the 2006 Secure Fences as signed into law by President Bush. They would rather spend hundreds of billions of dollars and unquestionably several trillion dollars soon (according to Heritage Foundation) of drawing up an immense big amnesty plan. They lied in 1986 after enacting the Simpson Mazzoli bill, that the courts and Congress would imprison business owners, who hired cheap labor and still do. Otherwise entry into America would be a felony. They are now going back on their word of mandatory E-Verify, and also they are having second thoughts about the birthright Citizenship Act, to repeal illegal alien children becoming citizens. Even the suggestion of producing a fraud proof national ID, has been classed as too expensive.

    If you ask me the majority of people we send to Washington are out to feather their nests and don’t care I iota for the rest of us? Well May be that’s not quite true as a few strong hearts, not cringing or flip-floppers stand out from the rest. In name, Senator Sessions of Arkansas is a true American hero; then there are others who sustain their loyalty to the oath of allegiance. Rep. Gingrey’s H.R.692 to rescind CHAIN MIGRATION, Rep. Smith’s H.R.2164/H.R.2885, Rep. Shuler’s H.R.2000, Rep. Carter’s H.R.800, Rep. DeFazio’s H.R.483, Rep. Miller’s H.R.1196, Sen. Grassley’s S.1196 all drafting bills for MANDATORY E-VERIFY; Rep. Goodlatte’s H.R.704, Sen. Hatch’s S.332, to end the VISA LOTTERY; Rep. King’s H.R.140, Rep. Miller’s H.R.1196, Sen. Vitter’s S.723 to amend THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT;.

    Last Saturday Senate Votes Down Senator Sessions’ Amendment that would Prevent Amnestied Illegal Aliens from Accessing Taxpayer-Funded Healthcare.

    In a late-night vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) offered an amendment on Friday to a budget bill passed by the Senate that would have prevented any illegal aliens that receive amnesty from accessing taxpayer-funded healthcare, including Medicaid or subsidized plans provided as part of the Affordable Health Care Act. The amendment was voted down 43-to-56, including being voted down by four Members of the Gang of Eight. The four GOP Members of the Senate Gang of Eight – Senators Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham – all voted in favor of the amendment. The Democrat Members of the Gang of Eight voted against the amendment, exposing a potential divide between the Gang Members on the issue. In the principles issued by the Gang of Eight in January, the Senators agreed that illegal aliens that receive an amnesty would not be eligible for benefits from the Affordable Health Care Act.

    Friday, March 22, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT Obama Administration Blocked Border Security Measurements to prevent it from Impeding Immigration Reform.

    The Obama Administration admitted on Thursday that it resisted efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to create a way to measure border security because it was concerned the measurement would be used to block immigration reform that provides an amnesty to the nation’s 11-19 million illegal aliens. The news came after a House Committee hearing on Wednesday where DHS officials said they failed to create a measurement system after telling Congress that it would two years ago.In contrast to the Administration’s thinking, both Republican and Democrat lawmakers told Mark Borkowski, a senior DHS official who testified before Congress on Wednesday, that they didn’t want the Department to be the reason why immigration reform fails.”The core legal and economic principle of immigration is that those seeking admission to a new country must be self-sufficient and contribute to the economic health of the nation,” Sen. Sessions said in a press release after the vote. “But, for years, the federal government has failed to enforce this law. This principle is even more urgent when dealing with those who have illegally entered the country. “Yet today, the Senate Democrat majority voted to extend free and subsidized health care—specifically, Medicaid and Obama care—to illegal immigrants who would be granted legal status under any comprehensive immigration bill.”This will dramatically accelerate the insolvency of our entitlement programs and is unfair to American workers and taxpayers. “The result of today’s vote places immigration reform in jeopardy.” The vote broke down mostly across party lines, however, GOP Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine both voted against the amendment.

    Sitting on your hands isn’t going to do it, Remaining silent and not speaking out is a death warrant for all of us. I’m still trying to figure out why this Socialist Administration is buying and hoarding, billions of dollars worth of ammunition? Are they thinking that another 1776 Revolutionary War is about to happen? We dumped the King George III and his tax collectors over TEA, but in this case we are being taxed to pay for illegal alien’s financial support. It’s time the people of America to speak up, before our country is overrun with even more foreign nationals, who will arrive here in droves once the Gang of Eight broadcasts another Amnesty.

    After this potential incentive for illegal migrants/immigrants arriving from every corner of the world, I am expecting that President Obama will go back on his promise and affix them to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). No matter how demanding your time is, it is of supreme importance to phone, fax, email, send a postcard or take a personal trip to confront each and every member of Congress, including you state Representative. It is your taxes you will be spending on the illegal aliens already here, and those encouraged to the upcoming Amnesty, Path to Citizenship or suchlike passes? It really doesn’t matter if you’re in the last generation ethnic majority, minority or whether you arrived here for South of the border, Europe, The Pacific or Caribbean islands, Asia or any location and you came here LEGALLY, that all of us are in jeopardy from paying higher taxes to make it comfortable for illegal aliens; not just illegal aliens but for citizens and residents that prey on the rest of us as pampered welfare recipient who pays no taxes, but still collect state money or even phone the Washington phone terminal at (202) 224-3121 to contact your member of Congress. Illegal aliens also fall into this category as low income, but many have good incomes from fraud; collecting child tax credits reimbursement, for over 7 billion annually and the IRS does nothing? Many facts will be exposed that the Liberal Press are hiding, plus the urgently inform your Representative in Washington by going to NumbersUSA. Also available at NumbersUSA is where you can join the hundreds of thousands of Americans, who have signed the NO PATH TO CITIZENSHIP OR ANY FORM OF AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS OR IMMIGRANTS.


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