Skip to comments.Amnesty Bill to be Introduced in the U.S. House Today for Illegal Aliens
Posted on 03/22/2007 5:43:35 AM PDT by Dr. Marten
From the desk of Roy Beck at NumbersUSA:
From the desk of Roy Beck at NumbersUSA:
This year's official push for nearly open borders in the United States is expected to begin later this morning.
Honestly, your collective reaction to the introduction of the Gutierrez/Flake amnesty bill in the U.S. House of Representatives will have great influence on whether national political leaders try to force this through.
We need to do this primarily with phones today.
We need the phones in all 435 offices of U.S. Representatives to be ringing all day in vehement opposition to what is being proposed by Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Rep. Flake (R-AZ).
U.S. House switchboard:
Contact your Representative Directly
Always be polite to the staffers taking the call. They will be much more likely to convey your position accurately if you treat them with respect.
Don't take too much time. Make a couple of notes about what you are going to say before you call and keep your comments simple and quick.
Here are some key points from which to choose:
1. I'm calling about the big amnesty bill that the media say will be introduced today by Congressmen Flake and Gutierrez (goo - tea - air - ez).
2. I urge Rep. xmxmxmx to keep his/her name off the co-sponsorship list. You don't want to get labeled as an amnesty supporter in our District.
3. It sounds like Flake and Gutierrez are trying to trick people into supporting it with some silly things about illegal aliens stepping across the border before coming back and being rewarded with a path to U.S. citizenship.
4. Nothing that provides a path to citizenship for illegal aliens should be supported.
5. (Provide your own reasons for opposing this bill based on your reading of Rosemary's analysis below.)
WHAT'S IN THE NEW AMNESTY BILL
- Every illegal alien who could produce marginally plausible “evidence” that he/she had been illegally present in the United States since June 1, 2006, would get amnesty and be put on the path to US citizenship.
- In exchange for the highest honor our country has to bestow, the illegal alien would have to pay $2,000, pass a criminal record check, pay at least some of any income taxes he/she had chosen not to pay while working illegally, and learn some English. The already overburdened and error-prone U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would be responsible for ensuring that applicants meet these criteria and for handing out temporary
visas and work permits to 2-plus million illegal aliens.
- After the no-longer-illegal aliens had been in temporary status for six years, USCIS would issue green cards to those who had learned passable English and, in the case of some heads of household, had traveled outside the United States (to any other country, not necessarily their own) for a short time. Single heads of household, children, the elderly, business owners, and those in the military would be exempt from the travel requirement. (Any
criminals and terrorists whose fingerprints were not yet on file with the FBI would then have official documents in whateve name they chose to provide USCIS during the first phase of the amnesty.)
- Lest any illegals be left out of the general amnesty, the bill includes two others for which they could qualify: the AgJOBS amnesty for those claiming to have performed agricultural work in the United States (the fraud rate for a similar amnesty in 1986 is estimated at 70% and resulted in at least one of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers getting a green card, which he used to fly to Afghanistan for terrorist training) and the DREAM Act amnesty for
those who received a US taxpayer-funded high school diploma or an equivalent.
- To ensure a constant flow of cheap labor into the United States, the bill would create a worker importation program for an additional 400,000 foreign “guest” workers each year, all of whom would be given the choice to stay permanently, as long as they weren’t caught committing a crime or terrorist act before they applied. DHS would have to certify that it is capable of verifying workers’ legal status before this new program could take effect.
- As a bone to lawmakers who believe that the laws they pass should actually be enforced, the bill would mandate that all employers eventually verify the legal status of their workforce and it would increase penalties for those who fail to do so. It would also authorize an increase in the number of border enforcement personnel and in enforcement technology.
- Finally, as icing on this rich enforcement cake, the bill would create a “North American security perimeter” that would establish Mexico as our first—and only—line of defense against any security threat from the south.
NOTE: Do NOT assume that because your U.S. Representative acted against amnesty last year that they will do it again this year.
We have confidential information about several Members who have voted with us in the past but who are calculating ways to push through almost any kind of compromise between regulation and open border.
Please today, make sure your Congressman and staff are fully aware of where constituents stand on these newest ideas about an amnesty.
How about some FAXes as well? The switch boards will be jammed.
We need to stop this bill.
The modern-day version of the 'Tea Tax'?
A horrible mistake. Only the enemies of this country, the corrupt, and/or the mentally ill can support this.
Politicians ARE the enemy of this country. Their whole immigration deal is about getting votes, citizens be damned!
You know you're talking about a considerable number of open border bots on this website, don't you?
You got that right. And they get paid with your tax dollars for office space,pensions,health care, perks, etc. The fifth columne runs this country now.
Amnesty should be voted on by the people, in a national referendum.
I am at loss for words ...
You realize that Karl Rove thinks that all these soon-to-be-former illegals will be Republicans, don't you?
What is the bill number?
I think it will pass. W has committed to Shamenesty and I see no reason for him to back down.
No, ROVE wants the contribution money of businesses which hire the illegals. They also hope the Hispanics will vote GOP eventually because of their strong belief against abortion etc... like the Cubans, who basically vote GOP. The Dims of course want the illegals to vote before they become citizens. You realize, of course, that you will soon pay for "Millions of 'Americans' live below the poverty level" etc. etc.
"Be cautious of using NumbersUSA as a source."
Actually you should be careful using the commie Southern Poverty Law Center as a source to criticize Numbers USA.
Controling the borders is NOT racism.
This is insanity. Citizenship is not a right, but a privilege to be earned by those who demonstrate their agreement to abide by our laws and respect our shared principles of liberty and personal responsibility. It ought not be for sale, especially to those who have already disrespected our laws and who mock our principles.
Many Cubans are anticommunist refugees, some of them from the middle and upper class.
Most of the poor people coming from other Latin American countries have populist leanings which will translate into Democratic hold on power for decades to come. They might be socially conservative but will be liberal on other issues. Have we found silver lining here? :)
Your link clearly shows a failure on your part to understand the differences in "anti-illegal" immigration vs. anti-immigration.
Very few Americans want to close the door on immigrants. We just want immigrants to respect the laws of our nation. That way we can be reasonably sure they will become good citizens.
So now that the Democrats are in charge, lets see what goes to the President. As I said, this should come as no surprise.
Called and e-mailed.
Call made, followed by email!
"Kennedy praised their bill Tuesday" http://blog.frankmorton.com/?p=313
Save yourself the trouble, congress critters, and just change the date on this piece of work: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) (P.L. 99-603, 100 Stat. 3359)
I've looked everywhere and I can't seem to find the Bill number. It's all over the press, but for some reason (I can only imagine) they're witholding the Bill Number.
I hope the bill has provisions for illegal immigrants to easily take over all government staffing, including education. This could save us a lot in taxes.
I agree with your post and HOPE we have a silver lining. A lady called O'Reilly (radio( the other day. Obviously Hispanic by her statements and 3rd generation. She was conservative and expressed basically what I hope. O'Reilly negated her statement by saying that the religious and moral views are soon changed by the secular American ways. IGuess we hope O'Reilly was wrong and the woman right.
No matter what, 300+ million people with the possibility of more will only destroy our country and what our ancestors built and fought for. Imho the country was built by 1950, as I heard others express. Any immigrants now should be pure necessity not because the government has become the employement agency for business or to bring our standard down to world levels because of "votes".
Called Cong. Buchanan, Florida. His office was very polite. The telephone lines were not jammed as I hoped.
I am writing you today to voice my strenuous objection to the GUTIERREZ/FLAKE Amnesty Bill currently being considered in the House of Representatives. It is my opinion, and that of many other central Pennsylvanians, that until there is a border fence and border security system in place, all you are doing is encouraging even more ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS to violate our sovereignty.
Instead of putting lawbreakers at the head of your list of things to do, finish the job you were elected to do. The money for the border fence was voted on and passed before the November election, and still you in Congress have failed to follow up and do the job you were elected to do.
This is an important part of the overall security issue related to the War on Terror. Please get the border secured before giving illegals consideration. Thank you.
What a reasonable question but, as yet, no answer.
I live in Los Angeles and I would like to close the doors on immigration, illegal and legal. Until every American has seen what I see every day, there will continue to be a blase approach to immigration ... period.
For example, last Spring when the illegals had their "protest marches" there were LEGAL immigrants from other nations who also joined them, openly complaining about our government and our country. We DO NOT NEED these people. Don't we have more than enought enemies within this nation, as it is?
The illegals WILL take over the government offices. It is called DIVERSITY, not MERIT. Diversity is the Left's way of saying institutionalized discrimination. One green polar bear must be hired before a native born English speaking person and so on down the line.
I have been burned before by information gleened from the Internet. I prefer to wait until I have something solid to complain about. I'll call our moombat's office when I have the bill number.
My wife - who came here legally after we were married abroad - had to jump through innumerable hoops simply to get her visa.
Criminal background checks, medical exam and blood tests, financial investigation (to make sure no unpaid loans were outstanding), new passport, "personal character" interviews of friends and family, etc.
Not to mention the materials I provided to the State Dept., and an emergency trip halfway around the world because the local nationals were screwing up the paperwork.
I should have just brought her over in a steamer trunk.I distinctly recall that we were having this very same discussion on FR the morning of 9/11.
I am back to feeling about GWB now, the way I did that morning.
Finally (as if there is a "finally" on this), I want to see how they;re going to (a) fund 15 million new applications in the immigration system, (b) staff CIS so that it can handle 15 million applicants, and (c) prioritize the millions of outstanding LEGAL applicants who have been in the system for up to 10 or 15 years.
"Politicians ARE the enemy of this country. Their whole immigration deal is about getting votes, citizens be damned!"
Only 1/2 right. Illegals vote, and they do vote, Democrat. This is about money for the Republicans, campaign contributions and more from constituents who need cheap labor.
It's political suicide for Republicans, but they don't care.
"You realize that Karl Rove thinks that all these soon-to-be-former illegals will be Republicans, don't you?"
He can't possibly be that stupid on this issue?
100% correct. Most of our Senators and Reps are only representing their own paid-off views, not the views of their constituents.
PLEASE, everyone call their Representative TODAY and demand that they vote NO on this outrage to America.
I'm not concerned with what their motives might be as long as the possible results are in line with what I wish to see accomplished.
Does that include the businesses that employ illegals?
So there's no sense in punishing business so severely that American consumers are hurt by it. Instead, I think we need to focus on enforcement by policing the borders and applying existing immigration laws. Once we do that we can start thinking about creating a better legal path for people who want to come here, but not until.
Same here. Since I also have a moonbat rep., bets are that I will know the bill number before her office staff does...:((
Washington, D.C., Mar 22 -
Securing our borders
The STRIVE Act increases enforcement personnel on the border. It also requires a thorough evaluation of information-sharing, international and federal-state-local coordination, technology, anti-smuggling, and other border security initiatives to ensure that we are doing everything possible to bolster border security. The Gutierrez-Flake bill also calls for the development of multilateral partnerships to establish a North American security perimeter and improve border security on the Mexican southern border.
Strengthening interior enforcement
The Gutierrez-Flake bill increases penalties for crimes committed by immigrants, including those related to smuggling and gang activities. The legislation includes provisions to combat passport and visa fraud, and it increases penalties for trafficking in fake documents. The bill also stiffens penalties related to illegal immigration.
Bolstering employment verification
The STRIVE Act sets up an employment verification system whereby employers would be required to confirm each potential employee's eligibility to work. The new system would eventually apply to all workers and all new hires, and would be rolled out in phases, beginning with critical infrastructure employers and large employers. The legislation increases penalties against employers who do not comply with the new system.
New worker program that reflects realities of our workforce
The Gutierrez-Flake bill sets up a new worker program for low-skilled workers, when a U.S. worker cannot be found to fill a needed job. It addresses the failures and problems with past worker programs and charts a new course that better protects workers, while more effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of employers. The program mandates strong workplace protections. In addition, employers would be required to provide foreign workers with the same wages and working conditions enjoyed by U.S. workers. Workers also would have the ability to change jobs and eventually get on a path to citizenship, if they choose. The worker visa would be valid for 3 years and renewable once.
Reforming a broken visa system in a way that protects families
The STRIVE Act overhauls the family-based and employment-based immigration system to reduce backlogs and inefficiencies. The legislation provides opportunities for high skilled workers to come to, and remain in, the U.S. It also addresses employment needs in shortage occupations, such as nursing.
Earned legalization for hardworking, deserving individuals
Under the legislation, undocumented workers, who pay a fine and pass extensive and thorough background examinations, would be eligible for conditional status with work and travel authorization for 6 years. If, during those six years, the worker remains employed, continues to be an upstanding member of the community, learns English and civics, and pays any owed taxes, they could be eligible to adjust their status if they leave the country and re-enter legally.
The Gutierrez-Flake bill also includes the DREAM Act and AgJobs, as introduced in the 110th Congress.
The bill also would increase resources for the immigration court system, provides relief for immigrant victims of the 9-11 attacks and their families, and it facilitates naturalization for members of the armed forces.
Legislation would create an immigration system that meets the economic and security needs of our nation by creating laws that are tough, enforceable and realistic
Washington, D.C., Mar 22 - Congressmen Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ.) Thursday unveiled new legislation designed to fix our nation's badly broken immigration system. The legislation is the culmination of years of hard work, in-depth discussions and thoughtful negotiations by Congressmen Gutierrez and Flake.
The bill we are discussing today is all about security--homeland security, family security and economic security, Gutierrez said. It will allow us to better protect our borders and reform an immigration system that is hampering businesses, hurting families and harming communities.
Our current immigration laws are at odds with reality, said Flake. This bill addresses that problem by bolstering border security, increasing interior enforcement, and creating a temporary worker program thats enforceable and fair.
The bill, the STRIVE Act of 2007 (Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy), would overhaul the current immigration system in a way that better protects and enforces our borders, respects the hard work and contributions of immigrants to our country and reflects the realities of our workforce and the needs of our communities.
If enacted, the Gutierrez-Flake bill would ensure that we have an immigration system in place that meets the security and economic needs of our nation by creating laws that are tough, enforceable and realistic.
Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) said, It is time that we pass comprehensive immigration reform that balances our nations security with a realistic and humane approach to dealing with the 11 million undocumented individuals already in the United States. This bipartisan legislation enforces accountability and strong border controls, while offering an earned path to citizenship to those who have contributed to our society through hard work. I thank Congressmen Luis Gutierrez and Jeff Flake for renewing their cooperation on this issue so we can finally move forward in fixing our broken immigration system.
This is good, common sense legislation that addresses border security and the millions of undocumented workers in our country, said Congressman George Radanovich (R-CA). I am particularly pleased to see the AgJOBS language included in this bill so our nations farmers get the help they need to put food on our tables.
As the son of an immigrant and a resident of Chicago, I know first-hand, that immigrants make this country strong. Those who have lived in this country for years - who have held jobs, started families and established roots in American communities - deserve the opportunity to earn their citizenship, said Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL). This legislation enhances protections for immigrants already living and working in the U.S., provides for effective security enforcement, assists in family reunification, encourages legality at our borders, and most importantly treats all immigrants with the dignity and respect they deserve. I am proud to join members from both sides of the aisle in introducing this reform.
Only a comprehensive immigration reform plan like the STRIVE Act will help us achieve an effective, lasting, and viable solution to the immigration issues facing our nation, said Congressman Luis G. Fortuño (R-PR), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference.
When I first read that, I thought you were being sarcastic.
Using that logic, businesses don't really make campaign contributions to politicians in exchange for a blind government eye to illegal immigration either - they pass the cost on to the consumer - maybe the very same consumers that in turn, have to compete with low wage illegals for jobs.
And what about the businessman that plays by the rules, isn't he put at a competitive disadvantage? Perhaps he has to put off his plans for expansion when he is underbid by a cheap labor employer of illegal immigrants.
What about the taxpayer who subsidizes cheap labor employers of illegal immigrants through tax funded services?
So there's no sense in punishing business so severely that American consumers are hurt by it. Instead, I think we need to focus on enforcement by policing the borders and applying existing immigration laws.
As long as people are desperately poor and US employers are willing to employ them, people will risk life and limb to get to those jobs regardless of border controls. And as long as penalties for employers are light or nonexistent, they will continue to employ them.
What the sam hill is U.S. Congress doing legislating MEXICO's southern border...??!!!
Oh right, excuse me, NAU is "tinfoil."
The Strive Act, as delineated on FLAKE's website and released today, is the biggest giveaway of our Nation that I have ever seen. Every word of it is despicable.