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DeMint: Report Says $4.4 Billion Border Funding Can Be Used for Amnesty
press release from office of Jim DeMint, U.S. Senator S.C. ^ | June 27th, 2007

Posted on 06/27/2007 9:10:15 PM PDT by Mount Athos

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) released Wednesday a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) which says the new Senate immigration bill contains a major loophole in border security. Supporters of the bill say it provides $4.4 billion in immediate mandatory spending for border enforcement, but according to the CRS analysis, the funds could also be used immediately to implement the amnesty provisions in the bill.

“This is just another example of how this bill claims to do one thing but does something else entirely. It’s another example of an empty promise being used to buy votes for amnesty,” said Senator DeMint. “The supporters of this bill have been running around trying to convince people that this money will be used to secure the border first, but now we know that’s not the case. If you read the fine print, the bill says this money can also be used for amnesty.”

According to the CRS report provided to Senator DeMint, the mandatory spending in the bill could immediately be used for Z visas. It says, “(r)eceiving, processing, and adjudicating applications for the Z visa authorized by Title VI of the Act is one of the trigger mechanisms outlined in Section 1; this means that funding from the Immigration Security Account could be used for this purpose.”

In addition, the report says the funds could be used for Y visas and other programs once the trigger mechanisms have been met but it does not require the Secretary of Homeland Security to certify the trigger. The report says, “S. 1639 does not explicitly stipulate whether the certification required by Section 1 would have to take place prior to funding being made available for the additional purposes outlined in Section 2(C).”

“Not only can this money be used for things other then border security and enforcement, it looks like another backdoor trick to promote amnesty,” said Senator DeMint. “If Congress appropriates money later this year for the border, the money provided in this bill will turn into a slush fund the Administration can use to ensure illegal immigrants are legalized.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist

1 posted on 06/27/2007 9:10:17 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos
Here is some introductory commentary from Powerlineblog.com:

When proponents of comprehensive immigration reform decided they needed to sweeten the pot to get their bill passed, they added $4.4 billion that was supposedly to be spent up-front on border security. This was intended to partially satisfy the desire of millions of Americans that border security and employer enforcement be addressed first, and other measures considered only after we are satisfied that we have control over our borders.

Senator Jim DeMint was suspicious, however, and went to the Congressional Research Service for an opinion on how the $4.4 billion could be spent. The result was as you might suspect; what follows is DeMint's press release:

2 posted on 06/27/2007 9:12:27 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos
For all our vitriol aimed at RINOs and the BIG RINO (Bush), we should remember those senators and congress critters that have stuck with us when things didn't look so good.

Assuming this bill is finally killed, Bush will be a lame duck the rest of his term. And if I could venture a guess, he's overdrawn on that political capital account he once talked about.

3 posted on 06/27/2007 9:16:14 PM PDT by CT (http://www.imwithfred.com)
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To: Mount Athos

It’s always a red flag when they tack money onto a bill. And it takes a lawyer to read the lawyer speak.


5 posted on 06/27/2007 9:19:06 PM PDT by BigFinn (You donít have to be smarter than a fifth grader to oppose this bill.)
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To: Mount Athos

STOP AMNESTY NOW!! WE CAN DO IT!!

6 posted on 06/27/2007 9:22:19 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Mount Athos

This bill is similar to the one defeated a couple of weeks ago in that a few Senators are trying to keep the real contents from being known.

Kennedy held the previous one while Reid substituted the 2006 version as a prop to be voted on. The intent was to later replace the contents with the 2007 version — after the bill passed.

Sessions became aware of this and skewered Reid for the tactic. Kennedy still held the contents. Kennedy did release then late one Saturday night, but not before The Heritage Foundation had gotten hold of a copy of the rough draft and published it on their website. That was when a few Senators and many other citizens began to read the various provisions.

A similar pattern has taken place with this current version. Sessions again complained that the actual bill has not been made available. Apparently, the only copy in existence was being held (again) by Kennedy. When Reid called for the first vote, Sessions demanded that the bill be read into the record. The Chair did not even have a copy of the bill and Reid had to track down a copy to give to the Chair. At that point, only Senators in the ‘inner circle’ had even seen the bill.

The last I heard, the actual contents of the bill are still unknown, as Team Kennedy did some more changes in the early afternoon.


7 posted on 06/27/2007 9:25:13 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: primatreat

The backers of this abortion, especially Harry Reid, could not have done a worse job. From the git-go, they have made dumb, dumb, moves.


8 posted on 06/27/2007 9:26:05 PM PDT by bybybill (`IF TH E RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: Mount Athos

We are being lied to 24x7 by Bush and the rest of these whores.


9 posted on 06/27/2007 9:28:59 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Mount Athos

Thanks to Sen DeMint for allowing this to see the light of day.


10 posted on 06/27/2007 9:29:33 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( Inhofe for Senate 08 -- Broken Glass Republican -- vote out the RATs in 2008)
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To: bybybill

IMO, nuke ‘em all. ;O)


11 posted on 06/27/2007 9:33:31 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

Ping... This will infuriate you........!


12 posted on 06/27/2007 9:33:40 PM PDT by The Mayor ( When we trust the power of God, His peace keeps us from panic)
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To: Mount Athos
Why am I not surprised.
We all know that Edward Moore Kennedy let the “groups” draft the bill. They of course drafted it in their interests. Why not? There was no contravailing force present in the Senator’s office. Then there is John Sydney McCain III. He believes in a kick the tires and light the fires approach to life. So, he buys off on the Edward Moore Kennedy bill drafted by the “groups.”
I guess we need to know who are the “groups”, what are their objectives, where are they trying to drive the country, why are they pursuing those objectives, and when will they be satisfied?
I may have confused the order of the five w’s but I think I got them all.
13 posted on 06/27/2007 9:36:41 PM PDT by Whispering Smith
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To: Mount Athos
I want somebody to ask an amnesty supporter in the Senate one simple question.

If this is "good for Americans" why are you hiding what is in it from Americans?
14 posted on 06/27/2007 9:41:01 PM PDT by elizabetty (Perpetual Candidate using campaign donations for your salary - Its a good gig if you can get it.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Tom, I`m beginning to think you are right.
15 posted on 06/27/2007 9:42:48 PM PDT by bybybill (`IF TH E RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: bybybill
I knew, after a few years, I'd wear you out! :O)

Hope you're doing well.

16 posted on 06/27/2007 9:46:23 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

: )


17 posted on 06/27/2007 9:46:25 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Mount Athos

And Kyl and Kennedy were no doubt fully aware of their scam attempt. None of these so-called “Grand Bargainers” can be trusted.


18 posted on 06/27/2007 9:48:48 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Reaganwuzthebest

Send the info to all the talk show hosts. Too bad we don’t have the cash to print it on billboards across the country.


19 posted on 06/27/2007 9:53:21 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ExTexasRedhead
Good idea, keep hammering away at these con artists.

Domenici from New Mexico mentioned this today also so I think a lot of the senators are aware of it.

20 posted on 06/27/2007 10:00:52 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: TomGuy

“The Heritage Foundation had gotten hold of a copy of the rough draft and published it on their website. That was when a few Senators and many other citizens began to read the various provisions”

And the AMNESTY NOW for 25,000,000 illegal aliens crowd said it was talk radio.....

:)


21 posted on 06/27/2007 10:06:01 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Cacique

There have been a lot of postings of email list of congressional staffers. This one actually works - I sent it successfully. Hit them on their blackberries! Cut & paste into your bcc email field:

maryjane_collipriest@bennett.senate.gov,
mark_morrison@bennett.senate.gov,
emily_christensen@bennett.senate.gov,
brian_klippenstein@bond.senate.gov,
kara_smith@bond.senate.gov,
shana_marchio@bond.senate.gov,
glen_chambers@brownback.senate.gov,
brian_robertson@brownback.senate.gov,
john_rankin@brownback.senate.gov,
brian_hart@brownback.senate.gov,
alicia_peterson-petersonclark@burr.senate.gov,
natasha_hickman@burr.senate.gov,
laura_caudell@burr.senate.gov,
mark_williams@burr.senate.gov,
jennifer_lowe@coleman.senate.gov,
lucia_lebens@coleman.senate.gov,
lorianne_moss@coleman.senate.gov,
tom_stewart@coleman.senate.gov,
leroy_coleman@coleman.senate.gov,
steve_abbott@collins.senate.gov,
marybeth_carozza@collins.senate.gov,
jane_alonso@collins.senate.gov,
elissa_davidson@collins.senate.gov,
jen_burita@collins.senate.gov,
kevin_kelley@collins.senate.gov,
mike_ware@craig.senate.gov,
brooke_roberts@craig.senate.gov,
travis_jones@craig.senate.gov,
dan_whiting@craig.senate.gov,
steve_bell@domenici.senate.gov,
edward_hild@domenici.senate.gov,
chris_gallegos@domenici.senate.gov,
tara_shaw@domenici.senate.gov,
john_lopez@ensign.senate.gov,
pam_thiessen@ensign.senate.gov,
tory_mazzola@ensign.senate.gov,
jack_finn@ensign.senate.gov,
don_tatro@ensign.senate.gov,
richard_perry@lgraham.senate.gov,
jennifer_olson@lgraham.senate.gov,
jen_olson@lgraham.senate.gov,
wes_hickman@lgraham.senate.gov,
kevin_bishop@lgraham.senate.gov,
joel_maiola@gregg.senate.gov,
nancy_perkins@gregg.senate.gov,
christopher_gahan@gregg.senate.gov,
erin_rath@gregg.senate.gov,
louann_linehan@hagel.senate.gov,
paul_kong@hagel.senate.gov,
steve_taylor@hagel.senate.gov,
mike_buttry@hagel.senate.gov,
Jordan_stark@hagel.senate.gov,
tim_glazewski@kyl.senate.gov,
elizabeth_maier@kyl.senate.gov,
stephen_higgins@judiciary.senate.gov,
joe_matal@judiciary.senate.gov,
lucy_murfitt@kyl.senate.gov,
andrew_wilder@kyl.senate.gov,
bret_boyles@lott.senate.gov,
jim_sartucci@lott.senate.gov,
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nick_simpson@lott.senate.gov,
hugh_gamble@lott.senate.gov,
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marty_morris@lugar.senate.gov,
chris_geeslin@lugar.senate.gov,
joe_odonnell@lugar.senate.gov,
shellie_bressler@lugar.senate.gov,
andy_fisher@lugar.senate.gov,
john_little@martinez.senate.gov,
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ken_lundberg@martinez.senate.gov,
ann_begeman@mccain.senate.gov,
eileen_mcmenamin@mccain.senate.gov,
andrea_jones@mccain.senate.gov,
lee_dunn@mccain.senate.gov,
chris_paul@mccain.senate.gov,
joe_donoghue@mccain.senate.gov,
richard_fontaine@mccain.senate.gov,
billy_piper@mcconnell.senate.gov,
scott_raab@mcconnell.senate.gov,
robert_steurer@mcconnell.senate.gov,
julie_adams@mcconnell.senate.gov,
donna_murray@murkowski.senate.gov,
isaac_edwards@murkowski.senate.gov,
danielle_holland@murkowski.senate.gov,
kristin_pugh@murkowski.senate.gov,
john_richter@snowe.senate.gov,
ray_krncevic@snowe.senate.gov,
jake_ward@snowe.senate.gov,
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ginny_worrest@snowe.senate.gov,
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thomas_dower@specter.senate.gov,
seema_singh@specter.senate.gov,
seema_singh@judiciary.senate.gov,
george_lowe@stevens.senate.gov,
karina_waller@stevens.senate.gov,
aaron_saunders@stevens.senate.gov,
courtney_boone@stevens.senate.gov,
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phil_park@voinovich.senate.gov,
george_callas@voinovich.senate.gov,
doug_dziak@voinovich.senate.gov,
chris_paulitz@voinovich.senate.gov,
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22 posted on 06/27/2007 10:06:27 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: Mount Athos

Just Damn!


23 posted on 06/27/2007 10:07:37 PM PDT by OKIEDOC
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To: CT

Bushbots’ll get you for that!


24 posted on 06/27/2007 10:13:29 PM PDT by RightthinkinAmerican (If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do Humanitarians eat?)
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To: Mount Athos

Bye, all. This former Bushbot is being “run off” by those still drinking the Koolaid. Good luck fighting this. It’s not worth my blood pressure.


25 posted on 06/27/2007 10:15:15 PM PDT by RightthinkinAmerican (If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do Humanitarians eat?)
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To: Mount Athos

You ask the key question. But you also know the answer.
The fix was in on this from the beginning. The RINOs are being paid off by big business; the democrats by big labor, lawyers, the Latino special interest groups.
This is the biggest sell-out of America since we became a united nation. This is a Freakin fire sale on our culture,language,and citizenship. Everyone of these Senators who vote to keep this POS alive needs to be THROWN OUT!


26 posted on 06/27/2007 10:16:43 PM PDT by boilinghot
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To: BigFinn
Yes FRiends, they're trying to SNOOKER us again!
27 posted on 06/27/2007 10:21:00 PM PDT by Rabble
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To: Mount Athos
I don’t trust Chertoff with the security of our country.

Checkoff is a bureaucrat who thinks in terms of what is good for cert off personal must be good for America.

I don’t trust Cutoff to carry out any lawful mandates.

Just the lowly opinion of a red state wannabe.

Listening to a little Blood Sweat and Tears, You Make Me So Happy, SENOR CHERTOFF....NOT.

28 posted on 06/27/2007 10:32:32 PM PDT by OKIEDOC
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To: OKIEDOC

I smell a revolution in the air ... unless the House buries this cr@p and get’s their $0.25 allowance for cleaning up the dog’s mess in the backyard..(did I date myself????)


29 posted on 06/27/2007 10:42:35 PM PDT by ctauch (Vote out the RINOs even if it means losing the Senate..maybe the @ssclowns will wake up! NOPE)
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To: ctauch

I’m listening to 10,000 Maniacs, Everybody wants Candy and thinking we have Maniacs in congress selling out America for their own candy.

Just Damn!


30 posted on 06/27/2007 10:46:14 PM PDT by OKIEDOC
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To: primatreat
The swimmer abandons a young intern to die a horrible death. Now he abandons America, its laws and our sovereignty.
31 posted on 06/27/2007 10:50:58 PM PDT by afnamvet (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Accurate summary


32 posted on 06/27/2007 10:51:12 PM PDT by packrat35 (Bush whither be thy brain)
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To: Mount Athos

Chewing nails here in Texas.


33 posted on 06/27/2007 11:03:05 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: elizabetty

Good for you.


34 posted on 06/27/2007 11:07:58 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: freekitty

Check this out: http://www.spp.gov/


35 posted on 06/27/2007 11:35:39 PM PDT by CT (http://www.imwithfred.com)
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To: Mount Athos

It is worse than this..the $4.4 billion is not even guaranteed, but depends on illegals actually obeying the law and paying the proscribed fines to fund the border security portion. If they do not pay the fines—which they won’t—then NO MONEY for border security. Meanwhile Bush hands out cold cash to the Iraqi vermin for their “reconstruction”, but there is no cash available to defend our borders. What does that say about the character of this man? Call your Senators and tell them you are not fooled by these frauds.


36 posted on 06/28/2007 6:33:43 AM PDT by montag813
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