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Congress Approves Private Bill To Help Illegal Immigrant
Judicial Watch ^ | December 20, 2010

Posted on 12/20/2010 12:14:46 PM PST by La Lydia

A rare private bill recently approved by the United States Congress will allow an illegal immigrant living in southern California to remain in the country and become a permanent resident. The secret law on behalf of one individual appears to be a growing trend among some pro-amnesty Democrats who are quietly blocking the deportations of illegal aliens and sponsoring clandestine legislation to keep the violators in the country indefinitely. Just a few weeks ago three federal lawmakers from California and Ohio blocked the removal of a Guatemalan arrested for driving without a license and a Peruvian who benefits from taxpayer-financed discounted tuition at a public college.

A few days ago Congress passed a law to let a San Diego-area man (Shigeru Yamada) who emigrated from Japan at the age of 10 to stay in the U.S. Congressional approval of bills that benefit just one person is highly unusual and hasn’t occurred in years...

Yamada’s law was co-sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and San Diego Congressman Bob Filner, who is also sponsoring eight other individual laws related to immigration. Feinstein, who lost a powerful committee chairmanship amid a corruption scandal, leads the Senate in using private bills to keep illegal immigrants in her northern California home town from being deported.

... Feinstein introduced 40% of last year’s private measures, according to a news report that highlights several of the illegal aliens that she helped evade deportation. Among them is a Philippine woman ordered to leave the U.S. after two decades, a deported family of Egyptians that overstayed a tourist visa by more than 10 years, a Mexican family that has lived in her district for two decades and an Asian couple that entered the country more than 25 years ago as tourists and never left.

Recently, Feinstein used her political power to halt the removal of an illegal alien from Peru who attended San Francisco Community College before getting arrested by immigration authorities. The veteran lawmaker has introduced legislation to permanently shield the 20-year-old man, Steve Li, from deportation and managed to delay his removal with a separate bill...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; bribes; ca; crimaliens; democrats; feinstein; illegals; rats; ruleoflaw
Anyway to get around the law, eh Diane? Filner is beneath contempt. Neither of him have a clue about the Rule of Law.
1 posted on 12/20/2010 12:14:51 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Is there no conservative in the Senate that would put a hold on such a bill? Apparently not.


2 posted on 12/20/2010 12:18:29 PM PST by Truth29
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To: La Lydia

Approve one a day? Sure that’s a reasonable number if the border fence is built.


3 posted on 12/20/2010 12:20:16 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: La Lydia
This is for all the Nickys!


4 posted on 12/20/2010 12:21:41 PM PST by americanophile
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To: La Lydia

To this corrupt elites, laws are mere suggestions.


5 posted on 12/20/2010 12:21:59 PM PST by elpinta (John 17:3)
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To: La Lydia

These private bills are sometimes a pretty nice source of income for members of congress.

Friends who have worked in U.S. Immigration agencies over the years point out that these bills are followed by background checks for “good moral character,” and one of the guidelines for the investigators is not to ask if there was any quid pro quo for the sponsoring member of congress.

Interesting that congress would rule that nobody is allowed to ask if they get bribes or payoffs for sponsoring legislation.

Also interesting to note that Feinstein sponsored such a large percentage of these bills.


6 posted on 12/20/2010 12:22:14 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: La Lydia

Doesn’t legislation like this get VERY close to being a ‘Bill of Attainder’?


7 posted on 12/20/2010 12:25:05 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: La Lydia

Uhm.........Aren’t those bills of attainder? Aren’t those expressly forbidden in our constitution?


8 posted on 12/20/2010 12:27:28 PM PST by blackdog
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To: La Lydia

And yet they couldn’t vote to save Terri Schiavo’s life because that would have been a bill of attainder and been against the law? The world is truly turned upside down!


9 posted on 12/20/2010 12:32:59 PM PST by The4thHorseman
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To: The4thHorseman
America has become a homoginized blend of four movies.

#1) Brazil

#2) Idiocracy

#3) Catch 22 (or the book)

#4)Atlas Shrugged (book or movie, which is soon to be released)

10 posted on 12/20/2010 12:38:11 PM PST by blackdog
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To: B4Ranch

We live in a dystopia.


11 posted on 12/20/2010 12:43:38 PM PST by blackdog
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To: blackdog

Naw, this isn’t nothing compared to what it’s going to be like......... if we don’t stand up.


12 posted on 12/20/2010 12:47:52 PM PST by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: La Lydia

America is at that awkward stage; it's too late to work
within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.

-- Claire Wolfe


13 posted on 12/20/2010 12:53:40 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor not a race relations Czar in the Obama administration.")
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To: DPMD

>>>>> “ These private bills are sometimes a pretty nice source of income for members of congress.” <<<<<<<

EVERY REGULATION IS A SOURCE OF INCOME for both Congresscritters, Senators (State and Federal alike)

Think “Building Inspector” or “Permit Office” and work your way up!

TT


14 posted on 12/20/2010 1:05:56 PM PST by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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To: blackdog

Nope. These are private bills, of which a bill of attainder is a subset.

The difference is that a private bill, in the general term, is a bill that applies only to an individual or group, not all people. A private bill that punishes that individual or group without benefit of a judicial trial is a bill of attainder.


15 posted on 12/20/2010 1:07:20 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: DPMD; TexasTransplant

Add “Loan Officer” and “Insurance Salesman” to the list

TT


16 posted on 12/20/2010 1:07:48 PM PST by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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To: Iron Munro

>>>>> “America is at that awkward stage; it’s too late to work
within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.

— Claire Wolfe” <<<<<<<

I am winding my alarm clock ... what time do I set it for?

I’m ready to go NOW

TT


17 posted on 12/20/2010 1:10:28 PM PST by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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To: La Lydia

There is no talk about the other bill that passed in the dead of night over the weekend...the food safety bill. Still trying to find out about it. Barf!


18 posted on 12/20/2010 1:32:47 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice

It was in the paper today

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/19/AR2010121904201.html


19 posted on 12/20/2010 1:41:58 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Sherman Logan

Then it is merely a NEGATIVE, or REVERSE, Bill of Attainder, in that it benefits, rather than punishes, “special” parties. Still illegal in my book!


20 posted on 12/20/2010 1:47:36 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: Sherman Logan

“The difference is that a private bill, in the general term, is a bill that applies only to an individual or group, not all people. A private bill that punishes that individual or group without benefit of a judicial trial is a bill of attainder.”

Then it is merely a NEGATIVE, or REVERSE, Bill of Attainder, in that it benefits, rather than punishes, “special” parties. Still illegal in my book!


21 posted on 12/20/2010 1:48:19 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: blackdog
Uhm.........Aren’t those bills of attainder?

Not really, since Bills of Attainder criminalize and punish the conduct of specific individuals or specific small groups of individuals without the benefit of due process.

Feinstein is actually shielding specific lawbreakers from punishment, which would seem to be more of a violation of equal protection of the laws.

22 posted on 12/20/2010 1:59:24 PM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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