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Democrats block GOP rewrite of immigration priorities
Washington Times ^ | 9/21/2012 | Steven Dinan

Posted on 09/21/2012 9:23:11 AM PDT by markomalley

House Democrats defeated the broadest immigration reform effort yet in this Congress, voting down a bill on Thursday that would have ended the random visa lottery and replaced it with a system rewarding high-tech foreign graduates from U.S. universities.

The vote showed neither side is ready to break the stalemate that has foiled every major immigration bill for the past decade.

This latest effort would have tried to rewrite the country’s immigration priorities, shifting away from random chance and toward picking skilled workers that Republicans said could boost the U.S. economy.

“Unfortunately, Democrats today voted to send the best and brightest foreign graduates back home to work for our global competitors,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, who wrote the bill. “Democrats voted against a bill that helps American businesses hire the most qualified foreign graduates.”

Most Democratic opponents said they didn’t oppose visas for high-tech graduates, but objected to canceling the random chance visa lottery. Democrats said the lottery is a key way that the U.S. gets immigrants from countries that don’t have long-standing business or family ties to the United States.

Black, Hispanic and Asian Democrats all urged their colleagues to block the move.

(Excerpt) Read more at p.washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: aliens

1 posted on 09/21/2012 9:23:17 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Hopefully the GOP is serious about elimination the visa lottery system - they may have a chance to try again, with hope for a better outcome, very soon.


2 posted on 09/21/2012 9:25:20 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: markomalley

Ummm . . . The Pubbies are the majority in the House.

How then, is it possible for House Democrats to stop/block anything?


3 posted on 09/21/2012 9:27:12 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: markomalley

This is something they should have passed almost 50 years ago—as soon as Kennedy got the whole lottery system through.


4 posted on 09/21/2012 9:27:12 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: markomalley

Odd, I thought the Republicans controlled the House?


5 posted on 09/21/2012 9:28:58 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Arm_Bears
Mr. Smith’s bill earned a majority in the House, 257-158, but fell 20 votes shy of the two-thirds vote needed under expedited House rules. Only 30 Democrats voted for it — well short of the number GOP leaders had expected to join them.
6 posted on 09/21/2012 9:31:55 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: markomalley

Amazing that some republicans are still trying to win votes they never had or ever will. For now, the goal is to retain the house, but we will have to clean out the rinos next time.


7 posted on 09/21/2012 9:32:37 AM PDT by ABQHispConservative
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To: markomalley

More Somalians!


8 posted on 09/21/2012 9:33:20 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: freekitty

Since the legislation is going nowhere in the Senate, the House has been holding votes under a suspension of the rules, which requires a supermajority, in order to draw political contrasts on issues with popular support.


9 posted on 09/21/2012 9:33:50 AM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: markomalley

Assuming there are 30 million illegals in America, that’s enough to create some 50 congressional districts and they don’t even need to vote to do it. If they do vote, you can pretty much count on those districts being almost exclusively democrat. As it is we don’t know how many districts exist almost wholly due to the presence of illegals.

The costs of administering a single district must run into the millions. How much pork can a district seek? How many earmarks? What will all those new democrat congressmen vote for?

If you think Obamacare is bad, you haven’t seen squat. Wait till the day all those democrats start dictating how many cars a family can have, what job you can have, or where you can live. Wait till they dictate that all paychecks come from government and you get a small cut of what is left over.

Illegals are nothing but government growth hormone and amnesty today is nothing short of treason.


10 posted on 09/21/2012 9:38:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: markomalley

Until some Demonicrat politicians are indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced for treason for giving aid and comfort to the enemy, things are not likely to get better.


11 posted on 09/21/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: markomalley

“House Dems Block Immigration Reform!”

Where dat headline at?


12 posted on 09/21/2012 9:41:48 AM PDT by Adder (No Mo BO)
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To: ABQHispConservative

Who were the five rinos?


13 posted on 09/21/2012 9:51:13 AM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: cripplecreek; All

” Illegals are nothing but government growth hormone and amnesty today is nothing short of treason. “

EXACTLY !


14 posted on 09/21/2012 9:52:46 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: markomalley

IN other words, the Dems don’t want self reliant people. They want those who will become dependent upon the government and vote Democrat.


15 posted on 09/21/2012 9:54:26 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: markomalley

Is this directed square at obama’s recent Q&A with the Univision (mex press) audiance that a college degree increases your chance of sucess by I believe Obama said 50%?
Or, is this just randomly occuring obama hypocracy?


16 posted on 09/21/2012 10:36:12 AM PDT by Leep (I'm a Chic-Fil-- A-merican)
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To: Carl Vehse

Don’t blame just Democrats!

In Texas, businessmen love illegal aliens. The construction industry and agriculture industry exploit illegal alien workers because they can get away with paying low wages and thus ratcheting up their profits. When illegals end up unemployed, the general public pays for those folk’s welfare.

Until the Federal government begins arresting and jailing those people, Democrats and Republicans alike who are profiting off of illegal aliens, this will continue unabated.


17 posted on 09/21/2012 10:43:47 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: markomalley; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ..
Ping!

Click the keyword Aliens to see more illegal alien, border security, and other related threads.

18 posted on 09/21/2012 11:20:17 AM PDT by HiJinx (Progessive Compassion requires OPM - Other People's Money.)
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To: skeeter

So basically it won’t be expedited but it will eventually see the light of day?


19 posted on 09/21/2012 12:04:28 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (2012 isn't the lesser of two evils, it's suicide vs a slap in the face. Do you want to wake up?)
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To: Rick_Michael

If the senate changes hands, presumably so.


20 posted on 09/21/2012 12:14:19 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Arm_Bears

“Mr. Smith’s bill earned a majority in the House, 257-158, but fell 20 votes shy of the two-thirds vote needed under expedited House rules. Only 30 Democrats voted for it — well short of the number GOP leaders had expected to join them.”


21 posted on 09/21/2012 12:15:32 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama -> Ransom "Rance" Stoddard)
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To: markomalley

The Democrats want the flotsam jetsam of the 3rd world to come in via that bullshyte known as family reunification. Democrats want immigrants who will become Democrat voters. Democrats despise immigration based on education and English proficiency. If you go to Canada, Australia, New Zealand you cannot immigrate there unless you possess a skill they want or a decent education with English proficiency. Many 3rd worlders can jump these hurdles or the immigrant might be from Europe or developed Asia

America is the worst and stupidest as far as catering to immigration by 3rd world numbskulls who will be on the dole one way or another


22 posted on 09/21/2012 12:28:32 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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