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Breitbart ^ | 1/29/14 | MATTHEW BOYLE

Posted on 01/29/2014 10:48:02 AM PST by jimbo123

In an unusually aggressive move, top immigration hawk Sen. Jeff Session (R-AL) is moving to preemptively arm House Republicans with anti-amnesty talking points and other materials ahead of a major planning session at the House GOP's Maryland retreat tomorrow.

Sessions' office hand-delivered a four-piece packet to House members that includes a “Myth vs. Fact” document on immigration talking points to prepare them to fight back against immigration proposals Speaker John Boehner is expected to push in a closed-door meeting.

The 14-page Myth vs. Fact document, provided exclusively to Breitbart News by Sessions' staff, breaks down 10 of the major talking points commonly used by amnesty proponents and offers detailed rebuttals.

For example, the first "myth" reads, “There should be no special path to citizenship for those who have broken our immigration laws."

In response, Sessions writes, “Any path that leads to a green card for someone who is currently ineligible for a green card because they violated U.S. immigration laws, such as the Senate bill, is a special path to citizenship.”

The packet is unusual because members of the Senate generally do not involve themselves heavily in the internal affairs of the House as a matter of protocol. Sessions has recently shown a new willingness to challenge Boehner in this regard, creating an interesting political dynamic beyond the explosive immigration debate.

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1 posted on 01/29/2014 10:48:02 AM PST by jimbo123
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Thank God for Sen. Sessions. He constantly fights the good fight.

2 posted on 01/29/2014 10:49:11 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: jimbo123

While the Dems can focus on fighting Republicans, conservative Republicans have to fight Dems and establishment Republicans.

3 posted on 01/29/2014 10:51:22 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: jimbo123

Excellent. All these omnibus bills are really tricks.

4 posted on 01/29/2014 10:53:23 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: jimbo123

Alabama should be proud of this man.

5 posted on 01/29/2014 10:56:41 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: jimbo123

The immigration bill is more about transforming the culture which is why Boner, Ryan, Rubio and friends are so interested in it. The puppeteers want to further change the culture, furthering the destruction of the individual in favor of the crowd. Godless crowds are easier to manage than God fearing individuals.

6 posted on 01/29/2014 11:00:01 AM PST by SteelTrap
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Special Privileges And Special Paths

Special Path/Green Card - page 1

Amnesty Or Not? page 2

This Debate Will Be Full And Open page 5

Crushing The Middle Class

Guest Worker/Labor Shortage - page 8

If Amnesty, No Welfare -page 9

Immigration Reform Helps The Economy page 10

Shooting Ourselves In The Foot

Enforcement Triggers First page 11

This Ends Illegal Immigration page 12

We Will Force President Obama To Enforce The Laws page 14


Special Privileges and Special Paths



Fact: Any path that leads to a green card for someone who is currently ineligible for a green
card because they violated U.S. immigration laws, such as the Senate bill, is a special path to

The Wall Street Journal describes the current House citizenship plan as follows: “Since
last summer, leading lawmakers have sketched out the basic idea. Give illegal
immigrants who qualify a legal status, but no promise of citizenship an effort to try
to satisfy both sides. Instead, offer them the chance to access existing opportunities to
gain legal permanent residence, also known as a green card. Once someone has a
green card, he or she can apply for citizenship.” (Jan. 27, 2014, emphasis added)

In addition, the House plan reportedly includes an expedited path to citizenship for so-
called DREAMers, providing an even larger magnet for future illegal immigration than
birthright citizenship.

According to one report, the House approach would grant green cards to an estimated
4.4 million to 6.5 million illegal immigrants. (National Foundation for American Policy,
Jan. 2014).

In addition, even a “legalization-only” plan rewards those vvho have disobeyed our
laws by allowing them to remain in the country, work, obtain driver’s licenses, and
qualify for public benefits, and creates the same incentive for others to enter the
country illegally.

And regardless, as Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-III.) said, “if we do not get
citizenship this year, [pro-amnesty groups] will be back next year and the year after
that.” (Associated Press, Jan. 7, 2014)

In any event, all such proposals favor those who have broken our laws over those who
follow our laws because it allows them to lìve, travel, and Work in the U.S. a privilege
not bestowed on those who wait in Iíne in their home countries. This erodes the rule

of law.


Fact: Like the Senate plan, the House plan provides legal status and work authorization first
- the fundamental grant of amnesty.

Any plan that provides such special privileges to those who are in the country illegally
today, but does not extend the same privileges to those who enter the country
illegally tomorrow, is amnesty.

Proponents ofthe Senate bill claimed the fines and fees that illegal immigrants would
have to pay to gain legalization would cover the Cost of the massive But the bill
riddled with waivers and loopholes, including permitting installment payments and
outright exemptions, and the amount was even less than the rejected 2007
immigration bill. Moreover, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services currently offers
waivers for those who cannot afford certain fees. Why would this administration not
waive these requirements once again?

The claim that illegal immigrants will be required to pay “back taxes” is a paper tiger.
Even if back taxes were somehow paid a dubious claim at best the amount
collected would pale in comparison to the amount of tax dollars paid to illegal
immigrants, such as the billions in free tax credits claimed each and every year.

o Even the sponsors of the Senate bill eventually were forced to concede that the
back taxes provision in their bill was illusory and toothless. (Politico, April 18,
2013). Moreover, the bill did not even attempt to address collection of state,
local and employment back taxes.

o In fact, according to Politico: “Early discussions [about the Senate bill] included
requiring applicants to file a complete work history with salary information so
that the IRS could backtrack those wages to figure out how much should be
owed. That idea was quickly dismissed during consultations with the IRS,
according to a Democratic aide familiar with the drafting of the legislation.”
(Politico, April 18, 2013)

o As the former chieic economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, Diana
FurChtgott-Roth, has written, “[playment of back taxes and a fine in exchange for
legal status makes for a fine sound bite but would be a nightmare to administer.”
(Collecting Immigrants’ Back Taxes: An impossible Dream, Policy Perspectives,
Mar. 11, 2013)

o Because of a 2000 IRS ruling, illegal immigrants who are disqualified from
receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can retroactively receive the EITC
for years worked without a Social Security number if they receive amnesty. (IRS
Office of Chief Counsel, Memorandum 11200028034, July 14, 2000)

o Moreover, the IRS’s targeting of conservative nonprofit groups and selective
enforcement of Obamacare at the very least calls into question how the agency would handle the politically-charged task of collected back taxes owed by illegal

Just as proponents of the Senate bill claimed, the House proposal is touted as
requiring that illegal immigrants learn English and Civics to obtain legalization.

o The Senate bill actually imposed this requirement only for a green card, and even
then a person only had to be pursuing a course of study “to achieve an
understanding of English and knowledge and understanding” of cìvics. In many
cases, the Secretary of Homeland Security was given the authority to waive this

o Current law already requires immigrants to learn English. Anything less than
current law would favor those who have violated our laws over those who follow


Proponents ofthe House proposal have said that illegal immigrants will have to pass
background checks to obtain legalization.

o Kenneth Palinkas, head of the USCIS union the agency responsible for
background checks - stated that, currently “USCIS adjudications officers are
pressured to rubber stamp applications instead of conducting diligent case
review and investigation. The culture at USCIS encourages all applications to be
approved, discouraging proper investigation into red flags and discouraging the
denial of any applications. USCIS has been turned into an ‘approval machine.’”
(Press Release, American Federation of Government Employees, Council 119,
May 20, 2013)

o There would no doubt be intense political pressure to complete amnesty
applications as quickly as possible, and the number of illegal immigrants who
the CBO projects would be legalized under the Senate bill is more than four
times the number approved in the 1986 amnesty, which was described by The
New York Times as “one of the most extensive immigration frauds ever
perpetrated against the United States government” as an estimated one-fourth
of all successful amnesty applications were fraudulent. For example, 1993 World
Trade Center bomber Mahmoud “The Red” Abouhalima, an Egyptian who
claimed to be a farmworker, was given amnesty in 1986, which enabled him to
travel to Afghanistan where he joined a terrorist training camp and later re-enter
the U.S. (Center for Immigration Studies, Feb. 26, 2013)

o Moreover, it has been reported that the administration is currently “rubber-

stamping” applications for President Obama’s administrative DREAM Act
program (DACA), which are being approved at a rate of over 99 percent. (USCIS
Office of Legislative Affairs, Dec. 18, 2013)

o And, it recently was reported that the federal government filed a complaint
against the company it had hired to handle the background investigations for
Edward Snowden and the Navy Yard shooter for fraudulently submitting atleast

665,000 incomplete background investigations for government personnel. (The
Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2014)

Finally, it was revealed during the Senate debate that the Senate bill did not require
the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct face-to-face interviews with a single
amnesty applicant, even though they are necessary to determine national security and
law enforcement risks. Indeed, according to Mr. Palinkas, at present “USCIS lacks the
resources to adequately screen and scrutinize legal immigrants and non-immigrants
seeking status adjustment” - let alone the tens of millions who would seek
legalization. (Press Release, American Federation of Government Employees, Council
119, May 20, 2013)

7 posted on 01/29/2014 11:01:05 AM PST by jimbo123
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Thank God for Sen. Sessions. When those traitorous “Maryland” republicans return, they’ll call Sen. Sessions a bigoted racist southerner. Just like the socialist democrats they really are.

8 posted on 01/29/2014 11:01:22 AM PST by Waryone
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Fact: Just as in the Senate, where the sponsor of the bill negotiated in secret for months
with lobbyists and special interests, it has been reported that the House “deal” is already
being negotiated behind the scenes.

According to Politico, “top GOP lawmakers” are seeking the support of Democrat Luis
Gutierrez and House leadership staff meeting in secret with business groups and
technology trade organizations - who advocate for unlimited foreign labor - “so they
have buy-in to the process.” (Politico, Jan. 23, 2014)

House leadership is meeting with corporate elites like Mark Zuckerberg and the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce but, there have been no reports of meetings with our nation’s
law enforcement officers who have requested to be heard. (CBS DC, Sept. 18, 2013,
The Washington Post, Jan. 24, 2014)

While the Speaker has ruled out a House-Senate conference on the Senate bill, no one
has ruled out going to conference with the Senate on piecemeal bills, which will
inevitably result in the Senate bill, as noted by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in November:
“Reid and Schumer have already said they don’t care what the House does, just get to
a conference and they’re just going to ram through the Gang of Eight bill. That will
basically put more pressure on the Speaker to basically put it on the floor. You’re
looking at going into a conference that doesn’t give you any chance of having
conservative policy enacted in the end. So why would we want to step into that
minefield?” (Oct. 16, 2013)

o “We’re just happy to see action so that we can get to a conference that can
ultimately produce a bill this year, legislation this year, that can be sent to the
president.” (Senator Bob Menendez, Jan. 26, 2014)

o “I think that John Boehner will conference with the Senate. Why wouldn’t he?
He’ll have a lot of pressure from his members now that the election is getting
closer.” (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Dec. 21, 2013)

o “We have always said on that score that the speaker is the speaker, and any way
he wants to bring the bill to the floor, in pieces or in big chunks or whatever it is,
we just Want to see legislation come to the floor so that Congress can act upon
that legislation, the House can, and send it to the conference table with the
Senate.” (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Nov. 21, 2013)

o “Get us to conference. In a conference, we can negotiate the notion of bringing

o “When | talk to my Republican friends, [they tell me] all ofthe parts Will lead to

o “Just pass something, then we’ll goto conference with it.” (Senator John McCain,

all those bills together.” (Sen. Bob Menendez, Nov. 18, 2013)

the full package.” (Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Nov. 2013)

Oct. 31, 2013)

o “We would prefer a big comprehensive bill but any way the House can get there
is okay by us. If they pass individual, smaller bills they will get agglomerated.”
(Sen. Chuck Schumer, Aug. 2013)

9 posted on 01/29/2014 11:02:31 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: SteelTrap

Maintaining a permanent underclass dependent on government is what keeps the Ruling Class in power.

10 posted on 01/29/2014 11:02:38 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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Fact: So-called “immigration reform” (amnesty for illegal immigrants and a large increase
in foreign workers) is overwhelmingly opposed by the American public and opposition is

I Only 3 percent of Americans think immigration reform is a priority. (Gallup, Jan. 15,


Only 12 percent of centrist voters strongly support “providing illegal immigrants with a
path to citizenship even though they have broken the rules.” 38 percent of centríst
voters strongly oppose. (Esquire-NBC News, Oct. 15, 2013)

55 percent of Americans support a decrease in legal immigration and only 28 percent

support an increase. {FoxNews, April 2013)

0 60 percent of likely voters strongly believe that American companies should try harder
to recruit and train unemployed Americans instead of hiring foreign Workers. (Pulse
Opinion Research, Aug. 15, 2013)

0 While the majority of Iower- and middle-income voters, political moderates, and

conservatives oppose increases in immigration, the Wealthy, politically Well-
connected, and liberals support increases in immigration. (Rasmussen, Jan. 17, 2014)

o Pew Research Center and CBS polls this year found that over 60 percent of
Americans want the current legal immigration levels either held constant or
reduced. Tellingly, Rasmussen found that support for an increase was skewed
towards upper-income Americans earning over $200,000. (Daily Caller, May 17,

0 62 percent of Americans think legalization should come only after the border is
secured, and only 5 percent actually believe the government would do so if
immigration reform passed. (Rasmussen, Oct. 2013)

11 posted on 01/29/2014 11:04:17 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123; Jane Long

Wonder how much of Sessions’ conservatism is due to the fact that he has an opponent, Katrina Pierson, who campaigned for and is supported by Ted Cruz. Sessions was one of the 13 or so Representatives from Texas who voted for the Trillion dollar budget, as did Pete Olson who represents my District. Our family certainly won’t be voting for Olson again.

Fiscally irresponsible Reps who have an R behind their name are not different than those that have a D behind their name.

12 posted on 01/29/2014 11:04:43 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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Fact: As soon as illegal immigrants are granted legal status and work authorization, they
will be able to compete for any job anywhere in America - we are not simply talking about
agricultural workers and roofers. Only 2 percent of immigrants and guest workers to be
admitted under the Senate bill, for instance, are doing farm work - the other 98 percent
would be working in every sector ofthe U.S. economy.

According to reports, House proposals, like the Senate bill, will include a huge influx of
foreign workers.

According to CBO, the Senate bill would add 46 million new permanent residents by


0 CBO also confirmed that the number of guest workers would increase to 2.8 million

by 2033 under the Senate bill.

~ Americans have been clear about their views on immigration’s impact on the


55 percent of Americans support a decrease in legal immigration and only 28
percent support an increase. (FoxNews, April 2013)


75 percent of likely voters believe there are more than enough unemployed
Americans to fill any labor shortages. 71 percent said employers should raise pay
levels to attract more candidates. (Pulse Opinion Research, Aug. 2013)

Immigration laws should not be tailored to the demands of corporate America -
they must reflect what is in the national interest and the American people.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Americans who want
to work but have stopped searching is 2.1 million. Over 90 million Americans are
outside ofthe labor force entirely.

According to a Dec. 6, 2013, report in CNN Money: “Only about 63 percent of
Americans over the age of 16 participate in the job market - meaning they either
have a job or are looking for one. That’s nearly the lowest level since 1978,
driven partly by Baby Boomers retiring, but also by workers who had simply
given up hope after long and fruitlessjob searches.”

As White House economic adviser Gene Sperling said recently, “our economy still
has three people looking for everyjob [opening].” (CNN, Jan. 5, 2014)

13 posted on 01/29/2014 11:05:30 AM PST by jimbo123
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Can Boner be impeached?

14 posted on 01/29/2014 11:05:46 AM PST by McGruff (I'm a conservative. Not necessarily a republican.)
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No, but he can be voted out of his position as Speaker of the House by his caucus.

15 posted on 01/29/2014 11:06:42 AM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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Fact: If illegal immigrants are legalized, they will become almost instantly eligible for
federal welfare benefits if they have children and for payments from state and
local governments. These costs will be increased substantially by the future chain
migration. (U.S. Senate Budget Committee Minority, June 18, 2013)

Once those amnestied become legal permanent residents, they themselves will be
eligible for even more federal welfare benefits and Obamacare. (U.S. Senate Budget
Committee Minority, April 4, 2013)

Costs will only increase once they become citizens and will extend to our nation’s
retirement programs. The Senate bill was estimated to cost taxpayers at least $2.5
trillion in Medicare and Social Security alone - above any taxes paid in. In addition,
the long-term unfunded liability for Obamacare would grow another $2 trillion. (U.S.
Senate Budget Committee Minority, April 18, 2013)

One-third of all children in poverty in the U.S. live in immigrant households. Nearly
half of immigrant families earn less than 200 percent of the poverty level, making
them eligible for many means-tested welfare programs. Immigrants are half again
more likely to use welfare than native-born, with a majority of households headed
by immigrants from Latin America using at least one taxpayer-funded welfare
program. And immigrant families account for nearly a third of those without health
insurance and more than two-thirds ofthe growth in the uninsured over the past
decade. (Center for Immigration Studies, Aug. 2012)

Legal immigrants with green cards have access to all but two of nearly 80 federal
welfare programs. Public charge law currently goes unenforced, and House
proposals do not address this endemic flaw in our legal immigration system.

16 posted on 01/29/2014 11:06:45 AM PST by jimbo123
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My dear, Grams A....this thread/article is about SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS....NOT slimy old Rep Pete Sessions (RINO-TX).

I agree with you about REPS Pete Sessions and Pete Olson, tho!

17 posted on 01/29/2014 11:09:12 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Grams A
Wonder how much of Sessions’ conservatism is due to the fact that he has an opponent, Katrina Pierson, who campaigned for and is supported by Ted Cruz. Sessions was one of the 13 or so Representatives from Texas who voted for the Trillion dollar budget,...


You are confusing US Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) with US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). They are not the same person and are not even related.

Sen. Sessions is a real-deal genuine conservative.

18 posted on 01/29/2014 11:10:45 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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Yes thank God for Sessions that we aren’t unarmed against the RINOS@!

19 posted on 01/29/2014 11:11:55 AM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Viennacon

We are very proud of Sen. Sessions. He epitomizes our state motto “We dare defend our rights”.

20 posted on 01/29/2014 11:12:57 AM PST by Himyar
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