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Founder of Tea Party Express Calls to Fix Immigration System
The New American ^ | Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:55 | Warren Mass

Posted on 05/16/2014 8:55:49 AM PDT by Resettozero

Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo wrote an op-ed piece for Roll Call on May 14 entitled “Conservatives Need to Fix the Broken Immigration System.” In his commentary, Russo addressed what he sees as several major problems with our current immigration system, including the fact that immigration laws are not enforced, our present visa system is inadequate to supply our economic needs, border security is ineffective, and there are rich incentives for illegal immigration.

Russo expanded on these problems in language that is especially appealing to conservatives focused on the economic aspects of immigration, both legal and illegal. For example:

• “Our laws today are unenforced and citizens and companies who play by the rules are undermined by bad actors who do not. This undermines our rule of law and slows our economic growth. In today’s global economy, we cannot afford the status quo.”

• “Our economy has long outgrown the visa programs we have now. In high-skilled industries such as engineering and medicine, we do not have the talent we need to fill the jobs. These industries are the fastest growing in the country and we depend on them for job creation and economic growth.”

• “Visa limits for seasonal workers, such as those needed by farmers, cannot keep up with demand. And those visas that are available are too cumbersome, complex and cost prohibitive for many employers to use. That means fewer fruits and vegetables per season, lost revenue and an increased reliance on imports”

• “According to the Partnership for a New American Economy, only 7 percent of green cards are granted based on economic grounds. In other countries, it’s as high as 50 percent — and they will win in the long term if we do not adapt our policies to the global marketplace.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thenewamerican.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; immigration; salrusso; teapartyexpress
I'm asking if this article is fair to Russo and also where most members of Tea Party Express think the organization is going to land regarding amnesty.
1 posted on 05/16/2014 8:55:49 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

It depends on what he means by “fix” the broken immigration system.

In my view it is broken because we put people who have obeyed our laws and applied to come here LEGALLY through 7 to 10 years in Bureaucrat Hell.

While at the same time rewarding shameless lawbreakers repeatedly.


2 posted on 05/16/2014 9:02:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

There should be no discussion on reform that doesn’t start with real proven border security and immigration law enforcement.


3 posted on 05/16/2014 9:09:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Resettozero
Let's see if we can focus.
Secure our borders first. Then we will discuss why there are a million
Non-citizen criminals plying their trade in the USA.
4 posted on 05/16/2014 9:13:27 AM PDT by Hans
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To: Hans

Troops on the border if that’s what it takes. There must be a stipulation that they are allowed to intercept and turn back illegal border crossers. If fired upon they can return fire.


5 posted on 05/16/2014 9:19:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Resettozero

I am thinking Sal Russo was placed there by the republican party to undermine the Tea party.


6 posted on 05/16/2014 9:23:50 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Resettozero

Russo has used Tea Party Express to raise a lot of money of which little goes to advancing Tea Party issues.

Tea Party has no leaders, although some like Russo and Armey claim to be one. Tea Party is a spontaneous arousal of like minded individuals. Russo and his ilk have seized on it to make money for themselves.


7 posted on 05/16/2014 9:43:57 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: Resettozero

I’m asking if this article is fair to Russo and also where most members of Tea Party Express think the organization is going to land regarding amnesty.


8 posted on 05/16/2014 9:58:41 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Build the wall now!


9 posted on 05/16/2014 10:36:50 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Resettozero; All

Laura Ingrahan had Russo on as guest on her 5/15 talk show and she really gave him a going over for his stance on “amnesty” and “immigration”.. Not familiar with this reporting venue or Warren Mass yet that’s pretty much of what Russo’s position was on that show. But if you want to hear and see hell fire comming out of someone’s mouth on the issue of “amnesty” Laura Ingraham is a real dragon lady. And 100% on target.

The thing that gets me about this question is that no one is bringing up the rights of American expatriates living legally in Mexico while we are advocating giving away full citizenship rights to those Mexican nationals living here illegally.


10 posted on 05/16/2014 10:37:38 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: mosesdapoet

Many thanks for responding to my questions. I knew about the Ingraham show but information from the Tea Party Express has been stalled, or stanched, or dammed up, or something like that. Still want to learn more about where TPX is headed in this matter.

Friday must be a bad day for posting on FR. Guess I’ll try to get more information about this very controversial news item from other sources than FR.


11 posted on 05/16/2014 11:02:06 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: oldbill
Russo has used Tea Party Express to raise a lot of money of which little goes to advancing Tea Party issues.

Tea Party has no leaders, although some like Russo and Armey claim to be one. Tea Party is a spontaneous arousal of like minded individuals. Russo and his ilk have seized on it to make money for themselves.


It's been a while since I donated to TPX and, by looks of their website, it may be a good while before I do again. Every TPX press release begins with the boast: "Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee,..." Okay, then; they don't need my help anymore.

Several months ago, a certain FReeper posted to me that the TPX organization had the full backing of the operator(s) of Free Republic dot com. This statement was never backed up and this same certain FReeper refuses to respond to me, other than with leftist-like drivel and derision.

Is there any other FReeper who is a member of TPX willing to post any updated information regarding this important and controversial news story?
12 posted on 05/16/2014 11:23:59 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: oldbill
Russo has used Tea Party Express to raise a lot of money of which little goes to advancing Tea Party issues.

Absolutely untrue.

Tea Party is a spontaneous arousal of like minded individuals.

That's one way of putting it and is true, and understood by Russo and the Tea Party Express.

Russo and his ilk have seized on it to make money for themselves.

Concerning Russo, completely untrue. Whatever you mean by "his ilk," probably true concerning many of them.

13 posted on 05/16/2014 11:30:39 AM PDT by Syncro (Benghazi-LIES/CoverupIRS-LIES/CoverupDOJ-NO Justice--Etc Marxist Treason IMPEACH!)
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To: Resettozero

I filed for unemployment last week because of my field in Physical Layout Design is going over to India. We’re screwed, at least I am, for a while.


14 posted on 05/16/2014 11:33:23 AM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Resettozero

Why is it time and time again America always has a shortage of engineering employess ? When much of it relates to the firms can offer lower pay to workers coming here on Visa’s ? Any talent from another country who is a dr would come here and have to learn it all over again.. Medical practices are not the same in every country.They all have their own system of medicine.With over 300 million people here in America we cannot find enough engineers ???


15 posted on 05/16/2014 1:05:39 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: Resettozero

Re Ingraham/ Russo interview
Over where I am local station WHFR 1320 (Wisconsin Rapids) has her on from 2-4 pm.Not her topic today. But Russo said he will be polling members this week. She was really on his case and tore apart some of the arguments you posted.


16 posted on 05/16/2014 2:27:20 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: mosesdapoet

polling members?


17 posted on 05/16/2014 2:29:38 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Resettozero

We have the laws. The problem is in lack of enforcement. The only change I would make is to state specifically that being born in this country does not make one a citizen if parents are foreign nationals.


18 posted on 05/16/2014 2:29:48 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: GeronL

In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Founder of Tea Party Express Calls to Fix Immigration System, GeronL wrote: To my report of the Ingraham /Russo interview
polling members?

That’s what he said.


19 posted on 05/16/2014 5:33:43 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: mosesdapoet

Is he suggesting that his political stances depend on this polling? That TPX makes decisions based on these member polls? Did he poll members before he made those statements on amnesty?


20 posted on 05/16/2014 5:37:17 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Founder of Tea Party Express Calls to Fix Immigration System, GeronL wrote:
Is he suggesting that his political stances depend on this polling? That TPX makes decisions based on these member polls? Did he poll members before he made those statements on amnesty?

HTHDIK.. I’m reporting what the man said I did not conduct the interview and I’m not a mind reader.
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21 posted on 05/16/2014 6:05:48 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Syncro

Apparently you are a Tea Party Express member in your denial.

Here are the facts from the TPX own financial statements:

“The Tea Party Express, a PAC run out of Sacramento by longtime Republican consultant Sal Russo, has paid Russo’s firm $2.75 million since the beginning of 2013, while donating just $45,000 to candidates and spending less than $162,000 on ads and bus tours supporting their election.”


22 posted on 05/16/2014 8:36:39 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: oldbill
Oh cool got a link?

You cite “from the TPX own financial statements” (sorry for the poor sentence structure and grammar, I just did a c/p)

I saw what you posted when I read the article.

I'd like to see the authentication being as the article is a smear job.

Oh and in context too. We need to see what else they spent money on.

Apparently you are a Tea Party Express member in your denial.

Another c/p, hard to tell what it means.

But for the first part, no.

Oh and I don't drive a Denial, I post from my phone in my Fury. (Dodge that one old bill...)

23 posted on 05/16/2014 9:17:00 PM PDT by Syncro (Benghazi-LIES/CoverupIRS-LIES/CoverupDOJ-NO Justice--Etc Marxist Treason IMPEACH!)
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To: Syncro

Kinda sucks when the truth comes out, eh?

Do you and Russo share in the trips and parties (oh, “rallies”) he has with the $2.75 million that he pays his own firm with the money he gets from the Tea Party Express contributors?


24 posted on 05/17/2014 5:45:49 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: Resettozero
n high-skilled industries such as engineering and medicine, we do not have the talent we need to fill the jobs.

Pure establishment BS there, I smell 'K' street money and influence. H1B is a nightmare, END IT.

25 posted on 05/17/2014 5:50:44 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Resettozero

They always talking about “fixing our broken immigration system”, but somehow, never tell us exactly what is broken.


26 posted on 05/17/2014 7:12:07 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: oldbill

Yea it does for the malcontents that believe the cherrypicked figures and don’t explain the reality.

It’s all been explained before here and on other sites when people, like you, take at face value figures that they say “he pays his own firm” when in reality most of those payments are reimbursements for using his corporate credit cards for hotels, rooms, airfare etc etc.

I’m surprised Free Republic members are so ready to believe lies (sucks don’t it?) instead of seeing what the facts really are.

So you are against activism, huh?

Ever been to a tea party rally?

TPX was instrumental in getting the House brought over to the republicans in control instead of the dems.

Way over over a million people have been to tea parties that TPX was a major presence at, and they are grateful for what this org has done to restore our Constitutional Republic.

Sitting there and complaining while spouting leftist talking points isn’t helping.


27 posted on 05/17/2014 8:04:55 AM PDT by Syncro (Benghazi-LIES/CoverupIRS-LIES/CoverupDOJ-NO Justice--Etc Marxist Treason IMPEACH!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

Do you know how long it takes for a person from another country to leagally become a citizen and then come to this country.

YEARS!

Broken fits because of the red tape that crooked politicians won’t “fix” to expedite legal immigration because they prefer the illegal type.

I’d call that “broken”

Yea, if all the laws were properly enforced, and it was simpler to legally come here...like the old days, with a sponsor and able to live without sucking off the taxpayers goodies (I’ve gone over this in the last couple of days already) we wouldn’t have this problem

It’s purposely broken so the dems can build their voter base.

I hope the other poster that complained that it isn’t broken sees this post wakes up to the reality which you can now do as you have been schooled a bit concerning the facts.

Interesting that a small vocal group of FR members are fighting the tea party movement which is working hard to fight the Marxist communist Islamic leadership we find ourselves saddled with at this time.


28 posted on 05/17/2014 8:13:45 AM PDT by Syncro (Benghazi-LIES/CoverupIRS-LIES/CoverupDOJ-NO Justice--Etc Marxist Treason IMPEACH!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt
Interesting that a small vocal group of FR members are fighting the tea party movement which is working hard to fight the Marxist communist Islamic leadership we find ourselves saddled with at this time.

The poster who wrote this is a damned liar trying to save Tea Party Express from loss of donations. Has nothing to do with "fighting the tea party movement" and the poster knows what they posted to you is a lie.
29 posted on 05/17/2014 8:28:06 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Syncro
It doesn't sound like the law is broken, it's the lack and mis-enforcement of the law. Passing more laws won't "fix" the broken system.

No one trusts the Feds on immigration. Let's demand they enforce current law for 5 years to determine if current law has flaws.

30 posted on 05/17/2014 2:24:35 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt
It doesn't sound like the law is broken, it's the lack and mis-enforcement of the law. Passing more laws won't "fix" the broken system.

Of course it is broken for the reason you stated, they BREAK the law when they don't enforce. That was my point about the law being broken

No one trusts the Feds on immigration. Let's demand they enforce current law for 5 years to determine if current law has flaws.

Let's force them to enforce all the current immigration laws and write additions that NO ONE except citizens of the USA can get programs such as welfare, SSI, foodstamps, schooling etc etc.

That would cause massive self deportation...as it did in a couple of states who passed laws like that (and were not ILLEGALY and UNCONSTITUTIONALLY struck down by ONE paid off judge as was done in Calif.) and in those states unemployment went DOWN and the economies went UP.

Don't buy into the lie that we need those workers for the economy...that's bogus.

31 posted on 05/17/2014 4:09:17 PM PDT by Syncro (Benghazi-LIES/CoverupIRS-LIES/CoverupDOJ-NO Justice--Etc Marxist Treason IMPEACH!)
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