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Obama to Seek Massive Immigration Bill

by Keith Koffler on January 13, 2013, 10:50 am

Working off the same playbook he used to pass sweeping health care legislation, President Obama this year will try to ram a single, all-encompassing immigration bill through Congress that creates a path to citizenship for nearly all the illegal immigrants in the country, the New York Times reports today.

From the piece:

Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces — separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers or highly skilled foreigners — which might be easier for reluctant members of their party to accept.

The president and Democrats will also oppose measures that do not allow immigrants who gain legal status to become American citizens one day, the officials said.

This will be the major initiative of Obama’s second term. I expect him to follow his health care legislation template of brokering little disagreement and seeking little compromise.

It will be a bitter battle that will feature heavy doses of demonization of Republicans. And given the inept leadership the GOP has in Congress, I expect Republicans will find themselves perceived as a bunch of bigoted elitists by the time this over.

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Darkangel January 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

Remind me how that amnesty in ’86 worked out?

And didn’t Santayana or somebody say something about people who couldn’t remember the past being condemned to something or other?

The GOP needs to get on message, right now: this is a political move designed to stuff the ballot box and keep the Democrats in power forever. Nothing less than the future of our Republic is riding on this bill, and since we’re not about to let America suffer under one-party Democratic control forever, we’re not going to pass this no matter how much Obeyme kvetches. Mr. President, with all due respect, go wash your plane.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

The Republicans are making a terrible mistake if they think they can wait until 2014 to react.

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cincycinco January 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm

The Republicans can usually be counted on for terrible mistakes, especially with Weeping Johnny in charge. Putting him back in was their most recent terrible mistake, he’s rolled over for Obama so often that he’s had to have the seams in his suit reinforced.

Honesly, the only reason Obama didn’t steal the House while he was at it was so there would be someone to blame. Works pretty well, too…

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Julie Brueckheimer January 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

This is just all of a piece with Obama’s handout mentality and denigration of hard work. I have been voluntarily tutoring people–legally here I might insert–for five years to take their citizenship interview/test. They are people who paid their $1,000 plus for a residence permit and $800 for the right–non-refundable–to apply for citizenship. They are people who learn more about the Constitution than Obama himself apparently has and more than most high school students, and they learn English because the test and interview are in English. Yes, Obama, they did ‘build’ this but you have just denigrated all their effort.

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Swedishlady January 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

The Republicans will be perceived as bigoted elitists. Well, yes, the media that hasn´t reacted to Gores sellout to Al Jazeera ( funded by oil money ), will most likely do this smear job for Obama. The Presidents political guiding star is Divide and Conquer.

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srdem65 January 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

Allow me to step forward and shout “Yes, I am a bigoted elitist who believes in the law of America and that no criminal illegal alien should ever enjoy the rights and freedoms of an American citizen”.

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Swedishlady January 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

Srdem65, great battle-cry !

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Susan January 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Standing right next to you, srdem.

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ImNoDhimmi January 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

What part of the term “illegal immigrant” don’t Barry and his minions understand?

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Shofar January 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

When will the GOP and true conservatives start to point out the racist policies of this administration? Amnesty for millions of illegals? The population segments that will be impacted the most by this will be blacks and the poor. It won’t effect those in many of the high tech segments of the work force, it will impact those that need jobs the most, and that is the black community and the poor. Black unemployment sits at nearly double the national average. How many jobs have gone to illegal immigrants instead of blacks? Or the poor?

It’s like the gun control debate. The progressives/Democrats want to get rid of firearms (either by legislation or confiscation) and leave many poor, economically disadvantaged or minorities to fend for themselves when it comes to protecting their families.

Michael (the soda jerk) Bloomberg now wants to limit the amount of painkillers a patient can receive at a NYC public hospital. His comment, “you may have to suffer a little.”

These policies coming down from on high are nothing more than devices to control segments of the population. The progressives don’t give a damn about how their policies hurt people, just as long as they get votes. The GOP needs to show everyone how negatively these policies are impacting the country, and call them for what they are – racist and anti-poor.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 13, 2013 at 11:59 am

A comment in the NYT from someone asks how ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ can be addressed by dumping 11 million (minimum) unqualified-for-anything workers on the country.

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Noma January 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

We will all be affected, Shofar, when we are commanded to support these illegals through our tax dollars when they don’t / can’t work. I want to see some rebuttal to bho’s BS. Collectively, it’s time for WeThe People to make our voices heard beyond the blogs.

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Shofar January 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Noma – You missed my point. This is a fight for the very soul and heart of the Republic. For the past four years we (conservatives) have been painted as racist, xenophobic, homophobic, what have you. It is time for us to improvise, adapt, and overcome. When Obama says bring a gun, then we need to bring not another gun, but a tank.

We need to start to marginalize the left. We need to start to call out the media types for what they are, lackeys. We need to pursue every little lead that we can get to discredit and crush these people. I have seen too many times where your try and fight the “fair” fight. We need to get rid of that thinking, and go straight for where it will hurt the left.

Call them what they are in the media, to their faces, where ever and however it can be said. People like Cantor, Ryan, Paul all need to step to the microphone on the floor and say what this type of law is, and how it will negatively impact a large portion of citizens.

This war of ideals will not be won in halls of Congress alone. To be won the fight must be engaged on the beaches of Florida, California, Chicago, the east coast. It must be fought on the corners of every major city, and small town, and if need be fought from house to house. We cannot allow the Republic to be destroyed simply because a handful of powerful and rich oligarchs to want to control what we do, think, say, pray and believe.

Again, I say it is time for the conservatives, libertarians, classical liberals to take pages from the progressive playbook, and use it against them. We vastly out number the progressives and their servitudes, and with the right amount of push we CAN shove them back into the hole in which they have been hiding.

Each of us can do major part in the fight. Get on Twitter, and blast the stupidity of these people on their own Twitter feeds. Use other social media to point out the inaneness of their pontifications. If need be ridicule and marginalize people like Reid, Pelosi, Feinstein, Biden, Obama, Morgan, etc. Be polite, but be firm, direct and show that they do not know what the hell they are talking about.

Read the WaPo, HuffPo and other leftist rags to see what the enemy is saying, and then rebut their words with facts and truth. There are people on this blog that are wonderful wordsmiths, and could pen eloquent letters to the editor, and show the world the truth.

As Rosencrantz said in Hamlet “[M]any wearing rapiers are afraid of goose-quills and dare scarce come thither.” or to quote Edward Bulwer-Lytton in “Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy”:

“True, This! Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword. Behold the arch-enchanters wand! Itself a nothing! But taking sorcery from the master-hand to paralyse the Caesars, and to strike the loud earth breathless! Take away the sword, States can be saved without it!”

We have at our finger tips one of the greatest weapons the world has ever seen – the internet. We need to conquer it, master it, and start the battle for the Republic on it.

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AZ Granny January 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Well said, as usual, Shofar.

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Susan January 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Standing ovation from this neck of the woods, Shofar. Well said.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
That was a little ditty I learned in my high school typing class. We sure do need those true patriots in Congress – and there are precious few – to stand up, let your committee positions be damned, and join we the people in our fight against tyranny. Only a fool can not see the damage he is inflicting on America. Borders wide open, illegal aliens have more rights than law-abiding American citizens, and now he wants to disarm us? You’re either with us or against us Republicans.

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Darkangel January 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Very well put, Shofar. Your heart was in that one, and it shows.

I actually do send in the occasional letter to the editor of one of my local papers under my legal name. My publishing ratio is pretty darn high, too: I don’t write much–I don’t want to be a nuisance in their Inbox–but when I do send them something, they usually run it.

I’ve often kicked around the idea of putting some writing samples together and shopping them around among the syndication rackets. “Syndicated columnist” has a nice ring to it. Not that I think I have any chance at it, but it would be nice if I could.

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Jeff1000 January 14, 2013 at 1:50 am

I’m doing my part by leaving my hometown, and extended family, in Massachusetts to reside in Indiana. A Marxist state like Massachusetts needs tons of money to survive, so I refuse to continue feeding the beast. The most effective way to hurt the left is in the pocketbook.

Plus I’m going to purchase all the firearms and ammunition I can get my hands on; Second Ammendment rights have been eviscerated in Massachusetts.

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Teresa January 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

Republicans need to read Scott Rasmussen’s article today, “Republican Establishment Declares War on GOP voters.” As long as the leaders think their voting base is the problem, Obama will continue to take advantage.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

Reports of the demise of the Tea Party are highly exaggerated.

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Swedishlady January 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Julie, will they be back for a new tour de force soon ? The big demonstrations, the angry meetings, I really miss it. And the media just couldn´t ignore them Who is the leader, who can get them together ? The liberals/radicals shouldn´t be allowed to control the agenda like this.

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Star January 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

The TP-ers say they are into behind the scenes work now–but honestly, I think they may have peaked. Sad face.

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Swedishlady January 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Say what you will about the French but they sure can organize demonstrations. Today tens of thousands took to the streets in Paris to demonstrate against their socialist leaders plans to legalise gay marriage. It is a very big rally. Well, they have this great prototype from the 18th century, The French Revolution. Don´t you dare cross these citizens.

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Susan January 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Don’t count us out too soon, Star. The state-owned media and D.C. elites wouldn’t still be demonizing the Tea Party if they thought we were down for the count.

You probably won’t hear much about it in the news, but the annual March for Life will be held at the National Mall on 25 January.
http://weaselzippers.us/2013/01/12/obamas-newtown-massacre-speech-turned-into-pro-life-video/

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Julie Brueckheimer January 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Agree totally!

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Girly1 January 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

New Rasmussen poll re TP identification:

Now – 8%
April 2010 – 24%

Obama has no opposition.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I don’t know who their leader is, but I do feel that half or more than half of the country is not for Obama or his agenda. I read the comment section of the very left NYT article on this topic, and they contained many opinions contra to Obama’s. The establishment Republicans like Boehner and McConnell need to swept out by sheer numbers. For now I say three cheers for people like Ted Cruz.

Listen to me! An independent spouting off, but I will not commit to the Republican Party with its current ‘leaders’.

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Star January 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

That’s my pt–the Tea Party is no longer assumed to lead the oppo. I may be wrong–who knows.

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Noma January 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

bho mocks the sincerity and loyalty that my grandparents had for America. They came from Belgium, worked hard, studied hard and became proud citizens who contributed to our country. I hate him for denegrating legal immigrants…I hope one of his illegal buddies wipes the smirk off his face.

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cincycinco January 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

“Obama seeks to further dilute the pool of legitimate American voters, pull the country further apart, ignore his Constitutional duty to protect our borders, and buy more votes with money pillaged from taxpayers, all in the most economy-wrecking way possible.”

I was going to suggest this as an alternate title for this thread, but it’s a little wordy. It’s the real purpose of his actions, though…

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Corey January 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I guess we’ll have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it?
This is gonna be an uphill battle for little o.

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AFVet January 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Obama is just moving the pieces around on the Chess Board.
Why in the HELL hasn’t this bastard been impeached ???

Our problem is congress,… not Obama.

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CiscoKid January 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Let me see if I get this right. Dear Leader wants to give illegal aliens ( ya, I said it ) the rights and privileges of a U.S. citizen alone with the opportunity to suckle at the gub’mint udder, while at the same time take away or curtail my Constitutional Rights ? WTF!

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AZ Granny January 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Say we create this “path to citizenship” then what will we do to prevent more illegal aliens from coming into America? Will the govt finally secure our borders? Or are we going to just be stuck in this hamster ball cycle of illegals invading our country, receiving citizenship, more flow in, more citizens, until we’re bursting at the seams and drained all the funds from entitlement programs? I have no problem with people entering legally but to make legal those who came illegally is wrong.

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AZ Granny January 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Another thing… Is Obama assuming all the illegal aliens here now are working? How will our job market provide jobs for 11 million when we already don’t have enough jobs?

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Otis Driftwood January 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

11 Million Voters.. maybe

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Girly1 January 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

AZ Granny, 71% of illegal immigrants are receiving at least 2 forms of welfare – food stamps and Medicaid. If they are working, it’s most likely ‘underground’. I doubt if anything will change after they become ‘legal’. They have a good thing going – cash and benefits. Citizenship is not one of their priorities.

http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/2011/04/71-percent-of-illegal-immigrants.html

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Langley Spook January 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

How do you say: “Laser like focus on jobs” in Spanish?

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Julie Brueckheimer January 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

‘Hamster ball’ right on the money. The first amnesty didn’t prevent this snowball, and Obama is willing to do much more for illegals. To what country is his loyalty?

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ImNoDhimmi January 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

Besides himself, Barry’s loyalty is obviously to the New World Order. The North American Union is becoming a reality.

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Girly1 January 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Four years of non-stop demonization, Alinsky-style, has succeeded! The Repubs and TP have been beaten to a pulp while Obama emerged unscathed, refreshed, and ready to carry out his ‘delayed’ deconstruction of the USA with no opposition from the newly-emasculated zombies posing as leaders in the House and Senate.

One sweeping comprehensive ‘immigration’ bill – a disaster in the making! This isn’t immigration reform – it’s the end of our Sovereignty, the fundamental transformation of the former United States of America.

Legal residents will enjoy all the rights of legal citizens, except for voting in Fed elections. No problemo – Obama has already told them to ‘punish their enemies at the voting booth’. Because they are already allowed to vote in local elections, the rest of the USA will look like Kalifornia where the Mexicans have taken over the eighth largest economy in the world.

Worse yet, ‘family reunification’ will add millions more poverty-stricken, illiterate, non-English speaking peasants to the welfare rolls. Not only hispanics but every other ethnic group worldwide. Welcome to the bifurcated States of North America – the Tower of Babel!

As far as citizenship is concerned, none of those who have broken our immigration laws have a vested interest in this country. They don’t care about becoming citizens – their loyalties will always remain with their country of origin. Buh-bye, American Pie!

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gracepmc January 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Mr. Revenge better get cracking on those Spanish lessons so he can teleprompter his more free stuff coming speeches.

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Dave Francis January 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

IF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DON’T SPEAK UP NOW, THE MAJORITY OF US TAXPAYERS WILL BE FOREVER SORRY?

It don’t matter which group of politicians you vote for, as the cost for another Path to Citizenship is prohibitive for all Americans. Speaking for myself, as an Independent and probably a good half of America just surfing the web and not hand tied by the Liberal press and their leftists editorial staff, I believe that in heavily Liberal strongholds that unknown numbers of non-citizens voted in the presidential election. With Obama pushing even more taxes, he wants another Amnesty and hundreds of billions of people throughout the world is avidly listening? The unconstructive word is going out and all these uncountable numbers of foreign nationals are going to sweep down on the poorly guarded borders of Mexico and Canada. Then with this well publicized scenario that entries as a tourist is not tracked, a good course of action will bring unfettered numbers of visitors to our door, that are of no mind to return home.

All we going to gain from Obama’s immigration venture is more poverty, more illiterate and uneducated who we the taxpayer will eventually have to cover their bills. Another multi-trillion dollar amnesty is a catastrophe waiting to happen, so says the Heritage Foundation. Have you noticed that you already paying for every smuggled child of illegal aliens, who have reached sovereign America? The “Anchor Baby” is the real thing, as once settled here under a fabricated misuse law, they get automatic citizenship and YOU PAY, and YOU KEEP PAYING from delivery to grave. UNLESS WE ADD AN AMENDMENT TO THE 14th AMENDMENT, CHANGE WILL NEVER COME AND FOREVER WE WILL BE PAYING FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS CHILDREN WHO CLAIM CITIZENSHIP, WHICH WAS STRINGENTLY APPLIED TO ONLY SLAVES? Their parents have that foothold and are able to collect every citizen benefit, without even spending one penny. No wonder Medicade is out the window in entitlements that should be going to citizens, real citizens.

Obama is showing his true Socialist true self, especially when he declares we must pay our bills? Can anybody tell me that his spending isn’t extravagant, when every prior and post administration we are paying for every foreign child; overloading our schools with non English speaking illegal children and the consequences to Americans who taxes are riding sky high. The newspapers and Lib-Democrats always broadcast about entitlements for low income families, when millions of these families are here illegally? One member slips across the borders, fly here and the rest relatives follow, and collect ample amounts of cash payments and citizen benefits for every infant.

Two laws could send illegal aliens packing and you can read about the Legal Workforce Bill, which detects illegal aliens stealing jobs from Americans Mandatory E-Verify is the way to go and it enforces strict regulations on unconcerned business owners. Amnesty is a senseless, diabolical plan for illegal aliens, when an estimated 24 million Americans are jobless? The Birthright Citizenship Bill will stop children of millions of illegal aliens from legal theft of citizenship, thus discouraging the never ending stream of illegal aliens arriving here. These people disrespect our laws and come here to pilfer citizen’s rights. It can be guaranteed that if you read about passing these two laws, our government could save hundreds of billions of dollars each year, which would certainly help to relieve the pressure on the amount of money being spent on entitlements on foreign nationals. Don’t listen to the ravings of the open border zealots, who have infiltrated the Obama Administration. In addition ignore what you read in the national press, as they are tainted with the Liberal Progressives, who think America should have an open door policy with no borders. Investigate your States costs and the federal government and then contact you’re Congressman and those in Congress and stop this invasion for good?

I really could care less who comes here legally, as they have not broken the law and waited patiently for a visa. I just don’t want to financially support them with my taxes, specifically illegal aliens and their extended families. Foreign nationals are so pampered that Congress does not judge this as bad behavior and disrespect for our policies deserving punishment as a class 1 felony. We have our own mess of “freeloaders” who prefer to leech of the rest of us taxpayers, but the U.S government seems to think we should offer even more taxes to support the United Nations and all the parasites that arrive here with their smuggled children.

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Dave Francis January 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

GENETIC DISEASE OF THE LIBERAL-DEMOCRATS, MORE TAXES, MORE SPENDING AND EVEN MORE TAXES?

Everybody can have a say in this illegal immigration controversy, by calling their federal and state representatives? President Obama is determined to give people who have no respect for our laws, a path to citizenship; even low key criminals. Zero-in on your politicians and demand they vote for passage of Texas Republican Lamar Smith “(The Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885)” to remove unauthorized workers from nationwide business by implementing mandated E-Verify. Both businesses and the American people overwhelmingly support E-Verify. Nearly 360,000 American employers voluntarily use E-Verify and over 2,700 new businesses sign up every week. The program quickly confirms 99.5% of work-eligible employees. It’s free, fast, and easy to use. With 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed and unknown millions of illegal immigrants working in the U.S., now is the time to increase E-Verify. Then we MUST demand passage of the “Birthright Citizenship bill (Rep. Steve King, R-IA; H.R.140)”, which will collapse the intentional smuggling of the illegal unborn into the United States to collect hundreds of billions of dollars in entitlements from taxpayers by parents. Plus the parents have figured how to scam the child tax credit of $4 to 7 Billion dollars without paying anything, and the IRS ignoring this disgraceful theft. Way above the original figure of $113 Billion dollars is being extracted at state level, with many welfare programs that don’t exist for Americans and legal residents. The welfare state is flourishing for illegal aliens, freeloaders from many different countries and we get the bill?

Called “anchor babies,” the children of illegal immigrants born/ smuggled into the United States cannot actually prevent deportation of their parents. It is not until they attain the age of 21 that the children are able to file paperwork to sponsor their parents (CHAIN MIGRATION) for legal immigration status. The cost is unbridled for the U.S. taxpayer who is charged with the free education, health care and low income shelter and cash payments. The parents remain illegally exposed until that point and deportable. A well regulated Guest Labor force could be provided for agriculture, but not permanent residency. Plus the STEM program for technical professionals who wish to immigrate, but not unlimited numbers? The impoverished should not apply, as America has millions of its own under privileged. All the facts, the shocking costs to federal and mainly states welfare benefits, which the Liberal Progressives press, does not wish to be known at NumbersUSA website.

Are we about to lose our rights, our guns to protect our families and a government influenced by the 7.billion annual cost for the United Nations; and the second illegal alien AMNESTY? The cost for this negative immigration application as reported by the Heritage Foundation ($ TWO TRILLION DOLLARS PLUS) for processing, retirement and pensions out of your taxes.

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Karen Butler March 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

This is not RIGHT and as far as I’m concerned against Our Immigration Laws, “That is if OUR Government as not Made Changes to it”, I BELIEVE THIS IS JUST ONE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS ,THAT OUR GOVERNMENT AS TAKEN UPON ITSELF TO CHANGE!!! I ALSO BELIEVE THIS IS BUT ONLY “1″, OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS , THAT SHOULD OF BEEN ENFORCED AS WRITTEN BY OUR FOREFATHERS. IF CHANGES WERE TO BE MADE TO THIS LAW (LIKE IN THE PAST), WHEN WE LIMITED HOW MANY WERE ADMITTED TO OUR COUNTRY. THIS LAW WAS WRITTEN TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. THIS IS ONLY PUTTING MORE PRESSURE ON US, THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS, HOW CAN WE AFFORD TO SUPPORT OURSELVES AND ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!! NOT POSSIBLE; THE ONLY WAY IS TO MAKE US (CITIZENS) TO PAY OUT MORE MONEY.
PLEASE, PLEASE, I OBJECT TO OBAMA DOING THIS!!!!! ANYONE READING THIS PLEASE VOICE YOUR OPINION TO YOUR SENATORS. UNLESS YOU WANT TO PAY FOR ALL THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS.

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