Villaraigosa: Amnesty Bill Isn’t Amnesty

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Villaraigosa: Amnesty Bill Isn’t Amnesty

“Immigration reform will be a priority in Washington, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is hoping to shape the conversation. This week, Villaraigosa announced a six-point plan, which includes a path to citizenship, family reunification, and smarter border enforcement,” US News reports.

Union Support for Amnesty May Not Extend to Guest Workers

“[T]here are indications that labor unions are now onboard with comprehensive immigration reform. And after they split over reform in 2007, the two biggest union groups, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have agreed to a common set of principles,” ABC News reports.

“But unions aren’t on the same page as some other pro-reform groups when it comes to one potential aspect of reform: guest worker programs . . . The union stance on guest worker programs has split their coalition before. In 2007, the AFL-CIO opposed a reform effort with a guest worker program, while SEIU decided to support it. The bill ultimately died in the Senate. That issue could fray the coalition this time around, too.”

White House Urged to Not Draft Amnesty Measure

“Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), two of the lawmakers working across the aisle on immigration reform, said Tuesday that the White House could hurt the effort by putting forth its own legislation on the issue,” the Huffington Post writes.

“‘I think that would poison the water,’ Diaz-Balart said of a potential White House-drafted bill. ‘I think there are a lot of efforts out there, as there have to be, to try to get a bipartisan bill out. … If we’re going to get something that controversial done, that difficult done, that complex done, it obviously has to be done in a bipartisan way.'”

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.

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    The Republicans used to be the only ones who fought for immigration control. They just lost an election so they are rolling over. Comprehensive = Amnesty. The original law of born on our shores and you are a citizen was put into act by JFK to piss of Castro for all the Cubans coming here 50 years ago. That law needs to be removes for what it was and why it is a problem.

    Why can’t any politician get up and state why and how this is hurting legal Americans. Skilled Americans need our jobs, unskilled Americans need our jobs. we are supposed to come first. Even 75% of legal Hispanics want immigration control.

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    JOHN E TEITSORT on

    I THINK THAT WE DON’T NEED IMMIGRATION REFORM JUST INFOCE THE LAWS WE ALREADY HAVE.
    ALL ILLEGALS SHOULD ME MADE TO RETURN TO THEIR HOME COUNTRIES AND APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP HERE AS MOST OF THE LEGAL IMMIRGRANTS HAVE DONE BEFORE AS OUR COUNTRY IS MADE UP OF IMIGRANTS FROM MANY COUNTRIES AND CAME HERE LEGALLY. IT DOESN’T MATTER THE AGE OF THE ILLEGAL OR HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN HERE IT IS THEIR PROBLEM AND IF THEY WANT TO BECOME AMERICANS THEY SHOULD FOLLOW THE LAWS AND DO IT RIGHT. ENGLISH IS OUR LANGUAGE AND THE STORE SHOULD QUIT USING SPANISH IN THEIR ADS AND SIGNS IN THE STORES. SPANISH IS NOT REQUIRED HERE AND SHOULDN’T BE. TRY TO SPEAK RGULAR SPANISH FOUND IN SPAIN AND IN BOOKS AND YOU WILL NOT BE UNDERSTOOD. OUR GOV NEEDS TO JUST DO THEIR JOBS AND FOLLOW THE LAWS IN PLACE FIRST.

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    People just don’t seem to grasp that the enforcement part of these amnesties NEVER happen. It never happened in the huge 1986 amnesty and won’t happen in any new 2013 amnesty. The Republican party has slit their own throat by going along with amnesties instead of enforcing the law and are done for as a result. This country will never recover and is finished as a great power in the near future.

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    That’s why I grow sick of the Republicans. Anyway, Mexicans seem to be the new Irish or Italains since according to the LA Times they are big supporters of Labor Unions whether they are legal or illegal since they make low wages. The Republicans are oppose to the Unions which makes me think that Hispanics are going to vote 65 to 75 percent for Dem Candidates in the future. Currently their incomes are too low. I think the Republicans are trying to use Hispanics against the growing Asian population since Hispanics have more babies this is a Karl Rowe thinking but it backfires like everything in Karl Rove’s play book even in Texas cities like Houston Hispanics are pro-union and wanted to organized Janitors but tell this to the Stupid Party Republicans they don’t get it.

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    ATTENTION FAIR,

    i look forward to the Feet to the Fire event in April. Is Roger Hedgecock going again? If he is (of if he isn’t) can you please ask him about his recent column in which he said illegal aliens should be allowed to stay here if they have a job? I interpret this as amnesty, and a kick in the gut to jobless Americans and legal immigrants. Has he flip flopped and if so, why? It sounds like he has. I truly hope I am missing something here and he hasn’t flipped.

    Here is the excerpt from Hedgecock’s recent column:

    “Illegal immigrants who are already here should be encouraged to apply for legal status, including citizenship, which should be granted if they are employed, pay their taxes, are not a “public charge” and have no criminal record.”

    Source:
    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jan/14/roger-hedgecock-time-for-immigration-reform/?page=1#article-copy

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    ATTENTION FAIR MEDIA OUTREACH:

    Marco Rubio was on the Mark Levin radio show today (1/23) peddling his amnesty proposal, or “immigration principles.”

    Mark Levin has been a very strong pro-enforcement, anti-amnesty ally, but even he appeared taken by Rubio’s talking points. Rubio claimed that none of the “getting in line stuff” (i.e., amnesty) happens until enforcement “triggers” regarding the workforce and border are in place and “certified,” which appears to be different from what he told the Wall Street Journal and other media (in which he said he is open to a “comprehensive” bill).

    Please outreach to Mark Levin, Roger Hedgecock, Laura Ingraham and other talk radio hosts to let them know the many flaws with Rubio’s “immigration principles.”

    It is clear that Rubio is trying to mute conservative talk radio regarding amnesty.

    Here is the You Tube link to Rubio’s apperance on Levin’s radio show:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTtgx21VNls