Rep. Goodlatte Says Amnesty Bill Won’t Stop Illegal Immigration



Gang of Eight Claim No Deficit Impact from Amnesty

“Members of the Gang of Eight say their immigration reform bill will not add a dime to the nation’s deficit. That anticipated Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score will defy conservative policy experts who recently claimed the measure would cost trillions of dollars,” The Hill reports.

“The budget office has announced it will depart from its usual practice and apply a dynamic scoring model to estimate the costs of the law over the next decade. This is good news for the Gang of Eight because the model will factor in the expected economic boost provided by millions of new legal workers. Projecting higher tax revenue from increased economic activity will produce a more favorable budgetary outlook.”

Poll Says Public Wants Border Security First

“Most American voters want tougher new border security measures before changing immigration policies. A Fox News national poll released Wednesday also shows a majority favors giving illegal immigrants already in the United States a chance to qualify for citizenship. On Tuesday, a Senate committee passed an immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The bill would also strengthen border security. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote,” Fox News reports.

Boehner Says House Immigration Deal Will Happen

“House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he’s confident the House will “work its will on immigration” reform and come to a deal — he’s just not sure how,” the Huffington Post says.

“‘We’re not going to be stampeded by the White House or stampeded by the president,’ Boehner said at a press conference. ‘The Senate is working its will, a lot of good work that’s going on over there, but the House will work its will. Don’t ask me how, because if I knew I’d certainly tell you, but the House is going to work its will.'”

Rep. Labrador Says Obamacare Will Kill Amnesty

“A key House Republican negotiator on immigration is warning Democrats that the health care law – a favorite boogeyman of the GOP – could be the downfall of comprehensive immigration reform. ‘What might be the story at the end of this year, at the end of this session, is that Obamacare killed immigration reform,’ Rep. Raul Labrador said Wednesday. The Idaho Republican is one of eight House lawmakers who have engaged in private talks on immigration reform,” Politico reports.

“House Democratic leaders are uneasy with the idea of blocking undocumented immigrants from accessing publicly-subsidized care – such as health coverage if they have to be treated in an emergency room. That could have the effect of deporting the immigrants if they can’t afford those expenses, Democrats worry.”

Rep. Goodlatte Says Amnesty Bill Won’t Stop Illegal Immigration

“House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte leveled several criticisms of the Senate Gang of Eight bill on Wednesday, saying the legislation ultimately will not stem the flow of illegal immigration to the United States. Those remarks from Goodlatte — who will be a central figure in whether immigration reform is enacted — were his most critical yet on the landmark Senate legislation, which passed the Judiciary Committee Tuesday night on a bipartisan 13-5 vote,” Politco writes.

“Reflecting the concern of many House and Senate conservatives, Goodlatte said he was not convinced the Gang bill would sufficiently secure the border. The Senate legislation requires a series of security benchmarks before undocumented immigrants can transition into a provisional status and, a decade later, obtain a green card.”

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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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    Mass Immigration Is Unsustainable on

    “The drafters seek an end to the problem of illegal immigration for once and for all,” Goodlatte said Wednesday during a committee hearing on the Senate bill.

    I think Goodlatte is just being polite. Obviously this bill is not intended to end illegal immigration once and for all. It’s primarily the work of Democrats who profit politically from illegal immigration and thus would never want it to end.

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    John Winthrop on

    Like I have already said many times………of course not

    Rep. Goodlatte Says Amnesty Bill Won’t Stop Illegal Immigration

    The people should…….but never did…………………and hopefully this time will…

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    Why the Republicans are willing to give in on this is mystifying. They are never going to pick up more than a handful of Hispanic votes and they are driving away the people who agree with a hardline immigration approach but not much else the GOP believes in. 2014 is going to be a likely GOP landslide anyway. Why give in on something they don’t need to?

    Actually ladies of the evening have more credibility than the gang of eight. At least they are honest about what they do. Marco Rubio said in 2009 that an amnesty would only encourage more illegal entry. Now he supports not only amnesty but citizenship.

    Then you have all the hipster progressives who listen to billionaire frauds like Mark Zuckerberg and Ariana Huffington, both of whom are supporting this “reform”, They see Zuckerberg wear a t shirt and they think he’s just like me. No, he cares only for himself, as shown by the people who sued him and won large settlements over the money they provided for the founding of Facebook. Or Huffington, who runs a web site that doesn’t even pay a salary to the majority of people who write blogs there. They care about you? How deluded are you?

    This bill is the end of the American middle class. It has no enforcement. E verify is some distant goal at least five years down the road. Which means, the message will go out that all you need to do is get across the border even if it takes you a couple times, or you can overstay a visa, and we will do nothing. And eventually another amnesty will come. We will be India, a few billionaires at the top, a small middle class and everyone else struggling to put food on the table every day. And we will do it to ourselves. Our politicians are giving away the country our ancestors struggled to build for us.

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    2014 Will Be a Surprise Horror Party in America

    Obamacare’s costs to insurance premiums is anyone’s guess….some say they’ll double on the avg…..add in amnesty flooding Medicaid and the scenario is simple, either health insurance premiums go WAY up [like as high as quadrupling] or doctors go bankrupt treating masses on Medicaid at 25 centes on the dollar.