In the big capitol city, the Gang of Eight senators continue working in secret to create a “compromise” plan to legalize the 11 million illegal aliens mooching in America. Doubtless the plan is to spring the complete amnesty scheme as a done deal and shove it through the Congress as rapidly as possible. Senator Durbin remarked on Sunday that the ad hoc group meets “virtually every day.”
Speed is vital to avoid dissent from the annoying little citizens who want their immigration laws enforced and don’t think lawbreaking foreigners should be rewarded. A recent poll showed that more than half of respondents wanted the illegals sent home. Furthermore, citizens don’t want an additional $2.6 trillion of cost laid upon the taxpayers, particularly at this time of terrible debt.
The work permit IS amnesty. “Normalizing status” IS amnesty. Legalization IS amnesty.
Illegals don’t care about the so-called “path to citizenship” that politicians chatter about to distract and confuse the voters. Illegals come for the money, period. Therefore the legalization that will occur immediately upon the bill’s signing will give them everything they want, namely access to American jobs and no more threat of deportation.
It’s further interesting that the Gang of Eight plotters are not at all dissuaded by the bad faith shown by Obama’s sequester release of 2,000 illegal alien criminals who were set to be deported. A top job of government is supposed to be the protection of public safety, although illegal alien lawbreakers are apparently exempt.
‘Gang of Eight’ continue despite sequester battle, Arizona Republic, March 2, 2013
WASHINGTON – Capitol Hill was fixated last week on the sequestration that went into effect on Friday, but behind the scenes, the U.S. Senate’s so-called Gang of Eight pressed forward with its work on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
The group of four Republican and four Democratic senators met three times last week, most recently on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic.
“We’re working through the items one by one,” Flake said after Thursday’s meeting during an interview on the second floor of the Senate. “Sometimes we have to come back to them, but we’re progressing, and everyone is sticking together.”
Earlier in the week, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., another member of the group, also reported general progress.
Some of the topics under discussion include border security, the future flow of immigrant labor and employer sanctions, he said.
“There are a lot issues involved, obviously, with immigration reform,” McCain said.
Flake said he didn’t think the unrelated bickering over the sequester and other fiscal matters will hurt the chances of the immigration legislation. The immigration bill is on track to be ready by the end of March, he said.
“I hope that this immigration thing can lead us to bipartisan agreements in other areas,” Flake said.
The other senators in the Gang of Eight are Democrats Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida.
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McCain, Graham and Flake went to the U.S. House on Thursday to brief U.S. House members working on immigration reform.
That meeting also went well, Flake said.
“We came away more encouraged, I think, than any of us expected,” he told The Republic.
Last month, the four GOP members of Arizona’s U.S. House delegation — Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert — sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in which they stressed that they could contemplate broader immigration reform only after the borders are secured. The Senate plan is to link border security with a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the United States.
“I think it was broad and general enough that it’s not detrimental” to Senate efforts, Flake said of the Feb.15 letter.
McCain and Graham met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday at the White House to discuss, among other issues, the bipartisan immigration-reform effort.
“We were pleased to hear the President state his firm commitment that he will do whatever is necessary to accomplish this important goal,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement.