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Jim DeMint on the Senate’s Flawed Immigration Plan

 

Since the birth of our nation, the United States has recognized the vital role of lawful immigration, as it brings important economic and cultural benefits. We have always been, and will continue to be, a nation of immigrants.

We are also a nation of laws. The “Gang of Eight” bill introduced in the U.S. Senate violates the very rule of law principle that creates opportunity for immigrants and makes America a beacon of hope for the world. Giving legal residency to the 11 million people who came here illegally has one definition: amnesty. Amnesty rewards unlawful behavior and diminishes opportunity and prosperity for lawful immigrants and all Americans.

The Senate bill imposes significant costs on taxpayers. At a time of trillion-dollar deficits and $17 trillion in debt, the cost of implementing amnesty and the strain it will add to already fragile entitlement and welfare programs should be of serious concern for everyone.

After decades of empty promises on immigration enforcement, Congress simply lacks credibility to keep its promises. A comprehensive amnesty bill was tried before and it failed. In 1986 we had about 3 million unlawful immigrants. Congress granted them legal status with a promise to control our borders and fix our legal immigration system.

Lawmakers who supported the 1986 bill promised in grand speeches that amnesty would never happen again. Now there are 11 million unlawful immigrants in America because amnesty was immediate but the border wasn’t secured, workplace laws were not enforced, and our legal immigration system was not fixed. The result of amnesty is clear — it encourages more unlawful immigration in hopes of future amnesties.

This new bill is much the same as the last: immediate amnesty in the form of provisional status within months and lofty promises of “strategies” and “plans” for enforcement years later.

Rather than rewarding the 11 million who broke our laws, Congress should first consider how to make the immigration system work for the more than 4 million people waiting patiently outside our borders to come to our country legally. A rational system would make it easier to follow the law than to break it.

Instead of passing another incomprehensible comprehensive immigration bill, Congress should debate and develop understandable reforms in a transparent step-by-step process that addresses all of the immigration issues. This will build trust with the American people and unite the country rather than divide it.

- Jim DeMint, Heritage Foundation

Issa to CIA: Get your lawyers ready on Benghazi

Suddenly, it seems that the terror attack on our consulate in Benghazi last September may become relevant all over again.  Yesterday afternoon, CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson reported that a number of whistleblowers had emerged to talk to the House Oversight Committee, in news that may have slipped under the radar of other emerging (and non-emerging) developments in the Boston Marathon attack story:

CBS News has learned that multiple new whistleblowers are privately speaking to investigators with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya.

The nature of the communications with the whistleblowers and their identities are not being made public at this time. But in response, the Oversight Committee yesterday sent letters to the three federal agencies involved: the CIA, the Defense Department and the State Department.

What stories do these new witnesses have to tell?  Apparently nothing too complimentary.  Otherwise, Oversight Chair Darrell Issa probably wouldn’t need to remind the CIA to refrain from retaliation against these whistleblowers — or warn the agency to get their lawyers on standby

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College Professor Arrested for Profane Rant at Pro-Life Students

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Published on: April 17, 2013

A college professor has been arrested for a profane rant at pro-life students at the University of Buffalo.

Professor Laura Curry screamed at students, yelling at them: “Where does it say I can’t use the f**k word in public. I can swear because that’s part of my vocabulary. That’s part of my First Amendment rights.”

According to a report by Fox News, Curry, an adjunct instructor of media study, was lashing out at the University’s Students for Life organization. The group had erected a pro-life display featuring images that offended Curry.

“I can swear in public because that is profane,” she said referring to the display. “That image is swearing to me. That is profane to me.”

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Immigration Bill ‘Worse Than We Thought,’ Legalizes Relatives and Previously Deported

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said today that the Senate immigration bill is even worse than feared, since it legalizes illegals’ relatives and even those previously deported:

“It’s hard to believe, but the Senate immigration bill is worse than we thought. Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty.  The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty.”

Rep. Smith says the Senate immigration bill shreds current immigration laws:

“And the Senate proposal offers amnesty to far more illegal immigrants than we thought.  In addition to most of the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country, the bill offers to legalize the relatives of illegal immigrants outside the U.S. and even others who have already been deported back home. So current immigration laws are shredded.

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Baucus warns of ‘huge train wreck’ enacting ObamaCare provisions

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Published on: April 17, 2013

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday he fears a “train wreck” as the Obama administration implements its signature healthcare law.

Baucus, the chairman of the chamber’s powerful Finance Committee and a key architect of the healthcare reform law, said he fears people do not understand how the law will work.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” he told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a Wednesday hearing. “You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet.”

Baucus pressed Sebelius for details about how the Health Department will explain the law and raise awareness of its provisions, which are supposed to take effect in just a matter of months.

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College fires professor who forced students to sign pledge to vote for Obama

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Brevard Community College (BCC) has fired a professor after a school investigation concluded she required students to sign a pledge to vote for President Obama in the run-up to the 2012 election.

Brevard Community College has fired Professor Sharon Sweet who forced her students to sign this pledge.

The school’s spokesman John Glisch, said the Board of Trustees voted Wednesday morning to terminate mathematics professor Sharon Sweet with an overwhelming vote.

“The board voted 3-1, with one member absent, to dismiss professor Sweet,” Glisch told Campus Reform Wednesday afternoon.

“The termination took effect immediately, ending pay and benefits for Sweet who had been suspended with pay under provisions of the United Faculty of Florida collective bargaining agreement with the college, pending the board’s decision,” the school added in a press release.

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Saudi terror cell, possibly al Qaeda, behind Boston Marathon bombings. Manhunt for escaped suspect

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Published on: April 16, 2013

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Police and agents search Saudi suspects apartment in Revere outside Boston.

 

FBI Special Agent Richard Deslauriers told reporters Tuesday, April 16, that the probe had no leads 18 hours after two explosions blew up at the annual Boston Marathon’s finishing line, killing three people and injuring 176 – 17 critically. Debkafile’s counterterrorism sources can disclose however that the investigation has in fact honed in on a suspected terror cell of three Saudi nationals, very possibly tied to Al Qaeda.

The flat they share in the Revere, Massachusetts, near Boston, was searched after the questioning of one of the suspects, a Saudi student, who was hospitalized with badly burned hands. One of his flatmates was taken into custody over “visa problems.” A third is on the run. All three hail from a prominent Saudi family belonging to a tribe from the Asir province bordering on Yemen.

The search for the wanted man led to the grounding of a plane at Logan International Airport Tuesday.  The investigation has meanwhile broadened out to places in and outside Boston in a search for the cell’s accomplices.

The origins of the Saudi cell, if confirmed, strongly suggest that Al Qaeda of Arabia – AQAP –succeeded in planting a cell in the United States for the bombing attack in Boston – and possibly more than one in other parts of the US. Asir Province is known as a hotbed of resistance to the Saudi throne in Riyadh.

US law enforcement authorities in charge of the probe are refusing to confirm any suspects are in custody, or even leads to whoever carried out the bombings. President Barack Obama said in his second statement in 24 hours: “…we don’t know if who was behind the bombings were foreign, domestic or individual.” The President was forced to admit for the first time that the FBI was investigating “an act of terror.”

Debkafile earlier Tuesday was alone in reporting that the FBI Boston Marathon probe pointed to Mid-East terrorists with domestic support.

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Boston Terrorism and the Saudi Arabian Public Relations Masters

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Published on: April 16, 2013

According to reports the suspect in the Boston Marathon terror attack is a 20-year old Saudi national who is currently under police guard.  One wonders how long it will take for the Saudi Public Relations spin machine to kick into action. Indeed in the years since the 9/11 attack, in which 15 of the 19 bombers were Saudi Arabian, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has spent over $100 million on American Public Relations companies.

Clearly, those funds have gone far and have been well spent. Including their current PR firm, Edelman, Hill & Knowlton (who has worked with them since 1982) and Washington D.C. powerhouse Qorvis Communications, undoubtedly there are many others. The Saudis spend a lot to pull the wool over the eyes of the West.

These well-paid companies are quite effective. One wonders which spin-doctors and lobbyists were responsible for securing “trusted traveler” status from America’s Department of Homeland Security for Saudis less than a month ago.  This means that Saudis, once through the program will receive special clearance through customs.  Previously, the Saudis were on a list of countries deemed susceptible to terrorists – including Libya and Iraq. Quite a change of policy.

It’s not only PR firms that they spend money on – the Saudis have given $20 million donations to Harvard and Georgetown universities, $200 million from Saudi King Abdullah went to  Stanford, Cornell, Texas A&M, CalTech, and others.  Money goes far.

And while the Boston investigation is just beginning, until this day questions remain about the Saudi government’s connection to the September 11 attacks.

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Kerry Meeting With Saudi Foreign Minister Abruptly Closed to the Press (CYA Time!)

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Published on: April 16, 2013

Kerry’s previous rounds of meetings with foreign ministers had been open to the press. And the meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been far less controversial than his meetings with foreign ministers in Asia where the North Korean crisis was still underway.

The meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been open to the press as well. But then suddenly, it wasn’t.

A meeting Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal was abruptly closed to press coverage Tuesday morning.

The State Department provided no reason for the change, which was announced just 15 minutes before the scheduled 10 A.M. session, but media reports have said that a Saudi national in the U.S. on a student visa is a “person of interest” to investigators probing the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“Apologies for short notice,” the State Department’s press office told reporters as it announced the change. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to a query about the closure of the meeting, which had been scheduled to include a so-called “camera spray” at the top of the session.

The Saudis tend to be aggressive in protecting their nationals, even when they are involved in terrorism. And Kerry clearly is trying to avoid any kind of public exchange or questions at the topic.

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thumbMSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Calls Out Barney Frank for Politicizing Boston Marathon Bombing (Video)

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House Minority Whip Blames Boston Marathon Bombings on Sequester (What an A-Hole)

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At a Tuesday press conference, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) politicized the Boston Marathon bombings by blaming Monday’s tragedy on the sequester, saying the bombings were “proof” that some of the sequester cuts were “irrational.” Hoyer is the House Minority Whip and second-ranking Democrat in leadership.

In responding to a question about whether Monday’s bombings would force Congress to address the sequester, Hoyer said, “I think there are multiple reasons for ensuring that we invest in our security — both domestic and international security.”

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The Left Politicizes the Boston Bombing (No Surpise There!)

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RUSH: I actually think as everybody’s trying to figure out what happened in Boston, who did it, and why, let me just say something here at the top on this.

I have stated countless times — there’s nothing new today — I have stated countless times, the left politicizes everything.  You recall me saying this. You recall me offering evidence of this.  And they already are.  I mean, yesterday, within moments of this happening, the left began to politicize it and began drooling, in some cases, and I’ve got the examples, drooling over the possibility that a right-wing extremist in the same vein as Timothy McVeigh did this.  You see, it would be very bad, bad, bad for the regime if it turned out that that Saudi national was responsible. It would be very, very bad for Obama and the regime, believe me.

Folks, some of this might seem unsettling, but I don’t know any other way to do this.  I mean, I can’t come in here and fake it. I react to what I hear, and when I hear the people, the institutions, the principles I believe in under assault, I’m gonna stand up and defend ‘em.  I can’t come in here and fake it even for a day, and I’m telling you that the effort is on to politicize this.  You may have heard many of the efforts that some in the Drive-By Media, what is called the mainstream media, have already begun speculating. Already; they began immediately speculating and hoping.  I kid you not.  And I’ll give you examples of this as the program unfolds.

I don’t think you can rule out that we’re in an economic disaster in this country.  There are people who are at their wits’ end over what to do economically. They can’t find work, can’t find a job, no apparent hope of it. This leads to all kinds of anger and chaos. So I wouldn’t rule out the fact that the sociology of a depressed and in-ruins economy is leading to all kinds of frustration in all kinds of people all over this country.  Now, nobody knows what happened.

RUSH: Now, no one knows at this time who’s responsible for the bombs in Boston.  Yesterday the president made a point of not calling it terror.  Today he did.  His former campaign aide, now commentator at MSNBC, says it’s probably related to tax day.  Another bunch of people, a whole bunch of people from the left are saying, “Well, you know, it was Patriots Day.”  One guy actually said, somebody at Slate or Salon or some such place, might have been somebody at CNN.  Let me separate the papers here.  Some guy named Paul Fisher (paraphrasing), “Today’s Patriots Day, important day to militia movements in our country, the same day Tim McVeigh chose to bomb Oklahoma City.”

These tweets and these items of speculation are all over Twitter and Facebook and the mainstream media.  And nobody knows at this time who’s responsible.  At least if they do know, they haven’t said so.  In a vacuum like this, you’re gonna have all kinds of people try to fill it.  So if they say they don’t know who it is you’re gonna have people say, “Oh, yes, they do. They know exactly who it is, and because of the political nature of these people, they’re gonna hold the information ’til they can make it as useful to them as possible.”  Now, whether that’s right or wrong, the fact that a large enough number of people think that is a testament to how politicized virtually everything in this country has become.

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thumbHere is Video of the Saudi Suspect’s Roomate Discussing the Boston Bombing

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Ex-House Member Cynthia McKinney Eyes Boston Cops as Suspects in Marathon Bombing

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Ever play the game “telephone” in school or with friends when you were a kid?

One person would whisper into the ear of another person, followed by her whispering what was supposed to be the same message to the next person, followed by him doing likewise and so on, until the last person in the sequence, several people later, would say what he or she had been told. Invariably it bore little resemblance to the original message.

Something tells me that former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Democrat of Georgia, was one of those kids certain to botch the message en route.

After yesterday’s horrifying explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, McKinney tweeted this –

The pattern is becoming too, too familiar. So, Boston cops were having a “bomb squad drill” on the same day as … http://fb.me/1JHrFKCc9

The link in McKinney’s tweet leads to a post at NaturalNews.com by Mike Adams titled “Boston marathon bombing happened on same day as ‘controlled explosion’ drill by Boston bomb squad.”

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Senators unveil country-destroying immigration reform bill

A group of Democratic and Republican senators on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited landmark legislation to remove the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants and give them an opportunity to eventually become U.S. citizens.

Under the proposal, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before December 31, 2011, and had stayed in the country continuously could apply for “provisional” legal status as soon as six months after the bill is signed by the president.

But beyond that, they would have to wait a decade or more for full citizenship which would entitle them to federal benefits, while the government works on further securing U.S. borders and enforcing the new immigration law.

The bill’s sponsors – four Democrats and four Republicans – felt such conditions were necessary to help their plan succeed where similar measures have failed, mostly because of opposition to what opponents see as “amnesty” for law-breakers.

Even with the many caveats, the proposal faces months of debate, scores of amendments and potentially significant opposition, particularly in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

“It’s nothing but a starting point,” Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa told reporters on Tuesday. He is the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, the panel that will manage the immigration bill.

Two of the bill’s sponsors, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York and Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, were expected to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday to review their work and its prospects.

Indeed, much of the legislation was designed to make the bill palatable to Republicans.

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