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Dozens of pro-illegal immigration groups were invited to Obama's mini-amnesty rollout and you weren't

On August 18, Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security announced an administrative amnesty that could cover 300,000 or more illegal aliens. The PDF here (write-up here) has a peek inside how that sausage was promoted, if not made.

(Make sure and see each link if you aren't familiar with these groups; this site has more extensive archives on illegal immigration supporters than almost every other site.)

The day before the announcement, "S1" (presumably Janet Napolitano) called "key members" Sen. Bob Menendez, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, and Rep. Xavier Becerra to let them know.

Then, DHS Counselor John Sandweg spoke with Alicia Caldwell of the Associated Press to share the news with a sympathetic ear (her writeup is here).

Then, there were "staff level calls to dream letter signatories"; that refers to the April letter (link) that various Congressmen sent to Napolitano urging her to leave DREAM Act students alone. Those signatories are: Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Pat Leahy, Carl Levin, Daniel Akaka, Mark Begich, Michael Bennet, Jeff Bingaman, Richard Blumenthal, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Kerry, Frank Lautenberg, Joe Lieberman, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Bill Nelson, Jack Reed, and Sheldon Whitehouse.

Then, Sandweg conducted a "conference call with interested hill staff", involving Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Pat Leahy, Bob Menendez, Charles Schumer, and Dianne Feinstein; and Representatives Gonzalez, Becerra, John Conyers, Zoe Lofgren, Luis Gutierrez, Silvestre Reyes.

Then, Sandweg conducted another conference call with "immigration groups". These are a veritable galaxy of illegal immigration supporters, and none of them represent the views of the great majority of Americans on immigration:

MAJOR/NOTEWORTHY:
* Center for American Progress: Angela Kelley, Marshall Fitz, Winnie Stachelberg

* National Council of La Raza: Clarissa Martinez, Laura Vazqeuz

* Frank Sharry of America's Voice (with Adam Luna and Lynn Tramonte)

* MALDEF: Thomas Saenz, Jim Ferg Cadima

* League of United Latin American Citizens: Brent Wilkes

* National Immigration Law Center: Marielena Hincapie, Addey Fisshea, Don Lyster, Tyler Moran

* National Immigration Forum: Ali Noorani

* Center for Community Change: Gabe Gonzalez, Kate Kahan

* Migration Policy Institute: Doris Meissner

* Vestar Capital Partners: Federico Pena

* Raben Group: Jeanne Butterfield

* New Democratic Network: Simon Rosenberg, Kristian Ramos, Alicia Menendez

COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA
* Laura Burton Capps (former Clinton staffer who leads "strategic communications efforts for federal officials", blueenginemedia.com/team?id=0003)

* New Partners: Cara Morris Stern (communications, consultants)

* Monica Lozano Impremedia

UNION:
* AFL CIO: Richard Trumka, Maria Elena Durazo, Ana Avendano, Andy DiBittito

* UFCW: Joe Hansen

* UNITE HERE: John Wilhelm

* Service Employees International Union: Eliseo Medina, Gebe Martinez (former "journalist"), Josh Bernstein, Mary Kay Henry, Sylvia Ruiz

RELIGIOUS:
* Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society: Gideon Aranoff, Mark Hetfield

* Catholic leaders: Bishop Wester (Archidocese of Salt Lake City), Cardinal McCarrick (Washington Diocese), Kevin Appleby (US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sister Ann Curtis (Sisters of Mercy)

* Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: Wade Henderson, Nancy Zirkin

* American Friends Service Committee: "Ruth" from the Friends Committee on National Legislation

* Esperanza USA: Luis Cortes

OTHER:
* Sheryl Sandberg Facebook

* Howard Buffett: Buffett Philanthropies (Warren Buffett)

* Steve Case Jobs Council

* American Immigration Council: Mary Giavagnoli, Ben Johnson

* Immigration Initiative: Bob Creamer, John Hennley

* Voto Latino: Jessica Reeves, Maria Teresa Kumar

* New Organizing Institute: Carlos Odio

* United We Dream: Carlos Saavedra

* Hispanic Federation: Chris Espinosa

* Latino Leadership Circle: Gabriel Salguero

* PICO: Jaci Braga

* Arab American Institute: Jim Zogby

* Democracia USA: Jorge Mursuli

* Asian American Justice Center: Karen Narasaki

* National Hispanic Leadership Agenda: Lillian Rodriguez Lopez

* National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference: Samuel Rodriguez

* Zuraya Tapia Hispanic National Bar Association

* Simone Campbell NETWORK Lobby

* Julie Kruse Immigration Equality

* David Smith Human Rights Council

* Brad Jacklin National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce

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