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Chuck Schumer to discuss outlines of his immigration "reform" plan today - 06/24/09

From this: Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who also chairs the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, will unveil an outline for an immigration reform bill on Wednesday that will likely detail a plan to offer amnesty to the nation's more than 11 million illegal aliens. ...Sen. Schumer plans to announce on Wednesday the principles that will guide the immigration reform bill that he plans to introduce to...

Helen Krieble's absurd Red Card "Temporary" Workers "Solution" - 06/23/09

Helen Krieble - president of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, an heir to the Loctite fortune, and an associate of Dick Armey - has been pushing her own guest workers plan for a few years. Now, apparently she wants to give it yet another try and has come out with the "Red Card" scheme, which is similar to the plan offered a few years ago by Mike Pence. In a word, her plan is absurd: it's divorced...

American Jewish Committee gets half a million from Ford Foundation for immigration "reform" tour - 06/21/09

... the Ford Foundation to promote comprehensive immigration reform: [The grant] will go toward an AJC yearlong initiative that will include a series of roundtable discussions with those involved in the immigration debate in order to seek common ground, the AJC announced in a news release. The AJC also will offer advocacy skills-building workshops to Latino leaders and organizations in Arizona,...

Obama at Hispanic Prayer Breakfast: same old immigration speech (+sounds like McCain) - 06/19/09

... reiterated his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform as he's done several times before, and he uttered the same old canards about that amnesty scheme. Despite the fact that he keeps saying the same thing over and over, expect the MSM to pretend he said something new. Also, in one part of his speech he sounded like John McCain. More on that and the talking points he's using below; here's...

Chuck Schumer wants national ID card as part of immigration "reform"; liberals, libertarians who support illegal activity to blame - 06/18/09

From this: A "forgery-proof" worker ID card, secured with biometric data such as fingerprints, is an idea favored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y), the new chairman of the immigration subcommittee. Schumer, who will lead the effort to craft the Senate's comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation, called the card the best way to ensure that all workers were authorized. "The ID will make it...

Harry Reid says there are enough Senate votes for immigration "reform"; offers deportation false choice - 06/15/09

... [1]: He added that although (comprehensive immigration reform) does not have the backing of all Democrats, the bill will overcome the obstacles that stymied the failed 2007 reform. The majority leader said he has "no doubt" he could find as many as a dozen Republicans who support the measure to make up for defections in Democratic ranks. "We can't deport 11 million undocumented people, we can't...

John McCain not invited to Obama immigration "reform" confab on June 17; Obama not serious about "reform"? - 06/04/09

... scheduled a meeting with Congress on comprehensive immigration reform for Monday. That's now been moved to the 17th. And: The White House has kept the guest list private, but invitees include, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who may introduce an immigration reform bill by the end of this year, as well as Reps. Xavier Becerra, the vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, and John Conyers, the House Judiciary...

Harry Reid says want immigration "reform" this year; NCLR, MALDEF; business-friendly guest worker plan; promotes unrealistic chain migration - 06/04/09

... La Raza, presumably to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. Before or after, speaking to reporters, he said this: "As far as I’m concerned, we have three major issues we have to do this year, if at all possible: No. 1 is healthcare; No 2 is energy, global warming; No. 3 is immigration reform... It’s going to happen this session, but I want it this year, if at all possible... ...We need (a...

"Reform Immigration For America": business, labor, CAP, NCLR, CHIRLA begin new push; summit, townhall meeting; John Quigley - 06/01/09

... launched in order to push for comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. They're a coalition of business, labor, and far-left/racial power groups; see their slick site here: reformimmigrationforamerica.org. A surprising variety of amnesty hacks this side of raving extremist (or thereabouts) is involved with their organization; see [1] and [2]. On this video, new U.S. Congressman John Quigley...

Michael Dukakis mindlessly spouts massive immigration talking points (Michael Bendetson) - 05/24/09

... attrition * failure to note that comprehensive immigration reform will be an amnesty for various reasons but mostly because that's how it will be perceived by potential illegal aliens * enforce the laws, but... (repeat performance) [1] "currently attends Tufts University and writes for both the Tufts Daily and huffingtonpost.com. His works have appeared on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann...

Chuck Schumer: the border is secure enough to pass immigration "reform" - 05/20/09

... enforcement: as simply a way to get comprehensive immigration reform.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: $10 million for lobbying in 1Q 2009, including twelve lobbyists on immigration - 05/15/09

... to just general lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform, they also list the following bills from the 110th Congress that haven't yet been re-introduced in the 111th as well as various rules. Looking into their positions on the more obscure ones is left as an exercise:

Angela Kelley/CAP, Gary Langer/ABC News admit: immigration "reform" is amnesty - 05/12/09

... like to play is to pretend that comprehensive immigration reform isn't amnesty; they use a variety of misleading euphemisms, such as "earned legalization" and so on. But, sometimes the mask slips, as it did with Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress. Referring to the recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, she says (americanprogress.org/issues/2009/05/immigration_friends.html): In fact...

Washington Post /ABC News poll shows 61% favor illegal alien legalization; didn't ask about citizenship - 05/12/09

... can be spun as supportive of comprehensive immigration reform when it doesn't include a main component of most CIR plans: a "path to citizenship" where former illegal aliens would eventually become citizens. The poll question is mostly useless and could also be read as supportive of a massive guest workers plan. And, as with other questions along these lines it fails to inform respondents of all...

Tamar Jacoby pins immigration "reform" hopes on Obama-induced "reformist mood", bad policy, racialization - 05/07/09

America's favorite immigration "expert", Tamar Jacoby, takes to the pages of the Los Angeles Times with "The immigration debate, again" (link). It contains the usual smears ("there's a danger that populist resentments will curdle into xenophobia", Lou Dobbs and Tom Tancredo are "anti-immigrant" with "inflamed, angry followers") together with things like this: Neither the economic downturn nor...

Obama immigration budget: does a McCain: border security, then amnesty; fulfills promise to Mexican government; worried about *southbound* flows - 05/06/09

... lied and said he didn't support comprehensive immigration reform anymore? Well, now Barack Obama wants to secure the border first and then use that to push for amnesty. Somehow it's different this time. From "Obama budget puts security first at the border/He'll ask Congress to help curb the flow of arms to Mexico before seeking any immigration reform" (by Anna Gorman and Peter Nicholas of the...

Simon Rosenberg /NDN: seven good reasons *not* to pass immigration "reform" - 05/01/09

... Reasons Why Congress Should Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform this Year" (huffingtonpost.com/simon-rosenberg/making-the-case-why-congr_b_193621.html). As one might expect from the source, all seven are actually reasons *not* to pass "reform". His first reason is that we need "reform" in order to remove the "trap door" that allows employers to pay illegal aliens below the minimum wage: it...

Shepard Fairey creates posters for immigration "reform", to halt raids - 04/30/09

... set of posters in support of comprehensive immigration reform. While one source doesn't like at least the attached poster because it's not revolutionary enough and because Fairey is white [1], I rush to remind my far-far-left readers that it's OK: Fairey has teamed with not just one but two (2) Hispanics on the effort. In fact, one of them is Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine (...

"National Council for a New America": new GOP, same old amnesty? (Jeb, McCain, Romney) - 04/29/09

... includes several supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. It's not going out too far on a limb to assume that they'll support amnesty, even if they call it "reform" or pretend that they want to secure the border first. Their "National Panel Of Experts" will include John McCain, Jeb Bush, and Mitt Romney. The first two are obviously strong amnesty supporters; the last came out for it...

4/30/09: Chuck Schumer holding immigration "reform" hearing (Alan Greenspan, Joel Hunter, Doris Meissner) - 04/28/09

... be holding a hearing called "Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?" (judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=3793) It would be a tough debate about the issue if not for the fact that all five witnesses are on the same basic side: * Alan Greenspan * J. Thomas Manger, Chief of Police, Montgomery County, Maryland. Previous testimony from him opposing the 287g program...

Tim Gaynor /Reuters tries, fails to find economic benefits of amnesty; MPI: little effect - 04/27/09

Tim Gaynor of Reuters offers "Could legalizing immigrants improve U.S. economy?" (link) Just because the only booster he could find to say that granting amnesty to illegal aliens would have a major financial benefit was Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa, Arizona doesn't mean that there aren't others out there; we know there are. However, whenever even Marc Rosenblum of the Migration Policy Institute...

McCain won't support union-driven immigration "reform" push; other uncertainties - 04/19/09

... recently joined forces to promote comprehensive immigration reform. Now. per this, John McCain says: "The current plan being developed by the administration and organized labor calls for immigration reform that does not adequately address either securing the border or a legal temporary worker program and is a plan I cannot support... We need to act on the pressing issue of border security now,...

Change to Win, AFL-CIO join to push immigration "reform"; ditching big business; labor commission - 04/14/09

... Union) have joined forces to push comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. This is a continuation of the plan that was outlined in Soros-funded Democratic immigration push might ditch business interests involving a commission to manage future immigration levels. The unions want the basic components of "reform", but they also oppose a large guest workers program. This doesn't sit well with...

Immigration Policy Center absurd study claims immigration "reform" would help economy - 04/14/09

... claim that the 2006 and 2007 comprehensive immigration reform bills would have paid for themselves. They fail to note the full cost of those amnesties which would include such things as giving the Mexican government even more political power inside the U.S. They note that the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 would have generated $66...

John McCain using support for Obama's amnesty to raise re-election funds (John Cornyn, Jason LeVecke) - 04/13/09

In response to last week's NYT story saying that Obama was going to push amnesty, John McCain's Senate re-election finance committee co-chair Jason LeVecke sent out an email to supporters in Houston asking for money so that McCain could help Obama push amnesty (link):

April, 2009: Mitt Romney now wants immigration "reform" - 04/05/09

Last year, it was difficult to tell where Mitt Romney stood on immigration matters because he crafted his various statements in an ambiguous fashion and - of course - neither MSM journalists nor citizen journalists tried to find out exactly what he supported. Now, he's let us know where he stands (for now at least). From this: Romney believes that one way to attract more minorities to the GOP is...

George Gascon DC trip paid for by "a group of nonprofit organizations that are seeking immigration reform" - 04/04/09

On Thursday, two congressional subcommittees held a hearing on the 287g program which included the following exchange (link, via this) between Mesa, Arizona police chief George Gascon (an opponent of the program) and Rep. Ted Poe (a supporter): "Who paid your way to get here today?" Poe asked. Gascon replied by repeating the question. "You heard me," Poe said. "Who paid your way?" "A group of...

NALEO, LULAC, SEIU, Univision: ending raids for census not enough, immigration "reform" needed - 04/01/09

Following up on her report of yesterday, Hope Yen of the Associated Press informs us that a group of illegal immigration-supporting Hispanic groups - including one with a direct albeit minor link to the Mexican government (NALEO) and one whose treasurer is an extremist (LULAC) - want their race-based power and they want it now (link): Saying traditional census outreach will not be enough,...

Soros-funded Democratic immigration push might ditch business interests - 03/28/09

... groups will be making a push for comprehensive immigration reform this fall that would see the Democrats try to get it on their own without bringing business interests into their big, crooked tent: link (See also last month's "Hilda Solis to prefer labor enforcement to immigration enforcement?") Under their scheme, there'd be a massive amnesty, following by: an independent commission that would...

Mexican consul: "We're not demanding amnesty but immigration reform." (travel boycott) - 03/21/09

... of all the issues involved. 2. Comprehensive immigration reform is just a euphemism for amnesty, and it would be seen as an amnesty by those Mexicans who are still living in that country, many of whom would come here in an attempt to take part in that or a future "reform". 3. From the U.S. perspective, Mexico hasn't been such a good neighbor. Most Mexicans would probably say the U.S. hasn't been...

Condi Rice promotes immigration "reform", bad policy (why?) - 03/16/09

Juliana Barbassa of the Associated Press informs us that Condoleezza Rice spoke at Stanford University on Friday and said the following (link):

Nancy Pelosi: immigration enforcement separating families is "un-American" (Luis Gutierrez, Kelly Zito) - 03/08/09

... national tour designed to press for comprehensive immigration reform that's sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and led by Luis Gutierrez. Because Zito doesn't provide full quotes and because she doesn't even once use the word "illegal" or even "undocumented", it's not clear just how stupid the remarks from Nancy Pelosi were: "Our future is about our children," Pelosi told a crowd...

Luis Gutierrez' "National Family Unity Tour" to pull heartstrings in support of illegal immigration; ask him a question - 02/25/09

... from coast to coast to push for comprehensive immigration reform. The schedule is below, and what I need you to do is organize a local effort to go to one of these events and make him look bad on video by asking him a tough question designed to show that he's engaging in false compassion and that he's not promoting the best policies. Please note that I'm talking about very difficult questions,...

Could Obama and Napolitano enact a mini-amnesty... without Congress? - 02/24/09

... An Alternative To Waiting For Comprehensive Immigration Reform?" (link) Evaluating their claims is left for those intimately familiar with immigration law, but here's the editor's summary: ...The article argues that there is ample room in the Immigration and Nationality Act, for the Executive Branch, acting alone and without Congress, to take decisive curative action. The key is to separate...

Corrupted: Kirsten Gillibrand pledges to push "comprehensive immigration reform"; might oppose 287g - 02/01/09

... York and has now pledged to push comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty [1]. She's also going to meet with Michael Bloomberg to discuss the "controversial issue" of local police working with ICE on immigration enforcement.

Juan Hernandez to lobby Obama for immigration amnesty (still with Reform Institute) - 01/25/09

... Barack Obama campaign to pass comprehensive immigration reform, aka an amnesty. Hernandez is still a Senior Fellow of the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Initiative" at the McCain-linked Reform Institute (reforminstitute.org/about/AboutHernandez.aspx), but it's not clear whether he'll be doing his lobbying through them or another group. From the translation here (original here): Hernandez......

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand immigration stance: tough or just for show? - 01/23/09

... those opponents also support comprehensive immigration reform while lying about CIR not being amnesty; it's a word game. She might not be playing a word game, or she might be leaving herself wiggle room. And, note the use of the word "reform" in the final paragraph. While she could be referring to something other than CIR, the use of that word is a strong indicator that she supports CIR....

Cardinal Mahony, Janet Murguia, Unite Here, Frank Sharry, Ali Noorani pretend immigration "reform" would be good for the economy - 01/08/09

... moral voice supporting just and comprehensive immigration reform joins the President of one of America's leading pro-immigrant unions, the head of the largest Latino civil rights organization, and national pro-reform leaders to discuss the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform as the 44th President and 111th Congress take office. Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times listened in, and...

"Comprensive immigration reform" returns: S.9, the "Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009" - 01/07/09

Comprehensive immigration reform - aka an amnesty for illegal aliens - is back. Yesterday, Harry Reid introduced S.9, the "Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009" ("SESBA"). What's there now is just a placeholder (link), however the remarks made by Patrick Leahy at introduction show exactly what it is. Those remarks and the list of co-sponsors are below. Note that this is a repeat of how...