... Republicans (John McCain, Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham) and four Democrats (Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Bob Menendez, and Michael Bennet).
There's nothing new in their plan: it's simply a slight variant the same old amnesty scam. It's a massive legalization program that has huge downsides and that would do great harm to the U.S. See comprehensive immigration reform for some...
... Graham (R, South Carolina)
* Jeff Flake (R, Arizona)
* Mike Lee (R, Utah)
The first six have been pushing amnesty for years.
Flake - a darling of fiscal conservatives and some libertarians - co-authored a 2007 amnesty bill with the ethnic nationalist Luis Gutierrez.
Lee is a Tea Parties favorite which won't be surprising to anyone who's been following my coverage of that group: virtually all...
... on his former associate Rep. Jeff Flake. Back in 2007, they sponsored the STRIVE Act immigration amnesty together.
Nowadays, Gutierrez has this to say ( peekURL.com/zDJbt32 ):
"Congressman Flake was once a close ally on the immigration reform issue to secure the border, create legal immigration channels, and get the millions of immigrants who live here into the system and on-the-books, but he...
... the corrupt position of Rep. Jeff Flake (running for senate from Arizona) as "moderate".
From "Immigration returns to Ariz. airwaves":
The Arizona immigration furor is back.
Not that it ever really went away, but Republican Senate candidate Wil Cardon -- a conservative self-funder running in the GOP primary -- is pumping several hundred thousand dollars into ads apparently hyping up a hard-line...
... by Gutierrez’s bill is Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Flake’s opposition is important because in past years he has worked with Gutierrez on immigration reform. But because this bill includes a lottery where 100,000 new workers could come in each year for three years, instead of a temporary worker program, Flake said he cannot support it... Flake said the bill “repeatres the mistakes of the ‘86 reform...
... the bill he co-authored with Jeff Flake. Others attending were Nydia Velazquez (Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus) and Mike Honda (Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus).
Per Ian Urbina of the New York Times (link):
Tuesday’s event was sponsored by various immigrant advocacy groups, including the Reform Immigration For America campaign, the National Capital...
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), known around here as "Smiley", has started a site called Pork Parade (porkparade.com) which is, per him, "a place to connect and shine a brighter light on Washington's wasteful spending."
Those of you using twitter can contact him using #pork, and apparently your "twitter" will appear on their front page.
Back in 2006, the GOP more or less dropped support from Republican congressional candidate Randy Graf of Arizona due to his opposition to illegal immigration; they threw their support behind a "business-friendly" challenger instead.
Some comments from Rep. Jeff Flake ("Smiley"; R-AZ) on the Flake-Gutierrez STRIVE Act (House amnesty) are here. Asked whether it has a chance:
Not a prayer. No, I just don't see the Democrats wanting to take it up. I mean with the Senate bill dead I just don't think there's going to be any serious comprehensive legislation to move. There may be some political statement legislation or some single...
... to ask Rep. Flake why...] "...Jeff Flake says that in order to get republicans [to sign on they need the touchback...]
MODERATOR: [Does that make any sense?]
At that point, Gutierrez starts laughing at "touchback". Unfortunately, right now the joke's on us.
But, then again, if enough people ask him and his sleazy friend tough questions, maybe we can be the ones smiling.
No fence pics yet. Developing...
UPDATE: ICBITN ("I Can't Believe I Took Notes"). As expected, this was Immigration Speech #5, with the 5-D variant. There is absolutely nothing in what he said that was either a) new, or b) answered his critics.
Congressmen Jeff "Smiley" Flake and Luis "WFMOJALI" Gutierrez offer a one-two promotion of their illegal alien amnesty scheme.
First up is Gutierrez, delivering the Democratic Party's radio address (link) on Saturday. There's almost nothing there that isn't pure hot air, but, let's look at his promotion of illegal immigrants:
...Our bill deals directly with the undocumented who are living,...
Dr. Richard Land is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and earlier today he appeared with Senator Teddy Kennedy and others at a Washington DC press conference to support immigration "reform" (aka a massive amnesty):
"...We also have a Biblical mandate to act compassionately for those that are in needm, Matthew 25... To love our neighbors as ourselves. Matthew 22. And to do onto...
Congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have just introduced bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The immigration debate is moving forward and Congress needs to hear from you!
Call this number and follow the instructions to connect to your members of Congress:
Tell your representative that we NEED COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION...
The Gutierrez-Flake amnesty scheme contains a "touchback" provision. Current illegal aliens who pass a screening and meet other requirements would be given a legal worker permit immediately. Then:
Illegal immigrants would within the next six years have to leave the United States for either Mexico or Canada, go to a processing center and re-enter the U.S. legally. Lawmakers were vague about...
... away from the release of the Jeff Flake/Luis Guitierrez "STRIVE Act", a massive amnesty for illegal aliens. "STRIVE" stands for the Orwellian-named "Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy". Please contact your representatives and stress your opposition to the scheme, and if you find anyone promoting it do your best to discredit them.
The far-lefties have anticipated...
... a bit of work ahead, as Reps. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) are going to introduce an illegal alien amnesty bill in the House on Thursday.Looks like there's a bit of work ahead, as Reps. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) are going to introduce an illegal alien amnesty bill in the House on Thursday. Senator Teddy Kennedy "applauds" their efforts as he continues his...
... Teddy Kennedy and representatives Jeff Flake and Howard Berman.
The report offers possible solutions, too, and it's not the enforcement-heavy approach that has been espoused by some anti-immigration advocates and lawmakers.
While the task force concluded that more border security is needed, it doesn't recommend hundreds of miles of walls or fencing. It also took a swipe at...
... working for us: Howard Berman, Jeff Flake, Edward Kennedy, and John McCain.
Another member is Fernando Garcia, executive director of the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights. He's also a Mexican citizen with a green card. The article "D.C. hears El Pasoan's ideas about reforms" by Louie Gilot has a profile of him and his work, which includes organizing pro-illegal immigration marches in...
Dave Montgomery of McClatchy Newspapers offers a biased overview of immigration "reform"'s chance now that the Democrats are in charge. He specifically focuses on Zoe Lofgren:
As an immigration lawyer in Northern California, Zoe Lofgren helped struggling immigrant farmworkers keep their families together and stay in the United States...
Jerry Kammer of the Copley News Service offers "Immigrant legislation strategy is plotted" which, while it has its problems, is surpring in that it's not completely biased towards "reform":
Two of the most liberal members of Congress met with two of their most conservative colleagues this week to revive immigration legislation that passed the Senate but was throttled by House Republican leaders...
... Bush, McCain and Congressmen Jeff Flake and Rick Renzi that we are not going to accept their selling (out) of America."
Days later, Goldwater issued a clarification in which he took back the "selling out" remark, especially with reference to Renzi.
Jim Kolbe is also refusing to back down.
John Whitesides of Reuters offers a heaping load of pro-illegal immigration propaganda in "Republicans risk Hispanic support in border debate".
It's basically an attempt to corrupt the Republican Party: support massive illegal immigration or you won't get votes.
I believe Boehner is less of an insider than Blunt, however this is more important:
Rep. John A. Boehner's vote last month against a bill cracking down on illegal immigration is sending "tremors" through the House Republican Conference as the Ohio lawmaker pushes his candidacy for House majority leader...
House Republicans are looking closely at ending birthright citizenship and building a barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border as they search for solutions to illegal immigration.
...Most lawmakers had avoided the issue, fearing that change would require a constitutional amendment -- the 14th Amendment reads in part: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and...
On Wednesday, Karl Rove discussed Bush's scheme to bring in millions of kind-hearted folks with select (U.S.) representatives:
The White House is preparing to unveil an immigration-reform plan that would allow millions of undocumented residents to remain in the United States as guest workers, two Arizona congressmen said...
[...our "guests" get a three-year visa...]
As explained to the...
... Representatives Tom Feeney (R-Florida), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colorado), sent Bush a similar letter, stating that the Act drives costs up and "effectively discriminates against non-union contractors."
"McCain urges Bush to make immigration reform a priority":
Arizona Sen. John McCain stressed immigration reform as a top priority for the start of President George W. Bush's second term and encouraged the Republican White House to focus on the issue.
McCain, business groups and Arizona U.S. Reps.
From the Arizona Daily Star:
Republicans in Arizona's congressional delegation have joined their Democratic colleagues in opposing an initiative aimed at reducing the financial burdens created by illegal immigration...
In announcing the initiative earlier this month, supporters claimed illegal entrants are siphoning away tax dollars thr