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Religious leaders begin amnesty push; how to push back - 02/10/10

Per this, various religious groups [1] will begin a push for comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty) this and next month. They'll be holding 100 events including prayer vigils in a couple dozen states and urging their followers to send postcards to their representatives. To a certain extent this isn't that big of a deal: they've been pushing for amnesty for years and they haven't gotten anywhere. At the events they'll be (literally) preaching to the choir, and elsewhere many or most of their parishioners will be opposed to their message. However, it is a big deal because those leaders...

Read about CIR ASAP: "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009" (Luis Gutierrez) - 12/11/09

[A DISCUSSION OF SOME OF THE PROVISIONS IS HERE, AND MORE UPDATES ARE BELOW] On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Rep. Luis Gutierrez will introduce an amnesty bill called the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009". His announcement (luisgutierrez.house.gov/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1406) provides no details, however: 1. Details on the bill will be provided here when it becomes available; expect it to be a bit on the far-left side and expect it to not go very far, except perhaps if it's watered down. In the latter case it might present a problem. 2. The way...

Bennie Thompson, Dingell, Conyers, Reyes, Ortiz, other Democrats support Sierra Club lawsuit over border fence (DHS, environmental waiver) - 04/08/08

A cast of Congressional characters (all Democrats; listed below) intends to file an Amicus Curiae brief in the case where the Sierra Club and the Defenders of Wildlife are suing the Department of Homeland Security to prevent them from using apparently congressionally-mandated waivers that would let the DHS bypass environmental and related rules in order to build sections of the border fence. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee attempts to portray this as a Constitutional matter: this waiver by the Secretary of Homeland Security is a direct challenge to Congress’s...