Enforcement advocates insist proposed amnesty must be sunk or tied to significant border measures

Flanked by 100 so-called “dreamers,” Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) expressed confidence that their long-dreamed-about DREAM Act will become law.

The two in past years have sponsored the bill, formally called the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. They renewed efforts last month after President Donald Trump set a March 5 date for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the previous administration created to protect illegal immigrants brought to America as children.

"So here's the deal — I've never felt better about the DREAM Act than I do right now," Graham said. "The March 5 deadline is going to make us act. Failure is not an option. I've never seen more bipartisan support for the idea than right at this moment. The American people have heard you. They share your dreams and overwhelmingly support your dream."

Durbin, who has been pushing the issue for 16 years, credited the young illegal immigrants with sharing their stories and changing their minds.

"As soon as this stopped being a discussion about theory and numbers and became a discussion about real people and their aspirations and their talents and what their lives mean, we started seeing a shift in public opinion," he said.

With momentum rising — and Trump sending repeated signals that he is open to amnesty for DACA recipients — immigration hard-liners are divided over how to approach the issue.

Williams Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration political action committee, urged no-compromise opposition.

"I'm very confident we can beat it, but it all depends on how many Americans we can mobilize and how fast," he told LifeZette.

Gheen said what is needed is more unity from people and organizations opposing illegal immigration. He lamented that some groups appear more interested in striking a deal than fighting it.

He said anyone concerned about illegal immigration should be leery about trading amnesty for pledges of stronger enforcement.

"None of these promises will happen if this amnesty goes through," he said.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said momentum seems strong for congressional action.

"I think there will be an amnesty," she said. "But the question is how many people will be covered and what conditions will be placed on getting a green card, and what will Republicans be able to extract for it?"

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics indicate that there are about 690,000 people enrolled in DACA, which protects beneficiaries from deportation as long as they meet certain conditions and offers them permits to work legally in the United States.

But the DREAM Act would apply to a much larger population. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 3.338 million illegal immigrants would be eligible.

It would offered lawful permanent residency — and eventually citizenship — to longtime residents who came to America before the age of 18, as long as they graduate from high school or obtain a GED; pursue higher education, serve in the military or work for at least three years; pass a background check and pay an application fee; demonstrate English proficiency and knowledge of U.S. history; and have not committed a felony or other serious crime.

"I think there will be an amnesty. But the question is how many people will be covered and what conditions will be placed on getting a green card, and what will Republicans be able to extract for it?"

Other lawmakers have sponsored similar bills. Three Republican senators last month introduced the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act, billed as the conservative alternative to the DREAM Act. Some 2.5 million illegal immigrants would be eligible under that legislation, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Vaughan said the most important concession Republicans should demand is a reform of "chain migration" that allows green card holders and citizens to sponsor relatives for immigration. She estimates that if 700,000 illegal immigrants became citizens, it would trigger another 1.4 million immigrants. NumbersUSA estimates that the DREAM Act could eventually lead to an additional 14.02 million immigrants because of chain migration.

Congress should balance that, she said, by eliminating or restricting categories of family migration like siblings and their children. She said Congress also could eliminate the diversity visa lottery, which each year brings in roughly 50,000 immigrants chosen randomly from the millions of people who apply for permanent residency under the program.

If that is not politically feasible, Vaughan added, Republicans at least ought to insist that Congress require all businesses to use the now-voluntary E-Verify system to confirm the eligibility of workers they hire. That ought not be a heavy lift for Senate Democrats, many of whom voted for it as part of the "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration bill in 2013.

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"...We would expand the ‘Dream Act’ amnesty to include the parents of the DACA illegal families because it’s the right thing to do,” he said."...GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic leader Sen. Richard Durbin stated on Oct. 5, 2017, @ Breitbart.com.

The following is a resolution that is presently before the executive committee of my local GOP. Once passed, it will be sent to every GOP organization within our House district. 

A RESOLUTION

Whereas, the Dream Act, the Succeed Act, and all other proposed clean amnesty bills fail to prevent continuing illegal immigration into this country, and,

Whereas, this failure to address persistent illegal entry into this country, will harm American workers and we will be faced with these same problems ten years down the road, and,

Whereas, the record reflects Rep. XX has thus far failed to cosign the "Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 3775)," nor offered any legislation restricting "anchor babies":

Resolve, the XX Republican Party, supports the Raise Act, The Legal Workforce Act, and opposes birthright citizenship bestowed on the offspring born here of illegal parents, and

Be it further Resolved to bring this resolution to other Republican Party executive committees throughout District XX.

Please copy this resolution or write one of your own and bring it to your next GOP county meeting and present it to the group. Also be prepared to go to your next executive committee meeting, if the chairman requests, to present your resolution.

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ALERT ALERT

Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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