Waivers, Exemptions, And Deals, OH MY!

The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” has released a new version of the immigration bill that contains 999 references to waivers, exemptions and political discretion.

The revised 867-page bill contains multiple changes from the first 844-page version, released April 18, but Democrats have not announced any delay to the committee review of the complex bill that begins next week.

The bill includes roughly 1.14 waivers or exemptions per page. By comparison, the 2,409-page Obamacare law includes 0.78 waivers and exemptions per page.

The Obamacare law contains 1,882 mentions of “unless,” “notwithstanding,” “except,” “exempt,” “waivers,” “discretion” and “may.” “Waiver” is mentioned 209 times in the law.

The new draft of the immigration bill — which will allow officials much control over the supply and cost of labor needed by American companies — has 85 mentions of “unless,” 150 uses of “except,” 18 inclusions of “exempt,” 92 mentions of “waiver,” 42 offers of “discretion,” 47 use of “notwithstanding” and 618 uses of “may” in the 876-page bill.

The Daily Caller subtracted mentions of “may not” from both bills’ final tally of exemptions and options.

President Barack Obama backs the bill, and told reporters Tuesday that it “is going to be a historic achievement.” (DC)

So you know you’re about the get screwed!!! Be Afraid, Be very Afraid.

This thing has more holes in it than Swiss cheese and is probably going to be as toothless as whale.

But it will make the elitists “feel good” and the Republican go “see we aren’t racists!” as millions of new Democrats flood the polls.

Expecting Liberals to hold up their end of any bargain that is out THE AGENDA is like expecting Iran to give up it’s Nuke Program just because we ask nicely.

The bill could double legal immigration in the U.S. over the next decade. Immigration is the heart and soul of this nation. But can the nation handle doubling it so fast?

Well, in 1986 it was 3 million. Now it’s 12 Million (or more). So what a few more million Democrats between “friends”. 🙂

The bill also relaxes the rules for seeking asylum despite the tragic bombing in Boston and other terrorist attacks committed by asylum seekers.

Surprises like this are what you can expect from a comprehensive bill — meaning hundreds of pages no one in Congress reads.

You gotta pass it before you can find out what’s in it! 🙂

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York bristles at the suggestion that the nation’s immigration system should be improved one piece at a time.

“You can’t do individual bills,” he objected, “because the problem is people say ‘what about me?'”

Spoken like a deal maker. Employers who want high-tech workers got a piece of the deal, so did families hoping to bring in loved ones and politicians who want to be known as pro-immigrant.

But what about Joe Public, the average citizen? Congress ought to be asking what he gets.

• Doubling legal immigration: Legal immigration to the U.S. is already at an all-time high. In the 1970s, 3.2 million legal immigrants arrived; in the 1980s, 6.2 million; in the 1990s, 9.7 million; in the first decade of this century, 10.3 million.

But if this bill passes, a ballpark estimate will be 20 million over the next decade, according to Numbers USA, critics of the bill.

What will that mean for the school Joe Public’s kids attend or his tax bill?

And will such a rapid increase allow newcomers to assimilate and find jobs?

Shockingly, the Gang of Eight — four Republican and four Democratic U.S. senators — say they don’t know how much their bill will increase immigration.

Proposing a law without knowing its impact is whacky. It’s amateur hour.

• Senators in charge of asylum: The Gang of Eight’s approach to amnesty is even wackier.

Fifteen years ago, before the global terrorist threat was obvious, the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform declared that one of the nation’s top priorities was sheltering the persecuted. Perhaps it made sense then. But now Joe Public has nothing to gain from amnesty programs and everything — including his safety — to lose. Ask the people in Boston.

The radical Muslim parents of the Boston Marathon bombers came from Chechnya on tourist visas and sought asylum.Before them, in 1993, a Pakistani asylum seeker, Ramzi Yousef, bombed the World Trade Center. Another Pakistani asylum seeker, Mir Aimal Kansi, gunned down two CIA agents in Virginia.

The law currently says that any immigrant who enters the U.S. — on a tourist visa, business visa or illegally — has one year to apply for asylum and show they are victims of persecution. In 2012, over 40,000 aliens secured asylum, largely from China, Egypt, Guatemala, Pakistan, India and the Soviet Union.

Despite asylum seekers committing terrorist acts, the proposed Senate bill loosens controls. Sec. 3401 removes the one-year deadline for applying; Sec. 3504 adds another layer of appeals for aliens turned down; and Sec. 3502 allows the Attorney General to provide government-funded counsel to aliens. Current law bars that.

These provisions should be stripped from the Senate immigration bill. Instead, it should suspend asylum from areas of the world that spawn terrorists.

Republicans and Democrats are battling over whether to punish illegal Immigrants and how to secure the border with Mexico.

More attention is needed on the asylum, refugee and student visa programs — see pages 151 to 844 — that we know, from experience, allow terrorists in.

Schumer is right that all the interest groups get something in the Senate bill. Everyone except Joe Public. (IBD)

Who doesn’t matter, in the end. After all, they are just racists… 🙂
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Showtime!

One of the few times I have agreed with Sen. McCain:

“Well my position is it is a classic Schumer grandstanding use of his subcommittee,” McCain said when asked by a reporter outside his party’s policy lunch in the Capitol about Schumer’s subcommittee hearing earlier in the day on Arizona’s 2010 immigration law, SB 1070.

Arguments are in front of the Supreme Court today. So Schumer had his There-all-racists dog-and-pony show yesterday. Political theatre at it’s most grotesque.

After all, only 2 of 11 members of Upchuck’s committee (the other being “Ticked Turbin” Dick Durbin) bothered to show up for this narcissistic nakedly political dog-and-pony show.

“I agree with [former Kansas] Sen. [Bob] Dole who once said the most dangerous place in Washington to be is between Sen. Schumer and a television camera,” McCain added. “Of course, he never consulted me or [Arizona] Sen. [Jon] Kyl,” he joked.

Speaking of “UpChuck” Schumer…How much upchuck would Upchuck chuck if  Upchuck could Chuck his upchuck. 🙂

“We have a border agent killed because of Fast and Furious. We today have guides sitting on mountaintops in Arizona as drugs are smuggled up to Phoenix and distributed throughout the country. There frustration was real and understandable.”

McCain said the solution to the problem is simple: “Secure the border.”

Mind you, I will not forgive him for the Amnesty Bill of 2007. And he knows it, which is why in 2010 he ran so far to right to save his own job.
And with our incompetent former Governor, Janet Napalitano rise to her Peter-Principle heights of incompetence and the Race-Biased DOJ run by a political hack and a Labor Department run by a Pro-Illegal Hispanic we have no chance.
“Under federal law, under the U.S. Constitution and the Arizona Constitution, you know, we have the Equal Protection Clause,” he added. “I knew those kinds of issues would be raised by those open-border folks that are against any enforcement. We’ve been sued on everything we’ve done from voting fraud — to stop voting fraud — to welfare fraud to going after illegal employers who compete illegally, immorally and have a competitive advantage over the honest employer. Doesn’t seem like no matter what we do, Mr. Chairman, we’re attacked for simply enforcing the law, trying to protect American citizens and jobs for Americans. … We simply wrote the bill to preempt those kinds of silly arguments and try to protect everybody’s rights.”-Russell Pearce, the author of SB1070 who was railroaded out of his job by the hysterical Left.
Sen. Schumer describes state immigration laws as “counterproductive and unconstitutional.”

Because after all, The Federal Government must be Supreme in all things! And they don’t needy in any uppity States asserting their own rights!
And if the Federal Government wants to ignore any law then that’s just tough sh*t for you. Buck up and suck it up!!
Your Imperial Masters have spoken!
Do you believe individual states should have the right to make their own immigration laws and protect their borders, if they believe the federal government has failed to act, or not?

Yes, states should have that right 65%  2010: 65%
No, not up to states 31  2010: 32
(Don’t know) 4  2010: 3  (Fox)
“Illegal is a crime, not a race. It doesn’t pick out any nationality. It just so happens 90 percent of those who violated our immigration laws come from across that southern border or are Hispanic.”–Russell Pearce

Durbin asked Gallardo if SB 1070 made it easier or harder for illegal immigrants to report domestic violence or abuse of their children to law enforcement.

(State Lawmaker-Democrat) Gallardo said the bill makes it harder to report abuse, because women are fearful that if they come forward, they may be separated from their children and deported.

Can you spot the Liberal Diversions?
“I’m sure it didn’t escape notice that none of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle came to this hearing. That’s not surprising. They’re absent from this hearing just like they’ve been absent from every attempt we’ve made to negotiate a comprehensive solution to our immigration problem. We need people to sit down, people on both sides of the aisle in a bi-partisan way and solve this problem. and we have been unable to find negotiating partners,” Schumer said.
It’s the Republican’s Fault!!!
If they’d only kissed our ass on Amnesty then we would not have this political dog-and-pony show!
Remember, “Bi-Partisan” in Liberal land means you do exactly what they want and there will be no partisan childishness and you won’t be to blame for not letting us do whatever we want. It’s BY-Partisan.
And the fix is in, Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the decision leaving a 4-4 split on the Court that would mean the low court and the liberals win.
But she refuses to recuse herself from ObamaCare which she also worked on.
Sickening.
MORE FUN WITH KU KLUX KLAN
An unhinged Chris Matthews on Monday excoriated Republican primary voters as racist, deriding them as the “Grand Wizard crowd.”
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele (who is black BTW): Are you saying that we’re Ku Klux Klan?

MATTHEWS: Okay, I’m just saying, the far right party.

Mr “Tinkle up my Leg” was in rare form.
I guess he wasn’t invited to be on the Panel with Schumer and Durbin.
And the former Grand Wizard of The Klu Klux Clan, Sen. Robert Byrd (D) was dead.

The administration says the law, and Arizona’s approach of maximum enforcement, conflict with a more nuanced federal immigration policy that seeks to balance national security, law enforcement, foreign policy, human rights and the rights of law-abiding citizens and immigrants.

Obama:  The president said, “you can try to make it really tough on people who look like they, quote, unquote look like illegal immigrants. One of the things that the law says is that local officials are allow to ask somebody who they have a suspicion might be an illegal immigrant for their papers — but you can imagine if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona, your great, great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state. But now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.” (townhall)

But at least Attorney General Holder  and Homeland Security Secretary Napalitano have actually read it…NOT! 🙂
Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arizona on a law that allows the state to require employers to verify citizenship of job applicants, the court has shown it is not opposed to giving the states some form of control over immigration policy.
So hopefully State’s Rights wins the day.
But with the fix in, I doubt it.
CRIMINAL CASES IN THE SOUTHWEST (You, those “more secure” borders):
Eighty percent of cases filed against criminal defendants in United States Magistrate Courts in fiscal year 2011 occurred in parts of the country along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a recent Justice Department report.Of the total 71,387 cases filed in that court system between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2011, 57,310 were along the southern border, the United States Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Report for Fiscal Year 2011 states.

Arizona accounted for the highest number of criminal defendants (23,125), followed by Southern Texas (19,453), Western Texas (10,546), New Mexico (2,913) and Southern California (1,273).  Those four regions are among the top five in the country for the number of cases filed in the Magistrate Courts. (The other is Eastern Virginia, with 3,034 cases.)

Created by Congress in 1968, Magistrate Courts handle a “considerable criminal caseload,” according to the report.  Assigned by district courts, magistrate judges preside over misdemeanor trials, conduct preliminary hearings, and enter rulings or recommended dispositions on pretrial motions.

Regions along the southwest border also accounted for the most criminal cases handled by U.S. Attorneys in FY2011.  Of all criminal cases filed in U.S. District Courts, 43.3 percent occurred in the four border states – Western Texas (7,271), Arizona (7,033), Southern Texas (6,797), Southern California (5,689) and New Mexico (3,044).

Overall, U.S. Attorneys’ offices dealt with 163,908 criminal matters during FY2011.

Immigration accounted for 41.8 percent of all criminal cases – the highest number by program category. Next came drug-related offenses, at 22.1 percent, followed by violent crime, 17.2 percent.

Gee, Mexican Drug Gangs anyone?

Although the most recent report does not mention illegal immigration, the report for FY2010 does.

“Illegal immigration provides the initial foothold with which criminal elements, including organized crime syndicates, use to engage in a myriad of illicit activities ranging from immigration document fraud and migrant smuggling to human trafficking,” the earlier report states.

“Violence along the border of the United States and Mexico has increased dramatically during recent years,” it adds. “The violence associated with Mexican drug trafficking organizations pose[s] a serious problem for law enforcement.” (CNS)

But, don’t worry, it’s more secure than it has ever been and they have made ‘significant’ progress! 🙂

THE CHURCH OF ME

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And Church of My God is ME has come again:

“The fact is that since most of you were born, tuition and fees at America’s colleges have more than doubled,” Obama said. “And that forces students like you to take out a lot more loans, there are fewer grants, you rack up more debt. Can I get an ‘amen’?”

The students responded: “Amen!”

Obama continued: “The average student who borrows to pay for college now graduates with about $25,000 in student loan debt—that’s the average, some are more. Can I get an ‘amen’ for that?”

“Amen,” the students responded.

As mentioned in a previous blog, one of the main reasons for the higher tuition IS BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT. Since they will pay more an more in subsidies to Colleges to “keep prices low” the incentive is to raise them to new heights because the government will just pay them anyways.
But for Obama, he want 2008 back, when he was worshiped as The Savior of Mankind and the only people stupid enough to believe that are the young Liberally-educated socialists-in-training.
So the campaign strategy is Class Warfare, Appeal to the Stupid, and then everyone else is misogynist (War on Women) or a Racist if they don’t support him.
Wow! Whatta Guy!
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The Blame Game

The Capitol Hill rhetoric reached new levels of ugliness Tuesday as negotiations over some semblance of a federal budget gave way to finger-pointing, with Democrats blaming Tea Party freshmen for a potential government shutdown and Republicans calling those claims a fantasy.

Over the past few days, Democrats have pounded the argument that Congress would have been able to work out a budget deal long ago if not for the extreme demands of Tea Party-aligned lawmakers.

Sen. “Up-Chuck” Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in. Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate.

Schumer instructed the group, made up of Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Tom Carper of Delaware, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, to tell reporters that the GOP is refusing to negotiate.

He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as “extreme.”

“I always use extreme, Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use.”

Someone must have finally told Schumer that the media were listening and he stopped talking midsentence.

Here’s a bit more of what he said about House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, according to my notes.

“The main thrust is basically that we want to negotiate and we want to come up with a compromise but the Tea Party is pulling Boehner too far over to the right and so far over that there is no more fruitful negotiations,” Schumer said on the call. “The only way we can avoid a shutdown is for Boehner to come up with a reasonable compromise and not just listen to what the Tea Party wants. “

Schumer described Boehner as “in a box,” over the budget negotiations.

“Unfortunately, there are a number of new people in the Congress who think that a compromise is a sellout,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday. He said there’s still room for compromise, but accused the “perfectionist caucus” — his latest term for the Tea Partiers — of dragging down the Republican leadership. Hoyer said he put the odds of a shutdown at “five or six” on a scale of 10.

“While Chuck Schumer and the Democratic caucus have been busy in a backroom crafting their ‘blame the Tea Party’ talking points, according to Rasmussen, 69 percent of Americans remain ‘angry’ or ‘very angry’ with the government,” said Mark Meckler, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.

“Why? It’s not that complicated, and it’s definitely not because the American public thinks the government isn’t spending enough money,” he added. “It’s because the majority of the American voters sent a clear message to Washington D.C. in November to get their fiscal house in order, and to make the cuts that will put this country on a sustainable path. Clearly people like Chuck Schumer didn’t listen.” (Washington Examiner and Fox)

It’s not that they did listen. They don’t care. It’s all politics. It’s all about 2012. It’s all about getting their power back so that they can continue their self-serving, monetary drug-addict behavior.

It’s all very arrogant, and very much about THEM.

The petulant drug addicts don’t want to change their ways. Period.

So they are kicking a screaming and whining like children.

And plotting who’s going to take the fall for what they don’t want to do.

Make no mistake — THE DEMOCRATS ARE CHEERLEADING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.

They remember how they pinned it on the Republicans the last time so they went back to that playbook.

And the Ministry of Truth Media will be more than happy to do 24/7 blame the Republicans broadcasts. They are probably writing and producing them now.

Be clear — THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN ANY FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY KIND.

And the Republicans are still too timid (Much like Obama’s foreign policy) to stand up to it.

The Tea Party is less timid, so that’s why they are the big target.

So since you can’t or won’t get anything done, time to point fingers and blame someone else!

“Make no mistake, if the government ends up shutting down, it will be because Senate Democrats refused to offer a real proposal that cuts spending and because the White House flatly refused to lead,” House Republican Leader Eric Cantor’s office said in a memo Tuesday.

As talks sour, both sides claim they can’t be held accountable since neither has a complete majority in Washington.

“It’s self-evident we don’t control Washington, or we wouldn’t be having this problem,” Hoyer said, arguing that Democrats would not be to blame if the government shuts down.

So it’s not their fault, so it must be The American People’s fault for wanting them to cut spending and live with their means.

We are the truly evil ones.

We want to make the monetary drug-addicts to something about their addiction.

And that’s just too hard for them. They just can’t do it.

So it’s our fault for wanting them to. 😦

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