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Greater New Orleans Tea Party Message Board FEDERAL Legislation , Regu-slation, Exec Orders, and SCOTUS decisions › S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernizat

S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, (Gang of eight bill)

user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,805
The Bill S. 744: S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,­

This bill is 850 pages long.....think many of our legislators have read it or understand it???
Team Obama is running a "lawless" immigration policy whereas DHS etc are not following the LAWS but rather executives fiats, memo's, twisted regulations, and the whims of Janet Napolitano. AND..... much like the Obamacare bill which gives unlimited power to the Sec of HHS to make up new rules and regulations..this Immigration bill grants the same type of power to the Sec of DHS !!!

If Congress cannot hold this administration accountable for enforcing our current immigration laws, WHAT makes them think a "comprehensive reform" package will have any effect? Most of us believe that Obama will quickly move to give amnesty to illegal aliens and never get to border security, law enforcement, or valid background checks (our intel seems sorely lacking in light of the Boston Marathon bombing fiasco). A federal judge says Team Obama is violating the law by not deporting illegal aliens now. And an estimated 40 % of illegals in this country are people who have overstayed their visas. FIX THE SYSTEM. https://www.numbersus...­
The Heritage foundation believes that S. 744 does NOT secure our borders !!! http://blog.heritage....­

How much will this "reform" cost American citizen taxpayers? It appears that most illegals will pay NO back taxes, fines, or penalties under this bill. https://www.numbersus...­

Rep. Louie Gohmert makes a good case for slamming the brakes on this immigration reform bill until we have an administration that is more interested and active in protecting the rights and lives of American citizens. He believes DOJ has been helping terrorists more than hindering them....... and that our intel system is not working as it should.­

Gohmert said the right way forward on immigration law should be clear.

“The president has refused to do his job in securing the border. It’s his obligation. He has an oath to fulfill. But he is holding off adequately securing the border until he can get what he wants. The right thing to do would be to say, ‘Mr. President, enough. There are enough dead Americans from people who have been let in wrongly,’” he said. “Let them secure the border and we will have an agreement within a month that will be in law, but he has to do the job of making sure that we’re secure in our persons and in our homes. He’s going to need to make sure that people that come in, come in legally. Until he starts actually doing his job, there should be no discussion about doing anything with people who are here illegally,” .........

It appears that Sen Vitter is OPPOSED to S. 744 and agrees that border security must come first!

Contact your Senators and Rep to say "SECURE THE BORDER" and enforce our current laws on illegal immigration. Put the rights and safety of Ameicans ahead of any efforts to placate illegal aliens !!! Delay any legislation that grants amnesty to those who are here illegally.... it is a matter of national security .
Immense pressure has succeeded in derailing big gun control legislation....we can do it on Immigration "reform" too.
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,807
AND, today we learn that the Boston Marathon bombers' and family received $100,000 in WELFARE benefits from American taxpayers!!!

AND, that S. 744 actually will grant welfare benefits to all illegal immigrants after 6 months:

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) uncovered this loophole in the bill and many others, and he will circulate a memo detailing the gaps in the bill on Tuesday. Breitbart News exclusively obtained a copy of the memo before its public release.

“The Gang of Eight made a promise that illegal immigrants will not be able to access public benefits,” Sessions said in a statement to Breitbart News. “We already know that, once granted green cards and ultimately citizenship, illegal immigrants will be able to access all public benefit programs at a great cost to taxpayers. We have, however, identified a number of loopholes that would allow illegal immigrants to draw public benefits even sooner than advertised.”

UPDATE 5/4/2013
WHAT??? If the border is not secure.... we "form a commission" to make recommendations that DHS does not have to consider???

Sec of DHS will have the final say on all immigration policies... a scary scenerio much like Obamacare which gives total power to Sec of DHHS. How's THAT working for ya???

Say NO to this bill.... S. 744. Call your Senators ASAP !!­

Kristen B.
Slidell, LA
Post #: 235
Thanks Terri. Sharing...
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,815
WHAT will "immigration reform" cost American taxpayers???
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,821
Heritage Foundation study shows that YOU, the American taxpayer will pay over $6 TRILLION as a result of S.744 if it is passed.

STAND UP NOW...... tell Congress they have an obligation , first and foremost, to support the constitution and to protect and defend LEGAL American citizens !!

As Heritage President Jim DeMint put it yesterday, “Any immigration reform should improve the lives, the incomes, and the opportunities” of those who are lawfully in America.


user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,830
This is priceless..... a short video pointing out the folly of S 744..... the "gang of eight' immigration bill...... using home ownership as a comparison.

Share with all...... especially your legislators who don't seem to 'get it"!!­

Team Obama (including RINO's) are moving forward with S 744. Contact your Senators now to stop this bill. It just keeps getting bigger, longer, and more complicated and does little to protect American citizens!!­
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,870
Senate immigration bill will 'collapse' U.S. occupations - See more at: http://www.onenewsnow...­

NumbersUSA Urgent Action CALLS NEEDED --
Sen. Maj. Ldr. Harry Reid to Hold Initial Amnesty Vote Next Monday

All signs indicate that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring the Gang of Eight's Amnesty bill ( S.744) to the floor on Monday, June 10th. The first vote will be a motion to proceed, which will allow the Senate to begin debate of the bill. The bill's sponsors need 60 votes to begin debate.

Sen. Landrieu may be the deciding vote next Monday. Call and tell her to vote against the motion to proceed.
Call your Senator TODAY

Calling is easy! Use the toll-free number below that will connect you directly to Senator Landrieu's DC office. When the staffer answers, tell him/her that you want the Senator to vote against the motion to proceed on S 744.


TO CONTACT OTHER SENATORS: U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

**** Scroll up for more information on this bill

user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,874
This immigration bill is a disaster ........

The Gang of Eight bill doesn’t make any pretense of securing the border first. S.744 gives us only promises, promises and pie-in-the-sky plans but no reason to believe any of them because all our government’s promises about border security, implementation of an entry-exit system, and workplace verification of employee identity have been repeatedly and flagrantly broken. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on us.

The Gang of Eight bill allows the Obama Administration to decide which laws to enforce. Every S.744 provision allows Obama bureaucrats to issue waivers to avoid enforcement, a wrinkle that fits perfectly with Obama’s governing style, i.e., rule by executive-branch regulations instead of by constitutional legislation.

Continue to contact your Senators in Washington. (I have also emailed Sen Rubio who has been a BIG disappointment to me in these negotiations !!)
This bill is another 1,000 page "comprehensive nightmare" (much like Obamacare, Financial Reform, etc etc) The LAST thing we need is to give more power to DHS and other bureaucrats in picking "winners and losers" in this country!!!
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,881
Amnesty Vote Tuesday Call Senators!

Take Action! SAY "NO" TO S. 744>>>> ALERT FROM EAGLE FORUM.......

June 10, 2013

Harry Reid filed a Motion to Proceed on S. 744, the Chuck Schumer — Marco Rubio Amnesty bill. This means there will be votes on the bill on Tuesday afternoon. Your Senators need to hear that you expect them to vote NO on every vote related to this bill! That includes all cloture votes. Cloture votes are the motions to end debate, and they require a 60-vote threshold, so those are the only votes conservatives can win.

This bill got worse, not better through the Committee process, and the bill is so bad that no amendments can save it. Tell your Senators you expect them to vote NO on this bill at every turn!

Our activists report that they are hearing cop-outs from Senators defending their support for the bill such as, “Our immigration system is broken and something needs to be done.” The system is broken, but this bill does not provide real solutions. This bill does more harm than good and only succeeds in making payoffs to special interests that make the problem worse. We need you to tell your Senators that passing this bill is worse than doing nothing!

S. 744 was drafted by eight Senators behind closed doors with little more than one day’s worth of marathon hearings on the many aspects of this sweeping legislation. Only well-funded unions, corporations and special interests were allowed behind the Gang of 8’s closed doors, and the 1,000 + page bill is full of cleverly disguised payoffs to those interests. Direct stakeholders, like immigration enforcement employees, legal immigrants and jobless Americans were excluded from the process.

Even if the broken promises on border security are addressed, S. 744 contains too many other fatal flaws to be fixable. Several Senators will introduce amendments they claim will fix the border security but those amendments are wholly inadequate to truly secure the borders, and they do not touch other problems with the bill, like the fact that it guts interior enforcement. Do not allow your Senators to get away with saying that this bill can be improved through amendments, it simply cannot!

Several of the bill’s flaws are addressed in the excellent Dear Colleague letter signed by Senators Cruz, Grassley, Lee and Sessions, including the fact that the bill:

Provides immediate legalization without securing the border
Rewards criminal aliens, absconders and deportees and undermines law enforcement.
Contains extremely dangerous national security loopholes.
Facilitates fraud in our immigration system.
Creates no real penalties for illegal immigrants and rewards them with entitlements.
Delays for years the implementation of E-Verify
Does not fix our legal immigration system
Advanced through a process predicated on a deal struck before mark-up.
Rewards those who have broken our laws by offering a special path to citizenship.

Additionally, the bill thoroughly guts interior enforcement of immigration laws, and like ObamaCare, S. 744 grants enormous power and discretion to the Secretary of Homeland Security, who has a well-established policy of NOT enforcing immigration laws and of legalizing as many people as possible. Gang of 8 members say we need this bill because we currently have de facto amnesty, but this bill simply codifies amnesty, empowers the Secretary of Homeland Security to continue the policy of inaction, and relaxes the already-enacted laws that are not being enforced.

The bill weakens control on asylum seekers, even in the wake of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, which was perpetuated by foreigners who were granted asylum in the United States.

S. 744 also outsources the job of guiding aliens through the amnesty process to ACORN-like, liberal community organizer groups.

Finally, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation conservatively estimates that the amnesty portion of the bill alone will cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion, and reports indicate the bill will flood 33 million people into the country over the next 10 years to compete in an already difficult job market and untold numbers of temporary workers. S. 744 creates extravagant new programs, and because the authors of the bill declared that these programs are “emergency spending,” they are exempted from the “pay as you go” requirement.

Even worse, S. 744 combined with ObamaCare will make newly amnestied aliens more attractive to employers than American citizens or legal immigrants, since employers will not have to pay ObamaCare penalties for newly amnestied illegal aliens, because they are not eligible for ObamaCare.

This bill is unjust and harmful on so many levels. We need you to call your Senators and tell them to reject the Schumer-Rubio Amnesty bill because it only makes the broken immigration system worse.

Take action!

Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 3,883
The motion to proceed on S. 744, the Immigration bill has PASSED the Senate with only 15 Senators voting "NO".... including Sen Vitter!!!

How they voted:­

Now debate begins on this 1,000 page bill.
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