The Senate immigration bill is fundamentally flawed and unworkable – that's why I am opposed to this massive 1,000-page bill. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I have many concerns about this bill, but here are the top 10 takeaways from the Senate bill:
1: Unconstitutional: The Senate immigration bill is a revenue-raising bill, which makes it unconstitutional. Specifically, the bill contains a wide range of effects on federal revenues, including changes in collections of income and payroll taxes, certain visa fees that are classified as revenues, and various fines and penalties. Language in the U.S. Constitution requires any bill that raises revenue, also known as a tax, must originate in the House of Representatives, not the Senate.
2: Legalization Before Border Security: Under the Senate immigration bill, no border security plan has to be implemented before unlawful immigrants receive a legal status and there are no assurances that the border has to be secure. Specifically, six months from the Senate bill's enactment, the Secretary of Homeland Security must submit a border security plan. Once this plan is submitted-meaning that the border does not have to be secure-unlawful immigrants can then apply for legal status, which is called "registered provisional status (RPI)." Adjustment from RPI status to Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status can begin when the border security plan is deployed, the border fence and electronic verification system have been implemented, the exit system is being used, and roughly 38,400 Border Patrol agents have been deployed on the Southwest border. However, the Secretary of Homeland Security can ignore these requirements after ten years of litigation or a Supreme Court ruling has prevented these triggers from being implemented. more >>
In an effort to push comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), will initiate a 40-day fast with the faith-filled hope that Congress will pass the long-awaited reform bill by the end of this year that could legalize 11 million immigrants.
"In the spirit of Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other leaders who have acted on the moral imperative to do justice, as well as our ultimate example found in Jesus, I likewise sense an urgent conviction to engage in the spiritual exercise that in my faith narrative produces great results," said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez will begin his fast on Nov. 4 and is urging others to join in on the commitment that he is willing to extend beyond 40 days until the proposed legislation gets passed. For a while now, Rodriguez and other NHCLC leaders have been actively engaged in pushing along immigration efforts while succeeding in garnering the massive support of the Evangelical Christian community. more >>
Most Americans believe that the United States of America is an exceptional country. The "borders test" proves that people are coming to America, not fleeing from America to exit to other countries.
Republicans and conservatives recognize that the principal reason for our unique abundance is our constitutional restraints on the power of government, separation of powers, balanced budgets, and a minimum of government supervision and interference in our daily lives. America offers a remarkable opportunity for foreigners; no matter what socioeconomic rank they were assigned in their native country.
Most of the millions of immigrants we have welcomed came from countries where the only government they knew was one that made all decisions about economic and social policy. The current level of legal immigration to America adds thousands of people every day whose views and experience are contrary to the conservative value of limited government. more >>
WASHINGTON – A leader in the largest Protestant denomination in the United States has stated at a conservative event Tuesday that drew over 600 leaders to lobby for immigration reform that their effort is "really close" to coming to fruition.
Dr. Barrett Duke, vice president for Public Policy and Research at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told The Christian Post at the event titled "Americans for Reform: Immigration Reform for our Economy, Faith and Security", which was held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hall of Flags room, that reform was near. "They passed five bills out of committee already. They still need floor votes on those. Leadership, House leadership, has already said they want to get this done; they're working on a couple more bills in the House," said Duke.
"So they've done most of the really heavy lifting on this already. It wouldn't take much more than simply scheduling a floor vote." more >>
Big names in big businesses are lobbying for immigration reform in Washington, D.C., including Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, and Rupert Murdoch. But political strategists disagree about the motivation behind the money.
"Backing the push for comprehensive reform is an array of deep-pocketed special interests from an ostensibly diverse range of ideological perspectives, including the Chamber of Commerce, Rupert Murdoch, the Koch brothers, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, the AFL-CIO, the National Council of La Raza, and others," writes National Review's Andrew Stiles. Stiles added that Facebook Founder Zuckerberg announced plans to spend $50 million.
Dan Holler, communications director for Heritage Action for America, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday that, "All the money is on the pro-amnesty side and certainly big business is behind bankrolling that." Holler did not speculate as to why these interests are supporting what he deems "amnesty," but at a Heritage Foundation briefing on Wednesday, a conservative pundit said big businesses want "amnesty" in order to get Democrats – the party of big business and big government – elected. more >>
There is no issue facing our nation today that demands righteousness and justice more than the total reform of our immigration system. Hispanic Christians are dedicated to both and I am willing to predict that the immigration debate will be revived on their behalf.
Despite the fact that most of the mainstream media is reporting that immigration reform is dead in this Congress, as vice president of governmental affairs for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, I know that immigration reform is both alive and well. I am certain that the prospects for a conservative, thoughtful, and most importantly moral, step-by-step series of bills to emerge on the House floor before the end of October – and certainly before the November Thanksgiving recess – are quite likely.
These bills will be both righteous and just. They will be rigorous, detail oriented, and most importantly effective. more >>