Grassley Warns: Immigration Bill With ‘Amnesty’ Has Little Chance

Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Yesterday, reports emerged that liberal Democrats won’t push too hard to assist illegal immigrants under health care reform as long as the White House commits this year to separate immigration reform complete with a plan to provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country. Today, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a warning: In this political and economic environment, an “amnesty” provision stands little chance of passing through Congress.

“If people are insistent upon amnesty,” Grassley told local reporters, “whether it’s a general immigration reform bill or whether it is just an agriculture bill for guest workers, I think it’s going to be very difficult to get it passed. … I don’t see how you can in this environment, where we have a recession. Even though there may be workers needed in a certain aspect of the U.S. economy, it’s pretty difficult to bring up even a narrowly drafted one as long as the issue of amnesty is part of it.”

He might have added, “in this environment, where we have looming elections.”



Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 2:53 pm


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Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

Can Americans and permanent residents conceivably imagine, that before President Obama signs into law this Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Millions of desperate people will try and cross the border fence? This is just as they did when President Ronald Reagan occupied the same Oval Office in 1986? Under the authorship of Senator Ted Kennedy, the number of illegal immigrants ready to be processed, instantly accelerated in numbers as they came out of the woodwork. After a promise of NO MORE AMNESTIES–after the Simpson/Mozzoli bill was pending, the obsolete Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was suddenly overwhelmed by unknown numbers of illegal aliens, who fraudulently adjusted their status to legal immigrant through bogus documentation.

The law stated you had to have resided on US soil for five years and able to prove it? Simple counterfeit documents were produced attesting to being in the country for that period. Once processed Millions deserted the agricultural jobs and spilled into the legitimate American labor force. Then the deluge of family members wanted to come and now America has not only become the land of fraudulent opportunity, but insipid politicians have allowed free access to American's education, health care and outlandish welfare dollars estimated in the hundreds of billions each year. Now the lawmakers have suckled though gross negligence on poor enforcing the border, to just complete and utter indifference to the American worker. This almost instantaneous infusion of discount labor, lowered wages and other benefits for the populace, producing unfair competition in employment for black, white, brown labor on the minimum wage scale. Its outrageous that roofing companies, dry wall, framers and every conceivable construction, entertainment and service industry have capitalized on illegal workers, taking away from legitimate businesses their ability to compete for bids.

This unsustainable greed cannot last much longer as wages fall and benefits are extinguished by the ruthless use of illegal labor. E-Verify, the local police 287 (g) with the power to arrest, didn't exist prior to President Bush introduction to the job market. From its inception E-Verify to stem illegal aliens from stealing jobs from millions of legitimized workers as part of the progressive SAVE ACT. Free trade under the NAFTA treaty became an abomination, as it deposed indigenous farmers from their income lands South of the border, thanks to US agricultural corporations. They needed to feed their families, so in their desperation they came looking for work in the United States. This catch 22 situation has appropriated lands in Mexico for US agricultural interests, at the same time forcing millions striving to reach this nation. As the Obama administration considers CIR, the numbers of illegal immigrants will rise in apportionment to the new AMNESTY law being to be enacted.

It might seem meaningless now, but if the rush to the border comes, as its been said by blogger's like me and even the press, whom normally have their fingers in their ears. That–NOTHING–will–STOP–the onslaught. The US Border Patrol needs to be enforced with the National Guard, because the numbers who try to force a way into America will freeze the brain. OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN CRIPPLED BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND WILL CONTINUE TOO, BECAUSE OF POOR ENFORCEMENT. THE NUMBERS OF 12 TO 13 MILLION ALREADY HERE, DOESN'T ADD UP?

Those who have urged President Obama to enact this nonsensical AMNESTY, will be out-of-office, in the 2010 election year. Sen.Harry Reid (D-NV) leading the pack of wolves, will be the first to end up on the political funeral pyre. Those who come here from South of border and the very tip of South America, will enter with contagious diseases, criminal records and may be even terrorists. Those who slip across the Canadian border or through lengthy tourist lines at airport terminals could also be carriers of many viruses, not seen in America for fifty years.

All these millions of extra mouths to feed, will overload the government entitlement system and our crammed prisons. For many Americans this use of illegal labor and the consequences of Overpopulation seems the least of their worries, in this devastated economy. Perhaps it seems foolish to expect patriotic Americans to make their voices known, but if we do not stop this AMNESTY. We will be committing financial suicide for every legitimate person in this country, for every low skilled, unskilled US worker. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your Senator and Congressman and use the voting power of THE PEOPLE. NUMBERSUSA AND JUDICIAL WATCH for more enlightening information about this ultra serious concern.

Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

Republican should realize that they were voted out of office and their influence is minimal. If democrats want to offer amnesty, it will go through.

Julie b
Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

Wages cut in half, food prices sky high, 18% of American can not find full time jobs.

Thank you Mr Grassley for this bit of “return to sanity”. I am beginning to think that the Obama Administration is out to destroy the middle class and have us all; begging at the food banks. I was against the health care bill until I realized that we all will end up living on Gov't handouts anyway.
What has happened to our once proud nation?

Julie b
Comment posted January 5, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

They are trying to bring America to her knee's and it is working. I hope they have enough welfare, food stamps and free health care for those of us losing our jobs.

America has become a very sad place.

Comment posted January 6, 2010 @ 11:46 am

Let the Lib's give amnesty, it will be the breaking point that starts a rather should I say……the next American revolution.
Then it will be an interesting time for both parties’. To either stand with and for the people of this country or for a voting minority

Comment posted January 6, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

Let the Lib's give amnesty, it will be the breaking point that starts a rather should I say……the next American revolution.
Then it will be an interesting time for both parties’. To either stand with and for the people of this country or for a voting minority

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