Update March 31st: Rubio tells Gang of the other Seven—not so fast—as they aim to get a bill written to coincide with this march on DC (here).
Time for action is now!
Here is the latest news from HuffPo about the rally for “comprehensive immigration reform/aka amnesty” scheduled for April 10th at the the US Capitol. Open borders advocates think this is the best chance they have ever had since the 1986 amnesty to get this done. Note that CASA de Maryland is among the lead organizers along with the SEIU!
The Huffington Post (Franklin Garcia) reports on the pro-amnesty rally plans:
On April 10th, 2013 an immigration reform rally will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.. The rally/march organized by a number of local and national organizations, including CARECEN, Casa de Maryland and the SEIU, is another effort by pro-immigrant groups to call attention to the need to address the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Many of the organizers believe that now is the time to push for bipartisan legislation that addresses the outdated immigration laws in the U.S.
At an organizers meeting held on March 9 at a community church in Washington, D.C., over 30 volunteers, from different backgrounds, some native born, introduced themselves and stated why they were joining the rally for immigration reform. “We need to get people out that day and send a clear message to the president and the U.S. Congress that this time it will be different,” said organizer Ana Negoescu, Director of Education and Advocacy at CARECEN, one of the key partners organizing the rally.
Gang of Eight gives them hope, but if you’ve been following the news, Senator Marco Rubio could potentially back out of the deal and some believe that could kill it altogether. (Be sure to open and read this!)
Huffington Post continues:
On January 28, 2013, a bi-partisan group of eight Senators that include four Democrats: Chuck Schumer (NY), Dick Durbin (IL), Bob Menendez (NJ), Michael Bennet (CO), and four Republicans: John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Marco Rubio (FL) and Jeff Flake (AZ), announced principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). This new proposal will include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S., it will focus on reducing current visa backlogs, and it will address university immigrant graduates with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math, also known as the STEM fields, amongst other benefits. These provisions, combined with tougher border security and improved employment verification programs, will lead the conversation on immigration reform this time.
But many are quick to criticize this new effort, and some members of Congress, like House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, oppose a pathway to citizenship. Others opposing immigration reform use the argument that an amnesty program legalizing 11 million people will have the same consequences we saw in 1986 when 2.7 million benefited.
The other side argues that it is no surprise that the biggest opponents of immigration reform, and particularly any immigration reform that leads to citizenship, happen to be Republicans. At the 2013 CPAC annual meeting, a conservative conference held in Washington, D.C. this year, a key speaker, Donald Trump, said that if given citizenship, every undocumented person will become a Democrat, and liken immigration reform that leads to citizenship, a “suicide mission” for Republicans. It is this fear of a shirking [shrinking?] Republican Party that is driving many Congressional Republicans on immigration reform.
NumbersUSA Action Plan
If you are among the majority of Americans who do not want to see amnesty for 11 million plus illegal aliens who will be voting for Democrats once they are granted amnesty (they won’t even wait to become official citizens), get involved now! Let’s do what we did five years ago when the grassroots rose up in opposition to a similar plan and killed it!
1. We’ll visit local congressional offices.
Over the next three weeks, we will send our members to visit the local, district offices of every member of Congress.
These visits will demonstrate one huge difference between the opposition and us. THEY’VE got millions of bucks and rented buses. They can turn out a giant crowd to wave flags and shout slogans.
What WE have is voters.
Over a million and a half voters are members of NumbersUSA. These people are U.S. citizens. And they vote. In every election. They are all politically involved.
2. By Sunday, April 7, we’ll send one million faxes.
Between now and then, we’ll need our members to fax their Members of Congress and sign our new petitions to Congress and the President to Stop Amnesty and get busy on upping enforcement.
Even after you send your faxes, keep a watch out for further updates. We expect Congress to introduce the Gang of Eight’s amnesty some time close to the rally. The bill will legalize most of the 11 to 19 million illegal aliens. It will give eventual citizenship, including voting rights. And it would give them access to trillions of dollars of benefits (such as medicare, food stamps and social security).
3. On April 8-9, we’ll make 30,000 phone calls.
NumbersUSA’s 2007 phone campaign is the stuff of Washington, D.C. legend. Our members completely shut down the Capitol’s phone lines. But senators like Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) are telling their colleagues that those days have past. We’re going to prove them wrong. This time, we’ve increased our goal by thousands!
4. On April 10, catch the webcast from the Mall.
Thousands of chartered buses roll into Washington. We will have continuous streaming reporting from the National Mall, covering the protest on the home page of NumbersUSA all day long. We ask that you STAY GLUED. NumbersUSA will be televised to your computer screen all day long. So turn up your speakers, gather round your neighbors, and take in our unique coverage.
We are embedding our video reporters right into the crowd at the protest. And once again, Despite being physically attacked last time, NumbersUSA president Roy Beck will debate any and all comers at the protest who want to discuss immigration numbers, amnesty, the future of America, and other issues. You will see and hear this on your computer. All day long, you’ll be able to participate by typing in your comments and questions on the home page. Comments and questions will be read and responded to.
Of course, NumbersUSA will need some funding to pull all this off, so visit their website, here, and consider making a donation. Register to become a member and receive action alerts.
If you don’t know about NumbersUSA watch this 10 minute youtube clip in which Roy Beck gives you immigration by the numbers and what those numbers mean for America’s future.
Update: Senator Jeff Sessions has this good piece at NRO yesterday, hat tip Judy, questioning why we need more low-skilled laborers when we have such high unemployment.