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Immigration Reform Summit Tomorrow

By June 24, 2009

President Obama and Senator Schumer

After a few false starts, President Obama's much-anticipated immigration reform summit with House and Senate lawmakers is still on track for Thursday. The White House has not released an agenda or list of attendees for tomorrow's meeting, so we don't know if the meeting has a defined goal other than to kick-start comprehensive immigration reform discussions.

We do know where the President stands on the issue. As a reminder, here is a list of President Obama's guiding principles for immigration as listed on the White House website:

President Obama believes that our broken immigration system can only be fixed by putting politics aside and offering a complete solution that secures our border, enforces our laws, and reaffirms our heritage as a nation of immigrants. He believes our immigration policy should be driven by our best judgment of what is in the economic interest of the United States and what is in the best interest of the American worker. President Obama recognizes that an orderly, controlled border and an immigration system designed to meet our economic needs are important pillars of a healthy and robust economy.

Senator Charles Schumer, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security will attend tomorrow's summit and has released his own set of guiding principles. The Senator says that comprehensive immigration reform legislation can be passed this session and as soon as later this year. In a press release, Senator Schumer announced seven principles that he said would for the basis for the legislation he intends to introduce by fall:

  1. Illegal immigration is wrong, and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.
  2. Operational control of our borders--through significant additional increases in infrastructure, technology, and border personnel--must be achieved within a year of enactment of legislation.
  3. A biometric-based employer verification system—with tough enforcement and auditing—is necessary to significantly diminish the job magnet that attracts illegal aliens to the United States and to provide certainty and simplicity for employers.
  4. All illegal aliens present in the United States on the date of enactment of our bill must quickly register their presence with the United States Government—and submit to a rigorous process of converting to legal status and earning a path to citizenship—or face imminent deportation.
  5. Family reunification is a cornerstone value of our immigration system. By dramatically reducing illegal immigration, we can create more room for both family immigration and employment-based immigration.
  6. We must encourage the world’s best and brightest individuals to come to the United States and create the new technologies and businesses that will employ countless American workers, but must discourage businesses from using our immigration laws as a means to obtain temporary and less-expensive foreign labor to replace capable American workers; and finally
  7. We must create a system that converts the current flow of unskilled illegal immigrants into the United States into a more manageable and controlled flow of legal immigrants who can be absorbed by our economy.

President Obama has voiced his commitment to passing immigration reform, but according to the White House, what the President wants and what he ends up getting might be two different things. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is quoted in Roll Call: “I can see the president’s desire for it to happen but understanding that currently where we sit the math makes that real difficult.”

If you haven't already voiced your opinion, tell us about the first thing that you would change about the immigration system.

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June 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(1) StokeyBob says:

I think they should uphold the rule of law and govern by the rules set forth by the United States Constitution, as they swore they would with their oaths of office.

Back in the sixties the government came into the schools and brainwashed us with the idea we needed to control the population because it was rising so fast. They said the roads would become crowded and we would run out of things like water.

They unleashed abortions, birth control pills, and other forms of Family Planning.

To allow the country to be over run with the criminals in businesses illegal labor while the criminals in the government aid and abet the invasion is a travesty against mankind.

They have seen to it our children were killed to control the population at the same time allowing the world to export their population problems here.

What about our sacrifices, many made against our will?

P.S. We still haven’t recovered from the last time the criminals in business were allowed to bring in their slaves.

June 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm
(2) StokeyBob says:

Did you ever wonder where the money for things like the subversion of the world’s immigration laws may come from?

It seems to me as long as we allow people to print up fiat money there will be no place in the world where freedom can flourish.

If the Globalist oppose your efforts, paid for with real hard earned money, all they have to do is fire up the presses and shovel the money to any group that will oppose you.

Not only that but it seems they do it in such a way that the money to achieve THEIR goals is borrowed from them. Then we pay interest to a group outside of our country, like the Federal Reserve, on the creation and borrowing of OUR OWN fiat money.


June 25, 2009 at 5:31 pm
(3) Deport Em says:

We have been through the exercise of amnesty too many times already for politicians to try to pull another scam on Americans. We granted amnesty in 1965 and 1986 and all those did was increase the amount of illegals by millions. Obama is playing payback to LaRaza and their cronies for helping him get elected (AKA Voter fraud). Americans sent a clear message to Congress in 2007 that we did not want amnesty and yet they are trying to force it down our throats again. Please contact your representatives (I like going through Numbers USA) to let them know Americans are against another scam called Amnesty. Oh sorry, I mean Comprehensive Reform. This issue really enraged Americans last time and I see it worse this time, as America has more problems now, especially with Americans unemployed, while illegals are allowed to work and receive OUR stimulus money. Unless our gov’t starts enforcing our immigration laws vigorously and goes after and deports the illegals, then all they are doing is talking out there azz.

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