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In '05, Republican Rep. Ryan Voted For Controversial Immigration Bill

By August 12, 2012

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Newly anointed Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan voted for an immigration bill in 2005 that many Hispanics and immigrant activists describe as perhaps the most oppressive and discriminatory legislation of the last decade.

Sponsored in the House by Ryan's fellow Wisconsin Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the bill would have made immigration violations felonies and given state and local officials immigration enforcement powers. Many illegal immigrants would have been subject to indefinite detention.

The Sensenbrenner bill had a provision that called for criminal charges against people who assisted illegal immigrants. If you ran a soup kitchen, or gave someone a ride, you could have been subject to prosecution. The bill also would have cut federal funding to cities and municipalities that had sanctuary laws protecting undocumented immigrants.

Also, the legislation would have eliminated the government's diversity lottery -- the green card lottery -- which distributes green cards to immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

The bill passed the House 239-182 but died in the Senate. Tea Party members will remember Ryan's yea vote fondly. But Hispanics? Not so much.

Clearly, Mitt Romney believes what the Tea Party thinks is more important than winning Hispanic voters.


August 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm
(1) NorthKoreaNotOnlyOneControllingMedia says:

I love how one sided this Dan Moffett piece is. Pure NYT stuff.

1) Thousands of illegal aliens reenter the USA after being deported every year, so says ICE and HomelandSecurity. When an illegal alien does that, that is a felony.

2) If the Supremacy Clause allegedly states that Arizona should not have SB1070, then why should ANY city in the USA be permitted to usurp Federal Immigration Control with Sanctuary City ordinances?

Sanctuary cities should NOT be permitted, in accordance with the SAME Supremacy Clause.

3) Aiding and abetting someone violating Federal Law, like Bank Robbery, is illegal and stopped by both LOCAL law enforcement, as well as Federal Law enforcement. If a foreign national respects the USA, then obey USA immigration law. If a legal permanent resident or citizen of the USA decides to aid or abet a foreign national breaking USA Federal Law, those LPRs and citizens should be held accountable for breaking Federal Law.

4) Bottom line, there are over 100 ethnicities in the USA. This is not the United Latinos of America, this is the United States of America. Time for Latinos to remember that they are among MANY ethnic groups from many continents and nations around the world. Latinos should NOT behave like a sect, determined to put forth their sectarian anarchy, no matter what the other ethnic groups in the USA believe.

We are a law and order society, neither occurs without enforcement. Putting your hands over your eyes and ears, like Obama’s DHS is doing, is NOT enforcement.

August 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(2) LEvARR says:

Great comment! I believe that that’s what makes us unique as Americans is the fact that, though our ethnic origins and appearances may be different , we still can refer to ourselves as Americans.

What’s funny is how anytime anyone is in favor of immigration laws bieng enforced they are labled as racist by these advocacy groups. Isn’t it racist to want the government to make special concessions for people who look like and talk like you but are not American citizens and did not bother to follow the law by entering the country correctly? I am black and I dont like being labled an African American because 1) I’ve never been to Africa and 2) I have no desire for DHS or ICE to not enforce the immigration laws in cases involving citizens of African nations. I am an American.
Also, my wife is Moldovan and she entered this nation legally and we are going file the proper paperwork for her to remain in this country legally. This will cost about $1500 to complete. Are the illegal aliens who qualify for the Obama Dream Act going to have to pay $1500 for this new form of relief they will recieve?

August 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm
(3) Dave Francis says:

And when Congressional inquiries come from evidentiary hearings–his Department of Justice just disregarded the subpoenas. When Obama and his allies wanted to augment their agenda to take away your Second Amendment right to bear arms? They handed guns to known criminals and cartels, in the “fast and Furious” Outrage. The American people have been heavily duped, with con-games such as the numbers associated with the “Dream Act”. How many more foreign nationals will arrive here, encouraged by Obama’s ‘Backdoor’ amnesty. How much fraud will be overlooked by the Democratic administration, canvassing for votes legal and illegal? Nothing is sacred anymore, including honest and fair voting? Using any rhetoric they can, such as voter suppression or the race card in desperation, the Justice Department is once again suing or intimidating states that are trying to protect the electoral cycle from fraudulent voting? This is not a knee jerk reaction, but solid evidence of non citizens voting. Whatever the issue, all can be resolved by the TEA PARTY. You can join the local or central TEA PARTY and help to resuscitate America.

I am not one to be paranoid—but read about concealed and gagged information on Barack Obama, because there are a lot of inconsistencies in his citizenship background. Read and decide for yourself. Personally, I don’t know what to think anymore of whether he had the right to become President. There is substantial evidence that you must judge for yourself at TEA PARTY DOT ORG.

No copyright. Spread to every prudent American.

August 24, 2012 at 4:03 am
(4) Shake Weight Work says:

I enjoyed your post and definitely one of the more unique ones that I have read in a while.

August 24, 2012 at 4:04 am
(5) Shake Weight Work says:

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