Ed Royce, John Campbell End Summer Recess from Congress with Immigration-Reform Call

Ed Royce
While you're starting early on a long holiday weekend, some Orange County progressive types are rallying outside an event this morning featuring Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), then the office of Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) Saturday morning and then Royce's office that afternoon. Organizing for Action volunteers from Orange County (OFA OC) say they want end August by letting these congressmen known comprehensive immigration reform is right for America.

"Comprehensive immigration reform is important to the business community, to families as well as to the economy, and OFA OC volunteers remind local representatives how important an immigration bill is to their constituents," reads a statement announcing the "grass-roots" activism.

They point to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reporting that the Senate immigration bill would cut the deficit by $820 billion over 20 years and add 5.4 percent to GDP.

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John Campbell
The Orange County group will press their message outside the Fullerton Marriott, 2701 E. Nutwood Ave., where Royce is scheduled to attend an "Insider's Breakfast" hosted by the Fullerton and Brea Chambers of Commerce from 8 to 9 this morning.

On Saturday, they intend to rally outside Campbell's office at the corner of Pacifica and Fortune near the Irvine Spectrum from 10-11 a.m.

Then it's back to make some noise for Royce again outside his office at 210 W. Birch St., Brea.

OFA OC wants the congressmen to take up immigration reform when they return to Washington after the summer recess. For more information, they suggest you visit barackobama.com.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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obmedh
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Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#3: Misallocation of Resources: Under the Schumer-Hoeven-Corker Amendment, the so-called “border surge” amendment, approximately 38,405 Border Patrol agents will be deployed, maintained, and stationed along the Southwest border. Billions are appropriated to back up this amendment.  However, all the front line ICE agents who have looked at the senate plan, agree that it is total overkill and that manpower on the border is not lacking. What we need at the border is a better fence and more electronic surveillance cameras, motion sensors and drones. None of these one-time capital investments is very expensive. If we have more money, it should go to implement and beef up the entry/exit visa system and also to implement e-verify and the interior enforcement system. Instead of more border agents, what we need are more officers to audit employers and to make sure those who hire illegals are severely punished. The "border surge" of the senate bill is just a big show that is only meant to impress gullible voters who don't understand what is really needed to maintain an honest labor market. What is needed is an "interior enforcement surge"



obmedh
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Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#2: Legalization Before Border Security: Six months from the senate bill’s enactment, the Secretary of Homeland Security must submit a border security plan. Upon mere submission of this plan, unlawful immigrants will begin receiving what is called “registered provisional status (RPI). This status is very valuable and includes a full and irrevocable pardon of all past offenses against the united states, legal status to live and travel freely and also a work permit for any sort of employment including in law enforcement and the legal system. These benefits are granted by the DHS, BEFORE the border security plan is deployed, BEFORE the border fence and electronic verification system have been implemented, BEFORE the exit system is being used, and BEFORE the 38,405 Border Patrol agents have been deployed on the Southwest border. This means that nothing has to be actually completed and accomplished before the illegals are given irrevocable amnesty. Essentially, the deal is cleverly structured so that the amnesty is done for sure, but all the promises about border security and workplace enforcement are subject to the whim and good intensions of president Obama (or whatever other president comes after him). After the debacle of the 1986 amnesty bill are we really going to let ourselves get suckered a second time?


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obmedh


Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#4: The Executive gets a Carte Blanche: Under the Senate bill, wherever enforcement is mentioned, there is a waiver authority delegated to the Secretary of DHS. The senate bill even gives the secretary power to designate "sanctuaries" where no enforcement activity of any kind can take place. The bill even provides for a nationwide enforcement "holiday" of 2.5 years. Essentially this executive "carte blanch" means that the whole of our immigration enforcement effort would operate at the whim of the president and of his political appointees. We have already seen during the last election, that the president was willing to suspend deportation of certain young immigrants and even give them work permits. This was in response to pressure from Latino voters. Continuation of this lawless situation throws everything about the senate immigration bill into doubt. What good is the proposed E-verify system, if the president can simply refuse to prosecute employers who fail to use this system? 



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Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

 #5: Won’t End Illegal Immigration: Despite all the money being spent to secure our porous borders, the Congressional Budget Office has said that the senate's immigration bill will only reduce illegal immigration by one-third to one-half. This is mainly because too much is spent at the border and not enough resources are allocated to E-verify and enforcement against employers who hire illegals. If we are going to grant a pardon to the current batch of illegals and give then work permits, then the continuation of illegal immigration means we will shortly be right back in the same hole we are currently in. Are we doing to give the next crop of illegals a amnesty also? And the next, and the next after that? At what point do we finally decide to have some integrity and enforce the law?




obmedh
obmedh




Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#7: Endangers Our Communities: Under the Senate immigration bill, the Secretary of DHS is provided with broad authority to give provisional legal status even to aliens who have multiple arrests for serious criminal conduct. This includes persons with gang affiliations, felony arrests, and multiple misdemeanor convictions. The bill also allows the Secretary to waive background checks completely. The bill also allows criminal immigrants to keep legal status even after committing new criminal offenses. Finally, current law requires certain dangerous immigrants who are in the process of being deported to be detained in order to protect the American people. However, the Senate bill undermines this commonsense requirement and instead allows these criminal aliens to be released back onto our streets, with only light parole supervision. 


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Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill  

#8: The Bill rewards criminality: The median income in the united states exceeds the median income in Mexico by about $30,000/yr. This is the motivating gain that drives people to commit acts of illegal migration. Logically, to act as a meaningful deterrent, the penalty imposed on illegal migrants must negate the motivating gain. Contrary to this common sense principal, the senate bill offers migrants a full pardon and legal status upon payment of only $500. Even this small fine can be waved by the secretary of DHS. Clearly therefore, the senate bill is no more than a full amnesty and the proposed restitution is nothing but a symbolic fig leaf that fools nobody. To escape classification as an Amnesty, the fine under the senate bill should be increased to approximately $50,000 and furthermore payment in full should be mandatory. In hardship cases the Secretary of DHS could offer migrants a loan for the amount of their fine. Payments on this obligation could be collected by mandatory payroll deduction, much as with the treatment of delinquent student loans.


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obmedh


Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill 

#10: Greatly increases legal immigration: Over the past decade the average total rate of immigration via green cards has been steady at a little over 1.1 million a year. As a result the Washington post reports that the percent of immigrants in the american population (13.8%) is now the highest ever recorded. It even exceeds the peak level reached during the great European migration of the 1800's. A recent Gallup poll of all voters indicates that only 23% would favor increasing immigration above present levels. Thus more then 3 out of 4 voters favor either reducing immigration or else keeping it constant. Despite this overwhelming public sentiment, the sponsors of the senate bill make no effort to cap immigration. Instead, The CBO reports that all the new visas and policy choices in the bill will actually cause a doubling of legal immigration. How can this be a good thing for american workers when 12 million are unemployed and more then 8 million more are stuck in unsatisfactory part time jobs? How can it be good when, in real terms after inflation, the median wage of an american worker is lower today than it was back in 1968! Wages have stagnated for 45 years and yet the authors of the Senate immigration bill act like we have a labor shortage. Why else would we need to double legal immigration? This is total insanity!


obmedh
obmedh



Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill 

#6: Unfair to Legal Immigrants: The Senate bill creates an entirely new legal mechanism to help illegal immigrants obtain residency and citizenship. On initial application, the illegals will get a pardon for their past crimes, a work permit and legal residency. In exchange they must pay a $500 fine, pay any outstanding tax leans, and satisfy a criminal background check. Next, after ten years, if they decide they want a regular green card and citizenship, they can chose to apply under a special quota available only to them. Meanwhile, more than 4 million foreign nationals who have previously applied for green cards in the usual lawful manner, are denied entry, denied the ability to work in the american market, denied family reunion, and forced to patiently wait in their home countries until their number is called. Millions more have accepted H1A and H2B temporary visas, but would like to stay permanently. How is it morally possible to give the illegal immigrants, who jumped the waiting line and broke the law, a special deal that we don't offer to these millions who are playing by the rules? Every one of them would gladly pay $500 to gain a visa for immediate admission, long term legal status, and a permanent work permit. This whole idea of a special deal for lawbreakers while cheating the people who play by the rules, is immoral and un-american.


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