CNN: Four GOP Senators Negotiate Amnesty With Democrats

by NEIL MUNRO15 Dec 2017

A group of four business-first GOP Senators is meeting with Democrats to negotiate an amnesty for illegals which would trash President Donald Trump’s pro-American immigration principles.

According to CNN:

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, hosted a meeting of the Senate negotiators on Thursday afternoon, including Republicans Lindsey Graham, James Lankford, Cory Gardner, Jeff Flake and staff from Sen. Thom Tillis. But all exiting the meeting said while negotiations progressed, no break-throughs have been reached yet. And while some wouldn’t rule it out as a possibility, none expressed much optimism it could be done by the end of the year.

“It’s starting to take form, but we’re still negotiating,” Durbin said …

“What we’re trying to do is figure out where we have common ground there,” Tillis said. “But we’ll be reaching a point pretty soon to where we have to have a discussion about chain migration, which is very important, the President’s told us, and border security and other things. I would say when we talk about ‘we’re close to an agreement,’ we’re only talking about one half of the broader agreement, so maybe we’re a third of the way there.”

The CNN article also notes that Democratic legislators are admitting that they are not going to get the GOP’s agreement to extended the DACA amnesty for 690,000 illegals, or pass the DREAM Act for 3 million illegals.

Lankford is working with Tillis to promote their SUCCEED Act and has welcomed illegal immigrants as a benefit for companies.

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Colorado GOP Sen. Gardner is trying to keep a low profile in the amnesty talks.

Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski is expected to work with Durbin on an amnesty, amid calls from home-state employers for a greater supply of workers.

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The rival GOP immigration proposal — dubbed the SECURE Act — is being led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, in cooperation with Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Majority Lader Sen. Mitch McConnell. The GOP proposal includes some of President Trump’s immigration priorities.

An early draft of the SECURE Act would raise Americans’ wages by ending chain-migration and the visa lottery.

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However, some of the Senators in Grassley’s group want to change their draft proposal, for example, by delaying the end of chain-migration.

The SECURE Act also does not mandate all companies use the E-Verify system to verify that prospective hires are not illegals. That omission gives tacit approval for many companies to continue hiring wage-lowering illegal immigrants.

Legislators may try to combine the proposals in January or February.

House leaders have given little indication about how they will deal with the immigration issue in January and February.

Many polls show that the Democrats’ calls for amnesty are unpopular because they contradict Americans’ sense of fairness to other Americans.

Business groups and Democrats embrace the misleading, industry-funded “nation of immigrants” polls which pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants. The alternative “fairness” polls show that voters put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors, and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy.

The political power of the voters’ fairness priorities was made clear during the GOP primaries and again in November 2016. This year, groups such as FAIR and Americans for Legal Immigration PAC have deterred many business-first GOP politicians from openly supporting an amnesty.

Multiple polls show the public is strongly opposed to the Democrats’  threat to shut down the government if they do not get their DREAM Act amnesty by Christmas for 3 million illegals.

Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

The Washington-imposed economic policy of mass-immigration floods the market with foreign laborspikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.

The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.

Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.

Wealthy CEOs Lecture Americans To Show ‘Courage’ by Submitting to Diversity and Amnesty

by NEIL MUNRO 14 Dec 2017

Americans should have the courage to ignore their written laws, to amnesty DACA illegals and accept an open-borders world, says an op-ed by two wealthy CEOs who stand to gain more wealth in a labor market flooded by low-wage migrants.

The op-ed by Tim Cook (CEO of Apple, wealth $800 million and growing) and Charles Koch (Koch Industries, $49 billion and growing) was posted in the Washington Postnewspaper owned by Jeff Bezos (owner of Amazon, $98 billion and growing). Under the headline “Congress must act on the ‘dreamers,’” it declared:

We must do better. The United States is at its best when all people are free to pursue their dreams. Our country has enjoyed unparalleled success by welcoming people from around the world who seek to make a better life for themselves and their families, no matter what their backgrounds … each successive generation — including, today, our own — must show the courage to embrace that diversity and to do what is right.

For the Union-breaking billionaires, the 690,000 illegal immigrants are not the migrant citizens of a foreign country; they are “our neighbors, colleagues and friends.”

Moreover, the law demands that the immigration laws must be subordinated to a former president’s campaign-trail promise, regardless of the voters’ opinions, the billionaires declare:

Another foundation of our country’s success is our consistent and equal application of the law. In a free nation, individuals must be able to trust that when our government makes a promise, it is kept. Having laws that are reliable is what gives people the confidence to plan their futures and to invest in their businesses, their communities and themselves.

The United States should not hold hard-working, patriotic people hostage to the debate over immigration — or, worse, expel them because we have yet to resolve a complex national argument.

The illegals “have done their part,” so Americans have a moral obligation to submit, the billionaires insist to their non-billionaire readers:

Dreamers are doing their part. They have shown great faith in the United States by coming forward, subjecting themselves to background checks, and submitting personal and biometric data. Now, the rest of us need to do our part. Congress should act quickly, ideally before year’s end, to ensure that these decent people can work and stay and dream in the United States.

In fact, the illegals are vital to the economy, says the op-ed, which ignores the contributions made by Americans and their children, and the fact that a huge number of Americans don’t even have $400 in their savings accounts:

No society can truly flourish when a significant portion of its people feel threatened or unable to fulfill their potential. Nor can it prosper by excluding those who want to make positive contributions. This isn’t just a noble principle; it’s a basic fact, borne out through our national history.

Koch and Cook seem to be unaware of a recent admission by the Migration Policy Institute that DACA illegals graduate from college at one-quarter the rate of Americans. But they likely know that the Congressional Budget Office reported in 2014 that the proposed ‘Gang of Eight” amnesty would have shifted a huge amount of income from wage-earners to wealthy investors over 20 years, simply because more amnesty means more cheap workers and more welfare-aided customers.

Voters tend to think that lower wages are bad for them and their kids. The Atlantic.com reported in 2016:

The [Federal Reserve Board] asked respondents how they would pay for a $400 emergency. The answer: 47 percent of respondents said that either they would cover the expense by borrowing or selling something, or they would not be able to come up with the $400 at all. Four hundred dollars! Who knew?

Well, I knew. I knew because I am in that 47 percent.

I know what it is like to have to juggle creditors to make it through a week. I know what it is like to have to swallow my pride and constantly dun people to pay me so that I can pay others. I know what it is like to have liens slapped on me and to have my bank account levied by creditors. I know what it is like to be down to my last $5—literally—while I wait for a paycheck to arrive, and I know what it is like to subsist for days on a diet of eggs

In contrast, President Donald Trump was elected in 2016 to curb migration and to help ordinary Americans. His immigration priorities are listed here.

Many polls show that the Democrats’ calls for amnesty are unpopular because they contradict Americans’ sense of fairness to other Americans.

Business groups and Democrats embrace the misleading, industry-funded “nation of immigrants” polls which pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants. The alternative “fairness” polls show that voters put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors, and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy. The political power of the voters’ fairness priorities was made clear during the GOP primaries and again in November 2016.

Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting 1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

The Washington-imposed economic policy of mass-immigration floods the market with foreign laborspikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.

The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration.

Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.

Read it all here.

CNN in Hot Water Over Erroneous Trump-WikiLeaks Story

On Friday, CNN claimed that the Trump team received access to hacked WikiLeaks files before they were made public. But the network made a serious mistake in the reporting, turning a potential bombshell story into a dud.

US President Donald Trump called CNN “fake news” and suggested that the mistake CNN made in its report about alleged collusion between WikiLeaks and his team was “purposeful.”

“Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his ‘mistake’). Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence?” Trump said on Twitter on Saturday.

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In an “exclusive report,” CNN claimed on Friday that an encryption key providing access to hacked DNC emails from WikiLeaks had been sent to Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and aides on September 4, 2016, before the leaks were made public.

The whistleblower organization published the documents on September 13, so the nine-day advance would be very significant, taking into account ongoing allegations of collusion between the Trump administration and WikiLeaks. Mainstream media have repeatedly claimed that WikiLeaks is working in the interests of the Russian government.

After the story was published, The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email, which was actually sent to the Trump team on September 14, 2016, not September 4, a day after the documents were made public. A number of conflicting reports from other media outlets also pointed out the mistake.

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​CNN later updated the story with a correction, saying its “initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about WikiLeaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect.”

“The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported,” the broadcaster admits.

President Trump also attacked CNN for the wrongful coverage as he attended a rally in Pensacola, Florida, late Friday.

“CNN apologized just a little while ago. They apologized. Oh thank you, CNN, thank you so much,” the president said. “You should have been apologizing for the last two years.”

Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to criticize CNN for not fully retracting the story instead of correcting it.

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Earlier this week, Trump Jr. spent nearly eight hours testifying in a closed session before members of the House Intelligence Committee about a January 2016 meeting at Trump Tower and his communications with WikiLeaks, as part of an ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in the US.

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange and journalist Glenn Greenwald also commented on the situation with CNN.

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High schoolers pack Senate office building to push for DACA fix

If no legislative solution is found, illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children would once again be subject to deportation. (@blibal/Twitter)

by Joe Nuziale 

A Senate office building was packed with high school protesters who walked out of their schools on Thursday.

Armed with signs and their voices, numerous high school students from around the Washington D.C. area crowded into the Hart Office Building with demands for Congress to pass a new DREAM Act. The original DACA program was ended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this past September with a six-month delay for lawmakers to find a solution.

If no legislative solution is found, illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children would once again be subject to deportation.

A police officer who spoke with reporter Daniel Dale said that the voices of the students echoing off the walls of the building’s atrium sounded “like a football game.”

According to a report from the Washingtonian, the students are expected to move to the House side of the U.S. Capitol building to call out House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan, R-Wis., was indecisive about voting on a standalone bill would restore DACA benefits to recipients.

 

34 Republicans Stab Americans In The Back, Demand That By Christmas Paul Ryan Must Fix…

When it comes to giving ultimatums, Trump is king among all American politicians. When he gives a deadline, and an order, things happen.

Not so much for other politicians. They can’t demand results in quite the way Trump can.

That’s a good thing, mind you. Because most other politicians don’t have in mind what is best for the country. Not even a group of 34 Republicans, pushing Paul Ryan to pass legislation that they think is best for Americans.

It’s not Repeal and Replace. It’s not a Wall. It’s not an updated Travel Ban – of course not.

It’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. That, for several Republicans, is the most pressing issue facing the nation.

And these conservatives are demanding that Ryan stop work on every other pressing issue to fix it.

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The Washington Examiner reports:

Nearly three dozen House Republicans asked House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday to pass legislation this year that creates a permanent legislative solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“While we firmly believe that Congress must work to address other issues within our broken immigration system, it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats come together to solve this problem now and not wait until next year,” the 34 lawmakers wrote in a letter to Ryan.

Mind you, 34 Republicans is not exactly a supermajority. It’s hardly a fraction of Congress, in fact. Most Republicans were focused on tax reform rather than this.

But the fact that even a fraction of conservatives could lose focus is unsettling. And the fact that they could dare to give the government an ultimatum? Even more unsettling. The Commander in Chief dictates the top-down policies. It’s up to the rest of Congress to follow, or get out of the way.

Instead, they’re demanding that Ryan drop everything and fix DACA.

Well, newsflash, Repubs: fixing DACA is the Democrats’ job. Not yours. They’re the ones that have let it get this far without a permanent solution. Obama, after all, was the president that kept kicking the can down the road, and postponing a final decision on DACA.

Trump is working to find solutions for the most pressing matters for the country. He doesn’t have time for sideshows.

Neither does Ryan.

Source: Washington Examiner