GOP walks into u-shape ambush re: immigration

Recently we reported that the House GOP, especially Speaker Boehner, was looking at a means to advance the idea of “comprehensive” immigration reform.

President Obama threw down a gauntlet during his State of the Union address, (which very few watched, by the way). The House GOP is currently at a retreat conference in Baltimore (some might say their at a retreat both literally and figuratively) and they may well be crafting a strategy at this session.

Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol writes in his blog,

The Wall Street Journal reports that some House Republican leaders are looking to give illegal immigrants legal status right away, with the chance for a green card—and citizenship—down the line….First, illegal immigrants would be offered a “probationary” status, allowing them to work while the government tightened border security and interior enforcement. Officials have explained that this would allow people to work legally while they wait for permanent legal status. (Officials have explained that this group could revert to illegal status if enforcement benchmarks are not met.)

Mr. Kristol (and I) challenge that parenthetical statement. Kristol says,

Is it plausible, and would it even be fair, to force legalized working immigrants to “revert” to illegal status just because some bureaucrats haven’t met certain arbitrary benchmarks? The forced “reversion” would never happen, and it shouldn’t.

I’m constantly amazed how so much legislation is written in double-speak to appease and assuage some concerns while enabling the true goals to be met. “Comprehensive” legislation equals lots of pages of legislation with caveats buried deep inside and no one reads but everyone votes for.

Even Pat Buchanan warns about the prudence of this legislative shift in a National Review article where he says

An imminent Republican debate over immigration will play into the hands of the Democratic party. With the widespread unpopularity of Obamacare, Republicans should instead focus on the embattled health-care law ahead of the 2014 midterm election. By pivoting to the issue of immigration, Republicans are walking right into the trap.

Buchanan surmises that the “Chamber of Commerce and the big-business folks want the immigration deal solved.”

And therein lies the u-shaped ambush awaiting the House GOP and Speaker Boehner if they fall on this grenade. First of all, at a time when Americans are suffering from high levels of unemployment, they should not be adding illegals into the job market until we can rectify the situation for Americans.

The Democrats will certainly blame the Republicans for exacerbating the jobless situation for Americans and castigate the GOP as the party of big business and corporations who want cheap labor.

Second, why would Speaker Boehner do anything that feeds more members into the liberal progressive welfare nanny-state? Who does the Speaker believe these new legal-status individuals will support? Ya think we have voter fraud issues now?

Lastly, why would the GOP want to discourage its base, which enabled them to have a House majority in 2010?

This issue combined with the insidious government education initiative “common core” will result in many conservatives basically saying, “you’re on your own” and this will add fire to the direction and policy of the Republican Party.

My advice to Republicans? You cannot win by being a lesser version of the liberals. If you cannot articulate a clear delineation based upon a policy agenda that promotes the advancement of the individual American, you will lose.

Focus on healthcare solutions, policies that get Americans back to work, get behind our veterans and their concerns, and present a vision for our national security — and communicate that as a unified body.

Even Harry Reid wised up and is denying President Obama fast track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Make the connection with the American people, because right now, President Obama and the progressive socialists have lost credibility with Americans.

What do you think, should the House GOP cave in and advance some type of comprehensive resolution to illegal immigration? I think I know the answer…

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Don
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They certainly are falling for the dems trap again, Because they are afraid of loosing a percentage of the Hispanic vote they will lead the nation to an unsustaining point of no return, many many more votes for the dems and a strain so large on the system that we will never climb back out of, two reasons, the Gop will never win elections again with all the new immigrants who usually vote very liberal and progressive, and two because of this we will have dems running things for years to come. If the Republicans fall for this again, Which… Read more »
Sandra Parrott
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If the Republicans fall for this again, Don, you won’t be able to vote again!

AZDancer
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The republicans keep chasing after the dems instead of leading. The ONLY thing they should be doing with illegal immigration is securing the border. Without a secure border we keep doing the same thing – giving amnesty with the promise of securing the border. We have given 8 amnesty programs and how has that worked out for us? Time to stop the talk and secure the border. There is so much the republicans could go after – so many scandals covered up, an economy that isn’t in recovery, Obamacare, high prices – so why chase amnesty. If they come to… Read more »
4MeNoRinos
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There is only one party anymore, time for another party for conservatives. So tired of the dems and dem lites.

Terry J. Turner
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Why should they be given special treatment anyway? Why should they be any different than all other immagrants that had to do it the right way. The very very least they should have to do is speak and read and write in English. I really don’t think that’s too much to ask of them to get legalized…And they should earn all benefits they get, just like legal citizens have to do. This come in and take over benefits as everyone else is wrong, wrong, wrong…I really don’t understand why they are wanted to become illegal to begin with…oh, except as… Read more »
The Gig Is Up
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The Republican Leadership is not not “falling” for anything. They are willing co-conspirators in America’s demise.

It’s time for Allen West and other de facto leaders of the conservative movement to stop biding time hoping the GOP will do the right thing and prepare for a clean and complete break from the GOP as soon as possible – and go after conservative Democrats in the process.

The fix is in. Draw the line. Join and help grow the Constitution Party and our Plan for the Restoration of the American Republic – From the People Up!

Linda
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I agree. It is not like the “leaders” haven’t been told about how dangerous this action is. Clearly, there is some reason they WANT it this way. Since this plan would severely damage the country, they do not represent us anymore. We need to go separate ways. Why support people who voluntarily hurt us?

Jay Star
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No, not at this time. We have many more urgent problems. They said even Reid wont let Obama have the fast track, now Reid will see just what Obama will do! He will throw him under the bus like he has all the others that wont give him what he wants! Sadly everybody loses.

AZsheeplady
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I wouldn’t mind seeing Reid thrown under the bus except that it means the country would lose.

JoeCasepack
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The Dems pull this trick on Republicans just like Lucy plays the football kicking game with Charlie Brown and the end result is always the same.

Charlie never learned and neither do the Republicans.

Mike
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Perfect analogy! It is DEAD ON with what happens every year and the Republicans fall for it every time like they are stupid as hell.

Jesse Atkins
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I agree with you Colonel West. I am an American who was badly injured in a hit and run accident in 2009. I lost a leg and had numerous other injuries. I worked all my life till that accident. I never drew unemployment or welfare or ever wanted to be living off my social security. I am now though. I am also going back to school. I am also not living on food stamps. I refuse to let the government be my enabler. I see that is what they like to do. I’m 31 years old and an Independent. I… Read more »
Jarone
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no change to immigration laws. if they are here illegally deport today.

Opinionated American
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Use to like Boehner.Now it is just a power struggle. The people lose. Immigrants should be addressed after the 2016 elections. Then No Obama and the American pivot point will be seen. That is If Obamacare survives or dies. Until then I would agree it is a democratic trap.

Mark Cline
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Enforce existing immigration laws. No reform and no amnesty. Does anyone talk about what illegal immigration has done to our veterans? I personally watched quite a number of Viet Nam Veterans lose their jobs, their homes, their families and their cars to cheap illegal labor. What a slap in the face to the men and women that supported fought for our country, to give their livelihood over to people coming here illegally.

Debbie Kovac
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No immigration amnesty at all. We should come first for what few jobs we have. If Y’all don’t get on the ball, people will vote you all out & put independents in office. We need jobs, We need a way to care for ourselves, We want our Veterans taken care of. If the ones already in office don’t want to do what they were paid to do, we will find someone else who will!

Ray Torres
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Speaker Boehner you suck

Mike
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The GOP Is FINISHED if they pass AMNESTY. I am SO sick and tired of them calling it IMMIGRATION REFORM and falling right into the WORD GAME the Liberals play every damned year with the GOP!!! What the FFFFFF is their problem? There has never been a time when the Liberals say, “Give us this now and we will give you later” That they actually have come through on their word!! Once Amnesty is given it will NEVER be taken back!! We are not stupid! BUT REPUBLICANS SURE THINK WE ARE!! THE TEA PARTY ALL THE WAY! ONLY THE TEA… Read more »
Sunnydaze
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I believe 110% in immigration reform!!! The biggest reform that needs to happen is following the laws that are already on the books!!! Reform immigration so that if you are an illegal alien you get NOTHING from the American tax payers except a ticket back to where you came from. But this discussion should wait until after November. It’s waited this long. Everytime the dems bring it up sidestep by asking how that Obamacare thing is doing for us and did they vote for it? Did they ask for an investigation, from someone other than an BO appointee, into the… Read more »
Mrs. Chief
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No amnesty no immigration reform. Just say “no.”

Max Goodwin
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It seems as though, John Boehner, is hell-bent on doing distruction to the Republican party, before the November election. He seems to want to destroy the Republican chances of winning the majority in the Senate, and giveing the Democrats the majority in the House of Representatives. It seems it does no good to vote anymore! These damn fool, once elected, do as the please anyway. The are elected to represent “We The People,” but I’m fast learning at my age of 78, it does no good to vote anymore.

AZsheeplady
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If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

Max Goodwin
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It seems as though, John Boehner, is hell-bent on doing destruction to the Republican party, before the November election. He seems to want to destroy the Republican chances of winning the majority in the Senate, and handing the Democrats the majority in the House of Representatives. It seems it does no good to vote anymore! These damn fools, once elected, do as the please anyway. They are elected to represent “We The People,” but I’m fast learning at my age of 78, it does no good to vote anymore.

David M Vukusich
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How true and how blind are they ?,,,,Col West can see it ! Why can they not also see it ? Col West words are >>> ..First of all, at a time when Americans are suffering from high levels of unemployment, they should not be adding illegals into the job market until we can rectify the situation for Americans

terri monroe
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If the Republican party and Boehner cave on this they are TOAST!! Bowing to the demorats instead of getting a healthcare that works and creating jobs is just stupid to even be thinking about legalizing the criminals! People are getting real fed up with this B.S.!! Legalize the criminals and I’ll leave the party and I’ll bet many others will too. Don’t be stupid Boehner even though I don’t have any faith in you anyway. Do something right for once!

RoseBrownlee
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tonight I read an article that Mauicio Carvalla wrote to Kevin McCarthy.If John and Kevin would take the time to read the article,they would know how 99% of how the American Citizens feel about their immigration laws.Our country is over run by the illegals,not just Mexicans but from all the world and about 1/2 of them on welfare,just like the Boston bomber and his family.Alot of them are here to harm America.Look on FB to the article on Kevin McCarthy’s page

Fran Bello
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Much more than half are on welfare. I think the number is as high as 90%

@ManeCoon51
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Is the Speaker really this stupid? I have never seen a party so hell bent on its destruction like this. Immigrants who came to this country legally are essentially being stabbed in the back by the Republicans, never mind the American people. We are the opposition party and should be standing on principle in doing what’s best for the country, not falling in line with the progressives.

Penni Price-Lindsey
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Absolutely not! Do not cave! Somebody has to stand up and say, “No more”! The jobless American’s should be first on the agenda. Secure the border now!

Chuck Bump
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It’s ridiculous to do anything before the stupid fence is built. Why is that so hard to understand? You fix the hole in the dam before you start filling the lake back up!

Fran Bello
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I called the house of representatives twice today and voiced my opposition to ever allowing illegals to have work permits and amnesty. We need jobs for Americans not law breakers. Big business wants these illegals for cheap labor. On top of this by giving them work permits and citizenship the liberals will be permanently in charge of the house and the senate. Boehner and the rinos are committing political suicide if they pass an immigration bill. Are they so delusional that they think if they sponsor an immigration bill these people will vote for them??

Dave
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Any discussion on what to do with illegal aliens should be tabled/ignored until after the 2014 elections – at the earliest! Even then, first priority should be border security.

Jim
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I think the solution for some Immigration and welfare reform can be solved with the same method. When they come to get signed up for welfare, if they are illegal then shipped them back. If they are citizens then give them an address to a farm or other job that Americans don’t want. If they a problem with that then they are on their own.

Jamie Bennett
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No amnesty! Kick them all out and have them wait in line like other people have!

Tom
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..and they can take their anchor babies with them. I don’t feel sorry for them. You don’t reward the illegals who broke the law by giving them amnesty. This is pathetic! The Chamber of Commerce and big business want this cheap labor while unemployed Americans can’t find a job. Time to vote all these phonies out.

Angermanagement
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#NoAmnesty #NoMoreCorruption #NoMore Payoffs #NoMoreCheapSuits Everytime they seem to do the dumbest thing possible. The most anti American thing they could possibly do. The American people not trusting either party and definitely not Obama. Thank goodness the Tea Party is their for us, they seem to be the only trustworthy politicians that want the best for our country. & our citizens .

MotherBatherick
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Boehner and all his Establishment/RINO buddies need to be gone. Yesterday wasn’t soon enough. Same for goes for Reid.

Angermanagement
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Convicts would be happy to do the low brainer jobs the illegals do, the convicts could use their pay to help their families to stay off welfare and they could pay restitution if needed. They could hav a little money when they were released to get a place to live, a car and the ability to live until they get a job. This would reduce the chances for them to end up back in trouble. The other jobs, the high school kids that want to work could have a job. These days the jobs are filled by illegal all across… Read more »
Texas ParentsCare
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Everybody on here needs to be posting these comments on Boehner’s and the GOP leadership FB pages. They do see the comments, or at least their staff does. Let’s give it to them. Call and write now!

Cynthia Matthews
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W should not be having any legislation about immigration until our boarders are secure and that should just be final. “Comprehensive” is a new phenomena and it is deceitful and a very bad practice! I do not know of any “comprehensive” legislation that could be considered of any quality! “Comprehensive” is a term that means a legislator doesn’t need to read a bill, but is only told what it says! But laws are legal documents. Every word is important! The practice of this “Comprehensive” legislation has opened the door to bills being thousands of pages long with all kinds of… Read more »
fromthemomma
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Securing borders is a must, deporting illegals is essential. Comprehensive means they get to stay and add to our unemployment, burden our healthcare and education systems. It means they get rewarded for breaking our laws.

Charlie Massie
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I think you’re right on, Colonel. Close the borders up tight before any legislation on that issu.

fromthemomma
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Yeah, close the borders so they can’t escape. Then find every one of them and deport them including anchor kids.

MsJan1955
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I don’t care whether there is an R or a D after a candidates name, if they cast a vote that will aid an illegal alien in any way, I will NOT vote for them! All of the issues affecting the U. S. negatively like the economy, jobs, welfare and tax fraud, drug trafficking, etc. would be resolved easily and quickly if the magnets were removed that draws them here. Namely jobs and welfare. They knowingly and willingly put their families in danger of being torn apart by deportation. Their crimes are premeditated and they need to be held accountable.… Read more »
James F O'Brien
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GOP is making a BIG mistake focusing on immigration. This pushes an issue to the front that few Americans are concerned with and detracts from the hot issue of Obamacare that concerns almost all Americans. We don’t need the GOP to provide cover to the Democrats by any means. Thank you Col. You are right on target again.

Peter Davison
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Where is the courage of John Boehner? We who used to call us Republicans have been denigrated and dismissed by the GOP Lite, who as was said accurately are going to make a deal with the Dems that will insure that a Pres election in 2016 will lead into a Hillary Clinton term? Is that what you want Boehner? really, it is shameful, immoral and unethical to make a deal based on a desire for “cheap labor access”, at the expense of our country. DO NOT REWARD Illegal activity with DUMB ACTIVITY.

hagar2935
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This will be the Death of the GOP!

fromthemomma
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Boehner is RINO, seems the majority of repubs are heading down the same road dems are. I’m a Reagan (Allen West) repub but this party is getting to where it no longer represents me and why the Tea Party looks better every day. What part of ILLEGAL don’t they want to get? We’re already hurting for jobs so by all means add millions more who are unskilled onto the job market. Boehner, McCain and their RINO ilk ought to just do us a favor and change parties, they aren’t Republicans.

judith stushek
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No damn it! Why the push to grant amnesty and citizenship? So obama, bonnell, soetoro, or who EVET he is, is technically a “citizen” and the legitimacy issues get cast aside? How about focusing on getting AMERICANS back to work before you start granting ANYTHING else to any foreigner here illegally! We have immigration laws for a reason, just like every other country, and I think its high time those laws are obeyed by ALL! ALL IMMIGRANTS & GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS!

Sandra Stanislav
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no way no how. I am sick and tired of everyone who breaks the laws of this land being rewarded while taxpayers keep getting the shaft. if the rep keep trying to do this I say we need to impeach all of them and get real non politicians in office who maybe can clean this mess up

Dale Cordell
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Illegal is illegal, period. They aren’t “undocumented aliens”, they are ILLEGAL ALIENS and should be deported back to Mexico. What part of Illegal can’t our bastardly politicians understand?

William Haburne
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GUV’MENT don’t use word illegal because if people knew they understood it then they know the people know, that our current GUV’MENT is illegal.

sharder8
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I have no problem granting amnesty to anyone that hasn’t committed a crime . . . Op-p-p-p-p-p’s, illegal immigrants committed a crime by illegally entering the country.

RickAsh4312
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Steven, it’s Rick (Networker on TIMO). I was really not surprised to find your comment(s) on Disqus and Allen Wests’ Twitter site. I am a Follower of Allen, and I have clicked on Follow for You. Please allow me to follow you. Our views on identical on everything, especially the VA. My claim just came back denied since they could find no record of me receiving “ionizing radiation” while in the NAVY! As you know, I was ARMY for 6 years. VA.gov shows my service in the AIR FORCE. I am appealing of course but will this forfeit my original… Read more »
sharder8
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Hey Rick! Will contact you tomorrow (Sunday).

Paul King
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Build a fence 20 ft high with razor wire (that’s a temporary job market) patrol with dogs, guns etc, if they climb it shoot them. Deport illegals ( and the babies and baby mommas) repeal the anchor baby nonsense, authorize homeowners to defend their property from invasion, theft, damage, crimes against our citizens since the cops can’t be everywhere at once and our citizens are the ones suffering the crimes and then being prosecuted for defending themselves. Cost ratio of closing the borders about 100 million, cost of illegals annually about 760 million. We would save 660 million the first… Read more »
Kenneth Duncan
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The gop talks big and then wimpers and runs.

d4everchide
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Boehner wants to show us he’s just ‘democrat lite.’ Wait a minute, if you can have a real democrat, then why vote for a fake one? Good point speaker man.

Gregg Grundon
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Boener needs to get his head out of where ever it is and get in the game ,there are so many targets of opportunity, IRS, NSA Benghasi, Obamacare. Why drive away your base, you could moonwalk into the mid terms, instead you’re going to throw it all and us away? For what?

Pase' Doble
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There is no difference between Repubs. and Dems., none, zip, zero, nadda. It’s all kabuki theatre while they pad their pockets and secure more power…. “Oh, look over there I see a bright shiny immigration thing…”

William Haburne
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I think immigration needs to be worked on but I agree…IT CAN WAIT and we should still be on the assault on Obamacare. The DEBT CEIING FIGHT should get underway now we are at the FEBA for it.

kathin9
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Needs to be worked on, what laws that Obama can follow if he wants? Really William, veterans being put at the end of the line, illegals getting money while vets are being cut. The current laws on the books right now are fine, the problem is Obama refuses, or pick and chooses those laws he wants to enforce, so until he is gone and the LAWS are enforced, we legal Americans are getting the shaft.

dibble1
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And, put the president of Mexico on notice that he is either going to partner with us to shut down illegal immigration or we will stop all legal immigration, all visits to and from, curtail diplomacy, reduce trade and humanitarian aid, and do whatever else is needed for them to stop the illegal flow of their countrymen into our country.

kathin9
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I think we here in the state of texas have paid our fair share. 12.1 BILLION DOLLARS YEARLY to cover the cost of Illegal immigrants. And that is just the state of Texas. The feds just cut money from snap, and food stamp programs but added millions to assist ILLEGALS how is that working for the American population. Even the blacks are starting to see they are second in line to the illegals, and those would be MEXICAN/LATINOS. Ask a black person trying to get a construction job, or getting a job period. DEPORT THE DIRT BAGS, they are criminals,… Read more »
Carolyn VanZorge
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when, oh when can we rid ourselves of the spineless boehner?