Exclusive: RNC Ups Immigration Reform Pressure On Congressional GOP — But Rejects Path To Citizenship

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Josh Reynolds / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus during the Republican National Committee summer meeting Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Boston.

The Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday calling on Congress to pass an immigration reform bill by the end of the year—but it stopped well short of the bipartisan compromise passed by the Senate earlier this year, omitting a “path to citizenship” for any class of illegal immigrant.

The resolution calls on Congress to create a special legal status for illegal immigrants brought to America as minors—or “DREAMers,” as immigration activists call them, for the eponymous bill to provide them legal status—which would include a renewable five-year work permit. They would have to provide proof of employment or enrollment to retain the status.

For illegal immigrants who came to the United States above the age of 18, under the plan advocated by the RNC they would be eligible for two-year renewable work permits, but no path to citizenship.

It also calls for the completion of a border fence and increased law enforcement patrols.

The measure puts the core of the Republican Party at odds with the Senate Gang of Eight legislation that passed with the support of a broad array of Republicans, and was spearheaded by lawmakers including Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. John McCain. President Barack Obama has said that any immigration reform bill must include a path to citizenship.

UPDATE: DNC Press Secretary Michael Czin said in a statement: “It’s disappointing that the RNC has yet again come out against commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship,” he said. “Not only is their position contrary what the vast majority of Americans want – it’s bad for the economy. Data shows that a path to citizenship will boost the GDP, increase total income for all Americans and generate more revenue for both states and the federal government. Reince Priebus and the Republican Party just don’t get it – they’re on the wrong side of the issues and the American people know it.”

Here’s the text of the resolution:

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152 comments
branchltd
branchltd

I keep getting calls for continued support of the RNC but no way am I going to send them more money until I find out what the Republicans do about this issue.  

miguelito461
miguelito461

I've talked to some illegal immigrants, they don't care about getting citizenship. All they wanted is to be legal, pay taxes or fines so they roam the country freely and go home to their homeland to visit families and come back to work. Citizenship should just follow later after complying certain requirements on a certain period of time. Isn't that fair enough?



maws
maws

Dear HacimObmed yesterday i talk to an individual and he put some serious logical question over this bill and its also hard for me to understand that how this bill work because what will be the effect of this bill over legally filed petitions, for e.g; in sibling category there are people legally waiting for years and at some places decades. 

According to this bill sibling category will be completely abolish and after 18 months no immigrant visas will be available in this category, again rather denying any further applications they Gang of 8 used the sentence, " no immigrant visas will be available in f4 (Sibling) category" . 

Many analyst are saying that all such petitions will be protected under grandfather clause but how, will they give immigration to all those people in 18 months, i think its nearly impossible and anyhow even if they are protected under grandfather clause then how waiting time will reduce and they would be able to immigrate earlier. So their are many grey areas in this bill which needs to be address and people who followed legal process/system also want answers.

joaquin
joaquin

With or without the munbo-jumbo of "path to citizenship," 11 million illegal immigrants will receive instant work authorization enabling them to compete with 20 million unemployed or under-employed Americans that include Hispanics, blacks, returning veterans, teens, senior citizens and disabled Americans. In today's economy, more part time  than full time jobs are being creating. Most of those jobs are in the low paying service industry.

It is outrageous that the RNC---a bunch of rich guys---could be so disinterested in working Americans' futures.

HacimObmed
HacimObmed


Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#1: Unconstitutional: The Senate immigration bill is a revenue-raising bill, which makes it unconstitutional. Specifically, the bill contains a wide range of effects on federal revenues, including changes in collections of income and payroll taxes, certain visa fees that are classified as revenues, and various fines and penalties. Language in the U.S. Constitution requires that any bill that raises revenue, (i.e. raises taxes or takes on debt), must originate in the House of Representatives, not the Senate. 


HacimObmed
HacimObmed



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. Once this plan is submitted—(meaning that the border does not have to be secure)—unlawful immigrants are allowed to begin applying for a full pardon of all their past offenses against the united states and for legal status and a work permit. Once they are approved and pay a $500 fee they receive amnesty and what is called “registered provisional status (RPI).” They are given theses gifts, worth many tens of thousands of dollars,  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, BEFORE and 38,405 Border Patrol agents have been deployed on the Southwest border. This means that nothing has to be actually completed and accomplished before legalization and irrevocable amnesty has taken place. Essentially, the deal is cleverly structured so that the amnesty is a done for sure, but all the "trigger" requirements for border security are subject to the whim and good intension of president Obama (or whatever other president comes after him).


HacimObmed
HacimObmed



Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#3: Insufficient funding for interior enforcement: 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 stupidity. What we need at the border is a better fence and more electronic surveillance cameras, motion sensors and drones. None of these things 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, fair to both employers and workers. What is needed is an "interior enforcement surge"


HacimObmed
HacimObmed



Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#4: Interior Enforcement is Virtually Nonexistent: Under the Senate immigration bill, the interior enforcement of our immigration laws would be completely gutted. Specifically – 

  a) Presidential On/Off Switch: The Senate bill does not take away the immigration enforcement “on/off switch” from the President. The House enforcement bill (SAFE Act) does this by granting states full independent authority to enforce the laws in the future. 

  b) Enforcement Free Zones: The bill allows the Secretary of DHS to designate sancutaries where no enforcement activity can take place. 

  c) Halts Immigration Enforcement: Creates an immigration enforcement holiday where no enforcement actions will occur for two and a half years. 

  d) Countless Waivers: Under the Senate bill, wherever enforcement is mentioned, there is a waiver authority delegated to the Secretary of DHS, repeating many of the same problems we have today with the lack of immigration enforcement.


HacimObmed
HacimObmed



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?


HacimObmed
HacimObmed



Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill 

#6: Special Pathway to Citizenship: 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 satisfying a criminal background check. Next, after ten years, if they decide they want a regular green card and citizenship, they are allowed 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. Some of these hopeful immigrants have been waiting for more than 10 years. 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 played by the rules? Every one of the people on the waiting line would gladly pay $500 to gain a visa for immediate admission, long term legal status, and a work permit. This whole idea of a special deal for lawbreakers is immoral and un-american.


HacimObmed
HacimObmed



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 dangerous criminals to be released back onto our streets, with only light parole supervision. 


HacimObmed
HacimObmed



Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill  

#8: The Bill is nothing but an "Amnesty" that 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.


HacimObmed
HacimObmed


Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#9: Contains Slush Fund for Liberal Activist Groups: Under the Senate bill, new grant programs are created that could provide $150 million dollars to liberal activist groups like La Raza, Casa de Maryland, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. These taxpayer-funded grants are provided to organizations – without any audit or oversight provisions – in order to promote the new special pathway to citizenship though public information campaigns, to help unlawful immigrants apply for new immigration benefits, and to provide any other assistance considered useful to unlawful immigrants in the process.


HacimObmed
HacimObmed


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. A recent Gallup poll of all voters indicates that only 23% would favor an increase above this level. Thus more then 3 out of 4 voters favor either reducing immigration or else keeping it constant. Yet, according to the CBO and other independent analysis, the senate bill will double the legal immigration rate. How can this possibly be a good thing for american workers when 12 million are unemployed and more then 8 million 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!  


HacimObmed
HacimObmed



Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#11: Decreases Average Wages: The supporters the Senate bill, promote the CBO report indicating that illegals who get amnesty will pay more in taxes. Over the first decade, this is projected to reduce the budget deficit by about $150 billion. If divided among all taxpayers, this relief come to about $100 per person on an annual basis. Unfortunately, in their eagerness to close the sale, the supporters of the senate bill do not disclose that this measure is also projected to increase unemployment and to reduce the wages and benefits of an average american worker. This oversight is bad enough, but one should also realize that the unemployment and the lost compensation will mainly hit low income workers who compete directly against illegal immigrants for jobs. The CBO estimate of wage loss is about $300 for a median wage earner (0.7% of salary). Research by Prof George Borjas of the Harvard Kennedy school indicates that for low income workers the loss will exceed 5% of wages. To summarize, those who trumpet the senate immigration bill are being very deceptive. They dwell on the per-capita debt relief of $100, but they hide that amnesty will increase unemployment and lower per-capita compensation by $300. They also fail to note that across income groups, the detailed losses and benefits are regressively distributed.


HacimObmed
HacimObmed


Problems With the Senate (Gang of 8) Immigration Bill

#12: Increased Unemployment: Forget Amnesty and illegal immigrants. More critical to the lives of individual americans is the fact that 12 million are unemployed and only 2.4 million new jobs have been added to the our economy in the last 12 months. Meanwhile, under current law, the legal immigration is running at a rate of 1.1 million annually. You heard that right; 2.4 million new Jobs and 1.1 million taken by immigrants. It means, in the last 12 month period, about half of the new jobs have gone to immigrants and only half remain for native born americans who are unemployed or who newly enter the workforce. Now to make matters worse, if the senate bill passes, then according to the nonpartisan CBO, the annual rate of immigration will double to about 2.2 million and the increased labor supply will be dumped onto this already overstretched market. The percentage of jobs remaining for americans will drop from 50% to 10%.


lapazjim
lapazjim

WHEREAS,the United States and its citizens do not currently need any immigration reform or another 11 million plus new burdens on the taxpayer there should be no laws created until this country is yet again financially and economically sound.

SkookumMaguire
SkookumMaguire

The anti illegal immigration novel, "The Aught-Sixers," is now available as an e-book.

Frank_Forzelli
Frank_Forzelli

The Democrat are counting on the fact the Republicans will not vote on a bill that  would consider the 11 Mil illegals for citizenship. This would ensure that the next two or three  presidents would be a Democrats. Their think tanks are constantly working on strategies that would further alienate the hispanic population as far as the Republican leadership is concerned. These brain dead Republicans should wake up and get their heads  out of their a**es. We are a minority in the big cities and states and we need to make the party more appealing to the minorities so that we can compete at all levels. 

ConLibe
ConLibe

Bravo RNC...

There's hope for you yet...

FINALLY you are coming out and supporting something that has the backing of America...the MAJORITY.

Now ask John Boehner to call for a VOTE in the House and the problem is solved...and you can PUT THIS BEHIND YOU...and MOVE ON. 

This Republican nonsense about a "majority of a majority" is just another Republican ploy...(or rather, a TEA PARTY Republican ploy) to stymie something they do not support - for their own racist reasons. 

It's NOTHING to do with America whose population is declining and will depend on immigration to BOLSTER the population in the next decades...

It is time...Move On...and shake off this anti-immigration face!!! 

conlibe.wordpress.com

Archangel369
Archangel369

Good comments from all of you guys but let me ask you one quick simple question : what is the meaning of our country motto " IN GOD WE TRUST " ? Mean everything we need to see in God perspective . I believe the right answer for this Imigration Reform is only come from our God Almighty. My advise to GOP & all senates is : Fast and Pray before make a new resolution ( all the answer we can find it in the bibble ).... let God lead our country . God bless you all

JupiterStation
JupiterStation

Why should the GOP even care about immigration reform!  This article is mush.  This whole immigration thing is a Democrat agenda & if anyone on this thread thinks rewarding illegals for breaking our laws then there's seriously something wrong with your thinking processes.

There will be NO amnesty for illegals.  Democrats & Libs can twitch about all they want.

Mickiee
Mickiee

The TLC Channel has a program called "what not to wear."  The Republicans need there own channel and would have no problem launching a program, "what not to say" and have fresh material daily.  


barneydidit
barneydidit

Republicans seem to have adopted a governing plan that entails their pointing out of problems, then not solving them. They told us that they firmly agreed with the need to reform our health care system, then promptly filibustered every option the Democrats put forward, and have spent the last two years stubbornly trying to repeal Obamacare...without providing anything resembling a replacement. 

Now they're doing the same thing with Immigration Reform....telling us the system is broken, rejecting every viable compromise solution, and giving us nothing that could possibly work in the real world. 

richardrcruzc
richardrcruzc

Give me your tired, your poor,

your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor


wigglwagon
wigglwagon

People like the DREAMERS are not needed in America. The people in their home countries need the DREAMERS to help build free, prosperous societies. It is America's responsibility to help all countries build a better world. We should not be stealing 'the best and the brightest' from other countries.

ahandout
ahandout

OK, before we pardon illegals from other countries, let's pardon Americans.  That is what this boils down to.  You want to pardon people who have broken our laws, then pardon Americans too.  How to make this fair...well you are pardoning foreigners who have not paid taxes and violated federal laws.  Pardon all Americans who have not paid taxes and violated federal laws as long as no violent crime was committed.  Amnesty for all.

For the future: stop passing laws because they don't mean anything.  We refuse to obey you, and we want amnesty.

GeorgeAdamrovich
GeorgeAdamrovich

I don't care how or when they got here send them all back.

Jilawatan
Jilawatan

100% right minorities like me and others believe republicans ignore (isolate) us deliberately

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Frank_Forzelli, good luck with that. I have a hard time imagining the GOP leadership openly fighting the TP base. 

HacimObmed
HacimObmed

@ConLibe  "Backing of "america". More like backing of a bunch of foreign infiltrators funded by a bunch greedy corporate billionaires. This is the most phony grass roots movement I have ever seen. If you have so much backing lets see you march on washington. Where are these "Americans" you speak of. Lets see them on the streets.  

jmac
jmac

@JupiterStation It's the GOP that wants them here.   They have to care about immigration reform because they've encouraged so many to hire them that now they need their votes.    They also have to care a tiny bit about how they're treated since they claim to be the Party of God.   Texas just got passed an ordinance requiring rest and water breaks for construction workers (even those who are illegal).    

Basic human decency, that's all Democrats ask of the Party of God.     

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Mickiee, you know it's bad when "Funniest Home Videos" wants to buy the rights to the debates. 

ahandout
ahandout

@richardrcruzc Remind me what is the flowery rhetoric behind Mexico's immigration policy?  I think it's F U.

And, what happens to people that enter Mexico illegally?  Then get back to me.

ahandout
ahandout

@wigglwagon  What? Do you think we kidnap people?  "stealing the best and brightest from other countries."

America cannot solve the world's problems.  Most countries with problems, don't want our help, and when we do give them aid it goes to the corrupt leaders instead of the people.  Do you really think that Egypt want us to solve their current problems?  Many people there believe that we are the problem.

harithv99
harithv99

@ahandout The word pardoning means letting them to return to their home country with out being imprisoned in an island. thats it.

jmac
jmac

@ahandout  It's the guy who hires them who is breaking the law.   Let's put him in jail and close his company.  

william_asengx
william_asengx

@GeorgeAdamrovich You are going with the immigrants too? where will you be in the europe? Bring your grandma and grandpa too with you. they miss their origins so much

harithv99
harithv99

@jmac @JupiterStation rewarding illegal behavior and breaking the law of the land  with US citizenship is basic human decency?

harithv99
harithv99

@jmac @JupiterStation what are you writing ultimately? awarding US citizenship for illegals? and rewarding the illegal criminal behavior? does it make any sense? all these illegals must go back to their home country.from there apply for work permit s for jobs for whom US qualified US citizens are not available. No kid born for illegal parents will ever become a citizen by virtue of their birth in US.Also kids born for people who come here on short term business/tourist visas for 3-6 months just be excluded.

HacimObmed
HacimObmed

@jmac @JupiterStation  Its the democrats and the greedy corporate wing of the GOP that is driving this treason. They have some sort of devils bargain. We need to string the lot of them up from lamp posts.  We need to Gut Chamber of Commerce and anyone who backs them. The AFL-CIO is also a bunch of traitors. 

ahandout
ahandout

@jmac @ahandout  That's not going to happen. 

I really don't understand why it does not anger American citizens that the full force of the law is enforced on you, down to a jaywalking ticket, but millions of foreign citizens are being offered and have been given a pardon on the laws that they have broken.

harithv99
harithv99

@william_asengx @GeorgeAdamrovich Crossing borders illegally under normal conditions doesn't constitute any kind of immigration; then, why cant there be a pact between US and Mexico officially making all mexicans to be eligible to work and live in US like a EU pact? In what way the remaining mexicans in mexico are not eligible? rewarding illegal behavior is breaking the constitution and selling USA for vote bank politics; nothing else; Republicans model is fine.

jmac
jmac

@ahandout @jmac @JupiterStation   The party platforms speak for Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans used to deny their party platform.   They still do.  We handed out the Republicans party platform once during voter registration and to a man those we handed it to denied that that was their platform.   One asked me where we got it and I told them it was printed in The Dallas Morning News and he replied, "No wonder - that left wing newspaper.   (hardly)

Denial - the Motto of the GOP.  

jmac
jmac

@ahandout @jmac "That's not going to happen."  Exactly!!!!   The GOP and the Chamber of Commerce aren't going to let that happen.  

They play their base like a fiddle.  The base never seems to be able to figure it out, whether Christian or good-old-boy bubba.  It's amazing.