Monday, May 16, 2005

FAIR Legislative Update

May 16, 2005


In this update:
President Signs REAL ID into Law!

New Guestworker Amnesty Legislation Hangs a "For Sale" Sign on Citizenship

McCain/Kennedy Expected to Unveil New Guestworker/Amnesty Legislation

Minuteman Vows to Continue Efforts

Border Patrol Ordered to Keep Arrests Down in Arizona

House Hearing Praises Dreier Social Security Bill

Recent Floor Statements

Upcoming Events

President Signs REAL ID into Law!
Congratulations on a job well done! Last Wednesday, President Bush signed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act containing the REAL ID provisions into law, making it Public Law 109-13.

This new law will help keep driver's licenses out of the hands of illegal aliens and the terrorists among them, will close dangerous loopholes in our asylum laws, will bolster border security, and will increase funding for immigration enforcement.

This significant victory would not be possible without your tremendous efforts. You sent the message home to Congress with countless phone calls, faxes, and emails. Many of you even met with your legislators in person to stress the importance of enacting these homeland security/immigration enforcement reforms. You gave it your all, and we succeeded! Thank you.

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New Guestworker Amnesty Legislation Hangs a "For Sale" Sign on Citizenship
Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) reintroduced his military on the border bill on April 28 with 34 original cosponsors. H.R. 1986 would authorize the Secretary of Defense to assign members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to assist the Department of Homeland Security in the performance of border protection functions.

Help build support for putting troops on the border! Send FREE faxes from our web site urging your legislators to cosponsor H.R. 1986.

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McCain/Kennedy Expected to Unveil New Guestworker/Amnesty Legislation
On May 12, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced companion guestworker amnesty bills, S. 1033 and H.R. 2330.

The text of this legislation is not yet available, but here's what we've learned this legislation entails.

Millions of currently resident illegal aliens would be permitted to buy guestworker status for a fee of $1,000. After the first three year term they could apply for three year extensions (for another $1000), and in the meantime, apply for green cards. After six years they would be eligible for permanent residency, which could ultimately lead to full U.S. citizenship.

New foreign workers would be permitted to buy three year renewable visas for $500, provided they can find an employer that will hire them. They too could apply for green cards after three years, and ultimately U.S. citizenship.

This bill creates a new H-5A visa category which permits 400,000 new guestworkers each year.

Nothing in the legislation prevents employers from continuing to hire illegal aliens. In fact, the sponsors of this legislation recently stated that they didn't think employers should be punished for hiring illegal workers.

Selling citizenship to illegal aliens and new foreign workers is NOT a legitimate immigration policy.

Once the details of this legislation become clearer we will update you further and request your assistance in opposing this outrageous guestworker amnesty by sending free faxes through our website to your legislators expressing strong opposition to S.1033 and H.R.2330.

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Minuteman Vows to Continue Efforts
Minuteman organizer Chris Simcox told members of the House Government Reform Committee that Americans are tired of waiting for the government to secure the borders and that he and others with continue their efforts to stem the tide of illegal aliens crossing the border illegally. Simcox said Congress should put the National Guard or U.S. military troops on the border, and increase the border patrol to deal with illegal aliens, drug smugglers, and terrorists crossing the border. Read more.

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Border Patrol Ordered to Keep Arrests Down in Arizona
The Washington Times reports that U.S. Border Patrol agents have been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens along the 23-mile section of the Arizona border monitored last month by Minuteman volunteers. More than a dozen border patrol agents, who wish not to be identified, said orders relayed by Border Patrol supervisors at Naco, AZ made clear that arrests were not to go up because an increase in apprehensions there would prove the effectiveness of the Minuteman project.

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House Hearing Praises Dreier Social Security Bill
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration held a hearing last week on H.R. 98 by Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), which would upgrade Social Security cards by making them tamper resistant, machine readable and would require employers to verify social security numbers of all employees. The bill would also steeply increase fines for employing illegal aliens.

The hearing was a start toward drawing badly needed attention to the fact that we need to strengthen enforcement of employer sanctions laws that have been on the books for 19 years now.

Visit our Stein Report for comments by FAIR's Director of Government Relations on the hearing.

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Recent Floor Statements

On May 11, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) commented on Securing America's Borders And Combating Illegal Immigration
On May 11, Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) commented on Correcting The Enrollment Of H.R. 1268
On May 9, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) commented on the Conference Report On H.R. 1268, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act For Defense, The Global War On Terror, And Tsunami Relief Act, 2005
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Upcoming Events

The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Citizenship and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security will hold a joint hearing on "The Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Strengthening Our National Security." When/Where: May 17, 2:30PM, 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
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