Senator Jeff Sessions:
"Let us take loophole No. 1: Absconders and some individuals with felonies or three misdemeanors are not barred from getting amnesty. An absconder is somebody who was apprehended by Border Patrol people, detained, they did not have time to take him or her out of the country, they were busy, they did not have jail space, detention space for them, so they release them on bail. That is what they do all over the country because we don't take this seriously, and they don't show up when they are supposed to be deported. Surprise. They abscond. Absconders and some individuals with felonies or three misdemeanors are not barred from getting amnesty. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, different crimes make aliens 'inadmissible,' 'deportable,' or 'ineligible' for specific benefits.Under this law, illegals who have committed felonies and who remain in this country illegally would still be eligible for amnesty.
"Absconders — aliens with final orders of removal who are currently watched by ICE immigration officers — should not be eligible for amnesty. They remain eligible for this amnesty. The Kyl-Cornyn amendment that was blocked by the other side so we couldn't get a vote on it, was designed to fix this loophole. It would keep aliens with felony convictions or three misdemeanors from being eligible for the new amnesty program." But they're not because they prevented a vote on this. So absconders and some individuals with felonies or three misdemeanors are not barred from getting amnesty. You think that's by accident? It's not by accident, when you listen to Mrs. Clinton and other Democrats talk about how we need to extend the vote to convicted felons. If we're going to extend the vote to convicted felons and if illegal immigration is all about voting and getting the votes of illegal immigrants, then (raspberry) why the hell are we going to kick out legal immigrant felons?
"Loophole No. 2: Aliens specifically barred from receiving immigration benefits for life because they filed a frivolous asylum application will also be able to receive amnesty." So it's not just that they are here illegally, it is if they have committed illegal acts while here illegally they still will get amnesty in the Senate bill. Now, if you understand -- it's not because -- well, it's hard to say it's not because of X, Y, or Z, but it's primarily because this pool of people is looked at two to ten years from now as a massive voting bloc by both parties. Mostly Democrats, but some Republicans just inexplicably here, most of them in the Senate.
"Loophole No. 3: All aliens who are subject to a final order of removal — for some reason you are brought up and the court has ordered you removed from the country — who failed to leave pursuant to a voluntary departure agreement, they entered into those agreements and oftentimes people promise to leave and never leave — or who are subject to the reinstatement of a final order of removal because they illegally reentered after being ordered removed from the United States are also eligible for amnesty." So if you've been ordered to leave and you haven't left -- if you've been ordered to leave because it's been adjudged that you have violated the laws of the country -- you still get amnesty under the Senate bill.
"Loophole No. 4: Aliens who illegally entered the country multiple times are also eligible for amnesty. Page 334, line 8 requires continuous physical presence and states that an alien must not have departed from the United States before April 5, 2006, except for brief, casual or innocent departures. Every time the alien reenters the United States illegally, they are committing a criminal offense. But this bill rewards those aliens with amnesty also.
"Loophole No. 5: This bill allows aliens who have persecuted anyone on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion get amnesty. It fails to make persecutors ineligible for amnesty.
"I would have thought that was an oversight until I noticed on page 363, line 22, that the bill makes those heinous acts bar aliens here between 2 and 5 years from amnesty but not those who have been here longer. The same bar left out for the 8.8 million who have been here for more than 5 years. This will be interpreted as an intentional decision of Congress when we pass this bill. That is not inadvertent. I don't know why they did that."
"Loophole No. 6: There is no continuous presence or continuous work requirement for amnesty. To be eligible to adjust from illegal to legal statutes under the bill, the alien must simply have been 'physically present in the United States on April 5, 2001,' and have been 'employed continuously in the United States' for 3 of the 5 years 'since that date.'
"Loophole No. 7: The bill tells the Department of Homeland Security to accept 'just and reasonable inferences' from day labor centers as evidence of an alien meeting the bill's work requirements."
"Loophole 8: The bill benefits only those who broke the law, not those who followed it and got work visas to come to the United States. That is a plain fact. If you were here legally on or before April 5, 2001, you will not get the benefit of this amnesty. This amnesty benefits you only if you came here illegally." Now, imagine that.
"Loophole 9: The essential worker permanent immigration program for nonagriculture low-skilled workers leaves no illegal alien out. It is not limited to people outside the United States who want to come here to work in the future but includes illegal aliens currently present in the United States who do not qualify for the amnesty program in title VI, including aliens here for less than 2 years. Under the bill language, you can qualify for this new program to work as a low-skilled permanent immigrant even if you are unlawfully present in the United States."
Under this law, illegals who have bypassed our laws would be granted amnesty, yet those who are still awaiting citizenship to this country via the proper legal channels would be forced to continue to put their citizenship on hold.
Perhaps we should re-name it the U.S. Senate Sellout for Votes Deal.
Why is it that they seem more interested in the opinions of those who are here illegally vs. those who are taxpaying, voting citizens?
What's in it for them? Is it really worth it to sell out your nation for 6 percent of the voting population, hoping that the 11 million or so you let break the law without consequence will end up voting for you?
Mr. President, I have (and continue to) support you in the war against Muslim fanaticism. Yet our nation is nonetheless being sold down the river to those who have no business being here, and who have no respect nor investment in our nation or its laws.
You, Mr. President, need to take the lead to secure our borders. You, Mr. President, need to take the lead to restore the GOP to sanity.
Don't look to me to lift a finger for the GOP if this heinous travesty actually comes to pass.
One pissed off grass roots Republican.
(Filed under Reconquista!, RINOs)