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Ice Sculpture: Copley Square. Boston, MA. New Year’s Eve celebration. First Night 2013.

Immigration Reform is finally here… Yeah!!!  

Eight bi-partisan U.S Senators (Democrats: Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona) have taken the FIRST STEP. 

“We recognize that our immigration system is broken. And while border security has improved significantly over the last two Administrations, we still don’t have a functioning immigration system. This has created a situation where up to 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows.


Our legislation acknowledges these realities by finally committing the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system, while creating a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here. We will ensure that this is a successful permanent reform to our immigration system that will not need to be revisited.”

President Obama is already taking STEP TWO. He will lay out HIS vision for Immigration Reform in Nevada on Tuesday (1/29/2013) – and it is reportedly similar to the Senate version.


Undocumented Immigrants are looking for:

  • A SOCIAL SECURITY  NUMBER: Front burner with the flame on HIGH.
  • A WORK PERMIT:  Front burner with the flame on HIGH.
  • GREEN CARD: Front burner with the flame on HIGH.
  • CITIZENSHIP? Back burner – flame not even on!

The “Pathway to Citizenship” is clear and simple. CITIZENSHIP is a manufactured issue Republicans use to crush Immigration Reform. ANY failure to pass Immigration Reform must be laid at the Republican’s doorstep! And if they sabotage it THIS  time, come next election, they will be made to understand that 100 seats in the House of Representatives does NOT move their agenda forward! 

iceThere’s NO need to make Citizenship an issue, because U.S. Immigration laws ALREADY set out the guidelines for applying for Citizenship. 

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Fix it so Undocumented Immigrants can apply for a Social Security Number, a Work Permit and a Green Card. Then those who can meet the guidelines laid out for Citizenship will apply when the time comes – like everyone else! Not at the front of the line – or back of the line – or cutting in line. Just when they, like everyone else, can afford the fees, meet the requirements and feel they can pass the test…or feel that it is time! then they get a lawyer and start the process. Yes, just like that!

Guidelines state U.S Citizenship applicants (with a few exceptions for people with Armed Forces connections) MUST:


  1. Be 18 years and over.
  2. Be a Permanent Resident/Issued with a Green Card.
  3. Have lived CONTINUOUSLY in America for 5-years (3-years in some cases)
  4. Have NOT been out of the U.S. for 30 months or more.
  5. Have NOT traveled out of the country on trips longer than a year (during last 5-years (3-years in some cases).
  6. Resided in the State/District in which the applicant is applying for Citizenship
  7. Can read, write, speak basic English.
  8. Know the fundamentals of U.S History/Government. (In other words, applicant must PASS the Citizenship Test).ice10
  9. Applicant must demonstrate Good Moral Character.
  10. Undocumented immigrants may run into issues HERE with adjusting of Status AND THIS MAY BE THE ONLY AREA THAT CONGRESS MAY NEED TO ADDRESS FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS.
  11. Never deserted from the U.S. Army.
  12. Never received, from the U.S Army, an exemption/discharge for not being a citizen.
  13. Pledge to serve in the U.S military if it is mandated by law.
  14. Support the U.S. Constitution.
  15. Willing to take the Oath Of Allegiance to the U.S.


THAT’S IT. Where is the big ring-ding? Seems the ONLY area that needs some tweaking is #10 of the U.S. Citizenship REQUIREMENTS which deals with ADJUSTING the applicant’s status. Being in the U.S. illegally can interfere with applying for citizenship. Congress can address that easily by allowing Undocumented Immigrants who were in the country BEFORE THE DATE ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM LAW PASSES or whatever the cut-off point is – to easily apply for a waiver or whatever process they decide. END OF STORY.

The important part is LEGALIZING people so they can come out of the shadows and join the mainstream. This includes applying for Citizenship down the road, IF they meet the requirements.


Congress, President Obama – please DO NOT GET BOGGED DOWN IN A CITIZENSHIP QUAGMIRE. You won’t meet many Undocumented Immigrants who will GIVE UP the chance for Legalization because of a disagreement over Citizenship! People wan to work and live without fear – citizenship will come later.

Two-time Presidential candidate, Republican Newt Gingrich is blasting former rival Mitt Romney (his party’s nominee for the 2012 Presidential election) and the party’s overly conservative policies as the GOP’s 2012 curse.

“When I said as a candidate we’re not going to deport a grandmother if she’s been here 25 years, we had a nominee who said yes, we would, that she would self-deport…I think at that point we lost Asians, we lost Latinos. You can’t lose Asians, Latinos, African Americans and young people, and think you’re going to be competitive.


Hard-line Tea Party obstructionists are no doubt girding their loins for battle. But obstructionists could not STOP blacks from getting their freedom, or STOP women from getting the vote, or STOP interracial marriages OR stop abortion rights or STOP gays from getting married or STOP blacks from joining the military or STOP women from joining the military or STOP gays from serving openly in the military – AND THEY WON’T STOP IMMIGRATION REFORM EITHER!

I suspect Hard-line Tea Party obstructionists in Congress and their supporters will not find the usual “loud mouthed” response from many of their former cheerleaders. They can hold on to their rigid ideology – but they will end up facing extinction in a Congress dominated by Democrats. 


The “FOUR PILLARS” of Immigration Reform:

  1. Create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas. 
  2. Reform the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in science, math, technology or engineering from an American university.
  3. Create an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants.
  4. Allow more low-skill workers into the country and allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can demonstrate they couldn’t recruit a U.S. citizen; and establishing an agricultural worker program.


4 Years of Talking aka NOTHING!

What have Republicans done over the last 4-years TO PUSH AMERICA FORWARD?

  • What did they do in 2009?
  • What did they do in 2010?
  • What did they do in 2011?
  • What have they done so far this year, in 2012?

Please pick a Republican, any Republican: like Florida Senator Marco Rubio (the one Conservatives are trying to FORCE FEED down Mitt Romney’s throat as a Vice Presidential candidate) and ASK him:

  • What have YOU and your party done to create a job…just ONE job…in the 4 years you were in Congress (collecting a fat salary, with comprehensive Health Care coverage (yes, comprehensive – the second Republican “Dirty Word” after compromise) and other perks?

Ask Republicans to tell you WHAT ANY of them has done in terms of:

  1. LEGISLATION that these congressmen supported?
  2. BILLS any of them pushed through Congress?
  3. FACTORIES any of them brought to their state/your state?
  4. Or the MEASURES they took to stop the train wreck in the Housing Sector?
  5. And the REGULATIONS they slapped on Wall Street/big banks to prevent another meltdown…since President Obama took office in January 2009?

Because some of us may not KNOW. And we’d LIKE to know. Because we hear Republicans TALKING a lot, CRITICIZING a lot, THROWING blame around – making a lot of NOISE, but we have NOT heard them saying: THIS IS WHAT I DID AND LOOK – IT WORKS!

So that when next we see these Republicans on TV talking about jobs, we’ll know that they actually did SOMETHING…instead of spending 4-YEARS TALKING about NO JOBS!

Republicans are all for creating jobs involving Iraq and Afghanistan. We understand that. NOW SHOW US THE JOBS YOU HELPED CREATE HERE, IN AMERICA!!!??? Between 2009 and 2012?

Don’t let people TELL you. check the figures FOR YOURSELF from the GOVERNMENT’S Bureau Of Labor Statistics. The department releases statistics (monthly/quarterly, etc) on the economy and jobs, including employment and unemployment statistics. When President Obama took office in January 2009, the national unemployment rate was: 7.8 percent. It’s now 8.2 percent (MAY 2012), ALTHOUGH:

  • Republicans/an intransigent Congress are un-cooperative and blocking the President’s job-creating efforts
  • The economy is still weak/sluggish
  • Big business is sitting on its money with lackluster investing/hiring
  • The Housing Industry is still in flux
  • Europe is melting down…

Has someone asked Republicans: WHOM do you blame for the massive job layoffs in 2009? They happened just months after President Obama took office. He was probably still trying to remember which turning to take to get to the Oval Office.

Do Republicans blame Obama for those layoffs? Wall Street, the Auto Industry and Housing were crashing when Obama took office  — happened under who’s watch? Outgoing Republican President Bush — or incoming Democrat Obama?

(Remember, President Obama did not take office until 2009, but don’t tell Republicans. They will argue Obama was president in 2008!) 

Regardless. In December 2008 the number of unemployed persons increased by 632-thousand to 11.1 million and the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent. That was under President Bush!!!

Here are some figures from The U.S. Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor) during the time that Republican George Bush was President – Bush Administration figures!

2 million jobs lost so far in ’09


Non-farm payroll employment declined sharply in December, (2008) and the unemployment rate rose from 6.8 to 7.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  

Payroll employment fell by 524,000 over the month and by 1.9 million over the last 4 months of 2008. In December, job losses were large and widespread across most major industry sectors.  

In December, the number of unemployed persons increased by 632,000 to 11.1 million and the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent.    

Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons has grown by 3.6 million, and the unemployment rate has risen by 2.3 percentage points.  

The unemployment rates for adult men (7.2 percent), adult women (5.9 percent), and whites (6.6 percent) increased in December. The jobless rates for teenagers (20.8 percent), blacks (11.9 percent) and Hispanics (9.2 percent) were little changed over the month. The unemployment rate for Asians was 5.1 percent in December, not seasonally adjusted.  

These job losses OCCURRED in 2008 – as in – the year BEFORE President Obama took office in 2009.

The hemorrhaging of American jobs accelerated at a record pace at the end of 2008, bringing the year’s total job losses to 2.6 million or the highest level in more than six decades.

A sobering U.S. Labor Department jobs report Friday showed the economy lost 524,000 jobs in December and 1.9 million in the year’s final four months, after the credit crisis began in September.

The unemployment rate rose to 7.2% last month from 6.7% in November – its highest rate since January 1993. The steep annual drop in jobs marked the highest yearly job-loss total since 1945, the year in which World War II ended.

The total number of unemployed Americans rose by 632,000 to 11.1 million.

November, in which 584,000 jobs were lost, and December marked the first time in the 70-year history of the report in which the economy lost more than 500,000 jobs in consecutive months.

Under-employment at a record high

A growing number of workers seeking full-time jobs were able to find only part-time work. Those working part-time jobs – because they couldn’t find full-time work, or their hours had been cut – jumped by 715,000 people to 8 million, the highest since such records were first kept in 1955.

From the GOVERNMENT’S Bureau Of labor Statistics.

Substantial job losses in 2008: weakness broadens and deepens across industries Economy in crisis:

Employment growth slowed in 2007 as housing troubles and problems with subprime mortgages struck construc­tion and related manufacturing industries, while con­sumer-driven industries continued to expand payroll employment. 

During 2008, poor economic news swept the Nation as each additional economic weakness prolif­erated and permeated into the broader economy. Across the board, economic indicators continued to plunge dur­ing the year.  

The housing crisis broadened into commercial and heavy construction, deepening employment losses in construc­tion and manufacturing and moving into housing-related wholesale and retail industries. Furniture and home fur­nishings, as well as building material and garden supply stores, were particularly hard hit.

Defaults on mortgages surged, especially for subprime loans.

Record-high oil and gas prices permeated nearly every industry during 2008 and affected consumers and compa­nies alike, resulting in cash flow problems. Many compa­nies tried to absorb rising shipping costs in order to retain sales; in turn, this cost-minimization strategy led to jobs cuts. Still, weak sales entering the holiday season pushed many retailers into further layoffs and even bankruptcy.

Mr. Boehner was in Congress then. John McCain was in congress then. Mitch McConnel was in congress then. Michele Bachmann was in congress then.

Unemployment rate spikes to 8.5%, a 25-year high, as 663,000 jobs lost in March. 5.1 million jobs have now been lost since the beginning of 2008.

Last Updated: April 3, 2009: 6:35 PM ET

 Job losses continued to mount in March (2009) and unemployment hit a 25-year high, according to the government’s latest reading on the battered labor market Friday.

Employers trimmed 663,000 jobs from their payrolls last month, roughly in line with forecasts of a loss of 658,000 jobs, according to economists surveyed by

For the first three months of the year, 2 million jobs have been lost, and 5.1 million jobs have been lost since the start of 2008.

More bad news…

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)/Oct. 2, 2009, 4:26 p.m. EDT
Job losses accelerate to 263,000 in September U.S. unemployment rate rises to 9.8%, a 26-year high

The nation’s job losses accelerated in September, (2009) driving the unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.8% and casting a cloud over the incipient recovery, economic data showed Friday.

Nonfarm payrolls fell by a greater-than-expected 263,000 in September, the Labor Department reported. It marked the 21st consecutive month of job losses.

Since the recession began in December 2007, 7.2 million jobs have been lost and the unemployment rate has doubled.

Details of the report were almost universally dismal, with the number of unemployed people rising by 214,000 to 15.1 million. And of those, 5.4 million have been out of work longer than six months.

In December, both the number of unemployed persons, at 15.3 million, and the unemployment rate, at 10.0 percent, were unchanged. At the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons was 7.7 million, and the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent. 


Review of 2009/Department of Labor 

For all of 2009, on a not seasonally adjusted basis, the total numbers of mass layoff events, at 28,030, and initial claims, at 2,796,456, reached their highest annual levels on record.  

Among the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy, manufacturing had the most initial claims in 2009 (1,137,106), followed by administrative and waste services (294,709) and construction (205,765). 

Manufacturing also had the largest over-the-year increase in total annual initial claims (+266,796), with retail trade (+57,283) and administrative and waste services (+48,039) experiencing the next largest increases. 

U.S. Department of Labor U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics/Monthly Review, November 2009 

In the summer of 2009, U.S. payroll em­ployment continued to fall as a result of the recession that began more than a year and a half earlier in December 2007.  

The re­cession has been one of the most severe since World War II, with the unemployment rate jumping from 4.7 percent in November 2007 to 10.2 percent in October 2009.  

However, as with other business cycles, the Bureau of La­bor Statistics (BLS) projects that the economy will return to a path of long-run growth over the next decade.

Although the recession has had a short-run impact on the economy, the BLS expects that the accompanying slowdown in the growth of both productivity and the labor force also will have an important long-run impact on the economy over the projection period. (2008 to 2018)

As a result, the BLS projects a 0.8-percent average annual growth of the la­bor force from 2008 to 2018, 0.3 percentage point lower than the historical rate of 1.1 per­cent posted from 1998 to 2008.

As regards employment prospects in the next decade, household employment is pro­jected to increase by about 13.1 million be­tween 2008 and 2018, less than the increase of 13.9 million across the 1998–2008 decade.  

This employment projection is accompanied by an assumed unemployment rate of 5.1 per­cent in 2018, 0.7 percentage point lower than the actual rate in 2008.

Note the TIME FRAME the government/Bureau of La­bor Statistics (BLS)  gives for the economy to “...return to a path of long-run growth”? A decade. 10  years. The government did NOT say over the next 2-years or even over the next 4 years. It said: over the next decade.

If Republicans can find someone (sane, credible) who expected the economy to start creating enough jobs in the last 2-years between 2009-20011, to replace the millions of lost jobs between 2007-2009 DUE TO REPUBLICAN POLICIES (including Tax Cuts ad nuseum and lack of financial oversight), please parade that person on TV for us all to see, because America, indeed the World, needs such a SAVIOR…and phenom!!!

Sane people understand that job creation and economic activity, especially during and following a recession, take longer than the time it takes to go through a drive in window and order a latte!

These Unemployment figures come from the Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. George Bush (2001-2008) Barak Obama (2009-2112) for MAY of each year.

  • 2001: Both the number of unemployed persons (6.2 million) and the  unemployment rate (4.4 percent) were little changed in May.
  • 2002: The number of unemployed persons (8.4 million) and the unemployment rate (5.8 percent) were little changed over the month.
  • 2003: The unemployment rate (was about unchanged) 6.1 percent in May; the number of unemployed persons was 9.0 million.
  • 2004: The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 8.2 million in May, and the unemployment rate held at 5.6 percent.
  • 2005: Both the number of unemployed persons, 7.6 million and the unemployment rate 5.1 percent, were essentially unchanged in May.
  • 2006: Both the number of unemployed persons (7.0 million) and the unemployment rate (4.6 percent) were essentially unchanged in May.
  • 2007: The number of unemployed persons (6.8 million) and the unemployment rate (4.5 percent) were unchanged in May.
  • 2008:  The number of unemployed persons increased by 861,000 to 8.5 million in May, after seasonal adjustment, and the unemployment rate rose by 0.5 percentage point to 5.5 percent.  A year earlier, the number of unemployed persons was 6.9 million, and the jobless rate was 4.5 percent
  • 2009: The number of unemployed persons increased by 787,000 to 14.5 million in May, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent.  Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of  unemployed persons has risen by 7.0 million, and the unemployment rate has grown by 4.5 percentage points.
  • 2010: The number of unemployed persons was 15.0 million in May. The unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent, the same rate as in the first 3 months of 2010.
  • 2011: The number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1 percent) were essentially unchanged in May. The labor force, at 153.7 million, was little changed over the month.
  • 2012: Both the number of unemployed persons (12.7 million) and the unemployment rate (8.2 percent) changed little in May. 

Why haven’t REPUBLICANS worked with the President? Why have Republicans done NOTHING, NOT anything, not ONE thing to boost the economy?


The Republican agenda is NOT about job creation.

SOME PEOPLE THINK that Republicans are united in one thing only:  Ensuring that Barak Obama is a ONE-TERM PRESIDENT. And if they support job creation and work to stimulate the economy and things get better, President Obama will be re-elected. SO THEY ARE CHOOSING TO SABOTAGE HIM?

Meantime, while Republicans adjust their blinders and work doggedly to DERAIL Obama, YOU – Joe and Jane American – are losing your job, your house, your hopes and dreams

But AS LONG AS Obama fails, SO WHAT if the country goes down the drain in the process!?

Republicans hope you REWARD them for their excellent STEWARDSHIP by drinking that Kool-Aid and voting for them…

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