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Kamikaze Republicans

stubbornelephSix GOP senators, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and 62 Republican members of the House, led by Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., have signed letters calling on congressional leaders to use that budget debate to de-fund the president’s order.

Formally legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants requires federal workers to spend time and money on the process, and these Republicans want to craft budget bills that expressly forbid money being used to implement the president’s order.

From: USA Today

I think some Haitians put a Voodoo curse on Republicans – and serve them right too, for allowing Cubans to enter the country as soon as they reach land – and sending the Haitians back!

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Oopsy! I put my foot in my mouth – again!!!
AGAIN?

If NOT a curse, then HOW do we account for the foot-in-your-mouth STUPIDITY of the GOP? The constant drumbeat to alienate and annoy a growing demographic that is exploding with consumer power and political influence?

WHY would Republicans even WANT to derail the President’s Executive Immigration Order? If I was a Republican (and very happy  I am NOT, thank you!), I’d rant and rave, yes, and shout about the “abuse of Presidential power”, but I would NOT – repeat would NOT, son…overturn, over-rule, derail or try in ANY way to nullify the President’s Immigration Order – WITHOUT offering something of my own. But what do I know, non-Tea Party, er…coffee-drinker that I am?

HERE’S WHY the President needs to act:Anti-Immigration Tea Party ProtestAnti-immigration

The Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act of 2005 (proposed by Senators John Cornyn and Jon Kyl, dead on arrival by Republicans who hold MAJORITY in Senate.

– The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (Senator Arlen Specter) passed in the Senate in May 2006 – KILLED in the Republican controlled House!

– The Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (a House version – it DIED too!) Anyone recalls “cloture”? Senate NEVER voted on bill! The DREAM Act: IT too is DEAD on arrival!

– The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 ( Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007) – derailed by Republicans.

– The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (Sen. Charles Schumer, co-sponsored by other “Gang of Eight” members). Passes Senate June 2013. DIES in House – Republican Speaker John Boehner REFUSES to bring bill to House floor for a vote.

Apparently NOT!

Apparently NOT!

Republicans have SUCCESSFULLY blocked Immigration Reform since 2007. First, they got their base to flood Congress with phone calls and deployed massive lobbying. That worked.

Then they threatened to overthrow fellow Republican House Speaker John Boehner if he so much as SAID the words: Immigration Reform. That worked, too…BUT!

Immigration Activists got smart. Groups pushing for Reform organized, got the big money, got the (champion of Republicans for no-regulation & cutting taxes) U.S. Chamber of Commerce behind them; got the (bastion of Republican voters for values) The National Association of Evangelicals behind them…and came up with a concerted push-back of their own.

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Add to this the power of the Hispanic vote (and the black and Immigrant vote) and the FIRST SHOT that was sent across the Democrat’s bow in the 2014 Mid-Terms. THAT was enough to get the President to take action – the SAME action that he could not take before!

Republicans KNOW they needed to bluster, scream and threaten as LOUDLY as they could BEFORE the President acted, to again cow Democrats into doing nothing, which suited the GOP just fine. Doing NOTHING, a Republican pastime, kept the Republican base happy; left Democrats holding the bag for the “nothing” that happened; contributed to a demoralized, disenchanted Democrat base and translated to fewer votes and lost seats in Congress and state Capitols.

Republicans were licking their chops…when suddenly, they lost their bone!  Now, they have to come up with a new playbook. Just as they started picking up some Hispanic votes by blaming Obama for NO reform…the President lobbed a back-hand into their court. Ace Obama. Your move GOP?

What CAN they do now? jack in box

If they DARE to repeal any Executive Action, now they will alienate Hispanics and other immigrants for good.

If they even hint that they will repeal any action during the 2016 Presidential race, then they run the risk of alienating Hispanic and immigrant voters.

If they DON’T, then they alienate their base.

If Republicans shut the government down over Immigration Reform, Americans will get angry.

If the Tea Party Ted Cruz faction INSISTS on shutting the government down, AGAIN, this time over Immigration Reform…some Republicans will not go along and this could get ugly. Oh golly!

If they sue the president, they will look stupid!!!

If they try to impeach, they have NO legal basis and will look even MORE stupid and petty. Plus, to blacks, that will really cement the antipathy, at a time the GOP is pretending to “reach out” to black voters…!

Ooohh — it’s NOT good to be Republican right now!

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Reform Immigration Rally: Boston Strong!

March for Immigrant Respect and Immigration Reform.

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IMG_5066 IMG_5069Video from a “March for Immigrant Respect and Immigration Reform” organized by The Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy coalition (MIRA). 

Immigrants and immigrant advocates/supporters from across Massachusetts gathered at Boston’s historic Copley Square on Saturday, October 5, 2013…before marching to the equally historic Boston Common. 

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  • Public figures including candidates for Boston mayor and city council led the March. Marchers stopped at two Bank of America branches to deliver a letter demanding a public statement against anti-immigrant politics and in support of Immigration Reform…and publicly call on Bank of America to stop supporting Speaker Boehner with campaign contributions.

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The Boston gathering was just ONE of about 200 similar actions organized in 154 cities in 40 states and the District of Columbia, on October 5, 2013…to raise a collective voice for immigrant dignity and respect. Marchers are getting support from 13 House Members, 1 Senator and 2 Governors.

Earlier this week, five U.S. House members introduced HR 5: Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, a bill that contains bipartisan-backed provisions from the Senate immigration bill, as well as the border security bill passed unanimously by the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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Immigrants and their allies are asking House Speaker John Boehner to let this bill move forward for the well being of immigrant families and the prosperity of our nation. The rally also called on the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to meet with Speaker Boehner and demand immigration reform NOW.

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THE MESSAGE OF THE BOSTON RALLY:

  1. To demand an end to the deportation practices that have driven 11 million immigrants into the shadows
  2. Demand the House of Representatives pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship, which would give immigrants the full respect of the society to which they belong and strengthen the economy to which they contribute.
  3. Call for the passage of important state bills such as the Safe Driving Bill and the Trust Act, measures that would increase the safety of our roads and return real security to our communities.

reform5The march will be held at a crucial moment — the final days in which the U.S. House of Representatives can move forward with an immigration reform bill this year. After the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan immigration legislation (S.744) that includes a pathway to citizenship in June, progress was blocked by House Speaker John Boehner, who refused early this summer to bring any comprehensive bill to the floor of the House.

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Now, after a summer of actions in which 26 members of Boehner’s Republican party have declared their support for reform, the combined force of labor, community, ethnic and faith organizations will call for Speaker Boehner to stop blocking the passage of comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship —a concept now supported by a bipartisan majority of representatives.

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The rally calls on all members of the Massachusetts delegation to the House — all of them Democrats —  to raise their voices publicly for consideration of a comprehensive bill, one with a path to citizenship and without militarization of the border.

The rally will begin with a noon and march from Copley square past several branches of Bank of America, which supporters will publicly call to stop supporting Speaker Boehner with campaign contributions.

(From information issued by MIRA.)

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Photos/video: Conlibe

BOSTON STRONG!!!

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Damned If We Do SYRIA – Damned If We Don’t!

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Ok, ok, I’ll whisper it:

I support John Boehner on this one.

That was rough…

John Boehner:

John Boehner:

I doubt I’ll ever have occasion to say something positive about the Republican House Speaker again!

America should NOT get involved in Syria. (If we wanted to act, we SHOULD HAVE GONE IN LONG before this.) Or at least, WAIT on the intelligence. BE SURE the rebels are NOT conning us to enter that conflict!

We too had a bloody Civil War (1861-1865). Humans were fighting to keep other humans as slaves. For this: 600-thousand soldiers died and much of the South’s infrastructure was destroyed!

The remarkable thing about the U.S. Civil War? Foreign powers DID NOT intervene

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U.S Civil War: 1861-1865. 60,000 people died!

Yes, sometimes the scenes are horrific and can’t bear watching…

But think what you’d see if TV could capture LIVE images of the Civil War.

America: Be prepared for the consequences if you/we go into Syria. There are always consequences – but we tend NOT to expect any! We act … then RE-act to the consequences …

We always expect the victims to accept our air strikes and give us a medal for it!

America please RETIRE – find new cops to police the world! Send our cops to Detroit, instead…

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Wildfires: California 2013

The cost of just those airstrikes can:

Put Detroit BACK on its feet?

Supply personnel and equipment to fight those wildfires in the West that are destroying homes and lives?

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Could buy a dream home for me – and you-and you…?

Could provide scholarships for thousands of American kids?

Could provide healthcare for an entire state for one year – or longer?

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Could fix many of our crumbling roads/bridges?

Yet we’ll NOT hesitate to blow money/resources on air strikes in Syria – an act that may only add fire to the gasoline that is the Middle east – with NO guarantee of a positive outcome. 

That matters little though.sttig

It’s not about prudence, it’s about saber-rattling.

And when it comes to er, sabers…we think we have the biggest of them all. 

We FORGET the King of Sabers, Mr Saber-Toothed Tiger sent herds of mammoths stampeding. But today it is EXTINCT!

Damned If We Do SYRIA – Damned If We Don’t!

I say: DON’T!

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Republican: American Workers are Dope Addicts

Have you heard?

One Republican congressman, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) says – quote:

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David Joyce: Represents Ohio’s 14th congressional district

According to an online news story, Joyce says that’s because “they either can’t find people to come to work sober, daily, drug-free and want to learn the necessary skills going forward to be able to do those jobs.”

OMG!!! Illegal immigrants have SO much to answer for!

Businesses CANNOT find 3 MILLION people to HIRE? WHERE, oh where are the illegal immigrants hiding?

Why? Because as Republicans claim, Illegal Immigrants are taking ALL the jobs from American workers – and now you’re telling me…

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American workers – forget it. Don’t want dope addicts like you on the job!

NO, wait – a REPUBLICAN is telling me…

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) is TELLING America that there are JOBS that Americans CANNOT fill (for whatever reason) but according to HIM: “because they either can’t find people to come to work sober, daily, drug-free and want to learn the necessary skills going forward to be able to do those jobs”…

Said the night wind, I mean…unbelieving immigrant…to the little lamb…er, republican senator… “Do you hear what I hear…?”

Rep Joyce – HAVE YOU BEEN LYING TO US all this time – when you and your GOP colleagues BLAMED illegal immigrants for “taking” American jobs…decimating the middle class…?

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NOT doped out – you won’t! Hey, according to Joyce (not me!)

Don’t know WHERE he gets his facts from…but…

OH dear, dear me!

And the Truth shall set Illegal Immigrants free…

Hey, John Boehner, apparently the two of you come from a different Ohio – (he’s probably from Ohio, Canada a la Ted Cruz maybe?) No, I don’t mean Ontario! Ohio, Canada or Ohio, Hawaii…

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King – Calls Hispanics kids: drug mules…

Republicans have about insulted every ethnic/minority that they can:

Poor black people, poor white people, homosexuals, blacks, Jews, Hispanics – especially Hispanics, women, single mothers, Asians, the tax-dodging 48%, immigrants…you name it.

Joyce’s fellow Republican Steve King calls Hispanic immigrants: drug mules

Now Joyce finds an end point for these drugs…

Next week, another Republican will disclose who are the drug kinpins raking in the money.  Can’t wait…

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Next target to insult Angels!

Yep. Watch Republicans go after Angels for lazing about in Heaven ALL day while allowing us sinners to run amok on Earth…!!!

(Using Angles as a metaphor only!)

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USE “Discharge Petition”: Pass Immigration Reform

What is a Discharge Petition…and can it help with Immigration Reform?

According to online encyclopedia -Wiki:

discharge petition is a means of bringing a bill out of committee and to the floor for consideration without a report from the committee and usually without cooperation of the leadership.

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BLUE: Democratic (201) RED: Republican (234)

Discharge Petitions are most often associated with the U.S. House of Representatives, though many state legislatures have similar procedures. They are used when the chair of a committee refuses to place a bill or resolution on the committee’s agenda (keeping the bill in committee without ever bringing it to the full House for a vote).

A successful petition “discharges” the committee from further consideration of a bill or resolution and brings it directly to the floor. The modern discharge petition requires the signature of an absolute majority of House members (218 members). 

House Republicans have 33 MORE seats – but they’re using that slim majority to CONTROL the agenda – when a Majority Vote would pass the legislation. If Republicans kill Immigration Reform – all Democrats need are 34 seats to regain the majority. 2014 Mid Term elections – just 14 months away…

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Now powerful backers of Immigration Reform like the AFL-CIO and (the one I love the best) pro-reform organization America’s Voice think a Discharge Petition may just be the way to get the issue to the floor of the U.S House of Representatives…

Republican House Speaker John Boehner caved in to Tea Party pressure and has INSISTED that any immigration bill must have the support of a majority of his fellow Republicans in the House.

John Boehner:

John Boehner:

Boehner is trying to protect his job as Speaker (over protecting the wishes of America) by BOWING DOWN to the extremist, racist Tea Party wing of the GOP (the ones who HATE President Obama because he is black but lack the cojones to actually SAY so PUBLICLY.

They will NEVER support Immigration Reform…and instead cloud the issue with buzzwords like: Border Security. Or allowing the immigrants kids to be legal but keeping the parents illegal because the parents will vote Democrat. ALL Republicans ever see are voting booths. They don’t see the Human Toll/the HUMAN SUFFERING. Republicans just see political outcomes – and this is why they manipulate and come up with schemes to WIN ELECTIONS at any cost.  

Therefore Tea Party Republicans disingenuously say the reason they are anti immigration is because:

  1. Immigrants are taking American jobs.
  2. Immigrants are depressing wages.

Anti-Immigration Tea Party ProtestThey are trumpeting loudly that immigration reform means a-billion people will invade America…yes, these 11 million undocumented will have 11 million kids – and 11 million grandkids and their 11 million lovers – plus their 22 million parents and another 22 million grandparents not forgetting 11 million aunts, 11 million uncles, 11 million cousins plus 11 million neighbors…and the 11 million people who need to be bribed!

Do we NEED signs like this to make a point? We get it - there are people here illegally - but does that make them animals? Among the largest group of Illegals here in Massachusetts are IRISH - what would a sign like the one above say? Today Mexican, tomorrow...?

Do we NEED signs like this to make a point? We get it – there are people here illegally – but does that make them animals?

They forget the majority of these 11-million undocumented immigrants are already WORKING…and yet still, employers, especially farmers across America CANNOT find the workers they need…

There are examples in states where they passed anti-immigration legislation, immigrants left, American workers showed up then left after a couple days – and the crops are rotting in the fields.

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They so do…

I pulled samples from news articles online:

  • Worker shortages have prompted some Alabama farmers who grow labor-intensive produce to plant less, rather than have crops rot in the fields again this year. 

Last fall (June 2011) Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a tough law combating illegal immigration, which prompted undocumented workers to flee the state. Few locals will perform the grueling work of picking crops, and farmers stuck in a agricultural system built on illegal labor are struggling to find replacements before their produce rots. 

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

Georgia passed a similar immigration law in 2011. When undocumented workers fled, farmers lost around 40% of their workers and $140 million worth of blueberries, melons, onions, and other crops due to labor shortages. This year Georgia farmers again fear they will be short on workers to pick the crops, and many have scaled back production or stopped planting altogether. 

  • Many farmers want to hire local workers, but it is increasingly difficult to find U.S. natives with the proper skills. Few are willing or able to perform the physically taxing and low paying labor which requires them to move with the crops, even with wages of $15-$20 an hour. Georgia recently experimented with creating a program that allowed parolees to work as farm laborers, but it was unsuccessful when they wouldn’t — or couldn’t — endure the grueling days. 
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Joe Bailey (Bailey Nurseries) says they rely heavily on seasonal immigrant employees, but calls Visa system to hprocess workers: a headache

  • Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition, which has broad buy-in and advocates for smart immigration growth in Minnesota. And because of its efforts, hundreds of Minnesota businesses now back the push to modernize federal immigration laws. Their message: Without more immigrants, Minnesota’s labor force will fall short of the workers it will need, at both the higher and lower ends of the skills spectrum, as baby boomers retire.
  • South Carolina’s Chalmers Carr needs Congress to pass immigration reform that includes a workable program for farmers and ranchers. If it doesn’t happen, he’ll continue having problems getting his peaches to market.
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 Carr brings in more than 500 Mexican workers through the onerous H-2A program. They trim peach trees and pick and pack about 2 million boxes of peaches annually on his Saluda County, S.C.-based Titan Farms.

 A national survey of H-2A employers shows that on average workers arrive 22 days after they’re needed because of administrative delays, resulting in an economic loss of nearly $320 million.

 As much as he would like to avoid H-2A’s costs and headaches, Carr is left with no other option. In the last two years he’s advertised in the U.S. for more than 2,000 jobs.

“We’ve had about 600 U.S. workers apply for the jobs-about one-third of what I need-but we’ve had only 15 take the job and stay all the way through,” he said. “How can I pick these crops with 15 workers?”

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Tomatoes rot in Alabama farmer Brian Cash’s field after his 65-strong workforce vanished to avoid the immigration crackdown. Photo: Ed Pilkington/Guardian

 Emphasizing the urgent need for reform, Carr encouraged Americans to consider the alternative.

“Your fruit is going to be harvested one way or another by a foreign national,” he said. “Do you want it harvested here in this country with our food safety regulations versus having that foreign national harvest them in another country where you don’t have the same food safety protocols?”

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Migrant workers harvest strawberries near Oxnard, California. Many other nearby farms have no workers and fruit is left to rot on the ground as poor migrants stay away for fear of being abused. AFP PHOTO. Americans – more jobs waiting for you!

IT IS TIME for Congress to act…

We want a vote in the House…let’s see who is FOR reform and let’s see who is AGAINST it….

Listen John Boehner: We DEMAND a Discharge Petition.

You and your House Republicans should not hold Immigration Reform HOSTAGE over 33 votes!

NATION SUPPORTS Immigration Reform

There is broad NATIONAL CONSENSUS FOR Immigration Reform…across dcrallyAmerica. Let’s take a look at some NUMBERS…

Does everybody support it? no! But the MAJORITY does…and we go by the majority, unless of course you are House Speaker John Boehner – then you go by a “majority of a majority!” Which means that Republicans won the election and Romney is President…

The only people loudly yelling to deport the “illegal Mexican criminals” are from the Tea Party arm of the Republican Party and other racists groups on the extremist fringe…

Loony Iowa Representative Steve King held a STOP AMNESTY “in your face” rally in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s backyard. 60 people turned up…yes, 60. More people show up at little league games…

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King has made statements (about immigrants) like:

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian…there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” 

And — “If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you’re going to have more violence right? It’s like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?”

King was apparently trying to show Cantor (who criticized King for his insensitive comments) that HE, King, is “da man” with mega support for his racist opinions! Yep! 60 kilotons of people power!

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THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS FAVOR IMMIGRATION REFORM.

Here’s a list of SOME of those who have come forward to support Immigration Reform:

The National Association of Evangelicals… Represents more than 45,000 local churches from 40 different denominations and serves a constituency of millions. Ranges from the American Jewish Committee, to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Southern Baptist Convention, United Sikhs, Presbyterians, Mennonites and Mormons.

Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform

Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost.

Reform Immigration Now!

As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship                      for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents
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If Jesus came as undocumented – would we welcome him today?

Statement on Citizenship (March 18, 2013)  May 2nd Open-Letter to Congress: 

Signatories: Heads of the Evangelical Immigration Table 

  1. Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
  2. Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief
  3. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
  4. Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association
  5. Luis Cortés, President, Esperanza
  6. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
  7. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  8. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  9. Mathew Staver, Chairman and Founder, Liberty Counsel
  10. Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
  11. Heads of Evangelical Denominations
  12. Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churchesevang1
  1. Gary M. Benedict, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, United States
  2. Joel Boot, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church of North America
  3. Ed Boschman, Executive Director, U.S. Mennonite Brethren
  4. Eugénio Duarte, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  5. Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
  6. Jim Eschenbrenner, General Council Secretary, Christian Union
  7. David Graves, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  8. William J. Hamel, President, Evangelical Free Church of America
  9. Bruce Hill, Bishop, Evangelical Congregational Church
  10. Bill Hossler, President, The Missionary Church
  11. Ken Hunn, Executive Director, The Brethren Church
  12. JoAnne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
  13. Rob McCleland, Executive Director, North American Baptist Conference
  14. Jesse Middendorf, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  15. Jerry D. Porter, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  16. Joseph Tkach, President and Pastor General, Grace Communion International
  17. Stan Toler, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  18. Berten Waggoner, National Director, Vineyard USA
  19. Gary Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church
  20. J. K. Warrick, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
  21. Phil Whipple, Bishop, United Brethren in Christ
  22. George Wood, General Superintendent, General Council of the Assemblies of God
  23. Bryant Wright, President, Southern Baptist Convention 

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Leaders of Evangelical Organizations

  1. Scott Arbeiter, Board Chair, World Relief
  2. Leroy Barber, President, Mission Year
  3. Edward O. Blews, Jr., President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  4. Paul Cedar, Chair and CEO, Mission America Coalition
  5. Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
  6. Kit Danley, President, Neighborhood Ministries
  7. Mark DeYmaz, Executive Director, Mosaix Global Network
  8. Daniel F. Flores, President, Sociedad Wesleyana
  9. Jose L. Gonzalez, Founder and President, Semilla, Inc.
  10. Wayne Gordon, Chairman and President, Christian Community Development Association
  11. Alec Hill, President and CEO, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
  12. Benjamin Homan, President, John Stott Ministries/Langham Partnership
  13. Gregory C.V. Johnson, President and Founder, Standing Together
  14. Jim Liske, CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries
  15. Alejandro Mandes, Director of Hispanic Ministries, Evangelical Free Church
  16. Jim Mellado, President, Willow Creek Association
  17. Jesse Miranda, Chief Executive Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  18. Steve Moore, President, Missio Nexus
  19. Doug Nuenke, President, Navigators
  20. Kevin Palau, President, Luis Palau Association
  21. Luis Palau, Founder and CEO, Luis Palau Association
  22. Josue del Risco, National Coordinator, Church Mobilization Group, North American Mission Board
  23. Mike Rolfes, Executive Director, Renew Chicago
  24. Rick Ryan, Convoy of Hope
  25. Doug Seebeck, Executive Director, Partners Worldwide
  26. Ronald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action
  27. Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S.
  28. Ed Stetzer, President, Lifeway Research
  29. T.V. Thomas, Chair, Ethnic America Network
  30. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
  31. Ken Wytsma, Founder, The Justice Conference 
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Dr. Russell Moore

Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission – wrote to every senator, reaffirming the Southern Baptist Convention’s commitment to passing compassionate and commonsense immigration reform:

June 20, 2013

Dear Senator:

As the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, I write to share a faith-based perspective on immigration reform.

As you are aware, the Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination, with nearly 16 million members worshiping in more than 46,000 autonomous local congregations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the official Southern Baptist entity charged by the Southern Baptist Convention to speak to  our nation’s moral, cultural, and religious liberty issues.

The Southern Baptist Convention asks our governing authorities to implement just and compassionate comprehensive immigration reform. We oppose the two extremes of deportation and amnesty, seeking an approach that improves enforcement of our immigration laws balanced with compassion for those here without legal status. This position echoes previous resolutions passed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2006 and 2011 in favor of a balanced approach to comprehensive immigration reform. Full text

Leaders of Evangelical Universities and Seminaries

  1. Danny Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  2. Mark Bailey, President, Dallas Theological Seminary
  3. Jay Barnes, President, Bethel University
  4. David Black, President, Eastern University
  5. Bill Brown, President, Cedarville University
  6. Carlos Campo, President, Regent University
  7. Joseph Castleberry, President, Northwest University
  8. Andrea Cook, President, Warner Pacific College
  9. Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
  10. Robin Hadaway, Interim President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  11. Dennis Hollinger, President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  12. Gordon MacDonald, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
  13. Corlis McGee, President, Eastern Nazarene College
  14. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  15. Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
  16. Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College
  17. Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
  18. Joseph Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
  19. Timothy Tennent, President, Asbury Seminary
  20. Craig Williford, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Evangelical Journalists, Authors, Artists, Business and Thought Leaders

  1. Cheryl Broetje, Vista Hermosa Foundation
  2. Dr. Don Buckley, Physician, Pensacola, FL
  3. Victor G. Carrillo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Zion Oil and Gas
  4. Shane Claiborne, Author and Activist
  5. Andy Crouch, Author and Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today
  6. Margaret Feinberg, Author and Speaker
  7. John Fuder, Author
  8. Art Gay, Minister-at-Large, Evangelical Initiatives International
  9. Troy and Sara Groves, Musicians
  10. Gary Kinnaman, Grace Unlimited
  11. Jonathan Merritt, Faith & Culture Writer
  12. David Neff, Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today
  13. John Perkins, Founder, Christian Community Development Association
  14. Malcolm Yarnell, Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 

Other Denominational and Network Leaders

  1. Paul Borthwick, Senior Consultant, Development Associates International
  2. Walter Contreras, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California
  3. Kimberly Dirmann, Supervisor, Foursquare Southwest District
  4. Jose Garcia, State Overseer &emdash; California, Church of God of Prophecy
  5. Lydia Gonzalez D’Ross, Oklahoma Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  6. Jorge Fuentes, President & Founder, La Red de Oracion USA
  7. Frank Lyons, Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, Anglican Church in North America
  8. Robert Mills, Executive Director, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
  9. René Molina, Pastor Principal, Iglesias de Restauración/ELIM, Southern California
  10. Carl Nelson, President, Transform Minnesota
  11. Rogelio Ovalle, Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Northern Pacific Latin American District
  12. Suzii Paynter, Director, Christian Life Commission, Baptist General Convention of Texas
  13. Jesse Rincones, President, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas
  14. Dennis J. Rivera, District Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Central District
  15. Wendy Tarr, Director, CLUE Orange County
  16. David Warren, State Representative, Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches
  17. Jim Wideman, Executive Director, Baptist Convention of New England
  18. Pastor Adan Aguirre, Senior Pastor, Impacto de Fe (Arvada, CO)
  1. Kenton Beshore, Senior Pastor, Mariners Church (Irvine, CA)
  2. Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Ministers at Large, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
  3. Rob Bugh, Senior Pastor, Wheaton Bible Church (West Chicago, IL)
  4. Tim Celek, Lead Pastor, The Crossing (Costa Mesa, CA)
  5. Jackson Crum, Lead Pastor, Park Community Church (Chicago, IL)
  6. Dharius Daniels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Kingdom Church (Ewing, NJ)
  7. Alberto Delgado, Founder and Senior Pastor, Alpha & Omega Church (Miami, FL)
  8. Jerry Dirmann, Founder and Senior Pastor, The Rock (Anaheim, CA)
  9. Joe Duke, Founder and Senior Pastor, LifePoint Church (Baltimore, MD)
  10. Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL)
  11. David Fleming, Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church (Houston, TX)
  12. David Galvan, Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (Dallas, TX)
  13. Jose Gonzalez, Pastor, Harvest Bible Church (Phoenix, AZ)
  14. Dave Gibbons, Senior Pastor and Founder, Newsong Church and Xealots
  15. J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church (Durham, NC)
  16. Philip Griffin, Senior Pastor, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
  17. Juan Guillén, Pastor, Willow Creek Casa de Luz, Willow Creek Community Church, (South Barrington, IL)
  18. Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church (Decatur, GA)
  19. Steve Harling, Lead Pastor, Foothills Community Church (Arvada, CO)
  20. Spike Hogan, Senior Pastor, Chet’s Creek Church (Jacksonville, FL)
  21. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed (Longwood, FL)
  22. Bill and Lynne Hybels, Founders, Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL)
  23. John Jenkins, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (MD)
  24. Wilfredo de Jesus, Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church (Chicago, IL)
  25. Tyler Johnson, Lead Pastor, Redemption Church (Phoenix, AZ)
  26. Lee de Leon, Executive Pastor, Templo Calvario (Los Angeles, CA)
  27. Nick Lilo, Lead Pastor, Waterstone Community Church (Littleton, CO)
  28. Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church (Roswell, GA)
  29. Max Lucado, Minister of Preaching, Oak Hills Church (San Antonio, TX)
  30. Troy Jackson, Senior Pastor, University Christian Church (Cincinnati, OH)
  31. Mark Jobe, Lead Pastor, New Life Community Church (Chicago, IL)
  32. Dave McDowell, Senior Pastor, Community Fellowship Church (West Chicago, IL)
  33. Tom Melton, Senior Pastor, Greenwood Community Church (Greenwood, CO)
  34. James Merritt, Lead Pastor, Cross Pointe Church (Duluth, GA)
  35. Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Columbus (OH)
  36. Carlos Ortiz, Founder and Senior Pastor, Cristo Vive Churches (Miami, FL)
  37. Daniel Prieto, Pastor, Foursquare Church (San Antonio, TX)
  38. Bob Roberts, Senior Pastor, NorthWood Church (Keller, TX)
  39. Alan Robinson, Senior Pastor, Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church (PA)
  40. Hanibal Rodriguez, Lead Pastor, Iglesia del Pueblo (West Chicago, IL)
  41. Mike Romberger, Senior Pastor, Mission Hills Church (Littleton, CO)
  42. Randall Ross, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church (Naperville, IL)
  43. Chris Schutte, Senior Pastor, Christ Church Anglican (Phoenix, AZ)
  44. Jim Tolle, Senior Pastor, La Iglesia En El Camino (Los Angeles, CA)
  45. David Uth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church (Orlando, FL)
  46. Jim Walters, Senior Pastor, Bear Valley Church (Lakewood, CO)
  47. Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA)
  48. Chris Williamson, Senior Pastor and Founder, Strong Tower Bible Church (Franklin, TN)
  49. Sandy Willson, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN)
  50. Dave Workman, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Cincinnati Church (OH)
  51. Paul Zink, Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship (Jacksonville, FL)
  1. Lamar Cooper, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology, Criswell College
  2. William Dembski, Research Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  3. Michael Emerson, Professor of Sociology, Rice University
  4. David Gushee, Director, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University
  5. Dan Heimbach, Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  6. Steve Lemke, Provost, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  7. Juan Francisco Martínez, Associate Provost, Fuller Theological Seminary
  8. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
  9. C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
  10. Tom Parker, Director, Fuller Seminary Southwest
  11. Phil Roberts, Former President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  12. Daniel Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Pepperdine University
  13. Daniel Sanchez, Professor of Missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  14. Will Stoller-Lee, Director, Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado
  15. Walker Tzeng, Chief Operating Officer, Olivet University 

(Titles and institutions are provided for identification purposes only and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions)

–> Also SUPPORTING Immigration Reform: chamber

  • THE US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: which represents more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.

The undersigned organizations urge the United States Congress to enact legislation that would bring meaningful reforms to critical components of our nation’s immigration system. Reform of an outdated, broken immigration system is essential if we are to achieve a fully revitalized economy that provides rewarding and lasting jobs and opportunities for all Americans.

Thought leaders from across the ideological spectrum agree that enacting immigration reform now will accelerate U.S. economic growth at a critical time when it has struggled to recover, and will help to enable sustained growth for decades to come.

Failure to act is not an option. We can’t afford to be content and watch a generation-old immigration system work more and more against our overall national interest. Instead, we urge Congress to remain mindful of the clear benefits to our economy if we succeed, and work together and with us to achieve real, pro-growth immigration reform.

Sincerely,

  1. Adams Insurance Service, Inc.
  2. Adobe
  3. Advanced Decisions, Inc.
  4. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  5. AGCO Corporation
  6. Albany-Colonie (NY) Regional Chamber
  7. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  8. Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
  9. 2 of 11
  10. ALOM
  11. American Action Forum
  12. American Action Network
  13. American Association of UniversityWomen
  14. (AAUW)
  15. American Beekeeping Federation
  16. American Coatings Association
  17. American Council of Engineering Companies
  18. American Council on International Personnel
  19. American Farm Bureau Federation
  20. American Feed Industry Association
  21. American Honey Producers Association
  22. American Hotel & Lodging Association
  23. American Immigration Lawyers Association
  24. American Institute of Certified Public
  25. Accountants
  26. American Jewish Committee (NJ)
  27. American Meat Institute
  28. American Nursery & Landscape Association
  29. American Project Consultants, LLC
  30. American Sheep Industry Association
  31. American Standard Development Company
  32. Anaheim (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  33. Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce
  34. Applied Materials
  35. Appvance Inc.
  36. Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  37. Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
  38. Arizona Nursery Association
  39. Arizona Technology Council
  40. Arkansas State Chamber of
  41. Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
  42. Arlington Chamber of Commerce (TX)
  43. Arsenal Venture Partners
  44. Aspen Square Hotel
  45. Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  46. Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado
  47. Association for Competitive Technology
  48. AT&T
  49. Austin Ventures
  50. Autodesk, Inc.
  51. Avid Park Capital, LLC
  52. Axcelis Technologies
  53. Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber
  54. Baton Rouge Area (LA) Chamber
  55. Belton Area Chamber of Commerce
  56. Bennington Area (VT) Chamber of Commerce
  57. Blount Partnership
  58. Brokaw Nursery, Inc.
  59. 3 of 11
  60. BSA | The Software Alliance
  61. Buckeye Valley (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  62. Business Council of Alabama
  63. Business Council of New York State, Inc
  64. Cabarrus (NC) Regional Chamber of Commerce
  65. Cadence Design Systems
  66. California Chamber of Commerce
  67. California Cotton Ginners Association
  68. California Cotton Growers Association
  69. California Farm Bureau Federation
  70. California Grape and Tree Fruit League
  71. California Strawberry Commission
  72. CALinnovates
  73. Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.
  74. Capital Factory
  75. Cargill
  76. Carpet Empire Plus
  77. Caterpillar Inc.
  78. Cervilenz Inc.
  79. Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County
  80. (IN)
  81. Chamber of Commerce Southwest LA
  82. Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura &
  83. Santa Barbara Counties (CA)
  84. Chamber West (UT)
  85. Chandler (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  86. Cherry Lane Farms
  87. Chicago Southland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  88. Chicagoland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  89. Cisco Systems, Inc.
  90. Collaborative Communications
  91. Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
  92. Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association
  93. Committee of 100 for Economic Development,
  94. Inc. (LA)
  95. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  96. Compete America
  97. CompTIA
  98. Computer & Communications Industry
  99. Association
  100. Concord Servicing Corporation
  101. Concord Software Leasing Corporation
  102. Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association
  103. Consumer Electronics Association
  104. Cordele-Crisp (GA) Chamber of Commerce
  105. Corning Incorporated
  106. Cottonwood Technology Fund – NVCA Member
  107. Cummins, Inc.
  108. Dairy Producers of New Mexico
  109. 4 of 11
  110. Dakota County (MN) Regional Chamber of
  111. Commerce
  112. Dallas Regional Chamber
  113. Danna & Danna, Inc.
  114. Danna Farms, Inc.
  115. Danna Investment Co.
  116. Danna Land Co.
  117. Danna Properties, LP
  118. Daytona (FL) Regional Chamber of Commerce
  119. Dell
  120. Deloitte LLP
  121. Delta Planning, Inc.
  122. Denton Glass Company
  123. Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  124. Diversified Thermal Insulation
  125. Dow Chemical Company
  126. East Bay (RI) Chamber of Commerce
  127. East Valley (UT) Chamber
  128. eBay Inc.
  129. EcoFactor Inc.
  130. Edison Ventures
  131. Einstein’s Alley NJ
  132. Elance, Inc.
  133. EMC
  134. EnerNOC, Inc.
  135. Engine
  136. Erie (PA) Regional Chamber & Growth
  137. Partnership
  138. ETM-Electromatic Inc.
  139. Everett Partners, Ltd.
  140. F5 Networks
  141. Facebook
  142. Fall River Area (MA) Chamber of Commerce
  143. and Industry
  144. Farmers Investment Co.
  145. Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
  146. Finelite Inc.
  147. FirstFruits of Washington
  148. Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
  149. Flagstaff (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  150. Florida Chamber of Commerce
  151. Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape
  152. Association
  153. Fox Cities (WI) Chamber of Commerce &
  154. Industry
  155. FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
  156. FWD.US
  157. Gatlinburg (TN) Chamber of Commerce
  158. Gazzang Inc.
  159. General Electric
  160. 5 of 11
  161. Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  162. Georgia Green Industry Association
  163. Gilbert (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  164. Global Immigration Benchmarking Council
  165. GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  166. Goleta Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  167. Google Inc.
  168. Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition
  169. Greater Boca Raton (FL) Chamber of Commerce
  170. Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  171. Greater Des Moines (IA) Partnership
  172. Greater Durham (NC) Chamber of Commerce
  173. Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
  174. Greater Houston Partnership
  175. Greater Indianapolis (IN) Chamber of Commerce
  176. Greater Irving-Las Colinas (TX) Chamber of
  177. Commerce
  178. Greater Memphis (TN) Chamber
  179. Greater Omaha Chamber (NE)
  180. Greater Pittsburgh (PA) Chamber of Commerce
  181. Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  182. Greater Richmond (VA) Chamber
  183. Greater San Antonio (TX) Chamber of
  184. Commerce
  185. Greater San Fernando Valley (CA) Chamber of
  186. Commerce
  187. Greater Topeka (KS) Chamber of Commerce
  188. Green Bay Area (WI) Chamber of Commerce
  189. Grok Inc.
  190. Grower-Shipper Association of Central
  191. California
  192. Gulf Citrus Growers Association
  193. Henderson County (NC) Chamber of Commerce
  194. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton (SC) Chamber of
  195. Commerce
  196. Hilton Worldwide
  197. Hispanic Leadership Network
  198. HR Policy Association
  199. Hudson County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
  200. Huffman & Hawbaker Farms
  201. IBC Bank
  202. IBM Corporation
  203. Idaho Dairymen’s Association
  204. Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
  205. Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association
  206. Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee
  207. Rights
  208. Illinois Farm Bureau
  209. Illinois Green Industry Association
  210. Illinois Technology Association
  211. 6 of 11
  212. Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  213. Indiana Farm Bureau
  214. Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association
  215. Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
  216. Infinera
  217. Information Technology Industry Council
  218. Ingersoll Rand
  219. inSPIRE STEM USA
  220. Intel Corporation
  221. International Dairy Foods Association
  222. Intersouth Partners
  223. Intuit
  224. IRONCO Enterprises LLC
  225. Irrigation Association
  226. Jan Medical, Inc.
  227. Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  228. Johnson City TN Chamber of Commerce
  229. JumpStart Inc.
  230. Juniper Networks
  231. K & W Mfg. Co., Inc.
  232. Kansas Chamber of Commerce
  233. Kansas Farm Bureau
  234. Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
  235. Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
  236. KnowledgeTree Inc.
  237. Kovio, Inc.
  238. Laredo (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  239. Las Vegas (NV) Metro Chamber of Commerce
  240. Lassen Canyon Nursery, Inc.
  241. Lee & Hayes, PLLC
  242. Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
  243. LiveOps, Inc.
  244. Lone Star Boat, RV & Self Storage
  245. Long Beach (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  246. Longview (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  247. Los Angeles County Economic Development
  248. Corporation (LAEDC)
  249. Loudoun County (VA) Chamber of Commerce
  250. Louisiana Irrigation Association
  251. Lubbock (TX) Chamber of Commerce
  252. Madrona Venture Group
  253. Manhattan (NY) Chamber of Commerce
  254. Marriott International, Inc.
  255. Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
  256. Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
  257. Massachusetts Innovation & Technology
  258. Exchange (MITX)
  259. Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension
  260. Partnership
  261. 7 of 11
  262. Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
  263. MC Marketing Group LLC
  264. Meadowlands (NJ) Regional Chamber
  265. Melaleuca, Inc.
  266. MetricStream
  267. Metro South Chamber of Commerce (MA)
  268. Michigan Apple Association
  269. Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  270. Michigan Farm Bureau
  271. Michigan Milk Producers Association
  272. Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
  273. Microsoft Corp.
  274. Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  275. MIND Research Institute
  276. Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  277. Minnesota Farm Bureau
  278. Minnesota High Tech Association
  279. Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
  280. Mitsubishi International Corporation
  281. Monterey County Farm Bureau
  282. Morgenthaler
  283. Morris County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
  284. Morris County (NJ) Hispanic-American
  285. Chamber of Commerce
  286. Motive Power Systems Inc.
  287. Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
  288. Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  289. Myrtle Beach Area (SC) Chamber of Commerce
  290. Naperville Area (IL) Chamber of Commerce
  291. NASDAQ OMX
  292. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  293. National Association of Manufacturers
  294. National Christmas Tree Association
  295. National Council of Agricultural Employers
  296. National Council of Chain Restaurants
  297. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  298. National Foreign Trade Council
  299. National Grape Cooperative Association Inc.
  300. National Immigration Forum
  301. National Onion Association
  302. National Potato Council
  303. National Retail Federation
  304. National Roofing Contractors Association
  305. National Venture Capital Association
  306. New England Apple Council
  307. New Jersey Main Street Alliance
  308. New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association
  309. 8 of 11
  310. New Mexico Association of Commerce &
  311. Industry
  312. New York Farm Bureau
  313. New York Technology Council
  314. NewComLink
  315. Nisei Farmers League
  316. Nitero, Inc.
  317. NM Association of Commerce & Industry
  318. North American Blueberry Council
  319. North Carolina Farm Bureau
  320. North Carolina Nursery & Landscape
  321. Association
  322. North Carolina Technology Association
  323. North East Ohio International Business Network
  324. Northeast Dairy Producers Association
  325. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  326. Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
  327. Northumberland County (VA) Chamber of
  328. Commerce
  329. OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
  330. OFA – The Association of Horticulture
  331. Professionals
  332. Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  333. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
  334. Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association
  335. Ohio Venture Association
  336. ON Semiconductor
  337. OnShift, Inc.
  338. Oracle
  339. Oregon Association of Nurseries
  340. Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.
  341. Oregon Farm Bureau
  342. Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc.
  343. Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
  344. Overstock.com
  345. Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  346. Packard Place
  347. Palm Desert Area (CA)Chamber of Commerce
  348. Paramount Citrus
  349. Paramount Farming Company
  350. Partnership for a New American Economy
  351. Paymetric Inc.
  352. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
  353. Permac Industries
  354. Pokeware
  355. Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce
  356. Port Hueneme (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  357. Preemptive Solutions
  358. Prescott (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  359. Prime Time International
  360. 9 of 11
  361. Produce Marketing Association
  362. Producers Chemical Co.
  363. Professional Landcare Network
  364. PTV Sciences
  365. Purple Leaf, LLC
  366. Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  367. Qualcomm
  368. R&L Well Drilling LLC
  369. Rackspace Hosting, Inc.
  370. Rancho Cordova (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  371. Retail Industry Leaders Association
  372. Revolution
  373. River Cities Capital Funds
  374. Robert Mann Packaging, Inc.
  375. Rochester (MN) Area Chamber of Commerce
  376. Rogers-Lowell Area (AR) Chamber of
  377. Commerce
  378. Rollins, Inc.
  379. Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship
  380. S3 Ventures, LLC
  381. SailPoint Technologies, Inc.
  382. Salt Lake (UT) Chamber
  383. San Antonio (TX) Hispanic Chamber of
  384. Commerce
  385. San Diego County Farm Bureau
  386. San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  387. San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  388. Santa Clara (CA) Chamber of Commerce and
  389. Convention-Visitors Bureau
  390. Santa Clara University
  391. Schuylkill (PA) Chamber of Commerce
  392. Scottsdale (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  393. Semiconductor Equipment and Materials
  394. International
  395. Semiconductor Industry Association
  396. Signature Landscape Inc.
  397. Silicon Valley Bank
  398. Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  399. Society for Human Resource Management
  400. Society of American Florists
  401. South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  402. South Carolina Farm Bureau
  403. South East Dairy Farmers Association
  404. South Metro Denver Chamber
  405. Sports Tutor, Inc.
  406. St. Louis (MO) Regional Chamber
  407. St. Paul Area Chamber (MN)
  408. State Agriculture and Rural Leaders
  409. Statewide Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce
  410. (NJ)
  411. 10 of 11
  412. Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NJ)
  413. StepLeader
  414. Sun-Maid Growers of California
  415. Sunshine Hope
  416. Surplus Service
  417. SV Angel
  418. Sweet Potato Council of California
  419. Sylvatex
  420. Symantec
  421. Synopsys, Inc.
  422. TechAmerica
  423. TechNet
  424. Technology Association of Oregon
  425. Technology CEO Council
  426. Telecommunications Industry Association
  427. Tempe (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
  428. Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  429. Tennessee Farm Bureau
  430. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  431. Coalition
  432. Teradata
  433. Texas Association of Business
  434. Texas Farm Bureau
  435. Texas Instruments Incorporated
  436. Texas International Produce Association
  437. Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
  438. The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  439. The Center for APA Women
  440. The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern
  441. Nevada
  442. The Internet Association
  443. The Latino Coalition
  444. The MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce
  445. The National Grange
  446. The New England Council
  447. The Partnership for a New American Economy
  448. The Shurtleff Group
  449. The Technology Association of Georgia
  450. Tompkins County (NY) Chamber of Commerce
  451. Torrance (CA) Area Chamber of Commerce
  452. TransPak, Inc.
  453. TransPremier LLC
  454. Trimble Navigation
  455. Tucson (AZ) Hispanic Chamber
  456. Tucson (AZ) Metro Chamber of Commerce
  457. Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber
  458. U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  459. U.S. Travel Association
  460. 11 of 11
  461. Uesugi Farms, Inc.
  462. Ugaldes Restaurant
  463. United Dairymen of Arizona
  464. United Fresh Produce Association
  465. UnitedAg
  466. Valley Industry & Commerce Association
  467. Ventura (CA) Chamber of Commerce
  468. Ventura County Agricultural Association
  469. Venture Investors LLC
  470. Vessey & Company, Inc.
  471. Vida Capital Inc.
  472. Virgin America
  473. Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  474. Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association
  475. Virginia Farm Bureau
  476. Virginia Green Industry Council
  477. Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
  478. Washington Farm Bureau
  479. Washington Growers League
  480. Washington Laboratories and American
  481. Certification Body
  482. Washington State Dairy Federation
  483. Washington Technology Industry Association
  484. Welch Foods Inc.
  485. West Coast Mennonite Central Committee
  486. Western Agricultural Processors Association
  487. Western Digital Corporation
  488. Western Growers
  489. Western United Dairymen
  490. White Pine (NV) Chamber of Commerce
  491. Willits & Newcomb, Inc.
  492. Wine Institute
  493. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
  494. Woodrow Engineering Company
  495. Woolley Engineering Research Corp.
  496. XTn Group, LLC
  497. Yahoo!
  498. Yelp
  499. Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association
  500. Zacarias Actuarial Consultants, Inc
  501. Zachry Holdings, Inc.
zuckerberg

Zuckerberg: Supports Immigration Reform

Groups/Indivuals like:     

  1. John McCain (R-Ariz.) – Gang of 8 senators
  2.  Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) – Gang of 8
  3. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)  – Gang of 8
  4. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)  – Gang of 8
  5.  Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)  – Gang of 8
  6. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)  – Gang of 8
  7. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)  – Gang of 8
  8. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)  – Gang of 8
  9. Microsoft
  10. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook founder
  11. American Farm Bureau – voice of agriculture at the national level.
  12. The Small Business Majority
  13. AFL-CIO: American Federation Of Labor (57 unions representing more than 12 million workers)
  14. AFSCME – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (1.6 million working and retired members)
  15. SEIU – The Service Employees International UnionUAW – United Auto Workers
  16. UFCW – United Food and Commercial Workers
  17. NEA – National Education Association
  18. American Federation of Teachers (1.5 million members, more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide).
  19. MIRA – Massachusetts Advocacy and Refugee Coalition
  20. National Council Of La Raza (Largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. 300 affiliated community-based organizations, reachess millions of Hispanics in 41 states)
  21. AILA – American Immigration Lawyers Association
  22. Border Angels
  23. National Immigration Reform
  24. CHIRLA – Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
  25. Voto Latino
  26. Promise Arizona
  27. Republicans for Immigration Reform – yes, indeed!
  28. ICIRR – Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  29. LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens
  30. Alliance For Citizenship
  31. President Obama/White House
  32. Majority of Democrats
  33. Law Enforcement groups

And these are just a FRACTION of the support for Immigration Reform..because EVERY state has scores of groups/agencies that are supporting and pushing for

John Boehner:

Speaker Boehner

Immigration Reform.

So when 60 people turn out to oppose something – what? Do we, like House Speaker John Boehner, INSIST on a majority of those paltry 60 before we act?

Americans SUPPORT Immigration Reform…in poll after poll. But Republicans are not listening – because voters sent them to do the WILL of their puppet master – the extremist, fringe, racist TEA PARTY – instead of the will of the American MAJORITY!

Romney’s MA Health Care “TAX”!

Congressman Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee chair on ABC’s This Week: 07/01/12

Representative Paul Ryan (Wisconsin), chair of the House Budget Committee

“The broken promises and the hypocrisy are becoming breathtaking from the president who says one thing to get this past Congress and then another thing to get it past the Supreme Court….look at the hypocrisy. The president on your show said this is not a tax. Then he sent his solicitor general to the Supreme Court to argue that it is a tax in order to get this past the Supreme Court.”

Well imagine Republicans actually ADMITTING to a concept called “Hypocrisy” and with a straight face too.

Dear Mr. Ryan…

I can’t defend President Obama on whether he knew it was a tax or a mandate. He did not call me to share his thoughts nor was I privy to their deliberations. I am going by what he said. (Yes, I know…he’s a politician too, bless his soul! Pinch of salt, etc…).

  • Obama said it was a Penalty. 
  • In Massachusetts Romney said his RomneyCare carried a Penalty – he did not call it a tax.
  • Now the Supreme Court says the penalty in ObamaCare is a tax
  • Does this mean that the penalty in RomneyCare is a tax too? I’m sure you will say NO! Because of course the federal laws that apply to the rest of America DO NOT apply here in Massachusetts – which is why we are so liberal and which is why a Penalty here is a “tax” over there!
  • Health Care Debate 101…

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I listened to the commentary – listened to Romney’s reaction – listened to Republicans and Democrats and everybody in between and what I came away with is this: We spent the last 4 years fighting over Health Care Reform…and it’s not over! Apparently it has not yet even begun. We are going to waste the next 4 years fighting over Health Care. Is America for real?

The health care you are fighting over has not bankrupted Massachusetts – 98 percent of our residents are covered. Yes it is expensive, but those costs are beginning to come down because more people are getting PREVENTATIVE care. Yes, more people are:

  • Seeing doctors who are catching problems before they become critical.
  • These doctors are coaching people on healthy lifestyles that PREVENT DISEASE
  • WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LIKE? 
  • It did not STOP job creation – we are tops among the nation under our new Democratic governor, Obama pal Deval Patrick.
  • Why would you not want that kind of statistic in every state? 
  • Why do the hypocrites who rail against universal health care try to sneak in here to get ours? 
  • Why don’t they go to Paul Ryan and ask HIM to pay for THEIR health care?
  • Why do you let Republicans play political GAMES with you and the health of you and your family/loved ones — instead of demanding that they sit down with Democrats and look at parts of the bill that need fixing – AND FIX IT.  
  • Whom do you think YOU are hurting when you don’t have health Care, don’t buy it – then get into an accident and don’t have it? Who is going to pay for you? Surely NOT the government? Because you don’t want the government involved in Health Care, remember…? I know, John Boehner will pay your bill. Lucky you!

Republicans needed Maalox to toast the Supreme Court ruling…on the Health Care Act.

Republicans have been killing Health Care reform for decades, including the effort by Hillary Clinton. Remember that? WHAT DO THEY HAVE AGAINST HEALTH CARE FOR ALL – and why have they NOT put forward their own viable plan…and PASSED it…when they ruled Congress and Newt Gingrich was Emperor?

Boy they thought that they HAD President Obama. They could NOT get Congress to overturn the Health Care Act so they decided to send it to their buddies at the Supreme Court whom they expected to rule in their favor. What a shock it must have been…when the decision came! La-di-dah-do!!! What a Maalox Moment!

See, Republicans think that Americans are stupid – that voters don’t see through their shenanigans – that sane people do not understand that Republicans use underhand and devious ways to RAM their  bigoted, biased, out of touch ideas and platforms on the rest of us.

But you do. We do.

We understand that Republicans use (or TRY to use) the Supreme Court (and other courts) to force their beliefs on the rest of us. When the courts side with them: great judges, constitutional scholars. When the courts don’t : “activist” judges, liberal elitists!

Their plan is to people the courts with conservatives who will rule along party ideology…then because they oppose something (usually somebody or group’s civil rights) like gay marriage, sue to block gay marriage.

Here’s an example of Republicans using the courts to force their twisted concepts on the rest of us: House GOP leaders in Connecticut plan to ask the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the 1996 federal law that bans federal marriage benefits for same-sex couples who are legally married. They don’t like gays and don’t support the Defense of marriage Act so of course it’s unconstitutional…and if it’s not, then by God they will make it!!!

The other tack they use is to stir up public opinion and get people to vote for their unconstitutional ideas believing that if they rile enough people up against gay marriage and these people vote for some referendum saying that gay marriage is bad – then that makes it legal – because the people have spoken!

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Yes, we the same people who thought:

  • The sun revolved around the Earth
  • That the earth was flat and when you got to the end you’d fall off
  • That slavery should NOT be abolished
  • That blacks should not get the vote
  • That women should not get the vote
  • That blacks and whites should not marry or integrate
  • That gays cannot serve in the military
  • That men and women do not deserve equal pay
  • and so on…

We the people who self-righteously made all the above decisions and more…are really in a position to shove aside our bigotry and self-serving blarney and grant power to others, especially to others we don’t like or agree with.

If you look at the civil rights that the courts have granted to people, to minority groups, to wronged classes, to under-represented groups…think where we would BE if the courts had not stepped in.

So the law can work both ways. And Republicans try to use both sides to further their twisted political agenda…

John Roberts, 17th Chief Justice, US Supreme Court.

Republicans don’t give a damn about fairness or ethics – if the constitution said to skin cats, they’d stick to the Constitution to the letter of the Law and skin every cat they could find. Know what Jesus had to say about that (Luke 13: 10-16) when he was chastised…chastised for working on the Sabbath because he healed a woman who had been sick for 18-years? Jesus called the ruler of the synagogue (John Boehner in an earlier life?) a hypocrite! Republicans and Jesus would NOT agree…

So to get back to the Supreme Court and John Roberts. I’m not on board. Still to come:

  1. Affirmative Action (which is good and bad and responsible for the advancement of many minorities)
  2. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

It is my opinion that Roberts wanted to depolarize/de-politicize the Supreme Court so he chose an argument about Taxation which I can’t follow…It is a Tax but it’s not a Tax? Whatever…! Bottom line is that Romney apparently slapped a TAX on us here in Massachusetts with his Health Care Mandate…and every year I have to show I have Health Care or I pay a Tax penalty – which is not a penalty – it’s now a Tax “Tax”.

By calling the mandate a “Tax” Roberts provided fodder for Republicans to kick up a political furor…

Paul Ryan says Roberts “had to rewrite the statute in order to call this a tax.”

So if Roberts can find a convenient loophole to muddy the legal waters so he can save the reputation of his court – does that happen/can that happen/has that happened in other cases as well?

Do I now look at Supreme Court rulings as:

  1. Strict interpretation of the law?
  2. A face saver?
  3. A compromise?
  4. An ideological ruling?

Meantime, pundits are urging Mitt Romney to stop running as a business man and show some substance…

Say what?

If Romney does NOT run as a businessman- what else is there?

Governor Romney signs Health Care Reform with MANDATES (TAX?) in MA, 2006. Making History in Healthcare – a “History” Romney is NOW running away from!!

Romney is known for being:

  • A businessman (of the loan shark kind.)
  • “Saving” the Olympics (by getting a financial bail-out from Washington).
  • Governor of Massachusetts (by proxy! His only achievement, Universal Health Care with a mandate he endorsed by signing the bill with LIBERAL Ted Kennedy standing behind him – he ran away from it to please conservatives. Now he can’t jog back (watch him try in the debates), especially with the Supreme Court ruling. So what’s left? THERE IS NO SUBSTANCE. He can try to manufacture some “substance” but it comes across as phony…

When the layers will be stripped away in the debates – you’ll see how much substance he has…

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