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I would like someone, anyone, particularly republicans (and especially Ted Cruz) TO EXPLAIN TO ME HOW ON EARTH he plans to WIN a general election…across an America that does NOT give a fig about his brand of “values” especially those that say gays should NOT be able to marry whomever they choose – and that undocumented immigrants should be rounded up and deported even if they’ve lived in the U.S. for decades!
(I’m not asking how Cruz plans to campaign and what his strategy is). I just want Cruz to explain to me:
1. WHICH are THE states that he sees himself WINNING in a general election?
2. More specifically, among the states that President Obama won, which are the ones Cruz sees will go to him in 2016 ?
3. Does he see himself winning California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts etc?
4. Does Cruz see himself winning over Democrats and Independents?
5. Does Cruz see himself winning the BLACK vote?
6. Does Cruz see himself winning the Hispanic vote?
7. Does Cruz see himself winning the Immigrant vote?
8. Does Cruz see himself winning with the Gay/Transgender community?
9. Or do republicans think that they can win a presidential election with only the “conservative” vote?
10. Does Cruz understand that he is winning with only the Tea Party faction within the Republican Party?Unlike Donald Trump, he has so far NOT pulled in a diverse demographic.
Moderate, aka “Establishment” republicans DON’T like Cruz – they don’t want him as their nominee. (Yes, they’re now saying they may hold their nose and vote for him just to oppose Donald Trump) but HE is not their first or even second or any choice. But he thinks that the nation likes him – when his own republicans find him too extreme!
11. The Republican Party is a joke – it has long tried to SUPPRESS voting by poor people, minorities/immigrants. NOW it’s coming up with ways to try to suppress voting by its OWN republicans. That should be easy give the GOP’s history!
The God republicans like to laud so much (when it suits them) is indeed alive — and laughing!
The way I see it, even if every old or poorly educated or rural Tea Party white person who’s never voted turns out to vote for Cruz, (will Trump’s coalition vote for Cruz?) he still needs the rest of us, don’t he? Or do he?
Maybe he don’t – bring it on!
I can already see the ads reminding us about the government shutdown…and threatened shutdowns…and NO compromise…and the efforts he led, SUCCESSFULLY, to DERAIL Immigration Reform and to CHALLENGE Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to BLOCK President Obama’s executive Order on Immigration.
Hispanics, the fastest growing voting bloc, just LOVE Ted Cruz. Trump says he would deport the undocumented and “let them come back” with conditions. Cruz says: I’ll round you up and DEPORT you and you can take your U.S. born kids with you plus YOU WILL NOT EVER COME BACK IF I CAN HELP IT! Such Christian charity and compassion…such values!
As of 2013, Cuban immigrants made up nearly 3-percent of the immigrants living in America…that’s MORE than a million Cuban immigrants who, incidentally, are NOT taking U.S. jobs – they’re all somehow working in Florida for Fidel Castro. (I’m NOT bashing YOU, Cuban immigrant. I’m an immigrant too! Just calling out Cruz on immigrants taking U.S. jobs!)
Like I said: BRING IT ON!
Because democrats may not be flocking to the Primaries like republicans are right now, but rest assured, a nominee Cruz WOULD BRING every old or poorly educated or urban black, Hispanic, immigrant, gay person out of the woodwork too!
Did I say “bring it on!”? Let’s cruise…Cruz!
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Six 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!
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?
– 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.
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.
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?
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!
Hey Republicans — President Obama today (6/30/2014) just threw down the Immigration gauntlet…slapped the GOP with a glove…and called them OUT!
Yes…yes, yeesss! (Excuse me! I’m having a shampoo commercial/Herbal Essences moment, aka – a when Harry met Sally moment.) Meanwhile, the Tea Party and it’s splinter group, the Republicans, are having major and frequent Maalox moments…
Tea party supporters are practically FOAMING at the mouth…and spewing vitriol and hate. EXAMPLE…
I left this comment on the Chicago Tribune website (yesterday) June 29, 2014.
THE Executive Order 22-million shadow immigrants are waiting for…
THE Executive Order 50-thousand young U.S. born Hispanics who turn 18 every MONTH – (plus thousands MORE from other immigrant groups) are waiting for…
Rallying cry for Immigrant Voters: Legalize my relatives NOW!!!
I BELIEVE that cowardly republicans should bring the Immigration Bill to the floor of the House for a vote.
I also BELIEVE that these 50-thousand young U.S. born Hispanics who turn 18 every MONTH and the thousands MORE from other immigrant groups who have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents who are undocumented – should IMMEDIATELY register to vote on behalf of their loved ones.
Vote, vote, vote – remember the power of the ballot.
If any Congressman is BLOCKING Immigration Reform, young immigrant voters need to MAKE THEIR VOICE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR.
Legalize my relative NOW…
HERE IS HOW ONE TEA PARTY “CHRISTIAN” RESPONDED:
Fucking freeloading unasimilating non English speaking uneducated disrespectful and American hating pieces of shit. Not just republicans who hate the illegals. Just as many democrats do as well, except they lie and tell you something else. Illegal is illegal is still. Illegal.
And they wonder WHY the majority of Hispanics, Asians, other immigrants and blacks hate them right back — and DON’T vote for them!
All this month I’ve been suggesting, hinting, begging President Obama…
It is time for DAFFA: Deferred Action for Families…of Dreamers.
I mean he IS signing Executive Orders against gay/transgender workplace discrimination…and to ease student debt, so I asked: BUT I DON’T SEE YOU SIGNING AN ORDER FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM. Why?
Please take Executive Action to at least legalize the families of Dreamers and make DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) PERMANENT. Immigration activists, business leaders, the national Association of Evangelicals, other religious groups, law enforcement AND the MAJORITY of Americans (unlike the Tea Party extremists) realize that:
- This status quo of 22-million people living anonymously in the shadows – living under the radar, unknown, unchecked – is NOT acceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.
- That we cannot have this influx of kids crossing the border. More than 50-thousand children since October 2013. Some are as young as 2-years old, crossing the border, often alone. Come on! This is a humanitarian crisis. What if these were 2-year-old American kids crossing into Mexico, alone, heading to Central America?
- It should NOT take 10-years for LEGAL immigrants to wait to come to America.
- The Immigration system overall NEEDS to be fixed – illegal immigration is just ONE part of an unworkable, unwieldy BROKEN system.
Imagine rounding up, arresting, detaining and deporting 22-million people…or having them self-deport a la Mitt Romney. Many of these undocumented immigrants also have U.S. born kids who are U.S citizens.
Employers, farmers agree that Americans WILL NOT do the jobs (picking lettuce, strawberries, watermelons, janitorial work, child and elderly care, cooking, janitorial, picking factory orders etc.) that many undocumented people do.
Employers have tried to get Americans to do these jobs, but they come on day one and by day two DO NOT SHOW UP. According to newspaper reports…In 2011, after the Georgia legislature led by Republican Governor Nathan Deal passed a tough immigration bill, Hispanic farm workers fled the state.
Deal decided to use prisoners to pick field crops but many inmates walked off the job early. Farmers in Georgia lost millions of dollars because crops that rotted in the field before they could be harvested. Not even PRISONERS want to do these jobs! It is apparently more cushy in the jail than in the fields. Undocumented Immigrants though are classified as lazy by Republicans!
The Tea Party wants to deport and demonize the Dream Kids who were raised here from babies and toddlers and educated in America; to send them back, instead of letting them become the doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses and scientists we need. Meantime, our minority native-born kids are being locked up behind bars…while thousands of high-tech jobs go unfilled. Answer: let’s issue 65-thousand H-1B visas each year, get high-tech foreign adults (er, Americans) from India, Pakistan and other countries to come fill those jobs instead.
I don’t know what to do about the influx of kids across the border NOW, but I know if the House had passed Immigration Reform last July, we would NOT be having this crisis today!
Mr. President, take executive action NOW! Nothing you do, Mr. President will PLEASE the GOP, so WHY antagonize YOUR base? You deported and where did THAT get you? the title “Deporter-In-Chief” and NOT even the floor of the House for a vote!
Extend DACA to parents of Dreamers. Show Hispanics, Immigrant advocates your good faith – THEN, after the November elections, push more reforms. Forget about Boehner and his faux “lawsuits” there’s nothing about the “law” in his motivation.
He’s on his way out…and he knows it. And if he DOES cry his way back as House Speaker, he will remain a yo-yo between the handful of remaining main-stream Republicans (the rock) and the Tea Party (a hard place!). We need an Executive order to MAKE DACA PERMANENT – AND OFFER THE SAME PROTECTION TO THE PARENTS OF DREAMERS.
That will remove the stumbling block to wider Immigration Reform and let the process move on. YES OBAMA – YES WE CAN. SI, SE PUEDE, SE PUEDE, SE PUEDE! Ahora!
Colin Powell called it about Iraq – when he said: If we break it, we own it! Except NOW we don’t want it!
Today a force of militants calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is nearing Baghdad, after marching across Iraq like a plague of locusts, destroying all opposition in it’s path. Al Queda is afraid of them – does that make you nervous?
Isis — Egyptian goddess – friend to the downtrodden. The name means: throne! Married her brother Osiris – and used her magic to restore his life after his body parts were scattered across the world. Symbolic, yes?
I am as outraged today as I was in 2003 when U.S. King George II (Bush the Younger) bombed Iraq. I still don’t understand WHY America invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein. I know of all the given reasons: U.S. gas and oil-guzzling interests; revenge for a slight to the president’s father (U.S King George the First) or Weapons Of Mass Destruction (WMDs). But I still don’t get it…Why? Why, why?
Now Republicans – look back and tell me Iraq and the Middle East were NOT more stable with Saddam in power?
Naturally republicans are blaming Obama – because he withdrew US troops, took them out of a situation they could NOT win. We should have left them to be blown up to bits every day -to return home with missing limbs and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the Veteran’s Administration is now faking it treated! Iraq today is NOT all about Obama and his choices. Obama had to treat an outbreak amid a republican-induced epidemic! Right or wrong, neither choice (leave troops/pull troops) could fix Iraq…just delay the inevitable.
If only republicans would say: “Gosh we messed up big time by invading Iraq, but pulling troops out did not help either”. OK, I’d buy that. But they ALL blame Obama, like what they did was working so well: Every Iraqi was overjoyed with the overthrow of the Saddam regime; the Sunnis were happy, the Shiites were content, the Kurds up north were waving the Iraqi flag and neighboring countries were in raptures! It was one big happy family holding July 4 barbecues; the surge was surging until Obama came along and blew all that hard work (or piece of pie as Republicans probably see it) by sending the troops home!
TEXAS Republican Michael McCaul, Chair of House Committee on Homeland Security, is on TV Sunday morning (6/15) urging the U.S. BACK into Iraq and blaming Obama for the debacle in Iraq. HE DOES NOT SEE THAT THERE WOULD BE NO ISIS WITHOUT THE REPUBLICAN GENERATED PSEUDO SCENARIO THEY SOLD TO GULLIBLE AMERICANS FOR THE GOP’s IMMORAL INVASION OF A COUNTRY THAT WAS NO THREAT. Naturally, send the troops back – and ISIS will just give up. Syria will be magically mended; Iran will stop enriching Uranium…and Israel will no longer want to bomb any of these countries. Magic…
So republicans want US troops back in Iraq? How about them giving their kids a crash course in Terrorism 101 and sending their pampered offspring to Iraq to face the invading ISIS jihadists? Pull their kids out of their fancy schools and well-paying jobs, give them body armor that is deficient and send them off to Iraq!
And until then, please DON’T ask more mostly poor and disenfranchised kids to lay down their lives for your misguided ideological nonsense. Until every Senator and every Representative is willing to don fatigues and go to Iraq, they need to STOP sending other people’s kids/loved ones to get blown by homemade bombs then return to a broken and underfunded Veteran’s Administration.
So House MAJORITY Leader, Virginia Republican Eric Cantor lost his reelection bid. Great. They ALL need to lose. House speaker John Boehner should be next…
Lesson for Democrats: Gerrymandering does NOT work! (Not that democrats will listen to no-trust-fund insignificant ME, who can’t afford to pay $50-thousand for a plate of food OR $100-thousand if I brought my son!) However, Listen up Democrats: gerrymandering – creating ideological districts that you think will benefit you – DOES NOT WORK in the long run AND MAY NOT WORK THE WAY YOU THINK IT WILL!
The best district is one where there is an ebb and flow. It is a MIX of ideology, thought, feeling, support, demographics and party loyalty. It is one where people vote for a Republican today but can also vote for a Democrat tomorrow. It is one where the Representative can vote on a popular issue or one he believes IN, even if some constituents DO NOT; a vote that may be in the interest of the country but not necessarily in the best interest of that district OR political party…a district where the majority of a DIVERSE view counts more than the narrow, petty view of a minority.
Republicans are sowing the seeds of the gerrymandering districts they created JUST TO CONTROL THE HOUSE. Well you control it now. Nice feeling ain’t it? You created lily-white districts where immigration is not an issue for them. So even though many states and major U.S. cities are reeling from the effects of unchecked immigration, even if farmers and many other industries are dependent on immigrant labor, even if the LEGAL immigration system is inadequate, even if the current impasse on immigration is allowing millions of UNDOCUMENTED workers to remain in the shadows, so what? Doesn’t affect me – don’t care!
Well, here’s the scenario facing the GOP:
- Republicans will NEVER win the majority of Hispanic voters with their stand on Immigration. For nearly EVERY Hispanic who can vote, he/she knows of, loves or has a family member WHO IS UNDOCUMENTED and is depending on Immigration Reform to get that person legalized. Hispanics are not PRO Immigration Reform for noble or ideological reasons – they support it because they want their mother, father, uncle, cousin, lover, spouse, best friend, relative, neighbor to BE LEGAL!
- That holds true for voters from OTHER immigrant groups. Asians are another large voting bloc that is tied to Immigration Reform. Do Republicans realize the number of Vietnamese, Chinese, Koreans, Philippinos and other nationalities like Haitians, Jamaicans/English Caribbean, Irish, Eastern Europeans, Indians etc who are HERE in the US with similar desires/reasons for Immigration Reform?
- The Tea Party is NOT, repeat NOT popular nationally. How can it be, when we just heard that Cantor also lost in part because he supported the move to compromise on the Government Shutdown. The Tea Party STILL thinks that the government SHOULD HAVE REMAINED CLOSED UNTIL THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED. STILL think this is the way to go when America came so CLOSE to the brink of economic, social and political disaster. Yet, they want a repeat – and beyond a repeat, they want the system to crash so they can remake it in their image.
- Republicans deserve this debacle because they are afraid to kick the Tea Party out. KICK THEM OUT! Take the next 4 years to rebuild and rebrand. Pass Immigration Reform – DON’T push the president to take matters into his own hands. Compromise, roll your sleeves, get working IN THE INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY instead of preserving what works for you and your party. What’s best for any one party may not necessarily be best for America. Think slavery!
- Choose a speaker with guts/cahones who is vested in moving the country (not his career) forward. Because the harder Boehner tries to protect his job and the more he sells his soul to do that, the more the job slips AWAY from him. Trying to please EVERYBODY never works.
Still, maybe the Tea Party win in Virginia will make some “genuine” Republicans step up and say: “Enough. I’m not sending this uncompromising guy to Washington…I want someone who will NOT shut the government down, someone who will cross the aisle, someone who is willing to meet democrats halfway and even sometimes three-quarters of the way, instead of someone who is doggedly holding his ground even when that ground is slipping into the ocean”.
John Boehner is one of the worst House Speakers. To me he’s even worse than Newt Gingrich. At least with Gingrich there was the “Contract With America”. With Boehner there’s what? Crying, I guess… Ironically, Boehner was part of the Republican posse who gave Gingrich the ultimatum: “Resign – or be voted out!” Live by the sword, die by the sword. Well Boehner: Resign or be voted out! Which one…?
Crying works for some people – but won’t work for you Boehner. Now if Michelle Bachman started crying…(don’t say it. Please don’t. Thanks…)
I foresee very interesting times indeed – now that Texas senator and presidential hopeful? Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate…
I thought I’d forgotten my Geography, so I looked up Canada – and I found out it is the 51st State…
I did NOT know that…did you?
Don’t worry – that might change soon.
Yep. Seems Senate Republicans, led by Senator Cruz, from Texas…er, I mean Canada, tried to sneak a provision into the Immigration Reform Bill now before the House. Cruz wants Canada to hold the first Republican Primary and House Republicans are fighting the idea…
That’s why they’re really holding up the Immigration Bill – it’s not because they’re racist or anti-immigrant or because they fear immigrant voting power or immigrants pushing the majority/minority proverbial ax waiting to fall!
The answer is obvious: Republicans just don’t want Senator Cruz to run for President…because they prefer Marco Rubio!
So Boehner’s hands are tied! It’s too soon for him to show favorites for 2016, but he can’t exactly alienate Cruz either – so he’s stalling on the Immigration Bill…
Rand Paul, who also wants to run for president, urged Cruz to push for the primary in Canada, naturally, because Paul knows Cruz, the Canadian will really go down well in the Heartland.
Cruz released a copy of his birth certificate over the Aug 17, 2013 weekend. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada in December 1970. An expert in Canadian law told one newspaper, Cruz IS a Canadian.
Conservatives now say: The child of a U.S. citizen is considered by most constitutional commentators to be eligible for the presidency, regardless of where they were born…UNLESS of course you are Barack Obama.
Meantime, Democrats are furiously researching if Canada is indeed a legal part of the union – and if it could stand a legal challenge from Hawaii, which is now losing it’s last state to be added to the Union status – and is NOT pleased, at all!
Birthers, who NOW believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, British Columbia – are flocking to Canada to support Cruz…
Donald Trump says he always knew Canada was part of the union…and from the very beginning that’s why he sent people there to uncover Cruz’s…er, Obama’s parentage. Trump says he knows the Democrats will try to say Cruz is not eligible to run for president, so he’s paying an illegal immigrant a million dollars to marry Cruz so Cruz can get his papers…just in case. To be sure…
(NO, no – The potential wife is an Hispanic person who was BORN in Arizona but to Trump they’re ALL illegal, anyway…)
Meantime, one of President Obama’s relatives in Kenya is telling the others:
“I know we should have put Canada on the birth certificate instead of Hawaii, but no, YOU had to INSIST on Hawaii because you were too cheap to pay the money the Canadians were asking for. You went with Hawaii because the guy in the birth certificate office in Hawaii only wanted somewhere to stay in Kansas. Now see…I told you!”
So if you’re born in Canada are you:
- MORE American and eligible to run for president than a person born in Hawaii?
- Less eligible?
- Just as eligible?
- NOT eligible?
- What is eligible?
- Don’t care – not a Birther?
- DO CARE – payback for Obama?
As for me, I’m just going to sit back and see how Republicans play this one.
Darn! But don’t I love the saying: What goes around – never around…or down..or up!
Er, I don’t mean Mitt Romney…
Nor do I see an issue…
‘Cause Cruz is not going to be president in 2016. Nor Rand Paul or Marco Rubio…
Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but Pierre Trudeau is filing papers as we speak…to run for 2016.
Don’t know who Pierre Trudeau IS?
Aren’t you an American?
And he’s NOT dead. Who told you such a lie…must be Republicans!!!
What is a Discharge Petition…and can it help with Immigration Reform?
According to online encyclopedia -Wiki:
A 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.
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…
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.
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:
- Immigrants are taking American jobs.
- Immigrants are depressing wages.
They 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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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?”
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?”
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!
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…
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!
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.
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
Signatories: Heads of the Evangelical Immigration Table
- Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
- Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief
- David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
- Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association
- Luis Cortés, President, Esperanza
- Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
- Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
- Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
- Mathew Staver, Chairman and Founder, Liberty Counsel
- Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
- Heads of Evangelical Denominations
- Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churches
- Gary M. Benedict, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance, United States
- Joel Boot, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church of North America
- Ed Boschman, Executive Director, U.S. Mennonite Brethren
- Eugénio Duarte, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
- Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
- Jim Eschenbrenner, General Council Secretary, Christian Union
- David Graves, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
- William J. Hamel, President, Evangelical Free Church of America
- Bruce Hill, Bishop, Evangelical Congregational Church
- Bill Hossler, President, The Missionary Church
- Ken Hunn, Executive Director, The Brethren Church
- JoAnne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
- Rob McCleland, Executive Director, North American Baptist Conference
- Jesse Middendorf, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
- Jerry D. Porter, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
- Joseph Tkach, President and Pastor General, Grace Communion International
- Stan Toler, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
- Berten Waggoner, National Director, Vineyard USA
- Gary Walter, President, The Evangelical Covenant Church
- J. K. Warrick, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
- Phil Whipple, Bishop, United Brethren in Christ
- George Wood, General Superintendent, General Council of the Assemblies of God
- Bryant Wright, President, Southern Baptist Convention
Leaders of Evangelical Organizations
- Scott Arbeiter, Board Chair, World Relief
- Leroy Barber, President, Mission Year
- Edward O. Blews, Jr., President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
- Paul Cedar, Chair and CEO, Mission America Coalition
- Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
- Kit Danley, President, Neighborhood Ministries
- Mark DeYmaz, Executive Director, Mosaix Global Network
- Daniel F. Flores, President, Sociedad Wesleyana
- Jose L. Gonzalez, Founder and President, Semilla, Inc.
- Wayne Gordon, Chairman and President, Christian Community Development Association
- Alec Hill, President and CEO, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
- Benjamin Homan, President, John Stott Ministries/Langham Partnership
- Gregory C.V. Johnson, President and Founder, Standing Together
- Jim Liske, CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries
- Alejandro Mandes, Director of Hispanic Ministries, Evangelical Free Church
- Jim Mellado, President, Willow Creek Association
- Jesse Miranda, Chief Executive Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
- Steve Moore, President, Missio Nexus
- Doug Nuenke, President, Navigators
- Kevin Palau, President, Luis Palau Association
- Luis Palau, Founder and CEO, Luis Palau Association
- Josue del Risco, National Coordinator, Church Mobilization Group, North American Mission Board
- Mike Rolfes, Executive Director, Renew Chicago
- Rick Ryan, Convoy of Hope
- Doug Seebeck, Executive Director, Partners Worldwide
- Ronald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action
- Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S.
- Ed Stetzer, President, Lifeway Research
- T.V. Thomas, Chair, Ethnic America Network
- Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network
- Ken Wytsma, Founder, The Justice Conference
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
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
- Danny Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Mark Bailey, President, Dallas Theological Seminary
- Jay Barnes, President, Bethel University
- David Black, President, Eastern University
- Bill Brown, President, Cedarville University
- Carlos Campo, President, Regent University
- Joseph Castleberry, President, Northwest University
- Andrea Cook, President, Warner Pacific College
- Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
- Robin Hadaway, Interim President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Dennis Hollinger, President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
- Gordon MacDonald, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
- Corlis McGee, President, Eastern Nazarene College
- Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
- Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College
- Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
- Joseph Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
- Timothy Tennent, President, Asbury Seminary
- Craig Williford, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Evangelical Journalists, Authors, Artists, Business and Thought Leaders
- Cheryl Broetje, Vista Hermosa Foundation
- Dr. Don Buckley, Physician, Pensacola, FL
- Victor G. Carrillo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Zion Oil and Gas
- Shane Claiborne, Author and Activist
- Andy Crouch, Author and Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today
- Margaret Feinberg, Author and Speaker
- John Fuder, Author
- Art Gay, Minister-at-Large, Evangelical Initiatives International
- Troy and Sara Groves, Musicians
- Gary Kinnaman, Grace Unlimited
- Jonathan Merritt, Faith & Culture Writer
- David Neff, Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today
- John Perkins, Founder, Christian Community Development Association
- Malcolm Yarnell, Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Other Denominational and Network Leaders
- Paul Borthwick, Senior Consultant, Development Associates International
- Walter Contreras, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California
- Kimberly Dirmann, Supervisor, Foursquare Southwest District
- Jose Garcia, State Overseer &emdash; California, Church of God of Prophecy
- Lydia Gonzalez D’Ross, Oklahoma Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
- Jorge Fuentes, President & Founder, La Red de Oracion USA
- Frank Lyons, Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, Anglican Church in North America
- Robert Mills, Executive Director, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
- René Molina, Pastor Principal, Iglesias de Restauración/ELIM, Southern California
- Carl Nelson, President, Transform Minnesota
- Rogelio Ovalle, Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Northern Pacific Latin American District
- Suzii Paynter, Director, Christian Life Commission, Baptist General Convention of Texas
- Jesse Rincones, President, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas
- Dennis J. Rivera, District Superintendent, Council of Assemblies of God Central District
- Wendy Tarr, Director, CLUE Orange County
- David Warren, State Representative, Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches
- Jim Wideman, Executive Director, Baptist Convention of New England
- Pastor Adan Aguirre, Senior Pastor, Impacto de Fe (Arvada, CO)
- Kenton Beshore, Senior Pastor, Mariners Church (Irvine, CA)
- Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Ministers at Large, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
- Rob Bugh, Senior Pastor, Wheaton Bible Church (West Chicago, IL)
- Tim Celek, Lead Pastor, The Crossing (Costa Mesa, CA)
- Jackson Crum, Lead Pastor, Park Community Church (Chicago, IL)
- Dharius Daniels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Kingdom Church (Ewing, NJ)
- Alberto Delgado, Founder and Senior Pastor, Alpha & Omega Church (Miami, FL)
- Jerry Dirmann, Founder and Senior Pastor, The Rock (Anaheim, CA)
- Joe Duke, Founder and Senior Pastor, LifePoint Church (Baltimore, MD)
- Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL)
- David Fleming, Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church (Houston, TX)
- David Galvan, Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (Dallas, TX)
- Jose Gonzalez, Pastor, Harvest Bible Church (Phoenix, AZ)
- Dave Gibbons, Senior Pastor and Founder, Newsong Church and Xealots
- J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church (Durham, NC)
- Philip Griffin, Senior Pastor, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield, WI)
- Juan Guillén, Pastor, Willow Creek Casa de Luz, Willow Creek Community Church, (South Barrington, IL)
- Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church (Decatur, GA)
- Steve Harling, Lead Pastor, Foothills Community Church (Arvada, CO)
- Spike Hogan, Senior Pastor, Chet’s Creek Church (Jacksonville, FL)
- Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed (Longwood, FL)
- Bill and Lynne Hybels, Founders, Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL)
- John Jenkins, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (MD)
- Wilfredo de Jesus, Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church (Chicago, IL)
- Tyler Johnson, Lead Pastor, Redemption Church (Phoenix, AZ)
- Lee de Leon, Executive Pastor, Templo Calvario (Los Angeles, CA)
- Nick Lilo, Lead Pastor, Waterstone Community Church (Littleton, CO)
- Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church (Roswell, GA)
- Max Lucado, Minister of Preaching, Oak Hills Church (San Antonio, TX)
- Troy Jackson, Senior Pastor, University Christian Church (Cincinnati, OH)
- Mark Jobe, Lead Pastor, New Life Community Church (Chicago, IL)
- Dave McDowell, Senior Pastor, Community Fellowship Church (West Chicago, IL)
- Tom Melton, Senior Pastor, Greenwood Community Church (Greenwood, CO)
- James Merritt, Lead Pastor, Cross Pointe Church (Duluth, GA)
- Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Columbus (OH)
- Carlos Ortiz, Founder and Senior Pastor, Cristo Vive Churches (Miami, FL)
- Daniel Prieto, Pastor, Foursquare Church (San Antonio, TX)
- Bob Roberts, Senior Pastor, NorthWood Church (Keller, TX)
- Alan Robinson, Senior Pastor, Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church (PA)
- Hanibal Rodriguez, Lead Pastor, Iglesia del Pueblo (West Chicago, IL)
- Mike Romberger, Senior Pastor, Mission Hills Church (Littleton, CO)
- Randall Ross, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church (Naperville, IL)
- Chris Schutte, Senior Pastor, Christ Church Anglican (Phoenix, AZ)
- Jim Tolle, Senior Pastor, La Iglesia En El Camino (Los Angeles, CA)
- David Uth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church (Orlando, FL)
- Jim Walters, Senior Pastor, Bear Valley Church (Lakewood, CO)
- Greg Waybright, Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA)
- Chris Williamson, Senior Pastor and Founder, Strong Tower Bible Church (Franklin, TN)
- Sandy Willson, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN)
- Dave Workman, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Cincinnati Church (OH)
- Paul Zink, Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship (Jacksonville, FL)
- Lamar Cooper, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology, Criswell College
- William Dembski, Research Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Michael Emerson, Professor of Sociology, Rice University
- David Gushee, Director, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University
- Dan Heimbach, Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Steve Lemke, Provost, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
- Juan Francisco Martínez, Associate Provost, Fuller Theological Seminary
- Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
- C. Ben Mitchell, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University
- Tom Parker, Director, Fuller Seminary Southwest
- Phil Roberts, Former President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Daniel Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Pepperdine University
- Daniel Sanchez, Professor of Missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Will Stoller-Lee, Director, Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado
- Walker Tzeng, Chief Operating Officer, Olivet University
(Titles and institutions are provided for identification purposes only and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions)
- 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.
- Adams Insurance Service, Inc.
- Advanced Decisions, Inc.
- Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
- AGCO Corporation
- Albany-Colonie (NY) Regional Chamber
- Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
- Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
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- American Action Forum
- American Action Network
- American Association of UniversityWomen
- American Beekeeping Federation
- American Coatings Association
- American Council of Engineering Companies
- American Council on International Personnel
- American Farm Bureau Federation
- American Feed Industry Association
- American Honey Producers Association
- American Hotel & Lodging Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- American Institute of Certified Public
- American Jewish Committee (NJ)
- American Meat Institute
- American Nursery & Landscape Association
- American Project Consultants, LLC
- American Sheep Industry Association
- American Standard Development Company
- Anaheim (CA) Chamber of Commerce
- Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce
- Applied Materials
- Appvance Inc.
- Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
- Arizona Nursery Association
- Arizona Technology Council
- Arkansas State Chamber of
- Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
- Arlington Chamber of Commerce (TX)
- Arsenal Venture Partners
- Aspen Square Hotel
- Associated Industries of Massachusetts
- Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado
- Association for Competitive Technology
- Austin Ventures
- Autodesk, Inc.
- Avid Park Capital, LLC
- Axcelis Technologies
- Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber
- Baton Rouge Area (LA) Chamber
- Belton Area Chamber of Commerce
- Bennington Area (VT) Chamber of Commerce
- Blount Partnership
- Brokaw Nursery, Inc.
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- BSA | The Software Alliance
- Buckeye Valley (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
- Business Council of Alabama
- Business Council of New York State, Inc
- Cabarrus (NC) Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Cadence Design Systems
- California Chamber of Commerce
- California Cotton Ginners Association
- California Cotton Growers Association
- California Farm Bureau Federation
- California Grape and Tree Fruit League
- California Strawberry Commission
- Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.
- Capital Factory
- Carpet Empire Plus
- Caterpillar Inc.
- Cervilenz Inc.
- Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County
- Chamber of Commerce Southwest LA
- Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura &
- Santa Barbara Counties (CA)
- Chamber West (UT)
- Chandler (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
- Cherry Lane Farms
- Chicago Southland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
- Chicagoland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
- Cisco Systems, Inc.
- Collaborative Communications
- Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
- Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association
- Committee of 100 for Economic Development,
- Inc. (LA)
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Compete America
- Computer & Communications Industry
- Concord Servicing Corporation
- Concord Software Leasing Corporation
- Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association
- Consumer Electronics Association
- Cordele-Crisp (GA) Chamber of Commerce
- Corning Incorporated
- Cottonwood Technology Fund – NVCA Member
- Cummins, Inc.
- Dairy Producers of New Mexico
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- Dakota County (MN) Regional Chamber of
- Dallas Regional Chamber
- Danna & Danna, Inc.
- Danna Farms, Inc.
- Danna Investment Co.
- Danna Land Co.
- Danna Properties, LP
- Daytona (FL) Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Deloitte LLP
- Delta Planning, Inc.
- Denton Glass Company
- Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Diversified Thermal Insulation
- Dow Chemical Company
- East Bay (RI) Chamber of Commerce
- East Valley (UT) Chamber
- eBay Inc.
- EcoFactor Inc.
- Edison Ventures
- Einstein’s Alley NJ
- Elance, Inc.
- EnerNOC, Inc.
- Erie (PA) Regional Chamber & Growth
- ETM-Electromatic Inc.
- Everett Partners, Ltd.
- F5 Networks
- Fall River Area (MA) Chamber of Commerce
- and Industry
- Farmers Investment Co.
- Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
- Finelite Inc.
- FirstFruits of Washington
- Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
- Flagstaff (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
- Florida Chamber of Commerce
- Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape
- Fox Cities (WI) Chamber of Commerce &
- FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
- Gatlinburg (TN) Chamber of Commerce
- Gazzang Inc.
- General Electric
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- Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- Georgia Green Industry Association
- Gilbert (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
- Global Immigration Benchmarking Council
- Goleta Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce
- Google Inc.
- Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition
- Greater Boca Raton (FL) Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Des Moines (IA) Partnership
- Greater Durham (NC) Chamber of Commerce
- Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Houston Partnership
- Greater Indianapolis (IN) Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Irving-Las Colinas (TX) Chamber of
- Greater Memphis (TN) Chamber
- Greater Omaha Chamber (NE)
- Greater Pittsburgh (PA) Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Richmond (VA) Chamber
- Greater San Antonio (TX) Chamber of
- Greater San Fernando Valley (CA) Chamber of
- Greater Topeka (KS) Chamber of Commerce
- Green Bay Area (WI) Chamber of Commerce
- Grok Inc.
- Grower-Shipper Association of Central
- Gulf Citrus Growers Association
- Henderson County (NC) Chamber of Commerce
- Hilton Head Island-Bluffton (SC) Chamber of
- Hilton Worldwide
- Hispanic Leadership Network
- HR Policy Association
- Hudson County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
- Huffman & Hawbaker Farms
- IBC Bank
- IBM Corporation
- Idaho Dairymen’s Association
- Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
- Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee
- Illinois Farm Bureau
- Illinois Green Industry Association
- Illinois Technology Association
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- Indiana Chamber of Commerce
- Indiana Farm Bureau
- Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association
- Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
- Information Technology Industry Council
- Ingersoll Rand
- inSPIRE STEM USA
- Intel Corporation
- International Dairy Foods Association
- Intersouth Partners
- IRONCO Enterprises LLC
- Irrigation Association
- Jan Medical, Inc.
- Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
- Johnson City TN Chamber of Commerce
- JumpStart Inc.
- Juniper Networks
- K & W Mfg. Co., Inc.
- Kansas Chamber of Commerce
- Kansas Farm Bureau
- Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
- Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
- KnowledgeTree Inc.
- Kovio, Inc.
- Laredo (TX) Chamber of Commerce
- Las Vegas (NV) Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Lassen Canyon Nursery, Inc.
- Lee & Hayes, PLLC
- Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
- LiveOps, Inc.
- Lone Star Boat, RV & Self Storage
- Long Beach (CA) Chamber of Commerce
- Longview (TX) Chamber of Commerce
- Los Angeles County Economic Development
- Corporation (LAEDC)
- Loudoun County (VA) Chamber of Commerce
- Louisiana Irrigation Association
- Lubbock (TX) Chamber of Commerce
- Madrona Venture Group
- Manhattan (NY) Chamber of Commerce
- Marriott International, Inc.
- Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
- Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
- Massachusetts Innovation & Technology
- Exchange (MITX)
- Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension
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- Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
- MC Marketing Group LLC
- Meadowlands (NJ) Regional Chamber
- Melaleuca, Inc.
- Metro South Chamber of Commerce (MA)
- Michigan Apple Association
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce
- Michigan Farm Bureau
- Michigan Milk Producers Association
- Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
- Microsoft Corp.
- Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- MIND Research Institute
- Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
- Minnesota Farm Bureau
- Minnesota High Tech Association
- Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
- Mitsubishi International Corporation
- Monterey County Farm Bureau
- Morris County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
- Morris County (NJ) Hispanic-American
- Chamber of Commerce
- Motive Power Systems Inc.
- Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
- Motorola Solutions, Inc.
- Myrtle Beach Area (SC) Chamber of Commerce
- Naperville Area (IL) Chamber of Commerce
- NASDAQ OMX
- Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
- National Association of Manufacturers
- National Christmas Tree Association
- National Council of Agricultural Employers
- National Council of Chain Restaurants
- National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
- National Foreign Trade Council
- National Grape Cooperative Association Inc.
- National Immigration Forum
- National Onion Association
- National Potato Council
- National Retail Federation
- National Roofing Contractors Association
- National Venture Capital Association
- New England Apple Council
- New Jersey Main Street Alliance
- New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association
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- New Mexico Association of Commerce &
- New York Farm Bureau
- New York Technology Council
- Nisei Farmers League
- Nitero, Inc.
- NM Association of Commerce & Industry
- North American Blueberry Council
- North Carolina Farm Bureau
- North Carolina Nursery & Landscape
- North Carolina Technology Association
- North East Ohio International Business Network
- Northeast Dairy Producers Association
- Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
- Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
- Northumberland County (VA) Chamber of
- OCZ Technology Group, Inc.
- OFA – The Association of Horticulture
- Ohio Chamber of Commerce
- Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
- Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association
- Ohio Venture Association
- ON Semiconductor
- OnShift, Inc.
- Oregon Association of Nurseries
- Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.
- Oregon Farm Bureau
- Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc.
- Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
- Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce
- Packard Place
- Palm Desert Area (CA)Chamber of Commerce
- Paramount Citrus
- Paramount Farming Company
- Partnership for a New American Economy
- Paymetric Inc.
- Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
- Permac Industries
- Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce
- Port Hueneme (CA) Chamber of Commerce
- Preemptive Solutions
- Prescott (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
- Prime Time International
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- Produce Marketing Association
- Producers Chemical Co.
- Professional Landcare Network
- PTV Sciences
- Purple Leaf, LLC
- Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
- R&L Well Drilling LLC
- Rackspace Hosting, Inc.
- Rancho Cordova (CA) Chamber of Commerce
- Retail Industry Leaders Association
- River Cities Capital Funds
- Robert Mann Packaging, Inc.
- Rochester (MN) Area Chamber of Commerce
- Rogers-Lowell Area (AR) Chamber of
- Rollins, Inc.
- Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship
- S3 Ventures, LLC
- SailPoint Technologies, Inc.
- Salt Lake (UT) Chamber
- San Antonio (TX) Hispanic Chamber of
- San Diego County Farm Bureau
- San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
- San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Santa Clara (CA) Chamber of Commerce and
- Convention-Visitors Bureau
- Santa Clara University
- Schuylkill (PA) Chamber of Commerce
- Scottsdale (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials
- Semiconductor Industry Association
- Signature Landscape Inc.
- Silicon Valley Bank
- Silicon Valley Leadership Group
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Society of American Florists
- South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
- South Carolina Farm Bureau
- South East Dairy Farmers Association
- South Metro Denver Chamber
- Sports Tutor, Inc.
- St. Louis (MO) Regional Chamber
- St. Paul Area Chamber (MN)
- State Agriculture and Rural Leaders
- Statewide Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce
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- Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NJ)
- Sun-Maid Growers of California
- Sunshine Hope
- Surplus Service
- SV Angel
- Sweet Potato Council of California
- Synopsys, Inc.
- Technology Association of Oregon
- Technology CEO Council
- Telecommunications Industry Association
- Tempe (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
- Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Tennessee Farm Bureau
- Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Texas Association of Business
- Texas Farm Bureau
- Texas Instruments Incorporated
- Texas International Produce Association
- Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
- The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
- The Center for APA Women
- The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern
- The Internet Association
- The Latino Coalition
- The MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce
- The National Grange
- The New England Council
- The Partnership for a New American Economy
- The Shurtleff Group
- The Technology Association of Georgia
- Tompkins County (NY) Chamber of Commerce
- Torrance (CA) Area Chamber of Commerce
- TransPak, Inc.
- TransPremier LLC
- Trimble Navigation
- Tucson (AZ) Hispanic Chamber
- Tucson (AZ) Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Travel Association
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- Uesugi Farms, Inc.
- Ugaldes Restaurant
- United Dairymen of Arizona
- United Fresh Produce Association
- Valley Industry & Commerce Association
- Ventura (CA) Chamber of Commerce
- Ventura County Agricultural Association
- Venture Investors LLC
- Vessey & Company, Inc.
- Vida Capital Inc.
- Virgin America
- Virginia Chamber of Commerce
- Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association
- Virginia Farm Bureau
- Virginia Green Industry Council
- Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
- Washington Farm Bureau
- Washington Growers League
- Washington Laboratories and American
- Certification Body
- Washington State Dairy Federation
- Washington Technology Industry Association
- Welch Foods Inc.
- West Coast Mennonite Central Committee
- Western Agricultural Processors Association
- Western Digital Corporation
- Western Growers
- Western United Dairymen
- White Pine (NV) Chamber of Commerce
- Willits & Newcomb, Inc.
- Wine Institute
- Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
- Woodrow Engineering Company
- Woolley Engineering Research Corp.
- XTn Group, LLC
- Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association
- Zacarias Actuarial Consultants, Inc
- Zachry Holdings, Inc.
- John McCain (R-Ariz.) – Gang of 8 senators
- Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) – Gang of 8
- Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) – Gang of 8
- Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) – Gang of 8
- Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) – Gang of 8
- Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) – Gang of 8
- Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) – Gang of 8
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – Gang of 8
- Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook founder
- American Farm Bureau – voice of agriculture at the national level.
- The Small Business Majority
- AFL-CIO: American Federation Of Labor (57 unions representing more than 12 million workers)
- AFSCME – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (1.6 million working and retired members)
- SEIU – The Service Employees International UnionUAW – United Auto Workers
- UFCW – United Food and Commercial Workers
- NEA – National Education Association
- American Federation of Teachers (1.5 million members, more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide).
- MIRA – Massachusetts Advocacy and Refugee Coalition
- 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)
- AILA – American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Border Angels
- National Immigration Reform
- CHIRLA – Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
- Voto Latino
- Promise Arizona
- Republicans for Immigration Reform – yes, indeed!
- ICIRR – Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens
- Alliance For Citizenship
- President Obama/White House
- Majority of Democrats
- 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
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!