During last year's Memorial Day weekend, I offered readers of this website the opportunity to post the name of somebody who had died in uniformed service that they didn't want to be forgotten. Not only was the outpouring huge, but the short statements were meaningful glimpses that became powerfully emotional as they accumulated one on top of the other. This weekend, we are offering you the chance to read through them again in this blog -- and to post additional names in the Comments section beneath the blog.
I'm starting to get a lot of media calls about our assessment of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) who is being mentioned on a short-list for vice-presidential running mates for Mitt Romney. My answers are textured, but the bottom line is that his career immigration record in Congress earns him a D+ and a percentage rating that is the seventh worst of all 289 Republicans in the Senate and House.
No matter which Party wins in November, the Indiana Senate seat now held by Richard Lugar should produce far better immigration actions. Democrat Joe Donnelly has a B+ Career immigration grade in the U.S. House. And the GOP primary victor filled out the NumbersUSA survey to earn the title of TRUE REFORMER supporting all 12 of our immigration stances.
We're starting to get quite a lot of inquiries from our members about what is going on with NumbersUSA and a much trumpeted "DREAM" amnesty proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio. Because he is Hispanic, Republican and possibly a VP candidate, and because he is meeting with long-time DREAM supporters among Democrats and Hispanic groups and with long-time opponents of DREAM, Sen. Rubio is creating a media frenzy.
NumbersUSA again this year is at one of the nation's three largest Earth Day Festivals, at the Texas State Fairgrounds. We are displaying our giant red and green U.S. population chart, as usual. And, as usual, lots of people do some double takes at seeing the population issue raised in the midst of scores of booths about green products, recycling, lower-consumption living, etc. Melanie Oubre and I will be posting a few observations during this 43rd Earth Day.
The arguments for special work visas for Irish workers that may come to a vote in the Senate any day are among the most offensive and baseless that I've ever seen. As engorged and harmful as is our current level of foreign workers, can you imagine what would happen if every nationality asked for the same favors that the Irish lobby is asking in this bill?
Apparently desiring a tradeoff of being exempted from using E-Verify or to having their illegal workers amnestied, a Big Ag coalition is pressuring Congress to make sure a mandatory E-Verify bill doesn't come to the House floor for a vote. And its big concern this week is that NumbersUSA's national ad campaign may be influencing some House leaders in a different direction.
Members of Congress and their staffers started the day with one of Washington's daily newspapers blaring at the top of Page One: "E-Verify group to pressure Boehner with ads -- Says speaker has stalled House vote." By late this afternoon, Speaker Boehner's office was proclaiming his loyalty to E-Verify and pointing fingers at committee chairmen for keeping the bill from a floor vote. A lot of phone calling from voters in between played a major role.
All three Republican candidates who won all 10 state Republican Primaries tonight support national mandatory E-Verify to take jobs from illegal aliens and put millions of unemployed Americans back to work. But the House Republican leadership won't bring a mandatory E-Verify bill to the floor because they apparently think it would hurt Republican chances of winning the presidency in the fall? What's wrong with this picture?
In Arizona where immigration was near the top of voter concerns, the candidate who “owned” the E-Verify issue was bound to benefit. While many pundits claimed Romney’s robust advocacy of national mandatory E-Verify was a blunder that somehow put him on the political fringe, the Arizona election results tonight and a new national poll show him to be identifying with overwhelming majorities of virtually every type of American.