Sen. Schumer's PRO-amnesty petition had a big day today and seems to be picking up momentum.
But the nation's top ANTI-amnesty petition has even more momentum. My great thanks to all of you who were part of adding more than 30,000 new signers today!
For the first time, the ANTI-amnesty petition has more signers than the one backing the Gang of Eight's PRO-amnesty plan.
As of 9 p.m. Monday:
69,458 signers of NumbersUSA ANTI-amnesty petition
53,172 signers of Schumer's PRO-amnesty petition supporting Gang of Eight
We're in a public relations battle with Sen. Schumer (D-NY) who started his petition a week earlier than us to show the media that there is overwhelming support among the public for the bi-partisan Gang of Eight's proposal to immediately give amnesty and U.S. work permits to 11 million illegal aliens.
Because NumbersUSA led the largest grassroots mobilization in the killing of amnesties in the House in the summer of 2006, and in the Senate in spring of 2007, autumn of 2007 and winter of 2010, the media tend to look to NumbersUSA's petitions to compare their strength with the petitions of those pushing for more open borders.
Keep ANTI-Petition In Lead
If you haven't signed yet, click the petition link:
If you HAVE signed, click the link to refer the petition to more people:
The Gang of Eight petition is being promoted in Daily Kos and other large-viewership websites. Our ANTI-amnesty petition is going to need lots of similar help if we are to show the media and Members of Congress that the passion of the American people is on the side of preventing an 8th amnesty.
We are expecting a wave of new PRO-amnesty signers Tuesday night after the President uses the State of the Union address to promote more foreign workers while claiming his top priority is putting more Americans back to work. And who knows what Sen. Rubio (R-Fla.) will say in his Republican rebuttal on TV -- he's a member with Schumer in the Gang of Eight.
A public opinion poll released last week found that about three times as many Americans strongly oppose an amnesty as strongly support one.
We need to reflect that on these petitions. This ANTI-amnesty petition really ought to have triple the signatures as the one for the Gang of Eight. At the very least, please make sure you have made it clear which petition and public policy you support.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
P.S. -- I offer many thanks for a great new response to this blog that many of you are circulating. Here's our new Petition signer count as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, 12FEB2013:
Updated: Tue, Feb 12th 2013 @ 1:18pm EST