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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, mocked Republicans in his caucus for being afraid to engage in a debate over amnesty. His theatrical display is surprising since Boehner had cited his caucus’ views when earlier declaring that immigration legislation was doubtful this year.

Boehner’s remarks came at an appearance in his home district on Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club. In a whiny, theatrical manner Boehner said, "Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard." Boehner continued, "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to ... They'll take the path of least resistance. I've had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn't say it was going to be easy."

Boehner had acknowledged an interest in “immigration reform” just after the 2012 election but allowed the Senate to complete action on a bill first. Under his direction, five immigration-related bills passed committee last year, including one that increased legal immigration levels. But none of the measures addressed the “hard” issue to which Boehner refers – dealing with the 11+ million illegal aliens.

Last summer, lieutenants like Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., started shopping a so-called Kids Act amnesty with the House Republican caucus but couldn’t get any traction. Then early this year, Boehner released a set of “immigration principles” at a House Republican retreat. They called for, among other things, citizenship for younger illegal aliens and legal status, including work permits, for others.

Reports indicated that as much as 80 percent of the Members who spoke out at the Republican retreat rejected his call for pursuing legislation this year. Many argued against the concept of amnesty but even those willing to support some form said now is the wrong time to pursue legislation because President Obama cannot be trusted to enforce immigration laws.

Boehner quickly backpedaled and announced his caucus believes that immigration legislation is not possible until President Obama could be trusted with enforcement. He had maintained that position until his remarks yesterday, which for the first time revealed his disdain for those in his caucus who oppose his amnesty agenda and Obama’s.

The Washington Post and others in the media are reporting that Boehner has been hypocritical for citing Obama as the impediment to reform when he now blames his own caucus. But these reports ignore the fact that Boehner’s original announcement cited a lack of trust for Obama within his caucus, a distrust that has grown as reports revealed that deportations have dropped under his presidency, not grown to historic highs.

The larger question Boehner now faces is whether his caucus trusts his leadership on the immigration issue in the wake of the mocking incident. Despite pressure from monied donors, business groups and business-funded amnesty front groups, House Republicans have rejected moving any immigration-related legislation this year. Republicans also have spoken out against the GOP leadership plot to include a “Trojan Horse” amnesty – the ENLIST Act – in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The first test may come when the House Armed Services Committee takes up the NDAA next week.

Read more here or watch a video of Boehner’s comments.

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GlenR 1973 of TX's picture

If the GOP continues down the path of Amnesty and Open Borders they will never win the White House again and will most likely turn the House over to the Dems; but if the GOP leadership lose their seats their Pro-ILLEGAL and Pro Open Borders political contributors will take care of them.

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Kathleen 4588 of CA's picture

All those who want "reform" want is amnesty - if our reps talked honestly about securing out country, no one would ever talk about amnesty and those folks who want reform would fight tooth and nail for it not to happen. Very tired of this whole thing. It would be nice to feel safe in my own country.

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James 8866 of CA's picture

NO AMNESTY! Of any kind.
They are trying to use the excuse (because they have no other) that "families will be torn apart". These people knew when they broke international law by coming here "ILLEGALY" that this would be the case. Seems kind of funny to me that they left "family" south of the border in the first place. Why is THIS not an issue for them?
Excuses ARE NOT fact! One FACT though IS certain. They are law breakers that are North of the border. That IS illegal.

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Mike 1111 of CO's picture

Boehner needs to start listening to the People.

The overwhelming majority of Republicans, Independents, AND Democrats want Less Immigrants, More Jobs for Americans, and No Amnesty for Illegals. It's that simple.

We need to take a strong stand against Amnesty and Immigration. With such high unemployment in America, Immigration is just insane.

Make a list of countries with low immigration, and you'll see that they also have low unemployment and good, living wages, e.g. Austria, Japan, Norway. Immigration is stupid; just don't do it !!!

Amnesty could be THE election issue this year in America, too. Hit Obama very hard on Immigration and Amnesty. Go after the 97% of voters who are legal, and forget about the 3% who are Illegals.

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Dave 362 of WI's picture

Boehner is not going to listen to the people because like actor Lawrence Harvey in the "Manchurian Candidate," he's been programmed to respond to just one stimulus.  In this case it's the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; it's the only "constituent" he listens to.

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Albert 3441 of PA's picture

Boehner does listen to the people - the ones who make the really big campaign contributions. His handling of the illegal immigration issue is emblematic of the corruption that has overtaken the 2 government parties, and the rot gets deeper with every election cycle.

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Albert 3441 of PA's picture

"We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to ... They'll take the path of least resistance."

Congress is elected to represent the popular will, not to cave in to the demands of donors who offer the most campaign candy. The path of least resistance is to take the candy, and that is exactly how Boehner and his RINO buddies got his party into the current immigration stalemate.

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Thomas 2924 of IN's picture

On immigration, and all issues that affect our jobs, wages, and quality of life, both parties are now corrupted completely by the selfish desires of the wealthy and the corporations. There are no Democrats, and only a small committed group of Republicans who stand with the American people on immigration. Business interests are tightening the screws on Boehner and all the others. They will do almost anything to get access to all the illegal workers and to the massive increase in legal immigration and guest workers in S. 744, the traitorous Senate bill that was written purely for special interests and would harm every American who is not a wealthy business owner. Even small business owners would be hurt. They would be forced to replace or slash the wages of the American employees they have worked with for years, or go under.

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Mike 1111 of CO's picture

Amnesty would not even solve the problem.

If you offered Amnesty or Asylum to the Illegals, sure, they would take it. But, you'd get even more Illegals !!! We already have 11 million Illegals; how many do we need ??? Amnesty is stupid; just don't do it !!!

A first good move on immigration would be NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY. This will remove the 'magnet' of money that draws Illegals. They will stop coming here, start going home, and the problem will shrink. Whenever/wherever we have done this, unemployment drops and Illegals leave.

It would also make sense to speed up the deportations of the ones we've already captured committing other crimes, making the size of the problem smaller. Then, we can deal with the rest as we catch them.

Cut immigration in 1/2 now for 10 years. Close the border, and start visa exit/entry checking. These policies will tighten the labor market.

CUT WAY BACK ON IMMIGRATION. Grow jobs, reduce unemployment, and spread prosperity. NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY will get the job done; let's do it NOW.

An Inconvenient Truth: the fastest way to RAISE WAGES and REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT is to CUT WAY BACK ON IMMIGRATION, ESPECIALLY ILLEGALS.

The economy and labor market will BOOM once these policies are fully in place. There are no jobs for Illegals. They are trying to take our US citizens' jobs away.

Australia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and UK are already doing this, and they are all doing well.

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George 9871 of GA's picture

The 1986 Amnesty Bill has already proven that, Mike1111. The rewarding of roughly 3,000,000 illegals is what brought 11-12 million more since. It both encourages more to come and promotes more illegal immigration by pushing future amnesty bills. It was an epic failure thinking it was going to solve the problem.

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None 2150 of WY's picture

Damn, Mike, you and others have it down. Its just to bad they don't see this comment board.

Some times I wonder if they see the nose on there faces. Is there some way NUMBERS could forward these great comments to B.O. and all his cronies. I am very impressed by your comments Mike. You tell it like it is and give a complete solutions to the illegal problems. Kind of you makes me think though, they probably know all of this but choose ignore the facts. There is truly something wrong with our system. I guess 'Ignorance is bliss' when it comes to this subject.

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Van 0864 of VA's picture

Not forward them, but we use good ideas from the comments for messaging

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None 2150 of WY's picture

Right on Van. The best ideas come from the people who care about this nation and are trying to speak out in order to stop the invasion of the USA.

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Florence 0183 of NJ's picture

on one of these sites someone put a link or wrote about the airport terminal bridge that will span the US border being built by the US and mexico, that bridge is being built to give EASY access to residents (illegals) in San Diego who go back and forth to mexico, the US and mexico have not come to agreement about who will PAY the officials who will be in charge of the bridge, I think we all know the answer to that and somehow I feel that we are talking about no amnesty and these people are building theis bridge like we don't exist and that WE do not matter...we really have to do something with action, we are angry, tired, fed up, and need solutions to this humongous problem...I hate to say it, but mexico and this administration are moving on with their lives and we are caught in this endless fight, what can we do that will not send us to jail, but will be effective...we really need it now!

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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Boehner put his foot into his mouth. This traitor is not only disgraced for failing to do his duty as House Speaker, but he is also a disgrace to his OH citizens. He is a proven weakling. He must be removed from his position now. If he and pro amnesty House Republicans make one step wrong, the Republican Party is history.

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None 2150 of WY's picture

Robert and Mike, You both have just about said it all. Thank you for your comments. They're right on the button.

Boehner and his sheep need a lesson in listening to the people, not the illegal activist or B.O. nor the crying illegals. They can take their families back to the country of origin, that way they are not split up. HARK!

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Robert 7316 of FL's picture

The word for passing legislation that the constituents oppose is tyranny.

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Jeff 2418 of PA's picture

First off, there is a HUGE difference between immigrants and LAWBREAKING ILLEGAL ALIENS. And they are not undocumented immigrants. They are LAWBREAKING ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO SHOULD NOT BE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! And while they are here ILLEGALLY, they are demanding things they are not entitled to. And if entering this country is illegal, then why are these politicians catering and pandering to these LAWBREAKING ILLEGAL ALIENS instead of increasing deportations? And invading this country ILLEGALLY is not a minor offense. It is a threat to our security and our economy and to the well being of the LEGAL CITIZENS of this country. It is time for these politicians to do what is right for the LEGAL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS instead of 20 + MILLION LAWBREAKING ILLEGAL ALIENS and DEPORT!!! DEPORT!!! DEPORT!!!

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GlenR 1973 of TX's picture

When I was attending school and reading history I often wondered how people could survive in a dictatorship without any personal rights and freedoms never dreaming I would live in the United States that was nearing closer every day to that exact condition. I suppose I got what I deserved for my lack of attention to what was and is going on all around me. While I was working and rising our family I would vote every election believing that the politicians would be “taking care” of us, boy was I wrong they didn’t take care of us, at least not in good way. I knew “they” wouldn’t allow an invasion of ILLEGALS to over throw our nation and turn it into just another Third World country! The large international corporations and “our” politicians that worship the political contributions from the international corporations are here to prove me wrong. Someone once said that the United States would not fall from outside forces but from the inside. Again, just follow the money.

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Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Also a historian. It's an almost excruciating time if you know the history of the world. Not much to feel optimistic about.

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

The checks and balances provided by the Constitution just are not working and have'nt worked well for some time. The idea was for one branch to call another on their "errors." I think the reason in most part for failure was the constant repetition of elected officials continuing to be the same one elected many times. Had those faces and minds been evolving it would have been less likely for corruption to have become contagious. Add in the so-called cost of campaigns to make it nearly impossible to unseat an incumbent with a newcomer, then of course it is an invitation to buy the politician. Small purses, as in working man, cannot compete in buying politicians. It was becoming obvious 35-40 years ago that that was occurring and becoming more prevalent.

I will not feel positive about America's future if more than a third of incumbents are returned this year. Prevalence of corruption is naturally a breeding ground for more corruption. The mindset in DC has to be changed and likely will not change without a powerful majority of fresh perspectives arriving simultaneously. If that happened, unlikely surely, it would send a powerful message to big money that "We, the people" will not let our our government be corrupted by an elitist minority.

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Consensus of opinion, a powerful force in group meeting situations is my experience. Party influence weakens that, IMO, because it places more than one loyalty on individual congresspeople. Instead of country first often it is Party first many times. It is difficult to arrive at consensus of opinion when Party comes first, and again campaign funding comes into play because if one is not "chosen" by the party as a favorite, no help comes from there, if not a party favorite no help comes from outside but in rare cases. Consensus of opinion would not be any more difficult to reach without party loyalty, would cause me to research more fully the candidates, and make the elected more responsive to voters.

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Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Well, if anyone wondered what Jeh Johnson would do once in office, he clarified his position this morning. He's going to make the border as porous as possible, poor man's worried about all those illegals being separated from their families. Really, the Obama administration makes 1986 look like a Utopian novel.

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John 4110 of MI's picture

New Homeland Security head has stated that complains about enforcement of broken immigration law. Broken? There is little evidence that we are badly in need of more workers. Most evidence points to to many immigrant/workers. So the law is broken due to no or little enforcement. The solution is not to have a President violate the constitution and set aside the law but for the President to get down to his enforcement job. In many ways families are the worst and the most solvable part of the problem. Most families come planning to stay: this planed and not spur of the moment crime. Removing families will greatly reduce new families of illegals from coming (they are sensitive to the penalties). It is family that draw the most public services. Removing families also keeps families together.

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John 4110 of MI's picture

New Homeland Security head has stated that complains about enforcement of broken immigration law. Broken? There is little evidence that we are badly in need of more workers. Most evidence points to to many immigrant/workers. So the law is broken due to no or little enforcement. The solution is not to have a President violate the constitution and set aside the law but for the President to get down to his enforcement job. In many ways families are the worst and the most solvable part of the problem. Most families come planning to stay: this planed and not spur of the moment crime. Removing families will greatly reduce new families of illegals from coming (they are sensitive to the penalties). It is family that draw the most public services. Removing families also keeps families together.

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Ed 2472 of FL's picture

Boehner and the rest of the GOP leadership obviously have a short-term memory problem.

Boehner had acknowledged an interest in “immigration reform” just after the 2012 election

He ran on the 2012 GOP platform a few days earlier:

We recognize that for most of those seeking entry into this country, the lack of respect for the rule of law in their homelands has meant economic exploitation and political oppression by corrupt elites. In this country, the rule of law guarantees equal treatment to every individual, including more than one million immigrants to whom we grant permanent residence every year. That is why we oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it. Granting amnesty only rewards and encourages more law breaking.

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Sarah 4202 of MA's picture

Mr.Speaker should go. Obama is destroying this country. We do not want any kind of Amnesty.Why do not obama administration let illegal people have a right to ask us to keep them here. They must be deported and pay fee because stay here illegally.

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Sonny 5967 of AZ's picture

“We’re going to have to push that this is a legal status, not amnesty,” Cathy McMorris Rodgers (T / WA)

Then We The People will just have to push that, yes cathy, Legalization IS Amnesty Plus. The amnesty is that they are not deported as the law called for at the time of their infraction. The Plus in that they get to retain what they stole, presence in the U.S.

Even if you let a bank robber walk, they still have to give back the money. Geesh!

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Albert 3441 of PA's picture

To be politically correct (and consistent), we would have to let the bank robber walk because if he went to prison, he would be separated from his family. We would also have to allow him to keep the proceeds of his unauthorized cash withdrawal once we understood that what appeared to be a robbery was actually an act of love, as he took a tremendous personal risk to provide for his family.

I am indebted to Jeb Bush for this deep moral insight.

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Sonny 5967 of AZ's picture

Wow. You really have this stuff down Albert. Just promise to use your powers for good and not evil.

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Roger 8615 of CA's picture

Plus a bank robbery is a federal crime which we as citizens have to right to get involved with.

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Gerald 2817 of WA's picture

It is asinine to open our borders at a time when Americans are losing their homes through lack of jobs. It is stupid to put already known illegal criminals back on the streets when so many Americans are being forced to use food banks just to enough food to feed their family. Here my solution to illegal/or found to be criminal or terrorist aliens - deport them to their country of origin. Period.

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GlenR 1973 of TX's picture

Again, these children have only their ILLEGAL parents to blame; they became ILLEGALS when their parents entered the U.S. as ILLEGALS and setup their own Children as ILLEGALS. The parents most likely continued the invasion with the exploitation of the 14th Amendment to create children for U.S. Citizens to furnish benefits! The Elitist Politicians and Elitist Political Contributors are socializing benefits to the ILLEGALS for the ILLEGAL EMPLOYERS, veiled as social programs for U. S. Citizens, on the backs of U.S. Citizens through our assets such as the Education System, Social Security, and Health Care not to mention our National Security while privatizing the profits for themselves! The reason the ILLEGALS have the children, furnishing a opportune SOB story, is to stay in the U.S. to receive the benefits, their children are nothing more than throwaways for their agenda; if they were important to the parents they would take their children with them when they returned to their HOME countries . They do not want to be Citizens of the U.S. only to the extent that it would allow the ILLEGALS to remain in the U.S. for our tax money and they will return to their home countries as soon as they have drained the U.S. Dry.

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Doreen & Robert 8684 of MT's picture

Mr. Speaker, you are right! The system is BROKEN!!! But, YOU and the GOP get our blame for a broken system since Reagan's 1st amnesty when illegal immigration was allowed to continue w/o any Congressional challenge!! & still no challenge during either GW's or Barack's terms when illegal immigration is and was not discouraged! Today, Barack Obama continues to write his own rules while Congress sits bye and watches!! YOU, Mr. Speaker, and the GOP Leadership, are a large part of why our immigration system is broken!!

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Doreen & Robert 8684 of MT's picture

Is it time to start addressing the GOP, especially the GOP Leadership, as the Party who is:
Anti-US worker and Pro-cheap foreign labor?

Maybe the label will stick??

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John 4110 of MI's picture

Many commenters on the cite would support reform, E-verify, changes in the citizenship law and requirements that administration enforces the law.

The Senate bill massively increases immigration, does not touch the citizenship law and provides amnesty for almost every immigration violator in the country - truly extreme legislation.

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John 4110 of MI's picture

Many commenters on the cite would support reform, E-verify, changes in the citizenship law and requirements that administration enforces the law.

The Senate bill massively increases immigration, does not touch the citizenship law and provides amnesty for almost every immigration violator in the country - truly extreme legislation.

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Nancy 9488 of TX's picture

I just wish we had someone/anyone that would call for a national day of protest against amnesty. It is working for the illegal aliens. IMO amnesty will be the death quell for our once great nation! God help our children & grandchildren if this happens.

What I really wish is that we could shut this country down for a couple days,no work, no shopping, no school...no nothing! That would work!

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Van 0864 of VA's picture

Protests don't work well for our side. And they are not working for the opposition. Except in a few districts like Denham's, Republicans don't care what the protestors say. They do care what the business groups want, however

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Van 0864 of VA's picture

Yes, absolutely plus you could try your hand at writing an op-ed for publication. You also can email reporters who give out their address.

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Richard 9828 of NY's picture

WE cannot Allow amnesty and Rep Boehner should stop his CRYING stand up and declare it dead. If not good By Boehner

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Tim 5136 of IN's picture

How was that republican that said> Lets seal our borders befor we talk about amnesty. I thought it was Boehner. It seem's the weather isn't the only thing that changes over nite.

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Van 0864 of VA's picture

Not Boehner, since his "principles" would give out work permits when they're legalized up front. Others have said that, though

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Chris 1263 of PA's picture

Just got back from a vacation on coast of Mexico. Many layers of security for US Citizens to get there, and back. This is all as expected, and as it should be.

Issue is not that US citizens are not "people with feelings", it is that the rules are what they are and they need to benefit both sides in every border discussion. Mexico will not let a US citizen into their country without proper documentation and without a limit on the amount of time you will stay. Mexico will not let a US citizen buy land within 50 miles of their border as this is where the land is most valuable and they want to wring as much value out of what they have as possible. This all makes sense.

What does NOT make sense is the idea that US citizens will not do work that people from Mexico or other countries will. When it comes time to feed your family and pay your bills, it is amazing what people will do to meet those commitments IF YOU LET THEM. The inside the beltway RINOs are pushing for amnesty because the Chamber of Commerce is pushing them but this does not enable US citizens to compete for the jobs that are available. It merely continues the cycle of low cost workers incented to break the law to cross the borders to feed non US families. We do not have infinite resources and enabling non US people to come here without considering the impact - both on jobs and our counties' security - is foolish and short sighted.

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James 6297 of TX's picture

The political definition of "Immigration Reform" is "Amnesty". There is no other way to define this! I find it extremely difficult to understand why any elected politician who has taken an oath to uphold the laws of this country, and to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States, can even suggest the possibility of forgiving the criminal acts of foreign nationals against the laws of our country. What part of "ILLEGAL" are they missing? Further, they, the politicians, treat this issue as one to assist Hispanics. The true facts are that Hispanics are only one group that enter our country illegally. The fact is there are many many others including Chinese and a great number of people from Muslim countries. They are all criminals who violated our immigration laws and must be prosecuted and evicted from our country. There is probably a very good reason why they could not enter our country legally, which is usually because they have a criminal past. If they wish to enter our country legally, there is a process that must be followed. End of story!

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