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House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), and Reps. Joe Barton (Tex.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), recently discussed the prospects for moving immigration legislation in the House this year. All three see a chance for action despite the fact that their visions for reform amount to amnesty.

At an event kicking off her re-election campaign, McMorris Rodgers said an immigration deal could be reached before the election. “I believe there is a path that we get a bill on the floor by August,” she said. McMorris Rodgers supports a legal status that allows illegal aliens to remain in the country to work or attend school while they “wait their turn” under the current immigration system. This is essentially the legalization component of Speaker Boehner’s immigration “principals.” “We’re going to have to push that this is a legal status, not amnesty,” she said.

Barton told his local NBC affiliate that he will soon introduce legislation to give citizenship to the minor children of illegal aliens. "If the only illegal act they committed was coming into the country without proper documentation we'd put them on a path to legalization," Barton said. He also wants to create an extensive new guest worker program.

In an interview with the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, Diaz-Balart said that efforts to strike an immigration deal are gaining steam. He said the announcement by two amnesty-supported Illinois Republicans (Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock), Speaker Boehner’s recent comments, and the ongoing protests by pro-illegal alien are indications that momentum has returned to those who want reform this year.

“I think we finally have the policy right,” Diaz-Balart told Roll Call. “I think we have figured out a way to secure, to have border and interior security, holding the administration accountable for the enforcement…And I think we figured out a way to deal with the folks that are here in a way that is fair…And what we’re finding is more and more people out there as they’re seeing it, different aspects of the policy, are starting to say, ‘Hey, that is something that makes sense.’…It is as close as we have ever been. It is still a big, big, heavy lift. I think we’re going to get there…We’re going to need a large group of Republicans and Democrats who are willing to stand up and do what is right for our country…Getting legislation that can get you to that 218 you need is not easy on this issue, but I feel really good about it.”

Diaz-Balart was an original member of the House “gang” formed to develop a comprehensive amnesty bill. He has repeatedly expressed optimism even when most had declared the topic dead for the year.

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Thomas 2924 of IN's picture

If we could see behind the scenes I suspect we would be astounded at the money being dumped on those three to betray American workers. And they are not the only ones offered the bribes or subjected to threats if they don't go along with the low-wage agenda of big business. We should simply vote against all who demonstrate in this way that they are on the take.

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Jm  2943 of CO's picture

The problem is usually its both of them. That is both parties unless you have a Rep / Senator who is principaled enough like Jeff Sessions of AL.

We live in CO's 6th. We have wishy washy Coffman or Romanoff who is the D and both want amnesty. Who are we supposed to vote for? We keep telling Coffman; people are not going to be voting for him in the 6th; but who knows if he listens.

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Caroline 7445 of CO's picture

Roger, you mention "fair to the American worker." It seems American workers will have to "wait their turn" for jobs after the illegal aliens. From the above: McMorris Rodgers supports a legal status that allows illegal aliens to remain in the country to work or attend school while they “wait their turn” under the current immigration system. What is fair to the American worker or citizen doesn't even enter these treasonous discussions.

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Robert 4907 of DE's picture

First, NO AMNESTY! We DO NOT need or want comprehensive immigration reform, better known as AMNESTY! What we need and want is comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform. Start with making it a felony to enter this country illegally with a $2500 fine PLUS six months in jail. Find out exactly how many illegal aliens are in this country by having them fill out a form with all important information we need to know how many are here and from where. Wait to see how the felony law works. If it works, apply to all who are here illegally. Leave or pay the fine. Maybe these RINO's have to go. We don't need them either. PERIOD!

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Steven 9122 of OK's picture

We also need to up the penalties to those who hire the illegals. Make it a mandatory no parole 3-5 yr jail term and a $100K fine per illegal alien hired on the 1st offense. Make human smuggling a 10-20 yr term with no parole and that includes any BP agent that ferries kids to parents already here.

End the magnets that draw them here in a big way. No more citizenship if at least one parent isn't a legal citizen. No schooling for their kids without a legal BC. No welfare of any kind. Harsh you say? No what is harsh is the government taking your money at the point of a gun (IRS) to fund them. There are very few jobs Americans won't do or can't be trained to do.

Why the 20m unemployed in this nation haven't risen up and started protesting in a big way is beyond me. Imagine if they did and what the effect would be on this continued shamnesty talk from our CONgressional traitors.

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Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

How would you propose those of us who are unemployed rise up and protest this whole illegal alien mess?! I've got more than enough on my plate trying to get employment again and getting my social security back due to my disabilities. It's a complicated situation.

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Van 0864 of VA's picture

Sorry to hear about your situation, Aaron. Tell Congress to help you and your 20 million fellow citizens, not illegal aliens and unneeded foreign workers

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Firman 3112 of NY's picture

Elected officials who support illegal aliens should be recalled as they care not for our own legal citizens. No amnesty, no immigration reform. Enforce our current immigration laws. Send the military to close our borders.

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Florence 0183 of NJ's picture

I think we should treat illegals who purposely cross our border into our country exactly the way Americans are treated when we ACCIDENTALLY end up in their country...they should be thrown in with some hardliners who will do everything to them except turn them loose..I am alluding to the military person who made the wrong turn and ended up in a forsaken country, mexico...

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Mark 4988 of WA's picture

She doesn't have a republican primary challenger. There is an independent Dave Wilson and a democrat against her in the general election. I called and told her office about my absolute disgust 509-353-2374. Independent, democrat who cares who replaces her she just has to go. She is a Boehner Lackey!

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Jm  2943 of CO's picture

Do you know the make up of the district? What % is it of each? and what are the other 2 saying?

We had this in our district in 2012 and the I while she got a lot of votes; she only made the race tighter between other 2.

and is the I for sure on the ballot? IN CO; they have to get enough signatures first and they have to be verified.

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Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

Send these so called "representatives" to our unemployment lines!! No Amnesty!! Do any of these people even read the comments on here, MSN and Yahoo on this issue!!? The public is very pissed about the lack of enforcement on this issue and the government catering to illegals over it's citizens!!

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Florence 0183 of NJ's picture

That is almost the wording of my sign in my rear car window...
Remember 1986...No Amnesty...Ever!

I printed it up in Red, white, Blue on my computer...

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Deloris 5489 of CA's picture

Anyone know about the new airport terminal to span U.S. Border. Connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico? Construction already has begun on the Mexican side at Tijuana International Airport, Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske anticipates construction to begin on U.S., side NEXT MONTH. Published in Orange County Register yesterday April 27, 2014, in Travel Section, under "Briefly" Titled "New airport terminal to span U.S. border".
deloris1935@cox.net

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Ralph 7980 of CO's picture

Why should the illegal aliens be able to wait here in the U.S. and work in the U.S. while someone who has applied for legal immigration can wait in their own country for several years, to come here legally??? Do they have the opportunity to come here and work while their application is being approved? No, of course not! And what is this "wait their turn" garbage, for illegal aliens??? If they are here illegally, they don't have a turn They should be deported without the possibility of returning legally. There has to be a price to pay for invading our country!

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Albert 3441 of PA's picture

"McMorris Rodgers supports a legal status that allows illegal aliens to remain in the country to work or attend school while they “wait their turn” under the current immigration system."

This plan is like allowing a convicted felon to remain free on bail until he qualifies for parole. Ralph is right. These scofflaws should not be allowed to join the immigration queue. Having already defied our immigration laws, they should be barred from ever returning to our country.

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Mike 1111 of CO's picture

NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY is the cure.

Once it is in place, the 'magnet' of money that draws Illegals is gone. They will stop coming here and start going home. Then, it would make more sense to speed up the deportations of the ones we've already captured committing other crimes. The problem solves itself, at little or no cost. We can deal with the rest of them as we catch them.

With such high unemployment in America, immigration is just insane. Immigration causes HUGE job losses among Americans. Amnesty or asylum would not even solve the problem. Sure, the Illegals would take it. 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 !!!

Amnesty could be THE election issue this year in America. The overwhelming mass of Voters from both parties AND Independents want Less Immigrants, More Jobs for Americans, and No Amnesty for Illegals. Republicans, Independents, and Democrats should hit Obama very hard on Amnesty. Go after the 97% of voters who are legal, and forget about the 3% who are Illegals.

An Inconvenient Truth: the fastest way to RAISE WAGES and REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT is to CUT WAY BACK ON IMMIGRATION, ESPECIALLY ILLEGALS. Grow jobs, reduce unemployment, and spread prosperity. NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY will get the job done; let's do it NOW.

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

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Donald 9503 of PA's picture

First, NO AMNESTY! We DO NOT need or want comprehensive immigration reform, better known as AMNESTY! What we need and want is comprehensive DEPORTATION ENFORCEMENT reform. Start with making it a felony to enter this country illegally with a penalty of deportation within 24 hours. These RINO's have to go. We don't need them either. PERIOD!

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

Would like to know at least the legal source of political contributions for these three Pro-ILLEGAL, Pro Open Borders, and anti-Citizen congressmen.

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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

I would like to give you a good figuration. Sharks are well known that they can smell the injured swimmer's blood in the undersea in less than a mile. They frenziedly go for it. I find it unbelievable because the ocean is full of strong salt water. I am very disgusted with the behavior of those corrupt politicians -- they are too excited about amnesty bills and acts like exactly like sharks. They smell more votes, more power and more money in all the kinds of amnesty bills and frenziedly go for them! What a sick humor! They lack kindness, mercy and tenderness for so many unemployed Americans. They occupies with their own interests. Vote those self-centered politicians OUT!

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Mike 1111 of CO's picture

When Grimm goes to prison for hiring Illegals, maybe Barton, Diaz, and Rodgers can be his roomates !?!?!

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Richard 2817 of IL's picture

These three should be voted out. Hopefully some good Republicans will run against them.

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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!!! And rounding them up will not cost a lot of money. All you have to do is confiscate everything they have acquired while here ILLEGALLY because they acquired it through ILLEGAL means and sell it to pay for the cost of enforcement.

P.S.

Everyone says that if we make them legal, then we will have cheap labor. If you make them legal, then they are allowed to sue for more money so there goes the cheap labor

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Albert 3441 of PA's picture

“I think we have figured out a way to secure, to have border and interior security, holding the administration accountable for the enforcement…And I think we figured out a way to deal with the folks that are here in a way that is fair…”

Really? It seems to me that all of these issues were settled long ago:
1. Border Security – Unauthorized border crossers were either denied entry or arrested.
2. Interior Security – Illegal aliens within the US were arrested and deported.
3. Dealing with “folks who are here” – See Interior Security.

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Mike 1111 of CO's picture

The reason I trumpet NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY:

It is a cheap, simple system that already exists, used voluntarily. Once it is fully in place, the 'magnet' of money that draws Illegals is gone. They will stop coming here and start going home. Then, it would make more sense to speed up the deportations of the ones we've already captured committing other crimes: INTERIOR SECURITY, as you mentioned. The problem solves itself, at little or no cost. We can deal with the rest of them as we catch them: BORDER SECURITY, as you mentioned.

Amnesty or asylum would not even solve the problem. You'd get even more Illegals !!!

Amnesty could be THE election issue this year in America for Republicans, Independents, AND Democrats. Go after the 97% of voters who are legal, and forget about the 3% who are Illegals. Politicians are failing the math test here.

An Inconvenient Truth: the fastest way to RAISE WAGES and REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT is to CUT WAY BACK ON IMMIGRATION, ESPECIALLY ILLEGALS. Grow jobs, reduce unemployment, and spread prosperity. NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY will get the job done; let's do it NOW.

The economy and labor market will BOOM once this policy is fully in place.

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None 2150 of WY's picture

Mike 1111, your comment is right on and its to bad the activist politicians and their cronies can't read this or don't care to read the truth as you and many have stated on this comment board.

They're obviously pandering to the illegal aliens and NOT listening to the citizens of this country (USA).

1.NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY
2.English only in the USA

This should really start them back to their countries of origin.

I just really can't believe this is all happening. Allowing a foreigners to take over our country. It really baffles me and it just doesn't make any and mean any sense. BAH!

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Terri 9170 of IL's picture

I believe these GOP talk the talk to look electable. When Obama starts threatening to grant amnesty without Congress, they get threatening. They know he's hoping to create new Democrat voters.

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Question: Would Grimm have been charged for employing illegals if legalization had been passed and signed?? How many in Congress are employing Guatamalan housekeepers and Mexican lawn keepers? My inquiring mind wants to know!

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Van 0864 of VA's picture

Under your scenario, he still could have been prosecuted for hiring illegal aliens because the hiring occurred some time ago but, you're right, he probably wouldn't have been. In any event, the main element here is tax fraud.

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Chuck 2857 of AL's picture

Fair? What are we talking about fair is following the law. That means all of us and being held accountable when we do not. Allowing those who break our laws continually that are here illegally is a horrible proposal. I dedicated years serving my country in the military and I follow its laws. I expect and demand others do the same or be held accountable. Rewarding illegals by allowing them to stay is a slap in the face to every blue collar american. Enforce the current laws hold employers who employ them accountable so they can not work here illegally steeling our jobs. They can go home or be put out under the law.

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Mary 4171 of GA's picture

So...is Ted Cruz for increasing H1B's...if so, Numbers is not denouncing him...I won't support or promote Numbers until I get a legit answer...and I've been a proponent for years....

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John 4110 of MI's picture

A lot of Republicans say that an increase in H1_bs and technical workers is the no brainer.
The wife of the solid unemployed solid state engineer that appeared on the Obama town hall is not a rare unusual event. Often it is the older workers that pay the price for the cheap labor technical worker push.

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

When he first was in office he supported increase in H-1B in public but I hadn't heard it mentioned in public again by the Senator nor his people; I think it was because of the negative response from "his" voters. Of course he could be pulling another McCain and claim to be Pro Citizen when he needs our votes but really be Pro-Amnesty and Pro Open Borders when he wants Political Contributions. Have seen this a lot in Texas!

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Van 0864 of VA's picture

Yes, he offered an amendment during Senate debate last year to increase the annual number to 300,000. We opposed the amendment then. Not sure why you're blaming us now when the House is the focus of attention. If you're referring to his possibly running for president, we will definitely factor in that amendment in rating him. But, again, he has not declared his candidacy.

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Arthur 5903 of AZ's picture

We have in the past to include this year supported McMorris-Rodgers and Mario Diaz-Balart though we are not in their States but with this backstabbing turn of events, our support ends now.

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Sarah 4202 of MA's picture

She need to go. One she does not present Americans's desire, vote her out of office.

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Myrlo 5599 of MO's picture

NO AMNESTY. What about "US" the one who came here LEGALY. I did not brake any laws coming here, I worked all my life, pay taxes, and you are going to let people who BROKE the law, didn't pay taxes for years and stole rom the gov. just walk away? There is no way you will tracked them and make them pay the money they stole. They used fake ID's.

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Eugene 8330 of MN's picture

Contact your senators and congressman and demand they not allow this or you will let them know how you feel the next time people have to vote to elect senators and congressman. For the people who help bring people from other country's legally this amnesty bill is a virtual slap to those of us who follow the law. Recall all Democrats and vote them OUT.

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James 9293 of FL's picture

This is not the talk of loyal Americans but the betrayal of all Americans. You cannot seriously consider amnesty as being fair. Fair to who? Big business? It's time to stand up and be fair to Americans not "illegals".

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Lance 6170 of WA's picture

“We’re going to have to push that this is a legal status, not amnesty,” she said.

Paging George Orwell ....

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

When the Pro-ILLEGALS, Pro-Amnesty, and Pro-Open Borders gangs do not use the word AMNESTY it can not be AMNESTY; the Elitists think that we do not understand and can be fooled by words after all that has worked for many years. If the ILLEGALS are granted "Legal status" it will turn into Citizenship in a few years. Third World nation status is fast approaching for the United States!

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Robert 3653 of MN's picture

It is so difficult asking for help from Klobuchar and Franken here in Minnesota. It's like spitting into the wind. I receive form letters from my Representatives and when I receive replies from them I send them letters asking for them to explain their possitions point by point. The obvious fact is that they are part of the "sanctuary cities" programs for St. Paul and Minneapolis and are concerned with liberal votes here in liberal la-la-land. I feel I am wasting donation dollars sending faxes to these people.

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Barry 1460 of WA's picture

We don't want to allow illegal immigrants to be rewarded AMNESTY for breaking our border laws or overstaying their visas. I'll bet you would be surprised to find more illegal immigrants than the 12-20,000,000.
My wife and I have LEGALLY applied for her brothers and sisters, paid all of the fees and have to wait in their home country for their visa. We all have been waiting about 15 years for their visa. So, to understand, the people here illegally get to wait here in the U.S.A. and work, go to school, while my family has to wait over 15 years in their home country to get their visa to come to the U.S.A.
Does that sound fair? The people (our family members) that apply legally, have to wait in their 3rd world country, while the illegal aliens get to stay here and work or go to school.
This is not fair! They could send back the illegal alien, and let them wait in their country. They could switch places, and let my family work or go to school; But this would still be a disadvantage to the American worker. Just send them home and secure the border.

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Gene 5798 of TX's picture

I can feel and share your frustration, and I vehemently agree with all that you posted. It is not fair!! When Bush and others were pushing amnesty a few years back, I had a friend that was in New York but his home country was England and he had done it legally, but was perturbed over a possible amnesty as you are.

Call, fax. write and email your congressman and Senators. It is the only thing I know that we can do legally. I send emails every week, 2 to 5, over and above what Numbers supplies us to send. when I am sending them from my computer I get more forceful, shall we say. I think my Congressman is tired of me, but when He indicates that, I double down on him.

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David 2571 of IN's picture

How indifferent can government and candidates profess to move amnesty forward without closing our borders. On a continuing basis, politicians will hear voters yet confiscate our trust to lead on the fact they know what is best.