This past weekend, the Orange County Register ran a Q&A with NumbersUSA's Roy Beck. The interview, conducted by staff writer Roxana Kopetman, touched on the ongoing immigration debate in Congress, our recent evangelical poll and the disparity between church leaders and their followers, and the future of immigration policy in the United States.
The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to federal immigration law for asylum and refugee seekers that could allow individuals with ties to terrorists into the United States. The exemptions were published to the federal register on Wednesday and would narrow the ban on refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support to terrorists.
The purpose of this glossary, which is the product of significant research, study and polling, is to equip opponents of the immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate in 2013 (as well as the ongoing legislative maneuvering to get the entire Congress to pass the same bill or something similar) with a common vocabulary to advocate a unified policy position.
The policy position is most succinctly expressed as follows:
A large group of conservative leaders, radio talk show hosts, and tea party groups have sent a letter to Congress announcing their opposition to the Gang of Eight's bill. It was once thought that Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) participation with the Gang of Eight would help bring the support from many of the individuals and groups, but they all argued that there are too many flaws in the bill to support the entire package.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will begin marking up the Gang of Eight's amnesty bill (S.744) on Thursday, have filed 300 amendments that propose changes to the 867-page legislation. The lion's share of amendments were offered by Republicans on the committee; in fact, the committee's Ranking Member, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), offered almost as many amendments (77) as the committee's entire Democratic delegation (93).
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has introduced new legislation (S.202) in the U.S. Senate that would require all employers in the United States to use E-Verify. Sen. Grassley serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration policy in the Senate. He also sits on the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. The Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act of 2013 would make the E-Verify program permanent and would require all employers to use the system within 12 months of enactment.
The following groups have all announced that they support a mass amnesty. The groups are divided into four separate categories, including: advocacy, business, unions and religious denominations. We have provided the contact information for each group, and if you are affiliated with one or more of these organizations, we encourage you to contact them to express your opposition to their position.
The Immigration Act of 1990 mandated the creation of a bipartisan
commission to examine the impacts of immigration on the United States
and to make recommendations for future policy. The Commission, chaired
by the late Barbara Jordan, issued its final report in 1997, but Barbara
Jordan held a press conference in 1995 releasing the Commission's
recommendations on legal immigration. The Jordan Commission called for
an end to Chain Migration, the end of the Visa Lottery, and an annual
The U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform was mandated by the Immigration Act of 1990 in order to examine and evaluate U.S. immigration policy, and to provide recommendations for its improvement. The Commission’s initial recommendations were released in 1995, and were endorsed by President Clinton. The final report was presented to Congress in 1997.