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Belief in bad polls is why media can't understand amnesty failure this year

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  by  Jeremy Beck

The mainstream news media is scrambling to explain why a "comprehensive immigration" bill that they virtually guaranteed would pass didn't. Many reporters and commentators echo the analysis of Molly Ball of the Atlantic who writes that the coalition of advocates for the Senate immigration bill is "no match for the illogic of today's Washington, where political imperatives, voter preferences, and even the desires of moneyed interests are powerless to move House Republicans off a default stance of 'no.'"

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Rep. Paul Gosar Challenges Mark Zuckerberg to Border Tour

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Rep. Paul Gosar, who represents a district in Arizona much impacted by illegal immigration, has challenged Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to tour the border after he called immigration reform "one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time" and called for immigration reform that included more foreign workers.

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Faithful in Front

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Some argue that evangelical leaders are out of step with their congregations on immigration. A recent poll of likely evangelical Republican voters released by NumbersUSA, which endorses lower immigration levels, found that 63 percent of respondents "strongly oppose" a bill described as giving "work permits to an estimated 7 million illegal immigrant workers." Pulse Opinion Research conducted the poll.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey Slams Britain's Former Open Borders Policy

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Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of the Who, has blasted the former Labour-led government of the United Kingdom for allowing in large numbers of foreign workers.  Daltrey, who has also criticized the current government for failing to tackle high immigration numbers said immigration has "undercut" workers.

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Is immigration overhaul dead in the House?

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Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that helped defeat a similar immigration effort in 2007 and is fighting hard against this year's efforts, said Boehner and other Republican leaders are still looking for ways to pass some kind of immigration overhaul. He said they feel a political need to do so to win over the ever-growing Hispanic electorate.

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Ted Cruz looms large over comprehensive immigration reform

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"There are going to be a lot of Republicans who don't want to be on the other side of Ted Cruz," said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations at NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for reduced immigration flows.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/331077-ted-cruz-looms-large-over-comprehensive-immigration-reform

By Alexander Bolton in The Hill

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NumbersUSA: House border security bill weakens current law

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A one-page memo produced this week by the limited immigration group NumbersUSA argues that the House’s border security bill actually weakens current law and could act as a shield to allow Republicans to vote for “amnesty.”

In the document NumbersUSA compares provisions in the House’s border bill with provisions in the Secure Fence Act of 2006 and the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism.

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Evangelicals Battle Over 'Biblical' Immigration

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Polling data is mixed on that score. On one hand, data from the right leaning "immigration reduction" organization, Numbers USA, suggests that 46% of Republican evangelicals say they would deport most undocumented immigrants. Another 32% say they would deport some, but "ensure no jobs or assistance for the rest."http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/22/evangelicals-battle-over-biblical-immigration/#ixzz2iXAzUQOS

By Maya Rhodan in Time

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Is Immigration Really Dead in the House?

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All this should add up to a dead issue. "So why am I not sleeping at night?" queried Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a grassroots group that has effectively lobbied dozens of rank-and-file House Republicans to oppose anything that could lead to legalization of people without papers. "What worries me is that Boehner and the business lobbies get together to pull some kind of maneuver" for a limited legalization/guest-worker/border-security bill. "Then Democrats in the Senate will say, 'Maybe this is our last chance until 2017,' " he said.

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Immigration reform groups resume fight

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“At some point, you have to fund government; at some point, you have to deal with the debt,” said NumbersUSA President Roy Beck, who supports reducing immigration. “There’s absolutely no similarity between those and the immigration bill.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/immigration-reform-groups-resume-fight-98581_Page2.html

By Seung Min Kim in Politico

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Senate Immigration Bill, Current Law Could Add 32 Million New Voters by 2036

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A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies says that the Senate-passed immigration bill could add 17.3 million additional voters to the U.S. by 2036. Combined with current law totals, 32 million new voters could be added by that year. Since the last four presidential elections were decided by an average of 4.5 million voters, this influx could have a substantial impact on American politics.

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USCIS Union Chief Warns Against Passing Amnesty Before Fixing Agency Corruption

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Kenneth Palinkas , the president of the USCIS union, warned Congress not to pursue amnesty or legal immigration increases before correcting widespread problems at the agency. He said that tasking USCIS to review tens of millions of immigration-benefit applications before correcting political corruption within the agency invites disaster.

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8 lawmakers arrested at immigration rally

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“Five years after politicians’ mismanagement of the economy created a jobs depression, 20 million striving Americans still can’t find a full-time job,” said Roy Beck, the founder and president of Numbers USA. “But neither party’s leaders have allowed the concerns of these struggling Americans to be considered when forming immigration policy.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/immigration-rally-national-mall-98001.html

By Seung Min Kim in Politico

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Pro-Amnesty Event on the National Mall Predictable, Unimpressive

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  by  Van Esser

Melanie and I joined two local groups in a counter-protest today near the Pro-amnesty “March for Dignity and Respect” on the closed National Mall. Then we headed down to the event organizers claimed would bring in tens of thousands of participants. Even with a top-name band playing – Los Tigres del Norte – they had a few thousand at best.

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House Democrats Scheming to Keep Amnesty Alive

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) plans to introduce a comprehensive amnesty bill designed to pressure Republicans to take up the immigration issue during the busy fall schedule. The legislation would combine the bill the Senate Judiciary Committee passed in May with a border-security bill the House Homeland Security Committee passed.

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Illegal immigration may be back on the rise

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That sentiment was echoed by Rosemark Jenks, director of governments relations for NumbersUSA, a group that opposed the Senate bill. She said Obama's Department of Homeland Security has methodically cut back on worksite raids targeting undocumented workers and scaled back deportations, leaving "absolutely no disincentive" for people in other countries thinking about trying to enter the USA illegally.

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House Judiciary Chairman Anticipates Immigration Votes, Including on at Least One Amnesty

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, pledged to move immigration legislation forward despite the busy House fall schedule. Speaking at a House Republican event for Hispanic Heritage Month, Goodlatte said the House’s piecemeal approach to legislating immigration changes would address enforcement and security; legal immigration; and the status of illegal aliens.

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Billionaire Geek Meets Washington Chic on Immigration

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Zuckerberg’s advocacy may not bear fruit, Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, an Arlington, Virginia-based group that backs immigration curbs, said in an interview.
 
House Republican leaders aren’t advancing the bill “not because they haven’t seen Mark Zuckerberg, but because the vast majority of their membership doesn’t want them to move forward,” Beck said.

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Obama urges Hispanics to rally for more immigration

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 NumbersUSA and other groups that want to reduce the current immigration rate fear that the House GOP leadership will use the end-of-year legislative crush to sneak through a surprise immigration increase.http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/18/obama-urges-hispanics-to-rally-for-amnesty/

By Neil Munro in The Daily Caller

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Group opposed to illegal immigration un-endorses Reps. Sam Johnson and John Carter

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“ALIPAC’s support was based on these candidates signing pledges to oppose amnesty and their strong grades with the organization NumbersUSA.”

Carter and Johnson have an A+ with NumbersUSA. Carter’s 98 percent grade is the highest of any federal lawmaker from Texas.

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President Rejects Deportation Moratorium, Pushes House for Amnesty

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President Obama said in an interview with Telemundo, the Spanish-language television network, that using his executive authority to halt deportations for most illegal aliens is “not an option.” He instead urged viewers to push House Republicans to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.”

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Summer Recess Activism Recap

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  by  Melanie Oubre

Summer Recess is over and Congress is now gearing up for a busy fall schedule.  During the Congressional break, NumbersUSA activists attended over 400 town halls with nearly 150 lawmakers!  Even though we dampened the momentum for amnesty during August, we still have a lot of work ahead of us.

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Sessions: Americans have been Sacrificed in Immigration Debate

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In an op-ed published in The Hill on Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) detailed the impacts the Gang of Eight's immigration bill, S.744, would have on legal immigration numbers and said the interests of all Americans are be pushed aside to satisfy the interests of business and ethnic groups. Sen. Sessions urged the House to completely disavow S.744 and move forward with a plan that would "refocus the immigration debate on the rights, needs, and concerns of U.S. citizens."

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Corporate Layoffs Precede Call for More Foreign Workers, Amnesty

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A large number of corporations that recently laid off American workers are now urging House leaders to import more foreign workers and legalize illegal aliens, according to the Washington Examiner. Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies notes, "The companies claim (immigration reform) is an 'opportunity to level the playing field for U.S. employers' but it is more of an effort to level the wages of American citizens."

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Remembering 911 And Its Effect On Comprehensive Immigration Reform & Laws

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For Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, which advocates limiting immigration overall, this new focus on enforcement was a relief since it changed a growing pattern of legalization legislation. "There have been zero amnesties passed since 9/11," he says. "It may be that 9/11 did change the environment so that it became harder for Congress to continue to pass an amnesty every couple years."

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‘Duck Dynasty’ drafted into amnesty campaign

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Boosting the population of consumers makes short-term sense for executives, said Roy Beck, director of NumbersUSA, which is working to reduce immigration rates. “If you’ve got a rapidly growing population, then even inefficient and nonproductive businesses tend to survive,” he said.

However, shareholders and executives will lose in the long-run, he warmed.

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Heavy Fall Agenda May Delay House Immigration Debate

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House Republican leaders may have to delay consideration of immigration legislation, given the busy schedule that awaits the House when it reconvenes next week. In addition to debate over FY 2014 appropriations bills and a measure to raise the federal debt ceiling, a new agenda item -- military strikes in Syria -- will add to time pressures. Aides to Republican leaders told the Wall Street Journal that there are no plans at this point to bring immigration bills to the floor.

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Analysis debunks White House report on amnesty benefits

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According to the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector, a recent White House report citing the economic benefits of granting amnesty and citizenship to illegal aliens is misleading and based on dubious assumptions. His study suggests the overall cost to taxpayers of such an amnesty is likely to exceed $6 trillion.

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NumbersUSA survey offers a more nuanced look at the opposition to White House/Senate immigration bill

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Advocates for the Senate immigration bill have a tough sell. How do you convince a public whose chief concern is jobs to support a bill that would increase permanent work permits for new immigrant workers from 10 million over the next decade to 20 million? Answer: Don't mention the numbers!

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New RNC Policy Promotes Amnesty Over Attrition Through Enforcement

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  by  Van Esser

At its Summer meeting last week, the Republican National Committee rejected the Attrition Through Enforcement policy established in its 2012 National Platform in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens. Since illegal aliens would be legalized but denied citizenship, the RNC’s spin suggests the new policy would cause no harm. But the work permits offered to illegal aliens cause the greatest damage. And since most voters do not support this shift in policy, the RNC has likely harmed itself.

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Group pushes poll showing 2 percent support for immigration bill

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“This poll frames the issue the way we want to frame it … in a jobs context,” said Roy Beck, head of NumbersUSA, which wishes to reduce the annual influx of 1 million immigrants and 650,000 non-agricultural guest workers.

“Americans don’t like the idea of increased immigration in the Senate bill … and a plurality of them would rather reduce immigration,” he said.

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MAJORITY IN SURVEY OPPOSE MORE FOREIGN WORKERS IN REFORM BILL

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The public, while having some sympathy for some amnesty under all those very tough conditions, isn’t interested at all in increasing immigration and increasing the level of foreign workers," said NumbersUSA executive director Roy Beck.
 
Beck said that many Americans are comfortable with the basic idea of allowing a path to citizenship for immigrants but are not at all happy with the idea of a wave of foreign workers flooding the country.

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Residents get ear of Congress at town hall meetings

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"We are motivating our grass-roots activists in Utah to attend town hall meetings. We are also asking them to urge their members to hold town meetings," said Chris Chmielenski, the activism director for NumbersUSA, an immigration-reduction organization, noting that Rep. Jim Matheson and Sen. Orrin Hatch have not scheduled any.
 
"We're afraid that members of Congress are hearing a lot from a few groups with a loud voice, but aren't hearing from the people they are actually supposed to represent in Washington.

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Marco Rubio returns on immigration reform

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Opponents of the Senate bill, like Roy Beck of NumbersUSA don’t believe conservatives will fall for Rubio’s messaging.

“Rubio is trying to play on the worst fears of conservatives to push through his amnesty. I don’t think conservatives are going to buy it,” Beck said.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/marco-rubio-immigration-reform-95504.html

By Seung Min Kim in Politico

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King hits House leaders on immigration reform

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Event coordinator, Roy Beck of NumbersUSA, made a point of saying that the rally spot was chosen because Cantor needed to hear from the "wage earners" who Beck said would be harmed by comprehensive immigration reform. 

“We’ve got to make sure that Eric Cantor pays attention to the wage earners — that's why we're here looking over his district as we talk tonight,” Beck said.

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Steve King hits the road on immigration

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“Don’t go into the trap. If you do go into the trap, what you’re going to do is to turn your back to millions of Americans,” said Roy Beck, the executive director of NumbersUSA, a group that favors reduced immigration and one of the leaders of Monday’s rally. “Focus on putting these people back to work, not making them compete with more foreign workers.”

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100 People to Watch This Fall

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Roy Beck President of NumbersUSA 
 
Beck was a leading force in the successful push to defeat comprehensive immigration reform under President George W. Bush, and he has not let up as President Obama attempts a similar overhaul this year. 
 
The former journalist — Beck once headed the D.C.

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Recess Agenda: No Time to Play

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"We have more than 2 million members of our activist network. That's the key asset that we have," says Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which opposes the immigration overhaul efforts.
 
Many of the group's foot soldiers are dismayed by the House GOP leaders' seeming willingness to consider a compromise on immigration. Beck says his troops will try to persuade rank-and-file Republicans not to follow their leaders on this issue.

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