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Conservatives Must Fight This Week's Pro-Amnesty Lobbying Blitz

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Liberal advocates of S. 744, the Obama – Rubio amnesty bill, are launching a lobbying blitz for the legislation this week that includes phone calls to lawmakers from liberal religious leaders, visits to Capitol Hill from high-tech lobbyists and an ad blitz sponsored by organized labor.

The coalition, according to reporting by Reuters, which includes the Service Employees International Union, has said it would spend upwards of $1 million to mobilize people, advertise on the radio and hold town halls.

"It doesn't matter where they turn, but there will be someone telling them they have to pass immigration reform," Kica Matos, spokeswoman for a coalition of immigrant rights groups in 30 states told Yahoo News.

The cheap labor wing of the business community will also be out in full force this week.

Yahoo also reports that Robert Hoffman, of the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade group, said technology groups have a goal of contacting the offices of each of the 435 Members of the House of Representatives.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has run ads in support of the Obama – Rubio amnesty bill and plans meetings on Capitol Hill. The National Association of Manufacturers will hold a session on Thursday to discuss immigration with congressional staff, reports Reuters.

"Our strategy is to talk to those members of the House who we think can hear our message," said Ray Gilmer, a vice president with the United Fresh Produce Association, a lobbying group, which represents companies like Sunkist.

A variety of sources report that labor and progressive groups plan to target seven House Republican leaders, including Speaker John Boehner and Illinois Representative Peter Roskam. The pro-amnesty coalition is also trying to put pressure on a handful of Republicans in states with larger populations of moderate and Democratic voters, such as Michael Grimm and Peter King of New York.

So far these tactics don’t seem to be working with key House Republicans.

Texas Republican Representative Michael McCaul (TX-10) argued Sunday on “Face the Nation” that the border security provisions in the Senate immigration bill are merely “candy” added to the bill to lure votes, not a serious set of reforms that would effectively secure the border.

Comparing the Senate immigration bill to Obamacare, McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said according to reporting by The Daily Caller, that American voters don’t want bulky, comprehensive pieces of legislation.

“They don’t want a comprehensive bill like what we saw with Obamacare that passed in the middle of the night,” he said. “And now we’re seeing what all the problems are in that bill. They don’t want comprehensive.”

S. 744, the Obama – Rubio amnesty bill is being managed by the rules of the oldest game in Washington – packing a bill with spending and special interest favors that would never stand the smell test of public opinion on their own, but might gain a vote or two for the “comprehensive” bill.

What the Obama stimulus package 2.0 and all of the other pork and special interest goodies tucked into the final iteration of S. 744 have to do with border security is anyone’s guess.

Those provisions have nothing to do with immigration policy and everything to do with getting Republican votes for Obama’s larger agenda.

House Republicans will discuss immigration reform in a conference on Wednesday, July 10.

Even though the liberal groups have little to no influence with conservatives, they plan to bombard members with petitions, visits, rallies and calls.

Here’s how we see things stacking-up in the House:

There isn’t going to be a majority of House Republicans in favor of anything remotely resembling the Senate Obama – Rubio bill, or any other “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens.

To pass, such a bill would have to get to the House floor and pass with most of the Democrats, plus 30 to 40 squishy Republicans.

And that’s where you come in.

Conservatives must counter the pro-amnesty "everywhere they turn" tactics with our own "everywhere they turn" efforts.

We urge you to start letting your Congressman know NOW that you oppose anything remotely resembling the Senate immigration bill.

Most importantly, between now and July 10, call your Congressman’s office (Capitol switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) and tell them to OPPOSE bringing S. 744, the Obama – Rubio immigration amnesty bill, to the House floor. Tell them Representative Mike McCaul was right; you want border security, not amnesty for illegal aliens.

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