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Are House Republicans Starting To Get What Conservatives Call "Immigration Reform”?

Border Fence

Ever since the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the cheap labor wing of the business community started pushing for open borders they have been calling it immigration “reform” to make it sound like a beneficial idea.

The narrative that open borders equals “reform” was adopted by President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain and the various members of the Senate Gang of Seven to promote their hated amnesty bill in the last Congress – and most infamously by President Barack Obama.

Of course who benefits is the key to whether a change in the laws is really “reform” and a public policy that advantages tech giants over working Americans can hardly be called beneficial to anyone except to the puppet masters at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Even though two of the sponsors of the legislation under review, Rep. John Carter of Texas and Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, have been squishy on amnesty and open borders there’s an ever so slight glimmer of hope that at least some Republicans in the House are starting to understand what real “reform” might look like – and it means closing, not opening the loopholes in the immigration system that Barack Obama has been using to allow millions of illegal aliens to stay in the United States.

The Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee will hold two hearings in early February to examine legislative proposals introduced last Congress that strengthen the enforcement of immigration laws in the interior of the United States, reform asylum laws in order to eliminate fraud and abuse, end the Obama Administration’s policies that encourage illegal immigration, and require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify. 

These House Judiciary Committee hearings are on proposals that are indeed “reforms” to the system, and we urge you to pay close attention as the witnesses are announced and the hearings progress.

First, on Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m., the Immigration Subcommittee will examine:

H.R. 1772, The Legal Workforce Act, authored by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and introduced in the 113th Congress. This bill brings the I-9 system into the 21stcentury and discourages illegal immigration by ensuring jobs are only made available to those authorized to work in the U.S. Specifically, it requires employers to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the web-based E-Verify system. 

Subsequently, on Wednesday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m., the Subcommittee will examine three legislative proposals introduced last Congress:

H.R. 2278 (Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.): This legislation improves the interior enforcement of our immigration laws by ensuring the President cannot unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement.  The bill strengthens national security by increasing border security, making it more difficult for foreign nationals who pose a national security risk to enter and remain in the U.S., improving visa security in high risk countries, and protecting American communities from dangerous criminal aliens.

H.R. 5143, the Protection of Children Act (Rep. John Carter, R-Texas): This bill ensures unaccompanied alien minors who make the dangerous journey to the United States are returned home safely and quickly. It also closes a commonly exploited loophole that allows people to game the asylum system.

H.R. 5137, the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah): This legislation ends many of the Obama Administration’s policies that encouraged the border surge, such as weak standards for asylum claims that enable the Administration’s rubberstamping of fraudulent applications.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued the statements below on these legislative hearings. 

Chairman Goodlatte: “Our immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. The status quo is unacceptable and these issues must be addressed through legislation. Beginning next week, the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee will renew its step-by-step approach to immigration reform, starting with enforcement first. We will examine past legislative proposals that strengthen the enforcement of our immigration laws, reform our asylum laws and crack down on fraud, end many of the Obama Administration’s policies that encourage illegal immigration, and preserve jobs for Americans and legal immigrants.”

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy: “Our immigration laws have gone unenforced for too long. Real and verifiable border security, robust interior enforcement, and restoring respect for the rule of law are the only guarantee to finding a long-term solution and earning the confidence of the American public. The House Judiciary Committee will continue its work to address our broken immigration system in a step-by-step and deliberate manner necessary for such a multifaceted issue.”

Both of these legislative hearings will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at Witnesses for the hearings will be announced soon.

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I have one simple question: How are illegals supposed to eat if it is not legal to hire them?

Real Law v selected law and made up law...

There is no mystery here, selective law is called disobedience and failure to uphold the laws on the books criminal, immigration law being the laws of note in this instance. This administration has sabotaged law with phony edict and the congress has abdicated and allowed this bunch of bunglers and saboteurs to render the rule of law ineffective and capable of manipulation by edict, mandate, fiat and pure negligence.

Enforcing the border security, enforcing the immigration laws on the books is a beginning to looking at that which is in question and that which can be improved, it is the basis for looking at our immigration policy and deciding if there is a need to make change.....We are not obligated to give aid in any way to those who break our laws and misuse the intent for which the laws work.

The Jackass Party may think they have a right to speak up for those who are abusing out laws but the R party had better see the light and the damage this avoidance of obeying law has caused and is costing all of us in many ways, we as a nation cannot afford to toss the laws that work to keep our security, sovereignty, our borders and our citizens safe and expect to exist as a serious nation under the rule of law....Have the Deemers come see us once they figure that out...


Solving our illegal immigration problem will require three bills.
1. Close the border. When all of the border-state governors certify that this is done,
2. Allow one member of a married couple to work in the U.S., in a job that cannot be filled by a citizen, for 11 months a year and
3. Require all employers to e-verify all of their employees, not just new employees. Fine any who are caught with illegal immigrants working on their property or in their business $10,000 per day. Give half of this to the whistle blower.

Immigration Loop Holes

It will be interesting to see if this administration will allow closure of the very loop holes they are using to allow this illegal horde of aliens to violate our borders. I would assume the president and all democrats in Congress at this time will oppose any bills of this nature.