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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Chris Crane
Marco Rubio, the freshman senator from Florida and perhaps a Republican candidate for president in 2016, declares that "95, 96 percent of the [Senate immigration] bill is in perfect shape and ready to go."
Republican senators are nearing agreement on a border security amendment they hope can win over wavering votes on the immigration bill, but the head of the immigration agents' union sent a letter to the two key senators Thursday warning that a narrow focus on border security will still leave the U.S. vulnerable.
The era of good feelings surrounding the immigration bill collapsed Wednesday, less than 24 hours into the Senate's debate on the issue, after Republicans and Democrats couldn't even agree on how vote on amendments.
They bill themselves as "the real border security experts," but the National Border Patrol Council — the union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents — has been uniquely silent as Congress prepares to debate immigration.
The immigration fight wasn't supposed to begin until next week but it got a head start Thursday when House Republicans voted to overturn President Obama's policies and start deporting rank-and-file illegal immigrants again — an early signal that a broad legalization bill will have trouble passing Congress this year.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a top Republican senator on Thursday told President Obama that he and his aides must meet with immigration law enforcement "whistleblowers" who can expose the flaws in the Senate immigration bill.
The Senate's immigration bill will raise national security risks and the Obama administration will do little more than "rubber-stamp" illegal immigrants into the program, endangering Americans, says the labor union representing the 12,000 employees who will have to approve the applications.
Trying to head off a potentially devastating court defeat, the Obama administration said Monday that ICE agents' lawsuit to overturn the president's non-deportation policy should be thrown out because the agents themselves initially wanted to handle the matter in collective bargaining.
The chief of the union representing immigration agents and officers said Monday that senators listened to illegal immigrants and those who stand to earn millions of dollars from an amnesty, but refused to listen to the government's own law enforcement agents.
The immigration bill senators introduced Wednesday bans racial profiling by federal law enforcement officers in most routine encounters, such as traffic stops.
While lawmakers wrestle over the final details of a comprehensive immigration bill, a new poll shows 6 in 10 GOP voters are opposed to a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants — highlighting the tricky politics of the issue for Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Buried inside the Senate's massive spending bill is a provision eliminating the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Public Advocate — an office President Obama created just last year to hear complaints about how immigrants were being treated.
A law aimed at preventing immigrants from becoming dependent on government assistance is not enforced, said one U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.
"Only the U.S. House of Representatives now stands between the American people and the potential destruction of federal immigration enforcement," said Chris Crane, the union's president. "Yet the groups represented on this letter are spending enormous sums of money or wielding enormous amounts of influence in an attempt to intimidate the House into passing a plan similar to that adopted by the Senate."
This anomaly precluded objective appraisal of the bill's merits and prompted Immigration and Customs Enforcement union President Chris Crane to state: "Never before have I seen such contempt for law enforcement officers as what I've seen from the Gang of Eight."