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Border Surge Compromise for Immigration Reform?

On Thursday, a compromise was struck in the hopes of winning GOP support to pass the comprehensive immigration bill in the Senate and sweeten its chances in the House.

Half of the bipartisan group of Senators, who originally crafted the bill, were joined by Republican Sens. John Hoeven, N.D., and Bob Corker, Tenn. to draft an amendment, which they are accurately calling a “border surge” plan.

The amendment includes adding 20,000 more Border Patrol agents, an additional 700 miles of fence (currently at 650), and $3.2 billion in technological upgrades. All of which would need to be in place before any immigrant living in the United States illegally could apply for a green card.

Lawmakers believe the surge would cost around $30 billion. That's a lot. But not as much as $900 billion, which is a Congressional Budget Office estimate for how much the Senate reform proposal would reduce the federal deficit.

Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer ( D-N.Y.), a member the gang of eight, worked to craft the new amendment and told NBC News this "answered every criticism" of the legislation.

The upgraded bill has yet to woo some of the stauncher opponents of the bill. Via, CBS: "Under this legislation, amended or not, amnesty will occur," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. "It will be first," with only a "promise of the future enforcement."

The heart of the argument is why should the U.S. reform its immigration policies if its border is not secure enough to ward off those who continue to cross illegally?

But what the amendment doesn’t solve are the ongoing questions currently facing border security.

As a nation we already spend more on border enforcement than drug enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI combined. Yet, our ways of measuring “effectiveness” in border secuirty are convoluted and inaccurate. Our border patrol staffing, at its current levels, is arguably bloated. Drones have yet to prove their financial worth.

And, many of the problems currently plaguing the border have nothing to do with immigrants or the Mexican drug cartels. Remember sequestration? In Arizona, agents are finding creative ways to cut costs. One suggestion is carpooling.

But even if the new bill passes through the Senate it still faces an uphill battle in the Republican controlled House. With another round of compromises, $30 billion might sound cheap.

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Brittanicus | June 20, 2013 at 7:48 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

RUSHING THIS IMMIGRATION LAW THROUGH THE SENATE, WILL BE CRUSHED IN THE HOUSE?

The real Double layer parallel fencing must be constructed, with rolls of razor wire upon its top. No illegal alien should gain citizenship, until they have achieved their penance at the end of 13 years. No loopholes should escape view, including not one welfare program for illegal aliens and every person must undergo strict medical exams, learn English, and pay fines, pay back taxes and no waivers, as in the1986 amnesty fraud. No employer should escape heavy fines and prison for violating the law in 1986. Every Guest Worker must be fully vetted and investigated for criminal records back home, or they will be rejected unlike what happened in 1986. BUREAUCRAT HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO, ERIC HOLDER, JOHN MORTON SHOULD HAVE NO DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY AS LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE TO ADMINISTER THE LAW. CHRIS CRAIN OF THE ICE UNION stated they have no confidence in these egotistical women, because she is not an elected official. Whereas Chris Crain border patrol agents take an oath of office, to defend America’s people and uphold the law. She allowed her supervisors at her discretionary orders to release illegal aliens with odious criminal records back on the streets. The person who is in charge should be an elected official, not another civil servant.

As an addition to enforcement an entry and exit protocol which tracks visitors to our country at airports, shipping and ferry docks and other entrance ways must be mandatory. The Supreme Court should visit the Birthright Citizenship law, because it is giving instant citizenship to every child born of illegal aliens, which in reality should take the parents country of origin. Many other foreign countries have rescinded this law of birthright citizenship including Mexico, as United States law was for the emancipation of slaves, so their descendants could become a citizen. Let lawmakers know you are watching their every move, “A vote for De Facto amnesty means NO VOTE FOR THEM IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS!" We can cripple their phones at toll-free -- 1-888-978-3094-- or you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A terminal operator will connect you directly with the Senate office or just about anybody lawmaker in Congress you request. Set up your message on Twitter or Facebook and Social network as the Left is doing the same with their counterproductive ambiguous information. You can contact millions of people on these Social networks, so we can hammer away at these untrustworthy politicians who many become rich by bowing to lobbyists. Read even more facts about illegal immigration at American Patrol website.

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Brittanicus | June 20, 2013 at 7:48 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) were irate today about the immigration debates, because the Democrat Senators run off even though very important amendments were pending. Both Sessions and Lees were ignored, because the Gang of Eight and all those who approved this bill behind closed doors, with the Unions, Dept of Commerce, meat packers and poultry plants, agriculture, foreign government advisory, radical advocates as La Raza , construction and development companies and all the wealthy special interests deciding the enforcement laws. This G8 are trying to rush this immigration reform bill S.477, which as it is, will never gain a breath inside the House of Representatives, without amendments being voted on? Unless every amendment is voted on, we are head for the same closed door, middle of the night travesty as the ObamaCare insurance nightmare. Both these great Senators are worried that the G8, 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans are going to push for an up and down vote, the losers being the 12 million jobless American workers.

Are you ready to stand with millions of American to abolish the Internal Revenue Service? The movement that began its spiraling of signatures is creating a battle plan to end this insidious agency of the government http://www.abolishirsnow.com. There is no excuse for the intimidation and abuse of Conservatives, the Tea Party, churches and religious organization. If you were going against the grain of the Obama administration and its subordinates, you could be waiting years for their tax exempt status, only to be faced with several pages of questionnaires with suspicious undertones? There is no exoneration for the Internal Revenue Service and all Americans can make this happen. We have the power of the vote and remove this stigma from our society While citizens and legal permanent residence and even some illegal migrants and immigrants have paid into the system, but its been guaranteed for decades that the tax code has been offering unique privileges in corporate welfare and special interests, including fraudulent payouts of up to $5000 dollars for children of illegal immigrants. Senator Ted Cruz has set up an email address for people to contact if they believe they were besieged by the IRS. That address is: IRSTarget@Cruz.Senate.gov. WAIT TELL THE STATEMENT GETS OUT NATIONWIDE? In a rally in Washington Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas said, “the very best solution is we need to abolish the IRS,”

NEW MEXICO HAS A PROBLEM WITH A NEED FOR DRINKING WATER, SO WHY ARE WE ALLOWING MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION?

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