Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) entered a letter from law enforcement officials nationwide warning of the dangers of the immigration bill S.744 into the judiciary committee record today.

The letter To Congress from the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council of the American Federation of Government Employees Affiliated with AFL-CIO warns of the discretionary power the bill gives to “political appointees” and takes away from law enforcers:

“Congress can and must take decisive steps to limit the discretion of political appointees and empower ICE and CBP to perform their respective missions and enforce the laws enacted by Congress. Rather than limiting the power of those political appointees within DHS, S. 744 provides them with nearly unlimited discretion, which will serve only to further cripple the law enforcement missions of these agencies.”

They warn that the Senate immigration bill gives DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano “virtually unlimited discretion to waiver” prohibitions on obtaining legal status, such as criminal activity or previous deportation:




Gang of Eight's Comprehensive Immigration Fraud 
By John Miano 
CIS Blog, May 10, 2013 

Excerpt: The Gang of Eight's immigration bill has now grown from 844 pages to 867 pages. 

One of the changes is to include "comprehensive immigration reform" in the title. 

While reading a section on H-1B visas, I came across a provision that epitomizes the fraud a disconnected Washington elite is perpetrating on the American people with 
so-called "comprehensive immigration reform". 

Let me give a little background first. H-1B visas are the mechanism employers use to replace Americans in occupations that require a college degree with cheap foreign 
workers; primarily in the computer industry. 


Schumer-Rubio Bill Mark-Up Produces Few Improvements 
By Jessica Vaughan 
CIS Blog, May 10, 2013 

Excerpt: Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to adopt 22 amendments to the Schumer-Rubio bill, none of which fundamentally improves the bill, and a few that 
make it worse. 

The most significant amendments sought to force meaningful improvements and metrics for border security and enforcement before implementing the amnesty. Various 
versions were offered by Republican Sens. Grassley (IA), Sessions (AL), Cornyn (TX), Lee (UT), and Cruz (TX); all were rejected by Democrats and two of their 
Republican Gang of Eight buddies, Graham (SC) and Flake (AZ).


Sneaky Maneuvers Hidden in S.744? Absolutely! Here Are Two of the Worst 
By David North 
CIS Blog, May 10, 2013 

Excerpt: One of the sensible things that the Congress does from time to time is to create or extend a specific program on a short-term basis. It allows the system to 
operate, but gives it a "sunset" — a certain date that will end it unless Congress acts to extend it. 

In this way, Congress can look at the program to see how well it is working and then make a decision as to whether or not to: 1) kill it; 2) make it permanent; or 3) 
give it another period to prove itself by giving it a later sunset. 

It is obvious that getting votes for a program that will have a sunset is much easier than rounding up votes for a permanent program, so it is the shakier proposals 
that wind up with a limited life span. Most of the provisions of the immigration law are permanent ones, and only the more controversial ones have sunsets.


Schumer-Rubio Immigration Reform — Border Security Focuses on Inputs, Not Results 
By Ronald W. Mortensen 
CIS Blog, May 10, 2013 

Excerpt: Although the "$18 billion figure" has been debunked, this is, nonetheless, typical inside the beltway "gorilla dust", where politicians throw tons of money in 
the air and then declare a problem solved even though little or nothing has fundamentally changed. 

Unless the Gang of Eight establishes results-oriented triggers, such as a 95 percent apprehension rate for all unauthorized border crossings, a 95 percent drug 
smuggling interdiction rate, a visa overstay rate of less than 5 percent, 98 percent of students in compliance with their visas, and 99 percent of all employers using 
E-Verify before any provisional legal status is granted to illegal aliens, they and their accomplices are just throwing up gorilla dust. 

The current so-called triggers in the Schumer-Rubio bill are similar to declaring success by closing the valve on a gushing water main just enough to stop half of the 
water flowing out while allowing thousands of gallons an hour to continue to flow into the basements of surrounding homes and declaring the problem solved.


Four Nuggets from the Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing 
By Jerry Kammer 
CIS Blog, May 7, 2013 

Excerpt: The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing today to examine the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, which is 
titled "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act". It featured several interesting exchanges between individual senators and DHS 
witnesses, including Border Patrol chief Michael Fisher and Anne Richards, an auditor in the DHS Inspector General's office. 

Here are excerpts from four of the exchanges. The senators were three Republicans: Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and John McCain of Arizona. 
Fisher's response to McCain wins my nomination for borderlands diplomatic evasion of the year.


Here Comes the Judge 
By James R. Edwards Jr. 
CIS Blog, May 7, 2013 

Excerpt: The federal judge hearing the ICE agents' case against President Obama's de facto amnesty through executive fiat is proceeding at the very same time the U.S. 
Senate is considering a massive amnesty bill that includes the DREAM amnesty for those who claim to have come to the country as young children. 

It's also interesting that so far the judge has ruled in the agents' favor — and against the administration. A final ruling is expected soon.


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