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Use Dashboard to Keep the Pressure on the House to Put Amnesty on Ice

At last month’s House Republican retreat, GOP Leaders released a document laying out the “standards” for immigration reform. That plan, disguised as immigration reform, laid the groundwork for mass amnesty.

While House GOP leaders appear to be wavering on their plans, thanks to conservatives like you who spoke out against amnesty, political pressure to proceed is still potent as ever. Any proposed legislation will undoubtedly provide a vehicle for conference negotiations between the House and Senate on a larger amnesty package.

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When is the Right Time for Amnesty? Never.

When House Republican leaders released their “Immigration Standards” last week, analysis of the policy almost immediately gave way to a debate over timing: should the amnesty-first proposal be pushed heading into a midterm election or delayed until the presidential primary cycle?  Political strategists are asking the wrong question – bad policy is bad policy – but the decision will have major repercussions.  So, what are the so-called strategists thinking?  

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“Amnesty”: Let’s Define Our Terms

With the immigration reform debate heating up again on Capitol Hill, it’s essential politicians define terms accurately and truthfully for their constituents.  When politicians talk about “amnesty,” “legal status,” and “path to citizenship,” what do they mean?

Some have defined amnesty, narrowly, as granting an illegal immigrant immediate citizenship with the stroke of a pen. However, amnesty can come in many different forms, and often, it is a more gradual process.  In any form, it is unfair to those waiting patiently to come here legally, and it is unfair to current American citizens.  

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Top Republican: Legalize the Illegal

According to Eyewitness News (Bakersfield, CA), “Republican leaders, including House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, of Bakersfield, are calling for the first time to give legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.”  In an interview published late yesterday, Rep. McCarthy said it was his “personal belief I think it’ll go with legal status that will allow you to work and pay taxes.”   Make no mistake, he is signaling amnesty will be part of House Republicans’ “piecemeal” immigration strategy

During the Senate debate, Heritage Action – and many others – appropriately defined amnesty not as the attainment of citizenship, but rather the initial legalization.  Those who are currently in the country illegally would have been eligible for a “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) status within a mere 180 days.  As we noted at the time, “After acquiring RPI status, formerly illegal immigrants will have legal status in the United States, allowing them to work, live, and travel abroad.”  That is amnesty, and it sounds very similar to what Rep. McCarthy suggested earlier this week.

Does your Representative support amnesty?

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Call Your Representative and Oppose Passing Piecemeal Amnesty

Both Republicans and Democrats are currently discussing immigration reform, and many politicians on both sides of the aisle think it should be a major policy initiative in 2014.  Of course, President Obama, the liberals in Congress, and some Republicans think amnesty should be part of any immigration reform that is passed.

Now, the House Republican Conference is using their annual retreat to discuss policy initiatives for the year. They will discuss the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, which would provide amnesty to an estimated 11 million people currently living in the country illegally.

Every Representative needs to hear from their constituents that amnesty is unfair to the 4.4 million patiently going through the immigration process.

Now is the time to call your Representative and oppose any attempt to pass an amnesty bill in 2014.

Call Your Representative Now

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