Friday, May 11, 2007

Senate Urged to Rethink Immigration Bill After NJ Arrests

Thank GOD for small miracles. I feel like the breaking of this story and the disruption of this plot could not have come at a better time to really illustrate the DANGERS of giving a path to citizenship of people who we don't have any background on and cannot do a proper screening or check during any path to citizenship because frankly, we don't really know who they are!

CALL your Republican representatives today anyway and URGE them to hold out on this pushing through any kind of amnesty just to get it "out of the way" of the 2008 elections. To rush something through would be disastrous for this country.

1-866-340-9281 Capitol Hill switchboard

These are key senators to call: Lamar Alexander, Thad Cochran, John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Jon Kyl, Trent Lott, Ben Nelson, Debbie Stabenow and Craig Thomas

Senate Urged to Rethink Immigration Bill After NJ Arrests

By Susan Jones Senior Editor
May 09, 2007

( - The arrest of six foreign-born Muslims accused of plotting to attack Fort Dix, N.J., should stop the Senate from producing an immigration bill that includes a "pathway to citizenship" or any other let-them-stay-here program, said a group that strongly opposes "amnesty" for illegal aliens.

Three of the Islamic radicals arrested in New Jersey were illegal aliens; two had green cards; and one was a U.S. citizen. Four of the suspects were born in the former Yugoslavia, one was born in Jordan and one came from Turkey, authorities said. The suspects apparently had no connection to al Qaeda.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform called the arrests "strong proof that lax enforcement of our immigration laws does pose a severe threat to the security of the nation, and that the government's screening process for granting green cards and other immigration benefits is perilously flawed."

News of the arrests came as a bipartisan group of Senators is trying to write an immigration reform bill acceptable to both sides -- a task that's proving difficult to accomplish.

Many conservatives insist that such a bill must concentrate on enforcement of current immigration law as well as border security. -- keeping foreigners out of the country unless they go through proper immigration channels.

Others, including President Bush and Senate Democrats, want the bill to include a guest worker program and a "pathway to citizenship" for the millions of people who have sneaked into the country illegally -- and can't easily be shipped out, they say.

"Given [Tuesday's] events, the American public has a right to demand, not ask, that Congress and the Bush administration drop all talk of amnesty and guest worker programs and get to work on the single most important priority: controlling our borders and fixing an immigration system that allows terrorists and just about anyone else to enter and hide out in this country," said FAIR President Dan Stein.

"Luck was on our side this time, but luck is not a substitute for due diligence and an immigration enforcement policy that protects the nation and its people," he said.

FAIR said the arrests in New Jersey prove that terrorists can and will take advantage of "unenforced immigration policies that have flooded this country with illegal immigrants."

The arrests also show that terrorists understand the nation's vulnerabilities, FAIR said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says the Senate will begin floor debate on an immigration bill on May 14, and if the new bill is not ready, he'll substitute the bill passed by the Senate last year. Reid insists his fellow senators have had plenty of time to produce a bill.

Slow down, Republicans say. Press reports on Wednesday quoted Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) as saying that the bipartisan working group is "close" to agreement.

"We've been close for several days," wire reports quoted him as saying. "There is not full bipartisan agreement on all of the major issues. Until we have that agreement we should not move forward."


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