Update: Graham pixxed at switch to amnesty over cap and trade(he can only sell out so many Americans at a time you know) ; Pelosi & Reid push ahead on immigration reform for May, moving cap and trade to back burner…
“What bill are we going to take up?” he asked in an interview. “What are we going to do? I mean, you’ve done nothing to lay the groundwork for this, we’ve spent all of our time on health care. What bill are we going to take up? Do you expect me to write a bill? Am I going to write every bill in this Congress?”
What part of the equation doesn’t Graham get? The Dim Dems in Congress know they are going to get an EPIC EPIC ASS KICKIN in November by the people. Therefore they need to buy themselves some votes, quickly. Their big plan is to appear to do something on immigration to buy off Luis Gutierrez and get a few million temp workers for SEIU and AFLCIO to gouge for dues. Then they figure eh we already have Collins, Lieberman, Graham and Snowe to go with us on cap and trade AFTER November. the frakkers.
Update: Grahamnesty is pixxed! HA!!!! He is whining that the cap and trade bill is what he was focused on and they are pulling the ole switcheroo and he is angry b/c the Dems, ‘havent laid the proper groundwork’ and it seems Lindsey doesn’t appreciate the flip flopping. Word was Graham and Kerry were going to roll out their energy bill Monday and now looks like the push is on amnesty instead..
…Graham has long said that he would not introduce immigration legislation without another Republican on board. President Barack Obama is trying to help find one. But Democratic leaders decided this week that they will move forward with or without one. With Republican support, the legislation might actually clear Congress. Without it, it won’t. But it might still show Hispanics, many of whom are annoyed by inaction on immigration, that Democrats tried. And it could point the blame toward Republicans, further winning over Hispanic political support to Democrats.
Asked about immigration, it’s fair to say that Graham went into something of a rant. “I thought we had a game plan here,” he said. “I thought we were going to take up energy and climate if we could put together a package. You throw immigration into the mix, this is a CYA effort, this is just not a rational way to do comprehensive immigration reform.”
Looks like they rolled the dice and are viewing their losses in the polls as a cue to try and lure some new voters their way via amnesty…..too bad so sad John Kerry, and Babs Boxer will take the ‘new votes’ in Cali, she is in serious election trouble so I guess her ‘passion’ for the environment was fleeting…and of course, LABOR wants amnesty not cap and trade..amnesty adds to their rolls, cap and trade slows exports…
And they think that can do this and then turn around and try a VAT next year? BWAAAAHAA frakking loons this bunch in D.C…..
Democratic leaders in Congress have agreed to try to pass immigration legislation this year, placing the explosive issue ahead of an energy bill on their agenda and upending conventional wisdom that it was dead for now.
Democrats hope the measure will quell frustration among Hispanic voters at inaction on immigration in advance of the fall elections, where those voters could be crucial in many races. A comprehensive bill would include a path to citizenship for those in the U.S. illegally, a priority for immigrant advocates but something opponents deride as amnesty.
“It’s a moral imperative and a political imperative,” said a Democratic leadership aide….
Funny how their political imperatives seem to become moral ones ain’t it?
…In a leadership meeting late Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would bring immigration legislation to the floor this year, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said she would try to move the bill if it passed the Senate first, according to three Democratic officials. With limited time available for action this year, both leaders said they would put immigration ahead of energy on their priority list, the officials said….
Update: Gutierrez (D-IL) asks Obama to ‘intervene’; Kyl & McCain call for 3k Nat’l Guard troops at border; AZ Illegal Immigration enforcement bill goes to Gov Brewer for signature by Sunday to enact…
Update: Oh look Luis Gutierrez (d-il) is pulling Obama’s chain again on immigration, Is it gonna be Kerry and Cap and Tax or Gutierrez and immigration this May? and with Grahamnesty on both!? This will hurt MACs campaign… tick-tock..
Hispanic lawmakers want President Barack Obama to intervene if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer doesn’t veto a sweeping illegal immigration bill that would require police to stop anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant.
“The governor of Arizona should veto the bill, and if she doesn’t the president of the United States, Barack Obama, should assert the federal government’s preeminent role in regulating and enforcing our nation’s immigration law,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), said Tuesday.
A senior administration official said the White House was studying the bill….
Update: Video added
Update: Sen Kyl and MAC (in his continuing evolution to ‘tuff’ on illegal immigration) outlined a 10 point plan to secure the southern border yesterday h/t AZ StarNet:
10-step border security action plan unveiled by Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl:
• Immediately deploy 3,000 National Guard troops along the Arizona-Mexico border and add 3,000 Custom and Border Protection agents to the Arizona-Mexico border by 2015.
• Fund and support Operation Streamline in Arizona’s two Border Patrol sectors to ensure that repeat illegal border crossers go to jail for 15 to 60 days.
• Provide $100 million, an increase of $40 million, for Operation Stonegarden, a program that provides funds to Arizona’s border law enforcement for additional costs related to illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
• Offer hardship-duty pay to Border Patrol agents assigned to rural, high trafficking areas.
• Complete the 700 miles of fencing along the U.S. border with Mexico and construct double- and triple-layer fencing at appropriate locations along the border.
• Increase the 25 mobile surveillance systems and three Predator B aerial drones in place along the Arizona-Mexico border. Send additional fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to the Arizona-Mexico border.
• Increase funding for vital radio communications and interoperability between agencies.
• Provide funding for additional Border Patrol stations in the Tucson Sector and explore the possibility of an additional Border Patrol sector for Arizona. Create six additional permanent Border Patrol forward operating bases, and provide funding to upgrade the existing bases to include modular buildings, electricity and potable water. Complete construction of the planned permanent checkpoint in Arizona. Deploy additional temporary roving checkpoints.
• Require the federal government to fully reimburse state and local governments for the costs of incarcerating criminal aliens.
• Place one full-time federal magistrate in Cochise County and provide full funding for and authorization of the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative to reimburse state, county, tribal, and municipal governments for costs associated with the prosecution and pretrial detention of federally-initiated criminal cases declined by local offices of the U.S. attorneys.
Senate gave the final approval to some changes and the bill is now with the Governor waiting for signature. I sent her an email asking her to sign it and letting her know that hubby and I although lifelong Dems support this bill. Never hurts to let a pol who is running for office know they have bipartisan support on an issue! Hopefully she will sign it.
The question of whether police will be required to ask people if they are in this country legally is now in the hands of Gov. Jan Brewer.On a 17-11 margin Monday, the state Senate gave final approval to a package of changes in state law that proponents say will help crack down on illegal immigration. Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, the architect of the plan, said state action is necessary because of the political failure in Washington to secure the border.
While some changes are minor, like making it a crime to stop in traffic to solicit a day laborer, the heart of the bill is aimed at what Pearce said is “removing the handcuffs” from local police.
To that end, SB 1070 would overrule any policy or procedure of a city council or police department that keeps officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. It also says that, when practicable, police must inquire about the immigration status of those they encounter as part of their regular activities.
And to ensure compliance, the legislation permits anyone who believes police aren’t doing all they should to file suit, with judges required to impose fines of up to $5,000 a day if the citizen suit succeeds.
It also lets police arrest illegal immigrants and charge them with the state crime of not carrying their visas or resident alien documents issued by the U.S. government….
— Prohibits any government agency or official from restricting enforcement of immigration laws “to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.”
— In situations where “reasonable suspicion exists” someone is in this country illegally, “a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person” except if it would hinder or obstruct an investigation.
— Says police “may not solely consider race, color or national origin.”
AZ Legislature approves suit against Obamacare & Illegal immigration enforcement measure moves forward…
State legislature freed Gov Brewer to sue, since Dem AG Terry Goddard refused…AZ is part of the epicenter of the housing collapse, we have a big budget shortfall Napolitano left us with and we need to cut spending. The Federal government has no business forcing us to spend money, and holding our money hostage unless we comply with their jackboot tactics.
State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation giving Gov. Jan Brewer the right to sue the federal government over the health care plan that Republicans labeled “socialism,” “voodoo math” and an assault on the rights of Arizonans. The measure, approved on a party-line vote, is the first step toward Arizona joining more than a dozen other states that already have challenged the right of the federal government to require individuals to obtain health insurance or face a fine. Brewer, who an aide said will sign the bill today also wants to attack provisions in the federal law that forbid Arizona from cutting back its own health plan if it wants to get future dollars from Washington.
“We’re seeking to protect the citizens from this unconstitutional socialism that is in full bloom in Congress,” said Sen. Jack Harper, R-Surprise. “The socialists of the day are only a gun confiscation away from being the communists of tomorrow.”
Sen. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, said the federal plan, if it stands, will undermine the liberty of Arizonans.
Rep. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, said the new system will result in “waiting lists and rationing.”
And Rep. Ray Barnes, R-Phoenix, called the law “a death sentence for old people” who will find their requests for health care denied….
The legislature rolled back AHCCCS (our medicaid program) to trim the budget and the Obamacare law says we cannot do that, effectively removing control of our budget from our state legislature, that HAS to be unconstitutional…
…Harper, however, said it would still be cheaper to pay legal fees, even if they reach $3 million, rather than the $11 billion price tag to the state to comply.
That figure is based on estimates of what it will cost Arizona in health expenses between now and 2014 when Washington will pick up much of the cost.
Most immediately, if this state wants those future federal dollars, it cannot cut eligibility for existing programs. That would force lawmakers to reverse the just-enacted budget which cuts enrollment in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System by more than 310,000 and totally eliminates the Kids Care program …
The legislature is also working on forcing cities to comply with state policy on illegal immigration enforcement:
A House panel approved legislation Wednesday designed to force local police to use their power to detain illegal immigrants when practicable. SB 1070 would overrule any policy or procedure of a city council or police department that keeps officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. It also says that police must inquire about the immigration status of those they encounter as part of their regular activities.
The legislation which cleared the House Committee on Military Affairs and Public Safety on a 5-2 vote, also would make criminals out of those who not only harbor or transport those they know are illegal immigrants, or at least recklessly disregard that likelihood, but also outlaw encouraging an illegal immigrant to come to Arizona….
Well I am all for him. The Justice Department is all over the Sheriff like a cheap suit on a single complaint, one, making a Federal Case out of it, literally. Apparently they don’t want law enforcement to LOOK for illegal immigrants anywhere, not at work sites, not in Latino neighborhoods. No word on where exactly they Do think the MCSO should be looking. I think we all get the idea, they don’t want us enforcing that particular set of laws. That worked so well in California. They revoked our MCSO 287G ICE enforcement authority so the Sheriff is operating under our state law, which we the people voted on. Arizonans are aware we need someone to enforce our state laws over the objections of the Federales, and that is evident in this polling. See our previous posts on Sheriff Joe Arpaio here. Go Joe!
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the Republicans’ best shot at holding onto the Arizona governorship in 2010 against likely Democratic candidate Terry Goddard.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Arizona voters finds Arpaio, famed for his crackdowns on illegal immigrants, leading Goddard, the state’s current attorney general, by 12 points – 51% to 39%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
Embattled incumbent Republican Jan Brewer, who stepped up to the governorship from secretary of state when Janet Napolitano became secretary of Homeland Security, trails Goddard by nine points – 44% to 35%. In that match-up, nine percent (9%) like another candidate. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure whom they’ll vote for.
Another possible GOP candidate, State Treasurer Dean Martin, is in a virtual tie with Goddard. The Democrat beats Martin 40% to 38%, with 11% opting for some other candidate and another 11% undecided.
Of the four, Brewer is the only announced candidate so far.
Congressman Harry Mitchell made an appearance at the flag raising ceremony for our elementary school this morning. Rep. Mitchell has not held any townhalls. He had 2 telephone townhalls but they were prescreened questions. We took the opportunity today to meet with the Congressman, express our opinions and objections to HR 3200. We made sure Rep. Mitchell knew we were 22 and 24 yr Dems most unhappy with the current trajectory of this Congress and WH and sick of the out of control spending.
Rep. Giffords canceled her town hall in Sahuarita/Green Valley and Jesse Kelly scheduled an appearance in the same venue at the same time and place. From the looks of the video below it was very successful. Both sides were allowed to speak for two hours and with no problems. You would think that a 2 term congresswoman could manage to put on a town hall during the one month August recess.