Immigration Reform Introduced in Congress, Locals Say It's a Political Ploy For Obama

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U.S. Senator from New Jersey Bob Menendez, who introduced immigration legislation in Congress today

The United States Senate is at it again with immigration reform legislation, but Republicans are still unwilling to join the effort.

Today, Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, introduced legislation that would create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in this country.

DeeDee Blase, founder of Somos Republicans, a Latino Republican organization that supports immigration reform, says Menendez will have to do some serious compromising in order to pass his bill.

"Menendez is going to have to move it to the center," Blase says.

She complains that the bill is missing a guest worker program for employers who need low-skilled workers, something GOPers have been demanding for years.

"Unless [Menendez] includes it, it's dead on arrival," she contends.

The legislation is a mixture of formerly introduced stand-alone bills. For example, part of the package includes the DREAM Act, decade-old legislation that would allow certain illegal immigrants who entered the country when they were children to gain legal status if they continue onto higher education or serve in the military.

Another provision includes a proposal that would allow gay and lesbian U.S. citizens or legal residents to sponsor their same-sex partners just as straight married couples can. The Uniting American Families Act has failed in the past, but Dems hope they can pass it this time around with a more comprehensive proposal.

Daniel Rodriguez, a gay member of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, is glad that the bill includes a provision that deals with the gay community. But Rodriguez is wary that Obama, who has not pushed aggressively for the DREAM Act, might be using this bill to get Latino support now that an election year is nearing.

"The last thing I want is for Obama to take credit for this bill to get reelected," he says. "But I am happy that the bill is dealing with the LGBT community."

Even though Republicans keep insisting they only want border enforcement, that's just an excuse to stall comprehensive immigration reform, according to Blase. She says Republicans don't want President Obama scoring political points among Latinos.

"Republicans are going to give us excuses so that President Obama doesn't get credit," she insists. "Because Republicans are afraid of creating young Democrat Latino voters."

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 also proposes: Stricter penalties for people who misuse Social Security numbers, more Border Patrol resources and a standing commission that would report to Congress the number of employer-based visas needed.

As part of the package an employment verification system would be created to make sure employers only hire legal workers. The provision would be mandatory for all states, unlike E-Verify, which is a voluntary program on the federal level.

Blase points out that border enforcement and stricter immigration laws alone won't work. Republicans in Congress are going to have to compromise, assuming they want any form of immigration reform.

Lawmakers who only support stricter laws, will have to realize that "we need to bring [undocumented immigrants] out of the shadows of society," she contends.

If Obama wants to recapture the large Latino support he had in 2008, the president will have to do something to help the 11 million illegal immigrants.

"Obama is going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat," Blase states.

And this could be Obama's chance, if he lobbies for Menendez's bill just like he did with health care reform.


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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Coz
Coz

So in other words, the Republitards in the Senate don't really want any solutions, they just want all the damm pesky Mesicans out of the US...

Masha
Masha

No, Republicans wants all the Mexicans deeper in the shadows and slavery. Republicans are being supported by the employers of illegal residents.They are doing their bidding. 

Bobby
Bobby

In case you didn't understand my message, the citizens want all illegal aliens, INCLUDING MEXICANS, REMOVED. WE DON'T WANT THEM DEEPER IN THE SHADOWS, which is B.S. anyway. Since when have illegal aliens from Mexioc ever been in the shadows? Now Americans did see them marching by the millions across our country, in the beautiful cities we built, disrespecting us and pissing on our laws.

Bobby
Bobby

No, Republicans and Democrats are useless. The vast majority of citizens are in agreement on this issue of illegal immigration, MEXICANS INCLUDED IN THAT, (since you always think they should be priviledged or something) THEY WANT ILLEGAL ALIENS REMOVED AND ILLEGL IMMIGRATION STOPPED--COLD. It's the two parties that the citizenry is fighting. You're so cluless on what's going on across the country.

Masha
Masha

I heard it helps other people, unless you consider yourself beyond help.

Masha
Masha

Bobby, learn to type.

Masha
Masha

Yep, only paranoid schizophrenic will say:  "The news media puposely don't show a lot of hispanic faces because it's government controled just like illegal immigration isn't."At least use a spell check.

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e not only a racist but hatefull towards fat people I guess.

Bobby
Bobby

The news media puposely don't show a lot of hispanic faces because it's government controled just like illegal immigration isn't. But, alas, for you Mexican nationalists, now we have the internet with your faces splashed all over the criminal news.

Bobby
Bobby

They're not lies, and your lies aren't little they're huge, bombastic, outrageous.etc.

windtalker
windtalker

You avoid FACTS like the plague and spew much misinformation Bobby.

"If you want to find a safe city, first determine the size of the immigrant population," says Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Massachusetts. "If the immigrant community represents a large proportion of the population, you're likely in one of the country's safer cities. San Diego, Laredo, El Paso—these cities are teeming with immigrants, and they're some of the safest places in the country."

Numerous studies by independent researchers and government commissions over the past 100 years repeatedly and consistently have found that, in fact, immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or to be behind bars than are the native-born. This is true for the nation as a whole, as well as for cities with large immigrant populations such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Miami, and cities along the U.S.-Mexico border such as San Diego and El Paso.http://reason.com/archives/200...~

Bobby
Bobby

You don't know what your talking about.

Masha
Masha

To Bobby:Research N-400.You shouldn't be saying anything on the immigration subject because you are completely ignorant in this matter.

Bobby
Bobby

How the hell would you know what would or wouldn't qualify someone's naturalization application? The the hell do you think you are? What a clown.

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e full of sh-t. Tha's already established.t

Masha
Masha

You are not making any scene, again. You are just lonely, bitter, fat, full of hate and ignorant person who thinks that he is an American majority. This blog along would be enough to disqualify your naturalization application. Therefore you are not really American, except maybe by birth. Republicans seems to be working to repeal that.  

Bobby
Bobby

You aren't qualified to tell anyone to get help, when you need it yourself. An attitude adjustment towards Americans would be a 1st step for you.

Bobby
Bobby

Blame Americans, it's this ant that, this and that, that Americans are to blame for.

Masha
Masha

We are talking about professional psychiatric help.

Masha
Masha

For starters, I cannot be a bigot against myself.But I do like to argue with you Bobby, it's my lunch break entertainment.And second, Bobby, it's you who got trashed and caught lying in our argument. And third, Bobby, get help.

Masha
Masha

Yes, first they became victims of a crime in their own country. They were assaulted and terrified by mobsters with guns that were provided by US Government through "Fast and Furious" program.  

Masha
Masha

And also she doesn't exist. Come on Bobby. You cannot be on the State Welfare if your wife has a huge income. And why are you still counting whose income is bigger after 17 years of marriage? And, if she is from Cuba there 99% chance that she arrived to US illegal and then was granted a parole as a Cuban nationality who reached US soil. US doesn't do any business with Cuba for a long time, including Consular operations.Your explanations raise more questions than answers, because they are just little lies.

Bobby
Bobby

And your slogan is, "if your white your'e not right." You want to annihilate white folks. It's not going to happen. Stop dreaming. Stop living in a future fantasy world. People will like you if you'd stop being a bigot against white people. Try it. Don't by phony all the time.

Bobby
Bobby

You people couldn't help yourselves, let alone anyone else.

Gates
Gates

from reading this comments i can say that i totally agree with you masha! i think bobby needs help

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e not sorry for me, but you are sorry you debated with me, because you got trashed and aren't used to that. Too bad, but it isn't just me, a lot of Americans are waking up to anti-American racist goons like you.

Bobby
Bobby

Most of the time they are victims of crime. That's laughable, unless you mean victims in the places they came from.

Bobby
Bobby

She's a very intelligent gal with a huge income. She knows what shes talking about.

Masha
Masha

Most of the time they are victims of the crime.

Masha
Masha

Bobby, you make as much sense as McCain and his Arizona fire comment. I am sorry for you. Get help. 

Masha
Masha

No. I don't read FAIR.com or any other news from hate organizations. But our local news always show wanted criminals. I haven't seen any Hispanic face for the last 6 month.

Masha
Masha

That doesn't sound very realistic. What kind of husband calls his wife a "Cuban woman"?! It's degrading and insulting. If she does exist, I am sorry for her too.

Bobby
Bobby

You might not be hispanic but your'e definetly racist.

Bobby
Bobby

Undoc........ILLEGAL ALIENS, shouldn't be here to commit any crimes. They should be in Mexico, or wherever else they came from commiting crimes.

Bobby
Bobby

Did they give any of the guns to you?

Bobby
Bobby

My mate of 17 years is a Cuban woman and believes all illegal aliens should be removed from the U.S. because they want too many things free, from Americans, and commit too much crime. She went to the movies with me. What do you do at night? Throw darts at American citizens?

Masha
Masha

Yes,it is pretty scary when your own Government supplied gangsters from Mexico with hundreds if heavy duty guns through "Fast and Furious" program. What were they thinking, that gangsters will use guns to dig out potatoes?!  Everybody fears psychopaths like Bobby.

Masha
Masha

I am not racist nor Hispanic origin. Did your wife ran off with "illegal alien"? Is that is what it all about?Bobby, get help.

Masha
Masha

Undocumented residents do not commit any more crimes than whites, or African-Americans, or any other nationality.

Masha
Masha

"...good time at the movies and went out to eat afterwards with good friends of mine"Is that all that you have to show for?! Paranoid friends and the movie?! Where are your wife, brothers, sisters, children, grand-children? Let me guess, you divorced for a long time, nobody wants you, and your wife and children hate you or "prefer" the "other" men. I would hate illegal residents too if I were you.Sorry, again.

Bobby
Bobby

Don't worry about what I am. I have no police record, I have paid taxes through the nose to support illegal aliens here, as have millions of other Americans--white, brown, black, yellow, red......... But I've noticed that all you racist hispanics only worry about whites all the time. JEALOUSY? ENVY?,

Bobby
Bobby

Most Americans fear all the criminals that have come over the border from Mexico. They don't fear me.

Bobby
Bobby

I don't own a gun nor like them. But it seems where I live illegal aliens are always getting caught with guns, misbehaving in one way or another. You know, Home Invasion Robberies, robbing people at gun point, killing each other over a fight about their girlfriends, killing each other at parties they have. Come on, you've heard it all before.

Masha
Masha

Good to know, I will make sure we will write to our congresspeople and ASK not to listen to the paranoid old farts with untreated schizophrenia, who blackmailed them before.    

Masha
Masha

I see people of all statuses, incomes and origins being involved in drinking, using drugs, identity thefts etc. All the studies are agree that the crime rate among the illegal residents with families is one of the lowest in the nation. Bobby, you really need to see a psychiatrist for that paranoia and schizophrenia of yours.  I just don't want any people dying if you will go on a shooting spree one day.

Masha
Masha

I fear people like Bobby who are running wild in their schizophrenic state. Then we have a mass shooting like in Arizona or Virginia college.

Masha
Masha

The problem is that your slogan is: "If you aren't white then you aren't right". If somebody have a different opinion, then he/she are not white, and therefore not right. Where is logic in that? Bobby, you are not making any sense. Everything what you bragged about is about 99% a lie. I see that your paranoia got so bad, that you suspect everybody is against you just because you are white. I understand your desire to revive KKK, but it's not going to happen. Stop living in the past. Reach out to people, volunteer, help another human being regardless of their skin color, and people will "Like" you. Just try.

Bobby
Bobby

Americans aren't scared. We wrote to and threatened our congresspeople with removal, if they vote for amnesty,WHICH HAS BEEN DEFEATED EVERY SINGLE TIME. HASN'T IT?

Bobby
Bobby

You by your comments have proven to be an anti-white American hating moron, so how many people do you imagine like your comments?

Bobby
Bobby

Your'e right about that. I see immigrants that are drunks, which I'm not, ignorant and uneducated which I'm not, identity thieves, and criminals, all of which I'm not. But I am an American citizen, with a family history here, that has built this nation.and that  has paid enormous taxes to support your hero's for our troubles. Then other ways I've personally paid is by  having tons of things I own and paid for with my hard earned money stolen by your heros. I'm not fat and obese, like so many of your hero's but in shape. Having the right papers is called following the law, you idiot.

Bobby
Bobby

I don't fear a thing from illegal aliens, except maybe getting killed by so many illegal drunks. A lot of Americans have. Our police have been killed by them. Innocent Americans of all kinds have been killed by them, so maybe your'e right. The only people that have been holding signs are ignorant foreign nationals, that have marched in the beautiful cities Americans have built and have disrespected Americans while doing so. It's you that is fearfull, because you know that you've burnt your bridges with most Americans and are now terrified of the backlash building against you. Yet, you still won't behave. Too bad.

Bobby
Bobby

No, wrong again. I'm not bitter or lonely. Tonight I had a good time at the movies and went out to eat afterwards with good friends of mine. There's nothing illegal aliens have I want nor would I IN YOUR WILDEST DREAMS EVER CHANGE PLACES WITH THEM. You are the ignorant and arrogant one, just like those ignorant people that marched by the millions in Americans cities and told them they need to go back to Europe. You are probably one of them.

Masha
Masha

Let them talk. The more they talk the more ridiculous they sound. Look at what McCain said a couple days ago. Bobby just needs somebody to blame. He sees immigrants who are everything that he isn't. He automatically thinks that he deserves it more because he is white, or fat, or stupid, or has  right papers, or some other reason, or all of the above. 

Masha
Masha

Look Bobby, nobody "Likes" your comments, that means nobody agrees with you. You are full of hate, racism and ignorance. You are not the majority, but sure you are very loud.

Lulz
Lulz

Not the citizens and not the majority. Only the ones that are full of fear such as yourself. All throughout history people with fear have existed. They used to hold signs saying "The end is near" on street corners. Now they troll the internet like keyboard warriors such as yourself. Sorry buddy, but you need to wake up and realize YOU are the minority.

The world is not gonna end soon, go outside and breathe some fresh air. You are on here an awful lot, so my guess is that you are unemployed under the guise of being retired. You're pissed off because a "uneducated, stupid illegal immigrant" was better qualified for a job than you were. haha!

You continue on arguing your point and keep pretending you are the majority. Believe me just because people "man up" to voice their opinions hiding behind a screen doesn't mean they are the majority. That's why we don't see you people marching the way these immigrants do, because YOU are the one that is scared.

Masha
Masha

I am sorry for you. You are a bitter, lonely person, full of hate and desire to blame somebody else for your misfortune. Many immigrants even undocumented live a full productive life, raise children. They have things that you don't. You are jealous and angry. Look in the mirror and blame that person for your loneliness and ignorance.

Masha
Masha

We all are watching  news and reading  news on-line. Bobby, don't you know that you should not trust everything that you see and hear, especially if information came from FAIR.com ?

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