A “hat tip” to Jim Simpson and Truth and Consequences for the apt anointing of “some of our own” as “Homegrown Terrorists.” (Related: Homegrown Terrorists: Part 1 and Homegrown Terrorists for President: Part II.)
I want to be clear that in the piece below, American’s for Legal Immigration are NOT implying that Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is a homegrown terrorist, or that her fellow-Democrat-schemers are homegrown terrorists. Such implication is completely mine, as well as all “emphasized text.” (h/t to FaultlineUSA who urged us to contact our Senators and say “NO Stealth Amnesty”).
This announcement today from American’s for Legal Immigration:
Over the last hour, three US Senate office staff members have called to share good news with us.
You kept your momentum up as we asked you to with the calls to the US Senate. Again, our strategies and messaging was applied en masse with great effect.
Our friends in DC are pleased to tell us that Senator Mikulski’s (D-MD) H2B Visa provisions have also been pulled from the Iraq War Funding bill. Thus, all immigration language is gone from this bill and we have won this round!
We want to salute all of the great organizations out there that have worked side-by-side in solidarity, to defeat our opposition this time.
We want to thank the heroic and brave talk radio show hosts and commentators like Lou Dobbs and Michelle Malkin who carried our banner to the forefront. There are so many to thank, I hate to even mention names. It was like an army mustering quickly, when the call came.
We want to thank all the bloggers and web runners who carried the warnings across the Net like a fleet of Paul Revere’s on a desperate ride to wake the nation.
We want to thank the lawmakers in DC that did their jobs and stood with the public in opposition to this. Many of their staff members are true loyalists to our cause.
But most of all, we must thank our citizen activists. You are the Americans from all races and walks of life that have stood tall and unified and told these sellouts in DC “No!”
You have prepared for these battles, you have given of your time and funds during perilous times, you have practiced your skills, you engaged the enemy and have emerged victorious again.
It is a great honor to stand with you in these battles to save our nation. Thank you for heeding the call and moving in unison with our strategies.
William Gheen & The much appreciated ALIPAC Team
PS: Have a great Memorial Day weekend and if you would like to make or read comments to and from other ALIPACers about today’s win, please post at this link…
Here’s the background from American’s for Legal Immigration, May 22, 2008:
‘I am pleased Democratic leaders realized there would be opposition’
Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate have stripped 100 pages of controversial immigration provisions added as amendments to the supplemental Iraq war funding bill after a flood of e-mails and phone calls organized by amnesty opponents.
“The American people have been clear that they want us to restore the rule of law to our immigration system before legalization programs are considered, but I guess this Congress didn’t get the message,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said yesterday.
“I am pleased Democratic leaders realized there would be significant opposition to these controversial provisions,” Sessions continued. “Stripping it was the right thing to do.”
Among the provisions removed from the war funding bill was a special path to citizenship for four subgroups of immigrant agriculture workers: goat herders, sheep herders, dairy workers and horse herders. It is unclear why the groups were selected for special treatment.
May 21, 2008, ALI printed the following from WorldNetDaily:
Jerome R. Corsi
“It is unjustifiable to arbitrarily single out four groups of workers and create a special path to citizenship for an unknown number of goat herders, sheep herders, dairy workers and horse workers,” Sessions said.
One immigration proposal remains in the second part of the Iraq supplemental funding bill which has not yet come up on the Senate floor for discussion.
That amendment, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., would create an extension of three years for a worker returning under an H-2B visa, which Mikulski claims is necessary to save seasonal businesses such as seafood companies.
Opponents charged the immigration amendments attached to the Iraq war supplemental funding bill were a back door to amnesty.
“We must be realistic about what will happen at the end of the five-year period,” Sessions said about the visa extensions proposed for immigrant agricultural workers. “Pro-amnesty forces know that if they can get a temporary legalization for workers, the federal government won’t have the will five years from now to do what it won’t do today – enforce the law. Congress will likely turn a blind eye and a path to citizenship will result.”
Border security proponents were concerned pro-illegal immigration forces were trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform piece-by-piece, after having twice failed to pass omnibus immigration reform laws co-sponsored by Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz.
Groups such as Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum organized telephone and e-mail campaigns objecting to the tactic of sneaking amnesty provisions into an Iraq war supplemental funding bill needed to support U.S. military forces in the field.
End ALI-PAC article.
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