Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA
A few more hours of phoning today ... You are creating more doubts ... Make this radioactive
FRIENDS, PLEASE DO NOT LET UP!
Call the Senate switchboard at:
The momentum is with us. We started the day with only 4 Senators committed to vote NO on the DREAM Act Amnesty. As I write this, the list is up to 18.
Your calls are making a big difference. Our Capitol Hill Team called many of these offices this morning and couldn't get a commitment to oppose this amnesty. But by this afternoon after being flooded by your calls, many of them were calling US to get their names off our home page list of wafflers!
Current debate and agenda on the Department of Defense authorization bill suggest that the DREAM Amnesty amendment could happen as early as later Wednesday.
Please phone today until switchboards shut down. Then start again first thing tomorrow (Wednesday).
SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ON OUR SIDE
Even Senators Graham (R-S.C.), Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Lott (R-Miss.) have called to pledge a NO. They were three of the basic Republican leaders for the June amnesty attempt.
You folks in South Carolina, Arizona and Mississippi have done a fantastic job to get a turnaround like this.
This means the top two Senate Republicans (McConnell of Kentucky and Lott) are pledged to stop this amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
When you call Republican Senators in your state, you might ask them to follow the path of their leaders (McConnell and Lott) and also note that three of the biggest pushers of amnesty in June (Graham, Kyl and Lott) have switched sides on this amnesty because it so very much worse.
DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP BEING PRESSED BY OTHER DEMOCRATS TO DROP AMNESTY VOTE
Because Senate Democratic leadership has been so extraordinarily pro-illegal alien, I know that many of you with Democratic Senators have felt that your calls to those offices don't make much difference.
But we are getting reports that your calls are starting to make a big difference.
First, remember that 25% of Democratic Senators voted with us and against amnesty in June.
Secondly, they and a lot of other Democratic Senators know that these pro-illegal votes are really hurting the Party's image among independent and more moderate Democrats.
It appears that many of the Democratic Senators are questioning Senate Democratic Leader Reid about the wisdom of allowing the Defense bill to get all tied up with immigration bickering.
Your calls to your Democratic Senators may not succeed in getting them to pledge a NO vote on the amnesty. But you may be causing them behind the scenes to get the amnesty amendment pulled.
Please don't let up.
KEEP WATCHING THE WHIP LISTS ON OUR HOME PAGE
Talk Radio and newspapers across the country are relying on our "whip lists" that change by the hour on our home page based on how well you move Senate offices to declare their opposition to this latest amnesty.
Please post this page of "whip lists" on every blog and chat room you can find. We must get everybody focused on the culprits. And this page is the only place where people can find an up-to-date list.
The url to post is:
The home page provides a link to a list of anti-amnesty champion Senators who have pledged to vote NO on the DREAM Act amnesty.
More importantly, the home page shows all the waffling Senators who voted NO on the Comprehensive Amnesty in June but thus far are unwilling to pledge to vote NO on this amnesty.
Within 15 minutes of a Senator's office telling us to put him/her on the No Amnesty page, we will take his/her name off the home page.
Tell the waffling Senators that you are shocked to see their names on NumbersUSA's list of Senators who are declining to pledge to vote NO on the DREAM Act Amnesty. Pull talking points from lower in this email and from the Phone action notes on your Action Buffet corkboard.
If the staffers try to tell you that their Senator is probably against the amnesty or definitely is, tell the staffer that NumbersUSA is reporting that at this minute the Senator has declined to make the pledge. Tell them that they need to call NumbersUSA to straighten that out.
If you don't have a waffler Senator in your state, phone your Senators who are on the list of Pro-Amnesty Senators, the second list on our home page.
Most Senators have not declared either way on this DREAM Act Amnesty. We need many more people on our NO list to persuade Senate leaders that this amnesty is too controversial and would just drag down all the rest of the Senate's work.
Find all the phone numbers for your two Senators at www.NumbersUSA.com/myMembers.
Find DC and local phone numbers for ALL Senators at www.NumbersUSA.com/congressinfo/.
NEW Talking Points to Stop the DREAM ACT AMNESTY
The DREAM Act (Amendment 2237 to the Defense Authorization bill) is a nightmare. It is a massive amnesty that extends to the millions of illegal aliens who entered the United States before the age of 16.
The DREAM Act allows illegal "teens" to petition for their parents, leading eventually to their aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins:
The big argument for this amnesty is that it is for teenagers who are here illegally because their parents broke the law. As you will see in later bullet points, far more than teens can get this amnesty. Nonetheless, the argument is that the teenagers should not be punished for the crimes of their parents.
But as soon as DREAM amnesty citizens are over 21, they can bring in their parents who broke the law to get them into the country. The chief criminals will be rewarded after all.
And because of Chain Migration, the amnestied "teens" can see their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents getting permanent U.S. residency as well.
The DREAM Act does not Protect Americans from Terrorists and Criminals:
Illegal immigrants are not required to submit fingerprints or undergo background security checks at any point in the DREAM Act process. Therefore, DHS has no way of learning whether an alien seeking DREAM Act amnesty is a terrorist or criminal. This security failure is compounded by the confidentiality section of the DREAM Act, which is a relic from pre-9/11 days (it’s modeled on the fraud-prone 1986 amnesty). This section basically requires DHS to hide information about terrorist and criminal aliens from itself. If a DHS adjudicator at USCIS learns from a DREAM Act application that an alien poses terrorist or criminal concerns, the adjudicator is prohibited from alerting ICE enforcement officers at DHS, and in fact, if the adjudicator did volunteer such information to ICE, he could be fined $10,000. To cap it all, DHS is prohibited from removing from the United States all aliens, including criminals, terrorists, fraudsters, and other ineligible aliens while they have a DREAM Act application pending, even if that application is based upon fraud or the alien is ineligible.
The DREAM Act Offers Citizenship to Illegal Aliens Who Lack Good Moral Character:
The DREAM Act does not require that aliens have a history of good moral character; it only requires that they have good moral character from the time that they apply. This means that criminal aliens, terrorists, and other aliens who lack good moral character before they apply get an amnesty for their pre-application period conduct, no matter how bad or extensive that conduct.
The DREAM Act is Not Just for Young People:
Sponsors insist that the point of the DREAM Act is to provide legal status to “kids” and “young people.” However, the DREAM Act is not directed at minors, as there is no age cap involved. Anyone, regardless of age, who illegally entered the United States before the age of 16 and has illegally remained here for 5 years or more will qualify for lawful permanent residence (and eventual citizenship) if they satisfy the easily-met criteria for DREAM Act amnesty.
The DREAM Act is a Big Amnesty:
It’s estimated there are some 2 million illegal immigrant children in the United States. They are only a portion of the millions of aliens who will likely qualify for the DREAM Act amnesty, because the DREAM Act does not place a cap on the number of people who qualify, does not limit the age of those who qualify, and applies retroactively to anyone who first entered before age 16.
The DREAM Act is Deceptive:
The marketing campaign for the DREAM Act makes as though the amnesty is intended for high school graduates who are on their way to college or military service. But the bill as written ensures that illegal immigrants don’t have to attend high school or go to college to qualify for the amnesty: they need only take an ability-to-benefit test and complete a 1-year vocational program to get eventual citizenship (and there’s no requirement that they actually complete their college education). Nor do aliens have to join the Armed Forces: they need only go to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or Public Health Service for 2 years to get eventual citizenship.
The DREAM Act is a Fraud Machine:
We know from experience that amnesty from immigration laws generates massive fraud, and the DREAM Act is no exception. Nothing in the DREAM Act will prevent a 50-year old alien from asserting that he entered the United States before the age of 16 and has remained here ever since. The DREAM Act is silent on how DHS will determine the veracity of such claims. The DREAM Act will actually promote fraud because it prevents DHS from deporting aliens who’ve applied for the amnesty until their applications are resolved – a process that will likely take years, because DHS lacks the resources to rapidly process the millions of applications it will receive. Even if DHS eventually decides that some aliens do not qualify for the amnesty, DHS cannot use the statements aliens made in their applications to deport them, because their statements are protected by the confidentiality section in the DREAM Act.
The DREAM Act is Unfair to American Students and Taxpayers:
The DREAM Act would repeal the 1996 law which says that State colleges and universities cannot offer in-state tuition benefits to resident illegal immigrants unless they offer the same benefits to students who are U.S. citizens. So, an 18-year old United States citizen attending school in a different state will pay substantially more money for his college education than a 30-year old illegal alien residing in that state. Because public colleges and universities are heavily subsidized by taxpayers, Americans end up paying the bill for educating illegal immigrants. Further, because the repeal of the 1996 law is retroactive, illegal aliens who formerly paid out-of-state tuition will have the ability and motivation to sue for the difference between what they paid and the in-state rate.
The DREAM Act Puts Illegal Immigrants at the Front of the Line for Green Cards:
The DREAM Act requires that applications for its amnesty must be expedited, bars DHS from charging fees for expedited service, and fails to provide DHS the additional personnel and equipment needed to handle expedited applications. Because millions of people will file applications for DREAM Act amnesty (regardless of whether or not they eventually qualify), DHS will experience a significant backlog of cases that will necessarily slow DHS’ ability to process conventional
business and family visas, and applications for naturalization. This will adversely impact our economy, and disrupt the settled expectations of intending legal immigrants to the United States.
The DREAM Act Will Allow Dangerous Criminal Aliens to Remain At Large in the United States:
DHS lacks the resources to detain all criminal aliens it encounters in the United States, and so DHS has to pick and choose which criminals to hold for deportation. When DHS deports a criminal alien, the detention or “bed space” vacated by the out-going criminal is immediately filled by another criminal alien. The DREAM Act does not disqualify anyone (even criminals) from filing an application and bars DHS from removing any alien who’s filed an application for amnesty. Thus, criminal aliens who have no desire to be deported will file DREAM Act applications to halt or slow their deportations, which means they will spend more time taking up detention space which could be used to house other criminal aliens. That means more criminal aliens whom DHS cannot house will be free to roam the United States. The DREAM Act also creates an opportunity for extremely dangerous criminal aliens to be released into the general population. By law, a criminal alien who is subject to a final order of removal must be released from DHS custody within 90 days if his removal is not “reasonably foreseeable.” As mentioned previously, the DREAM Act does not allocate resources to DHS to process the millions of applications that are sure to be filed, which will result in very lengthy delays. The result? A dangerous criminal alien who would otherwise have been removed from the United States files his DREAM Act application, and when that application stalls at DHS with millions of others, he can file a petition in a district court after 90 days to effect his release because his removal is not “reasonably foreseeable.”