Billionaires Call for Amnesty as Obama Plans to Legalize Millions of Illegal Aliens with Executive Power

Billionaires Warren Buffett, Sheldon Adelson and Bill Gates have teamed up to call for amnesty for America’s illegal immigrants as a solution to the ongoing crisis at the border as President Barack Obama mulls granting amnesty to millions via executive power.

“The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill,” Buffett, Adelson and Gates wrote in the New York Times. “But we could without doubt come together to draft a bill acceptable to each of us. We hope that fact holds a lesson: You don’t have to agree on everything in order to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement. It’s time that this brand of thinking finds its way to Washington.”

The three billionaires pushed parts of the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that they each like, and argued that it or a version of it should become law.

“A ‘talented graduate’ reform was included in a bill that the Senate approved last year by a 68-to-32 vote,” they wrote. “It would remove the worldwide cap on the number of visas that could be awarded to legal immigrants who had earned a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, provided they had an offer of employment. The bill also included a sensible plan that would have allowed illegal residents to obtain citizenship, though only after they had earned the right to do so.”

Buffett, Adelson and Gates called on House Speaker John Boehner to push for an amnesty bill—and to break his previous promise that there would never be a conference committee with the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill.

“Whatever the precise provisions of a law, it’s time for the House to draft and pass a bill that reflects both our country’s humanity and its self-interest,” they wrote. “Differences with the Senate should be hammered out by members of a conference committee, committed to a deal.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the leading immigration hawk in Congress and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, responded to Buffett, Adelson and Gates by arguing President Obama can’t be trusted to handle any immigration laws.

“The President cannot be trusted to enforce any immigration law,” Sessions said in a statement. “We are in the midst of a border disaster—created by the President’s lawlessness—and Mr. Adelson, Mr. Gates, and Mr. Buffet want to implement a massive amnesty bill. Such a plan would wreak havoc on our nation’s laws and borders, which mean a great deal to the good and decent citizens of this country. It is clear that three of the richest billionaires in the world have no clue what Congress ‘owe[s] to the 318 million who employ them’. We owe them our loyalty, our compassion, our devotion. It is precisely because of our duty to the working people of this country that we must stop legislation that would import tens of millions of lower-wage workers to replace them.”

The National Journal‘s Major Garrett recently reported that President Obama is actually considering granting amnesty via executive order to upwards of five million more illegal aliens; Obama has already, through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, used executive power to allow millions of illegal alien children to remain in the United States via executive power.

“Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit,” Garrett wrote on July 3. “He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.”

Meanwhile, some in Congress—both Republicans and Democrats who support amnesty—plan to tie the current border crisis to a larger amnesty play. The New York Times quoted Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as working with fellow Gang of Eight members Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to begin “preliminary discussions about the possibility of tying a solution to the current crisis to a broader deal.”

“It’s a way to start securing the border in line with the Senate bill,” Graham said. “If you could use this as an opportunity to beef up the border, I think it makes future immigration reform more likely.”

Electorally, pushing for amnesty has proven to be a disaster for incumbents in Congress. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary to economist Dave Brat largely over the issue, which Cantor pushed from his leadership slot including a plan that would have used the United States military as a tool to grant amnesty to illegal alien minors who would enlist.

Buffett, Adelson and Gates used their New York Times op-ed as an effort to ease the electoral concerns of many in Congress after Cantor’s loss. Without actually naming Cantor, they wrote that his loss shouldn’t spell the end of amnesty for illegal aliens.

“American citizens are paying 535 people to take care of the legislative needs of the country,” the billionaires wrote. “We are getting shortchanged. Here’s an example: On June 10, an incumbent congressman in Virginia lost a primary election in which his opponent garnered only 36,105 votes. Immediately, many Washington legislators threw up their hands and declared that this one event would produce paralysis in the United States Congress for at least five months. In particular, they are telling us that immigration reform — long overdue — is now hopeless. Americans deserve better than this.”

But the billionaires’ soothing words haven’t helped many struggling pro-amnesty members. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), for example, after having voted for the Senate’s Gang Of Eight bill in 2013, is now taking a hard line on border security. “The president needs to secure the border now – using the National Guard in the way that President Bush did if that’s what it takes – and deal with this crisis of unaccompanied children illegally entering our country,” Alexander said at a recent Appropriations Committee hearing. “We need to send these unaccompanied children back home safely, as quickly as possible, and we should cut off foreign aid to countries that don’t cooperate.”

Alexander’s primary challenger state Rep. Joe Carr, a conservative who is, like Brat did against Cantor, running against Alexander’s support of amnesty, has hammered him over it. “It’s bad enough that Lamar Alexander says he knew about the border crisis for years and did nothing about it, but for him to suggest that Congress can’t do anything but wait for President Barack Obama is quite frankly, very dangerous thinking,” Carr said in a Friday statement, for instance. “This is a lawless President who has no regard for the rule of law – if anything, we need Senators like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Jeff Sessions who aren’t afraid to assert themselves and proactively take action, not sit around like Lamar Alexander and wait for Barack Obama to do more damage.”

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who’s running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana against Democrat incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Tea Party-backed Col. Rob Maness, has waffled on whether he’ll support the President’s proposed $3.7 billion in new spending on the immigration crisis. Maness has, like Carr has against Alexander, honed in against Cassidy’s failure to take a hardline against amnesty.

Over in Mississippi, state Sen. Chris McDaniel ran hard on amnesty, signing an anti-amnesty pledge and seizing on a handful of small votes by his opponent, Sen. Thad Cochran, who voted against the “Gang of Eight” bill as well as the 1986 Reagan amnesty. McDaniel narrowly won the initial primary, and despite losing the runoff, is estimated to have won among Republican voters. Cochran prevailed by targeting Democrats to cross party lines.




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Report: Slow Deportation Process Luring More Illegals to U.S.

Because very few of the illegal immigrant children who are apprehended are sent back immediately, more migrants from Central American countries are gambling that they will be allowed to remain in the United States permanently if they cross the border. 

The Wall Street Journal found that “data from immigration courts, along with interviews with the children and their advocates, show that few minors are sent home and many are able to stay for years in the U.S., if not permanently.”

Doris Meissner, the director of the Immigration Policy Program at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute and a former Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner, told the Journal that this only lures more illegal immigrants to come to the United States. 

“Until people’s experience changes, more are going to continue to come, because they’re achieving what they need: safety and reunification with their families,” she said. “They’re here, and they’re staying, and whatever else might happen to them is at least a year or more away.”

In fiscal year 2013, 47,397 illegal immigrant children were apprehended but but fewer than 4,500 were ordered deported, as “immigration judges ordered 3,525 migrant children to be deported” and “an additional 888 to voluntarily return home without a formal removal order.” To complicate matters, the Justice Department has said that nearly half of all juveniles do not show up to their hearings. 

As the Journal notes, “because of court backlogs, most of the 2013 court and deportation data represent cases of children who arrived in earlier years,” and “simply reaching a decision in these cases can take years, and the backlog is growing worse.” Since October of last year, there have been at least 57,000 illegal immigrant children who have crossed the border and another 30,000 are expected in the next three months. Next year, at least another 150,000 more are expected to enter the United States. 

To show how slow the system is, the Journal profiled the case of an illegal immigrant who came to the country seven months ago and whose “first court appearance is scheduled for August.” The Journal notes that “it could take another year or more for her case to be adjudicated.” 

The illegal immigrant told the Journal that, “sometimes I feel like going back, but I’m in danger over there.” 

In the meantime, she said that if she “can stay here, I will get a chance to get an education and be able to help the people I love back home.”

Illegal immigrant children from countries other than Mexico and Canada cannot be immediately deported under a 2008 federal law. 




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Dirty Bomb Fears after ISIS Seize Uranium

Extreme Islamist group ISIS have seized 90lb (40kg) of radioactive uranium in Iraq which could be used to make a dirty bomb. The Times reports that the militants seized the material after overrunning a university in the city of Mosul, which they captured last month.

Iraq’s ambassador to the UN has now appealed to the international community for help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq and abroad.”

This is believed to be the first time that an Islamist terror group has been able to obtain such a large quantity of radioactive material, and security analysts now fear they could use it in so-called “dirty bombs” – conventional bombs loaded with radioactive substances.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has played down the threat, however, saying that the uranium is of relatively low radioactivity designed to be used in medical research. IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said: “On the basis of the initial information, we believe the material involved is low grade and would not present a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk. Nevertheless, any loss of regulatory control over nuclear and other radioactive materials is a cause for concern.”

A British former army officer and expert on weapons of mass distruction, Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, also said that the uranium could not be turned into a nuclear weapon: “The most likely terror use for it would be some dirty bomb, but a dirty bomb is not terribly effective anyway except for the psychological impact… You are more likely to die from shrapnel.”

Far more seriously, ISIS took over a military base in northern Iraq last month that contains Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of chemical weapons, including hundreds of warheads containing sarin and mustard gas.

Colonel de Gordon-Bretton said, however, that they still only pose a small threat as the bunkers are sealed in reinforced concrete, making it very difficult for the militants to gain access. The sarin gas is also likely to have degraded, although the mustard gas could still be potent. 

He added that U.S. satellites would be closely monitoring the base for any evidence the militants were attempting to access the bunkers.




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Boehner Omits Immigration from Lawsuit Against Obama’s ‘Unilateral Actions’

On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) left out immigration in a draft resolution that authorized the House of Representatives to sue Obama for having “unilaterally changed the employer mandate” in the Obamacare law.

“In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it,” Boehner said. “That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

On June 25, Boehner sent a memo to House colleagues on the separation of powers to preview his lawsuit, and he did not mention immigration then either.

“On matters ranging from health care and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators, straining the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day,” Boehner wrote, conspicuously leaving out immigration.

Boehner mentioned that “Article II, Section III of the Constitution of the United States dictates that the president, as head of the Executive Branch of our government, ‘shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ even if the president does not agree with the purpose of that law.”

“Under the Constitution’s separation of powers principle, only the Legislative Branch has the power to legislate,” Boehner wrote. “On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce – at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the America people to stop him.”

“Presidents have traditionally been granted a degree of latitude with respect to the enforcement of the law, and tension between the branches of our government is hardly new,” Boehner wrote. “But at various points in our history when the Executive Branch has attempted to claim for itself the ability to make law, the Legislative Branch has responded, and it is only through such responses that the balance of power envisioned by the Framers has been maintained.”

Boehner said if Obama “can selectively enforce, change or create laws as he chooses with impunity, without the involvement of the Legislative Branch, his successors will be able to do the same,” which would give “the president king-like authority at the expense of the American people and their elected legislators.”

“Everywhere I go in America outside of Washington, D.C., I’m asked: when will the House stand up on behalf of the people to stop the encroachment of executive power under President Obama?” Boehner wrote. “We elected a president, Americans note; we didn’t elect a monarch or king. It is only through strong action by the House in response to provocative executive action by the Executive Branch in the past that the separation of powers intended by the Framers has been preserved.”

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, saying that Boehner was bringing a lawsuit to a gunfight, implied that the best way to check Obama was through impeachment.

“It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment,” Palin wrote in an op-ed for Breitbart News. “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”

Palin said Obama’s lawlessness on immigration was the “tipping point” for her to call for impeachment. When asked about Palin’s call for impeachment on Wednesday, Boehner said, “I disagree.”

Obama has not only unilaterally enacted the temporary amnesty program for certain DREAMers, but has selectively not enforced other immigration laws while threatening to ease deportations and award more temporary amnesty and work permits with more executive actions this summer.

Obama’s actions and words have contributed to the current border crisis, with migrants saying they came to America believing they would be granted amnesty if they made it across the border.




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Sarah Palin: Why Obama’s Cuddlin’ with Fat Cats at Denver Fundraisers

Sarah Palin writes at FoxNews.com:

President Obama was absolutely swamped the other night, staving off the munchies at a pizza party in the Mile High city, hobnobbing as headliner at numerous Democrat shindigs, collecting big bucks from big donors all day.

Whew. Exhausting. Especially exhausting must be trying to change pace and pivot through the fundraising parties, knowing they’re thrown by those much maligned “fat cats” (Obama’s words, not mine).

The president conveniently disparages these fat cats in public, but in private their group hugs are a whole lot of cuddlin,’ purrin’ and rolling over for more tummy tickling from the one who feeds them. And it wasn’t hairballs any felines coughed up Tuesday just to hear Obama talk… and talk… and talk some more.

Donors forked over up to $32,000 just to get in the door to hear some fancy talk and scratch each other’s backs. These parties may be quite boring, too, making the outings even more exhausting, because politics isn’t a passionate cause for most attendees, it’s a money maker.

Does anyone think these Obama supporters are in it to “let freedom ring”? Nah. Shoot, they don’t even let cell phones ring. They’re confiscated at these fundraisers. Nowadays the White House actually censors, er, “prevents” recording off-TelePrompTer remarks from the guy who’s “the most transparent in history!”

After watching what’s going on, does anyone else feel an urgency to take away the proverbial teenager’s car keys to prevent the inevitable crash down the road? But maybe that’s just the mama in me. Maybe I really should give the busy guy a break because with all the screaming chaos around the globe, Obama’s completely tone-deaf, disengaged, and unfocused actions perhaps can be explained.

The attention deficit that prohibits this administration from tackling even ONE serious problem, resolving even ONE impeachable scandal or self-made crisis, is probably due to having so much on the plate at once, including one heck of a high priority project currently underway. 

This one may keep the president up all night because it’s literally just underfoot: the White House Bowling Alley Renovation Project. Yup. (You can’t make this stuff up.) And instead of this expense being questioned, it’s justified by his media friends explaining that those bowling lanes haven’t been updated in 15 years. Oh my. 

The federal government will demolish it and replace wood lanes with synthetic ones. Prioritize, much? (Quick natural science lesson for Dear Leader: check out the main ingredient in most synthetics – it’s that sinful bubblin’ crude you don’t like. Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.) 

Upset that the bowling lanes “feel old,” one staffer wailed to Time magazine, “There’s no electric scoreboard, so you have to score by hand—which is just debilitating when you’re focused on bowling a 300 like I am.” Obnoxious, much? 

His government-funded bowling alley in the seat of a bankrupt country just isn’t up to snuff and that’s downright debilitating. Spare us. 

(Update: Fox reports now that after this Bowling Lanes to Nowhere project was publicized, it slinked to the back burner. Good call. Just like a broken clock, even it gets it right once in awhile.)

But, seriously, our commander-in-chief is busy, as Rome burns. For instance, after satisfying those munchies in Colorado, he carved out room for some super duper important games of pool in a bar with that state’s enabling governor. Ironically, Hickensooperdooper is his name. I think. Anyway, Obama won. He told us so. (Funny, he always wins. Golf, basketball, brackets and bets, his grand pronouncements afterward is always, miraculously, humph, he won again!)

Whew. Racking balls, getting buzzed on suds, maybe humming “Rocky Mountain High” while kicking it in those Rockies, hard choices had to be made – stripes or solids? And that beer – do I drink it if the mountains aren’t blue? Talk about miscues.

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