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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348)
[Amnesty for Illegal aliens!]

Immediate Action Required!

* UPDATE-Scroll down (June 21, 2007)

This week, the US Senate is trying to revive and pass the failed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) [To view the Full Text of the legislation visit: Full Text of Legislation].  

Self professed Conservative  Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, acting against the party's conservative wishes, agreed to limit the number of amendments offered through the immigration bill.  Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada agreed to put the bill back on the Senate schedule in response to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's concession. In exchange for creating a new guest-worker program and redrawing the rules under which future legal immigrants are selected, including instituting a point system for those with needed skills or education, Republicans in the bargain said they agreed to give citizenship rights to illegal aliens.  

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said when the bill  returns to the Senate floor, he plans to add $4.4 billion in guaranteed funding -- to be funded by the fees and penalties established by the bill's new programs -- to strengthen border security and speed other important elements of comprehensive reform. 

The proposed spending of $4.4 billion by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is big government wasteful spending. It has been stated by the Bush administration that over the next 18 months it has both a plan and all the appropriations it needs to significantly improve border security and enforcement.  Furthermore, laws on the books are already virtually all of the useful security provisions in the bill increasing the number of border patrol agents, building border barriers, and expanding detention facilities for illegal aliens. The new measure simply reiterates for the large part most of the security requirements contained in last year's Secure Fence Act which the funds for those measures have been already appropriated by Congress.  The bill is just a charade to fool the American people that the Senate is passing a measure that addresses the illegal alien problem facing this nation, instead of passing a measure that gives instant amnesty to those who have broken the immigration laws of this nation. 

Additionally, the Senior Citizens League, a 1.2 million-member nonpartisan seniors' advocacy organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, warns that the measure would allow more than 2 million illegal workers who received Social Security numbers prior to 2004 to receive more than $966 billion in Social Security benefits by 2040.

The measure does nothing to prevent aliens who illegally obtained "non-work" Social Security numbers prior to 2004 from claiming benefits, despite a provision in the bill that would prevent individuals who performed illegal work and then obtained a Social Security number after 2007 from receiving credit for Social Security taxes paid in previous years.

The Social Security Administration issued more than seven million "non-work" Social Security numbers, which entitled some foreign nationals some of whom were illegal aliens to services such as Medicaid and food stamps between 1974 and 2003

This group would be eligible for Social Security benefits despite their "non-work" status under the Senate legislation currently being considered.  Issued during an era of less restrictive immigration policy, some non-work Social Security numbers were given to aliens without a proof of citizenship. 

Compared to what American taxpayers have spent so far on the war in Iraq, illegal aliens would receive more than double in Social Security benefits.  What makes this extremely disturbing and troubling is the Social Security Trust Fund will begin paying out more than it is taking in by 2017, and will be completely exhausted by 2041 indicates the Social Security Administration.

Additional Reading:

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348) [Amnesty for Illegal aliens!] (May 18, 2007)

What Can You Do?  

A.  Urge your senators to NOT SUPPORT   cloture ([60 votes required] A parliamentary procedure by which debate is ended and an immediate vote is taken on the matter under discussion.) 

B. Urge your senators to NOT SUPPORT   the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348). 

C. Also, contact the following senators to urge them to not change their vote and to NOT SUPPORT this measure.

* UPDATE

*1. Senator Jim Webb (Democrat-Virginia)

    144 Russell Senate Office Building
     Washington, DC 20510
     Telephone: (202) 224-4024
     Web Form: webb.senate.gov/contact/

*2. Senator Jon Tester (Democrat-Montana)

     204 Russell Senate Office Building
     Washington, DC 20510
     Telephone: (202) 224-2644
     Web Form: tester.senate.gov/Contact/

*3. Senator Claire McCaskill (Democrat-Missouri)

        717 Hart Senate Office Building
      Washington, DC 20510
      Telephone: (202) 224-6154
       Web Form: mccaskill.senate.gov/contact.cfm



1. Senator Lamar Alexander- (Republican-Tennessee)

455 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone number:  (202) 224-4944
Web Form: alexander.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

2. Senator Bob Corker- (Republican-Tennessee)

185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone number: (202) 224-3344

Web Form: corker.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm

3. Senator Saxby Chambliss (Republican-Georgia)

416 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone number: (202) 224-3521

Web Form: chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactU...

4. Senator Johnny Isakson - (Republican-Georgia)

120 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone number: (202) 224-3643

Web Form: isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm

5. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison - (Republican-Texas)

284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone number: (202) 224-5922

Web Form: hutchison.senate.gov/contact.html

6. Senator John Ensign - (Republican-Nevada)

119 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone number: (202) 224-6244

Web Form: ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm

7. Senator John Thune- (Republican South Dakota)

493 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone number: (202) 224-2321

Web Form: thune.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

8. Senator Wayne Allard- (Republican Colorado)

521 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone number: (202) 224-5941
Web Form: allard.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

*9. Senator Richard Burr (Republican-North Carolina)

217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-3154
Web Form: burr.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

*10. Senator Kit Bond (Republican-Missouri)

274 Russell Senate Office Building
 Washington, D.C. 20510
 Telephone: (202) 224-5721
 Web Form: bond.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm

*11. Senator Pat Roberts (Republican-Kansas)

  109 Hart Senate Office Building
   Washington, D.C. 20510
   Telephone: (202) 224-4774
    Web Form: roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInf...

*12. Senator Gordon Smith (Republican-Oregon)

      404 Russell Senate Office Building
      Washington, D.C. 20510
      Telephone: (202) 224-3753
       Web Form: gsmith.senate.gov/webform.htm

*13. Senator Thad Cochran (Republican-Mississippi)

       113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
       Washington, D.C. 20510
       Telephone: (202) 224-5054
       Web Form: cochran.senate.gov/contact.htm

*14. Senator Mike Crapo (Republican-Idaho)

       239 Dirksen Senate Office Building
       Washington, D.C. 20510
       Telephone: (202) 224-6142
       Web Form: crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

*15. Senator Norm Coleman (Republican-Minnesota)

       320 Hart Senate Office Building
       Washington, D.C. 20510
       Telephone: (202) 224-5641
        Web Form: coleman.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

*16. Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican-Utah)

      104 Hart Senate Office Building
       Washington, D.C. 20510
       Telephone: (202) 224-5251
        Web Form: hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Offices.Contact

*17. Senator Bob Bennett (Republican-Utah)

       431 Dirksen Senate Office Building
       Washington, D.C. 20510
       Telephone: (202) 224-5444
        Web Form: bennett.senate.gov/contact/emailmain.html

*18. Senator John Sununu (Republican-New Hampshire)

      111 Russell Senate Office Building
       Washington, DC 20510
       Telephone: (202) 224-2841
        Web Form: www.sununu.senate.gov/webform.html

Note: This is such a dire situation for America that one is encouraged to contact at least 10 individuals with this information and encourage them to do the same.

Contact Information:    

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senator's office.)    

To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm    

Addressing Correspondence:      

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510  

Dear Senator (last name):  

 

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