Monday, March 22, 2021

AMNESTY ALERT: 30 GOP Reps. Vote for Farmworker Amnesty, Replacement Foreign Workforce; Fact Check: GOP Lawmaker Falsely Claims Farmworker Amnesty ‘Is Not Amnesty’

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30 GOP Reps. Vote for Farmworker Amnesty, Replacement Foreign Workforce:
Thirty GOP legislators voted for a Democrat farmworker amnesty that would push many Americans out of jobs, push billions of dollars of payroll from rural towns to foreign countries, and slash investment in wealth-creating farm machinery.
The total of 30 yes votes is down from 34 yes votes for a similar bill in 2019, despite much-increased pressure from wealthy business groups, farm lobbies, and ethnic activists. The lobbies favor the bill because it provides Democrats with a future ocean of amnestied voters — and it provides farm companies and their investors with an endless supply of very cheap and controllable H-2A visa workers.
The 34-to-30 decline is a testament to the counter-pressure from pro-American grassroots groups, including ALIPAC and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). But it also reflects the GOP leaders’ realization that another amnesty will likely transform the U.S. electorate and sink their political careers.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where investors, Democrats, and ethnic lobbies will spend lavishly to win votes from a few GOP senators from rural states, including Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).
Any GOP converts to the farmworker amnesty will be combined with GOP converts from other Democrat amnesty bills — such as an amnesty for “DACA” migrants or a bill offering more H-2B visa workers for Maine hotels. The combination will perhaps give Democrats the 60 votes they need to transform American politics with imported voters and so sweep the GOP out of power for many years.
Almost 85 percent of the 211 GOP legislators voted against the amnesty. --->READ MORE HERE
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Fact Check: GOP Lawmaker Falsely Claims Farmworker Amnesty ‘Is Not Amnesty’:
CLAIM: Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) says legislation that will provide amnesty to 1.5 to 2.1 million illegal aliens employed by farms in the United States “is not amnesty” while justifying his support for the plan.
VERDICT: False. Immigration amnesty has long been defined as a form of relief for illegal aliens who would otherwise be eligible for deportation. Cornell Law School’s legal dictionary, for instance, describes amnesty as “a governmental pardon for person violating policies related to immigration.”
On Thursday, the Democrat-controlled House is expected to pass a farmworker amnesty that would put illegal aliens on a path to receiving green cards and eventually American citizenship by first providing them with “Certified Agricultural Worker” (CAW) legal status to remain in the U.S.
After securing CAW legal status, eligible illegal aliens would be able to apply for green cards in four years. Those given green cards would then be able to apply to become naturalized U.S. citizens in five years. --->READ MORE HERE
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