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    Issa Backs Citizenship Pathway

    Issa Backs Citizenship Pathway

    By Caitlin Huey-Burns - February 6, 2013




    House lawmakers struggling to gain support for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants might have found an unlikely ally: Republican Rep. Darrell Issa.

    The California conservative told RCP that providing a citizenship option in new legislation is what President Lincoln would have wanted.

    “I think all of us Republicans know that we don’t want a class of residents that will never be offered an opportunity for citizenship,” he said. “We’re the party of Lincoln, and the party of Lincoln would not accept people living in our country and not being citizens, or not being given the opportunity to become citizens.”

    As the powerful chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Issa is perhaps best known for being a critical and aggressive challenger of the Obama administration. He recently led a lengthy investigation into the Justice Department’s failed gun trafficking program known as “Fast and Furious,” and led the charge to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. (The House passed a contempt citation over Holder’s failure to provide documents to congressional investigators, but the action did not lead to criminal charges because the president asserted executive privilege in the case.)

    Issa also sits on the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over immigration reform proposals. At the committee’s first hearing on reform Tuesday, Issa’s GOP colleagues sought a middle-ground solution between deporting most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and providing them a way to earn citizenship. Many conservatives fear the latter would be tantamount to amnesty for those who have broken the law. Tuesday’s hearing highlighted the difficult divide between Republicans in the House and in the Senate, where lawmakers like Marco Rubio and John McCain have signed on to a citizenship pathway.

    Providing the opportunity to achieve legal status rather than citizenship appears to be the most viable option in the lower chamber at this point. But Issa isn’t ready to settle for that.

    “As we talk about who should remain and who should go, I think ultimately we have to be reasonable and realize we don’t want to have second-class citizens in our country,” he told RCP. “If someone’s a guest worker or a temporary resident, that’s fine. But if somebody’s going to spend the rest of their life in this country, I believe that we need to have a clear pathway to citizenship, and we shouldn’t hide that.”

    But Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold, also a Judiciary Committee member, characterized a citizenship pathway as a major “stumbling block” in the House. Even Republicans who support a pathway recognize the difficulty it faces in the lower chamber. Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a prominent Cuban-born advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, told RCP that though she sees citizenship as the preferred goal, “I don’t think the perfect should be the enemy of the good. If we are only able to get legalization, I think that’s wonderful also because it allows people to stay here, work, pay taxes, pay their fines, and do everything they need to do. I’m in favor of citizenship path, but not against a legal pathway.”

    Asked if legalization instead of citizenship would create a kind of underclass to which he had earlier referred, Issa said, “Ultimately, if you’re allowed to remain in this country permanently, in almost all cases, there should be a path to citizenship. That is what Abraham Lincoln would have said. That’s what the Republican Party stands for.”

    Ros-Lehtinen told RCP that she and Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez will introduce a bill within a few weeks that resembles the failed 2010 DREAM Act, which would grant a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants’ children who attend American colleges or serve in the military. “We favor comprehensive reform, but wanted to make sure we work on the Dreamers as a stand-alone piece in case we’re not able to get the whole enchilada,” she said.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made news this week by supporting some elements of the DREAM Act. House Speaker John Boehner declined to do likewise, saying he wants to "foster" bipartisan reform efforts but also telling reporters on Wednesday that it is "certainly worthy of consideration."

    Issa voted against the DREAM Act in 2010. But he did support (failed) legislation expanding visas for immigrants who earn American college degrees in science, math, engineering or technology. This week, he announced he would reprise that legislation (known as the STEM Jobs Act), as well as the Fallen Heroes Family Act, which grants temporary legal status to the families of deceased active-duty service members, and the Criminal Alien Accountability Act, which would mandate sentencing for illegal immigrants who come back into the country after being deported for criminal activity.

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    The California conservative told RCP that providing a citizenship option in new legislation is what President Lincoln would have wanted.
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    Ok people what are you waiting for? get on the phone to Issa offices, all of them. Let's keep the lines perpetually busy, no open time. It may not change his mind but I guarantee you, people talk to each other and word will circulate among the political class on the hill that Issa is being overwhelmed. To quote that great American patriot, William Gheen, "Let's roll."

    And "Put your money where your mouth is" send ALIPAC some $$$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csarbww View Post
    Ok people what are you waiting for? get on the phone to Issa offices, all of them. Let's keep the lines perpetually busy, no open time. It may not change his mind but I guarantee you, people talk to each other and word will circulate among the political class on the hill that Issa is being overwhelmed. To quote that great American patriot, William Gheen, "Let's roll."

    And "Put your money where your mouth is" send ALIPAC some $$$$.
    I am seriously starting to wonder about this part. What are the donations to ALIPAC used for anyways? Do they go towards lobbying efforts or are they spent just trying to maintain this site? Has anyone asked about this? I am seriously concerned after the 180s 99% of the GOP members have been making in the past couple of weeks. What good has the money done to this cause??? Can someone answer this question. What percentage of the donations actually go toward lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by googler View Post
    I am seriously starting to wonder about this part. What are the donations to ALIPAC used for anyways? Do they go towards lobbying efforts or are they spent just trying to maintain this site? Has anyone asked about this? I am seriously concerned after the 180s 99% of the GOP members have been making in the past couple of weeks. What good has the money done to this cause??? Can someone answer this question. What percentage of the donations actually go toward lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill?
    Googler, you haven't been on the site in quite a while.

    If you want to inspect the finances of ALIPAC, you should direct your questions to William Gheen directly and his contact information is readily available at the bottom of the Home page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newmexican View Post
    Googler, you haven't been on the site in quite a while.

    If you want to inspect the finances of ALIPAC, you should direct your questions to William Gheen directly and his contact information is readily available at the bottom of the Home page.
    So no one else around here knows? Oh well. Would be nice to have the money also go toward a viable third party platform. I'm just saying... With the abysmal showing the NumbersUSA organized rallies had during August (you have to wonder why Steve King was the only GOP member at one of them), I have to wonder if people are throwing money away that could be going toward something that will actually help this country get out of the hole these two corrupt parties have dug for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by googler View Post
    So no one else around here knows? Oh well. Would be nice to have the money also go toward a viable third party platform. I'm just saying... With the abysmal showing the NumbersUSA organized rallies had during August (you have to wonder why Steve King was the only GOP member at one of them), I have to wonder if people are throwing money away that could be going toward something that will actually help this country get out of the hole these two corrupt parties have dug for it.
    No googler, I know because I read William's post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by googler View Post
    I am seriously starting to wonder about this part. What are the donations to ALIPAC used for anyways? Do they go towards lobbying efforts or are they spent just trying to maintain this site? Has anyone asked about this? I am seriously concerned after the 180s 99% of the GOP members have been making in the past couple of weeks. What good has the money done to this cause??? Can someone answer this question. What percentage of the donations actually go toward lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill?
    I can understand this. We send in money and what does it do? I asked myself that question multiple times before as well, and probably quite a few others also.

    However a bit of looking around and you find ALIPAC doesn't take in very much money, its not receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars a month unlike many other major organizations that have major corporate or union backing. Its a Citizen financed fund which is fairly low. Now with more looking at what Mr. Gheen does which we can see through various interviews, a few speeches as he's able and various other smaller based things that stuff is being done.

    But yes their is a problem with ALIPAC, its not with ALIPAC itself, or Mr Gheen, or even the main citizen supporters. Its that it requires average people, your average American. It requires our time and our money. The problem is many of us are limited on both, working hard providing for families barely making ends meet, trying to fit in time with our kids. All the while our what should be extra money instead is taxed and then sent to welfare cases, and worse still to support extremist liberal agenda's such as illegal immigration and more legal immigration. Namely the problem is us, you and me. We are lacking to find the ability to donate time and money to move ALIPAC forward. Some of us sit on here just hoping for change and raising our voice here where its unheard but don't find the time to make a real difference. I find myself at times in that same situation and bet most others do as well.

    ALIPAC doesn't have major corporations backing it, it has major corporations opposing it. Big Business, far left liberals, and NWO types who can drop $100k in a minute and not have a 2nd thought. We don't have Union support, we don't have big money support. These are the groups we are fighting against as THEY and THEY alone stand to benefit from illegal immigration.

    So yes ALIPAC does have a problem sadly. That problem is us, and the solution is also us. So do we try and fight this with the odds stacked very highly against us? Or go down without a fight watching our country burn?
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    Forgot to add. You won't see much in the Mainstream Media on what ALIPAC does unless they can spin it to make ALIPAC look bad which Mr Gheen works very hard at making sure they have no real ammunition for. But remember what side Mainstream Media is on, be it NBC, CNN, or Fox.... they all are for immigration reform and part of the same problem we are fighting. They don't want Americans thinking they have a choice, they don't want them to know their is a tool out their for fighting back. This in itself that they don't mention NumbersUSA, FAIR, or ALIPAC that something is working but they need to keep it in the dark so it doesn't go viral until to late.
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