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Understanding the Immigration Bill

Gang of Eight

Senate Bill 744, the Immigration Reform Bill is coming to the floor of the Senate.  This bill is loaded with problems.  Get informed and let your Senators know how you feel about the bill.

Below is a great and informative piece/video by Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey.

Senator Brown and Senator Portman need to hear from Americans that we do not want another failed amnesty and we want Congress to put Americans first!  No to S.744!

Senator Brown (202) 224-2315

Senator Portman (202)224-3353

Tea Party Patriots has a list of other Senators that need to be contacted on the vote, click here.

GINNI THOMAS: Six big problems with the immigration bill from someone who has actually read it  From The Daily Caller

Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey bets “you can’t find five members of Congress who have read” the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill.

The former Democrat is experienced at reading large bills the Congress seems inclined to pass without reading, such as Obamacare. She tabs them, underlines them and tries to see the big picture of what will happen if the provisions of the bill are implemented.

In an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, McCaughey brought her dog-eared immigration bill with her and pointed to it repeatedly.

Visit the following link to Daily Caller to watch the 16 minute video and read more: Click Here

The following is a summary of the objections to the current immigration bill from Betsy McCaughey’s video on the Daily Caller.

Objection 1 – Immigration bill waives the one year period in which people can seek asylum in the United States.  It gives asylum seekers unlimited time to seek asylum.  It also adds another level to the asylum appeal process and gives the Justice Department the right to pay legal fees to the asylum seekers.  All of these are new law. Section 3401, 3504, 3502

Objection 2 – This bill outsources the job of guiding people through the citizenship process from the government to community organizations that will be funded by the federal government.  It creates a nonprofit 501 c3, called US Citizenship Foundation that will work in coordination with the federal government.  The board of this new organization will consist of 10 nonprofit community groups.  Their job will be to create citizen education programs, the citizenship tests.  The Office of Citizenship will no longer have this job.  It will no longer fall under public scrutiny or oversight.  It will be outsourced to the community organization groups.  The funding to these Community Organizations is PERMANENT!    Section 2106

Objection 3 – This bill will double the number of legal immigrants over the next decade, the back of the line provision, Section 245 Cc.   Illegal Immigrants have to wait until legal immigrants are through the line, but there is provision in the bill that states the line must be caught up in 10 years… only problem is the line is currently 19 years long.  The bill will double the rate of people being given green cards.  This will add $100,000,000,000 to the cost of Obamacare alone, not including the cost of education, food stamps and housing.

Objection 4 – The ads promoting the bill quote Senator Rubio saying that the immigrants will be given provisional green card status only if they are self-supporting, they must have work or they will not be given provisional status.  This sounds great unless you read the details…  You must be fully employed – UNLESS – you are going to college, going to high school, getting your GED, taking care of an elderly family member or a child or are unemployed and you don’t think it is your fault.  In other words, you have to be employed, unless you’re not…  Section 245 Cb

Objection 5 – More times than is worth counting, the bill claims that provisions are emergencies… thus is exempt from the pay-as-you-go law!  Immigration Reform is not an emergency!!!

Objection 6 – Puts the Boarder Agents under the thumb of the Office of Civil Rights in the Justice Department.  Section 1111, 1112, 1113.  Border Agents will now focus more on the rights of the people coming across the border than protecting the border.

This bill in its current form needs to be stopped.  Call Senators Brown and Portman today!

More information on Senate Bill 744

Heritage Foundation Cost Study states the passage of S.744 will cost 6.3 trillion dollars

See NumberUSA’s 4 Big Problems With Senate’s S.744 Immigration Reform Bill

See FAIR’s Top 40 Reasons to Oppose the Gang of Eight Amnesty Bill (S. 744) June 5, 2013

For more information on the immigration issue visit: 

http://www.fairus.org/

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/

http://www.immigrationohio.org/

http://www.ojjpac.org/

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IRS Apologizes for Unfair Tea Party Scrutiny

The IRS has apologized to Tea Party and liberty groups for targeting them for additional review for tax status. This admitted use of aggression by our government on ordinary citizens is an abomination.

Stay up to date on this issue at our Cincinnati Tea Party Facebook page.  Click here to LIKE US to keep up to date.

The following is an article From the Cincinnati Enquirer on the IRS issue.  Below is a press release in response from Tea Party Leaders

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday issued an official apology to several conservative political non-profit groups for “inappropriate” scrutiny and questions from agency officials in Cincinnati during the application process for non-profit status.

These groups included several local and regional organizations affiliated with the tea party and other conservative movements that applied for non-profit status in the months and years leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

“That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C.

In a follow-up statement, the IRS said that it has fixed the system and that an influx of tax-exempt applications in an election year contributed to the problem.

“Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale,” said a statement from Ohio IRS spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins. “We fixed the situation last year and have made significant progress in moving the centralized cases through our system.”

Jenkins said the employees worked at the IRS’s offices at the federal building in downtown Cincinnati in the Tax Exempt/Government Entities operating division. Overall, the IRS employs 700 downtown, while it also employs about 3,400 at its tax return processing center in Covington.

Regional conservatives who thought they were targeted over the last two years said an acknowledgement and apology is not enough.

“My short answer is no, I am nowhere near satisfied,” said Justin Binik-Thomas, a Deer Park contract manager who helped found the Cincinnati Tea Party in early 2009. When applying for 501-3(c) non-profit status in March 2012, the Liberty Township Tea Party was asked specifically about any relationships with Binik-Thomas, a clear violation of IRS regulations.

“It is certainly chilling and concerning to know that I am being singled out by the government without my knowledge,” Binik-Thomas said. “And while I don’t need to know names, I certainly would love to know what corrective actions the IRS has taken both systematically and in terms of personnel.”

Binik-Thomas said the IRS letter to the Liberty Township Tea Party requesting further information asks 35 questions, including a request to provide details of any relationship with Binik-Thomas.

Eric Wilson, executive director of the Lexington, Ky., conservative political group The 912 Project, also thought his organization was targeted when getting started. He also said he doesn’t believe that any targeting came out of one office or was the work of just a few individuals.

“There were more than 80-plus groups around the country that received similar letters asking similar inappropriate questions,” Wilson said. “We fought some of those questions, and continue to refuse to answer some of those questions, and now we know we fought the good fight.”

Senate minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., immediately demanded that the White House conduct an investigation into the situation, saying today’s acknowledgement was “not enough.”

“Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views,” McConnell said.

Enquirer staff writer Deirdre Shesgreen and USA Today contributed.

PRESS RELEASE: TEA PARTY LEADERS RESPOND TO IRS APOLOGY FOR TARGETING “TEA PARTY” AND PATRIOT GROUPS

Kent, OH – Today the Associated Press broke a story quoting Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, as saying that organizations which included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.  Lerner also said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party and recent Past President of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, which first refused to comply with the IRS demands for information in February of 2012, said “We will accept Ms. Lerner’s apology as being appropriate, because what the IRS did was wrong and we proved it was wrong.  However, we can not accept her statement that this attack on our organizations and our liberty was orchestrated by low-level IRS employees in the Cincinnati office. We have proof that the same questions were being asked of groups from Virginia to Hawaii.  We have further proof that agents admitted that they were being told by “higher ups” not to process applications from “TEA Party Groups”.  Our legal representatives, the American Center for Law and Justice, has information from groups all over the nation that substantiate this pattern of abuse.”

Eric Wilson, President of the Kentucky 912 and National 912 Co-Chair added, “There are many more questions that need to be asked of the IRS concerning the purpose of this IRS effort.  The information they were demanding of us included membership list, lists of speakers, lists of politicians who spoke to our groups. Clearly this was politically motivated. Some liberty groups were actually forced to stop operating because of these attacks. Today’s apology is a victory for Free Speech and Liberty.”

Zawistowski, added “We had Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Jim Jordan write to the IRS about this issues as it developed and we believe that they will have many more questions for the IRS about the purpose of this targeting and who was given the information that was provided by groups. The IRS employees involved in this need to loose their jobs and there may be criminal charges as well. Groups spent thousands of dollars trying to meet the IRS demands and we may also be entitled to compensation.”

 

National education standards will be a costly failure

Editorial from the Columbus Dispatch April 27, 2013
by Seth Morgan

On June 2, 2010, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers quietly changed American public education as we know it. On that humid summer day from the swamps of Washington, D.C., sprung the Common Core State Standards, a national curriculum aimed at standardizing K-12 education across the country.

Only 16 days later, Ohio’s State Board of Education adopted Common Core, pushing the national standards on our state’s schools without allowing enough time for parents and teachers to review what their children will be learning. Three years later, the negative repercussions of this hasty decision are unraveling in the Buckeye State.

At a time when Ohioans are struggling to make ends meet, Common Core could cost taxpayers up to $500 million to fully implement, according to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Common Core is so expensive because every school in the state will have to refurnish its library upon adoption, buying thousands of new textbooks that comply with the national standards. But, the textbook costs are just the beginning. Ohio schools also will have to buy hundreds of new computers, since Common Core requires standardized tests be administered online. These tests, by the way, have not yet been released, and the standards are set to kick in this fall.

Besides immediate concerns of time and money, the history of American education shows Common Core is bound to fail because it repeats the unsuccessful strategy of centrally planning public schools pioneered by the federal government. For decades, Washington has had its meddling hands in America’s public schools, tying students and teachers down with red tape that hinders educational progress. Be it President Bill Clinton’s Goals 2000, President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind or President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top, Uncle Sam has assumed he knows how to run our schools better than parents and teachers, constantly pushing new standards, tests, rules and regulations on our students.

History has taught us that their intruding tactics have not worked. Nationally, the freshman high-school graduation rates have flatlined since the early 1980s, and scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have shown little sign of improvement, as well. Common Core only continues this trend of Washington-style one-size-fits-all reforms, and is thereby bound to fail.

No Ohio student is safe from Common Core’s reach. Children enrolled in charter and private schools, and even homeschoolers, are still held to the standards through college entrance exams. Both the SAT and ACT are scheduled to align to Common Core in the upcoming years, requiring every student with university aspirations to learn the new national standards.

Common Core’s folly is that it shifts focus away from where actual learning takes place: the classroom. It’s no surprise that central planners in Washington cannot magically improve education across the nation by writing white papers detailing new national standards. Instead, education reform in Ohio should be targeted at the classroom, improving teacher accountability and empowering parents with choice in where to send their child to school.

States such as our neighbor Indiana are achieving these goals by looking to school choice and away from Common Core. In 2011, the Hoosier State passed the largest opportunity scholarship program in the country and is currently considering a repeal of Common Core. Ohio should do the same before we fall for Washington’s ruse again.

Seth Morgan is the policy director of Americans for Prosperity – Ohio.

Don’t Count the Tea Party Out by Ted Stevenot

Ohio_Statehouse_001Posted originally in the Columbus Dispatch, Saturday, March 2, 2013 – link.

In his Sunday op-ed column “Republicans need to stand up to band of rigid intimidators,”Dispatch Senior Editor Joe Hallett articulated some scathing criticism of Ohio’s conservative grass-roots movement and, more important, our democracy. Continue reading