The Official Minuteman Civil Defense Corps

Press Release - Illegal Immigration

AMNESTY Bill Wounded NOT Dead Yet!

CONTACT: John Unger, 202-470-4181

Senator Reid and the Senate play divide and conquer games with AMNESTY. 

May 21, 2008 - PHOENIX, AZ —The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) continues to call attention to the backdoor attempts by the U.S. Senate to use a supplemental appropriations bill – intended to provide funding for this nation’s bravest fighting the war effort in Iraq – to essentially sneak illegal aliens and their families over our country’s borders while the American people aren’t looking.  Senate Appropriations committee now seeks to divide the supplement to smuggle through Amnesty in a vote by the full Senate on Wednesday. The controversial Amnesty provisions to will have a major impact on the numbers of illegal aliens given Amnesty and create new law in an addendum to the Iraq War Supplemental Spending bill.

Carmen Mercer, Vice President and Director of Governmental Relations of MCDC states “Much of the Assault on the United States to Sneak Amnesty into Law in the Iraq War Spending Bill has been beat back and wounded.  Now it must be finished off as the H-2B low-sill worker increase is still included.”

Carmen continues with “MCDC is calling upon citizens nationally to join them in opposing this attempt at a back door FAKE Feinstein Emergency.”

The immigration amendments still includes the FAKE Feinstein AgJOBS amendment and the Mikulski H-2B amendment which would, for the next three years, exempt from the annual cap of 66,000 any H-2B workers who were admitted during the previous three years. Causing the LARGEST AMNESTY INCREASE to become law with giving and increase from 66,000 in 2008 to over 400,000 by 2011.

This modified amnesty proposal being brought forward NOW in the U.S. Senate is an end run that around the law and hopes to officially create parts of the roadmap to amnesty the “open-borders” lobby continue to espouse.

In a political move to divide and conquer, late Tuesday night the Senate Iraq Supplemental Spending bill battle took a new direction. Senator Byrd (D-WV) filed three substitution amendments Monday night to H.R. 2642 dividing it into three parts to replace all the House language to give cover to the different party constituencies. The AgJOBS language is in the first amendment (SA 4786).

Carmen Mercer comments, “It is time to stop the U.S. Senates zealous attempts to maneuver the law to create an open door Amnesty policy that ignores the needs of legal American citizens.”

There is no reason for an Amnesty bill to provide growers with workers.  Already in place is the H-2A foreign worker program that provides growers with an unlimited number of temporary workers – so long as the growers agree to pay a decent wage and ensure that laborers go back home at the end of the season.

The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) is a peaceful, law-abiding and citizen-led initiative organized to stand watch at our borders and in our neighborhoods, report illegal activities to the proper authorities, and aid in the construction of border fencing on private lands using private donations. Additionally, MCDC seeks to urge local and federal officials to enforce our immigration laws in order to keep our families and country safe. MCDC conducts border watch operations that assist the activities of the U.S. Border Patrol, reports employers of illegal aliens, and advocates to keeps tax dollars from being used for illegal alien benefits.

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