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1,500 Page Immigration Bill to Drop One Day Before Only Hearing?

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by Matthew Boyle 13 Apr 2013 – Breitbart.com

According to an ABC News report, senators from the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” pushing immigration reform are expected to drop their bill, estimated at around 1,500 pages, on Tuesday, mere hours before the only scheduled Senate hearing on the topic.

“A bipartisan group of senators plans to introduce its long-awaited immigration bill on Tuesday, Senate sources confirmed to ABC News,” Jim Avila and Jordan Fabian wrote on Friday. “Four Democrats and four Republicans, known as the ‘Gang of Eight,’ wrapped up months of hard-fought negotiations this week and will put forth a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.”

If the Senators actually do wait until Tuesday to roll out their lengthy proposed overhaul of the U.S. immigration system, that will give members of the Senate Judiciary Committee less than a full day to read it before the only Senate hearing on the topic. Despite ardent pleas from Senate conservatives, including ranking Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee’s chairman, Sen. Pat Leahy, has only agreed to one hearing on the legislation.

Leahy scheduled that single hearing for Wednesday at 2:30 PM, and the hearing’s sole scheduled witness is Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano would have less than a full day to read the bill she is scheduled to testify about.

“Gang of Eight” member Marco Rubio (R-FL) has said he supports multiple hearings and an open and transparent immigration reform process, but his actions do not necessarily back his words. He has not pushed Leahy to force multiple hearings; he appears content with the single hearing Leahy has scheduled on the issue and now appears to be backing down from his demand for multiple hearings.

In a Friday morning report, Politico’s Manu Raju notes that after Rubio was “rebuffed” in his request for multiple hearings, “the senator wants to launch his own public hearing process of sorts to allow Republican senators to question expert witnesses about the plan, a move aimed at alleviating conservative fears that the plan will be jammed through Congress with little public airing.”

Rubio is clearly worried about the perception that this bill will be rushed through, just like Obamacare was a few years ago. On Saturday morning, Rubio’s office issued a press release containing a single quote from Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace:

The one thing that’s clear is that this isn’t going to be health care reform. It’s not going to be rushed through. It’s going to go through the committee process. There’s going to be hearings. There will be lots of amendments. And I think the only way to get buy in from some of those other 92 senators is going to be regular order, that is a very gradual slow way.

Despite Wallace’s claim, there is only one hearing that is scheduled to happen. At the same time, there are multiple reports that keep surfacing indicating that the Gang of Eight will band together to block amendments to their bill.

Deceiver in Chief reveals first moves

The Weekly Standard published an article yesterday revealing a promise made on Huffington Post to assure the Left he has not forgotten his plan to fundamentally change America. ~TD

illustration0001Obama to ‘Quickly’ Go for Immigration Reform and Gun Control

W.H. pledges action this month.

6:54 PM, JAN 2, 2013 • BY DANIEL HALPER

President Barack Obama will go for immigration reform and gun control this month, the White House tells the left-leaning Huffington Post. Obama’s actions will reportedly be done “quickly.”

“An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well,” reports the Huffington Post.

Read whole article at:  http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-quickly-go-immigration-reform-and-gun-control_693547.html

Increasing numbers of Japan’s youth are asexual

This is a companion piece to my earlier post, “Japan admits ‘We are worse than Greece’,” and is a response to Ed Haskell’s comment about Japan’s debt and fiscal woes being exacerbated by the country’s demographics.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Japan’s demographics:

Japan has the longest overall life expectancy at birth of any country in the world: 83.5 years for persons born in the period 2010–2015. The Japanese population is rapidly aging as a result of a post–World War II baby boom followed by a decrease in birth rates. In 2009, about 22.7 percent of the population was over 65, by 2050 almost 40 percent of the population will be aged 65 and over, as projected in December 2006. The changes in demographic structure have created a number of social issues, particularly a potential decline in workforce population and increase in the cost of social security benefits like the public pension plan. A growing number of younger Japanese are preferring not to marry or have families. In 2011, Japan’s population dropped for a fifth year, falling by 204,000 people to 126.24 million people. This is the greatest decline since at least 1947, the first year for which government data is available. The 1.26 million deaths included 15,844 people killed and 3,451 left missing by the tsunami.

Japan’s population is expected to drop to 95 million by 2050, demographers and government planners are currently in a heated debate over how to cope with this problem. Immigration and birth incentives are sometimes suggested as a solution to provide younger workers to support the nation’s aging population. Japan accepts a steady flow of 15,000 new Japanese citizens by naturalization (帰化) per year. According to the UNHCR, in 2007 Japan accepted just 41 refugees for resettlement, while the US took in 50,000.

Japan suffers from a high suicide rate. In 2009, the number of suicides exceeded 30,000 for the twelfth straight year. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people under 30.

Recently collected data on Japanese young people make the above demographics even more dismal.

The Daily Mail reports Nov. 28, 2011, that increasing numbers of young Japanese are asexual:

Japan is in danger of heading for extinction after researchers found that more and more of the country’s young people are shunning the idea of marriage and having children.

One in four unmarried men and women in their 30s say they have never had sex, and the majority of young women prefer the single life.

A record 61.4% of unmarried Japanese men aged between 18 and 34 have no girlfriend, up 9.2 percentage points from 2005, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in Japan said.

The percentage of unmarried women with no boyfriend in the same age group also hit a record high of 49.5%, up 4.8 points, while nearly half the respondents of both genders said they do not want to date anyone.

Asked why they remain unmarried, 13.5% of men and 11.6% of women aged between 25 and 34 said they do not know how to be in a relationship, and 11.9% of men and 7% of women aged between 18 and 24 gave the same answer, the institute said.Meanwhile, most respondents said they are willing to get married, with 86.3% of men and 89.4% of women answering they want to get married at some stage.The study also revealed that more than 25% of both unmarried men and women in their late 30s have never had sex.

Ups and downs: Working age population projection by Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security ResearchJapan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

An astounding 90% of unmarried young Japanese women said the single life suits them better than marriage.

Ryuichi Kaneko, a researcher at the institute, told the Japan Times that many people may be giving up on relationships or marriage because they are busy with work or do not have the financial means to wed.

The survey is conducted by the Tokyo-based think-tank every five years to grasp singles’ attitudes toward marriage and relationships. The latest survey, the seventh of its kind, was conducted in June last year, and analysed answers from about 7,000 people among some 10,000 respondents.

Since Japan traditionally and culturally is ill-disposed toward welcoming immigrants or refugees, it is unlikely that its problem of low birth rate and aging work force will be alleviated any time soon.

A country where its young people increasingly eschew not just marriage but sex altogether speaks to something fundamentally off kilter and dysfunctional. Simply put, a nation that isn’t replacing its population through new births is a nation that is slowly committing seppuku.

~Eowyn

Our early immigrants fought hard for the U.S.

Sent to me in an email.  We must do all we can to make sure we keep our early immigrants proud for what they did to get to the U.S. and what they contributed to this great country.

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This is how my grandmother came to the USA, by boat, not asking for anything for free, just a chance to work and be an American.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.

Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French American, the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white, and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

h/t Laura

DCG

We’re Broke, But Obama Welcomes 80,000 Muslim Refugees into America

We’re up to our eyeballs in debt. America’s national debt is at least $14.38 trillion. The plain truth is that our country is broke.

As Christians, we are exhorted to “love our neighbors.” But if we ourselves are broke, should we take in our “neighbors” from across the world? But that’s exactly what the federal government has been doing, “resettling” tens of thousands of mainly Muslim refugees, many from Africa’s Somalia, into the United States in the past few years.

The refugee resettlement is a federal government policy decision. Alas, that decision places great strains on local and state governments because it is they who bear the costs when those refugees are “resettled” in their communities.

Now, Paul L. Williams of the Last Crusade alerts us to Obama exacerbating the problem with his plan to let in some 80,000 mainly Muslim refugees this year.

In a determination letter to Congress, Obama announced that he will allow an additional 80,000 immigrants – mostly from Islamic countries in the Near (or Mid) East, South Asia, and Africa – to resettle in the United States during fiscal year 2011. Those 80,000 refugee immigrants are from the following places:

Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,000
East Asia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19,000
Europe and Central Asia . . . . . . . . . . 2,000
Latin America/Caribbean. . . . . . . . . . . 5,500
Near East/South Asia. . . . . . . . . . . 35,500
Unallocated Reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,000

Refugee Resettlement Watch and other organizations have expressed grave concern that Obama is allowing so many immigrants into the country while so many Americans remain out of work and living in poverty. Here are some grim statistics:

  • According to the US Department of Labor, 14.8 million Americans remain unemployed. 6.1 million have been out of work for 27 weeks or over.
  • The U. S. Census Bureau shows that the median household income for Americans has fallen to $49,777 – a decline of 0.7% in the past year.
  • One in seven Americans depend on food stamps.
  • According to The Wall Street Journal, 14.3% of Americans live in abject poverty.

Obama says that the resettlement of refugees “is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest.” A refugee is defined by the US Department of Immigration and Naturalization as someone who has left his/her country due to persecution or a fear of persecution. However, the definition of refugee is ‘fudged’ in several cases. “Refugees” who have not left their country due to persecution, according to Obama’s determination letter, can still be called “refugees” if they are from Iraq, one of the Islamic countries of the former Soviet Union, or Cuba.

According to Section 413 (a) of the Immigration and Nationalities Act, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is required to submit an annual report to Congress on the activities of the refugees. The report is supposed to include the number who are on public welfare programs. But the Office of Refugee Resettlement has not issued a report since 2007.

But the American people are not helpless in the face of Obama’s “largesse” on our collective behalf.

Act for America, a grassroots citizen action network based in Pensacola, Florida, has been in the forefront on this issue.

Tennessee has been particularly hard-hit by this avalanche of refugees. So two dedicated ACT! for America members in Tennessee crafted a bill to strengthen the state and local governments’ role in the refugee resettlement process. The bill recently passed both houses of the Tennessee legislature and was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam (R).

Tennessee’s new law gives local governments a much stronger voice in the refugee resettlement process by requiring that local governments must be consulted as to their ability to “absorb” refugees before commitments to settle refugees can be made. “Absorb” refers to the ability of a local community to handle the housing, education and other needs of incoming refugees.

Thank our Founding Fathers for fashioning the new American Republic as a federation, instead of a unitary state where the central or national government holds all the power.

H/t beloved fellow Tina.

~Eowyn