Senators Diane Feinsteing (D-CA) and Larry “Wide Stance” Craig (R-ID) have shoved in an amendment to the Iraq War Supplemental Funding Bill while it was going through the Senate Appropriations Committee (and largely out of public view).
The amendment is set go provide amnesty to illegal immigrant farm workers. Here are some of the detailes provided by John Wallace (emphasis added):
Knowing that the war funding bill is desperately needed to support our troops in battle overseas, the outrageous amnesty plan was covertly attached by Senator Feinstein hoping that no one would notice. If it passes the full Senate next week, this would open the door for even larger waves of illegal immigration in the future! Here’s what the rider calls for:
- Granting a 3-year work visa to illegal aliens followed by a permanent green card for those who have been working as shepherds, goat and dairy herders.
- Grant a 5-year work visa to the estimated 1.3 million illegal aliens working in other agricultural jobs – plus all of their family members [this would add up to millions more]. The legislation doesn’t state what happens after 5 years.
- Grant a tripling of the maximum number of H-2B Visas for lower skilled, non-agricultural seasonal workers.
- Grant industries an extra 218,000 additional green cards for skilled foreign workers.
As you can tell, the provisions are directly related to war funding…or not. This is yet another example of the amnesty politicians trying to get it slid passed while no one is watching. Additionally, I understand that all you need to qualify is to work only 22 weeks (5 months) out of four years! This will also grant them amnesty from any identity theft they have engaged in.
While Mr. Wallace missed Craig’s involvement it came out later that he was the amendment’s co-sponsor. Michelle Malkin also picked up on the amnesty sneak and her latest post (with background links) on the issue can be found here: Amnesty alert:Tracking the Feinstein/Craig illegal alien farmworker amendment.
Call your Senators now! Click here for a contact list (Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121). For those of us in Utah here are our Senators:
Politely, but firmly, ask them to OPPOSE any back door amnesty in the war funding bill AND any other amendments unrelated to the bill.
You may also wish to ask their staffer if the Senator has taken a position on the amendment.
UPDATE: Senator Bennett needs lots of calls. He sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee and voted FOR the amendment in committee. Flood him with calls (polite but firm) to drop the amendment. Don’t forget, Bennett also effectively voted for last year’s amnesty debacle.
I also have a sneaking suspicion that Hatch (he hasn’t taken a position on the amendment, yet) has only taken a tougher stand on these issues because of the election year (he’s been weak on this in the past).