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    D.C. Lobbying Firm Position Paper on Sensenbrenner Border Bill

    Greenberg Traurig, one of Washington, D.C.'s leading lobbying firms, has posted their position paper on their opposition to H.R. 4437, the Sensenbrenner-King bill on border security and illegal immigration.

    Reactions After the Passage of Rep. Sensenbrenner's Bill, H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005

    GT's Business Immigration Group

    The Business Immigration Group was disappointed by the passage of Rep. Sensenbrenner's ˜enforcement only' legislation. We do not believe that this is the best approach, nor do we believe the specifics of the legislation to be realistic or practical. GT is working diligently with Members of the Senate on real comprehensive immigration reform that address the issues that are plaguing our immigration system. To this end GT's Business Immigration Group firmly supports a temporary worker program and some form of an earned adjustment program as part of legislation to be introduced by the Senate.

    Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

    CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 4437 would cost an estimated $1.9 billion over the five year period between 2006-2010. These costs would continue and grow significantly after 2010, as additional requirements of the bill would be implemented. Specifically, the bill which directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), within two years from the bills enactment, to extend a system to verify the eligibility of persons for employment in the U.S. CBO estimates that this would cost about $405 million over the 2006-2010, including $185 million for DHS, $200 million for Social Security Administration (SSA) and $20 million for other federal agencies.

    The House bill was adamantly opposed by an unusual coalition of business lobbies; ethnic groups; religious organizations; and labor unions that contend the measure is too harsh on illegal immigrants and imposes unworkable requirements on employers. Below are selected reactions.

    Business Community

    Discouraged by the passage of the H.R. 4437, and the unfunded mandates it places on employers and the absence of a temporary worker program, the business community stands united to work with the Senate on a real comprehensive immigration reform bill.

    In response to the passage of the bill, large organizations, including the California Restaurant Association, believe that the one of the bills objectives, to end the widespread use of fake Social Security numbers by illegal immigrants, does not differ from the current requirement placed on employers. Although the most good actor employers require eligibility documents, the problem lies in determining whether the documents are valid and legitimate. As noted by Kelly Knott, a lobbyist for the Associated General Contractors of America, "There are a lot of great fake IDs out there." Lastly in reaction to there not being a temporary workers program in the bill, businesses believe that the combination of cutting off the stream of illegal immigrants while not providing a legal means to employers' need for workers "seems like the perfect storm to cripple the economy," said Geoff Burr, a spokesman for Associated Builders and Contractors.

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    All those lobbying firms and company will break the backs of the anti-immigration backers...i dont see them resisting the pro-immigrations fighter. we will have a bill by this summer.

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    D.C. Lobbying Firm Position Paper on Sensenbrenner Border Bill

    Greenberg Traurig, one of Washington, D.C.'s leading lobbying firms, has posted their position paper on their opposition to H.R. 4437, the Sensenbrenner-King bill on border security and illegal immigration.

    Reactions After the Passage of Rep. Sensenbrenner's Bill, H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005

    GT's Business Immigration Group

    The Business Immigration Group was disappointed by the passage of Rep. Sensenbrenner's ˜enforcement only' legislation. We do not believe that this is the best approach, nor do we believe the specifics of the legislation to be realistic or practical. GT is working diligently with Members of the Senate on real comprehensive immigration reform that address the issues that are plaguing our immigration system. To this end GT's Business Immigration Group firmly supports a temporary worker program and some form of an earned adjustment program as part of legislation to be introduced by the Senate.

    Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

    CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 4437 would cost an estimated $1.9 billion over the five year period between 2006-2010. These costs would continue and grow significantly after 2010, as additional requirements of the bill would be implemented. Specifically, the bill which directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), within two years from the bills enactment, to extend a system to verify the eligibility of persons for employment in the U.S. CBO estimates that this would cost about $405 million over the 2006-2010, including $185 million for DHS, $200 million for Social Security Administration (SSA) and $20 million for other federal agencies.

    The House bill was adamantly opposed by an unusual coalition of business lobbies; ethnic groups; religious organizations; and labor unions that contend the measure is too harsh on illegal immigrants and imposes unworkable requirements on employers. Below are selected reactions.

    Business Community

    Discouraged by the passage of the H.R. 4437, and the unfunded mandates it places on employers and the absence of a temporary worker program, the business community stands united to work with the Senate on a real comprehensive immigration reform bill.

    In response to the passage of the bill, large organizations, including the California Restaurant Association, believe that the one of the bills objectives, to end the widespread use of fake Social Security numbers by illegal immigrants, does not differ from the current requirement placed on employers. Although the most good actor employers require eligibility documents, the problem lies in determining whether the documents are valid and legitimate. As noted by Kelly Knott, a lobbyist for the Associated General Contractors of America, "There are a lot of great fake IDs out there." Lastly in reaction to there not being a temporary workers program in the bill, businesses believe that the combination of cutting off the stream of illegal immigrants while not providing a legal means to employers' need for workers "seems like the perfect storm to cripple the economy," said Geoff Burr, a spokesman for Associated Builders and Contractors.

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    All those lobbying firms and company will break the backs of the anti-immigration backers...i dont see them resisting the pro-immigrations fighter. we will have a bill by this summer.

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    • #3
      Yes, those wonderful lobbyists like Jack Abramoff are in such favor now. I'm sure Congressmen are just so eager to do favors for them. The public is so enamored of Congress right now, and its oh so ethical stance toward public policy.

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      • #4
        I think Albatross23 and that other moron, ImmortalE, are one and the same...."cut & paste" -- that's all they know how to do, except try to call upon god or jesus to step in and take care of illegals, while these same alleged deities turn their backs on starving and dying children.....hey albatross23, you never did answer the question....."why does jesus care so much about illegals and so little about dying kids????" come on....WHY?????

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        • #5
          of course, this **** cannot answer because there is no "cut and paste"reference to my question in her bible.....so she will avoid the question with either more meaningless quotes or start calling me names....

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