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by Roger Algase

Bloggings: The Gang of Eight vs. the Gang of Hate Will Determine the Fate of People Who Want to Immigrate. By Roger Algase

A May 13 Politico article, Gang of 8 looks to defend guest worker plan, describes how*the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight is holding together against attempts from the right to break up its unity and thereby doom CIR to the same oblivion that it encountered in 2007.*

While the numerous amendments that have been offered in the Senate Judiciary Committee so far are not all from the right (as in the case of Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy's marriage equality amendment) the clear purpose of many of them is to create dissension between the Democratic and Republican GOE members and as a result kill CIR.

Examples are two poison pill**"border security" amendments which were rejected by the committee after being offered by two fierce Republican opponents of reform, Senator Jeff Sessions (Alabama) and Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) respectively.

The Politico article goes on to state:

"But the Gang's rock solid unity is already fueling anger from conservatives and critics of the immigration bill, who are accusing the bipartisan coalition of exercising undue influence on immigration policy behind closed doors."

The article quotes Senator Sessions as follows:

"One of the things that upsets the American people about Washington is drafting a bill with special interests in secret and jamming it across the finish line in a way that minimizes public involvement and input...This legislation needs improvement and openness."

Let's take a closer look at the "improvement and openness" that Senator Jeff Sessions stands for. An April 18 article in America's Voice by Matt Hildreth sheds some light in this regard. It is entitled:*Anti-Immigrant Senator Sessions Is Leading The Gang of Hate. Who Else Will Join Him?*Here is the link: leading-the-gang-of-hate-who-else-will-join-him/

Hildreth writes:

"Sessions has extremely close relations with the John Tanton network of anti-immigrant groups: the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), NumbersUSA and the Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR)."

Hildreth then quotes an August, 2012 post by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as follows:

"FAIR founder John Tanton, a man with a lengthy record of friendly correspondence with Holocaust deniers, a former Klan lawyer and leading white nationalist thinkers, has repeatedly suggested that racial conflict will be the outcome of immigration."

Hildreth continues:

"Jeff Sessions is very tight with FAIR, CIS and Numbers USA. The groups have given him awards."...

"He touted Alabama's self deportation law, HB 56, which was written by FAIR's former general counsel, Kris Kobach. When that law passed in 2011, Sessions welcomed the 'unpleasant, unfortunate consequences' that HB 56 unleashed on immigrants, families and school children."

Now that there's a real bipartisan reform bill, it will be Sessions' moment to assert his role as the leader of the 'Gang of Hate'."...

"The big question is which other GOP Senators wil join this 'Gang of Hate'. We fully expect it will include Republicans Sens. Chuck Grassley (IA), Ted Cruz (TX) and John Cornyn (TX...)."

The coming battle of the Gang of Eight vs. the Gang of Hate will most likely determine the fate of millions of people who want to immigrate.

About The Author

Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years.

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