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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Immigration “Reform,” Core Conservative Values, and The GOP

So when it comes to Immigration "Reform," who’s on the side of United States citizens and Tea Party Values? We know that Senators McCain, Graham, Flake, and Rubio are RINOs. Rubio is falling in the early Iowa polls, an early fall from grace that MIGHT be noticed by Representatives in the House -- all up for re-election in 2014. Who can we count on? Speaker John Boehner? Paul Ryan? Eric Cantor? Kevin McCarthy? Is even Trey Gowdy going wobbly? 

Breitbart’s WyntonHall identifies some of the money spigots that are corrupting these protectors of the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law:
House Republicans looking to continue collecting campaign donations from high tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft will come under increasing pressure to pass the immigration bill that Silicon Valley has pumped millions into promoting. 
Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have all visited and met with Silicon Valley gurus at Facebook, Google, and others. And this year, Facebook has made campaign donations to GOP leaders like Cantor, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Indeed, Mark Zuckerberg’s Fwd.us pro-immigration advocacy group has even cut ads backing Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).But the computer world’s cash and backing may be threatened if House Republicans stand strong against the Senate bill’s comprehensive immigration package. The Senate immigration bill includes almost everything the tech industry wanted, such as more green cards for high-skilled tech workers and a substantial increase in the number of annual H-1B visas allowed for foreign engineers. 
 “It would be a very different reception for them in the Valley if they were to go out there without having been able to accomplish this, which is an item high on the priority list for Silicon Valley, and it’s seen as doable,” one tech lobbyist told The Hill. 
 In recent years, Silicon Valley has increasingly put its money where its politics are. Last year, tech companies spent a record-shattering $132.5 million on lobbying, and Facebook spent 20 times more on lobbying than it did just four years ago.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg’s group Fwd.us aims to raise $50 million to push the immigration bill’s passage. 
Silicon Valley tech gurus will likely ratchet up House GOP enticements and threats as the immigration bill’s fate hangs in the balance. Already, however, some Republicans are trying to save face with Silicon Valley. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has advanced a proposal that would designate 55,000 green cards specifically for foreign graduates with advanced degrees in high-paying technical fields and boost the H-1B visa ceiling from 65,000 to 155,000.

This is a good time to send postcards with brief messages to some of these RINOs or wobblers. Sending postcards (instead of letters) to their state offices instead of DC reduces the security check delays. My own message was: 

No Amnesty. No Immigration “reform.” 
Secure the borders and enforce existing laws.

Here are some addresses:

Speaker John Boehner
7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite B
West Chester, OH 45069

Rep. Paul Ryan
216 6th Street
Racine, WI 53403

Rep.  Eric Cantor
4201 Dominion Blvd. #110
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Rep. Kevin McCarthy
4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150
Bakersfield, CA 93309 

Rep. Trey Gowdy
104 S. Main St.
Greenville, SC  29601

Rep. Darrell Issa
1800 Thibodo Road, #310
Vista, CA 92081

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