Religious, activist, business groups united in support of immigration reform

  • Article by: Mark Brunswick , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 21, 2013 - 6:02 AM

As the U.S. Senate begins what promises to be protracted debate over the issue, groups with their own vested interests in supporting reform are far from sitting on the sidelines back home.

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theruntJun. 20, 1311:01 PM

Here's what Rush Limbaugh says: "It is the dumb and dumbest that we are letting in... an invading army of illegal aliens who are using our services and taking our jobs." And here's what someone in the real world of business, Cargill CEO Greg Page says: “They’ve enhanced our economy, they’ve improved our competitiveness, they take care of our elderly. How are we going to treat people who have contributed so much for so many years?”

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luzhishenJun. 21, 13 6:51 AM

So forget about a lot of those entry-level jobs, kids, the ones that teach you the soft skills required for a successful career. Someone from another country will get it, thanks to these groups.

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undiversityJun. 21, 13 7:26 AM

I lost my career nearly four years ago and have had to subsist on a combination of temporary work, seasonal work and unemployment benefits since then. I have no time whatsoever for allowing a million H-1B visa workers from overseas to flood in and swell the labor pool even further, or for rewarding millions of illegal aliens with citizenship. This bill also contains some very 1984-ish national ID card provisions that I can promise none of you will want. (Imagine a Brady background check system for work eligibility.)

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localguyJun. 21, 13 7:42 AM

Conservatives don't have a monopoly on religious activism. Many clerics are progressives. But the conservatives use their religious beliefs as billy clubs. Jesus, for example, taught progressive views of caring for others, something that conservatives dismiss as socialism, when it is actually at the core of the faith that they claim to follow

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Area51Jun. 21, 13 7:43 AM

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the amnesty bill increases unemployment, decreases wages and fails to stop illegal immigration. Tell me again how this bill is good for Americans?

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localguyJun. 21, 13 7:45 AM

Most illegal aliens take essential jobs that Americans don't want. They aren't competing for high skill, high pay jobs.

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bannedmuggsJun. 21, 13 9:14 AM

Its really too bad that nonpartisan groups of some design aren't the ones figuring the immigration mess out. Having been involved for many years, nothing good will come out of Washington (or St. Paul) regarding immigration.

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EleanoreJun. 21, 1311:06 AM

This bill isn't just a bad bill, it's an attack on our national security. What happens to people who attack our national security? Apperently they get to live like royalty. Hope and change meant virtually nothing it seems, nothing more than more of the same old corporatist attacks by the same old political parties for the same old profiteers. Meinwhile america continues to weaken. God help us.

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goodwitchJun. 21, 1311:07 AM

What these people fail to realize is that these immigrants are here illegally. They need to go back to their countries and apply to come here legally. Anything else is unfair to law abiding citizens and immigrants that came here legally.

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EleanoreJun. 21, 1311:36 AM

"What these people fail to realize is that these immigrants are here illegally" - They are not immigrants, they are foreign nationsal in our cournty illegally. This bill subsidizes their crimes by billing them to lawful citizens and immigrants. I'd think it could be our undoing this time as a nation combined with the other party attacks of the past decades.

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