Huh. Others are wondering that, too. As Twitchy reported yesterday, Senator Cruz brought up that correct point when he issued his statement opposing the immigration “pathway to citizenship” proposal. If it looks like Shamnesty Redux, that’s because it is.

Amen, Senator Cruz. Thank you for standing strong against your craven colleagues.

Twitter users, including CNN contributor Dana Loesch, agree.

Law-abiding people wait years to come here legally and obtain citizenship.

And more Twitter users relay personal experiences with legal immigration.

https://twitter.com/vicnewyork/status/296080170526314499

https://twitter.com/khalifallah/status/295922917018058752

https://twitter.com/canadanielle/status/293568162643984386

Not fair, indeed. Punishing the law-abiding who seek to come here in good faith by rewarding scofflaws. Forward!

  • rivers

    I would like all of the money in fees that I paid to legally be in this country returned to me.

    • bonnieblue2A

      Kudos to you for respecting our laws. That is a character trait neither this “gang of 8” for shamnesty nor our POTUS seem to possess.

      I would like all my tax dollars that I paid which in turn are being used not only to support illegal but to give them amnesty returned to me. We are all being screwed. Apparently this is the new America Obama and his followers want. Those of us who play by the rules and pay our income tax are slaves to the underclass.

    • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • rivers

    I would like all of the money in fees that I paid to legally be in this country returned to me.

  • Joseph Phillips

    I’m convinced this all part of Barry’s plan to bring down the USA. Why else would someone be so stupid?

  • Joseph Phillips

    I’m convinced this all part of Barry’s plan to bring down the USA. Why else would someone be so stupid?

  • http://twitter.com/dabrynge Dominic Bryngelson

    Twitchy follower challenge – if current govt plan is so bad – what is your plan to handle the 11+ million illegals and future immigration? You have sent your complaints to Twitchy but have you sent your thoughts/ideas/plans to your Senate and Congress?

    • Blake Waymire

      1) Build a physical border fence, as the Democrats promised in the 80s. Primarily reinforced concrete, with guard stations positioned periodically with mounted .50 caliber heavy machine guns and marksmen, and aerial patrols by drones and border enforcement ready in 4WD vehicles to arrest or possibly kill illegals coming into the country.

      2) Give all illegals a two-month window to leave the country and apply for a visa if desired. Any illegals who don’t leave will be deported and never allowed to return under threat of imprisonment. Children who are left will be placed for adoption.

      3) Clarification will be passed that for US citizenship to be passed onto children, at least one parent MUST be a US citizen, no exceptions.

      4) Restrictions on legal immigration will be eased on applicants from certain countries*. A fast track will be available for those who fit the following: in-good-standing graduate of a US institution, has lived in the US for at least three years with no felonies, married to a US citizen, or a refugee**.

      * Those countries include participants of the Visa Waiver Program (http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html#vwp) and allies in NATO not included in the Visa Waiver Program

      ** “Refugee” would be fully defined in the legislation after discussion of the introducing panel, but would definitely include victims of human trafficking, victims of religious persecution, and those fleeing tyrannical governments.

      Need some details, but seems workable to me.

      • v1cious

        So you want a police state.

        • Blake Waymire

          No, just a policed border and enforcement of these things called laws.

        • Blake Waymire

          No, just a policed border and enforcement of these things called laws.

        • Fire and Adjust!

          A police state has the guns pointed inwards (remember East Germany?), Blake’s idea calls for guns to be pointed outwards…………..just like I have at my house……..or does that make my house a police state too? And EVERYTHING else Blake stated is more aimed at enforcing EXISTING laws……..

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            Funny, when it comes to some things, like socialist medicine, or porn, or hookers, leftards will get up on their prissy little high horse and bewail that America (or MURRKA) is so different and backward from the rest of the world. But ask what other country in the world can you sneak across the border and get a fortune in benefits and help provided all in your own language — hah! Suddenly they discover American exceptionalism.

        • Fire and Adjust!

          A police state has the guns pointed inwards (remember East Germany?), Blake’s idea calls for guns to be pointed outwards…………..just like I have at my house……..or does that make my house a police state too? And EVERYTHING else Blake stated is more aimed at enforcing EXISTING laws……..

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          What an a$$hole.

        • Red Fred

          No, we want laws we have now enforced. We want our border closed and protected.

      • v1cious

        So you want a police state.

      • Michael Anderson (WB)

        I would suggest one more thing. Implement a guest worker program for agricultural workers from Mexico, charge a fee for the first time the visa is issued (background checks) and a reduced fee for renewing it. The visas would be good for a fixed period of the year corresponding to when agri-workers are needed, then they would expire.

        If, as we have been told, these illegals are only here illegally to provide for their families in Mexico; and if, as we’ve been told, they only stay here because it is so dangerous to cross the border; then this visa program would encourage more of them to take a legal approach and to return to Mexico after the season. This would also reduce illegal border traffic to those things we really want to keep out (drugs, terrorists, etc). It would also cut into the income of the human smugglers.

        If instead they are coming for our welfare state, that would become immediately apparent and could not be so easily explained away.

      • pajamakat

        And add to that ; a host family to support them so they will not be a drain on our system. Oh, wait. That’s the point. Barry WANTS them on welfare. SIlly me.

    • Blake Waymire

      1) Build a physical border fence, as the Democrats promised in the 80s. Primarily reinforced concrete, with guard stations positioned periodically with mounted .50 caliber heavy machine guns and marksmen, and aerial patrols by drones and border enforcement ready in 4WD vehicles to arrest or possibly kill illegals coming into the country.

      2) Give all illegals a two-month window to leave the country and apply for a visa if desired. Any illegals who don’t leave will be deported and never allowed to return under threat of imprisonment. Children who are left will be placed for adoption.

      3) Clarification will be passed that for US citizenship to be passed onto children, at least one parent MUST be a US citizen, no exceptions.

      4) Restrictions on legal immigration will be eased on applicants from certain countries*. A fast track will be available for those who fit the following: in-good-standing graduate of a US institution, has lived in the US for at least three years with no felonies, married to a US citizen, or a refugee**.

      * Those countries include participants of the Visa Waiver Program (http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html#vwp) and allies in NATO not included in the Visa Waiver Program

      ** “Refugee” would be fully defined in the legislation after discussion of the introducing panel, but would definitely include victims of human trafficking, victims of religious persecution, and those fleeing tyrannical governments.

      Need some details, but seems workable to me.

    • kindamara

      Unfortunately I live in Illinois and have no conservative representation, I’ve written to my Senators (Durbin & Kirk) and Representative (Schakowsky) many times over the years. All I get is a form letter telling me I have to accept what they vote for. Isn’t that just great! If I could afford it I’d be out of this state in no time.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        All I get is a form letter telling me I have to accept what they vote for.

        That’s the Chicago Way!

    • kindamara

      Unfortunately I live in Illinois and have no conservative representation, I’ve written to my Senators (Durbin & Kirk) and Representative (Schakowsky) many times over the years. All I get is a form letter telling me I have to accept what they vote for. Isn’t that just great! If I could afford it I’d be out of this state in no time.

  • http://twitter.com/dabrynge Dominic Bryngelson

    Twitchy follower challenge – if current govt plan is so bad – what is your plan to handle the 11+ million illegals and future immigration? You have sent your complaints to Twitchy but have you sent your thoughts/ideas/plans to your Senate and Congress?

  • Timothy Powell

    Barry is just looking to add more bodies to the Dem voter pool….the ones that came here legally, work hard and pay taxes…pptttt You mean as much to the Dems as any other working American, which is Nada…..They just want us to pay our taxes and be quiet. It’s crazy.

  • Timothy Powell

    Barry is just looking to add more bodies to the Dem voter pool….the ones that came here legally, work hard and pay taxes…pptttt You mean as much to the Dems as any other working American, which is Nada…..They just want us to pay our taxes and be quiet. It’s crazy.

    • Michael Johnson

      Why are all those people here in the first place? Because the “job creators” wanted cheap labor.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Why does it take so damn long to become a citizen legally? Is this why there’s so many illegals?

    • therantinggeek

      I had to help a friend of mine who immigrated from Ireland many years ago navigate through the naturalization process. She told me on many occasions that she wished it didn’t take so long for her be thoroughly vetted, and often received the runaround from the officials. Finally, it was decided that because of her potential ties to a certain group, she had to be deported.

      I stepped in and emailed two high-level officials to appeal that decision on her behalf. I’ll let you guess which two officials I contacted, but needless to say within two days my friend contacted me and told me she was being re-considered for citizenship. She’s been a naturalized citizen for at least eight or nine years now.

      • David Raineri-Maldonado

        The Pres and SecState?

        • therantinggeek

          Close. You got one of them right.

    • therantinggeek

      I had to help a friend of mine who immigrated from Ireland many years ago navigate through the naturalization process. She told me on many occasions that she wished it didn’t take so long for her be thoroughly vetted, and often received the runaround from the officials. Finally, it was decided that because of her potential ties to a certain group, she had to be deported.

      I stepped in and emailed two high-level officials to appeal that decision on her behalf. I’ll let you guess which two officials I contacted, but needless to say within two days my friend contacted me and told me she was being re-considered for citizenship. She’s been a naturalized citizen for at least eight or nine years now.

    • Canadian in USA

      Because coming a citizen requires permanent residency for 5 years (i.e. Greencard), and getting a Greencard can take a long time in itself (trust me, I know).

    • monamurray

      There are 226,000 family based visas/green cards available each year. That is the figure that was determined by Congress to be the maximum number of people that could be successfully assimilated in that time period.

      There are six categories of family based immigrant visas: spouses, minor children and parents of American citizens, spouses and minor children of legal aliens, children over 21 of American citizens, children over 21 of legal aliens, married children of American citizens, and siblings. A certain number of visas are allocated for each category out of the 226,000.

      There are a couple of catches. One is that only 7% can come from any one country each year. The other is that there is always a visa available for the spouses, minor children, and parents of American citizens. So, if the demand for that category exceeds the number of visas allocated, that demand is filled by taking visas from the other categories. The people in the other categories have to wait until more visas become available. For people like Mexicans and Filipinos, this can take a long, long time. The last time I looked, the date for available visas for Filipino siblings was 1989.

      Once they do come to the United States and get their green cards, there is a waiting period before they become eligible to apply for citizenship.

      • GaryTheBrave

        We need to get rid of the quota system. It was started because there were fears that certain groups may overrun the country. Blacks, Irish, Poles, Asians, Mexicans, etc. There are some friendly countries that have zero as a quota. I believe Mexico has the largest quota and that’s just 50-60,000 per year.

        My paternal grandfather arrived at Ellis Island in 1907 from The Netherlands. He met his wife here. She immigrated as a child more than a decade earlier. She came from Bohemia but because Bohemia was associated with Gypsies at the time, she claimed she came from Austria. Grandpa told me all he had to do was take a health screen and confirm he was not a felon. After waiting a few days while the government waited to confirm his status.

        Neither of them would be able to come here under the current system.

      • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

        So not only do you have to get a green card, they limit how many people can come from various countries? BS IMO.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Why does it take so damn long to become a citizen legally? Is this why there’s so many illegals?

  • Lady 12

    How can he be more concerned with illegal immigrants than with legal immigrants!?

    • Canadian in USA

      Simple…they’ll vote Democrat, as they’ll keep telling the illegals that the “evil Republicans will take your amnesty away”.

      • pajamakat

        And they will also join unions. More $$$$$$$ for barry’s bunch. And everything will be FREEEEEEEEE for these new citizens. Whooppeeee

  • Lady 12

    How can he be more concerned with illegal immigrants than with legal immigrants!?

  • IBXNJ

    The primary reason many immigrants are denied visas…. Possibility of becoming a public charge

  • IBXNJ

    The primary reason many immigrants are denied visas…. Possibility of becoming a public charge

  • susan schneider

    lol not going to give them Handouts …… you should live in New Mexico… State of Illegal non abiding people…… most are on welfare sleep all day, up all night, traffic in drugs and have guns without permits, and you wonder why we don’t want theses people here, some of you should live here for a month with these people. Would change your minds real fast

  • Ookook Eekeek

    mow a lawn, be a citizen

  • moonsbreath

    This is what it’s like living among illegals. I live in Gwinnett County, GA, which is headquarters for the drug cartel. I live in an area right off of I-85. Was a very nice area when we moved here over 20 years ago. Right now, my neighborhood is inudated with illegals. A few years ago, there was a prostitution ring that they set-up in a home up the street from mine. Our subdivison is for single families, yet they break those zoning laws and have several families jammed into one home. You can’t drive through our neighborhood at night due to multiple vehicles blocking the streets. The fire department and emergency vehicles have a very difficult time driving in our neighborhood. In fact, just this past week, I made a complaint because the house across the street from ours has so many vehicles (7-8 at any given time), they are parking directly across from our driveway. A police officer told my husband that we live in a very dangerous part of town and NOT to go walking at night. When I go to the entrance of my subdivision, I can turn left and land right in the middle of Mexico; if I turn right, I’m still in the USA.

    I’m sure Rubio and others have no idea nor do they care to know what it’s like living like this. They’re too busy demonizing people who don’t want these people who destroy neighborhoods given amnesty. Illegals don’t live in the shadows either, where I live, they live openly and work out of the Quik Trip up the street and have no fear of being arrested. I will NEVER support anyone (including Rubio or Rand Paul) who want to hand out citizenship to people who spit on our country and its people.

    • $24698634

      Georgia is a totally red state run by conservative republicans. Why is this happening there?

      • GaryTheBrave

        Aliens live in all fifty states; red, blue, and purple.

      • Todd Hill

        It happens in “red states” because Eric Holder does everything he can to prosecute any state that attempts to remedy the illegal alien situation in defiance of the federal government’s lassitude.

        If the states were allowed to protect themselves and enact strict anti-illegal alien laws that fall in line with federal ones that are already on the books, it’s guaranteed that the ‘red states’ wouldn’t have an illegal alien problem. Period.

        • $24698634

          So, these people just got there since 2009?

          • Todd Hill

            No, they didn’t get there “since 2009,” but an effort to fix the problem in earnest began at that time once roving bands of armed foreigners started a shooting war in Arizona. At that point the quaint cultural nature of illegals was replaced with the harsh reality that the problem of illegal aliens crossing our border, without any realistic enforcement effort by the federal government, had gotten out of hand.

            When the tipping point was reached, the Obama administration did everything it could to hamstring efforts to remedy the problem at the state level. Between Eric Holder’s overreach and Obama’s edict that illegals were NOT to be apprehended by ICE (the DREAM act-by-fiat), the feds have shown, from 2009 to present, that they have better things to do than enforce the laws already on the books.

            And now the feds are poised to grant amnesty to all illegals, just as Reagan foolishly did during his administration. Must be nice to get rewarded for breaking the law…

          • $24698634

            Deportations set a record in 2012.  How did that happen then?

          • Todd Hill

            “Deportations set a record in 2012.” You throw that “fact” out and conveniently omit your source. Any chance that some of those ‘deportations’ were illegals who self-deported due to the horrible economy?

            Additionally, you’re attempting to make the implication that “record deportations” = “the problem has been fixed by the current administration.” Since that is completely absurd, why don’t you tell us the significance of these “record deportations” in the context of the illegals who are still in the US? My guess is that the number of deportations is still a drop in the bucket compared to those who are still here.

            It’s already been cited that ” … over the past dozen years, only 100,000 out of 600,000-plus fugitive illegal aliens targeted by the [federal absconder apprehension initiative] program have been found.” (source michellemalkin.com) That’s an execrable record, but nevertheless unsurprising given that it’s a typical example of the performance level of the executive branch of the federal government.

            Also, in none of your replies have I read anything that indicates that illegal ‘immigration’ is a problem. Nor have I seen a denouncement of those illegals who disenfranchise legal immigrants by cutting ahead and as a result are exempting themselves of fees that are due and other responsibilities outlined by USCIS.

            Are you a champion of the international scofflaw?

      • moonsbreath

        They’re called RINO’s. Gov. Deal fooled a lot of people into believing he would do something about the illegals. He tried and then as RINO’s usually do, they move onto something else, plus Deal likes tax money. Illegals may not be paying state income taxes, but they do pay sales tax. Also, as Todd Hill said, Eric Holder has tied the hands of law enforcement in getting at least the criminals deported.

        • $24698634

          You might want to check the stats on deportations.  2012 was a record year.

          • moonsbreath

            If 2012 was a record year for deportations, that’s great. However, where I live, I don’t see it and that’s really all I can go by. In 2011, Gwinnett County had record crimes committed by illegals. The majority of these crimes involved drugs, DUI, assaults, child rape and murders.

            So, these record deportations really don’t matter if I can’t walk in my neighborhood at night because it’s not safe.

          • $24698634

            Go talk to the right wing republicans that run Georgia and ask them why.

          • moonsbreath

            Awwwww, unfortunately, my state rep. is a Democrat, Curt (my wife was an illegal) Thompson.

  • Todd Hill

    My wife hates this shamnesty. She’s from the Philippines and came here legally on a J1 work visa almost 6 years ago after paying exorbitant fees and proving that she carried no communicable diseases. We met less than 6 months after she arrived in the States and were married 2 years after that.

    We then had to pay extra fees and consult an immigration attorney to get the conditions removed from her J1 visa and then initiate the green card process (yet more fees). Right now she’s passed the point where the conditional status of her green card needs to be removed in order for her to remain legally in the US. That process has been started, with (you guessed it) fees paid in advance. Her green card was extended for another 12 months while they go over her paperwork to make sure she’s really eligible for an unconditional green card.

    Once she’s obtained that (we’re expecting it to be done by the end of September) she then begins the path to citizenship which should end around 2015. Starting from that point, we then begin the 10 YEAR countdown to allow her sister to come to the US to live with us.

    So someone please tell me how letting millions of illegals bypass an established immigration process is equitable for all foreigners wanting access to the US. My wife’s waiting to hear the justification for cutting in line.

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos hate immigrants. MOST ESPECIALLY the law abiding.