How many years have we been discussing illegal immigration reform? It seems like it has been headline news for the last 10 years. It has been discussed from the local level to the U.S. House, Senate and White House, yet only now has any serious written effort at reform been made.

The Gang of Eight is comprised of four Republican and four Democrat senators. They are Senators Schumer (D) Menendez (D), Bennet (D), Durbin (D), Rubio (R), Graham (R), McCain (R), and Flake (R). They’ve been working hard to craft a reform package that is fair, workable and can get passed through the Democrat Senate and the Republican House. This is troubled water to navigate. Past ideas have ranged from “string ‘em up” to “open the border and let everyone in.” Finding a legal middle ground among these strong, seasoned and opinionated senators hasn’t been easy, but Arizona is fortunate to have been more than fairly represented. To have the combined knowledge of both our senators means that there are two voices who can tell the story of how badly a solution needs to be found for the illegal immigration problem.

Both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake have been on our southern border countless times. They’ve seen how easy (and foolish) it is to cross on foot, by vehicle, or by air. They’ve seen the destruction to property, farm animals and the ecology to say nothing of lives lost and border security personnel killed. They’ve toured other areas of the state, where they’ve heard the frustrations of employers who want to hire, yet are deterred by the system to verify legal status is faulty. They’ve spoken with leaders of the tech industry, who face countless obstacles in hiring our world’s best and brightest, only to see them persistently deal with our country’s outdated visa rules and regulations. They’ve met with immigration protesters and immigration proponents. They live in the atmosphere most affected by the laws they are tasked to write.

There is a component of constituents who cannot lay down the cudgel of AMNESTY. They declare that our two senators are planning to give every illegal immigrant in this country legal status on day one and begin providing benefits in every category. That simply is not factual. The amnesty word is used as a sword to cut every answer to this lingering problem into shreds. We have to regulate immigration through the visa system and by closing the door at the border. We have to offer an opportunity for those who have breached our immigration law to get on the right side and for those who are here legally and contributing to our economy to have the chance to stay here.

A new survey by the National Association for the Self-Employed found that more than three-quarters of small business owners support comprehensive immigration reform. These are owners of manufacturing businesses, retail stores, and technology firms. They are, in fact, the drivers of our economy. Furthermore, they are the very people that every politician preaches about helping while on the campaign trail. It’s refreshing that our Arizona senators do more than just talk the talk. They are walking the walk.

Until the Gang of Eight started this process, all we heard from our elected officials were loud proclamations from both sides of the argument, while nothing was being done. That is because it took tremendous amounts of courage to make a plan and lay it out for the public to see and criticize. Arizona has two courageous senators who have the will, the background and stomach to take on this emotion-laden issue. They know how to take heat and still keep their heads. We may not agree with everything that is proposed, but at minimum we should respect that our two senators have the guts to try

• Rick Murray is CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association.

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Brittanicus
Brittanicus

THE LATEST SCANDAL INVOLVING THE IRS, PERPETRATED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS STEALING TAXPAYER MONEY?

American taxpayers should solicit what is going on within the agency called the IRS? The Internal Revenue Service which is hypothetical to be completely indifferent to any situation concerning taxpayers, but is using their resources to coerce Conservative organizations, some churches and TEA PARTY, just before the presidential election when it was much more prevalent? Not only did the IRS participate in prolonging the results of applications for tax exempt status for these entities, but used their immense power to gain the assistance of the FBI to make so called friendly visits to thousands of entities, and their donors. Yet neither agency demoralized the Lib-Democrat side of the political groups. However while this in noxious shift by the IRS was going on, nothing has been done to stop massive fraud, caused by illegal aliens benefiting from taxpayers. IT IS TIME TO ABOLISH THE IRS AND RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM WITH FAVORITISM OR SOMETHING EVEN WORSE? Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has set up an email address for people to contact if they believe they were targeted by the IRS. That address is: IRSTarget@Cruz.Senate.gov. A petition seeking to abolish the Internal Revenue Service recently started by the American Center for Law and Justice and since moved to its own website http://www.abolishirsnow.com. The time has gone to eradicate the IRS and deliver to the American taxpayer a Fair tax code, which allows no exemptions for anybody including welfare for corporations.

Americans taxpayers should greatly appreciate the revealing information from CNS news, illustrating the overwhelming corruption, which is rotting this notorious agency, but has now been exposed to have questionable activities.
The IRS has long known it was giving these numbers to illegal aliens, and thus facilitating their ability to work illegally in the United States. For example, the Treasury Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress published on Oct. 29, 1999—nearly fourteen years ago—specifically drew attention to this problem.
“The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws. This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry,” TIGTA warned in that long-ago report.
The inspector general’s 2012 audit report on the IRS’s handling of ITINs was spurred by two IRS employees who went to member of Congress “alleging that IRS management was requiring employees to assign Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) even when the applications were fraudulent.”
In an August 2012 press release accompanying the audit report, TIGTA said the report “validated” the complaints of the IRS employees.
“TIGTA’s audit found that IRS management has not established adequate internal controls to detect and prevent the assignment of an ITIN to individuals submitting questionable applications,” said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George. “Even more troubling, TIGTA found an environment which discourages employees from detecting fraudulent applications.”
In addition to the 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 that the IRS sent to a single address in Atlanta, the IG also discovered that the IRS had assigned 15,796 ITINs to unauthorized aliens who presumably resided at a single Atlanta address.
The IRS has long known it was giving these numbers to illegal aliens, and thus facilitating their ability to work illegally in the United States. For example, the Treasury Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress published on Oct. 29, 1999—nearly fourteen years ago—specifically drew attention to this problem.
“The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws. This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry,” TIGTA warned in that long-ago report.
The inspector general’s 2012 audit report on the IRS’s handling of ITINs was spurred by two IRS employees who went to member of Congress “alleging that IRS management was requiring employees to assign Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) even when the applications were fraudulent.”
In an August 2012 press release accompanying the audit report, TIGTA said the report “validated” the complaints of the IRS employees.
“TIGTA’s audit found that IRS management has not established adequate internal controls to detect and prevent the assignment of an ITIN to individuals submitting questionable applications,” said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George. “Even more troubling, TIGTA found an environment which discourages employees from detecting fraudulent applications.”
In addition to the 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 that the IRS sent to a single address in Atlanta, the IG also discovered that the IRS had assigned 15,796 ITINs to unauthorized aliens who presumably resided at a single Atlanta address.
The IRS, according to TIGTA, also assigned ITINs to 15,028 unauthorized aliens presumably living at a single address in Dallas, Texas, and 10,356 to unauthorized aliens presumably living at a single address in Atlantic City, N.J.
Perhaps the most remarkable act of the IRS was this: It assigned 6,411 ITINs to unauthorized aliens presumably using a single address in Morganton, North Carolina. According to the 2010 Census, there were only 16,681 people in Morganton. So, for the IRS to have been correct in issuing 6,411 ITINS to unauthorized aliens at a single address Morganton it would have meant that 38 percent of the town’s total population was unauthorized alien workers using a single address.
TIGTA said there were 154 addresses around the country that appeared on 1,000 or more ITIN applications made to the IRS.

American Patrol Report Comment
Analysts looking through the new border security deal in the Senate say it includes waivers that would let Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refuse to build any new fencing or install the new technology the plan lays out in close detail. The senators who struck the deal late this week said they were trying to take the decision-making away from the Obama administration and ensure that new fencing and technology would be deployed, but the latest version gives Ms. Napolitano or her successors the ability to waive or ignore those requirements. In the case of the fence, the legislation reads that "nothing in this subsection shall require the secretary to install fencing, or infrastructure that directly results from the installation of such fencing, in a particular location along the southern border, if the secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain effective control over the southern border at such location."

In the case of technology, the sponsors said they wanted to ensure the technology gets deployed. They listed exact technology they wanted in every one of the border's sectors, including ordering 685 ground sensors, 50 towers and 73 fixed cameras be deployed to Arizona's two sectors. However, the bill also gives Ms. Napolitano the power to change all of that "if the secretary determines that an alternate or new technology is at least as effective as the technologies described in paragraph (3) and provides a commensurate level of security."
Exactly what they did in 2007. In December of 2007 Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson pushed through an amendment to a huge government-funding bill to give the DHS Secretary (Chertoff) the final say-so over the border fence. Some claimed she essentially gutted the fence. This is what Senator Hutchinson says in response to the claim that she gutted the border fence: Myth: The language "gutted" the border fence. FACT: The amendment mandates 700 miles of fence along the U.S. -- Mexico border. Of that, 370 miles of fence must be completed by the end of 2008. The Secure Fence Act did not have a requirement of 370 miles of fencing by December 2008. OUR FACT: DHS's Secure Border Initiative has constructed fewer than 120 miles of fence and it is very likely that fewer than 150 miles of fence will be completed by the end of 2008, even if Congress gives DHS more money. So, using Hutchinson's amendment, Chertoff cut the fence in half by making it single-layered, not double-layered as the law originally required. Then he cut that by building less than half of what Hutchinson said was mandated. That is called gutting the fence.
What say you now, Senator Hutchinson?

The PEOPLE must get off their rumps and speak up before it’s too late and condemn Washington with a "NO CONFIDENCE VOTE--NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS! DOWN WITH THIS DE FACTO AMNESTY BILL!" DUMP ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED ONTO THIS TERRIBLE BILL. Contact by phone100 Senators and 435 Representatives for State or Federal at toll-free number -- 1-888-978-3094--.You may phone the United States Capitol circuit at (202) 224-3121. A terminal operator will connect you directly with the Senate office or just about anybody in Washington you request to speak with. It is time to get on the case of the without delay and demand the real fence, the entry & exit system, no benefits to illegal aliens and employers who violate the law after the inception of E-Verify a $15.000 dollar fine for every illegal worker caught and make it a felony for any illegal aliens crossing border or overstaying an expired visa.
American Patrol has all the facts and not the lies, emanating from DC. NumbersUSA, including much of the information you need to make a decisive decision?

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