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Was Obama's immigration plan leaked on purpose? Fmr. Reps. Mack and Bono Mack weigh in

Undocumented immigrants could get an eight-year pathway to citizenship under a plan that President Obama is reportedly drafting. The details were leaked to USA Today. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) immediately said the plan would be "dead on arrival." Rubio’s fellow Republicans were not impressed either. This morning, fmr. Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL) and Fmr. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) join “Starting Point” to discuss Obama's leaked immigration plan.

Mack says “we should see what the president’s ideas are on [immigration].” He adds that Republicans have been seeking the president’s plan on “a whole host of things, so I’m all for a robust debate on this.”

“Bipartisanship takes trust from both sides,” says Bono Mack. “There is no trust in Washington D.C. any longer from either side,” she adds. The former California Congresswoman says that if there ever was any issue that everybody should come together on it should be immigration.

Mack says “you can’t get to a solution if you don’t put everything out on the table.”

"Instead of floating [the plan] or having this leak [the president] should have came to the American people …and done a press conference and talked about it,” Mack says. In addition to the Obama’s plan, a gang of eight Democratic and Republican senators have said they plan to release a draft version of a bill on immigration next month. Mack says the multiple plans are “a good place to be.”


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  1. Dave Francis

    WE HAVE AS MUCH POWER AS THE SPECIAL INTEREST LOBBYISTS, MORE SO IF WE COME TOGETHER AND SHOUT THE LOUDEST. NO REWARDS FOR PEOPLE WHO BREAK OUR LAWS, THEY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED.

    Your hard earned taxes are being taken from you—the American people to pander to the illiterate, illegal aliens who are still coming here with the compliments of the morons in Washington. Not just across a poorly supported border, but masquerading as tourists as well? You are being forced by an out-of-touch court judicial system to disburse for all the costs of illegal aliens and their children smuggled here through a mostly poor structure called the Fence and not the previous Presidents two fences that should stretch from Brownville, Texas to the coastal edge of California. Some members purposely underfunded the real 2006 Secure Fence Act, because employers who hire illegal aliens didn’t like it. It cut their corporate profits. In other words it was too good a structure that made it more difficult for criminal illegal aliens to negotiate? A structure similar in comparison to the State of Israel towering barrier to keep murdering insurgence out. What our Congress has to do now is to pass “The Legal Workforce Act”, combined with the provision of mandatory E-Verify to oust illegal workers from the 23 million American jobs.

    Also pass the Birthright Citizenship Bill” that stops smuggled children becoming instant citizens, thus allowing the parent’s of “Foothold Babies” to live of the proceeds of the new citizen entitlements. This has become a lucrative business in the U.S., to the financial detriment of the aggrieved taxpayer. This last above mentioned law leads to in due course Family Chain Migration sponsorship and yet even more Dream Acts that is leading to huge tax hikes. When you pay Uncle Sam in April, you are not only paying for all the agencies of the government, federal, state and municipal revenues, but food stamps for illegal aliens just passed by the Liberal administrations, Medicaid and health care treatment for free, and the bulk of the money going to the children of illegal aliens education. This policy has influenced every American citizen/legal resident of any skin color, religious affiliation or politic party line for decades.

    Guest workers must be given serious consideration as long as the farming industry pays for everything, not the taxpayer. Stem tech and professional jobs must only go to the highest skilled people who will not end up on the entitlement line. I million a year of all categories is enough, but most immigrant visas should go to the talented people and all others must be dealt with severely who break our laws.

    With little or no hesitation by both political parties, except for the overall majority of the TEA PARTY we are going to see this year some form of Amnesty. This is the promise of King Obama and the Imperial Court. American citizens have no other course of action but to petition your Congressman and Senate representatives. This country is going to the dogs under administration that is denying the rights of citizens of their U.S. Constitutional rights. To petition your people in Washington for free, go to NumbersUSA

    We still have a chance to make ourselves known to that Gang of 8 politicians, as there is access to free faxes at NumbersUSA, to petition Washington. YOU CAN ALSO PHONE YOUR disreputable POLITICIANS THROUGH THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PHONE SWITCHBOARD AT (202) 224-3121. The Immigration debates are going on now and we should demand no more Paths to Citizenship; that illegal aliens should return to their home country and go through the rigorous process that honest immigrants must take. EVERY CITIZEN HAS A RIGHT TO PETITION HIS STATE OR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ESSENTIALLY OFFER HIS GRIEVANCES ABOUT ANYTHING, INCLUDING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    Extra by Stephen Frank of 02/18/2013 of California Report of News and Views. Here you will find some of the most significant information on fraud and waste in California. In addition American Patrol also digs up the dirt, plus Judicial Watch interprets the laws being bypassed by President Obama’s Liberal thought police and what the Liberal-Democrats-Socialists Political Correctness mandatory standards.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Legal Immigrant

    Thanks to Mr. President and Republicans for initiating Immigration reform, the current Visa processing time for Indian Origin to obtain Green Card is from 9 to 12 years, I would be Thankful, if any politician help to reduce the long wait time faced by Legal Immigrants who pays tax regularly for more than 10 years for Indian Origin Legal Immigrants (please check the US Immigration Visa bulletin for cut-off dates : http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5885.html)

    February 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Legal Immigrant

    Thanks to Mr. President and Republicans for initiating Immigration reform, the current Visa processing time for Indian Origin to obtain Green Card is from 9 to 12 years, I would be Thankful, if any politician help to reduce the long wait time faced by Legal Immigrants who pays tax regularly for more than 10 years (please check the US Immigration Visa bulletin for cut-off dates : http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5885.html)

    February 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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