Coalition: Immigration Bill 'Cedes Excessive Control' to 'Untrustworthy,' 'Duplicitous' Administration

May 20, 2013 - 11:01 PM

In an open letter to the Senate, a coalition of 149 conservatives led by some of radio's top talkers, like Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, warn of the grave dangers of the Gang of Eight's immigration bill, S. 744.

The bill "cedes excessive control over immigration law to an administration that has repeatedly proven itself to be untrustworthy, even duplicitous," the letter warns.

Radio hosts signing the letter urging defeat of the bill include:

  • Mark Levin
  • Monica Crowley
  • Laura Ingraham
  • Lars Larson
  • Phil Valentine
  • Roger Hedgecock
  • Greg Garrison
  • Lynn Woolley
  • Howie Carr
  • Dr. Gina Loudon
  • Will Anderson
  • Michael Berry
  • Michael Brown
  • Melody Burns
  • Dave Elswick
  • Helen Glover
  • Matt Murphy
  • Reid Mullins
  • Bill Post

The letter says the bill poses even more Big Government problems:

  • "Is bloated and unwieldy along the lines of Obamacare,"
  • "Expands government by creating new bureaucracies, authorizing new spending, and calling for endless regulations," and
  • "Overwhelms our immigration bureaucracy, guaranteeing widespread fraud."

The letter and signatures are presented below:

The Coalition against S. 744

The Wrong Way to Reform Immigration

An open letter on the Senate immigration bill

We write to express our serious concerns regarding the Gang of Eight's immigration bill, S. 744. We oppose this bill and urge you to vote against it when it comes to the Senate floor. No matter how well-intentioned, the Schumer-Rubio bill suffers from fundamental design flaws that make it unsalvageable. Many of us support various parts of the legislation, but the overall package is so unsatisfactory that the Senate would do better to start over from scratch.

We have a variety of concerns; some of us share only one, others share all. Among these concerns are that the bill:

Is bloated and unwieldy along the lines of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank;

Cedes excessive control over immigration law to an administration that has repeatedly proven itself to be untrustworthy, even duplicitous;

Legalizes millions of illegal immigrants before securing the borders, thus ensuring future illegal immigration;

Rewards law breakers and punishes law enforcement, undermining the rule of law;

Hurts American job-seekers, especially those with less education;

Threatens to bankrupt our already strained entitlement system;

Expands government by creating new bureaucracies, authorizing new spending, and calling for endless regulations;

Contains dangerous loopholes that threaten national security;

Is shot through with earmarks for politically connected interest groups;

Overwhelms our immigration bureaucracy, guaranteeing widespread fraud.

 

Reforming our immigration system is an important priority. But S.744 is such a defective measure that it would do more harm than good.

We urge you to vote against it and against any cloture vote to bring up the bill. Only then can a constructive, measured debate take place on how to improve America's immigration policy.

Signed (affiliations are included for identification purposes only),

National Conservative Leaders

Barbara Anderson, Citizens for Limited Taxation

 

Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families

 

Rev. C.L. Bryant, One Nation Back to God

 

Howie Carr, New England Talk Radio Host

 

Ann Corcoran, Refugee Resettlement Watch

 

Monica Crowley, Ph.D., Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

 

Glynn Custred, Professor Emeritus CSU East Bay

 

Jim Eagan, Sumner United for Responsible Government (Tennessee)

 

Elaine Donnelly, Founder and President, Center for Military Readiness

 

John Eastman, former Dean Chapman University Law School

 

Ken Eldred, CEO, Living Stones Foundation

 

Erick Erickson, Editor of RedState

 

Maria Espinoza, Houston Eagle Forum, The Remembrance Project

 

T. Willard Fair, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc.

 

John Fonte, Hudson Institute

 

David Frum, Frum Forum

 

Brigitte Gabriel, President and Founder, Act for America

 

Frank Gaffney, President Center for Security Policy

 

Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

 

Donna Hearne, Constitutional Coalition, St. Louis, Missouri

 

Roger Hedgecock, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

 

John Hinderaker, Powerline.com

 

David Horowitz, David Horowitz Freedom Center

 

Laura Ingraham, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

 

Mickey Kaus, Columnist, Daily Caller, author The End of Equality

 

Roger Kimball, Encounter Books and The New Criterion

 

Cliff Kincaid, President, America's Survival

 

Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies

 

Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

 

Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Christians for a Sustainable Economy

 

Lars Larson, Radio Host, Compass Media Networks

 

Mark Levin, Author and Radio Host

 

David Limbaugh, Lawyer and Author

 

Herb London, President, London Center for Policy Research

 

Dr. Gina Loudon, Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show host and Author

 

Rich Lowry, Editor, National Review

 

Michelle Malkin, author of Invasion and syndicated columnist

 

Ed Martin, Chairman, Missouri Republican Party

 

Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots

 

Ken Masugi, Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute

 

Andy McCarthy, Executive Director, Philadelphia Freedom Center

 

Eric Metaxas, Author and Speaker

 

Paul Mirengoff, Powerline.com

 

Frank L. Morris, Sr., Ph. D.

 

Mike Needham, CEO, Heritage Action

 

C. Preston Noell, President Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

 

Peter K. Núñez, Former U. S Attorney, Southern District of California; Former Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Department of the Treasury

 

Rev. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action

 

John O'Sullivan, Editor-at-Large, National Review

 

Daniel Pipes, President, Middle East Forum

 

Judson Phillips, Founder Tea Party Nation

 

Andy Ramirez, Law Enforcement Advocate and Journalist

 

Sandy Rios, Vice-President, Family PAC Federal and Morning Host for AFR Talk

 

Phyllis Schlafly, President and Founder, Eagle Forum

 

Dimitri K. Simes, President & CEO, Center for the National Interest

 

Smart Girl Politics Action

 

Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science and of Law, Vanderbilt University

 

Tea Party Nation

 

Peter Thomas, The Conservative Caucus

 

Virginia Thomas, Liberty Consulting

 

Brad Thor, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

 

Phil Valentine, Nationally Syndicated Conservative Radio Host

 

Richard Viguerie

 

Former Congressman Allen West

 

Tom West, Professor, Hillsdale College

 

Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association and American Family Radio

 

 

Activist Leaders throughout the Country

 

Cathie Adams, President, Texas Eagle Forum; Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

 

Alabama Federation of Republican Women

 

American Grizzlies United (Wisconsin)

 

Will Anderson, Conservative Radio Host, WBHP-AM, Huntsville, Alabama

 

Angela Bean, Coordinator South Atlanta Tea Party Patriots (Georgia)

 

Michael Berry, Conservative Radio Host, KTRH-AM, Houston, Texas (Syndicated)

 

Blanchard Tea Party (Idaho)

 

Jack and Joan Billman, Greencastle Defenders of Liberty, Greencastle, Indiana

 

Michael Brown, Conservative Radio Host, Denver, Colorado

 

Martha Brewer, Lamar County Tea Party Patriots (Alabama)

 

Melody Burns, Conservative Radio Host, WGDJ-AM, Albany, New York

 

Canton T.E.A. Party (Georgia)

 

Sam Clovis, President Serious Civics for America, Inc. (Iowa)

 

Common Sense Campaign of South Alabama

 

Carroll County Tea Party Association (Georgia)

 

Darin Danielski, Lake County Area Defenders of Liberty, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

 

Dyersville Tea Party (Iowa)

 

Dave Elswick, Conservative Radio Host, KARN-FM, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Kay Edmonds, Precinct Delegate, Clinton, MI, l9.12 Forum Steering Committee Member, Lenawee GOP Executive Committee Member, Veteran (Post Korea)

 

Empower Indiana (Indiana)

 

Bill & Prudence Fields, Eagle Forum, Virginia

 

Friends of Idaho

 

Greg Garrison, Conservative Radio Host, WIBC-FM, Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Georgia Conservatives in Action

 

Helen Glover, Conservative Radio Host, WHJJ-AM, Providence, Rhode Island

 

Kay Godwin and Pat Tippett, Co-Chairs, Georgia Conservatives in Action

 

Becky Gerritson, President Wetumpka TEA Party, Wetumpka, Alabama

 

Donna Goeddaeus, Northwoods Patriots Tea Party, Conover, Wisconsin

 

Green Bay (Brown County) Wisconsin TEA Party

 

Greencastle Defenders of Liberty (Indiana)

 

Ron Hei, Tea Party Patriots of Covington County

 

Wally Hauck, Ph.D., President of Optimum Leadership, Member of Milford, CT Republican Town Committee

 

Hamilton County Patriots (Indiana)

 

Mark Herr, The Midsouth Tea Party (Tennessee)

 

Marcia Hora, Iowa Grassroots Coalition

 

Dustin Inmman Society, Georgia

 

Illinois Tea Party

 

Danny B. Joyner, Commander, Alabama Patriots, Brewton, Alabama

 

Joyce Kaufman, Conservative Radio Host, WFTL-AM, Palm Beach, Florida

 

Dave Kramer, Dyersville Tea Party (Iowa)

 

Las Vegas Valley Tea Party (Nevada)

 

Janna Loar, State Leader Ohio Counts

 

Bill McLain, Conservative Radio Host, WORD, Greenville, South Carolina

 

Michigan Eagle Forum

 

Montgomery Tea Party (Alabama)

 

Matt Murphy, Conservative Radio Host, WAPI, Birminigham, Alabama

 

Reid Mullins, Conservative Radio Host, KTOK, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

Lisa Nancollas, Pennsylvania State Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots and Mifflin County Tea Party Patriots

 

Sara Jo Odom, Eagle Forum of Oklahoma

 

Patriots of Liberty TEA Party, Auburn, Alabama

 

Bobbie Patray, President, Eagle Forum of Tennessee

 

Carol Payne, Eagle Forum, Lubbock, Texas

 

Pennsylvania Coalition for Responsible Government

 

Bill Post, Conservative Radio Host, KYKN, Salem, Oregon

 

John Putnam, Chairman, Jasper County Republican Central Committee (Missouri)

 

Merre Putnam, State Committeewoman, 32nd Senatorial District

 

Steve Ramey and David Hancock, Gwinnett Tea Party (Atlanta)

 

Russell Ramland Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum, Dallas, Texas

 

Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Activist, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

 

Janet Smith, Local Coordinator, Greenfield Area Tea Party, Greenfield Indiana

 

Standpoint Tea Party Patriots (Idaho)

 

Rainy Day Patriots (Alabama)

 

Rob Schilling, WINA-AM, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Jeff Schwilk, San Diegans for Secure Borders Coalition

 

Kim Simac and Shirley Kufeldt, Northwood Patriots, Eagle River, Wisconsin

 

Todd Isaac "Ike" Skelton, Lebanon Tea Party (Missouri)

 

Janet Smith, Greenfield Area Tea Party (Indiana)

 

Loretta and Ricky Short, Wetumpka TEA Party (Alabama)

 

Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum of Alabama

 

South West Pennsylvania Eagle Forum

 

Pam Stout, Idaho State Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots

 

Barbara Susco, Florida Eagle Forum

 

Taxed Enough Already Party, Barbour County, Alabama

 

Taxed Enough Already Party, Quitman County, Georgia

 

Tea Party North (Indiana)

 

Brian Tilton, Conservative Radio Host, WTPL-FM, Concord, New Hampshire

 

Joe Thomas, Conservative Radio Host, WCHV-AM, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots (Indiana)

 

Dawn Wildman SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, Inc.

 

Lynn Woolley, Lynn Woolley Show, Syndicated, Texas

 

Don and Skeet Workman, Eagle Forum, Lubbock, Texas

 

Sally Zelikovsky, Founder of Bay Area Patriots and Coordinator of San Francisco Tea Party

 

Dennis Zellaha, Tea Party Patriots and Iowa Grassroots Coalition (Iowa)