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

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 21, 2013 | 12:01 AM EDT

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,


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,


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)