Report: Senate Immigration Bill Includes Nearly $300 Million in Slush Funds for Immigrants’ Rights Groups

David Martosko, Daily Mail (London), July 19, 2013

A former senior policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza supervised the drafting of a U.S. Senate bill, passed on June 27, that would give an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if the House of Representatives goes along. And La Raza figures to enlarge its budget significantly, thanks to slush funds buried deep in the legislation.

A bombshell report published Thursday by Investor’s Business Daily shows that the immigration reform bill would set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for La Raza and other liberal immigrants’ rights groups, which the federal government would contract to assist future U.S. citizens with applications and offer them legal advice.

In a separate little-noticed section of the legislation, senators propose to rewrite the laws against counterfeiting passports and the materials used to obtain them. Those new laws would set a legal threshold of 10 phony passports before a fraudster could be prosecuted for buying, selling or using counterfeit materials used to produce such fake documents.

Another section would exclude serial drunk-drivers from gaining a path to citizenship, but only after they rack up a third DUI offense.

The report came from the American Media Institute (AMI), an investigative journalism service.

‘An alien convicted of 3 or more offenses for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated on separate dates is inadmissible’ to the United States on a legal basis, the bill’s text reads.

But ‘[t]wo prior convictions for this offense,’ the AMI reported, ‘would not disqualify an immigrant for legalization.’

And of the language that applies to ‘selling or forging materials used in making passports,’ the organization adds, ‘the bill says 10 such instances are verboten, [but] that nine won’t be a problem.’

The slush fund language, however, ‘may be the real point of the legislation,’ AMI contends.

‘This seems likely since the bill was steered through the Senate by the Obama White House. Overseeing a team of executive branch bill-drafters ensconced in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, guiding the legislative process, was Obama director of domestic policy Cecilia Munoz, the leading presidential staffer on immigration issues.

Before joining the Obama administration, Munoz was La Raza’s top policy analyst. La Raza did not return a phone call on Thursday seeking comment.

AMI calculated that several different pots of taxpayer dollars set aside for immigrants’ rights groups, all on the political left, ‘would total almost $300 million over three years and grow over time.’

Those include a $50 million set-aside for grants to organizations that will advertise benefits available to illegal immigrants, and to help them fill out paperwork.

Another $100 million, over the first five years, would be distributed to groups that can set up ‘New Immigrant Councils’ to help formerly illegal immigrants ‘integrate’ into communities in which they may already have lived for years. After five years, that amount is at the discretion of the Office of Citizenship and New Americans, a division of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

$120 million more would be spent over three years to mount a campaign educating newly legalized immigrants about ’employer and employee rights, responsibilities and [legal] remedies’ available under the new law. Again, the federal government would ‘contract with public and private organizations’ to execute the campaign.

Those groups likely will include La Raza and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), says AMI.

La Raza will be ‘arguably be at the head of the line to receive new funding,’ it says. MALDEF told the organization that it would likely qualify for subsidies if the immigration bill becomes law.

In addition to language allowing counterfeiters to escape prosecution if their phony materials impacted fewer than ten illegal passports, other language in the Senate bill addresses those who actually produce the finished forgeries.

A 20 year jail sentence is a possibility, but only for a criminal who ‘produces, issues, or transfers … forges, counterfeits, alters, or falsely makes … [or] secures, possesses, uses, receives, buys, sells, or distributes 3 or more [fake] passports.’

Current federal law prescribes up to 25 years in federal prison for unauthorized persons who produce or issue ‘any passport’ – meaning a single one.

But under the Senate proposal, ‘three such instances are forbidden, meaning two would be permitted,’ the Investor’s Business Daily story concluded.

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who supported the bill, told the conservative Cybercast News Service a different story on Thursday.

‘I don’t think that we stand for any forgeries,’ McCain said.

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  • willbest

    Well sure of course, we wouldn’t want US Citizens to deprive illegal aliens of their Constitutional right to get free stuff on our tax dime. Gotta make sure the watchdogs are well funded.

  • Erasmus

    Anyone still not yet figured out why Americans now loathe their own government so utterly?

    Our country is being invaded by a foreign horde, we’re going broke and the phvcks who call themselves our leaders are using our tax dollars to do it.

    Unbelievable.

    • me

      That’s why Europeans and European Americans need their own country….

  • The__Bobster

    The Race already gets subsidies from both businesses and the federal government. Maybe the Aryan Nations should ask for their cut. They cant be any more racist.

  • The__Bobster

    This abomination of a bill is over 1000 pages long due to all the payoffs the liberal groups will be receiving from it. Meanwhile, traditional Americans will be royally screwed. And they will be paying for their own destruction.

    • me

      How about a tax revolt? Don’t pay your federal taxes anymore….no taxation without representation and all that…..

  • The__Bobster

    A 20 year jail sentence is a possibility, but only for a criminal who ‘produces, issues, or transfers … forges, counterfeits, alters, or falsely makes … [or] secures, possesses, uses, receives, buys, sells, or distributes 3 or more [fake] passports.’
    _________

    I’m sure that once a government official finds two fake passports, he’ll be told to stop looking. However, NO criminality should be allowed period. After all, the MSM keep telling us how law-adding these ugly brown squat monster invaders are.

    • me

      I thought that crossing the border and being a squat monster WAS illegal? Our leftist/Marxist takeover is going as planned….

  • Larry Klein

    The bill seems to contain lots of language that codifies lesser standards. This accomplishes two things: it pushes us closer to true open borders, and by the mere mention it gives the impression that the bill includes all kinds of new, “tough” requirements, when in reality it is watering down existing standards. This is what happens when you have the cheap labor lobby and ethnocentric groups speaking through dozens of sleazy and cunning lawyers

  • Spartacus

    A fiscal strike might work. Just saying…

  • Dave4088

    This money would sure buy a lot of tacos. In reality, the 300 million will be used to harass and intimidate opponents of immigration through frivolous lawsuits and to fund campaigns of radical mestizos looking to consummate the ongoing reconquista.

  • Larry Klein

    Boner’s and Cantor’s plan is throw out a bunch of pieces of legislation, knowing full well it will get into conference and the Senate bill will more or less pass in its entirety. He’ll then play dumb and throw his hands in the air and say “we tried (to pass tough legislation), and the Demorats tricked us.” They’ll then feign outrage and try to use this to keep the Republican party together and rally support against the “bad cops” Schumer et al. The Republicans dumb enough to believe this charade will stay in the party. Any effort by any Republican to craft legislation in the House is a red flag, since it’s completely pointless trying to pass any bill that Reid will pervert and Obama will ignore the parts of which he doesn’t like.

    • Dave4088

      I’m not voting Republican ever again. We may as well go for broke, stay home and let the Democrats sweep in to power and destroy the country. The Republicans agree with everything the radical left wants to impose, but merely want to move more slowly so as not to alarm the hoi polloi in flyover country.

      • Larry Klein

        For me it comes down to this legislation (I think we’ve all been more than patient over the years, the “love” hasn’t been returned). If the Senate bill, more or less in its entirety is passed (that’s the only thing Reid and Obama will approve of), I will quit along with you. If the patriotic Republicans in the House manage to derail it, then I am still on board, since that would be a positive outcome and basically there’s no other home., and there are a few decent Republicans in congress (e.g. Jeff Sessions, Steve King).

      • Talltrees

        The sooner the country goes down means the sooner we can take it back. Everyone have your ducks in row for the downfall. Plan. Be ready. We can’t run around like chickens with our heads cut off when it does.

    • John

      I go to the polls every 2 years. I come home and my wife asks me who I “voted” for. My reply is that “I didn’t vote for anyone, I voted against Eric Cantor”. The only time in recent memory that I did vote “for” someone was when Ron Paul was on the ballot. I have the misfortune to live in this traitorous Jew’s district. One of the top 10 recipients of campaign contributions from the financial industry (banks, insurance, etc.) of all 535 people in the House and Senate and he’s trying to pass himself off as a “defender” of middle class values. Ha. Ha. Now he’s behind this traitorous amnesty push. Previously, he was the sponsor of a bill that slid through with no debate that “marries” the US to completely backing and ensuring Israel’s safety. When it comes to treason and Jews, the apple never falls far from the tree, regardless of their political affiliation. His amnesty proposals are just as toxic to the integrity of white America as Schumer’s are. The only “path” these illegals need to be shown is the one that leads out of the country; at the point of a gun if needs be.

  • Sick of it

    $300 million would go a long way toward a push for yet another amnesty or major immigration event later on down the road.

    • Larry Klein

      If this thing passes it’s game over anyways. Democrats will control the whole government, they’ll be able to pass whatever their demented hearts desire.

      • Sick of it

        Yep, with chain migration and this ‘path to citizenship’ for so many many people, it would obviously become a one party State. Not that I’m a fan of socialist lite from the Republicans, but you know.

  • It’s a shame that we have to get the so-called “best” racial stories from the Daily Mail of all places.

  • I was under the impression that providing tax money to politically-oriented groups was illegal.

    • It is, but only if the group is conservative,

    • me

      Most everything Congress has done in the past fifty years or so has been illegal….

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Not giving them cell phones anymore?

  • mobilebay

    This defies all logic on how a government should be run. We have traitors in all sectors of leadership in this nation and they will not stop until we are remade into the image of every third world country on this planet.

  • Glickstein44

    For those who have been wondering why we haven’t heard from La Raza in the Treyvon/Zimmerman debacle this article should help make it perfectly clear why you haven’t.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    Let’s start a fund that will provide one way tickets to Oahu for our newly minted squat monster citizens, and….wait for it….buy the land that abuts Obama’s 35 million dollar estate whereupon we will build stack and pack projects and issue vouchers.

    • I would invest in this tomorrow.

      As I have said before, he is moving to the only state with a natural immigration policy, plus. I say plus because there is literally no way to slip in or out of Hawaii anonymously other than a serious sail in and out.

      He know’s he is the biggest piece of US political garbage since Lincoln and knows he needs to be out of reach of people that want to treat him as he should be treated. Why do you think he rarely comes back to Chicago?

      The one thing I don’t understand is how a politician can collect funds to buy a home, and they are not campaign donations. Or is his campaign fund buying it? And if so, how is it legal for a campaign fund to buy a home for the funded?

      • Sick of it

        #1 – He has sold books
        #2 – Since he is no longer eligible for re-election as President, his campaign funds become his more or less, though I thought it was after he left office.

      • Xerxes22

        The estate is being purchased by Obama’s “friends” as a going away present for a job well done. The group is led by Amy Pritzker, a billionaire whose holdings include the Hyatt hotel chain.

        • itdoesnotmatter

          I read somewhere that they [possibly Pritzker herself], covered the down payment.

  • odious liberal

    This information must be sent to the negro community along with the message that Obama is screwing them for the benefit of illegal aliens. Negroes must led to believe they will lose everything is the immigration bill passes, including their AA jobs.

    • Major

      Hell no…let them find out the hard way that they’re dear commie leader sold them out. Want to see the WH burn down a second time? They’ll do it…the WH is surrounded by his darker enemies.

  • Major

    McPain…needs to get sent back to Hanoi….maybe he can win the war single handedly with Jane Fonda. both of them can play rub-a-dub-dub in a nail lined bathtub. He’s ruined this country for the past 10 years…I think the NVA’s brainwashing paid off…and back in 2000 they triggered his traitor brain into a modern Benedict Arnold.

  • WR_the_realist

    Over and over again politicians force us to pay for our dispossession.

  • Dave4088

    There’s more than just a few hideously stupid Republicans. Republican resistance to the anti-white, cultural Marxist agenda falters a little bit more each year. Sure, there are still a few dozen or so with backbone that truly represent their constituents, but the majority are self serving careerists and climbers who will do anything to curry favor with the RNC RINOS, progressives and moderates who are elbowing out conservatives.

    Boehner, Cantor and Paul Ryan have now gone on record as saying they are in favor of amnesty for children of illegals. They will probably be able to twist enough arms to get it through.

  • Cville

    Are these Republicans crazy for having anything to do with this???