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Report: Democrat Spending Bill Puts 3 Million Illegal Immigrants on Path to Citizenship

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A provision inserted into the House-passed Democratic spending bill might mean millions of illegal aliens could become citizens, according to a report from an immigration watchdog. This comes after previous attempts at immigration overhaul in reconciliation spending bills failed to pass muster.

On Monday, the Center for Immigration Studies reported a clause in the so-called “Build Back Better” legislation would mean that 6.5 million aliens would be granted “parole” — allowed to remain in the country and work, in other words — and 3 million of those could end up obtaining citizenship.

Previous attempts at including sweeping amnesty in the spending bill were quashed by the Senate parliamentarian in September. Because the Democrats only hold a 50-50 advantage in the Senate, with all ties broken by Vice President Kamala Harris, any immigration reform measure would have to be passed via a process called budget reconciliation to avoid the filibuster.

However, parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the amnesty legislation wasn’t eligible to be passed via reconciliation, which only applies to matters that are chiefly budgetary in nature.

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In September, MacDonough ruled that proposed language to convert 8 million people (most of them here illegally) to legal permanent resident status was a “tremendous and enduring policy change that dwarfs its budgetary impact,” according to Fox News.

Under a version of the spending bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, however, Democrats included what the Center for Immigration Studies’ Robert Law called “amnesty lite” — the use of a provision called “parole” to allow millions of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2011, to stay here legally.

“Parole is supposed to be a narrow authority under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary to temporarily allow an alien into the country ‘only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit,'” Law wrote.

The bill “would grant these paroled aliens work authorization, Social Security numbers and permission to travel abroad, and even exempt them from the REAL ID Act requirements for driver’s licenses. The parole would be valid for five years, renewable for another five-year period.”

While the original version of the bill that was shot down by the parliamentarian was dubbed “amnesty premium” by Law, “amnesty lite” isn’t particularly appealing either — especially if you look at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the bill, which estimated how much it would cost over the next decade.

“Regarding the immigration provisions, the CBO estimates that 6.5 million aliens would receive parole (‘amnesty lite’, if you will), making them eligible for various tax credits and welfare. Within this population, the CBO projects that 3 million aliens will obtain [legal permanent resident] status (amnesty premium) and a path to U.S. citizenship by virtue of first obtaining parole,” Law wrote.

“These aliens are able to accomplish this because under section 245(a) of the INA, an ‘alien who was inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States’ is eligible to adjust status to LPR if he qualifies under one of the existing legal immigration categories.

“Essentially, the grant of parole to aliens already in the country launders an illegal alien’s unlawful presence which normally serves as a bar to obtaining a green card,” Law continued. “The CBO specifies that these paroled aliens would obtain LPR as an ‘immediate relative’ of a U.S. citizen, meaning the parent, spouse or unmarried child (under age 21).”

A CIS fellow, David North, “also picked up on the CBO estimating that this ‘non-amnesty amnesty’ will cost American taxpayers $111 billion,” Law wrote.

Democrats like New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez have described the broad use of the narrow power of immigration parole as “Plan C” amnesty. (“Plan B” amnesty, which would have legalized illegal immigrants by updating an immigration registry, was also rejected by the parliamentarian in September, according to Roll Call.)

“We haven’t finalized it yet as we speak, but ‘Plan C’ would probably be a parole option that would give about 8 million of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements the ability to work lawfully, to have a status that would last five years and would be renewable for another five years, that would protect them from deportation, that would allow them to travel domestically and internationally … that could also potentially gain access to healthcare coverage,” Menendez said in an interview, according to Fox News.

However, this time the Senate parliamentarian might not intervene to stop “Plan C.” Axios reported last week that a Tuesday meeting between Senate Democrats and MacDonough ended with “a hopeful sign” for Democrats, with a final ruling expected in the coming weeks.

If the parliamentarian gives the go-ahead, then, all eyes are on the Senate’s two Democratic swing votes: Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

Manchin has said he wouldn’t overrule the parliamentarian in the past; however, in an interview with Fox News earlier this month, he said he wouldn’t support any form of amnesty without border security first, no matter what the parliamentarian ruled.

“For us to even be talking about immigration without border security is ludicrous,” he said.

“I’ve told them … the average person turns on the TV and sees what’s going on in the border, and that basically scares the bejesus out of an awful lot of people,” he continued.

“If [migrants] think they can come and get all the different benefits that people, the citizens of America get are entitled to, they’re going to continue to come. So, no, I don’t think so.”

Relying on Manchin and Sinema as a bulwark on immigration isn’t a workable strategy for Republicans, however, particularly with the Democrats madly intent on getting amnesty into a reconciliation bill any way they can. Sadly, if the Democrats really have managed to find a Trojan horse amnesty workaround that the Senate parliamentarian is willing to sign off on, it may be all they have.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Thanks to Hot Mic, Entire World Hears Biden Curse Fox Reporter Who Nailed Him with Tough Question

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President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” Monday after the reporter asked him a question about the impact of inflation on the 2022 midterms.

The White House staff was trying to usher reporters out the room when Doocy called out to Biden, “Will you take questions on inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?”

Biden did not seem to be aware his mic was still on when he responded under his breath with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset.”

“What a stupid son of a b****,” the president added.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the price of consumer goods rose 7 percent in 2021, a 40-year high.

A Fox News poll released on Sunday found that 85 percent are worried about inflation, and 48 percent believe that Biden’s policies are primarily responsible for the spike.

By comparison, during former President Donald Trump’s time in office, inflation hovered at around 2 percent annually.

Inflation of course hits people where they live, and in a sense is an insidious tax on their income.

The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, extended enhanced unemployment benefits until September of last year, and upped the child “tax credit” to as high as $300 per month, per child.

Both of these policies were inflationary because they incentivized people not to go back to work, meaning employers had to raise wages to try to fill positions, leading to higher prices for consumers.

In addition, people had a lot of printed and borrowed government money to spend. More dollars chasing fewer goods and services equals inflation.

The Democratic Party appears to be in trouble heading into the midterms.

A Gallup survey released last week showed a 14-point swing in favor of Republican Party affiliation, giving the GOP its greatest advantage since 1991.

Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia governor’s race and the GOP flipping the state’s House of Delegates — a state Biden won by 10 percentage points in 2020, mind you — is just one of the places in last November’s off-year elections that signaled a challenging midterms for the Democrats.

Doocy asked a reasonable question. Biden should have answered it instead of offering an expletive in response.

Doocy appeared to take it all in stride, joking to Fox News host Jesse Watters after the incident, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”

A red wave is forming likely to sweep many Democrats out of office in November, and their own inflationary policies will be partly to blame.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” Monday after the reporter asked him a question about the impact of inflation on the 2022 midterms. The White House staff was trying to usher reporters out the room when Doocy called out to Biden, “Will you take questions on inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?” Biden did not seem to be aware his mic was still on when he responded under his breath with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset.” “What a stupid son of a b****,” the president added. The President of the United States just called Peter Doocy “a stupid son-of-a-bitch.” pic.twitter.com/rQQo3n1IZ7 — Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 24, 2022 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the price of consumer goods rose 7 percent in 2021, a 40-year high. A Fox News poll released on Sunday found that 85 percent are worried about inflation, and 48 percent believe that Biden’s policies are primarily responsible for the spike. By comparison, during former President Donald Trump’s time in office, inflation hovered at around 2 percent annually. Inflation of course hits people where they live, and in a sense is an insidious tax on their income. The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, extended enhanced unemployment benefits until September of last year, and upped the child “tax credit” to as high as $300 per month, per child. Both of these policies were inflationary because they incentivized people not to go back to work, meaning employers had to raise wages to try to fill positions, leading to higher prices for consumers. In addition, people had a lot of printed and borrowed government money to spend. More dollars chasing fewer goods and services equals inflation. The Democratic Party appears to…

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Georgia Pastor Arrested; Cops Say ‘Ministry’ Basement Was Being Used to Imprison Disabled People

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Depending on whom you ask, Curtis Keith Bankston is either a man of God with a long history of helping people, or he is someone who uses his purported religious credentials as a front for abusing the mentally and physically challenged.

Police have arrested Bankston and his wife, Sophia Simm-Bankston, after the discovery of multiple neglected people locked in an unlicensed “group home” in Griffin, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The 55-year-old Bankston was arrested on Jan. 13 and charged with false imprisonment after police raided the home where he and his wife operated an unlicensed adult care facility.

Simm-Bankston, 56, was arrested on Jan. 20 on the same charges in connection with the 2nd Chance Program, registered in-state in August 2020 as a nonprofit that offers room, boarding and food.

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An investigation into the group home was launched after firefighters and medical personnel responded to a patient having a seizure at the home on Valley Road on Jan. 13, WAGA-TV reported.

When they got to the location, first responders found the entrance to the basement was dead-bolted, and they had to climb through a window to reach the patient.

In the basement, they found as many as eight mentally or physically disabled people had been locked inside by the husband and wife, according to the outlet.

While the facility was registered in-state, it had been operating unlicensed under the auspices of an alleged church called the One Step of Faith 2nd Chance, where Bankston claims to be a pastor. Simm-Bankston was listed as the organization’s secretary.

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A search of the location led officials to conclude the husband and wife were in control of the disabled people’s finances, benefits and medications — with investigators claiming the couple in some cases would deny the individuals their medication and medical care.

“It is both frightening and disgusting to see the degree to which these individuals have been taken advantage of by people who were in a position of trust,” the Griffin Police Department told WAGA-TV in a statement.

For his part, Bankston denied any wrongdoing through his attorney, Dexter Wimbish.

“At no time was anybody held against their will. There was no kidnapping,” Wimbish said, as reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There is no fraud here. This is simply a Christian man who was following his calling to help those who are in need. We cannot sit by and allow ministry to be attacked.”

Wimbish characterized the situation as a “zoning issue that has become criminalized,” claiming residents were fed three times each day and adding he had checks to prove many of them had conservators controlling their finances that paid money directly to Bankston’s church for room and board.

“That is poor judgment, it is unfortunate, it is likely a violation of a local ordinance,” Wimbish said of the locked entrance that blocked first responders’ initial attempt to enter the facility. “But it is not kidnapping, and it’s not false imprisonment. And that’s what the narrative is.”

At least one person backed up what Wimbish said about his client.

Curtis Carter, pastor of 1st True Faith Deliverance Church in Decatur, said he’s known Bankston for more than three decades and vouched for him.

“For me to hear the allegations against him, it disturbed my spirit because he’s worked with my church, he’s worked in my community and his character is beautiful,” Carter told the Journal-Constitution. “He’s not a so-called pastor or so-called preacher. He is a man of God.”

The Georgia Department of Human Services has placed all affected resident of the group home into suitable care and housing.

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Depending on whom you ask, Curtis Keith Bankston is either a man of God with a long history of helping people, or he is someone who uses his purported religious credentials as a front for abusing the mentally and physically challenged. Police have arrested Bankston and his wife, Sophia Simm-Bankston, after the discovery of multiple neglected people locked in an unlicensed “group home” in Griffin, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The 55-year-old Bankston was arrested on Jan. 13 and charged with false imprisonment after police raided the home where he and his wife operated an unlicensed adult care facility. Simm-Bankston, 56, was arrested on Jan. 20 on the same charges in connection with the 2nd Chance Program, registered in-state in August 2020 as a nonprofit that offers room, boarding and food. An investigation into the group home was launched after firefighters and medical personnel responded to a patient having a seizure at the home on Valley Road on Jan. 13, WAGA-TV reported. When they got to the location, first responders found the entrance to the basement was dead-bolted, and they had to climb through a window to reach the patient. In the basement, they found as many as eight mentally or physically disabled people had been locked inside by the husband and wife, according to the outlet. Pastor Curtis Keith Bankston, 55, and his wife Sophia Simm-Bankston, 56, of Griffin, were arrested for false imprisonment after authorities found 8 people suffering from a mental or physical disability between the ages of 25 & 65 inside the basement home https://t.co/TrJ9mCDXNd — atasteofcreole (@atasteofcreole) January 23, 2022 While the facility was registered in-state, it had been operating unlicensed under the auspices of an alleged church called the One Step of Faith 2nd Chance, where Bankston claims to be…

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