NumbersUSA: Senate phone lines jammed with anti-amnesty calls

Editors note:  This is cross-posted from Potomac Tea Party Report.  Remember S.744 is not just about illegal immigration, it will increase the number of refugees and asylees admitted to the US and give more of your tax dollars to refugee contractors and open borders advocacy groups.

It is not too late and NumbersUSA is reporting movement toward the NO column by some Senators.

Call all evening and early in the morning too!  Final cloture vote likely in the morning.

Here is another number you can use to call your Senators if the one below is jammed:  888-995-8349

Here is the latest from NumbersUSA:


~Senate phone lines jammed with anti-amnesty calls — some phone alternatives — keep it up

~Chambliss, Chiesa, Enzi & Wicker joined our side in procedural cloture vote this aft — up to 33 and growing

~Red-state Dems take callous view toward struggling workers in their state — especially Black Americans

~Media coming to grips with bruising Senate battle making House far less receptive to amnesty this year

~Send Immigration Grade Cards to the Senators who are so proud of themselves for engineering a massive increase in foreign labor.

Please keep phoning Senators the rest of the afternoon. The Senate switchboard and individual office phones are often jammed, so just keep trying.

ACTION 1: Refer to the alert I sent you this morning for the toll-free number into individual Senators’ offices. [That is this number:  888-995-8349]

ACTION 2: If that or the 202-224-3121 switchboard number can’t get you through, go to our directory for all DC and home-state office phone numbers and use one or more of those. It is important that the staffs of these Senators do little else but answer phone calls opposing S. 744 today.

Chambliss, Chiesa, Enzi & Wicker joined our side in procedural cloture vote this afternoon

Those of you in Georgia, New Jersey, Wyoming and Mississippi, call and give heartfelt thanks to these four who on an interim cloture vote this afternoon joined the Senators who had also voted on the anti-amnesty side on Monday. (The key cloture vote happens tomorrow).

That brings to 33 the Senators who have been willing to vote to just end the whole process on S. 744 before getting to a final vote. That is up from only 15 who would take that stand nine days ago.

The Alert continues.  Sign up here to receive these Alerts directly from NumbersUSA as this travesty moves forward in Washington.

Maine Senator Angus King: We want more immigrants in Maine!

We want more immigrants in Maine and in America because Thomas Jefferson said that’s good for America!  (Or I think he did! Well, sort of!). King opened a floor speech last week with words from Jefferson that frankly I read three or four times and couldn’t figure out how the words fit today’s immigration situation, especially when one considers the large number of Muslim immigrants entering the US and Maine.

Indeed Jefferson, of all people, knew what violence Muslims were capable of.  He would never have ‘welcomed’ Muslims to America, but maybe King doesn’t know about the Barbary Wars.

Here are a couple of excerpts from King’s speech on S.744:

Vibrant refugee? Portland Somali convicted of rape after breaking into woman’s home while she slept. King: Immigrants are a little scary!

Does this discussion affect the State of Maine? Well, yes, it does. We have migrants and immigrants picking our crops in northern Maine, blueberries and potatoes and broccoli. We have a vibrant refugee and asylum-seeking community in Portland, ME, and in Lewiston. Many of those from Africa come here with very different cultures. We have 52 languages spoken in the Portland public schools. Yes, we have strains and difficulties adjusting one culture to another. But we are making it work and it is making our State richer spiritually, culturally, intellectually, and, yes, financially. It is working.  [Readers: Type Lewiston into our search function to see how it’s working!—ed]

King:  We need more immigrants because the white birthrate is declining, and so we need to speed up the decline of America as we know it by allowing the Third World to enter in a speedier manner!   Heck!  Might as well get it over with sooner than later!

We are living in a negative demographic time bomb. Last year, I believe for the first time in American history, we had more deaths than births of White Americans. One doesn’t have to be a mathematician to know if that continues, we will shrink and shrivel as a society. We need immigration to add to our population, to add to the ideas and creativity.


Immigrants are always going to be different and a little scary, and that has been true throughout American history.

Read the whole speech.  It is the usual blah, blah, blah….but read it anyway!  By the way, King says this is the job he has been preparing for throughout his entire life, here.

Then below is a report from some readers of Refugee Resettlement Watch who visited a staff member in King’s office the following day.

We need to take in Syrian refugees!

The speech was on Thursday.    On Friday we visited with a Senator King aide who is paid $73,000 per year and who works on immigration issues. We were there to discuss the 24-pound Immigration bill, S. 744.  The aide did give us a  lot of time and we discussed many points.  The below points may be of particular interest to readers of Refugee Resettlement Watch and to those in Maine.

The aide, on his own, blurted out, without any question or provocation from us, that whenever “we [America] invade a country or create a war and chaos, we need to take in refugees from that country.  We need to take in Syrian refugees. We need to take in Iraqi and Afghan refugees.”

[I didn’t think we had gone to war in Syria yet, but I guess I’m quibbling! We did send arms through Benghazi earlier and we are promising more weapons to the rebels real soon, so I guess that means, at least in the mind of King’s staffer, that the refugees are ours!—ed]

Later, in response to one of our group suggesting that her experiences in the Middle East indicated that Muslim and Arabic culture are just too different and should not be allowed into the USA, the aide responded  “that is exactly the same argument that was used against the Catholics 100 years ago.”  One assumes that the aide does not foresee within the  Muslim refugee and immigrant population the possibility of an embedded catastrophic problem.  The aide had no response when recent events in Boston, the World Trade center and other places were mentioned.

Go here to learn more about the Portland Somali rapist.

The problem King has here (was the speech written by this staffer?), by using emotional arguments and platitudes to make his point, is that for every appealing “creative” blueberry picking immigrant, I can find him an immigrant criminal, a terrorist or a welfare mooch, or an immigration advocate in the Chamber of Commerce looking for cheap blueberry-picking labor!

Syrian refugees leaving Jordan and returning to Syria

That’s a bit of news you won’t see in Western media where all the news is that millions of Syrians are fleeing and suffering.

9000 Syrians left the troubled Zaatari refugee camp near the Syria/Jordan border in just one month!

The UN’s Zaatari refugee camp

Here is the story from Lebanon’s Daily Star:

AMMAN: Nearly 9,000 Syrian refugees staying in Jordan left the kingdom for home this month, bringing the number of returnees to more than 68,000 in the past two years, a government official said Tuesday.

“Some 8,974 Syrian refugees voluntarily returned to their country in June, mostly from the northern refugee camp of Zaatari,” Anmar Hmud, the government spokesman for Syrian refugee affairs, told AFP.

“This brings the total number of those who returned in the past two years to 68,373 people.”

But Hmud said refugees are still streaming across the border to Jordan.

“More refugees continue to flee to Jordan. Around 12,200 Syrians sought refuge in Jordan this month,” he added.

Jordan says it is hosting more than 540,000 Syrian refugees, 150,000 of whom are housed in Zaatari camp, near the border with Syria.

In April, the UN refugee agency UNHCR reported that more Syrians were opting to return home from Jordan for a number of reasons, including reports of improved security in a number of border villages, and to protect their property.

The net flow is still going out of Syria, but some feel it’s safe enough in some parts of the country to return to take care of their stuff.  We see this over and over again, there is a rush to resettle “refugees” in the West when in fact conflicts generally resolve themselves over time and it would be cheaper for America to support them in camps then to bring them to America!

So, I guess this means there is no big rush to resettle Syrians in your American towns and cities.