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Marco Rubio immigration-myth-busting shop knocks Shark Tank's 'Marco Phone', rival(?) Rand Paul, media

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Even before the mammoth immigration-reform bill from the Senate's Gang of Eight dropped early Wednesday, the rumors, falsehoods and misrepresentations were flying.

And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's press shop is spending extra time knocking it all down with myth-vs-fact sheets, even though most of it is directed at his longtime supporters: conservatives/tea partiers/Republicans.

There's one myth-vs-fact statement on border security. There's another about the length of the bill (which is 844 pages). And there's our favorite one that just came out: The issue of a "Marco Phone" as the conservative Shark Tank blog wrote.

Rubio's office blasted out an email titled: 'MYTH vs. FACT: THE PERILS OF PEDDLING AN “AMNESTY PHONE” MYTH'

Really.

A Marco Phone. A Rubio Phone. An "Amnesty Phone."

Huh?

To understand the significance, you have to do some right-wing media midrash that begins with a street interview with a President Obama supporter in Cleveland who boasts of minorities getting an "Obama Phone." To call the interview viral would be an understatement. It became grist of a tea party commercial and an auto-tuned remix or two (see below**).

So what if the phone-subsidy program was begun under Reagan and expanded under Bush. This is Obama Socialism! The story persisted (last Politifact here).

That brings us to the immigration bill, which says a person can get a phone grant if s/he "regularly resides or works in the Southwest Border region; is at greater risk of border violence due to the lack of cellular service at his or her residence or business and his or her proximity to the Southern border."

Viola! Or, perhaps, Mira!

The Shark Tank, a by-and-large sympathetic Rubio forum, riffed this morning: "You would think that the government agency where these immigrants initially applied for their guest worker visa, was already situated in an urban environment with adequate cell phone service, right?  Something tells me that these quest workers will not be taking a short cut through the  the ‘cell phone signal-less’desert to get to and from work."

Conservative Michelle Malkin tweeted it out. The conservative Breitbart website ran with it. Then Laura Ingraham asked Rubio about it on the radio this morning.

Ingraham: "You actually can be eligible for a grant for a phone... articles this morning, as you can imagine, are fairly amusing. ‘Move over Obama phone, this is the amnesty phone.’ What’s going on with that?”

Rubio: “That’s false. That’s not for the illegal immigrants. That’s for U.S. citizens and residents who live in the border region so that they can have access to calls. One of their complaints – that’s actually part of the Kyl border bill that we adopted. And what it does is it provides communication equipment to people who are living in the border region so they can report illegal crossings because many of them either don’t have phone service or don’t have cell phone service and they have no way of calling.”

But Shark Tank's Javier Manjarres counters: "according to the legislation that he helped write, those 'residing' along the border are not identified as being U.S. Citizens or even U.S. residents. Maybe Marco should have clarified this in the bill, perhaps inserting a start date to establish residency?"

Manjarres isn't the only one singled out by the Rubio shop.

Two names are eye-catching: Rubio's colleagues, Rand Paul and Jeff Sessions, Republicans of Kentucky and Alabama, respectively. Sessions is doing all he can to kill immigration reform. The former is tacking between positions on a pathway to citizenship (funny how that gets less attention than Rubio's supposed waffling). Their quotes were highlighted in the myth of the 1,000-plus-page bill:

Senator Jeff Sessions: “No member of Congress who believes in democratic procedure can acquiesce to the ramming through of a thousand-page bill … “ (Neil Munro, “Sessions Slams Leahy For Immigration Rush,” Daily Caller, 3/27/13)

Senator Rand Paul: “I’m for immigration reform, but we have 1,600 pages. We’re going to read the details and try to make it acceptable to conservatives.” (Russell Berman & Alexander Bolton, “Obama Hails Senate Immigration Proposal,” The Hill, 4/16/13)

The DC Political Industrial Complex is salivating over a Paul-Rubio 2016 showdown, and this is pure cane sugar.

By and large, the news media (including, alas, us) are highlighted for spreading the wrong info about the length of the bill, which is 844 pages. The difference between the media accounts cited and Rubio's colleagues: the news media says "reportedly" (that is, we didn't know). The senators stated it as fact.

The fact sheet itself has a bit of a myth because it says this is a "Cautionary Tale Of How Immigration Myths Don’t Pan Out." Technically, this is a myth about the length of a bill, not about the substance of immigration. Harping on a bill's length in an entire myth sheet is pretty weak sauce by itself, but it's part of a narrative Rubio's office is establishing.

And it needs to.

Some conservatives are saying the bill is being rammed through. Pay no attention to the fact that it's online for all to see (really, it's here: Download Immigrationbill), it's bipartisan, will be heard in committee publicly, voted on publicly there at a later date, then voted on in the Senate, then heard in the House where a rival but similar plan will get a full airing and then (assuming it gets that far) will be rectified betwen the two chambers and voted on by both chambers in full again.

"First, there is absolutely no truth to the idea that I will support any immigration legislation that is rushed through Congress in typical Washington fashion," he wrote to protesting tea partiers who claimed the immigration bill he supports would be rammed through Congress.

But the myths keep coming. And Rubio shows he's ready to call it all out.

Even with an amnesty phone.

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Davej Francis

ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GOING TO BE SEEN GULLIBLE AGAIN, AS IN THE 1986 AMNESTY?

As an independent voter just having heard the broadcast on TV of the move towards legalization status for illegal migrants and immigrants who have either remained here after their visa has expired, called overstay. Or those people who enter America without permission, via the Southern border or those who slip easily across the border with Canada. It’s important to check the website of “American Patrol” which shows the limits of the fencing between the U.S. and Mexico. In 2006 former President George Bush signed into law the Secure Fence Act, which according to the bill was to stretch 700 miles. Learn more about the fence as it is currently stands today, which is just 40 miles. The only areas have heavy concentration of fencing barriers is between cities and towns between the two countries. This was the promise before but one politician in particular wrecked the whole scheme of things, by adding an amendment to the enforcement law. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson severed funding and that is why we don’t have any double layer fencing at the Southern fence, and therefore brought upon us floods of more desperate foreign nationals who we are still forced by law to support.

The new plan from the Gang of Eight indicates they will have enforcement triggers before; illegal aliens get any immigration reform, including the strictest of enforcement at the fence. But how can we trust the words of our politicians, when all they do is lie to us, over and over again? Is this going to be yet another circus of fools, who cannot even honor their oath of allegiance when they place their place their hand on the bible. Are we going to remain just as gullible, when the majority of the American populace signed on to the 1986 Amnesty fraud? Then they are talking about a mandatory E-Verify program, but that is a heavy commitment to prosecute without reservation employers. To me MANDATORY means that every business and corporation needs to be held accountable? But look at the statistics for this, few businesses owners are ever prosecuted by going to prison?

Byron York -- Townhall.com -- April 16

New Data on Border Crossings Could Change Immigration Debate

There's a confrontation coming between the Obama administration and Republicans in Congress over the most basic question of immigration reform: How secure is the U.S. border with Mexico? Not only does the administration not know -- and perhaps doesn't want to know -- but there are signs the border is less secure than some of the most skeptical Republicans thought. Last year the Border Patrol began experimenting with a new drone-based surveillance system that had been developed for finding Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Starting in the fall, officials used the radar-based system over a fairly small portion of the Arizona border. The results were striking.
"According to internal reports, Border Patrol agents used the airborne radar to help find and detain 1,874 people in the Sonora Desert between October 1 [2012] and January 17 [2013]," reported the Los Angeles Times last week. "But the radar system spotted an additional 1,962 people in the same area who evaded arrest and disappeared into the United States."
"The results speak for themselves," says one GOP Hill aide involved in border security issues. "We can't really use apprehensions as an accurate measure when we're not even seeing half the people."

The promise of illegal aliens that are eligible for legal status, will still remain in the United States, when hundreds of thousands of honest people in backlogs sit patiently waiting in other countries to receive an entry visa? Those already here are supposed to pay back taxes, pay a fine, learn English and civic law as more or less the same situation as in 1986. However because they were designated low income or itinerant or so they said on their applications, were able to apply for waivers and paid nothing in fines, back taxes and even skipped learning English to any degree. The whole amnesty was one solid fraudulent mess, even down to the photocopies of doctored documents filed with the authorities, which indicated they had been in America before the deadline. Then as I stated before once grasping their “Green Card” vanished from the farms and headed into the communities. This seems to me exactly what is going to happen for the second time? All those millions of Americans still unemployed, in temporary work or only have part time jobs, including those just given up trying, will be fighting competition from the extensive onslaught of new legal job seekers.

Whether the immigration reform plans is accepted from the Gang of Eight or not, it still has to be voted upon? There is not much time left before we are going to be confronted with this overhaul, and anybody who cares about the financial implications to our country, better speak up now. I have seen the polling from Rasmussen Reports disagreeing that the 11 million illegal immigrants should get a pathway to citizenship and amnesty. Then just by reading a daily dose of hundreds of comments from daily articles in the media, also denies that the general public supports another comprehensive reform deal. Millions of voices raised above the Special Interest lobbyists, unions, radical pro-open border demented people can make a difference. Voice your opinion by contacting through the Washington central network your Senator or House Representative at (202) 224-3121. Don’t lose the chance to have some influence in illegal immigration or any other issue? Want more information on all pressing subjects, the Liberal Democrats are keeping away from you, then go to the daily reports, news, blogs and articles at American Patrol & NumbersUSA web site.

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