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LEAKED: Obama’s Immigration Bill Requires Illegals to Pass Background Check, Submit Biometric Info & Pay Fee

In News on February 17, 2013 at 11:03 PM

02/17/2013

A draft of a White House immigration proposal obtained by USA TODAY would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years.

The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years. In addition, the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants could apply for a newly created “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, under the draft bill being written by the White House.

If approved, they could then apply for the same provisional legal status for their spouse or children living outside the country, according to the draft.

The draft was obtained from an Obama administration official who said it was being distributed to various agencies. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the proposal publicly.

According to the White House draft, people would need to pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information and pay fees to qualify for the new visa. If approved, they would be allowed to legally reside in the U.S. for four years, work and leave the country for short periods of time. After the four years, they could then reapply for an extension.

They would also be given a new identification card to show as proof of their legal status in the country.

The immigrants could then apply for legal permanent residence, commonly known as a green card, within eight years if they learn English and “the history and government of the United States” and pay back taxes. That would then clear the path for them to apply for U.S. citizenship.

To combat fraud, the draft proposes a new Social Security card be developed that is “fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant and wear-resistant.” The Social Security Administration would be required to issue the new cards within two years.

A major requirement for many Republicans is enhanced border security. The bill calls for an unspecified increase in the Border Patrol, allows the Department of Homeland Security to expand technological improvements along the border.

The draft also expands the E-Verify program that checks the immigration status of people seeking new jobs. Businesses with more than 1,000 employees must begin using the system within two years, businesses with more than 250 employees within three years and all businesses within four years.

The draft obtained by USA TODAY does not include sections that would alter the nation’s legal immigration system to adjust the future flow of legal immigrants, which is expected to be a critical component of any immigration overhaul.

Eisenhower’s NSA Cryptanalytic Think Tank

In News on February 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

American Appears in Syria Fighting Alongside the FSA

In News on February 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Video has emerged online showing an American (identified as “US Mujahid”) alongside purported members of Syrian terrorist rebel group al-Nusrah Front.

 

In this footage, the American is seen sitting in a Jeep next to an Arab fighter rejoicing for having shot down a Syrian military helicopter.

 

UPDATE: Former US Soldier Eric Harroun Arrested on Charges of Conspiring with Syrian Terrorist Rebel Group al-Nusrah Front

How the Government & MSM Killed the Ron Paul Movement

In News, Ron Paul on February 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

02/16/2013

This video outlines how the media, government and the whole establishment, killed the Ron Paul revolution that should have continued into 2013.

 

“An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army, or any government.”

“Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are more powerful than bombings or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.”

- Dr. Ron Paul

Correa declares victory in Ecuador polls

In News on February 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

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02/17/2013

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has proclaimed victory in the country’s presidential election, after an exit poll showed him winning 61 percent of the vote.

“We are here to serve you,” Correa told a crowd from the balcony of the presidential palace in Quito on Sunday. “Nothing for us, everything for you: the people who deserve the right to be free.”

His closest rival of the seven opposition candidates, former banker Guillermo Lasso, garnered 21 percent of the ballots cast, according to a survey by polling firm Opinion Public shown by Ecuadorean state TV.

The electoral authority is expected later on Sunday to release an official quick-count by the votes cast.

Correa’s social and economic programmes have made him a popular leader, with an approval rating of nearly 85 percent.

His leftist government has won broad backing from the lower classes as it leads Latin America in social spending. About 30 percent of Ecuador’s 15 million people live below the poverty line.

Opposition split

Correa, 48, has brought political stability to the oil-exporting nation of 14.6 million people that cycled through seven presidents in the decade before he first took office in 2007.

He won re-election in April 2009 after voters approved a constitutional rewrite that mandated a new ballot, and he would be legally barred from running again following a victory.

The opposition’s inability to unite behind a single candidate in Sunday’s vote helped give Correa a comfortable lead. None of the six opposition candidates other than Lasso won more than 5 percent, according to an exit poll by Cedatos-Gallup.

A self-declared foe of neo-liberal economics, Correa has taken on big business and media groups, imposing new contracts on oil companies and renegotiating the country’s debt.

After clashing with privately-owned media, which he accuses of backing a police revolt in 2010, Correa barred his ministers from talking with opposition newspapers.

The opposition says Correa tolerates no dissent and is intent on amassing power. Critics also accuse him of scaring away foreign capital, pointing to his friendships with the leaders of Cuba and Venezuela, although the Ecuadoran president has been more pragmatic than his leftist allies.

Victory for Correa will cheer the leftist ALBA bloc of Latin American and Caribbean nations at a time when the group’s indisputable leader, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is struggling to recover from cancer.

Via Aljazeera

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