Saturday, April 13, 2013

Numbers USA Targets Senator Mark Begich For Not Opposing The Amnesty Provision Of The Gang Of Eight's Immigration Bill

Numbers USA has launched a campaign to stop a bill which is believed to sanction massive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. A group of U.S. Senators called "The Gang of Eight" announced on Friday April 12th, 2013, that they've reached a tentative deal on an immigration reform bill that, along with tightening border security, will effectively grant amnesty to the purported 11 million illegal immigrants in this country. Sen. Charles Schumer said “In terms of the 11 million who are here, they can work, pay taxes immediately. But it’s a long path to citizenship where they have to work, pay taxes, learn English, stay clear of the law and admit wrongdoing and pay a fine”. They expect to hold hearings on the bill on Wednesday April 17th, at which time the specific language of the entire bill will be released, although a committee markup is not expected until May 6th.

The bipartisan Gang of Eight include Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO).

Numbers USA has taken to the bully pulpit to lobby against the bill. In their petition campaign, Numbers USA expresses four objections to the immigration proposal:

1. It would cost trillions of dollars in extra government spending on social services.

2. It would immediately put millions of illegal aliens in front of the employment line to hold or take U.S. jobs while 20 million Americans who want a full-time job can't find one.

3. It would allow amnestied aliens to begin endless chains of relatives to come and add further competition for jobs and government resources.

4. It would immediately legalize 11 million illegal aliens without requiring triggers that fully implement enforcement first. The previous seven amnesties between 1986 and 2000 had no enforcement triggers and served only to entice 11 million new illegal immigrants who now demand their own amnesty.

However, Numbers USA has not only targeted the "Gang of Eight", but also other senators who've not declared their opposition to amnesty. One of those targets is Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich. On April 7th, Begich joined with Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young in expressing support for legislation that will secure our border, streamline our legal immigration system and provide a clear and responsible path to citizenship for those already here. The latter is considered "amnesty" and has attracted Numbers USA's opposition. They responded by airing the following ad on Alaska media outlets:

So why did Numbers USA single out Begich and leave Murkowski and Young alone? Two reasons. First, Begich is running for re-election in 2014 and is considered vulnerable; top prospective Republican opponents include Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, and, if he chooses not to seek re-election as Governor, Sean Parnell. But the second reason shows up on Numbers USA's scorecard. Begich grades out weakest on immigration with an F-, while Murkowski grades out at D and Young gets an A.

Reaction: The Begich camp essentially ducked the issue. Susanne Fleek, the state director for Begich’s Alaska offices, said “It is the tide of what’s coming. If you find one billionaire who is willing to fund your campaign then you can run ads all over the country —- Senator Begich isn’t concerned about what one extreme group in Washington D.C. thinks, he want to know what Alaskans think.” Alaska Democratic Party chair Mike Wenstrop issued a statement saying “This is just the beginning of an onslaught of outside spending and advertising this election season. Alaskans like to make up their own minds and do not want to be told what to believe from secretive outside organizations.” On their Facebook page, the Democrats tried to smear Numbers USA with the race card, writing "You've probably seen the Outside ads attacking Senator Begich. Did you know the ads are funding by a secretive Washington DC-based group with ties to white supremacists?" Both lies: First, Numbers USA is not secretive, and second, the group to which they're linked, the Council of Conservative Citizens, is not "white supremacist". In Principle #8, the C of CC merely states, "We support the cultural and national heritage of the United States and the race and civilization of which it is a part, as well as the expression and celebration of the legitimate subcultures and ethnic and regional identities of our people. We oppose all efforts to discredit, debunk, denigrate, ridicule, subvert, or express disrespect for that heritage. We believe public monuments and symbols should reflect the real heritage of our people, and not a politically convenient, inaccurate, insulting, or fictitious heritage".

Then again, the next time a progressive actually tells the truth will be the first. Lying is as instinctive to a progressive as barking is to a dog.

Nevertheless, Mark Begich shouldn't have to wait upon the final version of the immigration bill to come out before declaring himself on the proposed "path to citizenship". He should declare himself now.


  1. I read a press release of Begich that said Alaska is a diverse state so the Alaska delegation is all in for the amnesty. Did the Murkowski 2010 opponent oppose amnesty?

    Is the Republican in 2014 running against Murkowski Lite?

    Rep Steve Stockman has been going after red state democrats on the gun grabber issue. Maybe he can do this on immigration which Stockman is for enforcement.

    1. Alaska diverse? No, just mongrelized, and anchorage specifically. This town needed a neutron bombing 15 years ago.