Conservatives, Tea Partiers Launch Coalition to Stop Immigration Reform Bill

A broad coalition of conservatives and Tea Partiers have written to members of Congress to express their strong opposition to the Senate's amnesty bill on the grounds that it does not equal true immigration reform, Breitbart News has learned.

“We write to express our serious concerns regarding the Gang of Eight's immigration bill, S. 744,” the coalition wrote to members, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Breitbart News. “We oppose this bill and urge you to vote against it when it comes to the Senate floor. No matter how well-intentioned, the Schumer-Rubio bill suffers from fundamental design flaws that make it unsalvageable. 

"Many of us support various parts of the legislation, but the overall package is so unsatisfactory that the Senate would do better to start over from scratch.”

Letter signers include national conservative talk radio hosts Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Roger Hedgecock, Howie Carr, Monica Crowley, Lars Larson, Dr. Gina Loudon and more. The letter also includes conservative leaders like Red State editor Erick Erickson, Twitchy founder and conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, the Rev. C.L. Bryant, best-selling author David Limbaugh, the Hudson Institute’s John Fonte, John Hinderaker of Powerline.com, David Horowitz, Cliff Kincaid of America’s Survival, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mickey Kaus of The Daily Caller, Rich Lowry of the National Review, Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots, Michael Needham of Heritage Action, Ginni Thomas of Liberty Consulting, conservative activist Richard Viguerie, former congressman Allen West, Hillsdale College professor Tom West, conservative women leader Phyllis Schafly, American Family Radio host Sandy Rios and many others. The letter is also signed by local Tea Party and conservative leaders from across the country.

The letter’s signatories express fears that the Schumer-Rubio is “bloated and unwieldy along the lines of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank” and that it also “cedes excessive control over immigration law to an administration that has repeatedly proven itself to be untrustworthy, even duplicitous.”

The group also believes that the bill “legalizes millions of illegal immigrants before securing the borders, thus ensuring future illegal immigration,” and it “rewards law breakers and punishes law enforcement, undermining the rule of law.”

Economically speaking, the coalition believes the bill “hurts American job-seekers, especially those with less education” and “threatens to bankrupt our already strained entitlement system.” They also think the bill “expands government by creating new bureaucracies, authorizing new spending, and calling for endless regulations,” while serving as a vehicle “shot through with earmarks for politically connected interest groups.”

The coalition thinks, too, that the bill “contains dangerous loopholes that threaten national security” and “overwhelms our immigration bureaucracy, guaranteeing widespread fraud.”

The coalition believes true immigration reform is necessary but does not believe this bill represents true immigration reform. “Reforming our immigration system is an important priority,” the group wrote. “But S.744 is such a defective measure that it would do more harm than good.”

“We urge you to vote against it and against any cloture vote to bring up the bill,” the group added. “Only then can a constructive, measured debate take place on how to improve America's immigration policy.”

A full list of the signers, according to the copy of the letter obtained by Breitbart News, is below: 

Barbara Anderson, Citizens for Limited Taxation

Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families

Rev. C.L. Bryant, One Nation Back to God

Howie Carr, New England Talk Radio Host

Ann Corcoran, Refugee Resettlement Watch

Monica Crowley, Ph.D., Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

Glynn Custred, Professor Emeritus CSU East Bay

Jim Eagan, Sumner United for Responsible Government (Tennessee)

Elaine Donnelly, Founder and President, Center for Military Readiness

John Eastman, former Dean Chapman University Law School

Ken Eldred, CEO, Living Stones Foundation

Erick Erickson, Editor of RedState

Maria Espinoza, Houston Eagle Forum, The Remembrance Project

T. Willard Fair, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc.

John Fonte, Hudson Institute

David Frum, Frum Forum

Brigitte Gabriel, President and Founder, Act for America

Frank Gaffney, President Center for Security Policy

Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Donna Hearne, Constitutional Coalition, St. Louis, Missouri

Roger Hedgecock, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

John Hinderaker, Powerline.com

David Horowitz, David Horowitz Freedom Center

Laura Ingraham, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

Mickey Kaus, Columnist, Daily Caller, author The End of Equality

Roger Kimball, Encounter Books and The New Criterion

Cliff Kincaid, President, America’s Survival

Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies

Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Christians for a Sustainable Economy

Lars Larson, Radio Host, Compass Media Networks

Mark Levin, Author and Radio Host

David Limbaugh, Lawyer and Author

Herb London, President, London Center for Policy Research

Dr. Gina Loudon, Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show host and Author

Rich Lowry, Editor, National Review

Michelle Malkin, author of Invasion and syndicated columnist

Ed Martin, Chairman, Missouri Republican Party

Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots

Ken Masugi, Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute

Andy McCarthy, Executive Director, Philadelphia Freedom Center

Eric Metaxas, Author and Speaker

Paul Mirengoff, Powerline.com

Frank L. Morris, Sr., Ph. D.

Mike Needham, CEO, Heritage Action

C. Preston Noell, President Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Peter K. Núñez, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California; Former Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Department of the Treasury

Rev. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action

John O’Sullivan, Editor-at-Large, National Review

Daniel Pipes, President, Middle East Forum

Judson Phillips, Founder Tea Party Nation

Andy Ramirez, Law Enforcement Advocate and Journalist

Sandy Rios, Vice-President, Family PAC Federal and Morning Host for AFR Talk

Phyllis Schlafly, President and Founder, Eagle Forum

Dimitri K. Simes, President & CEO, Center for the National Interest

Smart Girl Politics Action

Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science and of Law, Vanderbilt University

Tea Party Nation

Peter Thomas, The Conservative Caucus

Virginia Thomas, Liberty Consulting

Brad Thor, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Phil Valentine, Nationally Syndicated Conservative Radio Host

Richard Viguerie

Former Congressman Allen West

Tom West, Professor, Hillsdale College

Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association and American Family Radio

Cathie Adams, President, Texas Eagle Forum; Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

Alabama Federation of Republican Women

American Grizzlies United (Wisconsin)

Will Anderson, Conservative Radio Host, WBHP-AM, Huntsville, Alabama

Angela Bean, Coordinator South Atlanta Tea Party Patriots (Georgia)

Michael Berry, Conservative Radio Host, KTRH-AM, Houston, Texas (Syndicated)

Blanchard Tea Party (Idaho)

Jack and Joan Billman, Greencastle Defenders of Liberty, Greencastle, Indiana

Michael Brown, Conservative Radio Host, Denver, Colorado

Martha Brewer, Lamar County Tea Party Patriots (Alabama)

Melody Burns, Conservative Radio Host, WGDJ-AM, Albany, New York

Canton T.E.A. Party (Georgia)

Sam Clovis, President Serious Civics for America, Inc. (Iowa)

Common Sense Campaign of South Alabama

Carroll County Tea Party Association (Georgia)

Darin Danielski, Lake County Area Defenders of Liberty, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Dyersville Tea Party (Iowa)

Dave Elswick, Conservative Radio Host, KARN-FM, Little Rock, Arkansas

Kay Edmonds, Precinct Delegate, Clinton, MI, l9.12 Forum Steering Committee Member, Lenawee GOP Executive Committee Member, Veteran (Post Korea)

Empower Indiana (Indiana)

Bill & Prudence Fields, Eagle Forum, Virginia

Friends of Idaho

Greg Garrison, Conservative Radio Host, WIBC-FM, Indianapolis, Indiana

Georgia Conservatives in Action

Helen Glover, Conservative Radio Host, WHJJ-AM, Providence, Rhode Island

Kay Godwin and Pat Tippett, Co-Chairs, Georgia Conservatives in Action

Becky Gerritson, President Wetumpka TEA Party, Wetumpka, Alabama

Donna Goeddaeus, Northwoods Patriots Tea Party, Conover, Wisconsin

Green Bay (Brown County) Wisconsin TEA Party

Greencastle Defenders of Liberty (Indiana)

Ron Hei, Tea Party Patriots of Covington County

Wally Hauck, Ph.D., President of Optimum Leadership, Member of Milford, CT Republican Town Committee

Hamilton County Patriots (Indiana)

Mark Herr, The Midsouth Tea Party (Tennessee)

Marcia Hora, Iowa Grassroots Coalition

Dustin Inmman Society, Georgia

Illinois Tea Party

Danny B. Joyner, Commander, Alabama Patriots, Brewton, Alabama

Joyce Kaufman, Conservative Radio Host, WFTL-AM, Palm Beach, Florida

Dave Kramer, Dyersville Tea Party (Iowa)

Las Vegas Valley Tea Party (Nevada)

Janna Loar, State Leader Ohio Counts

Bill McLain, Conservative Radio Host, WORD, Greenville, South Carolina

Michigan Eagle Forum 

Montgomery Tea Party (Alabama) 

Matt Murphy, Conservative Radio Host, WAPI, Birminigham, Alabama

Reid Mullins, Conservative Radio Host, KTOK, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Lisa Nancollas, Pennsylvania State Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots and Mifflin County Tea Party Patriots

Sara Jo Odom, Eagle Forum of Oklahoma

Patriots of Liberty TEA Party, Auburn, Alabama

Bobbie Patray, President, Eagle Forum of Tennessee

Carol Payne, Eagle Forum, Lubbock, Texas

Pennsylvania Coalition for Responsible Government

Bill Post, Conservative Radio Host, KYKN, Salem, Oregon

John Putnam, Chairman, Jasper County Republican Central Committee (Missouri)

Merre Putnam, State Committeewoman, 32nd Senatorial District

Steve Ramey and David Hancock, Gwinnett Tea Party (Atlanta)

Russell Ramland Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum, Dallas, Texas

Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Activist, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Janet Smith, Local Coordinator, Greenfield Area Tea Party, Greenfield Indiana

Standpoint Tea Party Patriots (Idaho)

Rainy Day Patriots (Alabama) 

Rob Schilling, WINA-AM, Charlottesville, Virginia

Jeff Schwilk, San Diegans for Secure Borders Coalition

Kim Simac and Shirley Kufeldt, Northwood Patriots, Eagle River, Wisconsin

Todd Isaac “Ike” Skelton, Lebanon Tea Party (Missouri)

Janet Smith, Greenfield Area Tea Party (Indiana)

Loretta and Ricky Short, Wetumpka TEA Party (Alabama)

Eunie Smith, President, Eagle Forum of Alabama

South West Pennsylvania Eagle Forum

Pam Stout, Idaho State Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots

Barbara Susco, Florida Eagle Forum

Taxed Enough Already Party, Barbour County, Alabama

Taxed Enough Already Party, Quitman County, Georgia

Tea Party North (Indiana)

Brian Tilton, Conservative Radio Host, WTPL-FM, Concord, New Hampshire

Joe Thomas, Conservative Radio Host, WCHV-AM, Charlottesville, Virginia

Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots (Indiana)

Dawn Wildman SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, Inc.

Lynn Woolley, Lynn Woolley Show, Syndicated, Texas

Don and Skeet Workman, Eagle Forum, Lubbock, Texas

Sally Zelikovsky, Founder of Bay Area Patriots and Coordinator of San Francisco Tea Party

Dennis Zellaha, Tea Party Patriots and Iowa Grassroots Coalition (Iowa)
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