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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2007

CONTACT: Suzanne Bibby (202) 544-0353

Eagle Forum: Senate Immigration Bill is Amnesty
"Compromise" bill will alienate Conservative base

Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, strongly opposes the immigration deal struck today in the U.S. Senate. "There is virtually no support among the conservative base for any bill championed by Sen. Ted Kennedy, especially on immigration" said Eagle Forum Executive Director Jessica Echard.

"If there was anything else Republicans and President Bush could do to alienate conservatives, I don't know what it is," Echard said. "The costs to taxpayers will be enormous. The bureaucracy created will be unmanageable and fraud will be rampant. If passed, this bill will make the Republican party a permanent minority party because the majority of those given amnesty will be low-skilled and dependent on the welfare state."

"The American people will not be fooled. No matter how high the fines and despite the triggers, this bill is amnesty," Echard continued. "It allows people who broke our laws to obtain what they came here to get. It is like giving a bank robber the money he stole after he serves his sentence."

Eagle Forum has recently sponsored several training sessions for conservative activists on issues of immigration and national sovereignty. In Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Eagle Forum activists learned how to ask questions of presidential candidates on immigration in a way that prevents them from ducking the issue or equivocating. A list of questions can be found here.

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