Legislative News
for the Week of
January 29, 2013
Rae Chornenky
Maria Jeffrey

Coming up on the Hill: 

Eight senators are pushing to have an immigration reform plan written by March, and up for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee in late spring, early summer

Thursday, January 31, 2013: Former Senator Hagel's (R-NE) Cabinet hearing

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 Overlooked Role of Senator Kerry in Education for Sustainability


            NFRW member and author Holly Swanson, Director of Operation Green Out!, submits that the radical agenda of the organization Second Nature, the organization she says Senator John Kerry founded in 1993, is an issue of concern in his confirmation as Secretary of State.  Ms. Swanson is the author of two books on this subject, the first of which is Set Up and Sold Out, Find Out What Green Really Means.
             In a press release issued January 25, 2013, Swanson's Operation Green Out!  pointed out that not only does Senator Kerry's Second Nature organization push the "agenda of the education for sustainability movement into America's schools" and "mirrors Green Party goals," Second Nature co-founder Anthony Cortese has also been documented in Ms. Swanson's latest book,

Training for Treason, the Harmful Agenda Behind Education for Sustainability, as saying that "We need to change ... a whole set of beliefs and values, and those come from culture, from religion, from social, economic, and political structure ..."  


            Green Out! states that the plan of Senator Kerry's effort is to use public education as a tool to train students to adopt Second Nature's mindset.  Senator Kerry's co-founder Cortese is again quoted as saying "U.S. Senator John Kerry and I started Second Nature ... because we felt that we needed a massive change in mindset.  And we needed to work on higher education because higher education trains all the professionals in society and the people who are leading all of our institutions, all the future K-12 teachers.  They train all, and also set-the-kids-up, for our framework for learning."


             As the mission of Operation Green Out! is to stop the misuse of public education to politically indoctrinate America's children and to stop any plan to pressure students and scare children "into compliance" out of fear of environmental claims, Operation Green Out! warns against the objectives of Senator Kerry's Second Nature organization which it believes includes using public education to change cultural, religious, social, economic and the political structures of our nation to match its own goals.  Operation Green Out!  raises its concerns as the agenda of the next Secretary of State is questioned in Senate confirmation hearings. 

Immigration Agreement in the Senate


           Yesterday eight senators representing both political parties released the framework for comprehensive immigration legislation they will pen in the upcoming months. The "gang of eight," which includes Republican Senators McCain, Graham, Rubio, and Flake, and Democratic Senators Schumer, Durbin, Menendez, and Bennet, plan to have legislation written by March for consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee. 


           The framework these senators centered their reform proposal around is based on four legislative pillars: 

  • "Create a tough but fair path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required;
  • Reform our legal immigration system to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the American economy and strengthen American families;
  • Create an effective employment verification system that will prevent identity theft and end the hiring of future unauthorized workers; and,
  • Establish an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our nation's workforce needs, while simultaneously protecting all workers."


          Riding on the wave for immigration reform, President Obama spoke in Las Vegas today about the issue and the White House released a fact sheet on what the administration is looking for in an immigration plan. To read President Obama's fact sheet, click here. To read the entirety of the "gang of eight" proposal, click here


Texas Federation of Republican Women Adopts Immigration Reform Resolution
             In January of 2013, the Board of Directors at the Texas Federation of Republican Women stated, according to their website, that the Board "overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on the federal government to immediately pass and fund legislation to reform the current immigration system."
            TFRW Carolyn Hodges is quoted as saying: "Our goal was to arrive at a reasonable statement, one that actually had the opportunity to be implemented; one that would look at a complete solution for the entire issue. We wanted a policy statement that would encourage good legislation and serve as a deterrent for poor piecemeal legislation."
            The resolution resulted from the work of a committee appointed to evaluate the current immigration system and collect data from experts in the field, immigrants themselves, business and land owners, law enforcement and adversaries of system reform. The number of alleged illegal immigrants in this country and the "antiquated system" of admitting and regulating potential immigrants led to the conclusion that the outdated system only encourages illegal immigration. 
           Citing the federal government's refusal to secure our borders and the loss of life as a result, the TFRW document points out the fact that the federal government "has an urgent obligation to address the issue of immigration in this country." First, funds necessary to finally secure the borders of the United States must be allocated and invested. 
            The TFRW also calls on the federal government to not only implement a technologically state-of-the-art immigration system but also to create a guest worker program that would enable the government to document individuals and families who are in this country; requiring them to pass health and criminal background checks, to pay taxes, and be self-supporting, and to purchase health and other required insurances. Criteria is also suggested to allow young people who were brought into this country illegally to qualify for legal resident status by gaining English fluency and knowledge of American civics, having no criminal record, complying with health requirements, graduating from high school and either pursuing a college degree or entering into military service. 
To read the full text of the resolution, click here