In a recent NRO piece entitled “Saul Alinsky and the Gang of Eight,” I discussed how, if Schumer-Rubio becomes law, federal dollars devoted to “immigrant integration” will pour into left-wing and Islamist activist groups to fund their own vision of that process.
Now the 844-page bill has been replaced by an 867-page bill that makes the “Alinsky section” of the legislation even stronger. Under Section 2538, “Pilot Programs to Promote Immigrant Integration at State and Local Levels,” under “Authorized Activities” the bill states that “New Immigrant Councils” could be formed to promote integration locally. Originally this section, B(v), declared that the new councils would include representatives from “non profit organizations including those with experience working with immigrant communities.”
The current bill added the words “legal and advocacy” to this section. Thus, it now reads “non profit organizations including those with legal and advocacy experience working with immigrant communities.” Apparently the senators wanted to make sure that leftist and Islamist advocacy organizations (CASA, La Raza, MALDEF, and CAIR and other Islamist groups) would not simply be grant recipients themselves, but would also be entrenched on the “New Immigrant Councils” that will help guide strategy, funding, and implementation at the local level. One could guess why the four Democrats on the Gang of Eight wanted leftist and Islamist organizations with such “legal and advocacy” experience in behalf of immigrants placed on the new immigrant councils, but why did the four Republicans agree to it?