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Florida GOP Leader and State Senator Wavers on E-Verify Amidst Republican Civil War on Immigration Policy

Most Republicans do not seem to have President Trump’s back on this key issue.

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Florida Sen. Joe Gruters, who is also the GOP chairman of his state, is apparently getting cold feet on the issue of restricting illegal immigration and now refuses to commit to supporting E-Verify, only two months after he said he would do so.

“I want to hear what people have to say,” said Gruters, who was previously influential in getting legislation to ban sanctuary cities throughout Florida passed and signed into law. “I will try to make a decision soon on the tour and then will make a decision (on E-Verify).”

E-Verify would require businesses to check the immigration status of prospective employees and making sure they are legal before being able to hire them. Gruters had previously committed to proposing the E-Verify legislation, but is apparently reconsidering under pressure from corporate lobbyists.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce has long urged state lawmakers not to take action against illegal immigration, and instead rely on the broken and corrupt federal Congress to impose a national solution.

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Florida Chamber spokeswoman Edie Ousley said last year that “our broken immigration system is a very real problem best solved comprehensively and conclusively at the federal level rather than 50 states each seeking a patchwork of solutions.”

“We look forward to working with the sponsors to help keep Florida’s businesses competitive, while insuring a lawful, safe, and productive workforce where Florida job creators are not unduly burdened,” Ousley added.

But not every Florida Republican is buckling to pressure from influential lobbyists like those in the Chamber. State Rep. Cord Byrd is standing firm on his pledge to file E-Verify legislation during the 2020 legislative session, and Gov. Ron DeSantis – who won his position largely due to President Trump’s full-throated endorsement – will champion the proposal.

“The governor is unwavering in his support for E-Verify,” said Meredith Beatrice, who works as a spokeswoman for DeSantis, in a statement.

The same battle is playing out in Washington D.C., where “America First” Republicans attempt to prevent their bought-off colleagues from colluding with Democrats to open the flood gates for unchecked immigration.

Immigration hawk Sen. David Purdue (R-GA) blocked S. 386 from moving forward yesterday on the Senate floor. The legislation, proposed by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), would create a green card free-for-all for Indian nationals to give more cheap third-world labor to multinational corporations.

Lee has received substantial donations from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, and Koch Agronomic Services during this election cycle. Lee’s legislation would allow Big Tech firms that employ many temporary foreign visa workers, many of whom are working with expired visas, to legitimize their abusive hiring practices.

While it is clear that the open borders lobby controls the Democratic Party, they also have a substantial foothold in the GOP as well. Florida is now a solidly red state, and if they cannot pass restrictions there to curb massive immigration, that does not bode well for the MAGA agenda anywhere else.

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As Biden Eyes “Transition Away” From Fossil Fuels, Pennsylvania is Second-Largest Natural Gas Producer in US

Destroying Pennsylvanian jobs.

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Joe Biden’s announcement that he plans on a “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels as an energy source may not go over smoothly with the people of Pennsylvania- a state that has scored as the second largest producer of natural gas anywhere in the country.

Joe Biden admitted at the Thursday debate that he plans to “transition away from the oil industry,” citing pollution.

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The United States Energy Information Administration identifies a considerable 20.0% of national natural gas production as coming from the state of Pennsylvania, making it the second biggest producer behind Texas. The state punches well above its weight in doing so, producing almost as much natural gas as Texas despite having less than half of its population.

Biden has sought to dismiss his track record of support for the banning of fracking oil extraction, employing a similar thinly veiled rhetorical trick by stating he’d only decline to allow any new fracking.

The energy industry continues to be a source of gainful, family-supporting employment for over ten million Americans. It’s not an option to “transition away” from the use of fossil fuels in the immediate future- a fact Biden tacitly admitted to after the debate suggestion, perhaps indicating that he realized the political folly of the statement.

A study from the American Petroleum Industry indicates that more than 322,000 Pennsylvanians are employed by the natural gas industry that Biden wants to transition away from.

Pennsylvania is shaping up as the most critical swing state in the election, and in nearly every plausible election night scenario the winner of the state’s 20 electoral votes secures the 270 needed to win the election.

Perhaps Joe Biden should transition away from national politics, and leave policy answers relating to carbon emissions, the environment and a strong energy industry to those more considerate of the role of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and around the country.

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