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Numbers USA Liveblogging: Victories For Immigration Reformers In Congress
Roy Beck is liveblogging at NumbersUSA:
NumbersUSA Founder & CEO Roy Beck will be live-blogging throughout Election Night about the immigration policy implications among the hundreds of results that you are unlikely to find on TV. He will be assisted by two dozen members of the NumbersUSA staff who will be combing through all the resources and results and alerting him to information that he should pass on to you.)
8:15 p.m. -- First victories for our Immigration True Reformers in Congress: Rep. Goodlatte and Rep. Wittman of Virginia, Rep. Westmoreland of Georgia, Rep. Ross of Mississippi have been called winners. Goodlatte is in line to be the next chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee which will handle immigration issues in the next two years.
8:00 p.m. -- Lots of pundits in big publications -- starting over the weekend and getting into overdrive today -- are suggesting that Romney may lose because he took a strong pro-enforcement immigration stance.
6:55 p.m. -- We will also be letting you know how our Five-for-Fivers across the nation do tonight. These are the Members of Congress who co-sponsored bills in all five major solutions we propose: ending chain migration, visa lottery and birthright citizenship for illegal aliens, plus supporting mandatory E-Verify and local immigration enforcement.
AL 5- Mo Brooks, CA 52 -- Brian Bilbray, CA 31-- Gary Miller, CA 39-- Ed Royce, CO 6-- Mike Coffman, CO 5--Doug Lamborn, FL 7-- John Mica, FL 11-- Rich Nugent, FL 15- - Dennis Ross, MS 4-- Steven Palazzo, NC 3-- Walter Jones, TX 31 --John Carter, TX 24-Kenny Marchant, WV 1-- David McKinley,
6:50 p.m. -- Georgia- Westmoreland (CD 3), Kingston (CD 1), Gingrey (CD 11)
Virginia- Wittman (CD 1), Goodlatte (CD 6). These are the True Reformers in the states with polls closing by 7 p.m.
6:30 p.m. -- 5 True Reformer incumbents are in states that will be closed as of 7 p.m. We will be reporting by social media and webcast when races are called on these very committed alllies of ours. We don't give the label of True Reformer until a Member of Congress has met vigorous criteria on a lot of immigration-reduction and enforcement issues.
4:51 p.m. Tuesday -- I voted with my neighbors. I always love mixing it up at the polling place with neighbors who are all over the map politically, often handing out competing voting guides. It is this spirit that we have to keep when the results are all announced. Whatever side you are on, you know people and like people who voted on the other side. About half of Americans will go to bed tonight a little depressed by the results. That's just the way it is. Even in landslide elections, 40% of Americans are deeply disappointed. Thank goodness, the losers won't have their homes confiscated tomorrow, eh?
6:50 p.m. Monday -- The net of predictions from the pundits seems to be that there will be no change in Congress and, thus, very little change in Washington after the election, unless the White House changes hands.
For all who are still waiting after 16 years for Congress to take up the rest of the recommendations of the bi-partisan "Barbara Jordan" Commission on Immigration Reform, this prospect of no changes can be troubling. But NumbersUSA will be searching on Election Night for any sub-plots among the results that suggest the possibilities of change, good or ill. In the segment at the bottom of this blog are the races that could have the greatest effect on how Congress deals with current immigration policies that appear designed precisely to cause the most misery among America's unemployed.[More, Updates]