• The National Council of La Raza is likely to  benefit from grant money set aside in an immigration bill drafted by its former  policy director
  • Legislation passed in the Senate would  exclude three-time DUI offenders from a path to citizenship, but two-time drunk  drivers would be acceptable
  • Passport forgers would no longer be  prosecuted for making a single fake travel document, with the bar being set at  three
  • Document counterfeiters whose materials are  used to obtain passports would only be jailed if they contributed to at least 10  phony passports

By  David Martosko In Washington

PUBLISHED: 03:17 EST, 19  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 03:24 EST, 19 July 2013

Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House's Domestic Policy Council, oversaw the drafting of the Senate's immigration bill. Her former employer, the National Council of La Raza, stands to reap a windfall as a result
Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House’s Domestic  Policy Council, oversaw the drafting of the Senate’s immigration bill. Her  former employer, the National Council of La Raza, stands to reap a windfall as a  result

A former senior policy analyst at the  National Council of La Raza supervised the drafting of a U.S. Senate bill,  passed on June 27,  that would give an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship  if the House of Representatives goes along. And La Raza figures to enlarge its  budget significantly, thanks to slush funds buried deep in the legislation.

A bombshell report published Thursday by  Investor’s  Business Daily shows that the  immigration reform bill would set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for La  Raza and other liberal immigrants’ rights groups, which the federal government  would contract to assist future U.S. citizens with applications and offer them  legal advice.

In a separate little-noticed section of the  legislation, senators propose to rewrite the laws against counterfeiting  passports and the materials used to obtain them. Those new laws would set a  legal threshold of 10 phony passports before a fraudster could be prosecuted for  buying, selling or using counterfeit materials used to produce such fake  documents.

Another section would exclude serial  drunk-drivers from gaining a path to citizenship, but only after they rack up a  third DUI offense.

The report came from the  American Media Institute (AMI), an investigative journalism service.

Munoz (top left) was present on May 21 when President Obama met in the Oval Office with a group of students who have already received Deferred Action and can't be deported, under an executive order Obama issued in 2012
Munoz (top left) was present on May 21 when President  Obama met in the Oval Office with a group of students who have already received  Deferred Action and can’t be deported, under an executive order Obama issued in  2012
La Raza and MALDEF had a hand in organizing pro-immigration-reform rallies like this one at the U.S. Capitol, and now might reap a financial benefit if legislation reaches President Obama's desk
La Raza and MALDEF had a hand in organizing  pro-immigration-reform rallies like this one at the U.S. Capitol, and now might  reap a financial benefit if legislation reaches President Obama’s desk

‘An alien convicted of 3 or more offenses for  driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated on separate dates is  inadmissible’ to the United States on a legal basis, the bill’s  text reads.

But ‘[t]wo prior convictions for this  offense,’ the AMI reported, ‘would not disqualify an immigrant for  legalization.’

And of the language that applies to ‘selling  or forging materials used in making passports,’ the organization adds, ‘the bill  says 10 such instances are verboten, [but] that nine won’t be a  problem.’

The slush fund language, however,  ‘may be the real point of the  legislation,’ AMI contends.

‘This seems likely since the bill was steered  through the Senate by the Obama White House. Overseeing a team of executive  branch bill-drafters ensconced in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, guiding  the legislative process, was Obama director of domestic policy Cecilia Munoz,  the leading presidential staffer on immigration issues.

Before joining the Obama administration,  Munoz was La Raza’s top policy analyst.  La Raza did not return a phone call on Thursday seeking comment.

 

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said on Thursday that his immigration bill doesn't permit any passport counterfeiting, although the legislation's text says otherwise

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said on Thursday  that his immigration bill doesn’t permit any passport counterfeiting, although  the legislation’s text says otherwise

President Barack Obama speaks during a ceremony on July 15, 2013White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Obama (L) has had his hands full trying to persuade  House Republicans to endorse the Senate bill, while White House spokesman Jay  Carney (R) fends off reporters’ questions about its chances for  survival

AMI calculated that several different pots of  taxpayer dollars set aside for immigrants’ rights groups, all on the political  left, ‘would total almost $300 million over three years and grow over  time.’

Those include a $50 million set-aside for  grants to organizations that will advertise benefits available to illegal  immigrants, and to help them fill out paperwork.

Another $100 million, over the first five  years, would be distributed to groups that can set up ‘New Immigrant Councils’  to help formerly illegal immigrants ‘integrate’ into communities in which they  may already have lived for years. After five years, that amount is at the  discretion of the Office of Citizenship and New Americans, a division of the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

$120 million more would be spent over three  years to mount a campaign educating newly legalized immigrants about ’employer  and employee rights, responsibilities and [legal] remedies’ available under the  new law. Again, the federal government would ‘contract with public and private  organizations’ to execute the campaign.

Those groups likely will include La Raza and  the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), says AMI.

La Raza will be ‘arguably  be at the head of the line to receive new funding,’ it says. MALDEF told the  organization that it would likely qualify  for subsidies if the immigration bill becomes law.

Cutting corners to get one of these? Don't counterfeit too many if the Senate immigration bill becomes law: Two will do, but the third could make you a jailbird
Cutting corners to get one of these? Don’t counterfeit  too many if the Senate immigration bill becomes law: Two will do, but the third  could make you a jailbird

Illegal-immigrant minors exempted from deportation by the Obama administration, and their parents, took a mock citizenship oath during a July 10 rally on Capitol Hill aimed at pressuring House Republicans
Illegal-immigrant minors exempted from deportation by  the Obama administration, and their parents, took a mock citizenship oath during  a July 10 rally on Capitol Hill aimed at pressuring House  Republicans

In addition to language allowing  counterfeiters to escape prosecution if their phony materials impacted fewer  than ten illegal passports, other  language in the Senate bill addresses those who actually produce the finished  forgeries.

A 20 year jail sentence is a possibility, but  only for a criminal who ‘produces, issues, or transfers … forges,  counterfeits, alters, or falsely makes … [or] secures, possesses, uses,  receives, buys, sells, or distributes 3 or more [fake] passports.’

Current federal law prescribes up to 25  years in federal prison for unauthorized persons who produce or issue  ‘any  passport’ – meaning a single one.

But under the Senate proposal, ‘three such instances are forbidden, meaning two would  be permitted,’ the Investor’s Business Daily story concluded.

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who  supported the bill, told the conservative Cybercast News  Service a different  story on Thursday.

‘I don’t think that we stand for any  forgeries,’ McCain said.

La Raza highlighted this stroller-brigade immigration protest on Facebook. In future years, taxpayers could be subsidizing the group to help these immigrants learn how to apply for citizenship benefits
La Raza highlighted this stroller-brigade immigration  protest on Facebook. In future years, taxpayers could be subsidizing the group  to help these immigrants learn how to apply for citizenship benefits

Note: The reporter participates in the  AMI’s media advisory board.

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