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Conservative icon Schlafly blasts federal immigration proposals

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by Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog

OKLAHOMA CITY – Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly has blasted new federal proposals to allow an easier path to citizenship for undocumented aliens.

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SCHLAFLY SPEAKS: Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly was featured speaker at the annual awards banquet for Eagle Forum of Oklahoma.

In an interview with Oklahoma Watchdog, Schlafly said, “I consider it suicide for the country to pass that. The only people who want it are the Chambers of Commerce and the big money people.

“They are already up there in Washington lobbying for the Senate bill. They want even more immigration. They have a chance to get it because of the big donors who want the cheap labor.”

Schlafly continued, “If the Republicans don’t defeat this amnesty bill, the Republican Party will be a permanent minority. This is just the practical result of the bill.” As for the measure’s advocates, she asserted, “They’re not really interested in immigration, they’re interested in building and preserving big government.”

Schlafly spoke in Oklahoma City at a tribute to Bunny Chambers, long-time leader of the Oklahoma Eagle Forum.

Schlafly describes Eagle Forum as “a positive force for traditional values.” The group’s objectives are, in its mission statement, described as “dedicated to preserving the political, economic and social principles upon which our nation was founded.”

The group is characterized by citizen-volunteer activism on multiple issues, including opposition to abortion, support for traditional marriage, advocacy for the private enterprise system, maintenance of a strong national defense and what leaders call “a sound immigration policy.”

Under Schlafly’s leadership, “the Eagles,” as they are known in the conservative movement, led the charge against the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, supported the confirmation of conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices such as Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and the late William Rehnquist. Schlafly has played a role at every Republican National Convention since the 1950s.

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Patrick B. McGuigan is bureau chief for the Oklahoma City Bureau of Watchdog.org, and works from the press room at the state Capitol. He is also the editor of CapitolBeatOK, and Associate Publisher of The City Sentinel newspaper. In 2013, The Washington Post blog “The Fix” designated Pat one of the best reporters in Oklahoma. In addition to the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, where he serves as state secretary-treasurer, Pat is a member of the National Press Club and the Tulsa Press Club.

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