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Secret $300 million community organizer slush fund for left-wing groups hidden in immigration bill

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Author M. Stanton Evans drops a bombshell: Buried deep within the Senate-approved immigration reform bill there are provisions authorizing a new $300 million slush fund that could benefit National Council of La Raza and other Saul Alinsky-inspired radical activist groups.

The  multimillion-dollar slush fund would be designated “for left-wing nonprofit groups to provide services to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S.,” Evans writes in Investor’s Business Daily.  The fund would total almost $300 million over three years and grow over time.  The bill is “chock-full of de facto earmarks, pork barrel spending, and special interest sweeteners,” according to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Groups likely to receive the slush fund money include National Council of La Raza and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund). “La Raza is already a recipient of federal grants and contracts — running at $8 million to $10 million per year — and would arguably be at the head of the line to receive new funding,” Evans writes.

Under the current wording of the legislation, nonprofits would provide information to illegal immigrants and the general public  regarding “the eligibility and benefits of registered provisional immigrant status.”  They would also complete complete immigration and naturalization documents and seek waivers for illegals and their qualifying family members.

The bill also contains some unusual provisions that are unlikely to be supported by the public.

As Evans writes,

Among the features of the bill in terms of immigration enforcement are provisos concerning drunken driving in the U.S. Two prior convictions for this offense would not disqualify an immigrant for legalization, but a third offense, after the bill is passed, may disqualify a migrant from becoming a citizen. Similar rules apply to counterfeiting or altering passports: three such instances are forbidden, meaning two would be permitted. As to selling or forging materials used in making passports, the bill says 10 such instances are verboten, that nine won’t be a problem.

It appears that Cecilia Munoz, a White House staffer who used to work as a senior policy analyst at La Raza, has been the driving force behind the legislative push.

“Thus a former La Raza official has been pushing through legislation that advances the La Raza program and could potentially fill its coffers,” Evans observes.