Feb 01

Media Keep Pushing ‘Hispanic Vote’ Mantra on GOP

Latinos are not going to become instant conservatives [but] . . . without a more generous stance on immigration [i.e. amnesty], Republicans will continue to lose Latino votes. And the fact is Republicans do not need to win 70 percent, or even 51 percent, of Latinos. If they could just get back to Bush’s 44 percent share, it could make a big difference. — David Horsey, Los Angeles Times 2/1/13 

Fact Check: The media are still in a virtual feeding frenzy as they keep claiming that Republicans must pass amnesty in order to get “Hispanic votes.” Without these votes, they warn, the GOP will never win national elections again. Interestingly, as many of these commentators are liberal Democrats, their solicitude and concern about Republicans seems strange, to say the least. And frankly it also sounds suspicious, given the obvious political advantage Democrats can gain from amnesty, one explicitly stated by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer in his book How Progressives Can Win.

Harry Enten, who publishes in guardian.co.uk, recently wrote an article explaining why promoting amnesty will not win Republicans enough Hispanic votes to give their party any significant electoral advantage. His main points are summarized below:

A Latino Decisions (LD) poll right before the election found that only six percent of Hispanics said that immigration was the most important issue to them. Sixty-five percent cited other issues. When asked if a more liberal Republican position on immigration would make them more inclined to vote for the GOP, 31 percent said yes, but 58 percent say they weren’t sure or that it have no effect, and 11 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for the party.

The main reason for the reluctance of many Hispanics to support the GOP is their opposition to its central message of less government. Seventy-five percent of Hispanics, according to research by the Pew Hispanic Center, favor larger government and more social programs, compared with only 19 percent who want smaller government. On social issues, stressed by Republicans, second and third generations Hispanics are no more conservative than the general population, and on two, abortion and homosexuality, they are more liberal.

Contrary to the media narratives, pro-amnesty Republican presidential candidates do not do significantly better than those who oppose it. The claim that George W. Bush got 44 percent of the Hispanic vote is unsubstantiated. According to polling by the William C. Velasques Institute, his total was only 35 percent. Pro-amnesty John McCain got only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote, not a significantly greater margin than Mitt Romney’s 27 percent.  

The Hispanic percentage of the voting population is growing, but not rapidly. It projected to rise only 0.6 percent, each election year, through 2024. Also some of the key swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have small Hispanic populations, which will have little impact on elections.

The best strategy for Republicans, Enten suggests, is to wait for more Hispanics to move up the economic ladder and assimilate. Then Republican principles may become more appealing to them. Although he didn’t say so, he might have added that continued mass immigration, and particularly amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens, will certainly delay assimilation. Also, he might have noted that GOP support for amnesty will alienate many grassroots Republicans and discourage them from voting.

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Feb 01

Obama Regime Tells Immigrants to Sign Up for Obamacare

The welcome materials the federal government directs new immigrants to read — which detail, among other facets of American life, how and where to get  government benefits — are in the process of getting a bit of a makeover to  increase accessibility for newcomers.

The WelcometoUSA.gov website, which bills itself as “the U.S.  Government’s official web portal for new immigrants,” maintained by the  Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS), will soon feature information about President Barack Obama’s signature  health care legislation, USCIS spokesman Chris Bentley told The Daily  Caller.

USCIS has already added new promotional banners to the site that make it  easier for users to find information about personal finance, child care and  emergency information. The agency is working to make the language even more  accessible to its target immigrant audience.

Read more at The Daily Caller

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Feb 01

Obama Regime Recruits Big Business to Push Amnesty

Pressing to move quickly to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws, Democratic leaders began setting a strategy to advance legislation as the White House worked to rally business support.

Returning to a tactic used in last year’s fiscal fight, administration officials held a conference call with executives of some of the nation’s largest companies to lay out President Barack Obama’s proposals and to enlist corporate backing.

Read more at Bloomberg.

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Feb 01

Obama Wants Action on Amnesty in Six Months

President Obama said Wednesday that he wants Congress to pass an overhaul of immigration law in the first half of the year, suggesting that if lawmakers cannot produce a detailed plan within a few months, he would probably intervene with his own legislation.

In interviews with Hispanic television networks, Obama, for the first time, gave a rough timetable for an overhaul of immigration policy. He told interviewers at Telemundo and Univision that he thought a March deadline for a plan was sensible.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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Feb 01

Bipartisan Immigration Amnesty Plan to Cost Taxpayers Trillions

At the state and local level, the average low skill immigrant household received $14,145 in benefits and services and paid only $5,309 in taxes. The average low skill immigrant households imposed a net fiscal burden on state and local government of $8,836 per year.

The fiscal burden imposed by low skill immigrant households is slightly greater at the state and local level than at the federal level. The annual fiscal deficit for all 4.54 million low skill immigrant households at the state and local level in 2004 was $49.1 billion. Over the next ten years the state and local fiscal deficit caused by low skill immigrants on state and local governments will approach a half trillion dollars.

Read more at the Heritage Foundation

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Jan 31

Obama Pushes Amnesty on Spanish Language Media

President Obama promoted amnesty for illegal aliens on two Spanish language television networks. To put forward his message, he did interviews with Jose Diaz Balart of Telemundo and Maria Elena Salinas of Univision.  

Read more at USA Today.

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Jan 31

Illegal Alien Advocates Warn Republicans on Words

Illegal alien advocates are telling Republicans that they must not use language that offends illegal aliens. Specifically, they say that Republicans should use the word “undocumented immigrant” instead of “illegal” or “alien.” Also they should refer to amnesty as “immigration reform.”  A leader of this effort is Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who once stated that “I have only one loyalty, and that’s to the immigrant community.”  

Read more at The Hill.

 

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Jan 30

Coulter: Rubio Amnesty Plan Means Oblivion for GOP

For decades, Democrats have been working feverishly to create more Democrats by encouraging divorce (another Democratic voter!), illegitimacy (another Democratic voter!) and Third World immigration (another Democratic voter!).

Strangely, some Republicans seem determined to create more Democratic voters, too. That will be the primary result of Sen. Marco Rubio’s amnesty plan.

Read the entire commentary here

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Jan 30

Amnestied Illegal Aliens to Get Federal Health Benefits From Taxpayers

If all goes as planned, the Affordable Care Act will extend insurance coverage to 30 million Americans in the course of a decade. It will also leave 30 million Americans uninsured. One quarter of that population will be undocumented immigrants.

Non-citizens living in the United States have, for decades, had significantly lower rates of health insurance coverage. The Congressional Research Service estimates nearly half of non-citizen residents of the United States lack insurance coverage.

The health-care law does offer new coverage options for legal immigrants. They, like American citizens, are eligible for subsidized health insurance coverage if they earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line ($44,680 for an individual).

Legal immigrants can also qualify for Medicaid coverage after five years of legal residence in the United States. This was true prior to the Affordable Care Act, but will likely become more meaningful when many states expand their Medicaid programs up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line.

Legal immigrants will also be subject to the mandated purchase of health insurance coverage at the start of next year.

For undocumented workers, the post-Obamacare landscape is markedly different. Undocumented workers are barred from federal subsidies and also exempt from the individual mandate. There might be some residual benefits; the ban on pre-existing conditions, for example, would extend to all American residents. The lion’s share of the law’s coverage expansion, however, would stay out of reach.

Read more at the Washington Post

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Jan 30

ICE Agents Sue DHS Bosses Over No-Deportation Policy

A federal judge ruled that nearly a dozen federal immigration agents can move  forward with their lawsuit against their own bosses and even President Obama  over change in enforcement policy that the agents argue prevent them from doing  their jobs.

Federal Judge Reed O’Conner ruled on Friday Immigration and Customs  Enforcement agents’ case has legal merit. They argue their bosses essentially  have forced them to look the other way and not enforce the law —  thus  overstepping Congress by changing laws through directives rather than  legislation.

The state of Mississippi joined the lawsuit against the administration but  judge O’Conner dismissed the state from the lawsuit on Friday in the  35-page opinion.

The agents filed the lawsuit in October against the head of the Department of  Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and ICE Director John Morton, to ask the  courts to overturn last year’s directive by Obama to suspend deportation  proceedings and offer temporary work authorization to some immigrants brought to  the United States illegally as children.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/01/29/judge-immigration-agents-suing-obama-can-move-forward/#ixzz2JTwfmrLT

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