The union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents says that the immigration legislation proposed by the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” gives amnesty for illegal aliens priority over immigration law enforcement. Chris Crane, head of the union, the National ICE Council, stated, “The plan of the Gang of Eight appears to be legalization or amnesty first, and then enforcement. That’s a big problem for us.”
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A sophisticated airborne radar system developed to track Taliban fighters planting roadside bombs in Afghanistan has found a new use along the U.S. border with Mexico, where it has revealed gaps in security.
Operated from a Predator surveillance drone, the radar system has collected evidence that Border Patrol agents apprehended fewer than half of the foreign migrants and smugglers who had illegally crossed into a 150-square-mile stretch of southern Arizona.
The number of “gotaways,” as the Border Patrol calls those who escape apprehension, is both more precise and higher than official estimates.
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The Senate’s draft immigration bill will increase the inflow of foreign workers to 1 million people per year, according to government data and news reports.
The 1 million inflow would provide almost one foreign worker for every four Americans who turn 18.
The rate would be high enough to fill up all the extra jobs created during the last five months.
The 1 million inflow would include at least 350,000 people capable of competing for middle-class skilled jobs sought by the 1.8 million Americans who graduate from university each year.
“I believe in a free-market, but this [inflow] will aggravate the problems for [American] graduates,” Richard Vedder, director of the libertarian Center for College Affordability and Productivity, told The Daily Caller.
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Senate Budget Committee Republican staff on Thursday released a description of what they claim is a “major flaw” in the immigration reform plan being pushed by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight”–a loophole that will end up being a multi-trillion dollar entitlement spending increase, with the burden falling on American taxpayers.
“According to what has been publicly reported about the Gang of Eight’s forthcoming immigration bill, there appears to be a major flaw that could allow millions of illegal immigrants to access federal welfare benefits and poverty programs,” the GOP Budget Committee staff wrote in a statement to media.
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Since the discussion of granting amnesty began in Congress, illegal border crossings have substantially increased, according to data cited by Townhall. A Border Patrol agent quoted by Townhall stated, “We’ve seen the number of illegal aliens double, maybe even triple since amnesty talks started happening. A lot of these people, although not the majority, are criminals or aggravated felons. This is a direct danger to our communities.”
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A spokesman for President Obama said that Obama wants amnesty legislation to move quickly through Congress without significant scrutiny by congressional committees. Many Washington observers agree that the more amnesty is examined, the less likely that it will pass.
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The Sunlight Foundation says that over the last five years more than 3,100 lobbyists registered to work members of Congress on immigration — a figure that underscores the big stakes involved both ideologically and economically.
“The companies they represent range from firms seeking high-tech workers to agribusinesses in search of farm workers. And even though there has been no serious effort to enact a major immigration reform bill since 2010, the lobbyists have been working the hallways of Congress out of the national spotlight to push for their clients’ interests,” wrote Sunlight reporter Anupama Narayanswamy.
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In the shadow of a bipartisan Senate group preparing to roll out broad immigration legislation next week, shortly after Congress returns from its holiday break, a bipartisan group of eight House members is readying its own bill.
In contrast to the Senate plan — which would provide one clear, if difficult, path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country — the House legislation will most likely offer three distinct paths to legal status.
Young immigrants in the country without legal papers, who often call themselves “Dreamers,” and low-skilled agricultural workers would qualify for an expedited road to legal status, people familiar with the negotiations said. The Dreamers should not be punished for being brought illegally to the country by their parents, House aides said, and the members agreed that the agricultural workers perform crucial work for the economy.
In an opinion article in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, Representative Raúl R. Labrador, a Republican member of the group from Idaho, more explicitly laid out the path for Dreamers: “Those who entered the U.S. as children, through no fault of their own, will be allowed to have a pathway to citizenship.”
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The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.”
The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company’s on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels.
“The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,” Carroll wrote.
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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) repeated his concern that some senators want to move too quickly on amnesty legislation. With reference to the failed 1986 amnesty, Sessions stated, “Never again can Congress pass a far-reaching proposal only for the American people to find out what’s in it later. What we need, and must have, is a full and thorough national discussion over every component of this bill.” He added that it would “take months–not weeks” for such legislation to receive adequate attention.
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