Mar 18

Senator Presses USDA on Food Stamps for Immigrants

After an effort to defund the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food stamp  outreach partnership with the Mexican government went  down in committee Thursday, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions continued  to press the agency for more information about non-citizen participation in the  food stamp program.

In a Friday letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack obtained by The Daily  Caller, Sessions — who has been exchanging letters with Vilsack about USDA’s  partnership with Mexico since last summer— requested additional information about the people the USDA has been enrolling  in nutrition assistance programs and the agency’s program goals.

Last month, in a letter recently obtained by TheDC, Vilsack revealed that the  share of overall Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food  stamp, benefits going to legal non-citizens has accounted for between 3.5–4.0  percent of the total caseload since 2004.

Read more at The Daily Caller

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Mar 15

Gang of Eight Aims for Agreement Next Week

Eight pro-amnesty senators, menbers of the so-called Gang of Eight, seek to finalize an amnesty agreement next week. Once the agreement is reached, aides of the senators will draw up legislation to submit to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.   

Read more at Reuters.

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Mar 15

Trends Dispute Claim of Scientific Worker Shortage

High tech executives never cease claiming that they face a shortage of skilled U.S. workers with scientific training, so therefore they must have foreigners to do the jobs. The latest such claim is by 100 chief executives of tech companies in a letter to President Obama asking for visas to allow foreign tech students in U.S. colleges to stay here and work. Said the letter: “Yet because our current immigration system is outdated and inefficient, many high-skilled [temporary visa holders] who want to stay in America are forced to leave because they cannot obtain permanent visas.”

Fact Check: What they’re saying is simply far from true. A good refutation was a recent article appearing in The Atlantic 2/20/13 by Jordan Weissmann. He observed: “Politicians and businessmen are fond of talking about America’s scientist shortage—the dearth of engineering and lab talent that will inevitably leave us sputtering in the global economy. But it’s time they start talking about our scientist surplus instead.

Weissmann continued: I am by no means the first person to make this point. But I was compelled to . . . illustrate it after reading a report from Inside Higher Ed. . . . In short, job prospects for young science Ph.D.’s haven’t been looking so hot these past few years, not only in the life sciences, which have been weak for some time, but also in fields like engineering.”

The article had graphs to illustrate the trends. For Ph.D. graduates in the physical sciences, the rate of immediate employment after graduation has declined from 42 percent in 2001 to 28 percent in 2011. During that same interval the percentage who couldn’t find jobs directly after graduation increased from 24 percent to 31 percent. The percentage pursuing post doctoral studies, sometimes for lack of employment opportunities, rose from 34 to 41 percent.

The trends in engineering, a field particularly cited for alleged shortages, were most revealing. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of graduates not immediately employed declined from 59 percent to 38 percent. Those not getting a job upon graduation increased from 27 to 36 percent. Post doctorates went from 14 percent to 26 percent.

These employment trends are simply inconsistent with the claim that we face a dire shortage of people with scientific and high tech skills. Once again, it appears that the companies are facing a shortage of workers to whom they can pay lower wages than they can to Americans.

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Mar 15

Billionaires and Millionaires Renew Push for More Immigration

More than 100  chief executives of major tech companies and trade associations — including  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer — urged President Obama  and Congress on Thursday to reform the existing immigration rules for  highly-skilled workers.

In a letter sent to the president and lawmakers, the tech heavyweights said the need  to hire and retain skilled foreign and domestic workers is one of the top  economic challenges facing the country and the existing immigration laws are a  hurdle to addressing this issue. They argue that high-skilled immigrants have  gone on to create companies like Google, eBay and Yahoo, which have driven job  and economic growth in the United States.
“Yet because our current  immigration system is outdated and inefficient, many high-skilled immigrants who  want to stay in America are forced to leave because they are unable to obtain  permanent visas. Some do not bother to come in the first place,” the letter  reads. “This is often due to visa shortages, long waits for green cards, and  lack of mobility.”

The letter comes as both chambers of Congress are hammering out legislation  aimed at overhauling the nation’s immigration laws. President Obama is pushing  for Congress to clear a bill this year and has made comprehensive immigration  reform a top priority after securing more than half of the Latino vote in the  November election.

Read more at The Hill

 

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Mar 15

S.C. Evangelical Leaders Push Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

South Carolina is fast becoming ground zero in the fight over immigration  reform.

A coalition of pro-reform groups on Wednesday launched a major advertising  and grassroots campaign in the state to argue for immigration reform — and to  commend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for his efforts on its behalf.

The push comes just weeks after NumbersUSA, a group that vehemently opposes the  bipartisan Senate framework for immigration reform, used its first commercials  of the election cycle to attack Graham.

The state has taken on a crucial role in the political battle over reform — and not only because of its senior senator.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s  Immigration panel, and will play a central role in shaping any immigration deal  in Congress. The state’s culture, demographics and politics also make it one to  watch as the issue plays out in a Republican Senate primary.

“South Carolina is important both because Sen. Graham has been part of the  group of senators who have been courageously taking this issue on … and you  also have of course Trey Gowdy,” said Richard Land, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“It’s up to us to convince [Gowdy] that the majority of the members of his  district support comprehensive immigration reform, and we believe they do.”

Land is involved with the Evangelical Immigration Table, a group that  launched radio ads on Christian radio stations across the state on Wednesday.  The group argues, in biblical terms, why Christians should support immigration  reform.

Read more at The Hill

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Mar 15

Conservatives Appear Torn Over Immigration

GOP leaders have decided it’s time  their party surmounts the immigration issue, embraces legalization and moves on,  and rank-and-file conservatives are warming to that stance — though they still  fear their leaders will sell out conservative principles for political gain.

Activists gathered for the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference said Thursday they fear a repeat of the last time the country granted an amnesty, in 1986, when the legalization happened, but the government did not follow through on stricter enforcement.

Read more at the Washington Times

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Mar 15

ICE Chieft Admits Freeing Illegal Aliens With Criminal Records

The Obama administration said Thursday it  had rearrested and brought back four of the most dangerous immigrants it  released from detention last month in the run-up to the budget  sequestration.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John  Morton testified to Congress that his agency  released 10 “level one” offenders, and has gone out and apprehended four of  them. He said the other six are nonviolent.

Mr. Morton also acknowledged that overall,  2,228 immigrants were released — far more than the several hundred the agency  had initially acknowledged. Of those, 629 had criminal records, though Mr.  Morton said they were low-level offenders.

The releases have drawn a stern rebuke from Republicans, who said it showed  mismanaged priorities. They also said ICE’s concession that it released far more  immigrants than it first acknowledged dents the agency’s credibility.

Read more at the Washington Times

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Mar 14

NY Times Allows No Moderation on Immigration

A report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) traces the movement of New York Times editorials on immigration from moderate liberalism to radical extremism. The latter often consists of name calling against immigration restrictionists rather than reasoned analysis. The author of the report is Jerry Krammer, who won a Pulitzer prize for reporting in 2006. Krammer says that the instigator of the Times’ extremism is its publisher Arthur Sulzberger.

Read more at CIS.

 

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Mar 14

Obama Calls Flake to Plot Amnesty

President Obama called Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Monday to plot amnesty legislation. Flake is a member of the “Gang of Eight,” a group of four Republican and four Democrat senators who suport amnesty. Republicans who want cheap labor and Democrats who want cheap votes have a bipartisan interest in rewarding illegal aliens with legal status.

Read more at The Hill.

 

 

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Mar 13

Survey: Business Execs Want More Immigrant Workers

The overwhelming majority of U.S. businesses favor immigration reform that would make it easier for people with science and other technical expertise come to the U.S., according to a new survey. But that consensus appears to break down when it comes to immigrants without those skills or those who have entered the country illegally.

The Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook survey found that 88 percent of chief financial officers at more than 500 U.S. companies favor switching from the current lottery system of immigration to one based on merit. For corporate executives, such merit appears to mean having the right set of professional skills.

Read more at CBS News

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