Feb 09

Business and Union Bosses Seek Unity on Amnesty

Business interests represented by the Chamber of Commerce are seeking common ground with union bosses, such as Richard Trumka of the AFL- CIO, to promote amnesty for illegal aliens. One area of disagreement in the past has been the issue of including a provision for guest workers with amnesty legislation. Business has favored guest workers, while labor hasn’t.      

Read more at The New York Times.

 

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Feb 08

Public Sees Unemployment Link to Mass Immigration; Washington Doesn’t

A new survey on the effects of the economic downturn shows many more Americans than previously reported have been profoundly touched by joblessness and its related hardships.

In addition, the survey, by scholars at Rutgers University, shows more Americans than previously thought blame illegal immigration for the problem of unemployment — more than blame Wall Street bankers, or George W. Bush, or Barack Obama.

So what is Washington doing amid these deep economic anxieties? Working on a bipartisan plan that would begin with the mass, immediate legalization of illegal immigrants, before any border security or enforcement measures.

That those two facts exist simultaneously — deep fears about the economy and a political fixation on immigration reform — is just one illustration of a disconnect between national political leaders and the people who elected them.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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Feb 08

Obama in Secret Meetings With Cheap Labor Lobby on Amnesty

Sen. Jeff Sessions is slamming President Barack Obama’s closed-door meetings  with lobbyists pushing greater immigration, including the business interests  that profit from low-wage labor by skilled and unskilled immigrants.

“Obama is meeting privately with the most powerful men in finance and  business to discuss how to bring in more low-wage labor at a time when millions  of Americans can’t earn enough to pay their bills,” Sessions said in a statement  to The Daily Caller.

“Republicans should seize this issue as a crucial moment in history to stand  up for the working people of this county, and to defend them against elite  Washington interests,” he said.

Read more at The Daily Caller

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Feb 07

Poll: Most Likely Voters Want Illegals to Go Home

A poll commissioned by the Center for Immigration Studies found that 52 percent of likely voters want illegal aliens to return home, while 33 percent favor legal status for illegals. Fifty-three percent said they were more likely to vote for a party supporting immigration law enforcement., while 32 percent said they would incline to a party supporting amnesty.

Read more at Fox Latino News

 

 

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Feb 07

Democrat Senators Take Hard Stance on Amnesty

Democrat senators addressing a group of Hispanic media outlets said they will take a hard-line position on amnesty, specifically stating that legislation granting it must allow illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship. Some Republicans in Congress have supported amnesty without permitting illegal aliens to apply for citizenship. Said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), “This notion that we can have a comprehensive bill and not include a path to citizenship is unacceptable.”

Read more at ABC News.

 

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Feb 06

Sen. Marco Rubio to Deliver GOP Response to Obama in Spanish

Seeking to counter President Obama’s speaking skills with a great  orator of  their own, Republicans have tapped Sen. Marco Rubio to deliver  the official GOP  response to Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address  next week — in both English  and Spanish.

“Marco Rubio embodies the optimism that lies at the heart of the  Republican  vision for America,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch  McConnell, Kentucky  Republican.

The move is symbolic for many reasons — not least of which is Mr.  Rubio’s  prominent stance in favor of legalizing illegal immigrants,  which is an issue  that has deeply divided the GOP.

Read more at the Washington Times

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Feb 06

‘Free Market’ Immigration Destroys Freedom

What should not be contentious . . . is the commitment for increasing legal immigration by anyone supporting free market principles. — Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute.

Fact Check: The Cato Institute is a libertarian organization which basically believes in open borders. The reason is that the nations and national cultures that borders delineate appear to have little significance to the Cato variety of libertarians. Their perspective is purely economic: human beings are first and foremost economic creatures, so there must be few if any restraints on whatever economic activity they wish to pursue.    

Obviously, in this view, national borders shouldn’t restrain any movement of goods and people. And for the sake of “efficiency” in this global market, people must become as standardized and interchangable as possible. The borderless world market,  libertarians proclaim, will usher in a utopia of universal freedom and prosperity.

The problem with their notion of “economic man” is that it simply ignores the totality of human nature. Certainly people seek money and material well-being. But these aren’t the only things they seek. People, in fact, quite often through history have disregarded  material gain and indeed have given their lives to defend and uphold non-economic values and causes. Examples are religious faith, culture, nationhood, and community. Certainly the record shows that people rebel at the idea of becoming identical and interchangeable.

Economic freedom indeed has a record of bringing prosperity, but it becomes dehumanizing and even tyrannical when it obliterates the freedom of peoples to maintain the national distinctions that inspire their deepest loyalties. The two freedoms must be kept in balance. The love of money alone is indeed the root of all evil.

Our immigration policy, today based significantly on the “free market” principle of businesses obtaining the cheapest possible labor, is a policy which truly cheapens our country. It impoverishes our working classes, inhibits upward mobility, and discourages technological innovation to meet our economic needs. Also, ironically, it undermines free enterprise as well.

Mass immigration of the type we have now increases the constituency for our substantial welfare state. As that state grows, the free enterprise sector must shrink. Hispanics, who make up the largest share of immigrants, strongly favor government programs. Seventy-five percent favor bigger government, compared with only 41 percent of the general U.S. population, according to the Pew Research Center. As libertarian-leaning economist Milton Friedman observed, “It’s just obvious that you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.” Unfortunately, the Cato libertarians can’t see the obvious.

Anti-free enterprise sentiment among Hispanics derives from the fact that many are poor come from countries where this view is part of the national culture. Reducing immigration could help them to assimilate to the general American viewpoint by promoting upward mobility in their communities. This indeed what happened among early 20th century immigrants and their descendants after passage of the immigration reduction act of 1924. Unending mass immigration keeps immigrants poor and alienated—and a voting bloc for the welfare state.

Mass immigration also weakens free enterprise by undermining the common cultural ties of our society with divisive diversity. When people no longer share common bonds, it’s harder for them to cooperate on business ventures or anything else. Furthermore, when people and groups of people can’t get along, Big Brother government has splendid opportunity to step in as a mediator to maintain order.

By reducing humanity to the lowest common denominator of economics, the Cato libertarians undermine the liberties, economic and political, that they profess to uphold. Someday, perhaps, they will see the obvious.      

 

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Feb 06

DHS Secretary Napolitano is Clueless Says Texas Congressman

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano “doesn’t even have a clue” on
whether the nation’s borders are safe from illegal immigration, Texas Rep. Louie
Gohmert told veteran radio host Steve Malzberg on Tuesday.

“If somebody’s
going to require a certification of the border being safe, I know, personally,
Louie Gohmert would not trust Janet Napolitano because she doesn’t even have a
clue,” the Republican congressman told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
“I wouldn’t expect her to have a clue, since she doesn’t even have a clue
here.”

Read more at NewsMax.

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Feb 06

Obama’s Homeland Security Boss Says ‘Border is Secure’ — Again

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called Republican lawmakers’ insistence that the border be secured before there is immigration reform a flawed argument.

At a stop to inspect border security in El Paso on Tuesday, Napolitano said the argument ignores gains made in illegal immigrant captures as well as seizures of drugs, weapons and currency.

She also said the argument’s fundamental flaw is contending that border security is unrelated to interior enforcement such as verification of legal residence of job applicants.

Napolitano said the immigration “system as a whole is badly in need of reform.” It is, she said, inextricably linked with interior enforcement, visa reform and the process for legal migration, a pathway to citizenship and earned pathway for those already here.

A bipartisan group of senators wants assurances on border security as Congress considers proposals that would bring the biggest changes to immigration law in nearly three decades. Last week, the group of senators released a blueprint that would bring a path to citizenship for people living in the U.S. illegally, but they demanded assurances on border security first.

President Barack Obama does not endorse such a linkage in his own immigration proposal. But Republicans in the Senate group, including John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida, say they cannot support an immigration bill that doesn’t make a pathway to citizenship conditional on a secure border.

“I believe the border is secure. I believe the border’s a safe border…

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Feb 06

Hispanic Racist Leaders Reject Border Security; Demand Citizenship for Illegals

Immigration reform advocates urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to reject congressional proposals that would delay a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants by making changes contingent on stepped-up border security.

After meeting Obama at the White House, the activists said they had pressed the Democratic president to ensure that reforms provide an unambiguous route to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the United States illegally.

Read more at Reuters News Service

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