Jan 18

NC Atty Gen Orders DMV to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Illegals

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is required to issue a driver’s license to an immigrant who has received the two-year reprieve from deportation known as “deferred action” from federal immigration authorities, according to an opinion from Grayson G. Kelley, the state chief deputy attorney general.

“It is … our opinion that individuals who have been granted deferred action … are lawfully present in the United States during the period of deferment,” Kelley said in a letter today to DMV Acting Commissioner J. Eric Boyette. “As such N.C. (law), which states that DMV shall issue a driver’s license of limited duration to persons who present valid documentation demonstrating deferment and meet all other statutory requirements, requires that such licenses be issued.”

Read more at the Winston Salem Journal.

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Jan 18

Asian Immigrants Flood California

There’s a California population shift with Asian immigrants replacing Latin America as the primary source of the state’s immigrants.

Census figures show the flow of Asians coming to California is more than two times greater than the flow from Latin America.

Public Policy Institute co-director Hans Johnson said the shift is astounding…

Read more at CBS.

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Jan 18

IRS Allows Tax Deduction for Non-Citizen ‘Dependents’ Living in Mexico

Everyone who has filed a tax return has noticed the section devoted to claiming
“dependents,” each one of which reduces the taxpayer’s taxable income by around
$4,000.

Pets do not count as dependents.  Normally, only US citizens
and US residents can be claimed as dependents, but Internal Revenue Code section
152(b)(3)(A) provides that a dependent can be a resident of Canada or Mexico,
without having to be a citizen or resident of the United
States.

Technically, the rule applies to residents of any country
“contiguous” to the United States.
In contrast, foreigners who are residents
of other countries cannot be claimed as dependents for tax purposes, no matter
how dependent they are on the taxpayer for real life purposes.

Read more here.

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Jan 17

Amnesty Faces Hurdles in Congress

Amnesty legislation faces a number obstacles to passage in Congress, one being strong opposition by many Republicans to any legal status for illegal aliens. Another is disagreement among amnesty supporters as to whether simply to legalize illegal aliens, or legalize them with a pathway to citizenship. A crowded legislative agenda this year and hightened conflict between Republicans and Democrats also weigh against amnesty.  

Read more at The National Journal.

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Jan 17

White House Plots Amnesty with Hispanic Caucus Members

White House officials met with six members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to plot amnesty legislation.  One of the members, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), said he was impressed with the work and attention that the president and his administration are now devoting to amnesty. One purpose of the meeting was to reasure amnesty advocates that the president is not forgetting their issue to focus on gun control.

Read more at BuzzFeed.

 

 

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Jan 16

Obama Regime Likes GOP Immigration Plan

White House press secretary Jay Carney said  Tuesday that the administration was encouraged by the immigration proposals  outlined over the weekend by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), saying the freshman  senator’s proposals “bode well” for striking a deal on reform.

In a  weekend interview with the Wall Street Journal, Rubio called for  a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are already in the United  States. Under the plan, immigrants would likely be assessed a fine and back  taxes, undergo a background check and work through a lengthy probationary  period.

That’s a break from some Republicans, who have suggested that a  pathway to citizenship would be tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants.  But it’s also a far more conservative plan than the one advocated by the White  House. Nevertheless, the administration saw reason for optimism as they gear up  for a second-term push on immigration reform.

Read more at The Hill.

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Jan 16

MPI Study Gives False Picture of Immigration Law Enforcement

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) recently released a study claiming that the federal government spends more on immigration law enforcement than all other federal enforcement agencies combined. Specifically, it states that expenditures for immigration law enforcement last year totaled $18 billion, while the cost of all other agencies was only $14 billion. The MPI says expenditures on immigration enforcement have risen steadily during the past 26 years, totaling $187 billion during that interval.  

The study also maintains that the increased expenditures have greatly improved immigration law enforcement. It says that the government has deported four million non-citizens (mostly illegal aliens) since 1990 and that “removals have increased dramatically in recent years.”  Many news outlets reported on the study, and some pro-amnesty commentators have used it to argue that with enforcement so well-funded and effective, it is now appropriate to consider “immigration reform,” i.e., amnesty for illegal aliens now living in the U.S.

Fact Check: The MPI report suggests this possibility itself, and it isn’t surprising, considering that MPI is pro-amnesty and that a co-author of the report is Doris Meissner, former head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service during the Clinton Administration. At that post Meissner showed little enthusiasm for enforcement.

The MPI report has numerous flaws. A review by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) finds it “riddled with false statements [and], cherry-picked statistics.” [See link below.]  One outstanding flaw is that the study lists the total expenditures of agencies that enforce immigration law, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It fails to point out, however, a large share of these expenditures have nothing to do with immigration, such as the work of Customs, which includes such activities as customs screening and cargo inspection.

CIS estimates that if all non-immigration activities were subtracted from the agencies MPI lists in the immigration enforcement category, the total expenditures would be from 25 to 30 percent less. In addition, the MPI study fails to list significant expenditures of non-immigration law enforcement, a big example being the federal prison system. Also it omits entire non-immigration agencies such as Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which has a larger budget than ICE. When all is properly added up, immigration enforcement expenditures are only half of non-immigration enforcement.

Most of the increases in deportations, cited by the study, occurred during the Bush Administration. Alleged increases under Obama, as noted by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), head of the House Judiciary Committee, came about by padding the deportation totals with expulsions at the border not previously counted as deportation. In a moment of candor, to reassure open border activists that he really wasn’t cracking down, Obama admitted that the deportation totals were “actually a little deceptive.”

Border enforcement may have improved, as the study states, but it still has a long way to go. According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, the Border Patrol apprehends only about 60 percent of illegal border crossers.  

The MPI study should not be taken seriously. It’s simply part of a stream of misinformation to make Americans think that illegal immigration is no longer a problem, and thereby persuade them to accept amnesty.  

 

New Report Offers Deceptive Assessment of Immigration Enforcement

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Jan 16

GOP Senator Proposes Importing More Immigrant Workers

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., outlined his proposals for immigration reform in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in a plan that is sure to upset some within his own party. But Rubio argues that immigration is an important issue to Hispanic voters, a voting bloc that the Republicans lost ground with in 2012.

“[T]he immigration issue is a gateway issue for Hispanics, no doubt about it. No matter what your stance is on a number of other issues, if people somehow come to believe that you don’t like them or want them here, it’s difficult to get them to listen to anything else,” Rubio said.

 The Republican Party’s struggle with Hispanics in the 2012 elections was most glaring at the top of the ticket as Mitt Romney only received 27 percent of the Hispanic vote. Party leaders now admit that they have to do more to reach out to the growing demographic.

Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, said he would like to propose a “comprehensive package of bills”, which would include increased access for high-skilled workers, such as engieneers and doctors, a guest worker program for low-skilled workers, including farm workers. He supports workplace enforcement and stronger border security.

Read more at CBS News.

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Jan 16

Arrest of Illegal Alien Intern Delayed to Protect Senator’s Reelection

WASHINGTON — Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of “significant interest” from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress.

The Homeland Security Department said last month, when The Associated Press first disclosed the delayed arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, that AP’s report was “categorically false.”

Sanchez, 18, was an immigrant from Peru who entered the country on a now-expired visitor visa. He eventually was arrested at his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6. He has since been released from an immigration jail and is facing deportation. Sanchez has declined to speak to the AP.

Read more at CBS Washington.

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Jan 15

LA Mayor Demands Quick Passage of Amnesty

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the time is “now” to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation that would legalize illegal aliens and grant them the pathway to citizenship. He added that  “We can’t wait another political season and we can’t do a piecemeal approach.” When he was in college Villaraigosa was a member of MEChA, an organization that wants to create a Hispanic homeland in the U.S. He has never fully repudiated MEChA.    

Read more at MSNBC.

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