Mar 25

Senate Okays Taxpayer Health Benefits for Illegal Aliens

The Senate rejected an amendment to the budget that would have banned illegal  immigrants from qualifying for “ObamaCare” and Medicaid during the period of  legal status.

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Session (R-Ala.) introduced the  amendment, which failed on a 43-56 vote. His amendment would have prohibited  illegal immigrants, who later gain citizenship, from getting healthcare coverage  under the Affordable Care Act or through Medicaid.

“My amendment would simply say if you are here illegally and then get lawful  status, you do not qualify for ObamaCare and Medicaid,” Sessions said ahead of  the vote early Saturday morning.

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Mar 25

Obama Labor Appointee Has Long Pro-Immigration History

Illegal immigrants have always had a friend in Thomas Perez, President Obama’s nominee for labor secretary.

As a member of the Montgomery County council in Maryland, he advocated for day-laborer sites and pushed for IDs distributed by Mexico and Guatemala to count as proof of identity, even though allowing such IDs could give illegal immigrants easier access to government-funded services.

In 2004, Perez went before the Maryland state legislature to testify against several immigration-enforcement bills, including one that would codify the state’s practice of blocking undocumented workers from acquiring driver’s licenses, and another that would require people to prove their citizenship before registering to vote, according to the Washington Post. He also opposed efforts to study how illegal immigrants are a burden on the state budget.

A day-laborer site promoted by Perez led to a wave of controversy in his community. While on the county council, he moved to open a taxpayer-funded center whose aim was to attract day laborers. The immigration status of the day laborers wasn’t a secret. CASA de Maryland, the organization that runs the center in Gaithersburg, tells National Review that it does not check on the legal status of day laborers because it is not an employer.

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Mar 25

Obama Pushes for Amnesty Vote in April

Barack Obama put pressure on Congress on Monday to introduce an immigration reform bill by April, saying the “time has come to fix once and for all” the broken system.

Speaking at the White House at a naturalisation ceremony for 28 people, Obama indicated that he wanted to stick to the timetable he outlined in his inaugural address in January.

Members of Congress directly involved in discussions had been reporting better-than-expected progress over the last few weeks but by the end of last week admitted they had been unable to resolve outstanding differences before breaking for the Easter holiday.

Senators expressed hope that they could have a bill ready within two weeks of their return. Hopes of a deal have been raised by the support coming from Republican senators such as Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Read more at The Guardian

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Mar 22

Paul Is Wrong about Amnesty

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) pleased liberal Democrats and cheap labor Republicans when he endorsed legal status (amnesty) for 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. He added, in confusing statements, that he opposed giving them a pathway to citizenship but also opposed a policy of preventing them from becoming citizens. He strongly maintained that GOP support for amnesty would help the Republicans win Hispanic votes and thereby remain a viable party.

Fact Check: Paul based his claim on winning Hispanic votes on a poll by Latino Decisions that 32 percent of Hispanics would be “more likely” to vote for Republicans if they supported amnesty. He neglected to note, however, that the poll also found that 50 percent of Hispanics said that Republican support of amnesty would have no effect on their votes at all.

The fact of the matter, as shown in polling, is that amnesty is a relatively small issue in terms of why most Hispanics don’t vote Republican. The main reason is that Hispanics are a liberal constituency which generally rejects the core Republican message of smaller government. According to the Pew Hispanic Center 75 percent of Hispanics favor larger government compared with only 41 percent of the general population.

Paul also maintained that the defeat of Mitt Romney confirmed the need for Republicans to endorse amnesty to get Hispanic votes. Romney who opposed amnesty received just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote. But four years before that John McCain, a strident supporter of amnesty, only got 31 percent. A spread of just four points clearly shows that the issue of amnesty alone does not have a significant impact on Hispanic voting.

Passage of amnesty, however, most likely will deal a fatal blow to Republicans at the polls. It probably would alienate many in the Republican base and cost more votes from that source than it would gain. Also, most of the amnestied illegal aliens, largely poor and relatively unskilled, will support the Democrats once they become citizens. And even if legalized without a path to citizenship, they will become citizens sooner or later because liberal progressives and their media allies will agitate unceasingly until they do.   

If Republicans want more Hispanic votes the best way to do so is to do what they did in 1924 when they weren’t getting the votes of Italians and Poles and other working class immigrant groups. A majority Republican Congress that year moved then to reduce immigration sharply, which enabled people in those groups to begin moving up the economic ladder. As they did, more and more began voting Republican. Mass immigration today, legal and illegal, keeps Hispanics poor and Democratic.

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Mar 22

MALDEF Says Illegals Have ‘Constitutional Right’ to Driver’s Licenses

Lawyers will ask a federal judge on Friday to prevent Arizona from denying driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants granted temporary legal status by the federal government in the southwest state’s latest court clash over the Obama administration’s immigration policies.

Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix last November against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and two state transport department officials on behalf of five immigrants from Mexico who qualify for deferred deportation status under President Barack Obama’s program.

The suit challenges the legality of an executive order issued by Brewer in August that denied young migrants licenses, saying that the federal government program did not give them lawful status or entitle them to public benefits.

The lawyers say that Brewer’s order is preempted by the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration and violates the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs. They will seek to have the measure enjoined while the case is pending.

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Mar 22

Mexicans Bring Poverty to New York City

People of Mexican descent in New York City are far more likely to be living in poor or near-poor households than other Latinos, blacks, whites or Asians, according to a study to be released on Thursday.

Nearly two-thirds of the city’s Mexican residents, including immigrants and the native-born, are living in low-income households, compared with 55 percent of all Latinos; 42 percent of blacks and Asians; and 25 percent of whites, said the report by the Community Service Society, a research and advocacy group in New York City that focuses on poverty.

The rates are even more pronounced for children: About 79 percent of all Mexicans under age 16 in New York City live in low-income households, with about 45 percent living below the poverty line — significantly higher percentages than any other major Latino group as well as the broader population.

Read more at the New York Times

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Mar 22

Congressional Hearing Reveals Feds Clueless on Border Security

If Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform, it will depend on the Obama administration to enforce the law. How might that work?

A glimpse of the future came Wednesday when the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a little-noticed hearing titled “Measuring Outcomes to Understand the State of Border Security.”

Immigration reform depends on a secure border. Nearly every lawmaker pushing reform, and certainly every Republican, stresses that the border must be proven secure before millions of currently illegal immigrants can be placed on a path to citizenship.

But how do you measure border security? For years, the government estimated the number of miles of the border that were under “operational control” and came up with various ways to define what that meant.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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Mar 22

Illegal Alien Advocates Say Speedy Passage Is Key to Amnesty Success

Illegal alien advocates are concerned that rising opposition to amnesty may delay passage of amnesty legislation. They believe that successful passage of amnesty will require speedy passage. Even they seem to understand that thoughtful consideration of their legislation could doom it.

Read more at The Christian Science Monitor



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Mar 22

Sen. Marco Rubio Hires Dem Lawyer to Write Immigration Bill

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s top lawyer in the closed-door effort to  draft a new immigration bill is a Democratic donor who earns his living by  bringing foreign workers into the country on behalf of corporations and  universities.

The lawyer, Enrique Gonzalez, is a partner at the nation’s largest  immigration firm, whose future depends on the outcome of Gonzalez’s closed-door  work.

Rubio hired Gonzalez in January, when he was a partner at the Coral Gables,  Fla., office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy.

 Gonzales’ LinkedIn profile describes his “skills & expertise” as “immigration law, H-1B, naturalization, citizenship appeals … [and]  international law visas.”

Read more at The Daily Caller.

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Mar 22

House Okays Bill to Allow Reductions in Border Patrol

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted on Thursday to adopt a set of Senate-approved amendments to the continuing resolution to fund the  government for the rest of this fiscal year that gives the Obama  administration the discretion to slightly decrease the number of Border Patrol agents.

That could make 2013 the second year in a row when the administration has decreased the size of the Border Patrol, according to official data released by the Border Patrol itself.


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