The men and women charged with enforcing federal immigration law are being prohibited from doing so by the Obama administration, according to Chris Crane, president of the union that represents officers and agents employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“I think most Americans assume that ICE agents and officers are empowered by the government to enforce the law,” Crane said on Wednesday at Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on immigration reform. “Nothing could be further from the truth.
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A new battle has flared inside the Republican Party in recent days as supporters of more-liberal immigration laws wage a behind-the-scenes campaign to discredit the influential advocacy groups that have long powered the GOP’s hard-line stance on the issue.
The campaign, largely waged in closed-door meetings with lawmakers and privately circulated documents, is another sign of how seriously many establishment Republicans are pursuing an immigration overhaul in the wake of last year’s elections, in which the GOP lost Hispanic voters by an overwhelming margin to President Obama….
(Sen. Marco) Rubio’s aides last week brought one of the organizers of the effort to undermine the groups, Mario H. Lopez, a party strategist on Hispanic politics, to a regular meeting of GOP Senate staffers, at which Lopez distributed literature about the groups’ backgrounds and connections. Rubio also raised concerns about the groups’ leanings during a recent conference call on immigration with conservative activists.
Rubio’s spokesman, Alex Conant, said the senator “has argued that some groups that oppose legal immigration should not be considered part of the conservative coalition,”
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) praised President Obama’s call for amnesty for illegal aliens. Ryan, who was Mitt Romney’s running mate for vice president, said that Obama’s advocacy of “comprehensive” amnesty was “productive.” He also said that he hoped that Obama’s words would be a prelude to “getting something done.”
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Libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), in his response to the State of the Union Address, called on Republicans to endorse mass immigration. He said that the U.S. should be open to immigrants who want to come here to work. Paul didn’t mention what impact this immgration might have on more than 20 million Americans who can’t find full-time employment.
Read more at CBS News.
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In a response letter to four top Republican lawmakers, the Department of Homeland Security revealed it only initiated one case against an immigrant for becoming a “public charge,” or being primarily dependent upon the government, in fiscal year 2012. The case was later withdrawn.
While the department’s response to Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Pat Roberts’ August oversight request offered an overview of the centuries-old federal public-charge restrictions, it noticeably avoided several of the senators’ direct questions and demonstrated potentially significant inadequacies in record-keeping by immigration officials, who legally should be enforcing public-charge rules for immigrants both inside and outside of the country. (RELATED: Is DHS ignoring law barring immigrants who are dependency risks?)
The response, for example, failed to explain why immigrants are only assessed for their potential reliance on just two of the more than 80 federal means-tested welfare programs when the government determines if they are “public charges” prior to their entry into the U.S. — meaning that they are likely to become primarily dependent on federal aid for subsistence after arriving.
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WASHINGTON — A number of Democrats, including First Lady Michelle Obama, are bringing illegal immigrants as guests to the State Of The Union on Tuesday.
But a spokeswoman with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency declined to comment to The Daily Caller on Tuesday about whether the agency approves of this occurring at the Capitol, where Obama is set to give his annual address on Tuesday night.
“I don’t have any comment for you on this,” Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said after TheDC inquired whether the agency was aware of this and whether it was possible the guests could be arrested.
At least five Democrats are bringing illegal immigrants to the State of the Union, according to reports:
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During the debate over the 2010 federal health care overhaul, Democrats promised that illegal immigrants wouldn’t be among the 27 million people who’d gain coverage. President Barack Obama repeated that pledge last month when he outlined his immigration plan.
But while federal law generally bars illegal immigrants from being covered by Medicaid, a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor pays about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients who, according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants. Most of it goes to reimburse hospitals for delivering babies for women who show up in their emergency rooms, according to interviews with hospital officials and studies.
Read more at Kaiser Health News
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Tech companies are hoping that Congress this year will meet their demands for foreign workers. Despite high unemployment among Americans with tech skills, the companies claim that they face labor shortages.
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the House will pass amnesty for illegal aliens if the Senate does so. McCain, a longtime amnesty supporter, expressed his viewpoint in an interview with Univision, a Spanish-language network. The senator also stated that passage of amnesty would help Republicans get Hispanic votes.
Read more at The Hill.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — For at least the last two years, court documents and federal drug agents say, illegal immigrants have been funneled to the Springfield, Mo., area and, at times, used as unwilling participants in the local distribution of Mexican methamphetamine.
After paying a fee, these illegal immigrants — from Mexico, Honduras and elsewhere — are brought to the Ozarks under the belief they will get good jobs and make enough money to improve the lives of their families left in home countries.
Read more at USA Today
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