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.
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Officials at Homeland Security have confirmed that Janet Napolitano will continue to serve as secretary of that agency, which oversees immigration law enforcement. This anncouncement pleased many amnesty advocates. Citing her alleged steps to improve enforcement, they maintain that it is now appropriate to legalize illegal aliens.
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Community activist Sonny Scroggins is planning a Bias Busters demonstration in support of Grover Norquist’s appearance Wednesday in Topeka.
The Kansas Chamber and members of the Kansas Business Coalition for Immigration Reform announced earlier this month they would host a breakfast for legislators with Norquist. A release from the chamber said Norquist will talk about immigration policy, explaining why restrictions are harmful.
The breakfast is set for 8 to 9 a.m. at the Maner Conference Center, adjacent to Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd.
Scroggins is supporting Norquist for having immigration policies Scroggins says are different from those of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and other Republicans. Norquist has said it is good policy to have dramatically more immigrants in the United States and to provide a path forward for those already here.
For Scroggins, immigration today is comparable to the Exoduster migration that followed the Civil War.
Immigrants “are looking for a better way of life,” Scroggins said in a release.
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WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration pushes forward on immigration reform, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) made clear on Monday that many members of his party are deeply opposed to the White House’s plans to insist on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Smith was a longtime head of the House Judiciary Committee — he is now a member but not the chairman — and a former leader of the Immigration Subcommittee, and will likely be heavily involved in the lower chamber’s efforts for reform.
He told reporters after his remarks at a Center for Immigration Studies event that he predicts an uphill battle for any bill with a pathway to citizenship, but that he hasn’t spoken to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) about whether it could be passed. The Center for Immigration Studies supports lowering immigration levels.
“I won’t speak for the House, but mass amnesty I think will have a hard time getting through the House,” Smith said.
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President Barack Obama will soon push for a massive change to U.S. immigration law that would provide a kind of conditional amnesty for roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, import more unskilled and skilled workers, and speed up visas for relatives of new arrivals.
But the White House argues that the ambitious legislation would penalize illegal immigrants seeking legal status.
Obama’s bill was sketched out in a Jan. 12 leak to The New York Times, and it won immediate plaudits from the National Council of La Raza, a major Hispanic lobby group.
The bill does not include provisions favored by immigration reformers, such as NumbersUSA — which wants to spur employment of American workers. That group’s legislative goals include a reduction in the flow of low-skilled workers, and a cutback in the number of “family reunification” green cards offered to relatives of new immigrants.
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North Carolina will not issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens who have received legal status under the Obama Administration’s amnesty edict. Last summer the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles seemed to indicate that the state would grant them licenses. A spokeswoman for the DMV said that the agency had been waiting for an opinion from North Carolina’s attorney general before deciding to deny the licenses.
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Corporate America’s top lobbyist Thursday laid out a slew of the business community’s top goals for the year – lower regulation, increased trade, booming energy production, and a fix to the nation’s fiscal situation.
But US Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue was particularly bullish, and at times passionate, on another long-sought goal, one not often associated with the conservative-leaning group: immigration reform.
“I have an optimistic feeling about this,” Mr. Donohue told reporters after his annual State of American Business speech. “Before, everybody talked about it, everybody understood the issues, but there wasn’t an energy behind it and I think there is a bipartisan group of people – we haven’t got everybody, that’s for sure – but I feel positive about it and look forward to [immigration reform] this year.”
The Chamber has been a firm advocate for immigration reform, an issue more closely identified with liberal advocates, for many years, including its support for 2006 legislation that stalled in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Donohue said his conversations with lawmakers from both parties on Capitol Hill make him optimistic for a solution in 2013. He also noted that the Chamber is working with groups ranging from faith organizations to law enforcement to labor unions including the nation’s largest – and staunchly progressive – labor group, the AFL-CIO, to forge a broad political coalition to support an immigration reform effort.
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Kidnapping is not necessarily a crime of moral turpitude, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday, offering relief to a man who would otherwise be deported to Mexico.
Javier Castrijon-Garcia, whose three children are all U.S. citizens, has lived in the United States since he entered illegally from Mexico in 1989.
His criminal record in the United States reflects two convictions for driving on a suspended license, as well as a plea of guilty in 2007 to attempted kidnapping.
For that crime, Castrijon-Garcia received a suspended sentence and probation in California.
The Department of Homeland Security designated removable in 2007 for being an illegal alien.
When Castrijon-Garcia applied to cancel of removal, he noted that the kidnapping incident occurred while he was with friends and that he did not know the victim.
The immigration judge found nevertheless simple kidnapping qualified as a crime of moral turpitude, making Castrijon-Garcia ineligible for cancelation of removal.
The Board of Immigration Appeals affirmed, but the 9th Circuit reversed Wednesday.
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A week after California began issuing driver’s licenses to a select group of young illegal immigrants, a state lawmaker has proposed that licenses be provided to many others who are unlawfully in the country.
A new state law that took effect Jan. 1 allows driver’s licenses to be issued to those given a work permit as part of an Obama administration program that suspends deportation for many people who arrived illegally as children.
Now, Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) has introduced AB 60, which would provide California driver’s licenses to anyone who can show they pay taxes, regardless of their immigration status.
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Indiana could be following Illinois’ lead in providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
That’s if Indiana State Sen. Frank Mrvan of Hammond has his way.
Mrvan says he hopes to appeal to the “humanitarian side” of Hoosier Republicans.
The veteran Democrat says he knows it will be tough to push through such a bill in conservative Indiana but he’s going to try anyway.
“I was encouraged and I think it was great that Illinois passed it. I’d like to think that there’s good people on both sides,” Mrvan said. “They (Republicans) are saying they want to reach out to Latinos and this is a humanitarian way to do it.”
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