Feb 22

U.S. Companies Discriminating Against U.S. Workers; Prefer Foreign Labor

Some U.S.-based companies are discriminating against job-seeking American  professionals and instead hiring job-hopping guest workers, including foreigners  enrolled in colleges or holding H-1B visas.

The skewed hiring is visible in numerous online help-wanted ads, and in a  legal settlement won this month by the Justice Department.

The ads use keywords — typically “OPT,” “CPT” or “H-1B” — to attract the  attention of guest workers, while deterring applications by unemployed American  professionals who normally search for conventional keywords, such as “software  engineer,” “nurse,” “writer” or lawyer.”

“It’s discrimination,” said Donna Conroy, the executive director of Bright  Future Jobs, a nonprofit trying to aid U.S. workers.

Read more at the Daily Caller

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Feb 21

Poll Shows Most Americans Want Illegals to Go Home

A Reuters poll found that most Americans prefer that illegal aliens be encouraged to go home rather than given amnesty. Thirty perrcent said that most illegals should go home, and 23 precent said all of them should leave. Thirty-five percent said most should stay, and five percent said all should stay.

Read more at Digital Journal.

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Feb 21

Immigrants Gain Jobs at Faster Rate Than Americans

Immigrants are gaining faster in the U.S. labor market at both the low and high ends of the pay scale than Americans, according to Labor Department data. Unemployment among immigrants declined from 9.7 percent in 2009 to 8.1 in 2012. During that same interval, unemployment for native-born workers declined from 9.2 percent to 8.1. According to one economist, this trend helps to make the economy more “efficient.”  

Read more at Bloomberg News.

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Feb 20

Feds Tell Illegals to Ignore Law Against Becoming a ‘Public Charge’

The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel  immigrants’ concerns that getting on will harm their chances of becoming  U.S. citizens.

The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,  or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of  its “partnership” with the Mexican government “to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living  in the United States about available nutrition assistance.”

In one portion of the brochure, USDA’s text asks, “If I get on SNAP benefits,  will I be a ‘public charge?’” The brochure then answers: “No. You and your  family can apply for and receive SNAP benefits without hurting your chance of  becoming U.S. citizens.”

The brochure further advises immigrants that members of their  family could qualify for food stamps, even if they do not.

“If you are not eligible due to your immigration status, your legal immigrant  or citizen children may still qualify,” the brochure reads. ”You do not  have to provide immigration information about yourself when you apply for  your legal immigrant or citizen children.”

Read more at the Daily Caller

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Feb 20

Some Criminal Illegal Aliens Eligible for Amnesty in Obama Plan

DENVER – Lawmakers on both sides of the immigration debate were outraged this weekend after components of a White House proposal outlining a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens was leaked to the media.

The Obama proposal, which was initially revealed by USA Today, would create a new 4-year, multiple-entry visa for illegal immigrants who pay a fee, provide biometric information such as fingerprints, and submit to some form of criminal background check.

The visa would provide illegal immigrants with legal status, allowing them to remain in the U.S. pending processing of their application, and permit them to leave the U.S. for short visits – privileges which are not currently available to many legal U.S. visa holders, or foreigners applying to immigrate to the U.S. legally.

News reports also suggest that illegal aliens who have committed crimes – including those who have spent short periods of time in local jails or done prison time – would be eligible for the visa.

Read more at The Colorado Observer

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Feb 20

Congressional Republicans Launch Spanish Internet Campaign

A Spanish-only Website. A Twitter account aimed at Latinos. New staff members  focused uniquely on building relationships with Hispanics.

It’s all part of a new quiet but emphatic effort underway by Republicans in  the House of Representatives — including some of the most conservative members  of Congress — to try to repair their image with Hispanics.

The campaign, unprecedented for House Republicans, will debut on Monday, when  @GOPEspanol appears on Twitter, said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the  chairperson of the House Republican Conference.

And plans for it are ambitious, said McMorris Rodgers, who embodies the  change in philosophy, having come a long way since backing hawkish immigration  bills years ago.

She said that under consideration are a a Spanish-language website, providing  Spanish versions of press releases, establishing ties with Spanish-language  media and news organizations that target Latinos in English, meeting with  leaders of Latino organizations from around the country and sending GOP members  to Latino conferences and events in their home districts, she said.

Read more at Fox News Latino

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Feb 20

Oregon Considers Discount Tuition for Illegal Aliens

In-state tuition for immigrant students without documents is headed for  a vote  in the Oregon House.

The House Higher Education Committee voted 7-2 Monday to approve House Bill 2787. Similar bills in 2003 and 2011 failed to get out of committees in the House after passing the Senate.

The bill would allow state universities to charge in-state tuition if students meet specified conditions, including five years in U.S. schools and three in Oregon, graduation from high school or its equivalent in Oregon, and proof of intent to seek citizenship or legal status in the United States.

Read more at The Statesman-Journal

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Feb 20

Feds Won’t Enforce Welfare Rules on Immigrants

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is accusing the Obama administration of failing  to enforce a century-old law meant to prevent immigrants from taking root in the  U.S. only to live on the government dole — after the administration reported it  did not cite anyone for this last year.

“Virtually no one one is being examined before they enter the country on  whether or not they’ll … immediately begin to depend on government welfare,”  Sessions, R-Ala., top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, told Fox  News.

As Congress weighs new immigration legislation, Sessions said any reform  package “has got to end that.”

Sessions turned up new statistics from the Department of Homeland Security  last week showing what he describes as a startling trend. DHS reported how  relatively few immigrants are being turned away on the grounds that they are  likely to become a “public charge” — or individuals who depend on welfare  programs — despite a 100-year-old law that’s supposed to prevent  this.

Read more at Fox News.

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Feb 19

Congressman Says Amnesty Will Not Win Hispanics for GOP

GOP Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) expressed doubt that amnesty for illegal aliens would win significant Hispanic support for Republicans. Said Burgess, “People make a mistake when they think all Hispanics want is to see an amnesty program, and then they’re going to love Republicans again.” He noted that a Republican president signing the 1986 amnesty did not yield a strong Hispanic vote for GOP presidential contender George H.W. Bush in 1988.

Read more at The Raw Story.

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Feb 19

Effective Tracking of Visa Overstayers Is Not in Place

Forty percent of illegal aliens are not border crossers, but people who came on legal visas and then remained in the US. in violation our law. Congress authorized an effective tracking system in 2001 to determine whether visa holders leave, but it is still not operational. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) supports amnesty, but says it should not happen until a tracking system is in place. The Obama Administration has not shown particular interest in tightening the tracking system.  

Read more at The Wall Street Journal.


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