Mar 20

GOP Support of Amnesty Won’t Sway Most Latinos

A poll by Latino Decisions found that Republican support for amnesty will not sway most Latinos to support the GOP. Specifically, the poll found that 50 percent said that Republican support for amnesty would have no effect on their vote, while only 32 percent said that it would make their support of the party more likely.  

Read more at U.S. News and World Report.

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Mar 20

Latino Supremacist Cites Rep. Paul Ryan as Ally.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (R-IL), one of the leading amnesty advocates in the House says that Republican House member Paul Ryan (R-WI), Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, is an ally in Gutierrez’s effort to legalize most of the 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. Gutierrez, the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Immigration, apparently seeks to advance a Latino supremacist agenda. He once stated “I have only one loyalty, and that’s to the immigrant community.” That reference clearly includes illegal immigrants, most of whom are Latino.

Read more at Politico.

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Mar 19

Gang of Eight Promises Amnesty Bill in April

Members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight, four Democrats and four Republicans who support amnesty, have promised to have amnesty legislation ready for the Senate to consider in early April.

Read more at The Hill.

 

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Mar 19

Sen. Rand Paul Sells Out on Amnesty

Although regarded as a Tea Party supporter and a conservative, Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) has endrosed amnesty for illegal aliens. In a speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Rand stated, “Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport [illegal aliens].”

Read more at Politico.

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Mar 18

Republican National Committee Report Endorses Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

The Republican Party, after holding up a mirror to itself and completing a  lengthy analysis of what went wrong in the last election cycle, issued an  extensive report Monday that formally endorsed immigration reform and outlined  an ambitious drive to reach out to minority groups and build a winning  coalition.

“When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears  to us,” the Republican National Committee’s report said, asserting that “many  minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them.”

The RNC outlined a $10 million plan to reach out to minority groups in a bid  to attract voters, whom the report acknowledged the party has been turning  off.

“Public perception of the Party is at record lows,” the report  said.

Leading off the set of recommendations was a call for the party to “stop  talking to itself.”

Read more at Fox News

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Mar 18

Senator Presses USDA on Food Stamps for Immigrants

After an effort to defund the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food stamp  outreach partnership with the Mexican government went  down in committee Thursday, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions continued  to press the agency for more information about non-citizen participation in the  food stamp program.

In a Friday letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack obtained by The Daily  Caller, Sessions — who has been exchanging letters with Vilsack about USDA’s  partnership with Mexico since last summer— requested additional information about the people the USDA has been enrolling  in nutrition assistance programs and the agency’s program goals.

Last month, in a letter recently obtained by TheDC, Vilsack revealed that the  share of overall Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food  stamp, benefits going to legal non-citizens has accounted for between 3.5–4.0  percent of the total caseload since 2004.

Read more at The Daily Caller

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Mar 15

Gang of Eight Aims for Agreement Next Week

Eight pro-amnesty senators, menbers of the so-called Gang of Eight, seek to finalize an amnesty agreement next week. Once the agreement is reached, aides of the senators will draw up legislation to submit to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.   

Read more at Reuters.

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Mar 15

Trends Dispute Claim of Scientific Worker Shortage

High tech executives never cease claiming that they face a shortage of skilled U.S. workers with scientific training, so therefore they must have foreigners to do the jobs. The latest such claim is by 100 chief executives of tech companies in a letter to President Obama asking for visas to allow foreign tech students in U.S. colleges to stay here and work. Said the letter: “Yet because our current immigration system is outdated and inefficient, many high-skilled [temporary visa holders] who want to stay in America are forced to leave because they cannot obtain permanent visas.”

Fact Check: What they’re saying is simply far from true. A good refutation was a recent article appearing in The Atlantic 2/20/13 by Jordan Weissmann. He observed: “Politicians and businessmen are fond of talking about America’s scientist shortage—the dearth of engineering and lab talent that will inevitably leave us sputtering in the global economy. But it’s time they start talking about our scientist surplus instead.

Weissmann continued: I am by no means the first person to make this point. But I was compelled to . . . illustrate it after reading a report from Inside Higher Ed. . . . In short, job prospects for young science Ph.D.’s haven’t been looking so hot these past few years, not only in the life sciences, which have been weak for some time, but also in fields like engineering.”

The article had graphs to illustrate the trends. For Ph.D. graduates in the physical sciences, the rate of immediate employment after graduation has declined from 42 percent in 2001 to 28 percent in 2011. During that same interval the percentage who couldn’t find jobs directly after graduation increased from 24 percent to 31 percent. The percentage pursuing post doctoral studies, sometimes for lack of employment opportunities, rose from 34 to 41 percent.

The trends in engineering, a field particularly cited for alleged shortages, were most revealing. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of graduates not immediately employed declined from 59 percent to 38 percent. Those not getting a job upon graduation increased from 27 to 36 percent. Post doctorates went from 14 percent to 26 percent.

These employment trends are simply inconsistent with the claim that we face a dire shortage of people with scientific and high tech skills. Once again, it appears that the companies are facing a shortage of workers to whom they can pay lower wages than they can to Americans.

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Mar 15

Billionaires and Millionaires Renew Push for More Immigration

More than 100  chief executives of major tech companies and trade associations — including  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer — urged President Obama  and Congress on Thursday to reform the existing immigration rules for  highly-skilled workers.

In a letter sent to the president and lawmakers, the tech heavyweights said the need  to hire and retain skilled foreign and domestic workers is one of the top  economic challenges facing the country and the existing immigration laws are a  hurdle to addressing this issue. They argue that high-skilled immigrants have  gone on to create companies like Google, eBay and Yahoo, which have driven job  and economic growth in the United States.
“Yet because our current  immigration system is outdated and inefficient, many high-skilled immigrants who  want to stay in America are forced to leave because they are unable to obtain  permanent visas. Some do not bother to come in the first place,” the letter  reads. “This is often due to visa shortages, long waits for green cards, and  lack of mobility.”

The letter comes as both chambers of Congress are hammering out legislation  aimed at overhauling the nation’s immigration laws. President Obama is pushing  for Congress to clear a bill this year and has made comprehensive immigration  reform a top priority after securing more than half of the Latino vote in the  November election.

Read more at The Hill

 

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Mar 15

S.C. Evangelical Leaders Push Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

South Carolina is fast becoming ground zero in the fight over immigration  reform.

A coalition of pro-reform groups on Wednesday launched a major advertising  and grassroots campaign in the state to argue for immigration reform — and to  commend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for his efforts on its behalf.

The push comes just weeks after NumbersUSA, a group that vehemently opposes the  bipartisan Senate framework for immigration reform, used its first commercials  of the election cycle to attack Graham.

The state has taken on a crucial role in the political battle over reform — and not only because of its senior senator.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s  Immigration panel, and will play a central role in shaping any immigration deal  in Congress. The state’s culture, demographics and politics also make it one to  watch as the issue plays out in a Republican Senate primary.

“South Carolina is important both because Sen. Graham has been part of the  group of senators who have been courageously taking this issue on … and you  also have of course Trey Gowdy,” said Richard Land, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“It’s up to us to convince [Gowdy] that the majority of the members of his  district support comprehensive immigration reform, and we believe they do.”

Land is involved with the Evangelical Immigration Table, a group that  launched radio ads on Christian radio stations across the state on Wednesday.  The group argues, in biblical terms, why Christians should support immigration  reform.

Read more at The Hill

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