Feb 05

Obama Promotes Amnesty to Labor and Business

President Obama is meeting with business and labor leaders today to promote his agenda to reward 11 million illegal aliens with legal status and citizenship. According to a White House statement, his argument to them is that this amnesty will promote economic growth and competitiveness.

Read more at USA Today.

 

 

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Feb 04

Senate Plan Empowers Napolitano to Decide if Border is Secure

Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland  Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure  enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

 If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor.

The early debate over immigration reform has yielded two thorny questions:  What metrics will be used to determine whether the goals for border security and  other safeguards against illegal immigration have been met? Who will decide  whether the metrics have been achieved?

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the lead Democratic sponsor of the bipartisan  immigration reform framework unveiled this past week, said Napolitano should  decide.

“What we’ve proposed is that the DHS secretary, whomever it is, will have  final say on [whether] whatever metrics we proposes are met,” Schumer said. “We  think those metrics will be quite objective.”

Read more at The Hill

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Feb 04

House Leaders Secretly Working on Immigration Legislation

A bipartisan group of House negotiators is even further along in drafting a  comprehensive immigration overhaul than its counterpart in the Senate, but the  path to passage in the lower chamber is lined with thorns.

Republican House leaders from Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) on down have not  decided how to handle the vexing issue, even as they have voiced general support  for “addressing” it in 2013.

For now, Boehner and his lieutenants are keeping  a watchful eye both on the Senate and a secretive band of reformers in the  House, whose work the Speaker himself thrust into the open during a speech to  the Ripon Society last month.

 

That group, sources say, is trying to release a draft bill directly before or  after President Obama’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12. Releasing an  actual legislative text would put the House group out in front of the coalition  of eight Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, who issued only a five-page  framework of principles on Jan. 28.

Read more at The Hill

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Feb 04

Right-wing GOP Lobbyist Pushing More Immigration

Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist says that large-scale  immigration is good for America and the Republican Party — and that critics of  easy immigration should get out of the way.

“There are a whole bunch of people who are listening to loud voices, some of  whom claim to be Republican … talking about [employers] who didn’t fill out the  paperwork, about going after [an immigrant’s] aunt,” said Norquist, whose  opposition to tax increases has made him popular among Republicans and a  hate-figure among progressives.

Read more at the Daily Caller

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Feb 04

McCain: Immigration Plan Should Include National Biometric ID Card

If one part of some lawmakers’ plan for comprehensive immigration reform goes through, Social Security cards could soon come with a fingerprint.

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that their Senate framework for immigration reform, recently endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), could require biometric information to check employment status.

Asked whether he favored “a super Social Security card that would have some sort of biometric thing like a fingerprint” by Politico’s Mike Allen at a Politico Playbook breakfast on Wednesday, McCain said, “I’m for it.”

McCain said he was not sure “exactly how” such a proposal would play out in any legislation, “but there is technology now that could give us a Social Security card, people a Social Security card, that is tamper-proof.”

Read more at The Huffington Post.

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Feb 02

Pro-Amnesty Republicans Risk Backlash

Republicans who promote amnesty are risking a strong backlash from party members who uphold the rule of law, people described by The Washington Post as “supporters of hard-line immigration policies.” As an example, columnist Ann Coulter denounced the proposed immigration legislation of GOP Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) as an amnesty and called it “a wolf in wolf’s clothing.”  

Read more at The Washington Post.

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Feb 01

Media Keep Pushing ‘Hispanic Vote’ Mantra on GOP

Latinos are not going to become instant conservatives [but] . . . without a more generous stance on immigration [i.e. amnesty], Republicans will continue to lose Latino votes. And the fact is Republicans do not need to win 70 percent, or even 51 percent, of Latinos. If they could just get back to Bush’s 44 percent share, it could make a big difference. — David Horsey, Los Angeles Times 2/1/13 

Fact Check: The media are still in a virtual feeding frenzy as they keep claiming that Republicans must pass amnesty in order to get “Hispanic votes.” Without these votes, they warn, the GOP will never win national elections again. Interestingly, as many of these commentators are liberal Democrats, their solicitude and concern about Republicans seems strange, to say the least. And frankly it also sounds suspicious, given the obvious political advantage Democrats can gain from amnesty, one explicitly stated by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer in his book How Progressives Can Win.

Harry Enten, who publishes in guardian.co.uk, recently wrote an article explaining why promoting amnesty will not win Republicans enough Hispanic votes to give their party any significant electoral advantage. His main points are summarized below:

A Latino Decisions (LD) poll right before the election found that only six percent of Hispanics said that immigration was the most important issue to them. Sixty-five percent cited other issues. When asked if a more liberal Republican position on immigration would make them more inclined to vote for the GOP, 31 percent said yes, but 58 percent say they weren’t sure or that it have no effect, and 11 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for the party.

The main reason for the reluctance of many Hispanics to support the GOP is their opposition to its central message of less government. Seventy-five percent of Hispanics, according to research by the Pew Hispanic Center, favor larger government and more social programs, compared with only 19 percent who want smaller government. On social issues, stressed by Republicans, second and third generations Hispanics are no more conservative than the general population, and on two, abortion and homosexuality, they are more liberal.

Contrary to the media narratives, pro-amnesty Republican presidential candidates do not do significantly better than those who oppose it. The claim that George W. Bush got 44 percent of the Hispanic vote is unsubstantiated. According to polling by the William C. Velasques Institute, his total was only 35 percent. Pro-amnesty John McCain got only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote, not a significantly greater margin than Mitt Romney’s 27 percent.  

The Hispanic percentage of the voting population is growing, but not rapidly. It projected to rise only 0.6 percent, each election year, through 2024. Also some of the key swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have small Hispanic populations, which will have little impact on elections.

The best strategy for Republicans, Enten suggests, is to wait for more Hispanics to move up the economic ladder and assimilate. Then Republican principles may become more appealing to them. Although he didn’t say so, he might have added that continued mass immigration, and particularly amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens, will certainly delay assimilation. Also, he might have noted that GOP support for amnesty will alienate many grassroots Republicans and discourage them from voting.

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Feb 01

Obama Regime Tells Immigrants to Sign Up for Obamacare

The welcome materials the federal government directs new immigrants to read — which detail, among other facets of American life, how and where to get  government benefits — are in the process of getting a bit of a makeover to  increase accessibility for newcomers.

The WelcometoUSA.gov website, which bills itself as “the U.S.  Government’s official web portal for new immigrants,” maintained by the  Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS), will soon feature information about President Barack Obama’s signature  health care legislation, USCIS spokesman Chris Bentley told The Daily  Caller.

USCIS has already added new promotional banners to the site that make it  easier for users to find information about personal finance, child care and  emergency information. The agency is working to make the language even more  accessible to its target immigrant audience.

Read more at The Daily Caller

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Feb 01

Obama Regime Recruits Big Business to Push Amnesty

Pressing to move quickly to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws, Democratic leaders began setting a strategy to advance legislation as the White House worked to rally business support.

Returning to a tactic used in last year’s fiscal fight, administration officials held a conference call with executives of some of the nation’s largest companies to lay out President Barack Obama’s proposals and to enlist corporate backing.

Read more at Bloomberg.

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Feb 01

Obama Wants Action on Amnesty in Six Months

President Obama said Wednesday that he wants Congress to pass an overhaul of immigration law in the first half of the year, suggesting that if lawmakers cannot produce a detailed plan within a few months, he would probably intervene with his own legislation.

In interviews with Hispanic television networks, Obama, for the first time, gave a rough timetable for an overhaul of immigration policy. He told interviewers at Telemundo and Univision that he thought a March deadline for a plan was sensible.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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