Dec 31

Obama Immigration Plan Linked to Election Strategy

President Barack Obama promised Dec. 30 to introduce an immigration bill  during 2013, but activists on all sides of the debate are trying to understand  his strategy.

He may be gunning for a victory in the mid-term elections by introducing a  bill so radical that it will spark an emotional controversy from whites, which  would then spur many angry Latinos to vote Democratic in the 2014 midterm  elections, said Robert de Posada, former head of a GOP-affiliated group, The  Latino Coalition.

“The word that I’ve heard from many, is [that he will] submit a very, very  liberal plan that most Republicans will not support, that most southern and  moderate Democrats will not support,” he said.

When the bill fails, “they can announce once again that they tried [and that  Latinos] need to rally in the next election,” said Posada, who helped President  George W. Bush win 40 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, during the housing  boom.

Read more at the Daily Caller.

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Dec 28

Obama Regime to Allow Criminal Illegals to Stay in U.S.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) used the Friday before Christmas to release official word that ICE was once again narrowing its definition of who it considers a dangerous individual.

This latest change involves the process of ICE detainers, a topic addressed routinely at Front Page Magazine. ICE detainers are holds, up to two business days, that ICE places on prisoners in municipal prison. These prisoners would otherwise be let go, but because ICE wants to detain them for immigration violations, they continue being held for ICE to pick them up and process them itself. According to a memo dated December 21, 2012, ICE changed its definition of priority to receive such a detainer to someone with three misdemeanor convictions, from one misdemeanor previously.


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Dec 28

Pro-Amnesty Republicans Plot Surrender

Some Republicans are plotting to surrender their party’s opposition to amnesty, and go along with the Obama Administration’s plan to legalize most illegal aliens. They claim they need to do this to get “Hispanic votes.” They make no mention of the votes they will lose if they reward lawbreaking.  

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


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Dec 28

Mexico Meddles in U.S.; Seeks to Block State Immigration Law

The Mexican government has urged a U.S. court to stop Arizona from enforcing a minor section of the state’s 2010 immigration law that prohibits the harboring of illegal immigrants.

Lawyers representing Mexico asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a filing Wednesday to uphold a lower-court ruling that blocked police from enforcing the ban. Mexico argued the ban harms diplomatic relations between the United States, undermines the U.S.’s ability to speak to a foreign country with one voice and encourages the marginalization of Mexicans and people who appear to be from Latin America.

“Mexico cannot conduct effective negotiations with the United States when the foreign policy decisions of the federal governments are undermined by the individual policies of individual states,” lawyers for the Mexican government said in a friend-of-the-court brief.

The harboring ban was in effect from late July 2010 until U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked its enforcement on Sept. 5. Two weeks before Bolton shelved the ban, she said during a hearing that she knew of no arrests that were made under the provision.


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Dec 27

Obama Favors Gun Rights for Immigrants

While advocating new restrictions on gun rights for U.S. citizens, the Obama Administration wants to make it easier for legal immigrants to obtain firearms. Under existing law, legal immigrants must wait 90 days before buying a gun. The administration proposes to end that requirement.

Read more at Breitbart Big Government.  



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Dec 27

Illegal Aliens Committing ‘Minor Offenses’ Won’t Be Deported

The Obama Administration announced that  it will not deport illegal aliens who commit “minor offenses.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton claimed that not enforcing the law against these aliens will enable his agency to focus on “serious offenders.”

Read more at Irish Central


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Dec 27

Hispanics Aren’t a Natural GOP Constituency

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Hispanics should be a “natural constituency” for Republicans because they are conservative (Special Report w/ Bret Baier, 12/4/12). He maintained that Republicans could tap into this constituency for more votes if they could stop alienating Hispanics by opposing amnesty for illegal aliens.   

Fact Check: This commonly made claim ignores the fact that amnesty, as shown by polls, is not really the key issue in terms of Hispanic reluctance to vote for Republicans. The real problem is that Hispanics in general are not conservative, and are not particularly outstanding in the religious and family values often attributed to them.

According to a recent study by the PewHispanicCenter, 30 percent of Hispanics identify themselves as “liberal” compared with 21 percent of the general U.S. population. The study also found that only 19 percent of Hispanics agree with the conservative position that we should have fewer public services and smaller government. Seventy-five percent disagree. Among Americans as a whole 48 percent agreed with the less government position, compared with 41 percent who disagreed.

This preference for more government programs among Hispanics isn’t surprising, given the relatively high level of poverty in the Hispanic community. Twenty-eight percent of Hispanics live in poverty, compared with 16 percent of the population as a whole.

Polls confirm that economic considerations are far more important to Hispanic voters than amnesty and other policies related to immigration. Before the last election, a Fox News Latino Poll found that 48 percent of Hispanics said that the economy would be the most important issue deciding their vote. Only six percent mentioned immigration.

And, again, the economic concerns of many Hispanics are not those of Republicans. In 2011, Moore Information did a poll of Hispanics in California, the state with the largest Hispanic population. Twenty-nine percent objected to the Republicans on grounds that they mainly “favored the rich” and were out of touch with the average person. Only seven percent mentioned immigration as the main cause of their opposition to the party.

What about the claim that Hispanics are a natural GOP constituency on the basis of religious orientation and family values? The findings of General Social Survey are not encouraging for Republicans. Hispanics are somewhat less likely to attend worship services regularly than the general population (29 percent to 31 percent). With respect to family values, according to the National Vital Statistics Report, 53.2 percent of Hispanic babies were born out of wedlock in 2010, compared with the national average of 41 percent. The percentages for other groups were as follows: whites, 29 percent; blacks, 72.5 percent; and Asians 17 percent.

What then can Republicans do to appeal to Hispanic voters? One possibility is explaining to them that amnesty and mass immigration are harmful to their economic concerns.

Specifically, they can argue that amnesty will encourage more illegal immigration, and that more job seekers (illegal and legal) will reduce job opportunities and wage levels for American Hispanics. Currently the unemployment rate for Hispanics (10 percent) is significantly higher than the national average (7.7 percent).

Republicans could address to the desire of Hispanics (foreign and native-born) to achieve the American Dream, by pointing out that the immigration restriction laws of 1921 and 1924 greatly assisted the assimilation and economic advancement of immigrants and their children in the decades following those laws.

They might also point out to rank and file Hispanics that the goal of pro-immigration Hispanic groups is building ethic political clout for themselves, with a poor and alienated base, rather than lose power by seeing Hispanics move into the American mainstream.

Something that may stop this form of Republican outreach is the influence of the GOP’s powerful faction that wants mass immigration to continue for the sake of cheap labor. If that faction prevails, poverty and alienation among Hispanics will increase, as well as their overall opposition to the Republican Party.

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Dec 26

Illegal Aliens From Central America on the Rise

The Border Patrol says non-Mexican illegal immigrants are accounting for a slender majority of the agency’s apprehensions in Texas.

From October 2011 to July 31, agents apprehended more than 40,000 non-Mexican migrants, compared to about 39,000 individuals from Mexico. Most of the 40,000 were from Central America.

The number of non-Mexican migrants apprehended during the same 10-month period a year earlier was about 16,000.

Read more at The Christian Science Monitor

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Dec 26

Federal Immigration Enforcement Program Ends

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Obama administration is scrapping part of a controversial program that deputizes state and local police to help enforce federal immigration laws in Georgia and many other states.

The 287(g) program — named after the federal law that authorizes it — gives police the power to question people about their legal status, serve arrest warrants, and detain and transport criminals for immigration violations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a news release Friday saying it is terminating the “task force” part of the program in which police help with street-level immigration enforcement in Georgia and other states. That part of the program will end Dec. 31.

Read more at The Atlanta Journal Constitution here.

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Dec 21

Oklahoma Begins to Enforce Immigration Law

Oklahoma, announced state Attorney General Scott Pruitt, will begin to enforce a state law requiring businesses to check whether new employees are legal residents. A number of legal challenges delayed implementation of the law. The businesses the law covers are those that contract with state and city govenrments. Twenty-two other states have similar employment verification laws. 

Read more at KOTV News.  



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