Of the 309,000 illegal aliens in the Dream Act category who have applied for the Obama Administration’s unilateral amnesty, 53,273 have been approved. Last month the total of approvals was only 4,591. Presidential contender Mitt Romney had promised to end the program, while allowing those approved to keep their status, if he had been elected.
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Following the loss of Mitt Romney to President Obama, numerous pundits began claiming that “the Hispanic vote” sank Romney, and that henceforth the only way Republicans can win elections is to endorse amnesty for illegal aliens. One was columnist Charles Krauthammer who stated, “The principle reason [Hispanics] go Democratic is the issue of illegal immigrants. In securing the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney made the strategic error of . . . going to the right of Rick Perry. Romney could never successfully take back.”
Fact Checker: Only 27 percent of Hispanics voted for Romney, but no evidence suggests that amnesty was the key and leading issue that motivated Hispanic voters. To illustrate, Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential contender in 2008, was an outspoken advocate of amnesty for most of the 12 million illegal aliens living in the U.S., yet he received only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote. Continue reading
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The Chicago City Council has passed a resolution urging Illinois’ General Assembly to pass legislation requiring immigrant drivers to be trained, tested, licensed and insured.
Alderman Danny Solis says the action shows Chicago supports “sensible and reasonable legislation” to protect “Illinois highways and families.”
The resolution was approved Thursday with 28 votes.
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While Latinos are gaining in political clout, they are also falling down the economic ladder, new Census numbers show.
Latinos poverty rates climbed to 28 percent after the census reconfigured its algorithm to take into account medical costs and government programs. The Hispanic poverty level rose after the government took into account safety-net programs such as food stamps and housing, which have lower participation among immigrants and non-English speakers.
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Some young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children will become eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities and community colleges in Massachusetts as part of a new federal program put in place over the summer by President Barack Obama, according to a senior Patrick administration official.
Obama signed an executive order in June and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in August began accepting applications for “deferred action” from young immigrants who met certain criteria, such as being brought to the country before they turned 16. Qualifying immigrants will be protected from deportation for at least two years, and become eligible to apply for a work permit.
Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday plans to send a letter to Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland explaining that his administration has determined under existing state policy that immigrants granted deferred status by the federal government are eligible for reduced in-state tuition rates at the state’s 29 college and university campuses, the official said.
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From the Daily Caller:
“Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits.
“Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads.
“Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate.”
The DHS page offers links to government websites that explain how to access benefits including food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the “official website with information on all available federal benefit programs,” with a nonworking link to Benefits.gov.
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Congressional Report: U.S. Border With Mexico Poses Terror Threat to Americans
The report, released Thursday, is titled “A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border.” It found that the “Southwest border has now become the greatest threat of terrorist infiltration into the United States.” It specifically cites a “growing influence” from Iranian and Hezbollah terror forces in Latin America.
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From Roll Call:
Republican senators are inching toward working on a broad immigration overhaul with their Democratic colleagues, a sign that the window of opportunity to address the issue could again be cracking open, at least in the Senate.
The opening comes as President Barack Obama has been making increasingly forceful statements about his desire for Congress to pass a sweeping immigration bill.
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Many of the myths about America’s continuing immigration crisis can be attributed to the errors and falsehoods that often appear in the nation’s press, including exaggerations that are so commonplace they are regarded as facts. One of those is the myth that America’s immigration laws are unnecessarily “harsh.”
Words like “harsh,” “tough,” and “strict,” have been used almost routinely by some news organizations — including Business Week and and the Los Angeles Times, to name just two — to describe many recently adopted state laws designed to deal with the problem of illegal immigration as if the adjectives were a matter of fact. Even America’s generous federal immigration laws have not escaped the same description by journalists. Mercedes White, writing in the Desert News of Salt Lake City for October 31, cited a pro-immigration writer who argues that federal immigration laws are downright inhumane, and that the “punishments” meted out for illegal immigration are more severe than punishments for serious crimes.
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