Obama Administration Opposes Tech Worker Bill

The Obama Administration announced it would oppose legislation in the House to increase the number of immigration visas for foreigners holding degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The admistration favors these increases, but opposes the provision in the bill that would end the Visa Lottery, which admits 55,000 immigrants each year solely in the basis of winning a lucky lottery number.  




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Mexican President to Pressure Obama on U.S. Immigration

Mexico President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto probably will urge President Barack Obama to overhaul an immigration system that has trapped more than 6 million Mexicans without legal status when the two men meet for the first time at the White House today.

The odds for breaking a decade-long U.S. legislative impasse improved when Obama won a second term Nov. 6 with 71 percent support from Hispanic voters, according to exit polls, pressuring Republicans to either work with him or risk further alienating a growing political force.

Read more at Bloomberg.com here.

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GOP Senators Offer Legalization to Children of Illegals

Moving to try to steal the immigration spotlight from Democrats, top Senate  Republicans on Tuesday introduced their own version of the Dream Act to grant  young illegal immigrants legal rights — though it wouldn’t give them a special  path to citizenship.

Sens. Jon Kyl, John McCain and Kay  Bailey Hutchison, all senior Republicans, introduced the bill as a way to  restart the immigration debate and to carve out a middle ground between sending  illegal immigrants home or granting them green cards, which is the intermediate  step to citizenship.

“We have got to get this ball rolling,” Mr.  Kyl said. “We have to have a discussion that is sensible, that is calm.”

Their bill would give young illegal immigrants a chance at legal status as  long as they are earning a college degree, serving in the military or, having  completed those steps, are holding down a job.

But reaction from those on both sides was swift and negative.

Immigrant rights advocates said the senators’ legislation, without a pathway  to citizenship, would create a group of second-class Americans. Those who favor  a crackdown on illegal immigration said any legal status would reward  lawbreaking and that it is essentially an amnesty.

Even if its chances are iffy, the legislation is symbolically significant on  several fronts.

Read more at The Washington Times here.

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Immigrants Don’t Start More Businesses

The New York Times on November 2nd ran a column by Harvard Business School Professor Thomas McGraw claiming that immigrants are better than American natives at innovation and creating new businesses as entrepreneurs. He stated in his column that “our overly complex immigration law . . . endangers our tradition of entrepreneurship.”

Fact Check: McGraw builds his case by citing examples of innovative immigrants who created new businesses in the U.S. But he builds his case on various speculations as to why immigrants allegedly have these superior talents, rather than statistical analysis.

A good source of relevant statistics, noted the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, is the March 2011 Current Population Survey conducted by the Census Bureau. It found that native-born Americans, on average, have a slightly higher level of self-employment than immigrants. The percentage of the former is 11.7 percent, compared with 11.5 percent for the latter. Both self-employed groups earn approximately the same income.

The impression that immigrants generally are more likely to start and maintain businesses probably derives from the fact that certain groups of immigrants, but not all, are highly entrepreneurial. The top four countries of their origin are 1) Korea(26 percent self-employed) 2) Canada (23.2 percent self-employed) 3) United Kingdom (16.9 percent self-employed) 4) Russia (16.9 percent self-employed).

U.S.immigration policy, however, significantly discriminates against immigrants from these countries due to its reliance on family connections of immigrant applicants to previous immigrants as the leading criterion for admission. Immigrants from the four leading countries of origin during the past decade all have rates of self-employment lower than those of U.S.natives. Those countries are Mexico (8.9 percent self-employed), China 9.2 percent self-employed), India (9.9 percent self-employed) and the Philippines (5.8 percent self-employed).

On average, legal immigrants today are less skilled and educated than native-born Americans, and they are proportionately more likely to receive public assistance. Current immigration policy does not focus on admitting the most able people to contribute to our economy.

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MA In-State Tuition for Illegals Faces Opposition

The decision of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to permit in-state tuition for illegal aliens is drawing strong opposition from a number of lawmakers. Under Deval’s edict, illegal aliens who receive legal status under the Obama Administration’s amnesty can pay in-state rates at the state’s colleges. The opponents object that Deval’s action was without legislative approval and that it discriminates against legal residents from other states.

Read more at The Lowell Sun 


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Study: Hispanics Fit Democrat Voter Profile

Stung by their election defeat, Republicans are eager to try to woo Hispanic  voters, arguing that once their party puts immigration reform behind them, the  ethnic group will be open to the GOP’s  conservative message.

But an analysis of economic and social data suggests that even outside of  immigration, native-born Hispanics, who make up the vast majority of such voters  in the U.S., have far higher rates of welfare use, single-parent households and  low tax liabilities — all factors that usually indicate a better fit with the Democratic Party than with Republicans.

One in 5 households headed by U.S.-born Hispanics are in poverty, compared  with just 10 percent of non-Hispanic U.S.-born white households, and 40 percent  of the Hispanic households use at least one major welfare program — twice the  rate of white households.

They are only half as likely to be self-employed, and 50 percent of their  households with children are single-mother homes, compared with just 29 percent  of native-born white homes.

Read more at the Washington Times

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Kobach Predicts Kansas Will Pass Immigration Law

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts that his state next year will pass legislation to curtail illegal immigration. Kobach, who has assisted the passage of immigration laws in other states, said “There will be some action taken on immigration.” Two key Republican lawmakers who blocked immigration laws in the past won’t be in the Legislature next year.  

Read More at The Lawrence Journal World.

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Smith Bill Would Replace ‘Diversity Visa’ Lottery

From The Hill:

A bill from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that’s aimed at boosting the number of green cards available to foreign graduates with advanced technical degrees from U.S. universities is expected to be voted on again in the House next Friday, according to industry sources.

The bill, the STEM Jobs Act, was voted on under suspension of the rules this fall, but failed to secure the two-thirds support needed in the House to pass. This time around, the bill is set to be brought up under regular order and likely win the majority vote needed to clear the lower chamber.

 The House is expected to consider a revised version of Smith’s bill that includes a new provision that would allow spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents to come to the U.S. to wait for their green cards, but they will not receive authorization to work, according to an industry source.
A spokesman for Smith could not be reached for comment.
The STEM Jobs Act proposes to reallocate 55,000 green cards to foreign-born graduates with advanced science, math, tech and engineering (STEM) degrees from U.S. universities by eliminating the diversity visa program.

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Illinois Pols Move to Grant Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens

Illinois’ top leaders said Tuesday that they will push to issue driver’s  licenses to illegal immigrants — testing federal strictures and becoming the  latest sign that the pendulum has swung away from Arizona-style crackdowns and  toward those pursuing a softer line on immigration.

Surrounded by Republicans and Democrats at a news conference, state Senate  President John Cullerton said he will try  to pass legislation in the coming weeks, and Gov.  Pat Quinn said he will sign it if it reaches his desk.

“This is a safety issue that impacts every driver in Illinois, and we should  join together to take swift action to save lives,” said Mr.  Quinn, a Democrat. “Making sure all motorists, regardless of their  background, are licensed and insured will drive economic growth and ease the  financial burden on all Illinois motorists.”

The move represents the first major backtrack by a state since the aftermath  of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearly a decade ago, when the hijackers used  licenses, often obtained by fraud, to board the airplanes they used to target  the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and, potentially, the U.S. Capitol or White House.

Read more at the Washington Times here.

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Amnesty Approvals Rise Sharply

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.

Read more from New York Times here.  

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