Apr 04

Obama Wants Amnesty Passed as Quickly as Possible

A spokesman for President Obama said that Obama wants amnesty legislation to move quickly through Congress without significant scrutiny by congressional committees. Many Washington observers agree that the more amnesty is examined, the less likely that it will pass.

Read more at The Examiner.   

 

 

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Apr 03

31,000 Lobbyists Working on Immigration Legislation

The Sunlight Foundation says that over the last five years more  than 3,100 lobbyists registered to work members of Congress on immigration — a  figure that underscores the big stakes involved both ideologically and  economically.

“The companies they represent range from firms seeking high-tech workers to  agribusinesses in search of farm workers. And even though there has been no  serious effort to enact a major immigration reform bill since 2010, the  lobbyists have been working the hallways of Congress out of the national  spotlight to push for their clients’ interests,” wrote Sunlight reporter Anupama  Narayanswamy.

Read more at The Washington Times

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Apr 03

House Members Ready Own Version of Immigration Reform

In the shadow of a bipartisan Senate group preparing to roll out broad immigration legislation next week, shortly after Congress returns from its holiday break, a bipartisan group of eight House members is readying its own bill.

In contrast to the Senate plan — which would provide one clear, if difficult, path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country — the House legislation will most likely offer three distinct paths to legal status.

Young immigrants in the country without legal papers, who often call themselves “Dreamers,” and low-skilled agricultural workers would qualify for an expedited road to legal status, people familiar with the negotiations said. The Dreamers should not be punished for being brought illegally to the country by their parents, House aides said, and the members agreed that the agricultural workers perform crucial work for the economy.

In an opinion article in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, Representative Raúl R. Labrador, a Republican member of the group from Idaho, more explicitly laid out the path for Dreamers: “Those who entered the U.S. as children, through no fault of their own, will be allowed to have a pathway to citizenship.”

Read more at The New York Times

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Apr 03

AP Won’t Call Illegal Immigrants ‘Illegal’

The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.”

The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company’s on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels.

“The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,” Carroll wrote.

Read more at ABC.

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Apr 02

Sessions: Amnesty Bill Needs Careful Consideration

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) repeated his concern that some senators want to move too quickly on amnesty legislation. With reference to the failed 1986 amnesty, Sessions stated, “Never again can Congress pass a far-reaching proposal only for the American people to find out what’s in it later. What we need, and must have, is a full and thorough national discussion over every component of this bill.” He added that it would “take months–not weeks” for such legislation to receive adequate attention. 

Read more at The Washington Examiner.

 

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Apr 02

Graham Helps Import Low-Wage Workers for Elite Club

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a leading advocate of amnesty, helped the Kiawah country club import low-wage workers from Jamaica. Graham said that virtually no unemployed South Carolinians weren’t willing to do the work. Perhaps the response would have been better if higher pay had been offered. The senator has received political donations from Kiawah’s owner and manager.  

Read more at The Daily Caller.

 

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Apr 01

ICE Didn’t Tell Truth about Deportees

Recently, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) released illegal aliens held in detention because, it claimed, there were not enough funds left to hold them due to federal budget cuts. When it first made the announcement, ICE said that several hundred were being let go. Supposedly the agency will keep tabs on them while their court cases proceed. ICE also maintained that they were “non-criminals and other low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories.”

Fact Check: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was highly skeptical of these claims, and called on ICE director John Morton to testify about the release. Goodlatte, in a letter to constituents, noted it was odd that the release of many of these aliens took place before the funding reductions. During the testimony, Morton admitted that his agency could have made an additional funding request to Congress or used other funds at its disposal to continue the detentions.

Many of the released detainees were hardly “low-risk.” Citing information obtained by his committee, Goodlatte stated that “Those released include[d] aliens convicted of or charged with fraud, theft, or drunk driving offenses; documented gang members; those . . .  arrested for but not convicted of a serious crime; fugitives; and illegal immigrants with final removal orders. The congressman said that the released detainees “unnecessarily put the public at risk.” And the total released was not hundreds, but 2,200 in all.

According to an article in The New York Times (2/26/13), the release of so many illegal aliens in so short a period of time was “extraordinary.” Truly this is just another example of indifference to immigration law enforcement under the Obama Administration. In 2010 the union representing ICE agents voted a motion of “no confidence” in Morton and other leaders of the agency. The motion stated that “[the leadership has] abandoned the agency’s core mission of enforcing United States immigration laws and providing for public safety, and have instead directed their attention to campaigning for programs related to amnesty. . . .”

The union further stated that ICE leadership tries to “portray ICE detainees as non-criminal in order to support the administration’s position on amnesty and relaxed security at ICE facilities.”

 The Obama Administration continues to show how well it merits “no confidence” for whatever it says or does about immigration law enforcement.   

 

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Apr 01

Georgia Legislature Blocks Illegals From State Benefits

Georgia’s Legislature late Thursday night approved an expansion of the state’s 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration.

Passed in the final hours of the General Assembly’s 40-day session, Senate Bill 160 is aimed at blocking illegal immigrants from getting state driver’s licenses, grants, public housing and retirement benefits.

It would also prevent people from using foreign passports to obtain public benefits, unless those passports include records indicating they are in the country legally.

Read more at The Atlanta Journal Consitution

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Apr 01

Federal Judge Won’t Allow Indiana Police to Detain Suspected Illegal Aliens

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that permanently blocks enforcement of two key provisions of a controversial 2011 Indiana immigration bill: one making it a crime to use a consular-issued card for identification  and another allowing the arrest of people whose immigration status is questionable.

U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker issued the ruling Friday, finding  that the provisions violated federal law and the U.S. Constitution. In June 2011, she ordered a preliminary ban on enforcing the law.

The judge’s decision noted that, under the Indiana law, a person could be arrested simply because the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service had issued a notice “as legally innocuous as informing the recipient . . . that he or she has attained lawful alien status.”

Read more at The Indianapolis Star

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Apr 01

Rubio Cautions Against Rushing Immigration Legislation

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday cautioned that reports that a bipartisan  group in the Senate was close to a deal on reforming the nation’s immigration  laws was “premature.”

“I’m encouraged by reports of an agreement between business groups and unions  on the issue of guest workers,” said Rubio in a statement  released Sunday. “However, reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators  have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature.”

 Rubio’s statement came after reports Saturday  said business and labor groups had reached a deal on a plan to grant visas to  low-skilled guest workers, a key stumbling block in congressional efforts to  forge immigration reform.

The news led to speculation that the “Gang of Eight” senators who are working  on an immigration reform deal were nearing a final accord.

Rubio’s colleagues in the group were much more optimistic about quickly  finalizing a deal.

Read more at The Hill

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