Mar 15

Billionaires and Millionaires Renew Push for More Immigration

More than 100  chief executives of major tech companies and trade associations — including  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer — urged President Obama  and Congress on Thursday to reform the existing immigration rules for  highly-skilled workers.

In a letter sent to the president and lawmakers, the tech heavyweights said the need  to hire and retain skilled foreign and domestic workers is one of the top  economic challenges facing the country and the existing immigration laws are a  hurdle to addressing this issue. They argue that high-skilled immigrants have  gone on to create companies like Google, eBay and Yahoo, which have driven job  and economic growth in the United States.
“Yet because our current  immigration system is outdated and inefficient, many high-skilled immigrants who  want to stay in America are forced to leave because they are unable to obtain  permanent visas. Some do not bother to come in the first place,” the letter  reads. “This is often due to visa shortages, long waits for green cards, and  lack of mobility.”

The letter comes as both chambers of Congress are hammering out legislation  aimed at overhauling the nation’s immigration laws. President Obama is pushing  for Congress to clear a bill this year and has made comprehensive immigration  reform a top priority after securing more than half of the Latino vote in the  November election.

Read more at The Hill

 

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Mar 15

S.C. Evangelical Leaders Push Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

South Carolina is fast becoming ground zero in the fight over immigration  reform.

A coalition of pro-reform groups on Wednesday launched a major advertising  and grassroots campaign in the state to argue for immigration reform — and to  commend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for his efforts on its behalf.

The push comes just weeks after NumbersUSA, a group that vehemently opposes the  bipartisan Senate framework for immigration reform, used its first commercials  of the election cycle to attack Graham.

The state has taken on a crucial role in the political battle over reform — and not only because of its senior senator.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s  Immigration panel, and will play a central role in shaping any immigration deal  in Congress. The state’s culture, demographics and politics also make it one to  watch as the issue plays out in a Republican Senate primary.

“South Carolina is important both because Sen. Graham has been part of the  group of senators who have been courageously taking this issue on … and you  also have of course Trey Gowdy,” said Richard Land, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“It’s up to us to convince [Gowdy] that the majority of the members of his  district support comprehensive immigration reform, and we believe they do.”

Land is involved with the Evangelical Immigration Table, a group that  launched radio ads on Christian radio stations across the state on Wednesday.  The group argues, in biblical terms, why Christians should support immigration  reform.

Read more at The Hill

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Mar 15

Conservatives Appear Torn Over Immigration

GOP leaders have decided it’s time  their party surmounts the immigration issue, embraces legalization and moves on,  and rank-and-file conservatives are warming to that stance — though they still  fear their leaders will sell out conservative principles for political gain.

Activists gathered for the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference said Thursday they fear a repeat of the last time the country granted an amnesty, in 1986, when the legalization happened, but the government did not follow through on stricter enforcement.

Read more at the Washington Times

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Mar 15

ICE Chieft Admits Freeing Illegal Aliens With Criminal Records

The Obama administration said Thursday it  had rearrested and brought back four of the most dangerous immigrants it  released from detention last month in the run-up to the budget  sequestration.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John  Morton testified to Congress that his agency  released 10 “level one” offenders, and has gone out and apprehended four of  them. He said the other six are nonviolent.

Mr. Morton also acknowledged that overall,  2,228 immigrants were released — far more than the several hundred the agency  had initially acknowledged. Of those, 629 had criminal records, though Mr.  Morton said they were low-level offenders.

The releases have drawn a stern rebuke from Republicans, who said it showed  mismanaged priorities. They also said ICE’s concession that it released far more  immigrants than it first acknowledged dents the agency’s credibility.

Read more at the Washington Times

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Mar 14

NY Times Allows No Moderation on Immigration

A report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) traces the movement of New York Times editorials on immigration from moderate liberalism to radical extremism. The latter often consists of name calling against immigration restrictionists rather than reasoned analysis. The author of the report is Jerry Krammer, who won a Pulitzer prize for reporting in 2006. Krammer says that the instigator of the Times’ extremism is its publisher Arthur Sulzberger.

Read more at CIS.

 

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Mar 14

Obama Calls Flake to Plot Amnesty

President Obama called Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Monday to plot amnesty legislation. Flake is a member of the “Gang of Eight,” a group of four Republican and four Democrat senators who suport amnesty. Republicans who want cheap labor and Democrats who want cheap votes have a bipartisan interest in rewarding illegal aliens with legal status.

Read more at The Hill.

 

 

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Mar 13

Survey: Business Execs Want More Immigrant Workers

The overwhelming majority of U.S. businesses favor immigration reform that would make it easier for people with science and other technical expertise come to the U.S., according to a new survey. But that consensus appears to break down when it comes to immigrants without those skills or those who have entered the country illegally.

The Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook survey found that 88 percent of chief financial officers at more than 500 U.S. companies favor switching from the current lottery system of immigration to one based on merit. For corporate executives, such merit appears to mean having the right set of professional skills.

Read more at CBS News

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Mar 13

Rep. Lou Barletta: Secure the Borders First

We have been presented with a false choice in the Washington-based debate over illegal immigration. On one hand, we are offered the Obama plan, conveniently leaked to the media, which offers permanent residency after a shockingly long eight years on probation. On the other, we have the “gang of eight,” who say citizenship lies at the end of an amorphous path following a declaration of secure borders by a yet-to-be-named commission. Both of these are unacceptable and fail to address the causes of illegal immigration and the massive costs associated with legalizing millions of people who have already broken our laws.

Read more at Roll Call.

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Mar 13

Obama Labor Pick Has Radical Pro-Immigration History

He’s not an official nominee yet, but if President Obama does name Thomas  Perez for Labor Secretary, the Republicans  aren’t likely to sail through a confirmation.

Mr. Perez has stood by some of the  administration’s toughest policies that seem to favor unions at the expense of  businesses, The Hill reports. Prior to serving as assistant attorney general for  the Civil  Rights Division within the Justice  Department, Mr. Perez worked as the  secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor,  Licensing and Regulation — where he fought businesses who opposed higher minimum  wage mandates. He also supported a “living wage” regulation, and fought hard  against banks and entities involved in foreclosure schemes.

Read more at The Washington Times

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Mar 12

Left Radicals Try to Divide Conservatives on Amnesty

The radical National Immigration Forum (NIF), a pro-amnesty group funded by globalist billionaire George Soros, is trying to divide conservatives on immigration policy. Recently it distributed a document falsely linking conservative restrictionists to advocacy of abortion and euthanasia. The goal is to drive a wedge between them and pro-life conservatives.    

Read more at PJ Media.

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