Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory told the leaders that while the federal government recently acted to offer young people brought into the country as children some relief by postponing deportation and granting them work permits, the Catholic bishops will continue to advocate for comprehensive reform with more opportunities, particularly for families and those already living and working in the United States.
The bishops “will resist” any proposal that offers undocumented persons legal status without a path to become citizens, he said in a keynote address.
“We will argue against the creation of a permanent underclass in this country, where certain parts of our population do not have the rights that others do,” said Archbishop Gregory, as the crowd applauded.
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Federal healthcare programs should cover the children of illegal immigrants, a group of House Democrats says.
Democrats are asking the Obama administration to make healthcare available to children who are able to stay in the U.S. under the deferred-action immigration policy that President Obama announced earlier this year.
The policy — similar to the DREAM Act — allows many children of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation, as long as they meet certain criteria.
A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), is now pressing the Obama administration to open federal healthcare programs to children who receive deferred action under Obama’s plan.
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According to the Highway Safety Coalition, the pro-amnesty front group that spearheaded SB 957, uninsured illegal immigrants are the cause of 80,000 crashes a year in Illinois.
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(Newser) — With Hispanic immigration—both legal and illegal—to the United States on the decline, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia for the first time since 1910, reports the AP in a look at new census data released today. The data also showed that the number of illegal immigrants in America dropped to 11.1 million people last year, down from its peak of 12 million in 2007. Experts say growing economies and aging populations in Latin America make it unlikely those numbers will ever hit the record-setting levels of the mid-2000s.
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A group of 250 “conservative” activists met in Washington to plot strategy to provide amnesty for illegal aliens. Among the participants where individuals reperesenting business interests who see amnesty as a means to further their agendas. Also some participants advocated the view that conservative Republicans must endorse amnesty to get Hispanic votes.
Read more at The Washington Post.
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Former President George W. Bush, who promoted amnesty legislation in 2006 and 2007, has called on Republicans to embrace amnesty. Bush said that the party should adopt a more “benevolent” attitude toward “immigrants.” He did not specify whether he meant legal or illegal immigrants. House Seaker John Boehner has indicated that he may support amnesty legislation.
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Residents of Chino Hills, California, protested at a maternity center where Chinese mothers are giving birth so that their children can become U.S. citizens. Under current interpretation of U.S. law, anyone born on U.S. soil is automatically a citizen. The mothers are paying thousands of dollars to give birth at the center. The protestors described the commerce at the clinic as “birth tourism.” When the child citizens are grown, they can petition bring in parents and other relatives.
Read more at The Associated Press.
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Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) vowed to strengthen ties with illegal aliens in the ‘Dream Act’ category. He said that he wants to include them in discussions on immigration policy, including the drafting of immigration legislation. Gutierrez made his statements before an audience of ‘Dream’ illegal aliens in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) charged that Republicans who wanted to end the Visa Lottery immigration category were showing the “ugly head of racism.” The House later voted to end the program, while increasing visas for foreign high-tech workers. The lottery admits immigrants simply on the basis of winning a lucky lottery number. Some come from Africa.
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Newly released figures from the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) identifies criminal illegal aliens are using the international border as a revolving door, and it demonstrates the fact America’s southern border remains extremely porous.
The report cites approximately 188,380 criminal illegal immigrants, an all-time high, were deported in fiscal year 2011. Perhaps even more alarming is the fact OIS said 86,699 (46 percent) of them were previously deported.
Twenty-three percent of these criminals were guilty of drug-related crimes, followed closely by traffic offences (DUI) at 20 percent. Violent crimes were committed by 12 percent of repeat illegal border crossers and finally about seven percent of criminal aliens committed burglary, larceny or fraud.
Read more here at the Examiner.com
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