Now What? Immigration Edition
Even before the results were in, the establishment’s argument was that this defeat is proof that the Republican party has to embrace amnesty and unlimited immigration (“comprehensive immigration reform”) to get enough of the Hispanic vote to remain electorally viable. Read more…
A new analysis of government data shows that two-thirds of the net increase in employment since President Obama took office has gone to immigrant workers, primarily legal immigrants.
No Limiting Principle
Well, in what will be four presidential/vice-presidential debates, at least there was one question on immigration. Last night’s question, like almost all the others from this group of “undecided” voters, came from a Democratic perspective, offering yet another new euphemism for “illegal aliens”: “immigrants without their green cards that are currently living here as productive members of society.” Each candidate gave his usual line, but a few things were interesting: read more
On Capitol Hill, a Strong Indictment of Administrative Amnesty Policies
Immigration was finally at the top of the agenda on Capitol Hill this week. While the House leadership has refused to take up any real immigration measures this session, individual representatives showed some political will on immigration enforcement via the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill. Perhaps encouraged by some harsh words from Supreme Court justices on the Obama administration’s arguments against Arizona’s S.B. 1070, the House passed measures by large voting margins to prohibit funding of the administration’s “amnesty by any means" programs. read more
DOJ Guns for Sheriff Joe
The U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio sets a new low for the politicization of DOJ. Neither President Nixon’s Justice Department during the Watergate era nor the Bill Clinton-Janet Reno abuses of DOJ’s power (e.g., summary firing of all U.S. attorneys, the invasion at Waco, Bill Lann Lee’s Civil Rights Division activism) quite compares with the lengths to which Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez, and President Obama have gone to pursue a political vendetta. Foremost to keep in mind regarding this misconduct: It’s all about immigration politics. read more
The administration snuck a couple of immigration-related policy actions past the public this weekend. (Weekend news items, the media-wise tell us, are less likely to garner attention, and therefore outrage.)
As the Obama administration continues to try to convince the American people they are securing the borders, their most recent budget request makes clear that “Amnesty by Any Means" remains the consistent mission. The latest installment is a buried in the president’s homeland security budget, which includes provisions dotted throughout that, put together, would result in the dismantling of arguably the best border-related program that exists in federal government, US-VISIT, burying its capabilities in two of the most politicized of all government agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
WASHINGTON (February 15, 2012) – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon release its new estimate of the illegal immigrant population in the United States as of January 1, 2011. (All DHS estimates are for January 1.) Based on a preliminary analysis of some of the same data DHS uses, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 10.9 million (± 200,000) illegal immigrants lived in the United States on January 1, 2011. If this estimate turns out to be similar to the DHS estimate, it means that the illegal immigrant population stopped declining after President Obama took office after declining by 1 million during the last two years of the Bush administration ─ 2007 to 2009.
There were two underlying themes at a recent House Immigration Subcommittee hearing that deserve a little more attention.
The hearing, on February 15, dealt with the explosive report by the Acting Inspector General of DHS, Charles K. Edwards, in which he explored the extent to which USCIS, during the Obama administration, has pushed rank-and-file staff members to approve marginal applications for immigration benefits.