Chamber of Commerce Joins Amnesty Push

“The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday that the “door to the American dream must always remain open” as he announced a broad coalition of business, labor, faith organizations, law enforcement and ethnic groups intent on overhauling the nation’s immigration system,” the Washington Post reports.

“Tom Donohue outlined his priorities for immigration legislation and expressed optimism that after years of ill-fated efforts, there is momentum in the White House and Congress to tackle the politically charged issue. The backing of the Chamber, which represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses, is certain to provide a critical boost to the push for reform against stiff opposition.”

Today’s Leap of Logic – E-Verify Isn’t Perfect, Therefore We Need Amnesty

“According to E-Verify’s government audit, a national mandate would deem 1.2 million to 3.5 million legal employees, like Ken Nagel’s daughter, initially ineligible to work. In 2008, Intel, the computer chip maker, put its new employees through E-Verify and 12 percent were declared ineligible,” says David Bier at Forbes.

“All these measures admit that the U.S. government does not believe it can create a system that stops illegal immigration at the border. Rather than admit defeat, America needs the only proven solution to the problem: an accessible legal pathway for immigrants.”

Border Apprehensions Low Despite More Funds

“Despite massive increases in manpower, the U.S. Border Patrol is still intercepting only about 61 percent of would-be illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an audit that the investigative arm of Congress released Wednesday,” the Washington Times says.

“The findings, which for the first time show a broad estimate of how many illegal immigrants the Border Patrol fails to catch each year, emerge as pressure builds on Congress to move past border security and begin to grant legal status to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.”

Iowa Defends License Denial for Obama Amnesty Beneficiaries

“The head of Iowa’s Transportation Department defended himself Wednesday against criticism over a new policy barring driver’s licenses for certain young immigrants allowed by a new federal rule to live in the United States,” the AP reports.

“[Paul] Trombino said his agency worked with lawyers in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and Gov. Terry Branstad’s staff to interpret the impact of the rule on Iowa residents. He said they believe that while the federal government allows those who meet the criteria to stay in the country and work, it does not give them legal authorization to be in the country, which is required to obtain a driver’s license.”

Cuba Drops Exit Permits, Impact on Out-Migration Unclear

“For the first time in five decades, Cubans will no longer need an “exit permit” to travel. The change, which takes effect Monday, is part of a broader immigration reform by President Raul Castro making it easier for Cubans to go abroad — and also to return. But critics say the communist government continues to treat travel as a privilege, not a right, and a useful tool to punish dissent,” NPR reports.