USDA Pushes Food Stamps on Immigrants

“The United States Department of Agriculture has been working to dispel immigrants’ concerns that getting on Food Stamps will harm their chances of becoming U.S. citizens,” the Daily Caller says.

“The USDA addresses those fears in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp, brochures it distributes to Mexican consulates as part of its ‘partnership’ with the Mexican government ‘to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance.'”

ICE Considered Enforcing the Law to Meet Deportation Goals

“Federal authorities discussed combing through state driver license records and traffic tickets as they scrambled to boost the number of criminal illegal immigrants deported from Georgia and other states last year, records show. Emails sent by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to regional offices in Atlanta and other cities show the agency also considered sending officers to local traffic safety checkpoints and jails. One revelation in the emails: ICE’s Atlanta office was chastised as a laggard in the quest to hit deportation targets and keep the paymasters in Congress happy,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says.

“‘The very fact that [the government] needs to send out a directive telling agents to step up enforcement because they are running low at the end of the year indicates the existing directive is non-enforcement,’ said Bob Dane, a spokesman for FAIR, a Washington-based organization that supports tougher immigration enforcement.”

Leaked Obama Plan Provides Full Employment for Immigration Bar

“President Barack Obama’s draft immigration plan would provide work permits and a ‘path to citizenship’ to illegal immigrants who have fled police and or who await deportation in jail. It would also provide a pathway for immigrants whose convictions are subsequently vacated, and for those who have been jailed for fewer than five years, according to the drafts’ supporters,” the Daily Caller says.

“The draft, which was leaked on Sunday, would also provide illegal immigrants with many new legal rights, and create a cornucopia of billing opportunities for immigration lawyers.”

Navarrette: Guest Workers Could Sink Bill

“All those who are hoping that comprehensive immigration reform is going to happen this year — Latinos, businesses, churches, agriculture industry, law enforcement and others — are in for a rude awakening. The trick for politicians will be to look as if they’re doing something, when really they’re doing nothing. But, regardless of how it looks, it’s a long shot that Congress will pass immigration reform this year,” says Ruben Navarrette Jr.

“Here’s what is not in the [Obama] plan: a guest worker program. Republicans have repeatedly insisted that this needs to be in the mix for them to vote for any reform package. The fact that it was left out tells us that Obama isn’t serious about reform and ensures that his plan would be, as Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said, ‘dead on arrival’ in Congress.”