Super PAC Campaigns for Sen. Graham to Support Amnesty

“South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R) decision to join a bipartisan group of lawmakers to pass immigration reform came fraught with political risks. Graham faces reelection in 2014 and his efforts to work across the aisle on immigration leaves him vulnerable to a primary challenge from the right flank of the GOP,” ABC News reports.

“That’s why a pro-immigration reform GOP super PAC is launching a TV ad in South Carolina defending Graham’s work on immigration. The 30-second spot argues that Graham’s efforts on immigration reform will boost the state’s economy.”

CFO’s, Nursing Home Lobby, Business Elite Line Up For Amnesty

“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,” a news release by two groups said.

“The nursing-home industry said Wednesday that Congress should include a “viable” guest worker program in any immigration overhaul, and should also lift caps on employer-sponsored visas for healthcare workers. The American Health Care Association (AHCA) said immigration reform should recognize the needs of employers — including nursing homes and long-term care providers, who rely heavily on immigrants for positions such as nurses,” The Hill reports.

“It is often said that government could learn a thing or two from the private sector, but what if the very same management innovations that powered the recent surge in global productivity could be leveraged to solve America’s immigration problem? It sounds far-fetched, but ‘just-in-time’ production strategy — which matches supply and demand for manufacturing components, thereby reducing wasteful imbalances — is crying out to be applied to immigration policy. We have the technology and the data to do it — all we need is the will,” says Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg of the Strategic Investment Group.

“Current green card quotas, moreover, are woefully insufficient to meet labor demands in many sectors. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this mismatch between supply and demand for human capital: dynamic “just-in-time” labor and immigration policies that let in immigrants as they are needed.” [FAIR comment: Will the policy also expel immigrants when they are not needed? Does Ochoa-Brillembourg’s argument ever pre-suppose that it is possible to have too many immigrants?]

Reading the New York Times So You Don’t Have To

“In a new paper, my colleague Jerry Kammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, describes how under publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. the [New York Times] editorial voice reflexively condemns any skepticism about amnesty or continued high levels of immigration as beyond the pale. In the process, Kammer writes ‘its editorials have poisoned the national discussion of a complex and emotional issue,'” says CIS executive director Mark Krikorian.