Poll: Less Than Half of Hispanics Support Citizenship

“According to a Pew Research Center poll released last week, just 49 percent of Hispanics believe those currently living in the United States illegally should be allowed to become citizens. A whopping 80 percent of Hispanics do believe that illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S., but many of them also believe granting them permanent residency would be a more acceptable outcome,” the Washington Examiner writes.

Erickson: Amnesty Is Another Failed Give-Away

“The term ‘amnesty’ is often used loosely with reference to aliens unlawfully in the United States. Sometimes it refers to converting the status of an alien from unlawful to lawful, either without conditions or on a condition such as a payment of a fee to the government. Sometimes it refers to granting lawful authority for an alien unlawfully in the U.S. to remain in the U.S., become a lawful permanent resident, or even acquire citizenship by naturalization, either without conditions or on a condition such as payment of a fee to the government or performance of particular types of work for specified periods. Amnesty comes in many forms, but in all its variations, it discourages respect for the law, treats law-breaking aliens better than law-following aliens, and encourages future unlawful immigration into the United States,” says Erick Erickson at RedState.com.

Immigration Reform Could Draw More Illegal Workers, Not Fewer

“A immigration reform proposal approved by Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, could encourage illegal immigration. All sides in the fraught debate over immigration reform want to reduce the flow of illegal workers into the United States. But the framework for a deal that’s forming could ultimately draw more illegal workers, especially if the economy improves,” says Rick Newman in US News.

“Business groups have said in the past they’d like temporary work visas granted to 400,000 people per year. But in negotiations with the AFL-CIO, they agreed to the smaller upper limit of 200,000. ‘In a boom, 200,000 is not enough,’ says Madeline Zavodny, a labor economist at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. ‘That’s a really, really low number.'”