Border Bill Can Become the Amnesty Trojan Horse

“Believing that they won the recent shutdown fight, President Obama and the Democrats think they have momentum to browbeat the House into passing some version of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty that was approved by the Senate in June,” says Mark Krikorian in National Review.

“Representative Paul Ryan has been actively working to help the president achieve his chief goal for the second term. Many conservatives fear that Speaker Boehner and the rest of the House GOP leadership share Ryan’s desire to pass a bill that would legalize the present 11 million–plus illegal aliens and double future legal immigration.”

“The House Homeland Security Committee has already passed the bill that is intended as the vehicle that will head to conference, where the Senate bill will get folded into it. That Trojan-horse legislation is H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act of 2013, authored by Representative Mike McCaul (R., Texas), chairman of the committee. But the first sign of trouble comes when you note one name on the list of the bill’s original co-sponsors: Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas), a vice chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”

Evangelical Groups Differ on Immigration

“One branch of the evangelical Christian community knows what it wants up next on America’s political agenda: comprehensive immigration reform. Another would prefer what it calls ‘Biblical immigration.’ As Congress turns back to the business of governing ahead of the holidays, the two sides are ramping up their rhetoric–and their lobbying–with dueling interpretations of the gospels’ guidance,” says Time Magazine.

“Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration argue that taking care of home should trump what they consider blind acceptance of foreigners. They have been openly critical of the Senate immigration bill that passed the upper chamber in late June. Kelly Kullberg, the leader of what she says is an ‘ad hoc movement of citizens’ behind Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration, says the Senate bill would grant blanket amnesty.”

Community Organizer Arrested Over Past Bombing in Israel

“An Arab-American community activist from the Chicago suburbs was arrested Tuesday on immigration charges for allegedly lying about her conviction for a deadly bombing more than 40 years ago in Israel,” the AP reported.

“Odeh works as an associate director at the Arab American Action Network, a Chicago-area nonprofit group that advocates for new immigrants and tries to combat anti-Muslim and anti-Arab prejudice, according to its director, Hatem Abudayyeh. According to the network’s website, Odeh has a law degree and has worked as a lawyer. It says one of her focuses has been working with domestic-violence groups and addressing various women’s issues.”

What Should Visas Cost to Recoup Costs to America?

Reihan Salan takes a look at different pricing schemes for visas at National Review Online.

“[Dallas Federal Reserve economist Pia Orrenius and Professor Madeline Zavodny of Agnes Scott College] suggest that the minimum price for a high-skill permit be much higher than that for a low-skill permit. Given that demand for high-skill permits is quite high, this makes intuitive sense. It is also true, however, that the net cost associated with low-skill immigration is likely to be somewhat higher than for high-skill immigration. This is particularly true if we factor in the cost of educating the children of immigrants, and if we assume that on average the children of low-skill immigrants tend to require more resources to achieve the same results as the children of high-skill immigrants,” he says.

Progressives Not Getting Behind Zuckerberg on Amnesty?

“Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has announced a hackathon for young undocumented immigrants as part of a major pro-immigration reform lobbying offensive. His well-funded and other top Silicon Valley groups hope to capitalize on Republicans’ shutdown-induced political weakness by offering comprehensive immigration reform as a path back into voters’ good graces. Progressive supporters of immigration reform should be wary, however: Mark Zuckerberg is not your friend,” says Alex Collazo at