Amnesty Supporters Keep Pressure on House
“[Amnesty] activists are planning more protests this week to press for immigration reform, despite the House Republican responsible for counting votes on legislation saying nothing would happen on the issue this year. Later this week, dozens of children from around the country plan to visit with House GOP members to tell their stories of being separated from family members who have been deported,” NBC Latino reports.
GOP Rep. Questions Choice for DHS Secretary
“Rep. Michael McCaul slammed the administration Tuesday for the vacancies in the Department of Homeland Security, and said he does not want a “hack” taking over as secretary,” Politico reports.
“’I don’t want a political hack in that position. I want someone who can lead on national security issues.,’ McCaul (R-Texas) said on Fox New’s ‘Fox and Friends’ when asked about the president’s nominee for DHS secretary, Jeh Johnson.”
Rep. Gutierrez: “Shame on All of Us” for Not Passing Amnesty
“A chief Democratic proponent of immigration reform said Monday that both political parties, and President Obama, share equal blame for not dealing with the issue. ‘I think shame on all of us,’ Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) said during an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos,” Fusion TV reports.
“President Obama said he would bring up immigration reform during his first year in office. That never happened. But after a bipartisan bill backed by Obama passed the Democratic Senate this year, the Republican-controlled House deemed it dead on arrival.”
Smuggling by Boat to Florida Rises
“The number of boats bringing undocumented migrants from various countries other than Cuba is on the increase, according to federal authorities, who say smugglers have turned to other nationalities as the smuggling of Cubans has dried up,” the Miami Herald writes.
“One Oct. 16, a boat carrying migrants from Haiti capsized east of Miami Beach. Just two weeks before, on Oct. 3, federal authorities spotted a boat leaving Bimini, in the Bahamas, and traveling west toward U.S. shores without navigation lights.”
New York Court to Hear Law License Case
“New York’s top court could soon consider whether an illegal immigrant can practice law in the state. Courts in California and Florida are already weighing the issue, more than a year after the Obama administration launched a program allowing immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children to stay here and work,” the Wall Street Journal writes.
“Cesar Vargas, who moved to the U.S. from Mexico at age 5, applied to practice law in New York roughly a year ago.”
Another Example of DHS Ignoring the Law
Pascale Fusshoeller, the [illegal alien] journalist from Luxembourg who was ordered deported after allegedly running a Nevada City stop sign and then impersonating her wife, has had her deportation order canceled by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency,” the Sacramento Bee reports.
“The ICE decision drew criticism from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a national organization that supports strict enforcement of immigration laws and an overall reduction of immigration. Spokesman Ira Mehlman said the cancellation order is another example of the Obama administration’s attempt to impose its own immigration policies rather than follow immigration law.”
“’This administration has been closing cases, even arbitrarily, though the law says that if you’re in the country illegally, you are subject to deportation and it should be carried out,’ Mehlman said. ‘Being married to a U.S citizen doesn’t absolve you from compliance with our immigration laws. She was well aware of what our laws were.'”
Barone – Focus on Skilled Immigration
“When American politicians get around to reforming their immigration laws, they tend to look backwards. They seek to address immigration problems of the past rather than looking ahead and setting policy that will strengthen the nation in the future,” says Michael Barone in National Review.
“That’s true, in my opinion, of both the bipartisan majority that supported the immigration bill passed by the Senate last spring and of its most vocal critics. And it’s certainly been true of immigration legislation in the past.”