GOP Amnesty Lite – 6.5 Million Legalized

“Between 4.4 million and 6.5 million immigrants illegally in the United States could gain an eventual pathway to citizenship under proposals being discussed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to an estimate published Tuesday by the National Foundation for American Policy, a nonpartisan research group in Washington,” the New York Times writes.

“The estimate is based on policy ideas that have been put forward by Representative Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, a Republican who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Mr. Goodlatte has said he would not support legislation with a “special” or direct pathway to citizenship for 11.5 million immigrants in the country without legal papers, such as the 13-year pathway in a broad bill the Senate passed last June.”

Boehner’s Immigration Strategy Takes Shape

“John Boehner is planning to unveil a set of Republican principles for immigration reform before President Obama’s State of the Union address, aiming to show the GOP is not hostile to legislation that might win them Hispanic voters,” National Journal writes.

“According to House leadership and immigration-policy aides, the principles will be broad, nebulous even, and heavily focused on Republicans’ favorite immigration issue—border security. It will not include any concrete proposal, they said. Indeed, the wording is likely to be intentionally squishy, giving lawmakers lots of room to maneuver.”

GOP Groups Get Left Funding for Amnesty Push

“What do George Soros, labor unions, and money-grubbing former GOP representative Steven LaTourette all have in common? They’re control freaks. They’re power hounds. They’re united against tea-party conservatives. And they have all operated under the umbrella of D.C. groups masquerading as “Main Street” Republicans,” says Michelle Malkin.

“LaTourette heads up the so-called Main Street Partnership, which claims to represent ‘thoughtful,’ ‘pragmatic,’ ‘commonsense,’ and ‘centrist’ Republican leadership. Reality check: The pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group founded by former liberal GOP representative Amory Houghton of New York includes three liberal Senate Republicans (John McCain, Mark Kirk, and Susan Collins) and 52 center-left House Republicans. LaTourette himself is a self-serving Beltway barnacle who held office for nearly two decades. Now he’s using his new tea-party-bashing platform to benefit a family-operated lobbying business.”

BLS Data: Cheap Labor Has Slowed Mechanization

DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released employment projections for the 2012-22 decade in December 2013. . . Labor-saving mechanization in fruits, vegetables and nurseries has been slowed by ample supplies of farm workers over most of the past three decades. However, the slowdown in Mexico-US migration since 2008 has prompted rising farm wages which, coupled with the falling cost of robotics, is encouraging another wave of labor-saving farm mechanization,” says UC Davis’ Rural Migration News.

Man Sues Oracle Over National Origin Discrimination

“A former Oracle sales manager is suing the vendor, alleging he was fired shortly after complaining of discriminatory actions by his superior and other company officials. Ian Spandow was a high-performing sales manager at Oracle in Europe and later California, according to his lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. After coming aboard in 2005, he trained more than 1,000 new hires and gave skills coaching to hundreds of others, the suit states,” ITworld.com says.

“In September 2012, Spandow asked for permission to transfer an Oracle employee working in India to California. Spandow wanted to give the employee, who had a good track record, “a compensation level that was equivalent to Caucasian employees hired by Oracle for the same position.” But Spandow’s manager denied the request and told Spandow to offer the worker a “substantially lower” amount of money, according to the suit.”

What STEM Shortage?

“Many of the claims of shortages that are general across all fields and across the whole country are coming from employers in those particular narrow fields where there actually probably are shortages. So what they’re doing is saying, ‘I am having trouble hiring the people that I want to hire here in Silicon Valley or here in this particular rapidly growing field, and therefore there are general shortages. The evidence doesn’t support the general shortage argument,’” says Michael Teitelbaum, a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program at WVTF.org.