Today’s Immigration Headlines – August 5, 2014

Largest Detention Center Proposed for Texas

“Soon, West Texas could be home to the nation’s largest shelter for unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally,” Breitbart News says.

“A proposed housing facility called the Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge would be able to accommodate 3,500 youths at once, according to KHOU. Its location would be just southeast of El Paso. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is apparently reviewing the bid for the shelter. According to the Houston Chronicle, the proposed facility’s backers have a history of investing in housing for employees of Texas’ gas and oil industry.”

Obama’s Political, Legal Obstacles

“Iowa Republican Representative Steve King made headlines over the weekend by urging his colleagues to consider ‘that ‘I’ word’—impeachment—if President Obama wields executive authority to let millions of undocumented immigrants stay in this country. Warning Obama against deciding ‘that he is simply not going to enforce any immigration law, or at least not against anybody except the felons,’ King told Fox News’ Chris Wallace, ‘If that’s not enough to bring [impeachment] about, then I don’t know what would be,’” Josh Eidelson at Businessweek says.

“But is it? As I wrote last month, legal scholars say the president has the discretion to go much farther than he’s likely to choose, given his political constraints. That could include granting ‘deferred action’—temporary relief from the threat of deportation and the opportunity to get a work visa—to most of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.”

Obama Continues Moving Toward Broad Amnesty Declaration

“With Congress mired in dysfunction over immigration, President Barack Obama says he’ll do what he can to sidestep the legislative logjam. One possibility: using presidential authority to remove the threat of possible deportation for a few million immigrants living illegally in the country, a step that conservatives decry as amnesty,” CNN says.

Tough GOP Immigration Bills Draw Reaction

“The tough immigration bills passed by the Republican-led House on Friday are unlikely to become law, but they are drawing intense reactions from all sides,” says.

“And some Republicans are praising the House’s new leadership team — Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. — for responding to revolt by tea-party members who refused to support the original Republican bill Thursday (July 31). Scalise and McCarthy worked with the original bill’s opponents Thursday and Friday (Aug. 1) to draft two new measures that Republicans says put the House on the side of better immigration enforcement, but critics label them as cruel and unworkable.”

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  1. avatar mobilebay says:

    So the new facility here in my state will house 3,500? Well, I suppose we should be glad. I think that number brings an end to the invasion from Central America and Mexico. They’re all here now and we can relax. The Border Patrol can continue to babysit and the National Guard can go home. We won’t have to hear politicians say, “We must secure the border,” anymore…no need to. Obama can go on with his golf games and his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard knowing “his” people have all found a home here. Wonder what’s going to happen with all those empty countries?

  2. avatar Leland says:

    In a recent column Ruben Navarrette wondered whether proponents of deportation of unaccompanied minors were “defensive” about taking that position. Actually there are people far more deserving of refugee status. Millions of Syrians live in tent cities in Lebanon, Christians are driven from their homes in many Islamic countries, and Somali children have next to nothing to eat, and it goes on all over the world.

    Can they come here? No, it’s not possible. We can try and give assistance to them there, but the world can’t move here. It’s just Mr. Navarrette’s myopic “American policy should revolve around Latinos” view that is typical of the attitude among some in this country.

    I saw a letter in the paper that said: “I realize that the US cannot offer protection to the world’s poor, but…”, and then went on to propose exactly that. If you “realize” that, and then say we should admit those very people, you’re trying to have it both ways.

    • Yes Leland

      IMO, the open border pundits have errantly [in their dysyfunction] shown their true brainless mental capabilities. If they had an ounce of foresight, they’d abandon this Central American chils abuse fiasco immediately. They won’t and I’m smiling now.