Today’s Immigration Headlines – April 22, 2015

Douthat: Walker’s Remarks Show Need for Debate

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat says that the attacks on Scott Walker for discussing legal immigration show the desperation to keep a debate about immigration policy from the public.

“It’s true that Walker seems to be executing a deliberate (and self-acknowledged) flip-flop on immigration policy and trying to leave the full amnesty-comprehensivist position behind, so criticizing him for being possibly insincere or flagrantly pandering is perfectly fine. And the policy course he’s (ambiguously) gesturing at can, like most policy courses, be reasonably criticized at well. However, treating it as insane, mystifying, beyond the pale, something a politician could only embrace out of ignorance or under pressure from the ignorant … well, let’s just say this treatment leaves me mystified in turn. Here are four reasons why.”

Obama Amnesty Recipient Killed Top Model Contestant

“The illegal immigrant accused of killing a former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant and three others in a drug-fueled spree was a known gang member with drug arrests on his record at the time he was approved for President Obama’s amnesty for Dreamers, a top lawmaker revealed Tuesday.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services now acknowledges that it bungled the case two years ago when it approved the man for amnesty. The agency said it has revoked his status — a month after he was arrested and charged with murder in connection with four deaths in North Carolina,” the Washington Times reported.

Walker’s Stance on Legal Immigration Moves Toward Putting Americans First

“Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was enjoying his unexpected new role: Policy adviser to a Republican presidential front-runner. Scott Walker, alone among the 2016 contenders, had talked to Sessions about immigration policy. Sessions happened to be the Senate’s foremost advocate for reducing legal immigration to the United States so long as the people already in the country needed jobs,” Bloomberg News reports.

Illegal Alien Steals Identity of Border Patrol Agent

“When Border Patrol agents checked a bus passenger’s papers at the Falfurrias checkpoint last week, they did a double-take. The bus passenger handed them a driver’s license identifying himself as David, a 34-year-old man from Edinburg, according to federal court records. Along with the driver’s license, the man had a birth certificate and a Social Security card identifying him as David,” reported.

Tenn. House Kills Bill to Give Illegal Aliens Tuition Discount

“The Tennessee House of Representatives killed a bill to allow in-state tuition for undocumented noncitizen students. After more than an hour of debate, the House voted 49-47 on the bill. It takes 50 votes to pass a bill. The vote sends the bill back to the House Calendar and Rules Committee,” says.

Media Ignores Public Support for Limited Immigration

“Media outlets scoffed at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this week for his stated view that immigration policy should prioritize the needs of American workers, ignoring polls that consistently show otherwise to insist his position will alienate most voters,” the Daily Caller writes.

White House Says No Changes in Policy Due to Amnesty Suits

“White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday sounded bullish about a program granting work permits to millions of illegal immigrants going into effect, even as President Obama faces larger hurdles to launching the programs. The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans in a hearing Friday sounded particularly skeptical of the Obama administration’s attempts to move ahead on new protections for up to 5 million illegal immigrants,” the Washington Examiner wrote.

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  2. I Can’t Remember How Long Its Been

    Since we had half way decent media news that spoke truthfully on immigration issues. 1960, maybe 1970?

  3. avatar Leland says:

    So Walker gets criticized for flip flopping but no one points out that Rubio changed three times in four years. During his Senate run in 2010 he was against amnesty, then for it as part of the Senate “gang of 8″, and now against it again because he’s running for the presidential nomination. But he also says he would not require a secure border before legalizing illegals. So what does that do besides encourage more illegal entry? Which was exactly his reason for opposing amnesty in 2010. Rubio doesn’t talk out of both sides of his mouth, but about ten different sides.

    • avatar Leland says:

      Rubio in a May 5, 2010 interview with Human Events:

      “And if you provide a path for people to enter this country illegally and if they stay long enough and pay enough in taxes, we’ll let them stay legally, why would anyone come in through the legal procedure.”