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,” Valleycentral.com 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,” Tennessean.com 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.