Today’s Immigration Headlines – May 15, 2015

Israel’s Tough Immigration Policy Gets Tougher

“As Europe struggles to stem a spring flood of migrants from Africa and the Middle East trying to cross a deadly Mediterranean Sea, Israel has begun to toughen its stance toward refugees, telling unwanted Africans here they must leave now or face an indefinite stay in prison,” the Washington Post says.

“Israeli authorities are sending letters to the first of 45,000 Eritrean and Sudanese refugees, informing them they have 30 days to accept Israel’s offer of $3,500 in cash and a one-way ticket home or to an unnamed third country in Africa, or face incarceration at Saharonim prison.”

Clinton Claim on Detention Beds Gets 3 Pinocchios

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave 3 Pinocchios to Hillary Clinton’s claims about the DHS’ detention policies.

“Clinton’s description of the bed mandate is outdated and inaccurate. DHS did, indeed, interpret the mandate as a requirement to fill up detention facilities. After the mandate was added into the budget, the average daily detainee population increased and correlated with number of beds funded. However, the House Appropriations Committee confirmed to The Fact Checker that the law does not require every bed to be filled. Johnson and Saldana said the same to Congress, and the agency appears to be moving away from its original interpretation.”

Pelosi Says GOP Effort to Stop Amnesty is “Xenophobic”

“On Thursday, House Democrats called Republicans “xenophobic” for opposing an amendment that would allow illegal aliens to serve in America’s armed forces. Democrats have started another push to allow illegals to serve in the military, after which they would receive citizenship. But some Republicans feel that offering spots in the military to illegals will directly prevent actual American citizens from serving,” Breitbart News says.

Inside Rubio’s Immigration Gambit

Yahoo Politics has a story about Sen. Rubio’s attempt to pass an immigration bill during the last Congressional session.

“On the afternoon of July 30, 2013, Marco Rubio walked onto the floor of the Senate to give another stem-winder — the latest in a season of feisty speeches. ‘Is there an issue on which we are willing to do everything we can and lay it all on the line?’ Rubio asked his fellow senators. ‘If it is not this one, which one is it?’”

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  1. What’s the Difference Between a Modern Western Culture That Controls Population and Lebanon?

    One looks like a complete 3rd world mess (Lebanon) and the other is clean and wonderful….Israel.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Israel and all the western style democracies are going to have to save themselves from being overwhelmed by those from third world countries who cannot limit their populations and govern themselves. We will have to do the same. The hearts and flowers people will disagree but the adults are going to have the hard decisions. It’s difficult to watch the scenes of boat people all over the world but they cannot all go to other countries. It’s not possible.