Today’s Immigration Headlines – May 18, 2015

NATO Warns Terrorists May Use Surge of Illegal Immigrants for Cover

“NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Monday that fighters from Islamic extremist groups may hide among the flood of migrants seeking refuge in Europe, increasing the need for an effective response. Stoltenberg’s comments came as he attended a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers which was set to approve the bloc’s plan for a naval operation to tackle people smugglers operating mainly out of Libya,” AFP reported.

Big Backlog in Immigration Courts

“The already backlogged federal immigration courts have reportedly reached an all-time high with more than 445,000 pending cases. The Los Angeles Times, citing the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, reports that as of April, the backlog hit 445,706, which is a nearly 30 percent increase since Oct. 1, 2013,” Fox News writes.

GOP Candidates Focus on Immigration’s Impact on Workers May Pay Benefits

“Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, an expected GOP presidential candidate, drew the ire of the political right and left recently over his comments on immigration. When it comes to the immigration issue, Republicans are expected to use the tried and true, consultant tested ‘secure the border’ talking point and move on to other issues,” says Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council.

“Gov. Walker, like former U.S. Senator, Rick Santorum, has taken things further than just a discussion of illegal immigration. They have dared to discuss the impact of legal immigration on American workers. Like most Republicans, I’m still undecided about the Presidential field. But I have an enormous amount of respect for these guys and what they have done as they campaign. I applaud their statements on immigration and their willingness to go against the status quo on immigration.”

The Bogus Legal Defense of President Obama’s Amnesty Orders

“With the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals soon to decide on whether to keep the freeze on President Obama’s new and expanded amnesty programs, the Immigration Reform Law Institute — along with The Remembrance Project, The Federation for American Immigration Reform, and The National Sheriffs’ Association — has filed a friend-of-the-court brief outlining some of the weakest and most misleading legal arguments made by the Department of Justice. New research shows that the programs are even more in conflict with legal precedent and even farther outside the president’s constitutional powers than previously thought,” says Ian Smith.

DHS’s Excuse for Ignoring Judge’s Order Hard to Believe

“The Department of Homeland Security is blaming a ‘technology glitch’ for approving thousands of work authorization permits, allowing illegal aliens the right to hold a job in the US for three years, despite an injunction issued by a federal judge that prevented them from doing so. A ‘technology glitch’? Yeah, right. And the dog ate my homework,” says Rick Moran at PJmedia.

Rubio Says He Still Supports “Comprehensive” Bill

“Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace he still believe in comprehensive immigration reform, but the votes just aren’t there. Rubio this is due to the 2014 border crisis and ‘unilateral actions the president took in his executive orders.’ Rubio acknowledged former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) ‘partially lost’ the Republican primary in 2014 because of his support for comprehensive immigration reform,” RealClearPolitics reports.

Elian Gonzalez Says He’d Like to Visit U.S.

“Elián González, the 6-year-old boy who was on every Miami television screen in 2000, made his way back to American airwaves Monday morning. In an interview with Jim Avila of ABC News, he opened up about his life in Cuba and his feelings toward the United States. ‘I want to take the time to thank the American people for their love,’ González said in English,” the Miami Herald reported.

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  1. avatar Leland says:

    Britain is being the adult in Europe. They are saying that assigning each country a quota of illegal migrants they must take in is simply postponing the inevitable. It’s rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    You have to laugh when our president says he takes criticism of his TPP 12 nation free trade deal “personally”. Excuse us, your highness. I thought that was part of the political arena. He has also said that criticism of past deals is fair. Well, he was the one who “personally” assured us in 2012 that his Korea trade deal would lower our trade deficits with them. Instead they have multiplied many times over.

    A fact that the media is mum about when discussing TPP. In fact, NONE of these trade deals have done anything more than require the American worker to join the global race to the bottom as far as wages and has lost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. And now this TPP pact will allow companies to bring foreign workers to THIS country, furthering putting Americans in the position of work for peanuts or don’t work.

  2. Without This Immigration Cash Cow

    Attorneys would likely be standing in soup lines now….