Today’s Immigration Headlines – May 21, 2015

Texas Demands Obama Administration Prove It’s Stopped Executive Amnesty

“Texas asked a federal judge Wednesday to consider imposing a fine on the Obama administration lawyers who misled the court over President Obama’s amnesty, filing papers saying the Justice Department is still trying to hide details of how Homeland Security botched the rollout of the program,” the Washington Times reported.

“Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the lawsuit trying to stop Mr. Obama’s amnesty, also said the misleading and other errors — including approving 2,000 amnesty applications even after Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued an injunction — cry out for the court to babysit the administration, including making them prove that the illegal immigrants really are sending back their wrongly-issued works permits.”

Australia Will Revoke Citizenship of Jihadi Recruits

“Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its crackdown on homegrown jihadis, a minister said on Thursday. The government wants to change the Citizenship Act to make fighting for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq a reason for losing citizenship, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said,” the New York Times writes.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Hires Illegal Immigrant

“Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has hired an illegal immigrant “Dreamer” to work on her 2016 bid, activists said Wednesday, in a move that sees the Democratic front-runner check off yet another wish list item for Hispanic voters,” the Washington Times says.

“Lorella Praeli is in the U.S. under President Obama’s 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, or young adult illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. As part of that amnesty, she has tentative legal status and a work permit, so it is legal to hire her — but she is still not a lawful presence.”

Democratic Rep. Says There May be More Illegal Aliens Someday Than Legal Immigrants

“Tuesday on the House floor, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) criticized Republicans on a day he declared we should be ‘celebrating’ President Barack Obama’s amnesty for putting off passage of so-called immigration reform legislation,” Breitbart News says.

“‘We should be celebrating today the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals expansion and the Deferred Action for Parents of American Citizens program that President Obama launched in light of the continued failure of this Congress to finally fix our broken immigration system,’ Polis said.”

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  1. We’ve Turned the Ethics of Overpopulation Planning

    Into America is the chump that does nothing to mitigate it locally logically. That makes us better than the rest of the world?

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Here is the final paragraph, the concluding statement, in the lengthy majority opinion issued by the US Supreme Court in 1898 in the case of Wong Kim Ark:

    “The evident intention, and the necessary effect, of the submission of this case to the decision of the court upon the facts agreed by the parties were to present for determination the single question stated at the beginning of this opinion, namely, whether a child born in the United States, of parents of Chinese descent, who, at the time of his birth, are subjects of the Emperor of China, but have a permanent domicil and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity under the Emperor of China, becomes at the time of his birth a citizen of the United States. For the reasons above stated, this court is of the opinion that the question must be answered in the affirmative.”

    • avatar Leland says:

      Actually, that decision was not “wrong”. BUT, and considering the fact that there never was “unrestricted” immigration to this country, and many were refused entry for health or financial reasons, the claim that merely being present within the borders of the country conveys citizenship on the child, is not supported by the decision. The bedrock of the majority opinion represented in the conclusion is that the parents were long time residents and were
      “carrying on business”. In other words, what we now call legal residents. You could search with a microscope and not be able to find a similar claim to citizenship for a child whose parent crossed the border without permission and went to a hospital to give birth. Where is the justification for citizenship for a child born to someone who got off a ship or plane three days before? The border crosser or the tourist are not permanent residents and have no home here. Again, nothing in that decision supports the present rewrite of history that merely being here confers citizenship on the child.

  3. avatar SecBorders says:

    Great job Australia! I wish the US government would learn from your example!

  4. avatar Leland says:

    Rep. Polis should know that the only thing “broken” about our immigration system is the failure to enforce the law of the land. But we have a president and candidates for that office who not only ignore the law but actively look for loopholes to exploit, ignoring their constitutional duties.

    What happened to government “of the people, by the people and for the people”. The president’s TPP free trade deal [aka say goodbye to American jobs] has been completed for awhile, but who knows what’s in it? You or me? No, that would be the corporate lawyers who wrote it. Then it will be sprung on the public and there will be a rush to pass it before the details are really known and debated.