One Year After Border Surge – Fewer Minors, So Far
“After the number of unaccompanied minors from Central America at the U.S.-Mexico border reached a peak last summer, President Barack Obama declared it a national emergency, setting in motion a number of proposals and initiatives to handle the tens of thousands of children who made it into the United States, and to avoid a future similarly chaotic surge,” Fox News Latino says.
“The most key steps have been taken by the Obama administration, Congress and the governments of Mexico and Central America. They arguably have had an impact – since peaking in 2014, the flow of unaccompanied minors dropped sharply the first four months (October through January) of fiscal year 2015, with some 10,000 youths arrested at the southwest border, according to a report by Congressional Research Service.”
Hundreds of Cuban Criminals Freed by DHS
“Hundreds of Cuban criminals are released onto the streets of the U.S. every year because that nation won’t take them back — even though the Obama administration is trying to broker a more open relationship with the communist island nation. It’s a quirk of immigration law known as “Zadvydas cases,” after a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that said the government cannot detain immigrants indefinitely if their home countries won’t take them back,” the Washington Times reports.
Summarizing the Current Immigration Debate
“A lot of legal terms have been thrown around in what seems like a convoluted process of deciding whether the president can make it possible for millions of people who are illegally here to stay and work. Emergency stay, injunction, stay of the injunction, prosecutorial discretion, deferred action. Muddling through the legal language makes it harder to understand where things are and where they are going. So here’s five points summarizing what’s going on, or not going, with immigration,” NBC News says.
An Emerging Blue-Collar/White Collar Divide Over Immigration in GOP?
“Across the key issues related to both legal and undocumented immigration, significantly more Republicans without a college degree expressed conservative views than Republicans who have completed at least four years of higher education, according to detailed results provided to Next America from a Pew Research Center national survey. Likewise, older Republicans embraced conservative views more often than the party’s younger members, the survey found,” National Journal says.
“These consistent contrasts may help explain why several of the likely 2016 GOP candidates jostling for blue-collar support have camped out positions not only opposing any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but also urging reductions in the level of legal immigration—a view rarely heard in recent presidential elections. That list includes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and in a more limited way, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.”
Looking at Arizona’s Decade Long Fight Against Illegal Immigration
KTAR TV in Phoenix has a timeline looking at legal actions around Arizona’s attempt to enact laws complementing federal immigration enforcement. “Supporters of attrition through enforcement, including organizations like NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies, argue that the practice is a cost-effective and workable solution to bring down the undocumented immigrant population, compared to forced deportation.”
Rubio Says He Never Flip-Flopped on Immigration
“In a recent appearance on Fox News, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio deflected questions about his shift on immigration reform, saying there has been “no flip-flop” on his part and painting Hillary Clinton as the real flip-flopper on the issue,” Bloomberg News says.
“‘She’s never done anything on it,’ the Florida senator said Thursday on Outnumbered. ‘She was a U.S. senator and never did anything on immigration. She gave speeches about it. It’s interesting, a couple months ago she talked about—she’s in favor of all citizenship. Just a few years ago she wasn’t in favor of giving them driver’s licenses. This has been a dramatic shift on her part and a changing of her opinion.’”
Interview With Ann Coulter on Her New Immigration Book
“Congratulations Ms. Coulter on your new book,Adios America!: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole! Can you give us an overview of your book, and tell us what your inspiration was?” says Townhall interviewer Christopher N. Malagisi.
“Thank you! I had begun writing a different book altogether and had even written a couple draft chapters when I started looking for some basic facts for the immigration chapter — and the facts weren’t there. I uncovered a massive cover-up by the media and our own government, to hide what they are doing to this country with immigration.”