Mass. Gov. Rejects Sanctuary
“Gov. Charlie Baker today batted down a proposal to offer state-wide sanctuary protections to illegal immigrants, saying that option should be left to cities and towns,” Boston Herald.
Pro-Amnesty Groups Upset With Rubio
“Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida are generally seen as the top-tier Republican presidential candidates most open to reforming the nation’s immigration laws. Some activists, however, say Rubio has a “fatal flaw” embedded in his immigration policy that ensures reform will never happen if he makes it to the White House,” Business Insider writes.
Someone Re-Discovers (Again) Reagan’s 1980′s Immigration Remarks
“The first Republican presidential primary debates will be broadcast on Fox News Thursday, and immigration reform is expected to be a key topic of debate. Though the current candidates don’t have a clear policy plan for dealing with the undocumented immigrant population, many of them have recently pandered to the majority of GOP voters who support mass deportation. But the GOP’s stance on immigration reform hasn’t always been this harsh. Thirty-five years ago, during a primary debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, both former presidents spoke with compassion about immigrants living in the United States when they were asked whether the U.S. should allow the children of undocumented immigrants to go to public schools,” ThinkProgress.org says.
Sen. McConnell Rules Out Immigration Moves
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flatly ruled out tackling immigration over the next two years on his chamber floor, saying President Obama poisoned the issue too badly with his executive actions and it will take a new president to rebuild an atmosphere of trust with lawmakers. The declaration isn’t a surprise, though it contrasts with House Speaker John A. Boehner, who left the door open for possible action in answering a similar question last month,” the Washington Times reports.
Utah Police Leadership Supports Sanctuary Policy
“A national immigrant advocacy group on Wednesday ballyhooed that 18 law-enforcement leaders nationally — including two Utah top cops — were urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the ‘Stop Sanctuary Cities Act.’ But one of those Utah leaders, state Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires, later said he did not intend specific opposition to that bill when he signed a letter organized by the National Immigration Forum,” the Salt Lake Tribune.