Today’s Immigration Headlines – Aug 11, 2015

National Review Editors Critical of Trump on Immigration

“That Donald Trump has said something incoherent is not remarkable. But even for a campaign that has largely substituted adjectives for ideas, Trump’s recent incoherent comments on immigration were remarkable, coming as they do from a candidate who has made immigration the keystone of his platform. His intellectual failure is instructive, and the other candidates should learn from it,” says National Review in an editorial.

“The first item on any intelligent immigration-reform agenda is: Secure the borders of the United States and start enforcing our immigration laws. Not only is that the first item on the agenda, until it is done it should be the only item on the agenda, since in the absence of secure borders and robust immigration controls any conceivable proposal to resolve the status of the illegals already here would simply provide another incentive for additional illegal immigration. That is not workable as a practical matter or as a political matter.”

California City Lets Illegal Immigrants Become Commissioners

“Should illegal immigrants hold elected office and dictate to legal citizens what they should or should not do? We think not.

But apparently, in a small city near Los Angeles, elected officials there believe it is OK.

In Huntington Park, the city council put out a call for new applicants after they noticed many of its commissions were no longer active.

The council told residents in that city that anyone could apply – regardless of immigration status. Last week, two immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally were appointed to serve on city commissions. One will serve on the parks and recreation commission, and the other will serve on the health and education commission,” the Bowling Green Daily News says.

Social Security Administration Makes ID Fraud Easier

“The Social Security Administration adopted a final rule Monday that will eliminate a requirement that individuals seeking to obtain a new or replacement Social Security number card submit documentary evidence, despite concerns from public commenters that the change will make it easier for unauthorized immigrants to fraudulently obtain them,” Law360 reported.

California Bans The Word Alien From Labor Law

“It started with in-state tuition. Then came driver’s licenses, new rules designed to limit deportations and state-funded healthcare for children. And on Monday, in a gesture heavy with symbolism, came a new law to erase the word “alien” from California’s labor code. Together, these piecemeal measures have taken on a significance greater than their individual parts — a fundamental shift in the relationship between California and its residents who live in the country illegally. The various benefits, rights and protections add up to something experts liken to a kind of California citizenship,” the LA Times says.

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  1. The National Review Should Take Immigration Law Enforcement 101

    They obviously have a pea brain understanding of implementation of immigration law enforcement and/or they’re simply organized crime open border pundits; or they wouldn’t be insulting Trump on the issue(s).

  2. avatar Leland says:

    So we have a Social Security “requirement” that people who get a new or replacement card must provide documents that prove who they are and this lawless administration has now eliminated that. Which is an invitation to fraud. Why would anyone think they would enforce any law they don’t want to? How many more dozens of examples do we need that they won’t?

    The Republicans swept Congress last fall by promising that they would legislatively overturn those kinds of decisions. Have they done that? No. As a matter of fact, Mitch McConnell says there will be no votes on immigration bills for the next two years because the president has “poisoned” the issue. We know that. That’s why the American public voted for you and your promise to fix things. You’re not only not stopping this administration, you’re assisting them.