Today’s Immigration Headlines – Nov 18, 2015

Media Reluctantly Says GOP Immigration Positions Don’t Hurt

“As immigration has returned to the top of the Republican presidential campaign, front-runner Donald Trump has used the opportunity to move even further right on the issue. He started his campaign calling immigrants from Mexico drug dealers and rapists. He upped the ante by calling for the mass deportation of all 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country,” says Alan Gomez in USA Today.

Texas Poll: Immigration, Terrorism Top Threats

“Before last week’s terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, Texas voters had illegal immigration and foreign terrorist groups at the top of their list of greatest threats to the U.S., according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll,” the Texas Tribune says.

“Given a list of possible threats to the country, 22 percent chose illegal immigration, followed by 18 percent who chose foreign terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda. Other issues trailed behind, including political polarization, decaying infrastructure, gun violence and unfriendly foreign nations.”

Paris Attacks Change Immigration Debate

“.S. lawmakers called on Tuesday for even tighter scrutiny of Syrian refugees fleeing to the United States as last week’s deadly Paris attacks recast America’s debate over immigration and national security, prompting a sharp rebuke from President Barack Obama, who said attempts to block entry were ‘offensive and contrary to American values,’” Reuters wrote.

“Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives, worried about Islamist attacks following Friday’s killings of 129 people in France, threatened to suspend the Obama administration’s efforts to allow 10,000 more Syrian refugees into the country.”

DHS Fails to Turn Over Immigration Information About Terrorists to Congress

“Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are slamming the Obama administration for failing to provide detailed immigration histories for 72 terrorists identified last year,” Breitbart News reports.

“‘More than three months [after we sent our letter] the Administration has not provided immigration details on a single one of the 72 [terrorists identified in our letter],’ the pair said in a joint statement.”

Super PAC Goes After Rubio in Iowa Radio Ad

“The newest “super PAC” supporting Senator Ted Cruz will run a radio commercial in Iowa excoriating Senator Marco Rubio by describing his work to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013 as an “amnesty scheme” and part of a pact with President Obama,” the New York Times reports.

Fight Over Obama Amnesty Involves Administrative Law Arcana

“When a federal court of appeals struck down a key part of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform last week, it wasn’t just a blow to the administration’s goal of assuring the parents of U.S. citizens that neither they nor their children will be deported. It was a challenge to the way federal agencies operate — one that could change how future administrations make policy,” says Cass Sunstein at Bloomberg View.

“The central issue in the case has nothing to do with the separation of powers, or with the widespread objection that Obama has “bypassed Congress.” The only question is this: When do executive agencies have to give the public an opportunity to comment on their policies before those policies go into effect?”

Sanders, Clinton Vow to Go Further Than Obama on Immigration

“The GOP presidential field’s race to the right on immigration is grabbing all the attention. But over in the other nomination battle, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are practically tripping over themselves sprinting in the other direction — vowing to go beyond even President Barack Obama’s executive actions that are already in legal jeopardy,” Politico reports.

Cubans Rush to U.S. Before Law Can Change

“Cubans have long enjoyed a privilege coveted by any would-be immigrant to the US: All they have to do to get a path to legal residency is step on US soil. The preferential treatment was established during the Cold War to protect refugees fleeing Cuba’s communist regime. Now that the US and Cuba are finally restoring ties, residents of the Caribbean island fear American officials will start treating them like all other undocumented immigrants and turn them back,” Quartz writes.

Sacramento Sheriff to Run for Congress on Immigration Enforcement

“Immigration and public safety emerged Monday as central themes of Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones’ quest for Congress, as the Antelope Republican formally launched his candidacy for the battleground seat now held by Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove.
Jones, joined by family and supporters at a news conference in Rancho Cordova, attacked the White House and Congress for inaction that he blamed for leaving Americans increasingly unsafe,” the Sacramento Bee says.

Obama plan for Syrian refugees scrambled by state opposition

“The Paris terror attacks may have put a clamp on President Obama’s plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, as the number of governors saying they won’t take them swells,” Fox News says.

“At the same time, top congressional lawmakers are urging the administration to halt the plan. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul called on Obama to ‘temporarily suspend the admission of all additional Syrian refugees’ pending a ‘full review,’ according to a letter obtained by Fox News.’”

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  1. avatar Leland says:

    Why is Alex Gomez lying in USA Today? He claims Trump “started his campaign by calling immigrants from Mexico drug dealers and rapists.” No he did not. He repeatedly and continuously stated he was talking about illegals involved in criminal activity and the smugglers and coyotes who cross our borders.

    Amnesty International has for many years noted the tolerance by the Mexican government of those criminal elements. Here what they said in their 2014/15 about Central Americans who cross Mexico in an attempt to reach the US:

    “Migrants continued to be killed, abducted and subject to extortion by criminal gangs, OFTEN OPERATING IN COLLUSION WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS. Women and children were particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and people trafficking.”

    USA Today could report the actual facts, as laid out by Amnesty, which continually slams Mexico for a wide range of rights abuses, or they can can employ con artists like Gomez.