Today’s Immigration Headlines – Dec 15, 2015

Clinton Lays Out Immigration Plan, Attacks GOP

“Hillary Clinton took aim Monday night at the immigration policies of her Republican counterparts in the 2016 race, taking a swipe at Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio for their stances. Clinton made the remarks at the National Immigration Integration Conference where she laid out specific steps to her immigration plan, aimed at providing undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship,” ABC News reported.

Cuomo Joins Hillary in Attacks on GOP

“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is denouncing the anti-immigration sentiment that has permeated the nation’s political discourse. Cuomo, a Democrat, spoke Monday at the annual National Immigrant Integration Conference in Brooklyn. He mocked the sentiment shared by some that immigrants should stay out of ‘our land,’” Crain’s New York reports.

Trump Lead Increases

“Trump’s rally at the Westgate Convention Center – across the road from the towering Vegas building bearing his own name – was a raucous affair, interrupted repeatedly by protesters, hecklers and a few drunken people who appeared to have stumbled out of the casinos. There were repeated scuffles as Trump’s security escorted protesters out of the auditorium,” The Guardian wrote.

“It is not unusual for opponents to be ejected from Trump rallies, and it is often his supporters who do the ejecting. But there were signs the Republican frontrunner’s increasingly divisive rhetoric is drawing a volatile mix of opponents and supporters.”

The GOP is Changing on Trade and Immigration

“In the Reagan view, both the arrival of immigrants and the opening of borders to trade added to American economic strength. This year, Mr. Trump opened his campaign by focusing on illegal immigration and now has turned his sights on Muslim immigration. Meanwhile, he and several other Republican candidates, as well as all the two main Democratic presidential contenders, are opposing a new free-trade deal with Pacific nations, and a Congress controlled by Republicans appears increasingly unlikely to approve the trade deal until after the 2016 election,” the Wall Street Journal says.

“The roots of these changed attitudes can be found in both a broad sense of insecurity, and in broad changes in the two major parties.”

DHS Doesn’t Look at Social Media Posts During Screening

“Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson decided against ending a secret U.S. policy that prohibits immigration officials from reviewing social media posts of foreigners applying for U.S. visas, according to a report by ABC News,” The Hill says.

“Johnson decided to keep the prohibition in place in early 2014 because he feared a civil liberties backlash and ‘bad public relations,’ according to ABC.”


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  1. China is Exempt from the Carbon Tax Bank Too

    That means the US will be subsidizing China for dirty Coal Burning. The US is the biggest carbon user in the world. The cards are all stacked against America.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    “A Congress controlled by Republicans appears increasingly unlikely to approve the [TPP] trade deal until after the 2016 election..”. Translation, we will stall this hugely important deal until the lame duck session and then in 2 years no one will care or remember. I don’t know how any one who cares about the American worker could support this deal because it lets business bring in all the foreign workers they want. It also will allow foreign companies and governments to sue for denial of the right to make a profit if an American government entity, like a state, says it will enforce environmental or safety standards. The flag waving GOP is going to allow this?

    As for prohibiting reviewing social media posts of those applying for visas to come here, it just shows the mindset of so many in this country. How do the “privacy concerns” of those from another country posting on public forums outweigh the right of the American public to be secure? Especially in the case where the woman in the San Bernardino shootings comes from a country like Pakistan and had advocated jihad. But we can’t “profile”, right? Further evidence of the bankruptcy of liberalism.

    • avatar William says:

      The Chinese are planning on using their workers on the Nicaraguan canal instead of using local labor. Although currently the Chinese are not part of the TPP they will probably join in the future. So you can expect to see massive influxes of foreign labor and loss of more jobs when the TPP is approved.

      Having a consortium of foreign government controlled corporations making decisions that override U.S. law is scary and it is a subject that you will never hear about in the MSM. When I hear Republicans talk up the merits of the TPP and how it won’t affect immigration it reminds me of all the platitudes said about Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act and how it wouldn’t change the makeup of the United States.

      • avatar Leland says:

        The TPP actually has provisions that would let China ship materials to one of the TPP nations like Viet Nam and then that country could use up to 60% Chinese content but still ship the finished product here as part of the TPP. . It’s a way of allowing China in through the back door as Trump has said.

        • avatar Leland says:

          Just to be clear, the provisions do not mention China specifically but they would be the main beneficiary of such a clause because they pay hefty tariffs when they export things like steel here.