Cruz Takes Stance on Deportation
“Ted Cruz on Tuesday significantly toughened his position on how to deal with undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, closing the door on legalizing them and instead suggesting that he would deport them,” CNN reports.
“Cruz has vocally opposed a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States, but he has taken pains during his presidential campaign to not rule out a path to legal status, often telling reporters that he will not discuss what to do with them until the southern border is secured.”
Cruz, Rubio Tangle on Immigration During Debate
“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were at odds over whether or not to grant immigrants a path to citizenship at Tuesday’s Republican debate,” Time Magazine wrote.
“Rubio, when asked about his support for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in 2013, said he now believes that kind of reform should only come after the federal government proves it’s capable of stemming the tide of illegal immigration.”
Obama Says Immigration is a Tradition
“President Obama offered a sweeping defense of immigrants and refugees on Tuesday, battling combative rhetoric toward Muslims from Republican presidential contenders,” The Hill says.
“Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for 31 new U.S. citizens at the National Archives in Washington, Obama called immigration ‘our oldest tradition’ and ‘part of what makes us exceptional.’”
O’Malley Meets With Immigration Detainees on Hunger Strike
“Over the last two months, hundreds of immigrant detainees have gone on hunger strikes across the nation to protest their prolonged detention. Not many people have noticed. And despite the fact that many of the detainees are seeking asylum in the United States because they’re afraid of being persecuted if they’re returned, politicians have yet to make changes to the conditions at detention facilities,” ThinkProgress says.
“That’s why Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley personally met with former hunger strikers and their family members on Tuesday in an attempt to elevate the issue of immigrant detention.”
Texas Considers Immigration Laws
“Crafted carefully, state laws can be written that would allow Texas to crack down on undocumented immigrants and illegal border crossers without running afoul of the U.S. Constitution, a state attorney told lawmakers recently. In at least one case, he said, it’s already happened,” the Texas Tribune notes.
Obama Administration Approves 3 Million More Foreign Workers
“At least 3 million foreign nationals were granted work permits, work visas, and green cards in 2013, with most being granted to individuals from Mexico, China, and India, according to the most recent data issued by the Congressional Research Service,” the Free Beacon says.
“While the 2014 numbers have not been disclosed, recent statistics provided to Congress reveal that work permits continued to be issued at record numbers, according to congressional sources and statistics provided to the Washington Free Beacon.”