Rubio and Cruz Continue Trading Jabs on Immigration
“Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio brought their increasingly nasty immigration fight to the campaign trail Thursday, accusing each other of muddying their records for political expediency,” CNN reports.
“It’s an extension of their exchanges in Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate, where Cruz hit Rubio for supporting a 2013 immigration reform proposal that granted undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and Rubio shot back that Cruz, too, had pushed an amendment that granted those immigrants legal status.”
Spending Bill Would Increase H-2B
“House Speaker Paul Ryan is poised to break an explicit pledge not to touch immigration as speaker Friday, when he’s expected to allow a catch-all spending bill to the floor that includes a contentious expansion of the H-2b visa program,” the Daily Caller says.
“Ryan made the pledge in October in a bid to reassure members of the House Freedom Caucus reluctant to back him for speaker, because of his past support for dramatically liberalized immigration laws. Republican Rep. Mo Brooks drew up a letter spelling out promises Ryan had made to the HFC behind closed doors, and delivered it to Ryan for confirmation, before entering it into the Congressional Record.”
Conservatives “Shocked” By Guest Worker Increase
“House conservatives are up in arms over a provision in the omnibus spending bill that could allow more than a quarter-million temporary guest workers into the U.S. As a significant change to immigration law, the legislation stunned conservative lawmakers, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal,” the Daily Signal wrote.
“’It came out of nowhere, completely out of nowhere,’ Jordan, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said, ‘[and] everyone was shocked there was a change and no one had talked about it.’”
Sessions Defends Cruz
“U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., came to the defense of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday over Cruz’s battle with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on immigration,” AL.com says.
“Rubio and Cruz are vying for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, and the two senators went toe-to-toe on immigration during Tuesday night’s CNN debate, where Cruz attacked Rubio for being one of the sponsors of the so-called Gang of Eight immigration compromise in 2013, which included Democratic senators like Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Durbin of Illinois. Rubio later backtracked from the bill, which would have given illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, after it was clear it wouldn’t pass Congress. He later said immigration reform should be done in piecemeal instead of a broad bill like the 2013 proposal.”
Calif. Immigration Consultant Sentenced
“A former immigration consultant from San Jose has been sentenced in federal court to one year and six months in prison for encouraging illegal immigration, mail fraud and submitting false tax returns,’ the Mercury News reported.
“Evelyn Sineneng-Smith, 68, was given the sentence Monday by U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte, who also imposed a $15,000 fine and ordered her to pay $43,550 in restitution to several victims to compensate for the fees they paid her.”
EB-5 Program Included in Spending Bill
“Despite recent strenuous efforts made by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to improve the EB5 investor immigration program as part of an omnibus appropriations bill currently to be enacted, Congressional leaders decided to sidestep the efforts and instead simply renew the EB5 program in its present form until September 2016,” says Forbes.com.
Spending Bill Includes Guest Workers But No De-Funding of Obama Amnesty
“Republicans on the Senate Immigration Subcommittee are upset that provisions submitted to the Appropriations committee for submission to the omnibus were rejected,” the Daily Caller says.
“While many Republicans appeared shocked by the inclusion of the H2B visa expansion measure that will quadruple foreign workers in the U.S. as well as provide funding to resettle illegal immigrants, numerous border security measures were rejected by the appropriations committee.”