Rubio, Cruz and Trump Jockey on Immigration
“Responding to comments Cruz has said about Trump behind closed doors – as opposed to in front of the cameras where his friendliness shines – Trump defended his ability to make good decisions and said his own temperament was better than that of the Texan’s. Ted Cruz, who pleased many libertarian-leaning voters by supporting cuts to defense spending,” the ASU Bellringer says.
“‘I introduced an amendment that made anyone here illegally permanently ineligible for citizenship’. The surging presidential contender, in a new television ad released by his campaign Friday evening, shows Iowa voters a 2013 black-and-white photograph of a laughing Rubio standing alongside two prominent Senate Democrats.”
DHS Raids Target a Few Hundred, Prompt Panic by Amnesty Lobby
“The Homeland Security Department is planning nationwide raids aimed at deporting adults and children who have already been ordered removed by an immigration judge,” PBS reported.
“The Washington Post reported in Thursday’s editions that the operation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin as soon as next month and would likely affect hundreds of immigrants who fled violence in Central America since the start of 2014.”
Is the Melting Pot a Myth?
“In 1908, British writer Israel Zangwill wrote a stage play, the title of which popularized a term that came to be used as a metaphor for America itself: The Melting Pot. Debuting before U.S. audiences in 1909, Zangwill’s play told the story of David Quixano, a fictional Russian-Jewish immigrant who is intent on moving to the United States after his family dies in a violent anti-Semitic riot in Russia,” says a commentary in Newsweek.
Zuckerberg Campaign Targets Immigration
“Earlier this month, FWD.us, the Mark Zuckerberg-backed group, launched a campaign that slams Donald Trump’s call to deport undocumented immigrants all over the country. While the group has lost millions in its previous attempts to make its cause known, it continues to show support for the many people who will be affected by mass deportations,” Christianpost.com says.
Drunk Driver Fuels Deportation Debate
“Local debate over immigration laws is starting to heat up after a 29-year-old, illegally in the U.S., seriously injured a pastor and his daughter in an alleged drunk driving crash on Christmas Eve. According to deputies, Efrain Lopez Contreras has been deported once before. He is currently in jail for swerving on Redman Road and crashing into 52-year-old Tony Bartolucci and his 14-year-old daughter Gianna,” 13WHAM.com says.
Spending Bill Will Displace More Workers
“Anti-immigration activists who helped to derail comprehensive immigration reform last year are seething over several provisions of the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last week,” Newsweek.com says.
“Tucked away in the mammoth legislation were some of the most significant changes in years to U.S. immigration laws. One of the biggest would greatly expand the H-2B program for temporary seasonal non-agriculture workers such as landscapers, restaurant staff and seafood processors.”