Amnesty is Not Immigration Reform
“There have been several legislative attempts to overhaul U.S. immigration policy over the past decade. All of them failed. The American people rejected these efforts because they were primarily focused on addressing the demands of the people who broke our laws, or business interests in search of cheaper labor. The public interest — how immigration affects the economic, social and national security interests of the American people — was, at best, an afterthought,” says FAIR president Dan Stein in USA Today.
Ross Douthat: Ten Points on Immigration
“[W]hatever comes in Germany it seems very likely that immigration, and with it what the former National Review editor John O’Sullivan calls “the national question,” will dominate European and American debates for at least as long as the refugee emergency continues in the Middle East and North Africa. And since the immigration debate has long been dominated at the elite level by voices that blend an economistic view of immigration as always and everywhere a net plus with a cosmopolitan-utilitarian view of open borders (or something close) as a humanitarian obligation, it seems worth laying out some premises that I think ought to underly the conservative alternative to that consensus,” says Ross Douthat in the New York Times.
Trump Says Haley Weak on Illegal Immigration
“Donald Trump has hit back at Indian-American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for being ‘very weak’ on immigration, a day after she took a jab at the Republican presidential front-runner over the issue. Trump also taking a swipe at her for asking campaign contributions from him,” the Economic Times says.
Did The Spanish Version of Nikki Haley’s Speech Promised Amnesty?
Think Progress says the Spanish language version of Nikki Haley’s response to the State of trhe Union said in part: “It’s essential that we find a legislative solution to protect our nation, defend our borders, offer a permanent and humane solution to those who live in the shadows, respect the rule of law, modernize the visa system and push the economy forward.”
More Immigration Judges to Tackle Backlog
“Confronted by an immense backlog of nearly a half-million cases, the nation’s immigration courts will be adding 55 new judges with funding secured by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. ‘We’re hoping that one-fourth of those judges will be in Texas. San Antonio will get them, the Valley will get them, Houston, Dallas, El Paso,’ Cuellar said,” KSAT reports.
Immigration and Wages
“The extent to which immigration impacts wages is a contentious and layered question. Critics of current immigration policy often cite the work of the economist George Borjas, a professor at Harvard, who finds that in both the long and short run, the impact of immigrants on wages can be deleterious, particularly for low-skilled workers. But Borjas also finds that the opposite can be true, and that the outcome on wages depends largely on the size of demand and the consumer base in a particular area of for a particular product,” The Atlantic wrote.
ICE Attorney Charged With Forging Immigration Document
“A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was charged Wednesday after authorities say he forged a document to make it look like a Mexican citizen who wanted to stay in the United State was not eligible to do so,” ABC News reports.
“The misdemeanor charge of depriving the rights of the Mexican man was filed against Jonathan M. Love in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The charges follow a civil case filed last year by Ignacio Lanuza against Love and the federal government that sought damages for the legal costs he suffered because of the incident.”