Immigration Headlines – Feb 18, 2016

Pope Visits Border, Remarks on U.s. Economic and Immigration Policy

“Pope Francis, apparently desperate to reach out to the Catholic Church’s growing base in Latin America, spent the day slapping Americans in the face from across the US-Mexico border.
In Ciudad Juarez, one of the most violent cities in the Western Hemisphere thanks to the drug cartels, the pope walked up a ramp covered in flowers toward a cross “erected… in memory of migrants who have perished trying to reach the United States just a stone’s throw away,” according to Reuters,” says Ben Shapiro at Breitbart News.

“Funny, he never did that while visiting Cuba to pay tribute to those who died attempting to escape that Communist hellhole. He reserved his spite for a nation with one of the most generous immigration policies on the planet.”

Clinton, Sanders Dispute Votes Over 2007 Amnesty Bill

“As they fight for the Latino vote in Nevada and elsewhere, the Clinton and Sanders campaigns are sparring over an immigration reform vote that took place nine years ago. To hear former Secretary of State and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton tell it, the matter is uncomplicated: She and then-Sen. Barack Obama supported the bill, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) did not,” the Huffington Post says.

“That is true of the final vote for the 2007 bill led by then-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), which would have allowed undocumented immigrants to gain legal status, created a temporary worker program and strengthened border security and enforcement against employers who hired unauthorized workers.”

Rubio Says Obama Criticism Unfounded

“Marco Rubio argued that President Obama has no standing to criticize him over immigration because the president failed to pass immigration reform under his watch,” The Hill reports.

“He went on to accuse Obama’s controversial executive orders granting deportation delays for poisoning the well for moving immigration reform forward and argued that nothing can be done without securing the border.”

Cruz Critcizes Rubio on Immigration Again

“Sen. Ted Cruz hit Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday in his latest ad, comparing the Florida senator’s comments on immigration to very similar statements by President Barack Obama,” CNN reports.

“‘Rubio got to Washington and wrote the bill giving amnesty to illegals using Obama’s talking points,’ a narrator says in the spot. ‘Marco Rubio burned us once. He shouldn’t get the chance to sell us out again.’”

Immigration Enforcement is Not Just the Border

“When immigration is discussed publicly, most of the news reports and most of the statements made by politicians focus on the presence of illegal aliens in the United States while problems within legal side of the issue are ignored. Additionally, most of these discussions begin by talking about the lack of security to be found along the U.S./Mexican border while ignoring the other dysfunctional components of the immigration system,” Michael Cutler says.

“There is no doubt that the U.S./Mexican border lacks meaningful integrity. There is also no doubt that the Mexican border must be secured- however, simply securing that border will not end the immigration crisis and not eliminate the threats posed by international terrorists and transnational criminals.”


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  1. avatar William says:

    The Obama administration submitted rule changes to the H-1b Visa program on Dec. 31, 2015. It is an attempt to bypass Congress and allow more H-1Bs to stay in the United States after their 6 year tour is over. In essence when the employer submits a green card request before the end of the term the new rules would give a work permit to the now prospective green card seeker and it would not count against the caps established by Congress. The DHS ruling is 200 pages long!

    You can comment on this horrendous executive action by going to The web page gives some background and some tips then click submit to get to the proper government website. Submit your comment and contact information and submit it. By law DHS must respond to each comment before the regulation can take effect. So it is very important that as many comments are filed before the comment period expires on 2/29/2016.

    • avatar Leland says:

      The link you provided,, is aptly named. Because, as detailed in the link, there are hard number caps established by Congress, per year, and if an employer wishes to get a green card for a worker at the end of their 6 year term, then that green card specifically counts against the overall caps. It’s crystal clear and it’s the law.

      For all the chirping this president has done in the last few days about his right to submit a Supreme Court justice, it’s obvious that his devotion to the constitution is totally expedient. What he is doing here is not a passive action, but an active decision to actually change the laws. His constitutional duty is to take care that the laws are faithfully executed.

      He has NO power to do this. How many years did he spend telling us that only Congress could pass the immigration “reforms” he favored, and then when Congress wouldn’t, he assumed the right to do those very things by executive action. Since the Supreme Court will consider whether he exceeded his constitutional powers on immigration, this proposal should just be further evidence that he thinks he’s king, not president.

      • avatar William says:

        Your analysis is much better than mine. I forgot to mention that you can submit as many comments as you like. The H-1B visa holders and immigration attorneys are trying their best to post as many pro-Obama comments as possible so the rule changes can be justified. Hopefully enough of us will comment to stop this illegal rule change from happening. I have been trying to get the word out by posting “” to Facebook and emailing it to folks. We have eleven days left and I think the Government is shutting down the site for most of the day next Saturday for scheduled maintenance.