Clinton Says Amnesty At the Top of Her Agenda
“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told voters in Nevada that she would address immigration reform in the first 100 days of her presidency,” the Huffington Post reports.
“’This is at the top of the list,’ Clinton said during an MSNBC/Telemundo town hall, two days before Nevada’s Democratic caucus. ‘It’s going to be introduced, and then I’m going to work as hard as I can to make sure we get it moved through the congressional process. I can control the introduction of legislation, but Congress has to get its act in gear. That’s why we need to elect a Democratic senate so we have some friends.’”
Rubio Says Now He Would End Part of Obama Amnesty Orders
“Marco Rubio suggested Thursday that he would end parts of President Barack Obama’s deferred action program for undocumented immigrants on his first day in office, an apparent break from previous statements and inviting attacks from more hardline rivals,” CNN reports.
“Rubio has long maintained that he would eventually end the White House program that shields some undocumented immigrants who entered before their 16th birthday from deportation, but he has been less clear about when that would happen.”
Amnesty Supporters Bused In to Wisc. Capitol
“Bused in from across the state, some 20,000 Latinos amassed at the Capitol Thursday for a ‘Day Without Latinos’ rally demanding to halt bills that would limit local officials from issuing photo IDs and withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities,” JSonline.com says.
Pope, Trump in Dispute Over Immigration
“An extraordinary dispute between Pope Francis and Donald Trump broke out Thursday after the pontiff said the Republican presidential candidate’s immigration stands make him ‘not Christian,’ prompting Mr. Trump to retort that questioning his personal faith was ‘disgraceful,’” the Wall Street Journal writes.
Cuban Immigration on the Rise Again
“Since 2014, agents along a particular 171-mile stretch of U.S.-Mexico border have seen a dramatic rise in Cuban migrants. Hundreds arrive each day, sometimes 600 in one weekend. They come because of a 50-year-old, Cold War-era law that, unlike for almost any other migrant group, allows them to stay,” The Atlantic says.
“Beginning almost immediately after Fidel Castro’s 1959 Marxist revolution, the United States welcomed Cuban defectors. And for a while Cuba let them leave. ‘Freedom Flights’ from 1965 to 1973 carried some 300,000 Cubans to Miami, and in that time Congress passed the Cuban Adjustment Act, which presumed anyone leaving Castro’s country was a political refugee. For decades, and through many immigration overhauls, that law has stuck, allowing Cubans who made it onto U.S. soil refuge, and a one-year fast-track to legal status.”
Tie Vote in Supreme Court Would be a Victory for States
“Stephen Yale-Loehr of Miller Mayer in Ithaca, N.Y., said the case might have split 5-4 in favor of the states if Scalia remained on the court, which would result in a 4-4 tie without him. A tie vote means there is no Supreme Court precedent, and the lower court’s decision stands,” BNA.com wrote.
“That would be bad news for the Obama administration, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held in November that the president exceeded his authority by establishing the expanded deferred action for childhood arrivals program and deferred action for parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents program.”