Immigration Headlines – Mar 21, 2016

New Catch and Release Policy

“A top Homeland Security official told Border Patrol agents the Obama administration has “no intention of deporting” many of the illegal immigrants caught trying to sneak into the country, ordering instead that they be released so they don’t clog up the courts, a leading advocate for agents testified to Congress,” the Washington Times reports.

“Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the orders are a new “catch and release” policy, which he said “amounts to amnesty” because it means many illegal immigrants are never asked to leave the country.”

Douglas Holtz-Eakin is Bonkers

“If elected president, Republican candidate Donald Trump says, he would deport all 11.3 million undocumented immigrants, including their children who are U.S. citizens. . . . Intrigued by his statements, a right-leaning policy group estimated that it would take at least 20 years and cost $400 billion to $600 billion to deport those immigrants. That’s based on the assumption that about 20 percent of the undocumented immigrants would leave voluntarily,” the Norwich Bulletin says.

Trump Rallies in Arizona Draw Crowds, Protests

“Donald Trump’s campaign in Arizona is centered on his hard line against illegal immigration, a stand that supporters embraced in a series of tense rallies ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primary in the border state. ‘Illegal immigration is gonna stop,’ Trump said Saturday night in Tucson. ‘It’s dangerous,’ he said. ‘Terrible.’” the AP reported.

Mass Immigration Doesn’t Require More Mass Immigration

“One hopes that retired Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Nelson was a better scholar and thinker when on the bench than when he penned his cloying March 4 guest opinion ‘Come and get it’ — freedom, solace, affirmance and refuge,’” notes a letter to the Helena, Montana newspaper.

“He points out that everyone in the U.S. is an immigrant, a refugee, or a descendant of immigrants and/or refugees. To which a logical response is ‘So what? Does past mass immigration mandate mass immigration forever, even under today’s vastly changed circumstances?’”

Arizona Republicans at Odds Over Trump and Cruz Immigration Rhetoric

“The presidential race is reopening old wounds among Arizona Republicans who clashed over the tough immigration law six years ago that sparked protests and boycotts and ended up costing the state an estimated $100 million in revenue. While campaigning across Arizona over the weekend, businessman Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz led the charge for deporting more than 11 million undocumented immigrants, and the billionaire front-runner drew cheers for his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border,” Bloomberg News says.

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  1. There’s Lots of Help Wanted Signs Out Lately

    Looking for P/T workers [degreed or not degreed] requires more immigration to hire excess people and pay them no health benefits….its all a joke. Mom and dad’s basement a permanent home?

    I remember when a minimum wage job in the 70s got you a 40 hour week and benefits….an apartment and car too…

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Once again, a pro-business group like the American Action Forum presents the false choice between amnesty and physically removing every illegal in the country. It’s a false choice because we can make it inconvenient for them to stay here by having e-verify for every job, no medical care other than emergencies, no drivers licenses, punishing the “borrowing” of another person’s SS number, and other measures that will discourage them from staying.

    What we have now is a de facto amnesty, and no, the solution is not to make it an in-fact amnesty, because that only encourages more illegal entry. We’ve had decades of not enforcing the laws against illegal presence. It hasn’t worked and it won’t work. You don’t discourage bad behavior by rewarding it with citizenship.

    • avatar david bee says:

      Unchecked immigrants and a free pass to avoid clogging up the courts? That’s crazy! Now the government says it will cost 600 million to deport illegals. Is there no common sense in government at all. They let this happen and allowed this problem. Now they complain about costs? What about the criminals that have been let free to do some terrible crimes? Think of it this way. If a stranger comes to my door I would never let them in my home. One doesn’t know what they’ll do. I guess the well being of the American people isn’t important anymore. My Great Grandmother immigrated here but did it the right way. No free passes. I’m so sick of government rhetoric. I trust no candidates. I’ve heard every vote counts. I don’t believe it. Only the very rich have a chance of being president an all of them lie to get there. I don’t even want to vote on issues because of promises made and zero kept. All the debt that the government has was of their own doing. Borrow, borrow, borrow. Million dollar vacations! I can’t go to a bank and just keep borrowing and going further in debt! Like I said. Zero common sense. Also no cooperation between parties. I’m done.