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.