Rep. Sanford Meets With Amnesty Supporters
“[Amnesty] supporters finally got their long-awaited town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford,” the Herald Online reports.
“More than 200 people packed the Holy Family Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon on Hilton Head Island to question Sanford about his stance on immigration at a meeting set up by the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, which supports comprehensive immigration reform.”
Amnesty Supporter – Tie Amnesty to Budget Deal
“While I am acutely aware of the fact that our president’s cupboard is empty of political capital, he does have one last card to play that would enable him to assume leadership on immigration reform. There is one thing that is within his power that would enable him pass immigration reform by the January 15th deadline for passing our nation’s budget, and even to be able to pass this reform in such a way that would most probably preserve his coveted “earned pathway to citizenship.” How, you ask? Simple; tie immigration reform to passing the budget. Strike a “grand bargain,” that would couple immigration reform, and include the $175 billion in revenue that the CBO has scored for passage of the legislation during its first 10 years after enactment to the budget. It would be a win-win for the president,” says Robert Gittelson at The Hill.
Obama’s Take on Inequality Omits Immigration
You have to admire President Obama for choosing to give a speech declaring that the fight against “growing inequality”–specifically economic inequality–is “the defining challenge of our time” and the “focus” of “all our efforts”–given that . . . His remaining big domestic initiative–”comprehensive” immigration reform–would almost certainly make inequality worse by vastly increasing the number of unskilled workers bidding down wages at the bottom of the income scale, with the profits from the cheap labor going to business owners at the top,” says Mickey Kaus at the Daily Caller.
Navarrette – Fast for Amnesty Unlikely to Succeed
“[Amnesty] advocates on the left only demand decisive action from Republicans; when they deal with Democrats, pretty words will suffice. What they leave out of their speeches and press releases is that there are plenty of House and Senate Democrats – from either Republican-controlled red states or union-dominated blue states – who are also an impediment to achieving immigration reform. Afraid of being saddled at re-election time with the label of being pro-amnesty, these Democrats play a cynical game where they’ll only vote for an immigration bill if they can be assured by the vote-counters in their party’s leadership that it’ll never pass,” says Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Dozens of Russian Diplomats Charged With Medicaid Fraud
“The Justice Department and the FBI today announced charges against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their spouses in a nine-year scheme to defraud the Medicaid program. Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara declared, ‘The charges expose shameful and systemic corruption among Russian diplomats in New York,’” says Andrew McCarthy at National Review.
“Clearly, the point of this exercise today — the charges against dozens of diplomats who will not be tried, the lengthy narrative complaint, the bells-n-whistles press release — is to embarrass Putin’s government. Having been involved in my share of prosecutions that raise diplomatic concerns, I can tell you that they get more inter-agency attention than any other kind of case.”